Oronoko Cocoa Stout | Round Barn Brewery

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Oronoko Cocoa StoutOronoko Cocoa Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States
roundbarnbrewery.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oronoko: The name of our local township. When spelled Orinoco: A type of cocoa that comes from the Orinoco River Basin in Central America, and the chocolate that is used in this stout. Contains lactose (milk sugar).

Added by GbVDave on 08-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
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Photo of tommy5
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kyle86
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Diggy
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of bcuz7
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of _Christina_
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of lakersgt1
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of therealdeesto
4.49/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown/black with a perfect tan creamy head that gradually settles off the pour just like a certain famous Irish stout...

S: Sweet, milky aromaticity. Not overpowering, just right.

T: Creamy, sweet taste with the slightest hint of cocoa. Milky/lactose flavors are apparent. Very drinkable but rich at the same time.

M: Ridiculously smooth, very very creamy but again not too rich or filling. Strikes the perfect balance of heaviness and drinkability.

O: I've had many, many stouts from every craft brewery I've ever been to, and this is the best by far. It has the universal appeal and versatility of a Guinness, but with a slightly more complex tasting profile. Like a Guinness, this beer might lose a little something when served from a bottle/can, so if you get the chance to have it on draught, do yourself a favor and have a pint.

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Photo of Will-I-Am
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of sweemzander
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Mavigo
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter. Received this as a gift.

A: Pours a near opaque black color with a short off white head that vanishes quickly, leaving only a thin off white ring. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Smells of Barley, wheat, malts, chocolate, coffee

T: Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, malts, wheat, barley, malts

M: Full bodied beer with over amounts of carbonation, masks the the flavor profile a bit.

O: This is a good beer, its not novel yet it's quite comforting. A decent stout. Recommended by me.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle had at Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

I wasn't expecting too much out of this beer, but I enjoyed it a decent bit. It's a solid cocoa stout that offers up some nice chocolate flavor and a slightly creamy mouthfeel due to the addition of lactose. It's not bursting with heaps of chocolate, and it's not a very thick stout, but it's pretty tasty -- you get what you pay for, essentially. The bitterness is quite low, the chocolate flavor is added without being overwhelming, and the drinkability is quite high. Far from the best chocolate stout I've had, but one I'd not mind having another of.

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Photo of AdamThomas
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown color, opaque. a huge 3 finger plus head even when poured softly. light tan color and doesn't last long but does leave a lacing.

Smell: chocolatey. comes off sweet. slight roasted malts

Taste: opens up with chocolate not big bold taste but its there and its not bad. closes out with a touch of roasted malt that verges on the slightest coffee bitterness

Mouthfeel: good lighter stout. no lingering aftertastes. good drinkable stout

Overall: in a time full of big stouts, this is a fairly simple but well done drinkable stout. tasty not a palate wrecker and well brewed. my first exposure to round barn and certainly warrants a second look.

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Photo of StoutHunter
1.89/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

I picked up a bottle of Round Barn Brewery's Oronoko Cocoa Stout a couple weeks ago for $2.39 at Scooby's Bottle Shop. Well it's Halloween today and since I don't have any new Pumpkin beers to try I thought I would go for something Chocolaty, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is ok, it's got a map of the county that this beer is named after, but it's a little simple and it's not too eye catching. It made a pretty loud hissing noise when I opened the cap and it poured a nice black color that was right on the border of being very dark brown and it let in just a slight amount of light with three and a half fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a slight amount of spotty lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, but the lacing was pretty weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness followed by some malts that impart a nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma with some cocoa powder sticking out nicely making it live up to it't name. Up next comes a weird plastic like aroma with some cardboard in the background and it's followed by an off sour smelling aroma. The aroma was going in the right direction with some nice chocolate aromas, but it's quickly overpowered by too many off aromas.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart a roasted malt and chocolate like flavor with cocoa powder still sticking out the most. Up next comes some some sweet and slightly sour flavor with some cardboard coming through. On the finish there's a pretty low amount of bitterness with a slight sour taste and it has a roasty malt and weird plastic like aftertaste. Just like the aroma it was going in the right direction, but after the malts came to many off flavors and a bad aftertaste.

M- Not that smooth, very crisp and prickly, on the real light side of being medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was a mess and it was too prickly and over carbonated.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and it wasn't a good example of the style, something was off with this beer, I think it might be old, but with no bottling date I have no way of knowing that so I'm going to hold that against them. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me and it turned into a chore to finish. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't that great, but it was still the best part of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was pretty much everything, there wasn't anything about this beer that stuck out as being pretty good. I would buy another bottle if I could guarantee it was fresh, but since it doesn't have a date on it I don't see myself revisiting it anytime soon. I wouldn't recommend this beer as it is, it's just not an enjoyable beer. All in all I didn't like this beer, it did have some potential but it was overshadowed by all the off aspects. Better luck next time guys, this one was a let down. This is my second beer from this brewery so far I'm no too impressed.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New bottle, apparently; the pic used looks like a children's book illustration (not a bad one), whereas my bottle says "Oronoko Cocoa Stout" with a pic of a section of an old-school map.

Certainly stout in appearance, it's a pretty thick beer (think traditional stout), dark brown with some clarity at the edges. The small khaki-colored head that forms drops somewhat rapidly but leaves some behind, a well-kept island and always some at the edge. Lacing is left moderately by way of spotting.
I get some nice cocoa and roast, and I have to wonder if any lactose is used. It certainly seems like a milk stout, and I would have to question any denial of the inclusion of milk sugars. The nose has a nice roast, while the flavor brings out more of it with a little tangy edge along with a little bit of barley grains, with no harsh edge or acridity but a very gently balancing, extremely mild bitterness.
The feel is a little light for a stout, a bit light bodied after starting with the notion of some heft and then dropping off. There's a spritziness I can't get into as far as stouts go. It's not bad, but it's not a stout-like feel. Otherwise, this is a nice, easy-drinking but pretty flavorful beer.

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Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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