Rise Up Stout | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Rise Up StoutRise Up Stout

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
40 IBU

Added by Kegatron on 08-31-2009

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Photo of Slatetank
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I brought this growler back from the brewery in DE and shared with tenderbranson69. Poured chilled from the growler into my DFH signature glass.

A - An appearance that is black as pitch, no light passin' through, like tar w/ thick cream band w/ tight bead. A delicate pattern of lace adheres to the glass.

S - The smell is great, it has malted milk odors mixed with dark roasted coffee, burnt caramel and a high amount of vanilla + cocoa. There is a light tinge of smoke w/ the fresh coffee aroma, like beans the were very recently roasted. No noticeable alcohol, but mocha all the way

M - Rich, dense and almost viscous w/ mellow carbonation and roasted dominance. There is mild sweetness w/ a dry roasted finish

T - Deep cocoa notes w/ coffee bean taste right off w/ an intense roasted bean flavor and vanilla accent. The taste has subtle caramel and hazenut tinges w/ more cocoa, then roasted beans return in the finsish w/ dark toasted malt. The flavor stays fresh the whole time w/ tasty hops accenting the coffee slightly but the taste is pleasantly balanced between the coffee and dark malt for the most part.

D - An exceptional American Stout, not Imperial or Double IMO, but plenty of flavor from the coffee, so no mistaking that. The stout is easy to drink even for 6.8% - it deserves a 5 for sheer quality of brew and flavor of the coffee, the cold drip method was utilized per brewery rep-it has given the beer such balanced coffee taste.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of StevenShawSr
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

lovely pour into a 14.75 stout glass. great pour.1 finger head that quickly dissipates. nice feel and great taste, def will be visiting this brewery again...good job

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Photo of bradco57
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of barhoc11
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Nice and dark with a hint of brown in the head

S: Perfect blend of coffee in the stout, it smells like coffee but what did you expect?

T: Just like the smell the coffee is pronounced but not overpowering

M: As good as a stout should be

O: This is really well done and actually my new favorite coffee stout, it beats Bell's Java Stout by a few points in my book, I just wish I could get this in my area!

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of gefahrmaus
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frankly, I can drink a lot of this stout. I had it from the tap at Two Stones Pub in Newark, DE. Every characteristic of this stout just screams delicious. ASTMO is 4+ across the board.

From the tap I needed to hand warm it slightly to bring it to temperature that brings out the chocolate and coffee palette. The thick body warms the mouth, drawing you back.

By the end you suddenly realize that you should have had two pints pulled because you would just hate yourself if you couldn't enjoy another glass.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edit 9/13 lets up these scores after trying this (finally) on draft last nite at Capones ... this was amazing, and absolutely the best coffee beer ive had (reviewers note i consider bourbon county coffee the best chocolate beer with big coffee flavor and (on draft) the best beer ive had). full bodied, thick and rich, tons of coffee, perfect mouthfeel. unbelievable how well this complimented the hot wings, i usually prefer a wicked bitter to go with wings. this is the best beer at this abv level ive had, and one of the best overall. will return this weekend to get couple more pints, too bad capones doesnt fill growlers correctly (always flat). this was that fucking good. did i mention coffee? perfect.

Really delicious coffee beer that I call 1/2 BCBCS because I like how it looks, at 1/2 the ABV. Beautiful black, crimson highlights, very nice. Big coffee aroma and taste, while not forgetting its a stout. Finishes dry, more bitter than sweet, fruity, coffee. Overall outstanding, well worthy of its number 1 ranking. And $12 per 4 makes this a best buy.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very, very dark in color but some minor ruby highlights near the edges of the glass when held to the light. Nice looking tan head on top. Good aroma-mild coffee/espresso notes with a decent roasted aroma. Almost has more of a dark chocolate scent to me then a lot of coffee. Flavor is in a word-KILLER. Perfectly balanced roasted and coffee flavors simply meld together. Nice, lingering mocha flavor. Slightest hint of chocolate. Roasted graininess also comes thru. Retains enough "stout" flavor that it isn't overshadowed by the coffee. Great body. Just a great, great beer and an even better stout. Easily could become a new favorite-wait I think it is!

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Photo of DeriusE
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler full of this as soon as they had it brewed. Entered in with high expectations after having had their Porter and ESB, and it didn't disappoint.

A: Dark, dark black, but it has some reddish highlights. Beautiful finger of brownish head which fades away into a slight layer or head as you drink. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Coffee, roast, and even more coffee. Very bold coffee smell which dominates, but also a hint of roasted chocolate. The smell just makes me want to drink it even more.

T: Tons of flavor in this - more of the same as the smell. Coffee comes through first for me, along with roasted chocolate and a smoky flavor also. Very stouty, very flavorful, and all-around wonderful. Can't even taste the 6.8%, although you can definitely feel it after a couple of these.

