Sleeping Dog Stout | Chama River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chama River Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our stout lives up to the highest expectations of dark beer lovers. Roasted malts contribute notes of coffee and chocolate, while rolled oats lend a full and rounded character to the palate. So kick back in your easy chair with your trusty dog at your feet and a pint of Sleeping Dog Stout in hand – you can almost feel the heat from a roaring fire as you savor this warming brew.

Added by HardTarget on 08-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown head. Black body. Weak lace and retention.

Smell - Roasted coffee. Touch of chocolate.

Taste - Coffee. Some hop. Near dry maltiness.

Mouthfeel - So sexily smooth. A bit watery. Some bite.

Overall Drinkability- Far better than standards like Guiness, but only a bit better than middle of the road.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of andrew8626
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdoc8
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Chama River, Albuquerque. I don't know the alcohol content. It poured dark dark black, with a smooth, very foamy and long-lasting head. It smelled of chocolate malt and had a sweet and complex roasted coffee/chocolate/oatmeal flavor.

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Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Flashsp2
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chama River Sleeping Dog Stout, growler into a medium snifter

An aggressive pour generates an opaque black body with a half inch espresso head. No lacing and the head dissipates very quickly.

Nose is medium roasted coffee and touch of molasses. Not intense, but it smells very tasty and inviting.

Taste is slightly sweet, roasted coffee, chocolate milk, and touch of cooked oats.

Mouthfeel is where this beer exceeds. The oats make it so heavy and creamy, and with the low level of carbonation it just rocks. This is one of the best bodied beers ever.

Easy to drink, I have to keep restraint and not throw down the whole growler in one evening.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10 oz pour appears a very black color with a creamy, light brown foam. Glass is full, so cant comment much on the retention, but there is not much lacing left on the glass as it gets gulped down.

Nose is a bit on the faint side, but the brew is served a bit cold for a stout. Sweet, honey-drizzled oats come to mind as well as a bit of roasty, mocha coffee maltiness. Some graininess and a touch of leafy hops make it to the nostrils as well.

Not as sweet and creamy as I was hoping for, but there is some unexpected roasty and coffee flavors that help fill out the profile. It lacks the silkiness and finesse of, say, an Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. It is more of a hoppy American style stout than a smooth, sweet oaty stout. It's ok, and certainly fresh but not so sure it fits the style very well. A bit rough around the edges, the heavy roast is too much.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a near-black color with a small brown head. The nose is of dark roasted malt with a little bit of coffee and chocolate. The taste is the same, but with a bit more sweetness than was evident from the nose. The body is medium and drinkability is good, but not something I'd want too much of.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Chama River Brewing Co, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer pours black with a foamy, bubbled, light brown colored head, nestling in around an inch. The nose is sweet chocolate and mocha coffee. The beer has a light coffee flavor with sweet toffee and chocolate characteristics. Very creamy bodied, with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. The beer has a smooth, creamy finish with a mid-length linger. Extremely tasty stout!

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close enough to black, with a tan head that's fairly fluffy. Nice carbonation - this would appear to be an Irish-style stout. Soft, chalky notes of light roast and chocolate sweetness. A little more potency might be nice, but the firm cap of foam doesn't like to give.

I found Sleeping Dog to be a little too sweet and light of body for my taste, although it is well brewed. Nice, firm body with a hint of oily slickness on the finish. Milk chocolate is all over this one, with a balancing hop cone bitterness toward the back. Smooth, almost nitro style mouthfeel helps it go down, but again, I would like a little more assertiveness on the bittering end.

Good dessert style beer, that gets much better with warming. Definitely an American take on the British style, but it might be in a certain amount of limbo between each.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased 24 hours previous at Chama (the date was actually October '06). Appearance is pitch black with no light coming through and the head is massive, though I will admit it was a somewhat aggressive pour. I feel like there is almost a bit of alcohol on the nose and some sweet malts. Taste is thick and very good. Strong roasted coffee tones, but nice smooth ones that stay on your palate for a long time. Keeps the mouthfeel high. This goes down so smooth, I am glad I got a growler of it. But at the same time, not so glad. I won't be able to stop until I am at the bottom. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Coffee and Chocolate malt meld accented by a whiff of hops and a touch of smoke. Nice complexity and balance leads to a very appealing invitation.

Appearance: Black glass shows a thin brown edge when tilted and sports a coffee colored head that leaves tide marks like rings of coffee left too long in the mug.

Flavor: Given all the build up, a bit of a let down in the taste. Flavor is a bit mild compared to the aroma with the hops peeking out a bit more and a touch of lactose coming out.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, creamy texture and a dry finish.

Overall Impression: Thick and creamy with a wonderful nose. Unfortunately the taste just didn’t live up to the billing. Still, a very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was actually sampled at the Blue Corn Café (the businesses are linked). Off the tap this beer was an opaque black color with a one-finger tan head. The retention was decent, the lacing scattered. The aroma was delicious, rich milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Very appealing. The flavors were similar to the aroma, chocolate, both milk and dark, all over everything at first, before the coffee showed up in the middle. The finish was pleasantly bitter when the hops showed up to offer balance. The mouthfeel was good and slightly slick, the body full but slightly watery, the carbonation perfect. Aside from a little tinkering to be done with the mouthfeel the flavors were highly enjoyable and this beer was a great example of the style.

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Photo of M_chav
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pretty much pitch black with a small dark mocha head. Quickly dissipates. Medium range lace
S_the aroma consists of very darkly roasted malt.

T_on the sweeter side. Nice roasted coffee tones as well as a dark bakers chocolate. Aftertaste is again sweet and chocolatey. Too much chocolate for an oatmeal stout which is what they call it. This is more along the lines of a sweet stout but I like it regardless of style.

M_a wee bit thin for the style but robust overall. Mild carbonation

D_A tasty brew, kind of a combo style. Rec'd for stout fans.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Sleeping Dog Stout from Chama River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 25 ratings