420 Strain Chocolope Stout
SweetWater Brewing Company

420 Strain Chocolope Stout420 Strain Chocolope Stout
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #587
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,572
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 11.52%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
28
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420 Strain Chocolope Stout420 Strain Chocolope Stout
Notes: The 420 Strain is back in black with a chocolaty stout and head-turning aroma. Our unholy trinity of hops, strain-specific terpenes and natural hemp-type flavors complement a roasty malt backbone, resulting in a dreamy medley of mouth-watering flavors: Tropical fruit on the inhale, coffee on the exhale, gooey chocolate all the way through.
35 IBU
Malt Bill: 2-Row, Munich, 70/80, Pale Chocolate, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Willamette
Dry Hop: Dutch Chocolate
Flavor Profile: Tropical, coffee, chocolate
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't understand the whole taste of marijuana in your beer thing..... Why not broccoli flavored beer as well? Oh, broccoli isn't "fun" in a beer. Anyhoo, if you like marijuana flavor, go for it. Tastes like it smells.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Opaque and dark with a brown head and some lacing. Smells of hemp, malt and chocolate. All those come through in the flavor with maybe a touch of cinnamon.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty tasty Stout I wouldn't call it gooey chocolate but more of a bittersweet chocolate and roasty Stout with a sweet finish. With the hop profile it almost reminds me of a Black lager with a semi Smokey finish. Picked this up for about 2 bucks so I'm not really disappointed but it is pretty good.

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Photo of SFC21
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose is very close to the weed smell of G13, which gave me a lot of pause before the first sip. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. A nice, lighter bodied, roasty stout. Lingering weed taste well after the swallow but doesn’t detract from the overall beer. Solid but not something I would drink regularly

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with an inch of light khaki-toned foam.

Smell: Presents a decently dank, light pungentness, as previous had in the IPA, but it feels bewildering slapped against a rather dry roastiness and modest bitterish cocoa hints.

Taste: Sweetish blend of richly toasty malts, chocolate (aided by the cocoa) with some slender, subtler roasty tones. As with its aroma, in rolls the dankness, the pungent quality which feels like a particularly odd partner, at least to me, for a sweetish chocolate stout. Like a big, tall glass of grilled cheese sandwich red wine, I went in thinking "whaaa?" and left, still thinking "whaaaa?"

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A light smoothness to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: The combination simply doesn't work for me, even though I feel I would've rather enjoyed the underlying beer without the "420 strain" deal. However, as a side note, the label design and embossed bottles are rather nice.

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Photo of Lucular
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5 oz pour on tap. Pretty much as advertised but comes across more like watered down chocolate syrup with weird citrus and earthy (hemp?) undertones than as "gooey chocolate." Decent but not great.

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Photo of Juno106
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The 3rd release from Sweetwaters 420 strain series. Originally, the name Chocolope. Comes from a strain of marijuana. Known for its coffee and chocolate taste.

After opening the bottle. A faint scent of weed hits my nose. Poured black with a 2 finger dark beige head. The aroma is fresh weed. A little bit of chocolate but primarily fresh weed. The taste is dark chocolate, coco and hoppy bitterness.

As the beer warms. The hoppyness mellows in taste. Medium mouth feel. The roasted barley malts comes through at the end. Rich and creamy. I enjoy how the flavor profile changes as the beer warms up.

This is a solid hoppy chocolate stout. This beer isn't your traditional chocolate stout. The hoppyness is aggressive in the beginning but mellows over time. Overall, the flavor profile is a brownie. A pot brownie. Well played, Sweetwater. Cheers!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Best if enjoyed by 12/24/19"; drank 10/16/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; frothy lace.

Black coffee, skunk spray & mild chocolate syrup notes in the nose. I get the "420" reference here...

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & mild chocolate syrup flavors up front; mild skunk spray notes on the finish.

More of a "black IPA" than a stout; it's OK but not worth tracking down.

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Photo of spectru
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, opaque, with a frothy tan head, recedes to a nice film, lacy; The aroma is not strong; Tangy mouthfeel, nice carbonation - not all that common in stouts. The taste hints of chocolate, but there is something else, too.

Not a bad stout, as stouts go. I might could buy this one again.

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Photo of Explorer_Bill
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

“Back in black” indeed. From a pint glass on tap at my local grocery store growler bar ($2.50/pint). A very dark brown almost black with a cream colored head. lots of cream colored lacing. Wow. The weed scent is upfront in this one; a bit unexpected in the stout. I must qualify that I’ve enjoyed Sweetwater’s IPA weed varieties but this one may have a bit more cannabis nose than some of the others. I also pick up the presence of toasty malt. The taste is chocolate, malt, and weed. Maybe the most interesting beer of the brewery’s 420 strains. The taste has a bit more bitterness than typical of stouts but I suppose all bets are off when Sweeteater gets their buzz on. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Top of the hat to the boys in Atlanta.

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a 16 December 2019 BB date stamp on the label.
Wow! This stout really carries the flavor and, especially, the aroma of a fine cannabis strain. Dark bread, faint earthy hops, and weed linger on in the aftertaste. The 420 strain comes out more prominently, and at least as harmoniously, as it does in the other two (so far) releases in this line.
Overall: get some of this "Limited Release" while you can.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can from mix pack, poured into shaker pint
Black as night, and a full thick tan head
Smells like a chocolate coffee bong, and malty roasted stout, mellows with time
Taste follows nose, when cold the hemp flavors are stronger than needed, but as it sits out a few minutes, gets more of a traditional chocolate malt stout balance, and becomes a masterpiece. Nice and dry, great feel, and would like more!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN:

Roast, burnt malt, chocolate malt, cannabis-like resin and hemp-redolent oils.

Balanced and interesting, but I don't know that it rocks the cannabis vibe as well as SweetWater's cannabis-inspired IPAs. The dutch chocolate is nice and it has a lovely creamy soft mouthfeel that cushions the roast, taking any bitter edge off.

I don't find overt coffee flavour. Hop profile is floral and a fair bit more present than one would expect in a stout, but it's welcome and accents the cannabis-like terpene character nicely.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, good 2+ dark tan head, good retention and great lacing. Jet black in the glass. Smells of weed, dank, just like this strain does in their other beers, as it warms and the head recedes you can pick up some roast and a slight bit of citrus. Taste is chocolate forward, slight underlying roast, good smooth middle with a little of the hop dankness coming thru, and the finish is a good firm bitterness with a lingering aftertaste of coffee and some faint citrus. Good easy drinking stout.

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420 Strain Chocolope Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 28 ratings