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Sleeping Dog Stout - Chama River Brewing Company

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Sleeping Dog Stout
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85
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chama River Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our stout lives up to the highest expectations of dark beer lovers. Roasted malts contribute notes of coffee and chocolate, while rolled oats lend a full and rounded character to the palate. So kick back in your easy chair with your trusty dog at your feet and a pint of Sleeping Dog Stout in hand – you can almost feel the heat from a roaring fire as you savor this warming brew.

(Beer added by: HardTarget on 08-26-2005)
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased 24 hours previous at Chama (the date was actually October '06). Appearance is pitch black with no light coming through and the head is massive, though I will admit it was a somewhat aggressive pour. I feel like there is almost a bit of alcohol on the nose and some sweet malts. Taste is thick and very good. Strong roasted coffee tones, but nice smooth ones that stay on your palate for a long time. Keeps the mouthfeel high. This goes down so smooth, I am glad I got a growler of it. But at the same time, not so glad. I won't be able to stop until I am at the bottom. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2007 05:57:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-24-2013 20:53:08 | More by LXIXME
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

08-08-2013 02:15:54 | More by Dactrius
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-07-2013 04:34:07 | More by Zbeetleman
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-28-2012 21:49:25 | More by buckyp
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown head. Black body. Weak lace and retention.

Smell - Roasted coffee. Touch of chocolate.

Taste - Coffee. Some hop. Near dry maltiness.

Mouthfeel - So sexily smooth. A bit watery. Some bite.

Overall Drinkability- Far better than standards like Guiness, but only a bit better than middle of the road.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 08:17:56 | More by ZenAgnostic
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-05-2011 05:19:19 | More by mhaugo
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-22-2011 06:24:18 | More by Beertracker
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Chama River Brewing Co, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer pours black with a foamy, bubbled, light brown colored head, nestling in around an inch. The nose is sweet chocolate and mocha coffee. The beer has a light coffee flavor with sweet toffee and chocolate characteristics. Very creamy bodied, with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. The beer has a smooth, creamy finish with a mid-length linger. Extremely tasty stout!

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 03:25:11 | More by GarthDanielson
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close enough to black, with a tan head that's fairly fluffy. Nice carbonation - this would appear to be an Irish-style stout. Soft, chalky notes of light roast and chocolate sweetness. A little more potency might be nice, but the firm cap of foam doesn't like to give.

I found Sleeping Dog to be a little too sweet and light of body for my taste, although it is well brewed. Nice, firm body with a hint of oily slickness on the finish. Milk chocolate is all over this one, with a balancing hop cone bitterness toward the back. Smooth, almost nitro style mouthfeel helps it go down, but again, I would like a little more assertiveness on the bittering end.

Good dessert style beer, that gets much better with warming. Definitely an American take on the British style, but it might be in a certain amount of limbo between each.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 17:14:21 | More by BretSikkink
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chama River Sleeping Dog Stout, growler into a medium snifter

An aggressive pour generates an opaque black body with a half inch espresso head. No lacing and the head dissipates very quickly.

Nose is medium roasted coffee and touch of molasses. Not intense, but it smells very tasty and inviting.

Taste is slightly sweet, roasted coffee, chocolate milk, and touch of cooked oats.

Mouthfeel is where this beer exceeds. The oats make it so heavy and creamy, and with the low level of carbonation it just rocks. This is one of the best bodied beers ever.

Easy to drink, I have to keep restraint and not throw down the whole growler in one evening.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 22:25:42 | More by Flashsp2
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10 oz pour appears a very black color with a creamy, light brown foam. Glass is full, so cant comment much on the retention, but there is not much lacing left on the glass as it gets gulped down.

Nose is a bit on the faint side, but the brew is served a bit cold for a stout. Sweet, honey-drizzled oats come to mind as well as a bit of roasty, mocha coffee maltiness. Some graininess and a touch of leafy hops make it to the nostrils as well.

Not as sweet and creamy as I was hoping for, but there is some unexpected roasty and coffee flavors that help fill out the profile. It lacks the silkiness and finesse of, say, an Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. It is more of a hoppy American style stout than a smooth, sweet oaty stout. It's ok, and certainly fresh but not so sure it fits the style very well. A bit rough around the edges, the heavy roast is too much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 23:34:15 | More by twiggamortis420
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a near-black color with a small brown head. The nose is of dark roasted malt with a little bit of coffee and chocolate. The taste is the same, but with a bit more sweetness than was evident from the nose. The body is medium and drinkability is good, but not something I'd want too much of.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 18:06:59 | More by Thorpe429
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was actually sampled at the Blue Corn Café (the businesses are linked). Off the tap this beer was an opaque black color with a one-finger tan head. The retention was decent, the lacing scattered. The aroma was delicious, rich milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Very appealing. The flavors were similar to the aroma, chocolate, both milk and dark, all over everything at first, before the coffee showed up in the middle. The finish was pleasantly bitter when the hops showed up to offer balance. The mouthfeel was good and slightly slick, the body full but slightly watery, the carbonation perfect. Aside from a little tinkering to be done with the mouthfeel the flavors were highly enjoyable and this beer was a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 23:13:36 | More by thekevlarkid
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sleazo

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pretty much pitch black with a small dark mocha head. Quickly dissipates. Medium range lace
S_the aroma consists of very darkly roasted malt.

T_on the sweeter side. Nice roasted coffee tones as well as a dark bakers chocolate. Aftertaste is again sweet and chocolatey. Too much chocolate for an oatmeal stout which is what they call it. This is more along the lines of a sweet stout but I like it regardless of style.

M_a wee bit thin for the style but robust overall. Mild carbonation

D_A tasty brew, kind of a combo style. Rec'd for stout fans.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 03:21:46 | More by sleazo
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kdoc8

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Chama River, Albuquerque. I don't know the alcohol content. It poured dark dark black, with a smooth, very foamy and long-lasting head. It smelled of chocolate malt and had a sweet and complex roasted coffee/chocolate/oatmeal flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 00:49:13 | More by kdoc8
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HardTarget

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Coffee and Chocolate malt meld accented by a whiff of hops and a touch of smoke. Nice complexity and balance leads to a very appealing invitation.

Appearance: Black glass shows a thin brown edge when tilted and sports a coffee colored head that leaves tide marks like rings of coffee left too long in the mug.

Flavor: Given all the build up, a bit of a let down in the taste. Flavor is a bit mild compared to the aroma with the hops peeking out a bit more and a touch of lactose coming out.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, creamy texture and a dry finish.

Overall Impression: Thick and creamy with a wonderful nose. Unfortunately the taste just didn’t live up to the billing. Still, a very enjoyable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2005 06:55:10 | More by HardTarget
Sleeping Dog Stout from Chama River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.