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 dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisited after initial review Nov 2014. Bottle poured into pint glass. Deep brown in color with a fine-textured tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, and some more coffee - plus some roasty malt. Coffee and chocolate are subdued, however, showing restraint on the part of the brewers. Medium mouthfeel - not as thick and chewey as some others in this style, but certainly not a thin brew. Smooth. Moderate carbonation. Little or no hops presence. Aftertaste is coffee/cocoa with little residual bitterness.

Pretty decent stout.

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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 Hermanater
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully black, thick and creamy tan head. Wonderful aroma of malty sweetness combined with coconut. Surprisingly less coffee than I would have thought noted in the aroma. It present in the flavor though. Starts stouty, fades to sweet notes of roasted coconut, finish with bitter coffee flavor. Could be flatter. Nitro tap would be awesome. I want to taste all of this with no CO2 interference.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an excellent brew. Coffee is surely there, but very nicely balanced and not overpowering. I would describe it as a FBS less the oatmeal and a toned down on the beans. Roasted, chocolate malts with a very good aroma. A little on the thin/watery side, but very well done. Overall, I would give it a 4. Outstanding.

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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 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 Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive appearance: lively, active, big foamy head, with fantastic retention, and thick spiderweb lacing.

Nose full of roasted barley, nearly overwhelming a dark black coffee aroma. Chocolate cowers in the corner from these two bullies, but it's there. A bit of spice or pepper.

Flavor follows the nose, with coffee taking a far more prominent role throughout - fore, mid, and back-end. Dark cacao tries to butt in at the beginning, but waits until the coffee has rolled past, and only really greets the palate on the finish. Strong, bitter roasted barley is a mainstay.

A bit thin cold, but very smooth, and far more chewy as it warms. The bitterness certainly steps up as it warms, as well.

Really a fantastic coffee stout, that puts the coffee front and center without overwhelming. Awesome brew.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 delta490
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured black with no visible light. Minimal tan head has no retention and leaves no lacing

S- rich coffee aroma with some nice chocolate undertones

T- the coffee in the aroma takes a back seat to the stout. A nice mix of malt and earthy hops with some coffee in the background

M- a little oily slickness

O- a nice full flavor coffee stout

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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 Titans77
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, with a half finger of head that vanished. Smells like a coffee forward, chocolate and dark malt stout. Coffee taste first followed by a dark roasty malt flavor. A little bit of dark chocolate malts, but not too much. Just enough carbonation to make it very drinkable. Silky smooth and a solid offering from Evo.

I would still recommend the Lot 6 DIPA from Evo before this, but still a great drink if you can find it.

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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 HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer pours a foamy brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a bit of film on the top of the beer. The beer itself is a dark, nicotine brown that borders on chocolate black. The beer has a very roasted and coffee smell. The roast note pretty much dominates everything else and not much else is noticeable. One other note that slightly balances out the roast is a sweet dark chocolate note that is hidden but occasionally makes an appearance. The beer taste is roasted and cocoa. The dark chocolate note is still there but less so than in the smell. Overall, the taste is a bit more sweeter and creamier than the smell. The hop bitterness exists but is very very little and almost unnoticeable except in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied and smooth with a lot of biting carbonation. Overall, a very good and very delicious coffee stout

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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 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 GonzoHomebrewer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice extra from Oline73, poured into a KtG tulip

A- Pours very dark, black with a reverse cascading mocha head, very nice

S- One dimensional, even for a coffee brew, roasted coffee beans and lot of it.

T- A little more to the taste, some roasted bean flavors followed by some fresh brewed coffee and then fades into some bitter dark malt.

M- I'd prefer a bigger body for a coffee beer, but it doesn't detract from the beer

O- very good, easy drinking coffee stout.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, dark tanned head, no lace.

Aroma: f*cking coffee man. Roast, chocolate and coffee. It's a real nice fresh bean aroma. Can't argue.

Taste: coffee and roast, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel.

Mouthfeel: not quite full bodied, might have a hint of bubbly carbonation, but not bad.

Overall: coffee like whoa. Might not be super complex, but the coffee is boss.

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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 philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A large late-to-develop billowing creamy medium brown colored with an active slightly rocky top layer comprised of mostly tightly packed bubbles with some large chunky ones mixed in... Rock solid retention... The head turns much creamier as it settles... The color is a deep dark brooding brown... Just a slight bit of sluggish-to-moderate paced carbonation... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - A big nose that can be detected without bringing your nose anywhere near the glass... A big rich coffee aroma to start... The coffee also lingers and dominates throiughout... Some lightly roasted malts... A hint of chocolate... Just a slight kiss of licorice... Minor notes of marshmellow fluff... Wonderful balance, depth and complexity... New facets emerage with each and every whif..

T - All the of depth and complexities of the nose materialize on the palate... The coffee is toned down a bit... The roasted malts is dialed down a bit... All of the other facets (chocolate, licorice, cream) are present in a complimentary fashion... There is also a slight kiss of vanilla... Again solid depth and complexity...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth and lush to start... Bristling carbonation... Turns a bit chalky and gritty in the middle... The finish turns a bit bitter (in an enjoyable manner) and dry...

D - Big appearance... Big aroma... Big flavor... Big Mouthfeel... All at a respectable 6.8% ABV... This is one of the better American Stouts out there... I have no complaints and no suggestions for improvement... Highly enjoyable as are many of the recent Evolution brews I've sampled... They are starting to turnout some really solid brews and deserve to be recognized...

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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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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 505 ratings.
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