French Toast Devil Dog
Roak Brewing Co.

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #41
Ranked #4,475
4.21 | pDev: 7.84%
Roak Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
French Toast Devil DogFrench Toast Devil Dog
Notes: All the big bold characteristics of our Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout with the unmistakable taste of Sunday morning French Toast.
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Photo of Wolvmar
2.61/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle purchased at Plum Market. Didn’t notice bottling date.

Pour: deep brown with small head that quickly dissipated into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Nose: sugary sweet maple.

Taste: sugary sweet maple completely overwhelms what might be a decent oatmeal stout. Drank half and drain poured the rest.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation overwhelmed the expected smooth oatmeal stout feel. Relatively clean.

Overall: not really bad but not really enjoyable. Won’t buy again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black body; immensely dense and creamy head, sculpted and lasting. The beer nails the aroma of freshly made french toast; caramel and pecan. An interesting flavor, mixing together elements of maple syrup, roasted/charred grains, brown sugar; sweet but with a subliminal bitterness; slightly boozy. Heavy body; thick, chewy, and velvety; lots of residual sugar sludginess; a nice blend of dull sweetness and alcohol dryness.

A nicely made oatmeal stout delivering rich and complex notes of dark malts, maple syrup and (I'm guessing) cinnamon.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

One of the few beers that I've ever had with maple in it where you can actually taste and smell the maple. The mouthfeel was the only disappointing characteristic thing about this beer, and an oatmeal stout should be better.

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Photo of GeoAggie
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a really fun and unique beer. It smells and tastes like if French Toast Crunch was magically turned into a delicious Stout beer. It has a fun bottle and pours nearly black. No light passes through this one.

The smell and taste are strong with maple and cinnamon, but with noticeable flavors of vanilla and a medium bodied coffee as well. The flavors were very natural with no artificial aftertastes or anything like that. I really enjoyed this, and for the price ($9 for a 6 pack, granted I live a mile from the brewery, so it may be more elsewhere) it would be hard to find a better Stout.

It's very rich and you're probably not drinking another beer after this one. Pair it with something savory, but not too much as the beer is practically a meal in and if itself, but if you like a flavorful beer and are a fan of maple and cinnamon, this one is for you.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roak French Toast Devil Dog, 8.3% ABV. Pours black with a one finger tan head. Incredible nose is strong maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Taste follows, sweet but not cloying, and very slight bitter roast malt close. Excellent thick and smooth mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from drunkenmess poured into mini snifter.

Deep slick shiny black with a thin fingernail of brown head.

French Toast. All. Day. Long. Just amazing aroma here. Buttery, brown sugary, syrup-y, cinnamon-dusted french toast. Wow.

Flavor is deeply rich roasted malt, then coffee, cinnamon, slight vanilla and brown sugar, earth, and faint maple syrup flavoring.

Feel is creamy with a nice heavy carbonation and enjoyable dryness.

Overall a very tasty stout from ROAK. Good stuff. Not particularly dessert-y on the palate, but that nose makes up for it.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this 12 oz. bottle into a PAA Ba Xmas Bomb whiskey glass (that I just got this week and am very excited to have) this beer pours out about as dark as brown can be before it goes to black. You can hardly see through it on the pour and in the glass it sits with minimal highlights. It formed a thin, caramel colored crown before dissipating to nothing quicker than you can say the name of the beer. (3.25)

The smell assaults the nostrils with maple. Sweetness just bouncing throughout for as long as you can breathe it in. Vanilla, maple, caramel and even underlying hints of bread. I had to snap out of it and ask myself how long I was going to smell it. (4.5)

The taste comes in a lot more coffee forward, being somewhat of a disappoint right off the bat after I was smelling that beautiful sweet maple. It slightly transitions into a balanced and subtle maple, but if I'm being honest, I would enjoy more. A nice roasty element to it. The bread presence shows itself near the back with the dry finish. (3.75)

The mouthfeel is on the dry side for me and doesn't leave too much coating. It's thick for only being an oatmeal stout, but thinner than I'd like with the maple syrup. I would want something like this to coat the mouth with sweet thickness, but instead it rather cuts straight through. (3.5)

Overall, it seemed like this one was kind of all over the place for me. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought that smell was leading me to believe, that was without a doubt the most enjoyable part of the brew for me. (3.5)

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Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned on 8/27/18. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a solid finger plus light brown head that leaves spotty lace. 4

Smell is a huge hit of maple syrup, vanilla, coffee grounds, and maybe a little cinnamon. 4.25

Taste once again the maple syrup is the star, really dominant but vanilla, expresso, and cinnamon lend a hand, one dimensional but tasty. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, gentle carbonation, actually not very dry, and exceptional drinkability at 8.3%. 4

Overall this a tasty and well crafted beer, if you like maple syrup you will love it. 4

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger fluffy hazelnut head atop a black body.

