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Dubious Black Chocolate Stout - North Peak Brewing Company

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Dubious Black Chocolate StoutDubious Black Chocolate Stout

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dorianmarley on 12-16-2011)
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 12 ounce stubby bottle was purchased at Shop-N-Save in Ludington, MI ($9.99/6-pack). The bottling date indicates that this was packaged on December 14, 2011. I do enjoy the stubby bottles and label designs of the North Peak line of beers, if not always the beer itself. This particular bottle was poured into a Samuel Smith tulip-shaped imperial pint glass. It is difficult to pour from the stubby bottle without it glugging uncontrollably, but they are nice for decanting sans yeast, of which there is much at the bottom of the bottle.

The pour manifests two fingers of mocha colored head that dissipates rather quickly, settling as a thin lace of foam over the beer. It is a very dark beer. Stout should be black, and this one does not disappoint. Close examination reveals a good amount of carbonic activity behind the glass wall. I would love for some better head retention on this beer, but as is it looks pleasant.

The aroma is a dead ringer for Pacman yeast. If smelled blindly I would have guessed beyond a doubt that this was a stout from the Rogue stable. Strike one. Beyond that there is a noticeable chocolaty presence as well as an alcoholic heat that is stronger than the 5.3% ABV on the label would imply. There is a mild tropical fruit aroma and the faint essence of Elmer's glue. It's really not as bad as it sounds.

Luckily the flavor of this stout is an improvement over the aroma. All of the right flavors are in there, just not in the correct balance. Yes, there is a fair amount of chocolate malt, as evidenced by the Hershey's Syrup-ish essence on the tongue. However, it tastes as though this stout has overdosed on black patent malt. The dominant malt flavor is roasty and bitter. Yes this is a 50 IBU stout so some bitterness should be expected. But this is not hop bitterness; this is excessive patent malt bitterness. If burnt beer with strong residual sweetness is your thing, this is the stout for you. Personally, I don't think it's bad; but I would like to have tasted a little less charcoal, even if it came at the expense of having a lighter colored beer.

The mouthfeel is where this beer excels. It is creamy and full-bodied, yet there is a moderately high level of carbonation that makes this beer dance on the tongue. That makes this beer a meal in itself; but if paired with food, the assertive character of this stout would go well with cheese-based soups or milder cuisine like broiled whitefish.

Dubious is a pretty fitting name for this confusing stout. It has the look and feel of something special, but tastes too awkward to be truly great. For its caliber, the price is not bad; and 5.3% ABV isn't going to put you under the table. I see this as a viable option if nothing better is available. But let's face it, any establishment savvy enough to carry North Peak (save for their brewpub) is probably going to have something better around.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I don't really give a Schlitz for this tolerable, though uninspiring stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:59:54 | More by weizenbob
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North Peak Dubious

A- pour yields a 1 finger mocha colored head receding quick. Beer is black in color. Lacing is minimal. 3

S- some good roast and bakers chocolate on the nose. Some cocoa and caramel as well. 3.75

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Dubious Black Chocolate Stout from North Peak Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.