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Dubious Black Chocolate Stout | North Peak Brewing Company

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Dubious Black Chocolate StoutDubious Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dorianmarley on 12-16-2011

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 163
Reviews by Keffa:
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3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review in a long, long time. Stubby bottle poured into an Ephemere tulip.

A: By far and away the best American stout I've ever seen in glass. A somewhat rousing pour fills the tulip with a head that takes up the whole glass and literally takes 5 minutes to settle enough to pour the rest of the bottle. Once the whole bottle is in, the head is still half the glass. It settles (again, after about 5 minutes) into a 1/2" thick full cap that leaves copious lacing everywhere on the glass. Color is pitch black with the head being a dark tan. Fantastic.

S: Deep roast, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hop, coffee, toast notes. Nice, but very heavily handed on the roast aroma kinda puts me off a bit.

T: Wow, not what I was expecting at all. The roast is much more mellow in the taste than in the aroma. Mainly focuses on the bittersweet chocolate, a light coffee and roast behind that. Very lightly bready and toast. Earthy hop comes through again, although it's subtle.

M: On the full side of medium, if that makes sense. Not quite chewy thick as an Imperial stout, but not as thin as some of the American stouts I've had. Coating on the palate. Nicely carbonated, almost creamy in texture. Finishes dry.

O: Very nice stout, easy drinking, low ABV, good flavor, and looks great. If you want a beer to show off how good it looks, I'd wager you won't easily find one that looks better.

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Photo of simplejj81
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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 -0.3%
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 tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of warnerry
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -9.7%
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 -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +28.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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 +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MispeledStalion
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -21.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of J2A2
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Dubious Black Chocolate Stout from North Peak Brewing Company
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