M: Creamy, thick and full bodied.

D: A bit thick to chug all night, but drinking quite a few of these in a night would is entirely feasible with the great flavor. Can't taste the high ABV at all, completely dominated by all the flavor in this beer.

I had been hoping for a good microbrewery to crop up in this area, as we've really only got one in the area, which is Dogfish Head, but it's not really within driving distance - but this place is literally right on the way home for me, couldn't be more perfect.

Haven't had a beer from them that I didn't enjoy yet, and the Rise Up Stout continues that trend. If you have a chance to get this beer, I very, very strongly recommend it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler picked up at the brewery on 8/30/09. This is the new Coffee Stout from Evolution, that uses a blend from nearby Rise Up Coffee in Salisbury, MD (a most kick-ass coffee company, check them out if your in the area!) This one went into an oversized tulip.

Pours with a nice dense black look, being topped with a finger of delicious looking chocolate tinted mocha colored head. This simmers down quickly but retains with some rich bunching around the edges and thin wisps that float around the center. This bristles up instantly when swirled, leaving back a creamy cascade that recedes into some heavy spotty lace. The aroma is just RICH with roast and coffee, that just dominate this, leaving a yummy dark crunch in the nose. Thick notes of chocolate and toffee sweetness add some beefy and gooey smelling tang. Good evenness to this, as both sides are equally robust. Damn, the espresso character is a real standout though, just POPPING in the nose. I love it!

The taste is just more of the same. Hefty chocolate and toffeed sweetness really standing out this time, with roast and coffee fighting back strong, darkening this up nicely with a drying bitter feel. Just the tiniest amount of smoky acrid astringency (which speaks to the quality of the blend that was used) comes out from the coffee, mixing with lingering notes of roast and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a BIG creamy feel to the carbonation that fills the mouth up nicely. Underneath lies that thick and viscous layer, that I knew was coming, which gives up all of that deep sweetness and the oils from the hops and coffee. Any traces of the higher ABV that are present, just can't compete with the bigness and all-around intensity of the flavors. This stuff drinks great!

Awesome! I love when both a great brewery and coffee company get together and make a Coffee Stout Baby of extreme awesomeness like this. This was just THICK with java, roast, sweetness, and the drinkibility was top notch. Be on the look out for this very soon in 12 oz bottles in the MD/DE markets. I pray that this remains as good as it is on draft.

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Photo of Delmarvabeer
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Astrause
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Stouts and as far as they go this one has a great taste.
Great blend of Beer and Coffee. I drink many different micro brews
and this is my first review,just wanted to remember how great this was.
This also has a good Alc content 6.7% not to hi not to low!

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Photo of larryi86
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger tan head.

S- Roasted coffee, caramel malts, bitter chocolate, oak, great aroma!

T- Huge roasted coffee, bitter finish, dark chocolate, oak, very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great stout with a ton of coffee. I have had imperial stout that have had less flavor than this. Hard to believe this is a stout under 7% ABV. Very happy I can buy bottles of this now!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Victoria Gastropub.

Pours a very, very dark brown which for all intents and purposes really is black. Thin mocha head without retention or lacing. The nose is incredibly strong with an overdose of roasted coffee beans plus some mild notes of milk and cream.

The taste isn't quite as strong and pungent as the nose, and this is perhaps due to the mouthfeel, which is a bit thin. It doesn't quite have the big, creamy body that I would expect from the wondrous nose. While the feel is a bit thin, the drinkability on this is sky high. Beautiful coffee notes and a not overwhelming amount of coffee.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super dark stout with a caramel to dark umber head. Nice retention and mild lacing.

S-wow, lots of fresh coffee and toasted malt. Nice aroma that makes you think of morning time( which is when I like to start drinking) I really dig the intence coffe nose and deep chocolate malt.

T- taste is right on the nose..coffee and choc. with alot of base malt shining through that has a moderate alcohol that melds nicely with the balance of hops. All in all I really like this beer. I got a growler to go in fact.

D/M_ deff. a session beer but is smooth and velvety on the tongue and is not overly carbonated.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try this one for a while, so i was disappointed when i found out it was not bottled. So on a recent trip to the Eastern Shore i made a pit stop to Evolution to grab some bottles, and fill up the growler with this.

This one is all about the coffee. Pours a murky black. Smells like a fresh pot of strongly brewed coffee. The taste is also dominated by the coffee, but not so much that you can't get some hints of other stout qualities in there, chocolate, vanilla, a slight touch of alchohol warmth, etc. Actually found it to be quite sessionable for me, and almost killed the entire growler in one night. The rest i had with my breakfast the next morning. If you like coffee stouts as i do, if you get the chance i would not pass this one up.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the best coffee flavored beer I've ever had. It's incredible how much flavor and body is packed into a sub-7% stout.

