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Rise Up Stout - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 438
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 60
Gots: 58 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-31-2009

40 IBU
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 438
Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours black as night with a finger of thick tan head. A layer of head sticks around throughout the pour. The smell is full of smooth coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. As good as this beer smells, the taste is even better. The coffee dominates, but the taste is still very smooth and extremely smooth. There is a touch of burnt malt in the finish, but it is balanced out by the malt sweetness. I'm getting some dark chocolate and dark fruit in the flavor as well, but the coffee is really the star. The body is velvet like and the carbonation is smooth as could be. This beer feels wonderful.

I'm a huge fan of this beer. I'll be having more in the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Real dark mahogany brown coming out of the bottle. Makes a nice tan dark head, with mocha coffee brown collar. Settles slowly with a nice mocha ring and collar. Body color is a very dark walnut brown with a good faint red tinge to it. A nice looking stout.

Nose is full of milky and creamy coffee. Good roasty character, and a nice ripping bean action. Hints at sweetness and fresh brew. Very nice coffee beer so far.

Very light bodied but seems fine for carrying the flavors. Mid palate brings some wet fresh coffee. There's a good hop lime like astringency mixing with this on the finish. Roast char and malts take some turns on the palate also. Light bodied and to style more than likely, but easily carrying the flavors through.

Overall a real solid coffee stout, certainly the nose seems my favorite, but also better than many others I've had.

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Photo of larryi86
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger tan head.

S- Roasted coffee, caramel malts, bitter chocolate, oak, great aroma!

T- Huge roasted coffee, bitter finish, dark chocolate, oak, very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great stout with a ton of coffee. I have had imperial stout that have had less flavor than this. Hard to believe this is a stout under 7% ABV. Very happy I can buy bottles of this now!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds nonic. Bottled this month as indicated by the notch on the side of the label. This is the first bottling of this beer.

A - Pours midnight black with a full two fingers of mocha head. The foam that sits on top is very dense; it looks more like a mousse than carbonation. Great retention and a nearly complete blanket of lacing coats the glass as I drink.

S - Wow! Huge coffee bean aroma along with some toasted barley, maple wood chips, bitter dark chocolate, and delicate earthy hops. The smell jumped out of the bottle upon cracking and filled the room on the pour. It is hard to believe this is not a huge Double Stout based on the smell. I am impressed.

T - There is no mistaking that this beer is brewed with coffee. Java from front to back, with a bitter coffee-char finish. While coffee dominates, this beer isn't a one trick pony. There is a complexity of roasted malts, vanilla bean, and pine strewn amongst the coffee. Like the nose, impressively big for a beer this small (under 7%).

M - A little bit thin but there is nice carbonation that works well with the flavors.

O - I am thrilled that Evolution has decided to bottle this stuff. With the huge aromas and flavors it is hard not to compare this to some of the best Double Stouts out there. While it may not live up to some of the big boys, it is damn close. At the very least, it is the best American Stout (not double) I have had. Grab this one if you can get it!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Notches on label are next to FEB 13.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that soon crackles away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Rich aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Semi-sweet with a slight nuttiness.

T- Taste follows suit with more nutty chocolate and some iced coffee. Very drinkable and smooth but there's an undeniable metallic flavor.

M- Semi-bitter from the roast and hops. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- It could be a bit creamier and the metallic taste throws things off but, for a small Maryland brewery barely anyone's heard of, it ain't too shabby.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a nonic, a glowing onyx color with a small, creamy, tan head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee and cream (presumably this is a milk stout), moderate roastiness. Nice taste that reflects the smell, rich coffee, smooth cream, dark malt sweetness, with a touch of bitterness that came out more as the beer warmed. Body was not quite full, but still rich and overall tasty and drinkable. I'd imagine this would make an amazing nitro beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a nice stable tan head

S-somewhat bitter cocoa beans. Maybe some licorice. Faint scent

T-comes in with a really good taste of cocoa powder and syrup, though its not a syrupy mouthfeel. It's a great flavor with a great matching after-taste.

M-creamy mouthfeel almost like a root beer float. It's awesome and makes it super drinkable.

O-it a very drinkable stout. I love soda a lot and the drinkability on this reminds me of soda. Definitely something ill go back to an recommend to others

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #197
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass (weird huh?)
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this at Finbars (Rehoboth) while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation. The girl sitting next to me at the bar recommended it. I'm not sure why the bar tender served this up in a pilsner glass. Michael Jackson must have rolled over in his grave (God rest his sole). Mr. Jackson was certainly a great man and a true credit to craft brewing.

Look: Was a pitch-black color with a creamy 1/2" finger of light tan head. Can't really speak to the carbonation bubbles as the color was that dark.

Smell: Aroma was your typical roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean. Some slight notes of vanilla extract came through, but were definitely in the background.

Taste: Mouth feel was semi-thick but not much heavier than a Porter. First off were the roasted malts. Then a nice creamy chocolate hit right when carbonation stepped in; bringing in a nice bitterness that worked as a transition to the lingering buttery finish. No alcohol warmth was present the entire time.

This was an enjoyable beer to finish off the night with. It would work well as a desert beer with some vanilla cake or even ice cream.

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Photo of gefahrmaus
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frankly, I can drink a lot of this stout. I had it from the tap at Two Stones Pub in Newark, DE. Every characteristic of this stout just screams delicious. ASTMO is 4+ across the board.

From the tap I needed to hand warm it slightly to bring it to temperature that brings out the chocolate and coffee palette. The thick body warms the mouth, drawing you back.