S - oh my. Tons of maple, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - maple city. This really does taste like french toast. Good (non-artificially sweetened) maple syrup, vanilla bean, chocolate, a hint of coffee, oats. Very smooth and devoid of alcohol burn. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium, very creamy body with appropriate carb.

O - this is a winner.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown color pour with a dense toffee lacing ring.

S - Bready, maple syrup, vanilla ... yep, smells like French Toast.

T - Nice chocolate roast from start to finish, maple, delicate char, and ends with a lingering char bitterness underneath roasted chocolate and slight coffee.

M - Heavy, thick, and chewy body almost like a light syrup body and lip smacking sticky.

O - This is a fantastic oatmeal stout that hits the mark. Recommended.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours black with nice tan head that settles to a thick ring. Very light spotty lacing.

Aroma - Big rich sweet maple syrup aroma, toffee, rich chocolate, vanilla. Lots of sweet aromas much like french toast.

Taste - So the first sip is really rich bakers dark chocolate followed by a nice sweet maple flavor. While the maple was dominate in the nose rich devils food cake like chocolate dominates the taste. Nice vanilla, cinnamon, light breadiness adds to the whole french toast vibe.

Feel - Full creamy feel just a little heat nice dry finish.

Overall - A very well done stout that really hits the french toast mark. Great flavors smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla.

T - The taste is maple syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and some light roasted malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - This is a pretty solid pastry stout.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow - what a surprisingly amazing beer from a local brewery! Looks good, nice very dark brown color with some nice fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells absolutely amazing - like Sunday morning French toast drenched in dark maple syrup. Thankfully, though, the maple is a little more subtle on the taste and the coffee, mocha chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and malt is allowed to shine through more. Smooth, slightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. The higher ABV is extremely well-hidden. What an outstanding beer - will look for more from this brewery.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for this Sunday morning breakfast drink, superspak.
Received in NBS BIF #8.
Pours a profoundly dark roil of brown. Firm pour pushes a confident mocha cap 2+ fingers high. Solid retention. Slowly retreats to a damn respectable, "I'm staying here!" half an inch, milky head.
Straight up glory in the nose. Good Morning, French toast! Maple syrup hitting crispy edged, slightly caramelized, cinnamon-heavy battered French toast. A light hint of vanilla, some cocoa notes, caramel and the smoothest roast, all waft from the glass. Rarely have I beheld such a spot on aroma, that was also soon tempting.
Taste follows faithfully. Although, I dare say it's damn near impossible to follow that nose. The cinnamon is present but tame. The maple definitely stays along for the whole ride, but is not cloying. Hints of vanilla come through and tame the roast notes that peek in just a tad. Sweet notes that make an appearance in the background of the maple syrup are caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate. The vanilla comes through at the end as well, almost gives it a drying out note, in the direction of metallic.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very subtle, almost absent alcohol heat adds a nice extra. Carbonation is light.
Overall, I would love this on a regular basis. Here is where I am reticent to make any suggestions on such a fine beer. But, I love the nose almost as much as my kids, and if the flavor could follow just a tad more faithfully with lighter vanilla I MIGHT like it a smidge more. Having said that (humbly), I LOVE this one.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Take the best of Devil Dog: the full, creamy feel, the roasty espresso/cocoa notes, and add smooth, warm maple and cinnamon and nutmeg spices. The aroma on this one is huge and apparent from across the table. Flavor flows slickly over the tongue. A must-have.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/27/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery hops; roast/char bitterness; and cinnamon spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet and spiciness balance; with minimal acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.3%. Overall this is a fantastic spiced imperial oatmeal stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Would have preferred the bitterness toned down to be more dessert-like. Great balance of rich malts, maple syrup, spices, and earthy hops. A highly enjoyable offering, and great base style example as expected. Nearly identical to the Pigeon Hill YMOFT at a lower ABV.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at the brewery in a 12 oz tulip.
Pour is very dark with a short khaki head and good lacing.
Smell is delicious maple syrup and cinnamon.
Taste is milky and definitely French toast as advertised.
Feel is smooth with a bit of a bite on the back end, but it hides the alcohol well.
Overall this is a delicious dessert beer.

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French Toast Devil Dog from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 53 ratings