Rise Up pours black with a fantastic, fluffy, khaki colored head. The nose is dominated by freshly roasted coffee and a bit of dark, unsweetened chocolate. I love coffee, but find that coffee flavor usually comes off as stale or at the very least subdued in most coffee forward beers I've tried. This beer is different though, the coffee flavor is sharp, roasty, and fresh. The body is also impressive for stout so flavorful.

Now I need to find this on tap!

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Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours black as night with a finger of thick tan head. A layer of head sticks around throughout the pour. The smell is full of smooth coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. As good as this beer smells, the taste is even better. The coffee dominates, but the taste is still very smooth and extremely smooth. There is a touch of burnt malt in the finish, but it is balanced out by the malt sweetness. I'm getting some dark chocolate and dark fruit in the flavor as well, but the coffee is really the star. The body is velvet like and the carbonation is smooth as could be. This beer feels wonderful.

I'm a huge fan of this beer. I'll be having more in the future.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One day while going through the basement recently, I found a 4 pack of Evolution Rise Up Stout that I had long forgotten I had purchased. What the heck, I threw it in the old frig and decided to have one tonight.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my awaiting 7venth Sun snifter.

A - Pretty sweet. Pours a rich dark brown with a nice mocha head that settles down into an oily slick above the beer. All in all I think that this looks like it is going to be a winner.

S - Well it lets you know what it is. Straight up coffee. Some have a cheap coffee aroma, some combine some bakers chocolate and dark malt, but this smells like good coffee that you like to smell first thing in the AM. Nothing burnt, nothing acidic, just straight up delicious joe.

T - It has been said in countless other reviews but this is wonderful for coffee stout lovers. I like this profile and am always interested in having another coffee beer to add to my list. I always find something that is somewhat amiss. Some have a burnt char to me like Founders Breakfast Stout, some are a bit too thin, some try to add something else whether it be vanilla, oat, etc. I have long settled on Peche Mortel and Wake n Bake as my favorites, but I would have to add this into the group as well. It is that good and IMO sits in the same class. Some say some choc and lactose but I simply get wonderful coffee. I should have mentioned Sumatra from Selinsgrove into my pantheon of coffee beers as well.

M - Delicious. Some will always say everything is too thin but at under 7% it delivers the goods.

O - I can't remember when I got this, only knowing that I picked it up at Capones. I will search this one out again. It is as good as any coffee beer made. Bravo!

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Photo of dtivp
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black, I got a little aggressive with the pour which resulted in a 3 and a half finger mocha tan head the quickly faded to a one finger head with good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma was strong bold roasted coffee, with dark roasted malt. A very rich and bold to the nose.

Taste was dominated by the bold roasted coffee, burnt malt and some hints of chocolate. The coffee was there start to finish.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning full body, low carbonation, dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

Overall this is the way I feel stout should be, very enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds nonic. Bottled this month as indicated by the notch on the side of the label. This is the first bottling of this beer.

A - Pours midnight black with a full two fingers of mocha head. The foam that sits on top is very dense; it looks more like a mousse than carbonation. Great retention and a nearly complete blanket of lacing coats the glass as I drink.

S - Wow! Huge coffee bean aroma along with some toasted barley, maple wood chips, bitter dark chocolate, and delicate earthy hops. The smell jumped out of the bottle upon cracking and filled the room on the pour. It is hard to believe this is not a huge Double Stout based on the smell. I am impressed.

T - There is no mistaking that this beer is brewed with coffee. Java from front to back, with a bitter coffee-char finish. While coffee dominates, this beer isn't a one trick pony. There is a complexity of roasted malts, vanilla bean, and pine strewn amongst the coffee. Like the nose, impressively big for a beer this small (under 7%).

M - A little bit thin but there is nice carbonation that works well with the flavors.

O - I am thrilled that Evolution has decided to bottle this stuff. With the huge aromas and flavors it is hard not to compare this to some of the best Double Stouts out there. While it may not live up to some of the big boys, it is damn close. At the very least, it is the best American Stout (not double) I have had. Grab this one if you can get it!

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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at churchkey. Poured from tap at churchkey into snifter. Pours a black color with amber hue. No head but ok lacing. Phenomenal coffee aroma. It smells like the bean, not the drink. Really no other aroma.
Taste is of coffee...pure delicious coffee. Slight roasted malts and even hops?
It has a superb mouthfeel...not bitter at all. Super smooth, drinkable and just bursting with flavor.
This is truly a great stout. Although I stumled upon this, I'd seek this out for sure!

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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin tan brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace down the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malt aroma with a strong coffee and chocolate scent.

T: Smooth and slightly astringent coffee flavor. Solid roasted malt background with some chocolate overtones.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent coffee stout. Great flavors and aromas.

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