Shockoe Espresso Stout | Richbrau Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Richbrau Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 07-10-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by zymurgy4all:
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best espresso stout I've had. It is difficult to balance the espresso in order to make it detectable without ruining the beer. This had a great nitro head that lasted a long time. It was black in color (as expected), and had a wonderful chocolate and espresso flavor. There wasn't too much bitterness, which can happen if the espresso is overdone. There is a nice roasted flavor left behind, making it a great after dinner beer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd one of a 3-pack from my bro, DesignatedDriver....
Pours a black color w/ no light passing through....a full finger of creamy tan head w/ decent lacing.
Aroma is nothing over the top, but a nice robust coffee scent w/ some semi-sweet chocolate.
Taste is enjoyable...not the insane degree of coffee I was expecting, but rather a very well balanced stout w/ a above average amount of espresso. Somewhat bitter in the finish...not very dry.
Alcohol is not detected and the mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Easily quaffable if you enjoy your coffee stouts.
A much better offering from Richbrau IMO...showing me that these guys can produce some original and tasty styles.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Capital Ale House.

Appearance: Deep, deep dark brown in color. Only hints of amber poke through around the edges. Massive creamy off-white head completely plasters the glass.

Smell: Wonderful aromas of freshly-roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Awesome. Like touring the Hershey factory while drinking Starbucks coffee.

Taste: Wow. Was I impressed with this beer. The chocolate and roasted coffee aromas carried over wonderfully into the flavor. Slightly bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Large and creamy-smooth. Medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. A real palate-coater.

Drinkability: This is one flavorful stout! Not heavy at all, and it is so very smooth and quaffable. Thankfully, Richbaru is only minutes away from work (class...can you say "growler"?). I gotta get my wife to come out to the Ale House with me...why spend the same amount of $$ at Friday's/Etc. when beer like this is available?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany body appears black in the pint glass but reveals glowing highlights when held to the light. Its short, creamy tan head slowly dwindles to a thin collar but leaves some interesting spashes of thin lace about the glass. The nose displays mocha, rich and roasty with some sweet, powdery cocoa as well as a burnt chocolate edge. The body is medium and its very fine, moderate carbonation is silky smooth across the palate. Rich, deeply roasted malts dominate the flavor giving it overall more of a black coffee character than the semi-sweet mocha that the aroma hinted at. It's just slightly acidic, and nicely bitter. It finishes dry with a dusting of cocoa and a long lasting aftertaste of almost burnt roastiness and bitterness. Rich and satisfying with a good degree of drinkability.

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Photo of chem400
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this stout while in Richmond during a strong heat wave (over 100 degrees). I was suprised how thirstquenching it was. It is not a "heavy" stout, with a lighter body and smooth roll off the tounge.

Served on tap, the head and cling were strong. Out of the bottle, these diminished.

Although the color is quite dark, the beer has good clarity when held to the light.

It is nice and roasty, with some lingering. The coffee is apparent, but I didn't find it overwelming. I felt that the IBUs were low, making this a "sweet" stout. Nothing wrong with that since sweet stouts are known to have coffee flavors.

Overall, a pretty dang good beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of sampler tray at the brewpub. Appearance is a dark brown color with tan head. Smell is a deep coffee, chocolate. burnt aroma that is overpowering (in a good way). Taste is coffee with a slight chocolate undertone. Dry mouthfeel that leaves a pleasnt taste in the mouth. A superb brew.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black and translucent at the edges. Small tan head, dissipated quickly. Nose is mild coffee and some toasty malt. Mouthfeel is a tad thin as is the body. Perhaps I've had this one too long. Smooth easy to drink coffee stout. Get it on tap or occassionally on cask at Richbrau. Definitely worth it when it is fresh.

22 oz bottle purchased at Richbrau (3 for $10).

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Photo of fattychubs
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours almost black, the dark brown highlights only showing when held up to the light. Aroma of espresso, with hints of sweet chocolate. From the very start I could taste the espresso flavor and malts, overriding the small taste of hops and chocolate undertones. The espresso flavor stayed through out, with a sweet finish. The mouth feel and other flavors seemed a bit flat, although it may have been passed its prime as I had the bottle for a good month, Overall not a bad brew, would like to try it fresher on tap, and hope it would be a bit fuller and richer.

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Shockoe Espresso Stout from Richbrau Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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