Devout Stout | Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-18-2006

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by RunDWP:
Photo of RunDWP
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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

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Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of magictrokini
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours almost black with a half finger of loose tan bubbles after an aggressive pour. Head melts quickly to a film of sticky lacing.
Aromas are typical dark chocolate, roasted malts, and dark coffee.
Flavor is dark chocolate and sweet dark espresso with a finish that I can only describe as ether. Everything is fine until the finish and fortunately the ether taste doesn't linger long.
Aftertaste becomes chocolate and dark coffee.
Light hops dry the mouth afterwards and prepare you for another sip.
Ether seems to disappear as beer 'breathes'...not warms...just 'breathes' like wine.
Still a slight vinegar taste on the end.

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Photo of Magpie14
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!

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Photo of Diomede
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Jredner
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber. Pours black with a diminishing thumb thick head that is a dark mocha and nice looking, but bubbly. The aroma is roast/brunt malt, chocolate, coffee and some mild dusty notes.

Fore is light and tart with some watery acidic coffee and a bit of gamy umami in the finish. It really doesn’t taste very good and some strong cola elelments don’t help it earn any flavor points. The brown ale this company does is much better.

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Photo of theopholis
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This stuff is BLACK!. No light shines through at all. As a toffee colored head with little staying power and practically no lcae.

Aroma- Smells a lot like coffee grounds from a quality, roasted coffe. Some roasted malt. No hops or malt sweetness at all.

Taste- Dark and roasty with hints of charocol. Good level of bitterness. Little malt sweetness or flavoring hops. Has a really nice after-taste. Got something going on on the back of the tounge

Mouthfeel- Body is just a tad thin for a stout. The carbonation is okay. Lingers in the mouth and palate, which contributes to that fine after-taste.

Drinkability- If you're a stout drinker, give this stuff a try. It's not fantastic, but a worthy effort.

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Photo of largadeer
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of weeare138
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.

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Photo of Zorro
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.

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Photo of ibbjamin
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of grub
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.

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Photo of charlzm
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of flexabull
4.19/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark flat black color, with a small thin head.

Aromas are nice, dark roasted malts, dark bakers chocolate, and a very coffee like nose.

Taste is bittersweet. There are chocolate flavors, coffee, and a bit of a hoppy and bitter finish as well. It is a nicely balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a long lasting and full in the mouth flavor.

Drinkability is great. This is a session worthy stout. Comparable to something like Obsidian Stout... but at probably a step or two below... Still well worth a try.

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Photo of PavementBlues
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of jesus808
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AWA
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of warmstorage
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, 5.4% ABV. I'm embarrased to admit that I don't remember where I bought this, or for how much. It's been tucked in the back of my beer fridge for a couple of months.

Pours deep brown/black, with minimal head, just as a stout should.

Aroma is roasty grain and chocolate: very nice.

Tastes of coffee, roast, chocolate, and toasty burnt grain (in a very good way.) As it warms, slightly sour, dry fruit (sour cherries?) taste comes out, but not necessarily a bad thing. Remains a chocolate and coffee delight.

Maybe this is where I need to focus my organic tasting: darker beers. My numerous forays into organic IPA have been, almost uniformly, a bust. But this is some damn tasty dry/sweet-ish stout. I like it a lot, and would absolutely buy it again for a basic stout. My ratings are for basic stout: it's not a high gravity, blow your lid off RIS, but it's absolutely excellent for what it is.

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