Sweet Devil Stout | College Street Brewhouse & Pub

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Sweet Devil StoutSweet Devil Stout

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College Street Brewhouse & Pub
Arizona, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GRG1313 on 01-29-2012

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle from Top Shelf Liquors (Cottonwood, AZ). 2.39. No bottle date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, near black, cola brown with a quarter finger tan head. All bubbles quicky disappear leaving no retention and no lace.

Simple, straightforward aromas of caramel, cocoa powder and slight roast.

As in the nose there is a certain lack of depth in the flavor. Heavily roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, a metallic bitterness, some cola and earth. Simple, basic and unobtrusive.

Fairy thin body with a zippy carbonated tingle. Mildly astringent finish with more roasty malts, cocoa and semi burnt caramel.

While there is nothing offensive about Sweet Devil Stout there is also nothing impressive. It was fine and I drank it without issue but there are just too many better options available for me to revisit.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Shelly.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim white to off white cap of a head that quickly dissipated without any lacing.
The smell had a ton of coffee beans - big and roasty. Light vanilla.
The taste was mainly roasty through the coffee beans. Vanilla comes back to sweeten slightly with a subtle balance. Sweet aftertaste with some cocoa. Barely any finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs light. Gets a bit sticky almost cloying.
Overall, well, not one of the best American Stouts on the market as it seems there could be tweakings that could help make it better, still not a bad offering.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a classic, traditional stout; nothing special but nothing bad.

Pours black with a nice dark khaki head.

Nose is nicely malty with medium assertiveness of black coffee and undertones of chocolate and espresso. Nice roasted grain malty character all around.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with nice balance and carbonation.

Flavor profile of simple coffee, a bit of espresso light bitter and undertones of light black chocolate. There is nothing that knocks your socks of with this one and is a milder and less intense version, in my opinion, of College Street's better Death by Chocolate Stout, which they should make their regular stout, which would be amazing to have year round and not as a special release.

Nice bitter espresso finish. All in all a nice, decent and drinkable stout, pretty much like other decent stouts.

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Photo of Auraan
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a rich, deep black body with a thin cap of tan head. A very nice looking body for a stout, but the lack of any head formation was disappointing. Scents of black coffee, milk chocolate, some cream-like sweetness, some dark fruit and a hint of roast malt. A good stout aroma, but a bit standard. Flavor is a bit sweet starting out, with notes of sweetened coffee with cream and milk chocolate. Middle moves into more milk chocolate flavors and hints of dark fruit. Finish is lightly sweet with notes of cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, cream-like sweetness and a bit of roast malt. Aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of roast malt and black coffee. A rather sweet flavor for an American Stout, with a sweeter take on the typical flavors and a nicely roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a smooth feel. A good, fitting feel. Overall this is a decent stout. The aroma is fitting and pleasant, the flavor is good, but a bit sweet and it has a good mouthfeel. It just needs to be a bit drier in flavor to be a good example of the style.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look (3.75): Dark charcoal with a small head which quickly disappears. A brown reddish hue around the edges. Carbonation doesn't seem to cling to well.

Smell (3): Hardly anything there. Mild bitter chocolate and coffee aroma. I was hoping for more.

Taste (3.5): Roasted chocolate and coffee flavors, which are a bit stronger in the taste, but not big in smell. There's some spicy pepper notes perhaps on the back end.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Light plus to medium bodied. Surprisingly easy to drink. Nothing overwhelming too it, and I would not expect this to have 6.5 ABV.

Overall (3.25): Disappointing.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured to tumbler

Dark as night, tidy persistent head

Aroma has some interesting vague notes of plum, caramel and smoke

Flavor is bold, sweet, grainy but a tad burnt sugar on the front almost had me liking it less. A sneaky anise aftertaste brought the score up. Better warmer, for sure.

Mouth feel is close to perfect for a CO2 stout: full with a little snap

Overall: damn nice effort from a sorta local brewer I've had yet to experience. Grain bitterness and malt sweetness well balanced. Far beyond caramelization, the burnt notes are a distraction.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: Jet black with a pretty solid, long-standing head of about a finger and a half. The head doesn’t even settle all the way, it stops at about a half-inch and just hangs around.

SMELL: Strong coffee aromas in the nose with hints of chocolate and maybe a touch of chili pepper. The bitter smell of the coffee is accentuated by the hops.

TASTE: The roasty flavors are far more subtle than I expected them to be after the first smell, but the chocolate comes through strong. I still get a touch of chili in here as well. It’s pretty tasty, but I also pick up some mild astringency.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, goes down silky smooth. There is no way I would have guessed this is even 6.5%, I would have thought somewhere in the 4.5% range. Extremely easy to drink, if that slight pucker wasn’t there this would get a 5 in the mouthfeel department.

OVERALL: Pleasantly surprised overall, but I wish it wasn’t as astringent. This beer has potential, can’t wait to get my hands on another one.

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Photo of Hunter
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coal black brew, thin head of deep brown foam that dissipates quickly with zero tracing.

Smell: Rich cocoa, wheat, barely there hops. Sweet and heady.

Taste: Taste backs up the smell: Notes of chocolate, dark barleys, wheat. Aftertaste is slightly acrid and smoky. 6.66% ABV (unless that's a marketing gimmick) but I didn't detect much alcoholic heat in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy or oily as you might expect.

