Rise Up Stout | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

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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Reviews:
96
Ratings:
490
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
21.01%
 
 
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Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - perfect stout pour with billowing tan head and great retention. They got the look down perfect.

Smell - Pleasant scents of coffee, chocolate and some roasty malts

Taste - Somwhat bitter and somewhat burnt tasting. No sweetness of note, not much chocolate flavors either to balance. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery

Overall - A somewhat unbalance stout that left me somewhat disappointed. Dry and bitter finish as well left an ashtray flavor in my mouth. Don't recommend this stout. So many better options out there.

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is of deep coffee grounds, roasted malt, and slight bitter hops. Super roasty, this is a coffee beer for coffee lovers. One to try, but for me I have had more balanced beers in the style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of coffee and roasted malt. Some subtle lactose and caramel.

Taste: Again, lots of coffee up front, including some subtle coffee bitterness, followed by lots of roasted malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with a touch of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Not bad. Nice flavors of malt and coffee with some good sweetness, but just a tad too much of the coffee bitterness for me to really, really like it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown with a moderate amount of light brown head. Nose has a light roast and heavy coffee bean note. Clean but simple. Taste is a bit more roasted, stronger heavy roast coffee and bitterness towards the back. Faint chocolate and burnt caramel in the finish. Body is medium and creamy with strong carbonation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with light retention and almost no retention. Aroma of floral coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with some light black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for style and lack some creaminess. Coffee notes are really great but body is a bit too thin for the style.

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Photo of jhartley
3.56/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Lawson's snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown around the rim of the glass. A thick, taut caramel colored color head jets up the glass, about a finger and a half high that vanishes quickly, leaving no trace film or lace behind. The aroma is distinctly coffee forward, fresh roast, light chocolate, strong grain behind it. It's simple, strong focus on the coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are right in line, strongly roasted coffee, toasted dark malt, light bakers chocolate and some sweeter, richer malts smoothen out the end. Still, the level of roast on the tongue is extremely high, not to my liking, and the richness and sweetness just isn't enough to counteract it. The mouthfeel is okay, coats the tongue nicely, carbonation is lower, but unfortunately, rather than being thick and luscious, it's a bit thin and underwhelming. The finish is a bit dry and chalky.

Verdict: A decent coffee stout from Evolution. The nose offered some promise, but it was just too roasty and toasted for my palate. The dry finish didn't offer any consolation nor did the weak body, but for someone looking for an out and out coffee stout, this should definitely hit the spot.

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Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Black with 2 fingers of brown head that recedes immediately. A little bit of light penetration around the edges.

Nose
Coffee grounds, dark chocolate and deep caramel.

Taste
Coffee grounds, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. Touches of milk chocolate and medium-dark roast coffee beans. Slightly sweet with some citrusy hop bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall
Very quaffable. The coffee notes a strikingly similar to Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's, served in a standard pint.

Color is a syrupy milk chocolate near black brown with a quickly fading mocha head. Very retention but some thin webs of lacing.

Aroma is mild and roast coffee dominated. Malt and chocolate are also present with minimal char and burnt notes. Very pleasant and nice.

Mouthfeel is much fuller and thicker than I remember previous samples if this and mildly over carbonated producing a fizzy, toasty finish. Flavor is a soda like mix of chocolate and roast, and I have a hard time picking up any other characteristics or malt from the stout. The amount of coffee flavor is also a little disappointing as it is more roast and burn than actual coffee.

This is a very nice local coffee stout (much better than Flying Dogs recent take IMO) but the carbonation issues remind me of the lesser batches of Planet Bean and make the flavor one dimensional.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on 5-18-14

A - Black with one finger of tan foamy head medium lacing
S - Lot of coffee, roasted malts, dark bitter roasted chocolate.
T - Bitter sweet coffee flavor here, a little fig, some dark chocolate, and earthy tones
M - Lots of bitterness, and finishes dry, and even a little tart.
O - Pretty decent, but it feels like the coffee beans were a little "green"

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Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Notching on the side was between Feb & March 2013. I'll asume bottled on dates. If so, 9-10 months along.

Initially poured a lovely inky black, with a 1 finger tan head. However, this head fizzled away very quickly to none at all. Upon agitating the beer a few times, the head returned to between 1 & 2 fingers, but just as quickly evaporated. Needless to say, no lacing whatsoever. So, is this flat after 9/10 months? Looked like a black iced coffee.

Smell was very nice, if you like coffee, which I do. A faint whiff of choclate as well. Aroma never faded away.

