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 metter98
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that left thick rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Flavors of roasted coffee dominate the overall taste, which is very well balanced and only has a slight amount of bitterness and associated dryness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good accompaniment to breakfast.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought home a growler of this from the tap house in Salisbury. A delicious stout that is very sessionable and super smooth. A nice hop character but great additions of malt really add to the taste, along with a great mouthfeel and creaminess on the palette. Too bad it's only available on tap, but definitely near the top of the list on American Stout's I've tried.

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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 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 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 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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to Craft_Compulsive (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a dark fizzy head that attempts to rise up but fades fairly quickly like a high acidity or abv, so no real lacing due to that, but decent legs, midnight black color. 4

Nose brings lots of black malts and roast, some roasted malt out front, with a hint of char, as well as a hint of espresso and fresh roasted coffee beans, and a mild black malt aroma. Then some cocoa, dark caramel and fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate like, dark chocolate covered espresso bean candy like. Great aroma, hints of the char and roast without getting acrid or burnt, and nice coffee and cocoa. 4.5

Taste brings more roast and coffee to start, a little black malt and faint acrid roast with a touch of a burnt coffee. There is some fresh roasted coffee and a bit of espresso, but a bit more bitter and acrid as opposed to the nose. Some charred malts, black malt, with touches of cocoa and super bitter dark chocolate but not a lot this time either. Mild creamy choc, and touch of a fudgey flavor. Then hops kick in, bitter earthy spicy hops, that start fairly bitter and get very bitter on the finish. Finish lingers for a while with spicy bitter hops, chewy hops even, and a little sticky feel as it attempts to dry but not quite, bit more coffee and roasted malts and coffee beans lingering. 4

Mouth is med to heavier bod, a touch syrupy, light on the carb unfortunately. 3.5

Overall pretty good, it has a great nose, the taste had some good aspects but dropped off on the cocoa and fudge while increasing the roasty slightly acrid burnt notes and big on bitterness. It had some great characters and was tasty in general, but the lack of carbonation made this feel like it was a lot bigger and syrupier than it actually was. A bit more carbonation would have made the mouth pop a bit more and the flavors come out more, and I think it would have bumped up quite a bit. 4

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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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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 Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a nonic, a glowing onyx color with a small, creamy, tan head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee and cream (presumably this is a milk stout), moderate roastiness. Nice taste that reflects the smell, rich coffee, smooth cream, dark malt sweetness, with a touch of bitterness that came out more as the beer warmed. Body was not quite full, but still rich and overall tasty and drinkable. I'd imagine this would make an amazing nitro beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fins in Rehoboth. Review from notes.

A: This beer is dark black, opaque in fact. A nice 1.5 finger tan head that has decent retention, but little lacing.

S: Lots of coffee and coffee grounds. Some roasted malt, vanilla, and some biscuit as well.

T: A great combination of coffee and chocolate. Not as coffee heavy as the aroma would lead to believe (to my relief). There are nice undertones of vanilla and caramel. The coffee intensifies as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, but slightly thinner than expected. Slightly dry, roasty finish.

O: I like this beer more than I thought I would based off the aroma, since it is over the top coffee grinds. For anyone that likes coffee beer, this one is for them. The low abv makes this extremely drinkable. Also had this infused with oak chips and vanilla, which IMO, made it even better. It cut some of the coffee and drew out more of the chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice,

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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 mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/24/12 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Loads of coffee and very fresh; really nice nose.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, cream, chocolate, and roasted malts. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Awesome body.

o - Overall I thought this was a great coffee stout, and probably the best beer I've had so far from Evolution. The nose and body were great, and it was very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-pack from Nick's of Clinton.

the beer is opaque, sporting a near black body and a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers roast, coffee, bready malt. Roast and stout character lead the charge, with coffee playing a supporting role. Rich and dark, with a mild hop presence and perhaps a touch of earthiness. Medium bodied. Simple and straightforward. A solid stout and at a decent price. Recommended.

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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 stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a dark khaki colored head about a finger strong that fades to a thin film supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. A swirl revives about a half finger and paints some stringy lacework on the glass.

The aroma has a very pleasant bouquet of fresh roasted coffee. Earthy and ashy with almost a touch of citrus. More roast from the grain emits smelling like chocolate and almost a vanilla or toffee sort of sweetness is present to contrast.

The flavor is dry and roasted with a bitterness seemingly coming from a combination of the highly kilned grain and straight shots of espresso. Some earthen and ashy flavors with a touch of citrus hops present to keep the flavors in check to remind you this is beer. The aftertaste is a bit burnt and earthen but in an enjoyable way.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a solid take on a coffee stout with well hidden alcohol. I love how fresh the coffee character was in this without turning musty and stale. I would drink this again for sure. Thanks again Heath!

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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 smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Real dark mahogany brown coming out of the bottle. Makes a nice tan dark head, with mocha coffee brown collar. Settles slowly with a nice mocha ring and collar. Body color is a very dark walnut brown with a good faint red tinge to it. A nice looking stout.

Nose is full of milky and creamy coffee. Good roasty character, and a nice ripping bean action. Hints at sweetness and fresh brew. Very nice coffee beer so far.

Very light bodied but seems fine for carrying the flavors. Mid palate brings some wet fresh coffee. There's a good hop lime like astringency mixing with this on the finish. Roast char and malts take some turns on the palate also. Light bodied and to style more than likely, but easily carrying the flavors through.

Overall a real solid coffee stout, certainly the nose seems my favorite, but also better than many others I've had.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is the #6 beer on the "Top Beers - American Stout" list on beeradvocate.com. On tap at the Big Hunt in DC, served in a shaker pint. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks like a stout.

Aroma is the aroma of coffee, with some sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, nice finish, pretty bitter with the coffee but not overly so, as far as a coffee stout goes, this is definitely one of the better ones out there. Glad I got to try it, the wife loved it too, I'd have it again.

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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 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 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 jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, caramel colored head.

S - Dark roasted chocolate malt, coffee beans, and cocoa; coffee dominates the aroma.

T - Roasted dark chocolate, char, and coffee grounds with a bitter lingering coffee-like finish.

M - Medium body and a dry finish.

O - Heavy on the dark roast, more so than the majority of the stouts out there.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to plastic cup at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA on 4/22/11
*From notes

A: Dark chocolate brown with a killer 1.5 finger head. I can't recall another beer which had a head this dark. Reasonable lacing considering I was drinking from a plastic cup.

S: It comes off like a blend of light roast morning coffee and fresh comb honey. It's extremely unique and instantly makes me want to dive into the brew.

T: Hints of tarnished silver up front, but it fades quickly away to dark malt char, molasses and some bitter hop oil.

M: It's a bit thin, but once I realized it's only 6.8% ABV, I suddenly realize this is really a well done and high quality brew. I can't believe how rich this is. The bubbles are slightly obnoxious up front, but easily managable as it warmed.

O: This is how you do a low ABV stout. Really complex, rich and extremely drinkable. I throughly enjoyed this one. A growler fill may be in my future. Thumbs up - yet another winner from Evo.

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