Overall: This is a nice stout, mild when chilled but becoming more complex and interesting as it warms to room temperature. I bought a sixer in July; may have to save a couple bottles for the colder months just in case I can't find it again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a big shaker pint at the Mellow Mushroom.

Flat black, without a hint of light coming through. The head is a thin, silky layer of sandy tan.

Light aroma with mild sweetness. Toasted cocoa; a touch of vanilla and oats; a very subtle licorice note.

Same deal in the flavor. A somewhat stale raisin note in the front meets smooth black licorice. The swallow delivers the oats, bitter chocolate and a hint of roast. Finishes smooth and sweet finish, but it's a little too subtle throughout.

Big, creamy medium body contrasts the weak flavor. Carbonation is a little high, prickling the tongue painfully. Very clean, with no alcohol.

Sweet Devil’s a very drinkable stout. I just wish there were more flavor to be had.

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Photo of tronester
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of cocoa. Taste begins with some milk chocolate, then some toasted grain, a hint of licorice, and finishing with a nutty, earth flavour. Mouthfeel is decent. Overall a decent stout.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aromas coming off of this thing are like walking past a quality coffee shop where they have just brewed a mocha. The kinda smell that makes you stop, mouthwatering turnaround and go inside for a drink. In other words it smells real damn good! The initial taste has a bit more of a sting to it, not sure if carbonation or ingredients. that quickly fades away and you are left with a full bodied beer with complex and enjoyable faint hints of chocolate, coffee, quality beer, and some other pleasant flavor I cant put my finger on what it is.

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Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Rather nice beige head in the globe glass. Pleasingly sudsy in the mouth when you pour another finger. A whiff of chocolate.

Malty and slightly sweet. Grainy and a little chalky with plenty of roasted malt. This could almost be considered the Sweet Stout style. Winey flavors with a sharp edge. Well balanced with some malty sweetness, a touch of hops, and that faint tartness. A little burnt sugar. Fairly dry finish with some pleasant bitterness. Sudsy to the end.

Quite drinkable, well-made, dark beer without any special interest. From the 12 oz bottle at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is a nice dark brown in color with a golden head. Smells of chocolate and coco powder. Has a very smooth chocolate and licorice flavor with a clean finish. Very nice stout cold and easy to drink on hot day. Loved the coffee and chocolate flavors that arrived on the finish. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Lancer211
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A - Dark, dark, dark. Standard stout. Slightly khaki head that remained throughout. Incredible lacing.

S - Coffee and almost like a milk stout. Malt all the way.

T - Malty in front, malty in the middle, malty in back. No alcohol detected, nor hops.

M - Heavy, just as expected by the taste. Just as much carbonation as expected by the style.

O - A standard microbrew stout. As a stout fan, I'd definitely drink this if it were on tap. Not exemplary, but certainly worth trying against foreign stout beers. This beer doesn't do anything well, but does everything pretty well. Giving it an overall 4 might be a bit much, but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at Fry's as part of a mixed sixer back in early February for $1.50. No freshness date.

Beer poured black with a beautiful brown head that is hanging around.

Nose has hints of chocolate sweetness and not much else.

Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, and hints of toffee. It is a bit on the sweet side as designed but not in a cloying fashion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not overly smooth.

Overall the flavor profile is very nice, would pair well with a brownie or chocolate cake.

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Photo of That_One_Guy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

I bought this because it's an in state stout, and I loved the description. I didn't expect much, and was very pleased. It was very well balanced, and the coffee and chocolate tastes didn't clash with the barley at all. Overall it was a medium mouth feel, a little lighter than I expected. I'd give it a go again, it's a good beer...and a great outdoor beer.

WIFE TAKE: That devil is pretty, but why Chocolate beer? Is it like a dessert?

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Photo of KRNelson
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a stout from Arizona it's really nice. Plus at the gimmicky 6.66% abv I can't complain. Wish it was more available in the souther part of the state.

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Photo of matcris
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, a tiny ruby bulb up to the light. A good finger of tan foamy head, that slowly fades and sticks to the glass. Lots of floaties in this one. The aroma is lots of roasted malt, chocolate, minor coffee, and a little brown sugar; smells sweet overall. In the flavor, nice balance of sweet and bitter, both are there. Quite a bit of smoke in the flavor, along with the chocolate and some java notes. Also a bit of a char flavor. I kind of like that; some, don't. Feel is medium body, and very dry on the finish. Up front, it's slightly sticky and good carbonation. I think this is a stand out in that, it is just a bit different enough from the usual stout of this abv with that smokiness. Better than an 81, for sure, to me.

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Photo of McShane
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was hesitant to try this state based on appearance in the store. I purchased it from Total Wine in Gilbert AZ and they don't care many of College Streets beers. The name sold me and it's a stout so I really had no excuse not to try it. Especially since it was only $1.49.

Appearance was as expected. Thick and rich and non-transparent.

Smell was not remarkable by any means.

The taste made up for the smell 10 fold. This was heavy in coffee and chocolate. It was sweet, rich, and wonderful. My only only regret was not purchasing more of them. I suggest this beer for sure and thru the winter expect to grab a couple of them in my weekly beer runs.


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Sweet Devil Stout from College Street Brewhouse & Pub
3.52 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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