Cocoborealis | Chaos Mountain Brewing

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3.63/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Chaos Mountain Brewing
Virginia, United States
chaosmountainbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NokeBeerLover540 on 05-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,022
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
45
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by ZachKelly:
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3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Large, semi-durable tan head over a nearly opaque, dark red-brown body.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-full body.

Flavor: Rich and malty but less complex than expected, perhaps due to the consistent chocolate theme of the brewing method. Lasting, moderately (overly) bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate malts, cocoa nibs and earthy hops.

O: Moderately chocolatey but less so that Young's Double Chocolate, Rogue and some others.

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Photo of ChadA83
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blu_Hound
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Stout, nice dark cocoa smell. The flavor was strong and toasty, but not overpowering. The finish was just a little dry.

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Photo of hophugger
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color with thin head. Aroma is of cocoa and taste is a bit lighter than expected. Chocolate makes itself known but the cocoa powder leaves a dry, well....powdery feel. Hops are balanced well with this one

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beejay
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown nearly black in color, with a large light tan head.

S: A huge chocolate aroma comes out, with a touch of raisin, brown sugar, and bread.

T: A little flimsy on the taste... caramel, chocolate, brownsugar and bread. There is a touch of almost coffee like bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with very lively carbonation, the feel is on the watery side.

O: Overall decent, but I wish there was a little more body, and a bolder flavor.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two chocolate malts, then a big dose of cocoa powder is added during brewing, before the beer is aged on organic cacao nibs.

Pours near black with a light tan head, initially 4 fingers high from a hard pour. Once all the beer was in the glass, the head hit a strong 2 1/2 fingers, mounding and chunky. Some awesome thick sticky lacing as the head recedes.

Sweet chocolate milk on the aroma. A bit of coffee as well, but not surprisingly, the chocolate steals the show. Probably the most chocolatey aroma I've experienced. Once the beer warms, I started getting the occasional blaso of herbal, spicy hops.

Very dry and very bitter from the chocolate malt, the CTZ, the cocoa, and the cacao. Dark bitter chocolate with tart grapefruit and bitter grapefruit peel and a light woody aspect, probably the CTZ.

Medium bodied with a light to moderate prickle of carbonation that's slightly numbing to the tongue.

Very good in the end. I actually prefer a sweeter brew, and in the beginning, all I got was bitter. But after my bitter taste buds had been destroyed, the beer became more balanced and I started picking up a little of the sweet malt, which improved my opinion of the taste. I definitely like the chocolate.

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

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

Photo of tim_may
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My better half loves this beer

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Photo of mntlover
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black but plenty of ruby around the edges when held to the light. Two finger sized tan had that places well.

Aroma is roasted malts, plenty of chocolate nibs along with touched of dark fruit. Smells kind of dry.

Taste is like the nose roasted malts lots of chocolate nibs and dry coco powder. Finish has light liquorice notes and hop notes. Pretty normal regular stout with added chocolate notes.

Mouthful is only medium, carbonation medium also.

Overall mind of expecting a big stout due to label calling it Triple Chocolate Stout. Not bad for normal stout.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall: Not as smooth, creamy, decadent or stout-like as I was expecting. A thin stout with a chocolatey presence that falls behind a more noticeable hop presence and grassy bitterness.

Pours a dark murky brown. Thin ring of sudsy head. Some lacing.
Smells like chocolate and cocoa powder. A little coffee like. A little sweet.
Taste follows the smell, except for a surprising hop bitterness that lingers almost unpleasantly on the back of the tongue. A bitter, roasty, grassy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin for an American Stout. It just flows down with little character.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimpyle48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in bottle

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Photo of mf86
4.86/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of teromous
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body pours medium-dark brown into a glass where it forms completely black. It has a small head but it quickly fades out leaving just a few rafts and only a crescent moon instead of a ring. It doesn't have the greatest appearance for a beer of only 6% (as indicated on the label).

Aroma: I get some coffee aroma and a light burnt wood scent. The beer claims that it is a "triple chocolate stout" but there is no chocolate aroma. The spicy coffee aroma is nice though.

Taste: I get a lot of burnt charcoal flavor up front. In the middle there is this nice coffee berry flavor which gives it a very light tart flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is pretty harsh with bitterness and it has a dry finish.

Overall: The beer has good flavors but it is in no way a chocolate stout. It tastes more like coffee and burnt wood than anything else. For stout lovers who enjoy a lot of roasted grain flavor and burnt wood character I would recommend this. For decadent chocolate lovers and even bitter dark chocolate lovers I would recommend passing on this.

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Cocoborealis from Chaos Mountain Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 45 ratings