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 EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +7.5%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 JMUbrewz
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a fluffy and dense tan head.

The coffee scent is present but not dominant. There a considerable amount of berry and earthy smells.

Again, a very nice coffee flavor but it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. TLight roast. here's a leathery and acidic berry finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light, but still decent. Average carbonation for the style.

A very solid coffee stout with some nice hop characteristics to it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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 smokeypeat
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see Evolution branching out and adding a coffee stout to the mix. Pours a murky brown that's more black when held up to the light. Pretty aggressive dark khaki 2 finger head that faded out fairly quickly.

Smell is what I was hoping for. Deep roast quality is the highlight here.

Taste brings this thing home. None of that weak background coffee "accent" stuff here. They obviously used the good stuff in brewing this one. Some dark chocolate notes, and the lightest hint of smoke, but really the coffee is the star.

Mouthfeel on this one is above average but I thought it was just a hair too carbonated to take this beer to the highest elite levels. I was hoping for it to be a little smoother but it I'm just being nit-picky now.

Overall this is one of the better beers to come out of Evolution so far, and when I have a hankering for a coffee stout I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a 4-pack.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at the High Spot in Cambridge. Pours thick and dark with small brown head. Aroma of earthy coffee and some sweet chocolate. Flavor follows with a creamy motuhfeel with prickly carbonation at the front. Sweet chocolate and bitter earth balance well. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Very nice beer. Surprising from something out of Salisbury.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

An ink black through the core with chestnut brown around the edges. A one+ finger khaki colored cap sticks around for a little while before completely fading away.

Rich, dark roast with milk chocolate and a nice layer of fresh coffee beans. Straightforward nose, but rich and lush. Not broad, but definitely deep.

Coffee beans dominate the profile. Dark roasted malt and milk chocolate poke through here and there, but never overcome the coffee. Really well done. Robust flavors toeing the line of overpowering but falling comfortably on this side of the fence.

Full, rich body. Low carbonation. A touch of cream pokes through mid palate and really smoothes out the feel, finishing light and fluffy. Lingering bitter coffee.

This is a damn fine coffee stout and it really impressed. This should be included in discussion among the elite in the category. Excellent job, Evolution.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle says 6.7%. Poured into a pint glass and consumed relatively warm.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with good opacity. The head is a two finger khaki shade. I don't like how fizzy it looks, nor do I like its poor retention. Forget about lacing on the glass, 'cause there isn't any. Addendum: at a colder temperature, the head has a creamier texture and retains itself more solidly. Therefore, it deserves a higher mark here.

S: It's got the coffee character I like in my coffee stouts - not too stale or mild. A hint of balancing chocolate sweetness and mild hoppiness helps to break up the monotony. But even if it was completely one note, I'd still enjoy the coffee character a great deal.

T: At first, there's a mild chocolate and caramel character. After the midpoint, coffee takes center stage. I also notice a distant aftertaste of mild hops. It's mostly a coffee bomb with only touches of chocolate, so thank cripes that it seems very fresh and flavorful to me.

M: Quite thin in body. Since this is a single stout, I can forgive that. It's not really creamy, either, which is perhaps less forgivable. Still, the mouthfeel succeeds in providing a bone-dry finish while leaving lingering tones of coffee and chocolate on the palate. Superb drinkability as a result.

O: I've seemingly had a billion coffee stouts recently, but this is the one that could be mentioned in the same breath as the FBS/WnB pantheon and not get embarrassed as a result. It definitely deserves to be the #3 rated American Stout on BA.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Settles into the glass as a very very dark brown body with a fluffy mocha-colored head.

S- Mild coffee, hints of vanilla, roasted malts, some slight hints of chocolate.

T- Strong coffee presence that melds nicely with the roasted stout qualities. Very coffee-forward, tons of roastiness, still getting some slight hints of vanilla. There is also some noticeable bitterness at the end that goes past the bitterness from the coffee.

M- Full-bodied and rich, lots of flavor and fullness from the 6.7% abv.

O- Big, bold flavors, bordering on an imperial stout with the body and flavor. Huge coffee flavor that jumps out right away. Very nice.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

Coffee grounds, dark chocolate and deep caramel.

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.

Medium bodied and very smooth.

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

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. coding indicates Feb 2013.

A: really dark brown. almost black. head is off-white and tight. good retention and lacing.

S: tons of coffee. almost smells like a cup of joe rather than a beer. slightly on the sweet side rather than bitter.

T: wow. literally boatloads of coffee. not to mention the coffee tastes super rich, and super flavorful. very bittersweet finish. bitterness really dries this out.

M :lots of carb, medium body.

D: one of the best coffee flavors I have experienced in a brew. super fresh, great on the nose and on the drink. Im sure glad I finally got to try to this one from evolution!

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Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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 smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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 larryi86
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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 NoLeafClover44
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Notches on label are next to FEB 13.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that soon crackles away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Rich aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Semi-sweet with a slight nuttiness.

T- Taste follows suit with more nutty chocolate and some iced coffee. Very drinkable and smooth but there's an undeniable metallic flavor.

M- Semi-bitter from the roast and hops. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- It could be a bit creamier and the metallic taste throws things off but, for a small Maryland brewery barely anyone's heard of, it ain't too shabby.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a nice stable tan head

S-somewhat bitter cocoa beans. Maybe some licorice. Faint scent

T-comes in with a really good taste of cocoa powder and syrup, though its not a syrupy mouthfeel. It's a great flavor with a great matching after-taste.

M-creamy mouthfeel almost like a root beer float. It's awesome and makes it super drinkable.

O-it a very drinkable stout. I love soda a lot and the drinkability on this reminds me of soda. Definitely something ill go back to an recommend to others

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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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