Rise Up Coffee Stout
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #32
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,083
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
542
From:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  73
Gots
  90
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: A caribbean style stout, infused with coffee. Ours is rich and dark with a toasted brown head, well balanced, roasty and full flavored. Cold steeping ...Read Morewith organic coffee from local shop Rise Up Coffee imparts a generous but balanced coffee nose and flavor
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kagee from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel sets this one apart. It's coffee and carbonation on the intake and chocolate on the aftertaste. The carbonation holds up very well and holds its character well over an extended sipping session.

Jun 28, 2019
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FrMatthewLC from Canada

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice stout with a decent coffee addition. The head was very big and more ran than white (I actually got to much head, probably due to a bad pour). The taste & smell were nice for a sour with a little more coffee flavor

Oct 22, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with an above average body. Has a nice thick feel to it with mild carbonation.
Aroma is malt, roasted malt, freshly made low acid black coffee, some espresso
Taste is similar to aroma, not at all sweet but just a bit bitter from what I am guessing is the coffee. It isn't complex, just straightforward roasted malts , coffee, and a little bit of espresso bean.
It's a really enjoyable beer that works on it's own or after a meal instead of coffee which is how i enjoyed it.

Aug 19, 2018
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AWiseman528 from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is pretty readily available to me living northeast of Baltimore. Couldn't remember if I liked it so i took the chance at $8.99 for a 4 pack.

L: poured from a 12 oz bottle into the suggested (on the box) nonik pint, it pours a dark black with a dark tan solid 2.5 finger head, perfectly reaching the top of the glass. Decent retention and halfway through as i write this, it leaves a sexy lacing all the way up to the mouth of the glass.

S: the smell is very bold and somewhat upfront: COFFEE! and then seamlessly blended into roasted malt. Definitely heavy on the coffee, but a noticeable malt prescense.

T: follows the nose almost exactly. Predominantly coffee up front (and tasty coffee at that!) followed by a great malt character. Like the smell, it is blended very smoothly and in a way that the coffee and malts compliment each other very well.

F: the only beef I have with this beer is in this department. Petty perhaps, but it has more of a porter feel. Not "watered down", but not thick and full and creamy as youd expect from a stout.

O: overall a very fine showing of Maryland beers and dark beer in general. Although I personally think it should be labeled a porter, a fantastic beer nonetheless and well worth a try.

Jul 21, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of strong black coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malts, black coffee is plentiful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but you better be a coffee lover to enjoy this one.

Mar 16, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wotta bummer! My Happy New Evil/Evo/Evil Beer Sunday (Week 677) is now in full swing, but I only have one (1) "New" beer from Evolution Craft Brewing Company to add to this madness. 8=( Dang!

From the bottle: "Alc. 6.7% by Vol., 17.8 (deg.) P, 40 IBU".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow pour into my latest glass, a converted Mason jar. Once the bottle was empty, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), revealing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose smelled of my morning cuppa joe! Mouthfeel was medium, at best. I like my coffee the same way as my women & my magic - hot & black! The roastiness of this beer rivals Navy Joe Coffee's JP-5 blend, named for aviation jet fuel. Ha! We brewed a pot laced with black powder on time & it sent everybody into overdrive. We field day-ed (cleaned) MT52 from the deck to the overhead & fore to aft until it gleamed & then looked for something else to do. I still get the jitters thinking of that one. This was not quite that intense, but you had best really like the taste of hot, black, unadulterated coffee if you are planning on drinking this one. It made me think of the original (now banned) iterations of Four Loko - mega caffeine plus mucho alcohol to get your heart really Pop!ping. Finish was dry, roasty & just what I needed on this day.

Feb 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with no head nor lacing. The smell had a huge amount of dark bitter coffee beans and as it warmed there was a nice sweet balance of cocoa to broaden the aroma. The taste was mainly bitter and lead to a decent dry sweet balance to the cocoa. A dry sweet to bitter coffee/cocoa aftertaste leads to a dry coffee bean finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Bitter dry coffee sticks to my tongue. Overall, I say this was an excellent American Stout that I would have again.

