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Awaken Stout | Trinity Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Oxymoron on 10-10-2008

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 66
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewhouse, which is is near the Garden of the Gods. My hotel was right down the street and I slept poorly. The altitude has murdered me. I wake up gagging blood, my head rushing from nightmares and oxygen deprivation. I tossed and turned from 5 until 10, then slept for two more hours until a knock informed me it was time to check out.

What I'm getting as it that even though Trinity don't open until noon, their coffee stout was absolutely essential to my morningtime wellbeing.

It smells more stouty than like a cup of coffee, which is a bit of welcome change considering the aggressive roastiness of most contemporary coffee beers. I mean, I still like the way those smell, but it's nice to go back to the old school once in a while.

Tastes like beans and barley. Medium roast coffee up front, rough stout grain in the middle, dry hops and lingering coffee bitterness at the end. A little under-aggressive by contemporary standards, but that actually makes for a better morning beer, imho. The only knock is that the body is just a little bit thin.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ive loved Trinity Brewing since I first tried them out a few years back. Awake is a decent example of a coffee stout, but to make this one a little better it has chicory root into it. Overall it has a great flavor profile, but last time I got this in a corney keg it was a wee bit thin in my opinion, it has so much potential to be an amazing stout though and I very much think that if you come across this beer, pick some up and definitely give it the old taste test. 3.25/5

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint the pour produces a quarter finger of chewy, dark-khaki colored lace over an ebony body. Very good to look at. 4.25

Abundant coffee on the nose with an earthy, woody and somewhat spiced touch. Espresso levels of potency but there's also a sweet and creamy side to this brew. 4.25

Coffee still figures prominently on the palate but with less bite than I'd expect and the same woody, earthy notes given on the nose. With some warmth a pronounced vanilla flavor pops up and adds a nice dimension. The flavors here seem delicate and emphasizing restraint but I'm left wanting a bit more taste, both from coffee and malt. 3.5

The body is very light here and I feel this has an affect on the flavor, leaving it less rich and creamy than I'd want. But on the flipside, it's an exceptionally easy-drinking coffee stout with a number of flavors, so there's certainly a trade-off. 3.5

It's a good game day beer I think. Something I can put back in good amounts for sure. I'd probably make it a go-to if in Colorado Springs.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent in the glass, black with a great off-white head that left thick, heavy sheets of dense lacing and lasted forever.

A bit of an extra shot of burnt aromas (one of my favs in a stout), plus coffee, chocolate, roasted and toasted notes. more notable in the aroma and somewhat muted in the taste, tho the taste is still real nice.

Body is thick and typical of the rare instances when you can actually get a nitro pour. I got a growler of this too, but chose to do the review on the nitro version.

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Photo of beergoot
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The glass arrived with a dark brown body with a thick, creamy head. The aroma came across faintly malty (milk duds) with some sweet chocolate notes. The taste expanded on the aroma with roasted grains and slight coffee notes; moderate, well-balanced bitterness; light coffee flavors. The body was medium-light, crisp and dry.

Awaken is decently balanced and flavorful yet weak overall for a stout, lacking in body and fairly mild all-around. I might consider this a "beginner's" stout for its light overall character although the coffee notes may not appeal to some (personally, I like coffee flavors in beers). A session-able dark beer and fairly tasty, but don't look for a robust "meal" of a beer.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. The beer was served in a mug, delivered a pure black color with a small 1/2 finger tan head. Some retention and lacing. The nose is that of roasted malt with a detectable sweetness. The flavor is rich and full of roasted malts. Mildly bitter and smooth. As the beer warms a noticeable prune fruit flavor envelopes the palette, not pleasant. Finishes dry. Not as rich as I would prefer, but not bad aside from the prune flavor. Overall, not bad but not great. Better options available.

I also sampled the beer on nitro which was much better, no prune flavor and the nitro really improved the mouthfeel. However, it was only a taster so no review.

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Photo of agirlandherpen
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Trinity Brewing on 12/20. It poured very black, with a surprisingly small amount of head. It had a strong coffee nose to it. I thought the smell prepared me for what I was about to taste, but the taste was quite unexpected. Instead of a more bitter coffee taste, I tasted ample roasty malts. It felt like a smooth nitro Guinness...

The taste lingers in the mouth, even after a couple of minutes. The coffee/espresso taste creeps up on you at the end for a lasting finish. Very filling.

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Photo of Domingo
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is based on a growler brought back from the taproom the same day.
Pours a milk chocolate color. Looks more like a brown ale than a stout, but it does have a nice thick texture and just the right amount of foam from a normal pour.
The nose is a nice back and forth of sweet malty flavors and coffee. While some coffee beers go crazy with strong espresso, this one seems to be a bit milder and more acidic.
The taste offers just a hint of slightly vinous sourness from the beer, which I’ll attribute to the yeast. From there it develops into a slightly sweet nutty ale that (like the appearance) seems closer to a brown ale than a stout to me. The coffee kicks in on the back of the palate and works really well as a blending flavor without taking over everything. Just the right amount of roastiness and slight acidity.
A pretty good coffee beer, although I do still think it’s more of a brown ale than a stout…at least to me.
That said, the old "drinkability" rating for this beer would've been off the charts. Our growler disappeared in almost no time. While the scores don't seem all that high, I really did enjoy drinking it and will definitely get more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great stout. bitter finish from the espresso and chicory is magic. pours a deep dark black with a glorious head of little nitris bubbles and stoke. smells of the chicory, also a mellow hop vibe for a stout. fun, dank. oddly earthy and intriguing, dry all the way through too, which is majorly uncommon in the style. honestly has elements of a dry irish stout, seems like thats the point of departure, but its also so much more than that. i like it more and more everytime i go down there. no need for it to be on nitro, its silky without that, although they definitely serve it both ways now. layered and nuanced, but i could and would drink five or six of them in a session. drinks rich and smooth, with a nearly perfect mouthfeel, big body, easy drinking. not too many stouts like this out there, it really stands out from the crowd, and despite not being a saison, is really one of the more memorable beers from trinity. this is a fantastic quaff, only thing keeping it from an A+ is the price and the bitch pouring it. yummm

