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Rise Up Stout - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
40 IBU

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-31-2009)
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Photo of mdaschaf


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fins in Rehoboth. Review from notes.

A: This beer is dark black, opaque in fact. A nice 1.5 finger tan head that has decent retention, but little lacing.

S: Lots of coffee and coffee grounds. Some roasted malt, vanilla, and some biscuit as well.

T: A great combination of coffee and chocolate. Not as coffee heavy as the aroma would lead to believe (to my relief). There are nice undertones of vanilla and caramel. The coffee intensifies as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, but slightly thinner than expected. Slightly dry, roasty finish.

O: I like this beer more than I thought I would based off the aroma, since it is over the top coffee grinds. For anyone that likes coffee beer, this one is for them. The low abv makes this extremely drinkable. Also had this infused with oak chips and vanilla, which IMO, made it even better. It cut some of the coffee and drew out more of the chocolate and vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 00:17:12 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to plastic cup at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA on 4/22/11
*From notes

A: Dark chocolate brown with a killer 1.5 finger head. I can't recall another beer which had a head this dark. Reasonable lacing considering I was drinking from a plastic cup.

S: It comes off like a blend of light roast morning coffee and fresh comb honey. It's extremely unique and instantly makes me want to dive into the brew.

T: Hints of tarnished silver up front, but it fades quickly away to dark malt char, molasses and some bitter hop oil.

M: It's a bit thin, but once I realized it's only 6.8% ABV, I suddenly realize this is really a well done and high quality brew. I can't believe how rich this is. The bubbles are slightly obnoxious up front, but easily managable as it warmed.

O: This is how you do a low ABV stout. Really complex, rich and extremely drinkable. I throughly enjoyed this one. A growler fill may be in my future. Thumbs up - yet another winner from Evo.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 21:44:39 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's, served in a standard pint.

Color is a syrupy milk chocolate near black brown with a quickly fading mocha head. Very retention but some thin webs of lacing.

Aroma is mild and roast coffee dominated. Malt and chocolate are also present with minimal char and burnt notes. Very pleasant and nice.

Mouthfeel is much fuller and thicker than I remember previous samples if this and mildly over carbonated producing a fizzy, toasty finish. Flavor is a soda like mix of chocolate and roast, and I have a hard time picking up any other characteristics or malt from the stout. The amount of coffee flavor is also a little disappointing as it is more roast and burn than actual coffee.

This is a very nice local coffee stout (much better than Flying Dogs recent take IMO) but the carbonation issues remind me of the lesser batches of Planet Bean and make the flavor one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 00:01:55 | More by yourefragile
Photo of BeerThursdays


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Brewery, on tap.

A - Into a standard pint glass, this is a pitch black brew with a nice tan head that subsides slowly, two full fingers. No head retention. Or Lacing. Glass was all but clean when I finished this one.

S - Lots of coffee in there with some roasty malts and toffee. Notes of Vanilla, and maybe a little bread. Lots more going on, I will revisit this one.

T - Taste is very nice. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Subsides to vanilla and caramel. Some sweetness and bitterness in the finish. Very complex beer with a ton of great flavors that develop through the drink. As it warms, the coffee becomes even more prevalent as the vanilla subsides.

M - Taste is great, but mouth is just ok. Much more thin that I would have expected from the initial looks. Coffee bitterness is very apparent, and carbonation is spot on for the style. Goes down very smooth, without any harshness on the palet, and finishes clean.

D - Thin mouth with less than 8% ABV make this extremely drinkable. With big, chewy stouts at 10-12% ABV, you have one or two, and you're full. This is what I think the definition of a session stout should be. Compared to others in the class, it's very good, but not the top of the heap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 14:05:00 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of Thorpe429


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Victoria Gastropub.

Pours a very, very dark brown which for all intents and purposes really is black. Thin mocha head without retention or lacing. The nose is incredibly strong with an overdose of roasted coffee beans plus some mild notes of milk and cream.