Jun 24, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is fair, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is creamy roasted and toasted malts, fleshy coffee, and chocolate. Flavor profile is creamy roasted and toasted malts, with fresh coffee, and chocolate throughout. There is a dark chocolate note at the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a rich, creamy, velvety texture. It really delivers a good presence without being overly assertive. Overall, the stout base notes are great. The addition of fleshy, non-charred coffee adds to the creaminess and experience of this beer. Wonderful.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a bottle.

May 11, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been vacationing down in the Bethany/Rehoboth Beach region for years, and while it introduced me to breweries like Dog Fish Head and Dominion, I can't believe I've missed out on Evolution. Here's to making up for lost time.
Rise Up Stout pours a viscuous dark brown, nearly black with a hint of ruby. A billowy mocha head rises to the surface and retains well, leaving sudsy film in its path.
As would be expected from the name, the coffee aroma jumps at you like a pot of fresh medium roast beckoning you in the morning. It is also nutty, creamy and sweet, with tones of vanilla and chocolate.
Wonderful mouthfeel that is smooth, creamy and has an elegant complexity. The nutty and roasted malts form the solid backbone, while the milky chocolate adds a coating that is sweet, thick and even fudge like. Yet, the bitterness from the hops and dark espresso notes is prominent in the finish. It increases its intensity gradually and seamlessly, rendering the palate dry and filled with a lingering coffee like bitterness towards the end. The body is on the high side of medium; truly one of the most drinkable stouts there is. I'll have another one please!

Apr 14, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/12/16.
Poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Look- Poured almost black showing mahogany around the edges with near two fingers of light brown, rich foamy head.
Smell- Slightly subdued nose of coffee, dark roast and a hint of chocolate.
Taste- Smooth, slightly bitter with roasted malts and coffee flavors.
Feel- On the lighter side of full bodied with light carbonation making this go down quick.
Overall- Easy drinking, enjoyable stout. For me a nice local option.

Apr 02, 2017
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, khaki head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of coffee and roasted malts.

Tastes of the deep roasted malts. Malts lead off with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Some tobacco and earthy hops add next. Finishes with a lingering chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid stout.

Mar 26, 2017
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MurphyMacManus from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle into nonic pint.

Look: Dark brown/black and opaque. Tan head quickly fades to moderate lacing, but that might be my pouring technique.

Smell: Coffee. Roasted malt. Some faint chocolate.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate up front, mocha notes in the middle. Fades to a coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter.

Feel: Relatively light for a stout. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Not sticky like some stronger and heavier stouts. Light body masks the 6.7% ABV.

Overall: Good representative of the style.

Mar 11, 2017
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Delmarvabeer from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pitch black, much like coffee. Little to no head, just a slight ring around the top of the stout

S: Fruity and dark scents, dried fruit. Mild coffee scent and some smokiness.

T: Dark maltiness, with a mild smoke and coffee. Coffee does not have the burnt flavor that many porters/stouts have when brewing beer and mixing coffee into the batch.

F: Bold, heavy beer. Mild carbonation, just enough needed to enhance flavor and not make flat.

O: I love this beer. The Russian Imperial version is practically perfect but the standard Rise up is amazing. An excellent use of coffee to enhance flavor and add an extra dimension to what would be a generally good stout by itself.

Aug 21, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in body, with a charcoal/brown head.

S: Amazingly dense and rich coffee aroma. A sea of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and perhaps the smallest hint of oak.

T: Flavor follows with dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, a touch of booze, perhaps a hint of oatmeal and light wood flavor.

M: Medium heavy with a creamy feel, and low to moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty decent coffee stout, fine work.

Jun 05, 2016
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cyguyjg from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: very dark and unmistakably stout. Aroma: slight coffee but understated. Taste: excellent in the full mouth from beginning to end; the coffee does NOT overpower nor do the hops.. Feel: very smooth, hops present but no hop bite. Overall: one of the finest stouts I have had. Note: this is Not the Russian Imperial version.