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a barrel-shaped mug. Pure black with an imposing tan cap. The aroma is light with sweet malt. The taste rather good, toffe and cocoa, not quite chocolate milk sweet but good. It's incredible smooth but has a driness to it, perhaps I'm just spoiled from a lot of good porters lately. After half the mug it got a little harder to drink with how dry it was, but it didn't stop me. I might go for something richer next time.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a very dark brown, almost balck color that's opaque with chestnut edges and a two finger frothy off white headthat has decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Nice roasty aroma with a good amount of coffee without being burnt, acrid or over the top.  Smokey with hints of oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and caramel.  A bit of dark fruit as well with faint spice and hops.  

Full bodied with a nice roasted coffee flavor.  Pretty roasty up front with a strong chicory coffee presence that lingers into a dry finish.  Slightly burnt/acrid without being over the top.  Subtle creaminess adds fullness.  Hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut with a dry finish.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light red tints, a nice foamy tan head that has descent retention and descent lace. The smell is good with roasted malts, coffee tones, dark cocoa, light earthy hops, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is nice and richly roasted with a sweet caramel and coca middle, hints of vanilla and a nice earthy note of hops. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of claytong
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - black opaque, minor brown, decent head

smell - roasted coffee dominates, malt strong as well, minor hops

taste - the same, coffee seems not very nice, hops has a bittering end to it

mouthfeel - smooth, a little light on the body

with all their great guest taps im amazed people order their beers

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Photo of ffejherb
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Trinity brewpub on 8/13/10. Served in a dimpled mug.

A - Thin-looking onyx liquid with dark brown accents and a wispy beige head that reduced to a fine patchy island in the center of the glass and minimal lacing.

S - While coffee is indeed at the forefront, the aroma is not as obvious as some other coffee stouts I've had. Instead, the nose is quite subtle, with light roasted and chocolate malt notes paired with an understated earthy hop tones.

T - Coffee-forward flavor with light roast, caramel malt and vanilla sweetness as well as subtle earthy hops and mild chocolate notes. Moves into more dry, bitter territory near the backend with a good bit of nutty astringency in the finish.

M - Pretty thin bodied nitro feel. Although the texture is smooth, it's a bit on the watery side. Finishes with a hint of dry astringency and minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Fine no-frills coffee stout, although a little thin in the mouthfeel department. Still, it's quite flavorful and true to its coffee roots.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jet black with a dense, yet small head. Fishy aroma (malty and metallic?). Bland. Slight menthol flavor toward the middle and back. Some coffee is there, but not nearly enough. Smooth mouthfeel, but way too thin. Unfortunately, this stout has nothing going for it. Nothing making it stand out or distinct. Slightly alcoholic coffee water. Not worth finishing.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy black color, almost opaque, with a nice fluffy off-white head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee and roasted malt. Nice creamy texture, with good freshly brewed espresso flavors, along with some dark chocolate and the expected roasted malt. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awaken is a fairly complex stout with a distinct flavor (and smell) of coffee, and minor flavors of roasted grains and chocolate. The head was creamy and laced well. This is a good stout on tap and has everything that a stout should have, but didn't blow me away. I would certainly drink another if I had the chance. It is also made vegetarian friendly, so that is a plus for compatibility.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, deep brown with a nice tannish head. Nose was cocoa, light coffee, not much of roasted malt like I expected. Taste was a bit thinner for me. Light cocoa, coffee and not much malt. This beer has more potential. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy but still thinner than I expected. Pretty good but not one I would go back too.

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Photo of HopsRunner
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this as a Nitro. Drank Awaken the same day i got it in my Growler.

A: Looked very creamy as it poured from the growler and incredibly dark.

S: Chocolate, Coffee, and Malt blend

T: Tasted the same as it smelled and from what my friend told me that i was with is very much alike Guinness on Draft in Europe.

M: Felt creamy and smooth with a good ending.

D: Drinkability was exceptional. It was incredibly smooth we downed the entire Growler that night.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small off white head little retention and no lacing. Dark cloudy brown beer.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and light pine hops.

T- Much like the smell dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and piney hops.

M- Silky smooth medium bodied beer with a nice bite in the end.

Pretty good coffee stout, I know I will be drinking a lot of this a the local brewpub.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The nose has rich malts, chocolate, coffee and subtle hops. More of the same in the taste. A good amount of bitter coffee over roasty malts and bitter hops. Well balanced. Medium body matches style well. A good brew to wash down one of their delicous meals.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a dark brown. More translucent than I'd expect a stout to be. Good head retention. Little lacing.

Smell of rich toasted malts, toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Taste mimics the great aroma, focusing more on roasted malts and chocolate. A little more hop presence might make it even better.

The mouthfeel would be fine for a porter, but it drifts away from the heavier stout mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol great, carbonation is perfect.

A very tasty, aromatic brew and overall very enjoyable. Went very well with their Spicy Chocolate Stout Chile.

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Awaken Stout from Trinity Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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