Devout Stout
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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Stout - American
Ranked #960
Ranked #48,002
3.27 | pDev: 16.51%
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
California, United States
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Big pssst, when we popped the cap … a lively one here. From the first sniff there was something amiss, overly robust for its size and the yeast character was way too prevalent. Less yeast in the finished product and tone back the roasted character and this would have been a good stout, unfortunately this one is hardly drinkable to say the least.

STYLE: American Stout
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Massive brown head, ink black color

SMELL: Coffee, carob, broth, yeast, slightly acrid, charcoal, burnt currants

TASTE: Deep smoothness, chewy medium body, semi-astringent char, vague dark fruit, heavy yeast, soot, burnt toast, earthy, mild broth, dry burnt finish

Dec 12, 2014
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charlzm from California

2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at the brewery on June 30th, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

Opaque, deep brown with mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head.

Coffee and chocolate aroma.

Moderate coffee up front that turns ashy and burned by the end of the sip. Low bitterness. No real malt base or hop character.

Medium bodied with hints of carbonation tingle.

Not a great stout; not much going on. At least it's tolerably better than most of their other offerings.

Jan 07, 2013
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damndirtyape from Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into shaker pint glasses. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Black on the table with some hints of very dark cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. 1/4" tan head poured initially with a vigorous pour, but this died down to a thin ring across the top with no persistent lacing. Some sediment noted in the bottom of the bottle which did not come along.

Smell: Some hints of chocolate and burnt sweet BBQ sauce. No, I'm not kidding on that last one - definitely the smell of a brown sugar based sauce that has been burnt on the grill. A bit odd.

Taste: When first poured and still cold, some chocolate and coffee notes up front, but then this bitter and sharp finish. Sour and tangy finish even - again, like that BBQ sauce. I swear it's like they were grilling when they made this stout. Maybe it's the hops in the end giving it this flavor?

Mouthfeel: A little bit oily and sticky, some carbonation on the tongue. Not great.

Overall: Not a great stout, and not sure about the organic tag here or if it brings anything of value. I don't mind a bitter stout, but this one is too tangy and unbalanced. Even when fully warmed up it's still not much better. More of the classic stout flavors when the beer is quite cold, but the odd taste at the end is still a taste-killer for me. Oh well. Not all beers can be good or great.

Jul 29, 2011
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chumba526 from Oregon

2.44/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears black with a large light brown head.

It smells of sour chocolate, butterscotch and toffee.

It tastes a bit like milk chocolate. I get a bit of a very mild coffee flavor. There is a very mild toffee flavor. There is an unpleasant tart sour like flavor to the beer though. The sourness seems out of place and kind of ruins the beer for me.

The carbonation is quite high. There is a very crisp light mouthfeel. The carbonation is too high for a stout.

The drinkability is ok but the odd sourness limits how much of it I would want to drink. It is not very smooth.

An odd tasting stout. I like some aspects of this beer but overall the beer is flawed.

Mar 13, 2011
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring leaving traces of lace. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose roasted coffee/chocolate. Flavor is same - roasted coffee/chocolate. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

Jul 09, 2010
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MBABJJ from Minnesota

2.29/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours jet black with little to no head formation despite a vigorous pour. What little head bubbles formed quickly disappear into a small loose ring around the edge of the glass. A gentle shake yields no additional bubbles below the headline...hmmmph

S - Smells like homebrew stout. Nothing that really holds or dominates. Some caramel, leather, and licorice notes.

T - Tastes like charcoal.

M - Lacking in body for what I prefer in a stout. Thin body and lack of bubbly make this rather dull.

D - Could drink it if if tasted good, but it doesn't. Must be the organic thing. Neat concept, stupid implementation. Seems to handicap beers more often than not. Not a fan.

Jan 10, 2010
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Bottle from Bevmo in Palmdale, CA. This beer pours blackish brown with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing. The aroma is both roasty and vinous with touches of malt and chocolate. Medium, dry body with notes of roasted malt, wine and coffee. The finish is roasted malt and caramel, with a light hops aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

Oct 31, 2009
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

2.47/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Santa Cruz. I like the fact that this beer is certified organic with both organic malt and hops, and I also like how attractive the beer is. Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there. Pours an extremely dark brown with a very tan head that is somewhat thin, but very tightly beaded and there is some lacing as well. Smells a little like a fresh cow patty- slightly sour, grassy, strangely earthy, sulphurous, and sharp. Tastes slightly sour up front and then earthy and a little gamey followed by some smooth malt and light cocoa. The mouthfeel manages to be in turns slick and sticky. Thick and mouthcoating. Can't say I really enjoyed this.

