Collaboration Without Representation
Deep River Brewing Co.

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Deep River Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #67
Ranked #1,620
4.31 | pDev: 8.82%
Nov 11, 2022
Apr 02, 2015
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Notes: Imperial milk stout with coffee and chocolate aged in bourbon barrels.

The origins of the namesake and making of this beer starts with Ted (Head Beaver). He has been a long time supporter of Deep River and has always rolled out the red carpet for events at his place and is a genuinely swell dude (Beaver). We have been talking about doing a collaboration together since we opened. The stipulations of the beer were that it needed to be above 10% ABV, have coffee, and be aged in barrels. The first time we brewed this beer the Head Beaver was quite late. We poked and prodded as to his excuse but could only surmise that he was busy building dams and forgot his phone back at the beaver lodge.
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Decent head production and excellent retention.

Very strong nose, which shouldn't be surprising, given the ABV and barrel aging. Notes of coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, oak, molasses, brown sugar, and minor char.

Less sweet and rich than I anticipated. The coffee stands out, and the bourbon has a sour mash edge to it, along with the oak. It is, however, still mildly to moderately sweet, and plenty rich. Tasting notes of light char, toast, oak, sour mash bourbon, coffee, bitter and semi-sweet chocolates, caramel, dark bread, and a hint of raisin.

Creamy and very drinkable.
Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No legible canning date. Poured into a tulip glass. It pours nearly ink black with two fingers of creamy, light khaki-colored head and thick lacing with long retention. It smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, freshly-brewed coffee, caramel, anise, black cherry/dark fruit, charred nuts, and noticeable bourbon. It's rich and delicious with notes of acidic coffee, baker's chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and earthy char. The bourbon barrel influence is strong and adds warming sweetness. There is excellent depth of flavor. This Stout has a rich, creamy mouth feel with lite carbonation, and you can certainly feel the 12.8% ABV. Sip it slowly and savor it. Deep River Brewing Co. is known for its high gravity stouts and this is a very fine collaboration.
Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by petewheeler from Maryland

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Fantastic Stout! Slight Bourbon burn up initially followed by mellow chocolate-coffee notes. Mouthfeel is creamy with an ever so slight vanilla aftertaste!
Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Oct 04, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by JonB25 from Delaware

Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by Bigpapanc8 from North Carolina

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Budlum from Maryland

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 4.74 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

May 10, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Skabiski from Maryland

Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
aromas of rich roasty coffee, sweet pulled candies, vanilla, chocolate banana bread.

palate follows for the most part with this sharp coffee note up front that is prominent but not overwhelming, there is milk chocolate, barrel sweetness invoking caramel and vanilla, oaky, hint of booze. quite smooth and rounded overall. solid medium+ mouthfeel with some creamy texture to it.
Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Feb 13, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by locoformavs from Colorado

Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Feb 09, 2019
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Part of a trade with Krubes. Thank you!
The beer pours a jet black color with no light passing through my glass. A dense creamy tan head of 1 cm foams up and slowly drops to a sturdy surface layer.
The aroma is what would be expected with some sweet chocolate notes mixing with brown sugar and a bit of bourbon coming through, for a generally sweet nose. I also dont get any hints of the large ABV for this beer and hops are absent.
The first sip reveals an average body with very smooth texture and super fine carbonation that is a little tingly across my palate. Nice physical traits on this brew.
Flavor is sweet also, but not cloying or too candylike here. I get chocolate and some vanilla notes with a bit of brown sugar and roasted notes of coffee. This is similar to a light and sweet coffee from Dunks. I do get some booze and bourbon notes on the finish as the beer warms my throat and belly after each swallow.
Hops are absent and this is a malt lovers brew. I do enjoy this one and am happy to have received it in the trade.
Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a crowler from The Brewers Kettle in Kernersville. Dark black color with a minimal head. Smells dominated by chocolate and bourbon.
Chocolate and coffee dominate the taste profile, which is outstanding. The mouthfeel is full bodied and coating. The coffee leads to a medium bitterness on the back end. Great brew, rates a 9 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale. Would rank higher, but at 12.8 abv, I don't think I could drink 12.
Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by jheimbigner from Washington

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by bmf5581 from North Carolina

Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 2.37 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

May 28, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: A hard pour builds a one finger beige head that pancakes down to the motor oil colored liquid; leggy, with strands of lacing dribbling down

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla; strong dark fruit and coffee tones

Taste: Black bread and chocolate forward with coffee and dark fruit flavors building; Bourbon, oak and vanilla tones emerge, through the middle; the finish brings forward the coffee and sweeter dark fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A lot of complexity for a milk stout as the coffee and dark fruit elements merge with the Bourbon to take the brew to the next level
May 17, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by M_chav from New Mexico

May 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very dark appearance with nice tan head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a nice blend of chocolate coffee and bourbon. Taste is a slightly sweet combination of coffee, chocolate and bourbon without any alcohol aftertaste.
May 05, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by glf60 from Virginia

Mar 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Received in a trade with @gibgink – thanks Dennis!
Marked “00918461 TED WHO?” across bottom of can, stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, slow center pour), khaki, high density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular four to seven mm ring and a complete layer with many small rocks. No lacing as the head retracts.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Milk chocolate predominates with some coffee, both fade as it warms.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter with more coffee than chocolate. Ends with some bourbon and a hint of alcohol, kind of rough. No hops, no distinct malt, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 - An above-average milk stout, albeit it seems to have been pulled from the barrels too soon. It has a pleasing appearance and the lack of lacing is not unusual for a 12.8% ABV beer that hung out in bourbon barrels. The aroma is enticing. The flavor is good but the rough ending makes me think of cheap bourbon and waking up in a storm drain in Alabama, again. However, as the temperature rises into the mid-fifties, this seems to smooth out and the harshness mellows. Perhaps a caveat to serve at 55 degrees is appropriate although, at the higher temperature, the coffee predominates. The palate seems somewhat over-carbonated – again a higher serving temperature seems to help. Overall, a good example of a BBA milk stout, which seems to have been released prematurely.
Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 06, 2018
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Moderate pour yields a well over one inch tan head over a dark brown, almost black, body with some lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of booze from the barrel, with some vanilla notes coming out as it warms. Taste of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and some of that booze. Good feel (hoping for better!) Overall, a very nice BA Milk Stout from a Deep River Brewing Co. collab with Ted the Beaver. Cheers!
Mar 05, 2018
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Came in a goblet jet black with a thick beige head atop.Dark roast coffee stood out most in the nose over top of chocolate and alcohol dipped ark fruits.I got more of the dark fruits on the palate with underlying stiff alcohol,a good shot of coffee roast/char and chocolate round it out.A rich somewhat boozy local NC impy stout,well made.
Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 26, 2018
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