Taste was really quite good, strong and delicious coffee, couldn't pick up any carbonation, even with agitating a couple of times and getting the head back.

Mouth was a little on the thin side. Coffee coated the tongue.

Overall, a rather odd experience. A flat beer, which still tasted pretty good. Have another in the fridge, and if it's significvantly different, I'll re-review.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, May 2013 bottling date; poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/21/2014.

App- dark black body, 1cm mocha head with minimal retention. No lacing.

Smell- a good whiff of cold pressed coffee, sweet milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate. Not super complex but is at decent strength with the notes it does deliver.

Taste- Cold pressed coffee, chocolates, cocoa, more coffee. Very coffee-forward despite being old.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy, well carbonated and easy to drink. ABV is negligible. Aftertaste of dark chocolates and coffee.

Overall- nice amount of coffee, which is appreciated by this habitual coffee drinker. Comes together well, good mouthfeel.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #197
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass (weird huh?)
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this at Finbars (Rehoboth) while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation. The girl sitting next to me at the bar recommended it. I'm not sure why the bar tender served this up in a pilsner glass. Michael Jackson must have rolled over in his grave (God rest his sole). Mr. Jackson was certainly a great man and a true credit to craft brewing.

Look: Was a pitch-black color with a creamy 1/2" finger of light tan head. Can't really speak to the carbonation bubbles as the color was that dark.

Smell: Aroma was your typical roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean. Some slight notes of vanilla extract came through, but were definitely in the background.

Taste: Mouth feel was semi-thick but not much heavier than a Porter. First off were the roasted malts. Then a nice creamy chocolate hit right when carbonation stepped in; bringing in a nice bitterness that worked as a transition to the lingering buttery finish. No alcohol warmth was present the entire time.

This was an enjoyable beer to finish off the night with. It would work well as a desert beer with some vanilla cake or even ice cream.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good coffee stout. Nice body. Good consistency. Apparently very easy to drink as I blew through it before I got to reviewing it. I guess I have had a lot of coffee stouts at this point, so my standards are high. This is good enough, but not enough to really jar my attention or keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with two finger head that died quick and left some lace. A good aroma of roasted and coffee malts along with a bit of sweet chocolate and/or caramel. Beer is medium to heavy bodied, goes down smooth and not really haggard, dry finish, the roasted and coffee malts are noticeable and dominant but there's some sweet chocolate hanging around. Not a bad stout at all but not too complex and just basic which is not a criticism.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Quite dark with a small khaki head. Impressive color for such a relatively light stout. Medium khaki collar.

Smell - Coffee in the greatest proportion. Chocolate and roasted malts behind it. Simple, but a perfect amount of coffee.

Taste - Coffee up front, never overwhelms the other flavors. Chocolate and roast in equal quantities. Bitter coffee wells up in the end but subdues itself slightly before the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's kinda thin. I'd like something just a bit chewier, but it does make it drinkable as hell. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A sip of this does it no justice. A whole glass and you'll want more and more. The comparison to Founders Breakfast Stout is close, but this lacks a bit of the depth that FBS's malt flavor has.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated March 2015 into snifter.

A: Very dark brown almost black with one to two finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap with some light lacing.

S: Faint coffee and light roasted barley.

T: Rich coffee and roasted malts. Subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is a touch bitter.

O: Very nice basic coffee stout. Barrel age it in bourbon, and it's a home run.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice bubble show builds a three inch tan head layered on the fudge brown liquid; poor retention and minimal lacing; the head disappeared completely within a couple of minutes

Smell: Coffee tones, verging on espresso fruitiness, dominate with moderate roast and fudge underneath

Taste: The coffee flavors dominate the beer from start to finish; the result is a beer that is relatively sweet, with a decent amount of chocolate; fruity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and rather flat, once the head disappeared

Overall: A nice beer for coffee lovers but the beer as some issues

Thanks, larryi86, for the opportunity

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Photo of fx20736
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured into a goblet at cellar temp

look: black with thick mocha head that disappeared completely

smell: roasted coffee

taste: coffee and chocolate

feel: full bodied

overall: ok stout

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

opaque black in color, thin off-white colored head that fades. as expected, a huge black coffee aroma. rich. taste is fairly strong and finishes dry - very roasty, slightly acidic. medium to thicker body, medium carbonation.

overall a nice beer to accompany a sweet dessert.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a decent head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the glass.
Fairly full and creamy smooth body with light+ soft carbonation.
Well chosen level of coffee allows the rich dark roasted malts to contribute nearly as much flavor.
Excellent sweet-bitter balance.

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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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