The taste isn't quite as strong and pungent as the nose, and this is perhaps due to the mouthfeel, which is a bit thin. It doesn't quite have the big, creamy body that I would expect from the wondrous nose. While the feel is a bit thin, the drinkability on this is sky high. Beautiful coffee notes and a not overwhelming amount of coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 11:32:22 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of akorsak


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery yesterday. If you've never been to Delmar, it's worth a stop. Great people and great beer.

A: The stout is pitch black, pulling no punches when it comes to color. A tan head, like coffee with cream, sits by idly, although it generated a few fingers of head on pour.

S: A fan in the corner of my house is blowing an occasional blast of coffee my way, all thanks to Rise Up. Rich coffee, lots of it, creates a roasted aroma that pairs nicely with a lactic sweetness, a cafe au lait. Roasted malts remind you that there is a stout somewhere below the coffee.

T: The stout starts off strong, lactic and spicy, before yielding to the coffee. The lactic sweetness sets up the coffee and also adds a mild tartness. The coffee transitions nicely out of the lactic flavor, a full taste thanks to the cold steeping. The stout feels a little thin after the sip is swallowed, the flavors dropping off, although a bit of coffee lingers. The stout, roasted and burnt, peaks through the coffee. A very well-made coffee stout. I'm glad that gang at Evolution talked me into getting this third growler.

M: A lactic stout, sweet with plenty of coffee. I'll contentedly nurse on this growler for the rest of the afternoon.

D: An intense coffee flavor makes this a very good drink. I'll share a pint or so with ksak but that's it. The rest is mine.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2010 16:10:03 | More by akorsak
Photo of jmfc8237


4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super dark stout with a caramel to dark umber head. Nice retention and mild lacing.

S-wow, lots of fresh coffee and toasted malt. Nice aroma that makes you think of morning time( which is when I like to start drinking) I really dig the intence coffe nose and deep chocolate malt.

T- taste is right on the nose..coffee and choc. with alot of base malt shining through that has a moderate alcohol that melds nicely with the balance of hops. All in all I really like this beer. I got a growler to go in fact.

D/M_ deff. a session beer but is smooth and velvety on the tongue and is not overly carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 22:09:27 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of pershan


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured incredibly black and syrupy into a pint glass. The head was tan and thick, with toffee, chocolate, and burnt toast aromas - very nice. A wonderfully smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel (viscous), with burnt toast, black malt, and toffee flavors dominating. A lingering burnt toast aftertaste, with malt sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. A fantastic stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 18:10:14 | More by pershan
Photo of Slatetank


4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I brought this growler back from the brewery in DE and shared with tenderbranson69. Poured chilled from the growler into my DFH signature glass.

A - An appearance that is black as pitch, no light passin' through, like tar w/ thick cream band w/ tight bead. A delicate pattern of lace adheres to the glass.

S - The smell is great, it has malted milk odors mixed with dark roasted coffee, burnt caramel and a high amount of vanilla + cocoa. There is a light tinge of smoke w/ the fresh coffee aroma, like beans the were very recently roasted. No noticeable alcohol, but mocha all the way

M - Rich, dense and almost viscous w/ mellow carbonation and roasted dominance. There is mild sweetness w/ a dry roasted finish

T - Deep cocoa notes w/ coffee bean taste right off w/ an intense roasted bean flavor and vanilla accent. The taste has subtle caramel and hazenut tinges w/ more cocoa, then roasted beans return in the finsish w/ dark toasted malt. The flavor stays fresh the whole time w/ tasty hops accenting the coffee slightly but the taste is pleasantly balanced between the coffee and dark malt for the most part.

D - An exceptional American Stout, not Imperial or Double IMO, but plenty of flavor from the coffee, so no mistaking that. The stout is easy to drink even for 6.8% - it deserves a 5 for sheer quality of brew and flavor of the coffee, the cold drip method was utilized per brewery rep-it has given the beer such balanced coffee taste.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2009 13:43:15 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DeriusE


4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler full of this as soon as they had it brewed. Entered in with high expectations after having had their Porter and ESB, and it didn't disappoint.