Aug 23, 2009
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Magpie14 from Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The head had swiss cheese like holes and craters. The caps color is yellow tinged brown sugar with plenty of bubbles remaining after it melted away. The pour consisted of ruby colors with mahogany browns and dark walnut, close to pitch black. The lacing was few and far between with just a sprinkling about the glass

S: exhumes dark roasted malts with fudge like accents and a waft of bitter coffee. Has a slight tangy pop in it as well. Otherwise, full of roasted goodness

T: whoops...this is not good. What looked and smelled promising tastes a bit awry. The sour mash flavors steal the show and cover up what good, if any, is in this brew. Strangely enough, the flavors do not linger that much. The lemon 'n' cherry sourness blasts the tongue up front and faintly hangs at the back with the rest of the flavors. I can gather some bitter nutty coffee notes with dry cocoa powder and flakes of roasted barley

M: the mouthfeel leaves room to be desired, not bad though. Medium plus body and it does not have the dimensions that I like in a stout (this might have to do more with the flavors contributing to a low score). In any event, it is drinkable and slides down good

D: glad I tried it. I will reach for something else next time. If you like stouts tart and sour this is your bag!

May 04, 2009
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RunDWP from California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this on tap at the brewery and also from 22 once bottles. I noticed the flavor profile changes a little bit from batch to batch, so either they're tinkering with the recipe or there's something in their brewing process that isn't under control.

Interesting they call this Devout Stout since parts of this brew are certainly heavenly, and other parts seem to be from....well, let's just say another place.

The good stuff: Nice, slightly sweet milk chocolate roasted malt goodness in the brew, in both the nose and the taste. In previous tastings, I detected a more heavily roasted malt flavor, that really is best described as "burnt". It seems like they've improved their roasting process somewhat.

The bad stuff: There's a sour, hay-like like harshness to this brew, which is more noticeable as it warms.

Looks good in my tulip, very dark brown liquid, with a foamy light brown head floating on top. Some sheeting action on the glass. A little thin in the mouth feel department, but level of carbonation OK.

I'd have this again, but expect to be reaching for plenty of other stouts before this one.

Mar 06, 2009
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illidurit from California

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Black with a wet frothy tan head. Aroma consists of semisweet chocolate, ashy roast, and earth. Flavor has a decent chocolate/coffee base but there's a sourish charcoal note that may be due to a crappy boil or some organic off flavor. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Drinkability is okay.

Feb 13, 2009
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Arbitrator from California

3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark black/brown coffee color with a little light penetration at the edges. It has a moderate creamy beige head, but it recedes too quickly to be impressive. The remaining ring leaves light lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malt with some coffee, nuts, and chocolate notes. A little alcohol heat.

T: The chocolate, coffee, and caramel malts hit hard at the front, blending into a sweeter mid-taste, where it gets a bit hot. The finish is a mildly roasted blend.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Kind of thin for a stout.

D: Not exceptional, but a decent showing. I'd love to see them make it thicker.

Jan 30, 2009
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magictrokini from California

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Pours watery black with a bubbly brown head. Aroma is nice, full of roasted malts, cocoa, toffee, and some hops. The taste is completely unbalanced. Tons of burnt coffee with a flavor that I can only describe as a custard/wood/charcoal mixture. Must be the organic part of the beer. Astringent and watery, both not good for a stout. Got better as it warmed, but never got good.

Dec 16, 2008
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Devout nun's habit black with almost imperceptible lightening along the edges of the pint glass. The golden brown sugar colored head, although less than thick and creamy, looks decent enough and manages to deposit an acceptable amount of fine, bubbly lace.

The nose is dark and rich, just as a beer of this style should be. It's wall-to-wall roasted malty, with a hint of sourness and no detectable hoppiness. Simple is never a bad thing when beer smells this good.

Organic Devout Stout's flavor profile is a mortal sin. What was barely sour in the aroma is now annoyingly sour on the palate. There's enough chocolate and black malt (guesses) to help run interference, but this amount of tartness should not be present in an American stout.

ODS isn't very bitter, so it's hard to imagine that citrus fruit-like hops could be responsible for the lemon juiciness that underlies the cocoa and coffee beans. In the end, this ale's badness isn't that surprising if you've had the misfortune to drink Santa Cruz Mountain IPA. Now *that* was truly wretched beer. This is merely disappointing beer.

Even taking the ABV into consideration, the mouthfeel is too light and too loosey-goosey. It doesn't help that there was almost no noise on crown cracking, leading to something pretty close to flatness. Although it's still driveable, the rims are starting to take some damage.

It's tempting to say that Devout Stout should be renamed Sacrilegious Stout. It isn't that bad, but if you're in the market for a good, drinkable American stout, put your faith elsewhere.

Oct 09, 2008
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watchnerd from California

3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big bottle purchased from Draeger's in San Mateo.

Coffee colored pour into a wine goblet; yet, it's stout colored. Not much of a head, though, and missing the thick beige head found on the best stouts. Not much lacing, either.

Aroma is fairly mild, almost absent, consisting mainly of alcohol esters and a bit of smoked malt.

First taste and the front of the flavor is okay, but feels thin in the mouth and lacks a roundedness to the experience, missing many of the complicated undertones and rich feel of the better stout. A bit watery.

Drinkability is fine owing to the light weight and modest alcohol content.

An okay stout, but it needs some refinement and work before it can be a real contender.

Sep 23, 2008
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color, opaque everywhere but the edges. A light tan head forms but disappears somewhat quickly.

