Risen | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration with Surly Brewing Company: Risen (8.4% ABV; 50 IBU) a coffee and oak, double brown ale. This lavish brown ale was brewed with over 100 pounds of locally roasted coffee and was rested on oak for a toasted finish with extra complexity.

Added by skinsfan on 12-30-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
95
pDev:
6.2%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of baklo
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of challenja
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Single bottle peed into a tulip glass.
A bare bones review because I'm busy drinking bourbon and watching Pusher 3. This beer wowed me. It's a like a oaked Baltic Porter more than a roasted brown ale. It's delicious. Bready, robust, datk roast vanilla oaked goodness. It's a fabulous take on a Surly oaked brown ale. So rare to get a Surly beer in VA.. It's a rare treat. Pick one up today.

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Photo of AGB
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rammed96
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a thin creamier light tan head. It doesn't have much retention but leaves some ribbons of small sticky lacing. The aroma is robust coffee. It dominates the aroma but is quite nice. The taste is close to the aroma with just a little malt sweetness in the background. The body has a nice weight to it with a light carbonated tingle.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrsp1107
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in the glass with deep chestnut at the edges when held to the light. A large tan head on top that slowly turns into more frog eyes.

S: Coffee and vanilla, with oak, caramel, and some dark roast grains.

T: Nice dark caramel malt flavors with coffee and vanilla rounding out the flavor. The finish is coffee, oak, and vanilla.

M: Medium light-ish on feel, although it does has a touch of a textural element that pulls creamy. Carbonation is fairly low, but works for the style.

O: Overall a pretty decent brew. Good flavor, and well rounded.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmasher85
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now this is a collab I can get behind. Haven't hat much from Surly, but anyone who can make Abrasive must be good. This pours little head with a very dark brown/red color and light body.

Smell is complex and exciting - oaky, earthy, a little anise, some nutty, roasted malts, a bit of coffee and Postum. Flavor is dryer than the nose suggests, with more coffee and that nutty, roasty bittersweet flavor you'd expect from a brown ale. A hint of peanuts on the sides of my tongue, and the aftertaste is a bready and woody at the same time. Smell is better than taste, but both leave me with a smile.

Body is heavier and slicker than it would appear, due in part to the minimal head and carbonation. Overall, this is a rustic beer that tastes like it was pulled right from the trees and mountains of its Virginia homeland. Goes great with mild, partly-sunny skies and a rocking chair on the porch in the backyard.

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 31 Jan 2016, drank 4 April 2016.

Dark cola color, pleasant creamy head. Coffee taste rises quickly and endures on tasting. Aroma pleasant, but not overwhelming. I love coffee but suspect that those who do not might hesitate at the predominance of the coffee flavor. Definitely a worthwhile collaboration. I think the taste of coffee could be blended more effectively into other flavors, which would raise my rating a bit, but still a quality darker ale.

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Photo of beerrat
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bones349
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid brown ale. Fantastic flavors start to finish. Nothing overpowering, very nice balance. Wish it came in 6 packs... Or maybe 12s with seven summits!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark and completely translucent up until the bottom inch or two where stifled light carries through a slight ruby color. Head began at about an inch of beige foam that fell back to a largely lace-less fizz film.

Nose is big time coffee that tails off with hints of what is best described as the floral spice of noble hops, whether used or not. After a bit more consideration, I start to get a slightly tart bready thing.

Taste is wicked massive coffee straight away. Like, covering up everything else. Second run at the taste brings out a hint of dark chocolate and that noble hop presence. The taste quickly blurs into the mouthfeel as a strong alcohol presence brings on an incredible dryness that dominates the finish.

Very aggressive beer here. It's good but I can see this becoming tedious!

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Risen from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 95 ratings