420 Strain Chocolope Stout
SweetWater Brewing Company

420 Strain Chocolope Stout420 Strain Chocolope Stout
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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #639
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,436
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
81
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SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
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86
Very Good
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: 32 | Ratings: 81 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by woodychandler:
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

These next several are going to be Bottles (Eeek!) of varying types, each one sort of dovetailing with the next. If past history is any indication, I'll be bound up better than eating a block of cheese after all of this!

From the Bottle: "Limited Release"; "Brewed with Chocolate"; "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."; "A Strange New Strain Indeed".

I almost feel like I should be saving this for M, y'know, 4-20 Day. I have other plans for that day & so I Pop!ped the cap on this Bottle (!) & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it foamed up to from two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, mocha-colored head with very good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), with cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled like a bag of skunk weed! Say, where did I score this beer, anyway?!? I don't have a scrip for the local dispensary! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was … amusing. I was mentioning the idea of an amuse-bouche (French for "amusment of the mouth", usually as a snack or an hors d'oeuvre) to a high school classmate when she mentioned the Japanese term "kuchisabishii", defined as "when you're not hungry, but you eat because your mouth is lonely" earlier today. This beer's taste & mouthfeel were definitely making my mouth smile. It had a pleasant weed-like flavor along with a bittersweet chocolatiness. This, for me, was where they got it just right. I despise cloyingly sweet stuff, but they managed to avoid such in this beer. It was VERY MUCH a liquified special brownie!

They don't teach HomeEc any more, but when I took Foods 1 through 4, we used a LOT of herb in our recipes. Man, you want to get really mellow, start in on edibles. The real trick is to stir some of it into melting butter, then use that for the brownies, cookies, cakes, etc. I considered myself a bit of a "head", but one afternoon, following getting baked on baked goods, I was incoherent!

I liked the way that all of the flavors - terpenes, chocolate & coffee really meshed. The coffee came in at the end, keeping the whole thing semi-dry. Finish was definitely semi-dry to dry. Fudging fantastic! YMMV.

Apr 18, 2020
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Oct 17, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottles on several occasions 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.

Sep 26, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 30, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Oct 18, 2019
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gamblebc from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jul 13, 2020
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B33rcules from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 28, 2019
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Jcarriglio from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 25, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Oct 04, 2019
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MadMadMike from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate bong water.
Thankfully the chocolate note comes through after dealing with the smell/scent/aroma or I’d pass this off as a wink-wink novelty.
It’s prolly cool to throw one of these down to a dope smoking friend, but I personally prefer to keep the 2 thangs separate.
Kinda like ‘don’t put jalapeños in my IPA’.
Knowmasayin?

Jan 15, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Oct 29, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Nov 08, 2019
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GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 12, 2020
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Zigzach from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 10, 2021
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 24, 2020
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Daniel_Bates from South Carolina

2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I love stouts. This stout is not easy to drink. It smells like weed. It has a light body more like a black lager. The flavor is bitter and burnt with notes of bong water and dry pine straw. I will never purchase it again.

Jan 09, 2020
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1971bernat from Virginia

2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jan 03, 2021
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 16, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Sep 18, 2019
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 18, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had a love-hate relationship with this beer...

...and at the end of the pint glass, I kinda just didn't really think it was all that great. It did look good with perfect blackness and tan head, it smell unique - grassy, licorice, and malty, but that's about it for this beer. The mouthfeel was okay, light-bodied and lightly carbonated but the taste - what can I say about this? It tasted grassy to me, yes grassy. So much so it was weird. Overall, it really wasn't representative of the style and I certainly won't be looking for this again.

Dec 22, 2019
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lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 05, 2020
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 25, 2019
420 Strain Chocolope Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 81 ratings