May 18, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I generally prefer Stout beers and this Rise Up nicely delivers on its full-mouthed Stout flavorfulness. As an extra, there is also a - decent - coffee taste. But if the Coffee taste is what you're actually looking for, then I'd recommend that you try an Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

May 13, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonic pint

A: very dark almost has a brown tint to the blackness the head is a frothy creamy mocha color

S: coffee roasted nuts

T: lots of coffee a little bit of a hazelnut taste and some light licorice anise

M: Carbonation is a tad on the high side mouthfeel is slick but a little thin

O: has a very nice taste and appearance. A little one dimensional.

Feb 26, 2016
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of coffee, right from the pour. Tastes of coffee with a very slight dark grain, but the coffee dominates. Beer is medium bodied, but easily drinkable, nice carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Jan 10, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a November 2015 notching on the label.

Poured a dark brown to black with a thin amount of head the dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edges. Some cola brown colors around the edges when held up to the light.

Very light aromas of coffee, like a strong brewed coffee that has been allowed to sit for a couple of hours and is now cold and slightly stale. Not picking up on much else other than a minimal amount of roast.

First sip has a mellowed coffee taste and roastiness with a nice hop bitterness. Not as much coffee flavor as I was expecting.

Medium mouth feel, lingering tongue coating bitterness.

Overall, this doesn't have as much coffee flavor or intensity as I would have liked, more of a regular stout, pretty average and easy to drink stout. It didn't impress me as a coffee stout; but it was an easy drinker.

Jan 03, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Oct, 2015:
Pours close to black with a bunch of fizzing head, which fades to a ring. Adding more to the glass bring back a rush of head. Clear brunette color visible at edges.

Nose isn't too strong, but the coffee notes are there atop a chocolate malt base.

Taste is bold roast notes, and more bitter overall than expected from the nose. Coffee is integrated completely with the malts such that, to me, it could easily be just a part of the malt bill. Weak coffee and dry woody bitterness in the end.

A decent stout as a stout. Coffee not overly recognizable versus other roast notes, so as a coffee beer, it could use a little more.

Dec 27, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep Chocolate-black with decent head and lacing. Aromas of coffee and chocolate are very present and they are also big in the taste. Balanced well and feels great on the palate

Dec 15, 2015
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bradco57 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the Evolution Rise Up Stout tonight at my favorite burger joint.. Never had anything from Evolution before but I'll sure be looking for it after trying this stout.. This stout is chocolatey, smooth and delicious.. If you like that Guiness style of beer with a bit of flavor added in, you'll love this one.

Dec 11, 2015
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark brown, almost black liquid with a 1" light brown head which recedes fairly soon to leave a thin island on the liquid and a small ring around the glass that remains for much of the beer. Sipping leaves several scattered patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass for a bit before sliding back down to the liquid.

The aromas include coffee, some moderate roastiness from either the coffee, the malt, or both. There's also a noticeable touch of rich, dark chocolate.

The flavors include the coffee that is the dominant flavor in the foreground as the dark chocolate and some noticeable sweetness remain in the background. In the back of the palate there's some roasted bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the very light carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as the coffee and chocolate begin to fade. Eventually the sweetness is gone as some hop bitterness, some dark roast bitterness and the final dryness become noticeable before fading out.

Overall a nicely drinkable beer and I'll be pleased to finish off the last couple of bottles in the fridge. That said I'll probably not be buying this beer again since I prefer my coffee heated in a cup and have realized I'm not a big fan of having coffee forward among the flavors in a stout.

Nov 18, 2015
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puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour very dark brown via draft into a half pint. A thin pleasantly dark chocolate colored head. Nice espresso smell and strong coffee taste. Overall a great stout!

Nov 14, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up while traveling thru Maryland.
A - Pours an inky black with a small whitish tan head.
S - Smells like a cup of dark roast coffee.
T - Flavor is roasty coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla.
M - Low carbonation and medium mouth feel.
O - This is a very good but not great coffee stout.

Oct 24, 2015
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 542 ratings