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

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of BJB13
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Delmarvabeer
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Guppy314
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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 SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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 cyclonece09
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of jhartley
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
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 cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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 bradco57
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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 drtth
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of spacecake9
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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 StevenShawSr
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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 brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 TBonez477
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall a very good coffee stout. The coffee flavor is very dark and roasted, espresso-like. Feel is lighter, crisper than the style typically is. More carbonation than I would have liked.

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Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is a pitch black with a tan cafe au lait head.

Atoms is sweet coffee and milk lactose and roasted malt,

Taste is much better than aroma. The richness and full flavor really come through.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear coffee aroma with a prominent roast aroma. Seems more like prepared coffee than coffee beans.
Very black and dark tan head.
Flavor is more complex than aroma. Seems to have a cream or vanilla additional taste. Drying but only mildly so, for style. Some nice additional malt flavor with a hint of sweetness, and grain. Nice to have something other than just a coffee bomb. Bitterness on the finish grow as it warms and moves past most pleasurable.
Very nice soft feel. Enhanced by the well done carbonation.
I like this. Good level of alcohol - at a level that I think works well.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid stout. Pours a dense brown color with a medium size dark tan head. Average retention and good lacing..

Nice aroma, roasted malt, strong coffee smell. Taste is more of the same. Roasted malt lots of coffee and a little bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, but since there is such a big flavor, you might be expecting a big rich Double Stout presence. Nice and smooth too. Abv not too high, very drinkable.

Would drink this one again

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