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Dubious Black Chocolate Stout | North Peak Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
northpeak.net

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by dorianmarley on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,398
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
174
pDev:
15.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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18
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated DEC1411, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A 2-finger, dense, dark brown head developes after a vigorous pour. Body is near jet through the middle with dark brown edges. Think I saw a hint of sediment during the pour. Head settles into about 1-finger and leaves good spots on the glass.

S- Mix of traditional roasty malts and dark chocolate. Though, there really isn't any more chocolate aroma than I get in many other stouts. An odd berry-like sweetness hit me at one point, causing a little concern.

T- Very roasty. Dark chocolate is present, though not as much as I'd expect from a "black chocolate stout.". A solid American stout, nonetheless. Does drink quite robust for the moderate ABV.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium feel. Dryish finish. Well within what I expect of a stout.

O- A solid, flavorful stout. I could drink a few in a single sitting. That said, the "chocolate" was a bit of a let-down. When a beer is advertised as a chocolate stout, I expect the chocolate to be showcased, front and center. Just a bit too subtle, IMO.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/4/14 and poured 1/19/15. $2 single. Haven't had a beer from North Peak for awhile, so it's nice to try another.

Appearance: Hard pour almost upside down into the glass did nothing -- very slight film on top of the glass. Dubious is pitch black in color and there's not much lacing. Unexciting looking beer -- the lack of head is likely at least partially due to the fact that it was probably a degree from freezing in my fridge.

Smell: Very nice -- definitely dark chocolate and roasty malt character, but also a sweet caramel malt aroma too. Really like the cocoa quality to this beer. Certainly not a huge depth here, but smells very good.

Taste/feel: Working pretty well for me. In the taste there's a bit of an unexpected so-dark-roasty-it's-ashy/smokey flavor that adds depth and a little bitterness to the chocolate. The aftertaste is a very nice deep roastiness that in a way comes off as nutty. The feel of this beer is alright... honestly, it's basically in porter territory (thin body, high carbonation), but it fortunately falls just short of that.

Dubious is an enjoyable beer and I'm liking it quite a bit. It has a pleasant chocolate character without taking away from what a stout should normally taste like. A nice sessionable stout that has quite a bit of flavor.

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Photo of simplejj81
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Good chocolate stout, not special. If i were in Traverse city again, I'd be happy to have it.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin quick to fade tan colored head atop.Chocolate and dark fruit aromas mainly with mild roast.Chocolate and roasted flavors some dark fruit underneath,some earthiness in the finish.Eh it's ok but pretty standard,not anything I would seek out again.

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Photo of DanGeo
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 12/6/11

A - Pours black with two fingers of brown head. Nice retention and lots of lacing.

S - Mostly bitter chocolate and roasted malt, with small amounts of milk chocolate, coffee and hops.

T - Taste is pretty similar to smell, with a huge amount of bitter chocolate and more hops in the taste the the aroma. Roasted malts and coffee near the finish, which is dry and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Finish is very dry and bitter.

O - A good stout that is quite bitter. A fuller mouthfeel would bump this up a notch.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Chimay goblet.

Appearance- Pitch black with a finger of dark tan head. More head than expected from a gentle pour.

Smell- Chocolate and malt in that order. Not too complex. Just smells like an average stout.

Taste- Nothing stands out besides the chocolate. A bit hoppier then other stouts I've had in this category.

Mouthfeel- Way too thin for a chocolate stout. It seems like the consistency is far off.

Overall- I could not recommend getting a whole 6 pack of this beer. I could, however, suggest getting a single bottle just to say you've had/reviewed it.

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Photo of gibgink
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dubious is a deep black beer with a good-sized thick, creamy brown head that's left behind in part by way of thick patches of lacing.
The nose is heavy on roasty malt with a big, robust barley backbone over notes of coffee. It's not outright chocolatey, but the chocolate is there.
In the flavor is the same huge roastiness, but it leads to an astringent edge. Cocoa nib is ghostly (pretty much overrun by the flat-out roastiness and the resulting flaw) with some coffee grounds. It finishes with a tinge of fruity tanginess.
The feel starts out robust with a good thickness to it. It's not particularly big or bold, but it holds its own for a time before going just a little spritzy.

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Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fresh bottle from Champagne Cellars. I didn't like it because of astringency and dryness. A muddling of chocolate, coffee, a little cherry and bitterness. Sorry did not work and mostly drain poured. But so promising! Nice black bodied. Chocolate and oil in the nose.

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Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MispeledStalion
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Found this review from over a year ago.

Appearance - Big mocha head on a jet black body.  Darker than many heavier stouts.  Looks like Guinness.  Decent retention but not a bit of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell - Dark roasted malt aroma.  Bitter chocolate. Very bitter aroma, really.  Not a hint of sweetness. No idea how I managed to smell bitterness when I wrote this review.

Taste - Dark bitter chocolate again.  Very one-note. Chocolate and an intense bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thin for a stout.  Easy drinking in that respect. Pretty high in carbonation too, but that bitterness is too much.

Overall - Simple flavor, but it's a nice flavor.  The bitterness kills it though.  Drinkable, I guess.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of J2A2
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

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Dubious Black Chocolate Stout from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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