By the end you suddenly realize that you should have had two pints pulled because you would just hate yourself if you couldn't enjoy another glass.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought home a growler of this from the tap house in Salisbury. A delicious stout that is very sessionable and super smooth. A nice hop character but great additions of malt really add to the taste, along with a great mouthfeel and creaminess on the palette. Too bad it's only available on tap, but definitely near the top of the list on American Stout's I've tried.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass from a growler filled at Evolution Craft Brewpub in Salisbury, Md.

A: Very dark brown, near black in color, with a frothy, whitish head of foam about two-fingers high which left a sticky ring of lace on the glass.

S: Rich, roasted coffee aroma with subtle hints of carob, licorice and dark chocolate. An herbal, earthy aroma rises from the brew, signaling the additional coffee beans and hops.

T: Velvety smooth, dark roasted and bittersweet malt flavor hits up front, sending waves of caramel, coffee and chocolate over the palate. This gives way to some of the bittersweet roasted coffee beans and earthy, organic blend of coffee, but it doesn't overpower the flavor. Finish is bittersweet and smooth with lingering coffee bitterness.

M: Full-bodied stout balanced out a bit by the additional coffee and hop varietals, but still a bit sticky and rich overall.

O: A very tasty blend of dark, possibly black patent malts, espresso-like, organic coffee bittersweetness and a sturdy 6.8% ABV to support everything. This was an exceptional American coffee stout stylized with a Caribbean flair.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint glass enjoyed at the Cantwell's Tavern EVO beer dinner on 2/27/12.

Quick reviews.

A: Blackish deep brown pour. Ring of faint dark tan head. Not a lot of lacing on the swirl.

S: I get some toast malts and roast. Nice coffee aroma. Comes up more as it warms. Smells delicious as a coffee lover.

T: Easy drinking low ABV coffee stout. I get a light bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but nothing at all off putting or too strong coffee wise. In the middle of the mouth you get some nice chocolate flavors and the normal stout notes. It actually drinks more like a porter. Great coffee flavor as it comes up.

M: Medium bodied. Drinks like its less ABV. Couldn't believe it was mid-6%s

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/24/12 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Loads of coffee and very fresh; really nice nose.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, cream, chocolate, and roasted malts. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Awesome body.

o - Overall I thought this was a great coffee stout, and probably the best beer I've had so far from Evolution. The nose and body were great, and it was very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at churchkey. Poured from tap at churchkey into snifter. Pours a black color with amber hue. No head but ok lacing. Phenomenal coffee aroma. It smells like the bean, not the drink. Really no other aroma.
Taste is of coffee...pure delicious coffee. Slight roasted malts and even hops?
It has a superb mouthfeel...not bitter at all. Super smooth, drinkable and just bursting with flavor.
This is truly a great stout. Although I stumled upon this, I'd seek this out for sure!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is the #6 beer on the "Top Beers - American Stout" list on beeradvocate.com. On tap at the Big Hunt in DC, served in a shaker pint. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks like a stout.

Aroma is the aroma of coffee, with some sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, nice finish, pretty bitter with the coffee but not overly so, as far as a coffee stout goes, this is definitely one of the better ones out there. Glad I got to try it, the wife loved it too, I'd have it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice,

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Photo of confer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery. I thought I ordered the porter but I must have ordered the stout. This stuff pours a dark brown almost black with a head that looks like a chocolate frosty from Wendy's.
It smells like a fresh brewed pot of very strong coffee. In a blind smell test I would have a hard time believing I'm not smelling a pot of coffee.
Definitely better as it warms. When its real cold to much of the bitter coffee taste comes through. As it warms it sweetens. Maybe some vanilla in the taste.
This has a good creamy stout feel. I'm not a huge stout fan, but have been recently warming up a bit to them. This one is amazing beer with the coffee smell and once it warms is a real treat to drink.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try this one for a while, so i was disappointed when i found out it was not bottled. So on a recent trip to the Eastern Shore i made a pit stop to Evolution to grab some bottles, and fill up the growler with this.

This one is all about the coffee. Pours a murky black. Smells like a fresh pot of strongly brewed coffee. The taste is also dominated by the coffee, but not so much that you can't get some hints of other stout qualities in there, chocolate, vanilla, a slight touch of alchohol warmth, etc. Actually found it to be quite sessionable for me, and almost killed the entire growler in one night. The rest i had with my breakfast the next morning. If you like coffee stouts as i do, if you get the chance i would not pass this one up.

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Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that left thick rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Flavors of roasted coffee dominate the overall taste, which is very well balanced and only has a slight amount of bitterness and associated dryness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good accompaniment to breakfast.

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Photo of wrighto33
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had This beer on tap a Meridian Pint.

The beers color is a rich dark brown with minimal light visible. The has a soft coffee aroma but is by no means overpowering. Subtle hints of chocolate can also be sensed the the nose. The beers taste is velvety and smooth, light in body with a mild coffee flavor soft finish. The coffee stout is not as robust as others which taste like a double expresso but if you are in the mood for a light body, easy drinking coffee stout this beer is perfect.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black cola like color with a two finger khaki color head which gives way to some decent lace. The aroma is of big big coffee along with some dark chocolate, there are aslo hints of vanilla present. The smell is big and bold very inviting. The taste is of big coffee and is balalnced out by dark chocolate. There is also a nice oaky vanilla taste to bring even more balance. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but slightly watery. Overall a very good beer nice big nose and a big bold flavor. One of the smoother and more balanced coffee beers you will run into.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.