A: Dark, dark black, but it has some reddish highlights. Beautiful finger of brownish head which fades away into a slight layer or head as you drink. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Coffee, roast, and even more coffee. Very bold coffee smell which dominates, but also a hint of roasted chocolate. The smell just makes me want to drink it even more.

T: Tons of flavor in this - more of the same as the smell. Coffee comes through first for me, along with roasted chocolate and a smoky flavor also. Very stouty, very flavorful, and all-around wonderful. Can't even taste the 6.8%, although you can definitely feel it after a couple of these.

M: Creamy, thick and full bodied.

D: A bit thick to chug all night, but drinking quite a few of these in a night would is entirely feasible with the great flavor. Can't taste the high ABV at all, completely dominated by all the flavor in this beer.

I had been hoping for a good microbrewery to crop up in this area, as we've really only got one in the area, which is Dogfish Head, but it's not really within driving distance - but this place is literally right on the way home for me, couldn't be more perfect.

Haven't had a beer from them that I didn't enjoy yet, and the Rise Up Stout continues that trend. If you have a chance to get this beer, I very, very strongly recommend it.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2009 01:48:36 | More by DeriusE
Photo of lackenhauser


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very, very dark in color but some minor ruby highlights near the edges of the glass when held to the light. Nice looking tan head on top. Good aroma-mild coffee/espresso notes with a decent roasted aroma. Almost has more of a dark chocolate scent to me then a lot of coffee. Flavor is in a word-KILLER. Perfectly balanced roasted and coffee flavors simply meld together. Nice, lingering mocha flavor. Slightest hint of chocolate. Roasted graininess also comes thru. Retains enough "stout" flavor that it isn't overshadowed by the coffee. Great body. Just a great, great beer and an even better stout. Easily could become a new favorite-wait I think it is!

Serving type: growler

09-03-2009 23:53:49 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Kegatron


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler picked up at the brewery on 8/30/09. This is the new Coffee Stout from Evolution, that uses a blend from nearby Rise Up Coffee in Salisbury, MD (a most kick-ass coffee company, check them out if your in the area!) This one went into an oversized tulip.

Pours with a nice dense black look, being topped with a finger of delicious looking chocolate tinted mocha colored head. This simmers down quickly but retains with some rich bunching around the edges and thin wisps that float around the center. This bristles up instantly when swirled, leaving back a creamy cascade that recedes into some heavy spotty lace. The aroma is just RICH with roast and coffee, that just dominate this, leaving a yummy dark crunch in the nose. Thick notes of chocolate and toffee sweetness add some beefy and gooey smelling tang. Good evenness to this, as both sides are equally robust. Damn, the espresso character is a real standout though, just POPPING in the nose. I love it!

The taste is just more of the same. Hefty chocolate and toffeed sweetness really standing out this time, with roast and coffee fighting back strong, darkening this up nicely with a drying bitter feel. Just the tiniest amount of smoky acrid astringency (which speaks to the quality of the blend that was used) comes out from the coffee, mixing with lingering notes of roast and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a BIG creamy feel to the carbonation that fills the mouth up nicely. Underneath lies that thick and viscous layer, that I knew was coming, which gives up all of that deep sweetness and the oils from the hops and coffee. Any traces of the higher ABV that are present, just can't compete with the bigness and all-around intensity of the flavors. This stuff drinks great!

Awesome! I love when both a great brewery and coffee company get together and make a Coffee Stout Baby of extreme awesomeness like this. This was just THICK with java, roast, sweetness, and the drinkibility was top notch. Be on the look out for this very soon in 12 oz bottles in the MD/DE markets. I pray that this remains as good as it is on draft.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2009 16:49:25 | More by Kegatron
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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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