Smell: Roasted barley with coffee overtones. Light sweetness from the malt. Simple but wholesome smelling stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light malty sweetness up front, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate. The texture's good, plenty smooth, though a bit more viscosity wouldn't hurt. This one dries up quite a bit in the finish, mixing dark roast coffee flavors with moderate bittering hops. Good stuff here, very solid and drinkable, and I'll give it bonus points for being organic.

Sep 18, 2008
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: deep black crude oil with tan head that has decent staying power that never quite fades away

s: strong spicy coffee; light grassy hop overtones; light dark chocolate; the coffee is incredibly dark roasted and strong

t: dark roasted coffee; molasses; bitter and grassy hops; dark chocolate; spices

m: medium bode w/ a little too much carb and not creamy enough

d: the flavors here are amazingly strong with good coffee; the mouthfeel is a definite weakness

Jul 07, 2008
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ibbjamin from California

3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from BevMo in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

Pours thick as molasses. Head is the darkest shade of brown I've ever seen on a beer. Head is about an inch and a half which takes about a minute and a half to dissipate. Black in color. Some small streaks of lacing.

Sweet caramel roasted malts in the nose with hints of alcohol and chocolate. A very dry smelling brew.

I'm wondering where the taste is in comparison to the strong aroma of this beer. After drinking half of the bomber, the more moderate flavor is what started to grow on me (I usually am not a huge fan of stouts). The coffee with chocolate come out more in the taste thank the smell along with the heavy roasted malts which were more prevalent in the nose. Quality organic ingredients.

Rather watery and light for a stout. Little carbonation.

One of the easiest dark beers to drink for me.

Jun 26, 2008
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cswhitehorse from California

3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Devout Organic Stout poured a opal color with a finger foam head that didn't hang out long.

The aroma was the best part of this brew for me. It had a nice roasted malt to it, deep in character. I got carob and coffee smell.

The taste was pretty bitter through the drink. Maybe it has a high hopping to it, but it seemed to give it a real sharp taste. In the mouth you are left with a bitter off flavor. Overall an average stout.

Mar 28, 2008
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if I drank the same beer as the others who reviewed but mine was pretty good. Poured a jet black with a brown 1/2 inch head. Nose was of some chocolate, maybe espresso. Taste followed suit, a dark chocolate with maybe the espresso at the end and plenty of raosted malt. I liked it. Looked good, taste good, I rate it good.

Feb 21, 2008
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber provided by biegaman from his Cali trip.

Pours an opaque black, some red in the edges, thin tan head forms, settles to a thin layer, leaves behind a bit of lace. Smell is chocolate, toffee, roast, oats, very nutty, some fruitiness is lurking as well. Taste is chocolate and roast, coffee, nuts especially peanuts, cocoa, bready malt, biscuity, lacto finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth. Neat stout, I like the nutty character, thanks Jan!

Feb 19, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, light tan head.

Smell: Roasted barley aroma lends itself a decent coffee scent with a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted barley and flavors of dark chocolate and morning blend coffee with a subtle sweetness (along with a twinge of acidity). All of it eases up for a mildly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good enough for a light stout.

Feb 13, 2008
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grub from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours nearly opaque black with a small dense dark brown head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. dark chocolate. caramel. roasty. bit of smoke. really nutty. hazelnut and almond initially, then peanut taking over. almost like a reese peanut butter cup. light alcohol. biscuit and bread malts.

taste is nice. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. almond and hazelnut. toasted bread. a bit of dark fruit - date and fig.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. balanced and interesting. the peanut butter didn't quite do it for me personally, but it was still a good brew.

Nov 12, 2007
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

picked up at the Bottle Barn Santa Rosa, CA back in May...
Appears a dark brown, near black with a tan head that fades into a small cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, peanut skins, and some tartness mixed with wet tin.
Taste is somewhat bland with highlights of nuts, cocoa, hazelnut, dirty herbs, and bitter chocolate.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, tart, bitter, roasty, with that metal flavor coming through again.

Oct 30, 2007
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Zorro from California

3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this is another beer with about perfect looks. Black beer impervious to light with a tall brown head that doesn't threaten to overflow the glass.

The smell is dark chocolate and coffee, this you can smell quite fragrantly from the moment you open the bottle. Sweet and a little smoky this smells like a fresh made mocha from a barista in an espresso shop. Lots of chocolate and lots of coffee without any acrid burned odor.

The taste begins a little sweet and bitter with the patent malt hitting reasonably hard at the beginning. Evens out a bit and coffee is clearly the dominant flavor in this beer. The promise of the smell doesn't make it to the taste; this is very much a coffee beer. I would have liked some more chocolate taste here but some do like a straight coffee tasting stout without the chocolate or anything else.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is a beer that looks and smells great but simply falls down in the taste department for me. It is a good coffee flavored stout. It is NOT a stout with chocolate flavor or any other subtleties. Loved the looks and smell wasn't crazy about the taste.

Aug 17, 2007
Devout Stout from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 52 ratings