Rise & Grind
No-Li Brewhouse

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American Stout
Ranked #376
Ranked #16,265
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Rise & Grind - it's a wake-up call, a brewer's breakfast. This smooth and luscious ale imparts flavors of coffee, chocolate and toasted grain. Layers of freshly roasted Gemelli coffee gives the beer an extra twist. Brewed for those of us who roll up our sleeves, and grind out the day.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 106
Photo of gandres
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster at No-Li Brewing in Spokane, WA
Sight: black, dark brown if held against the light, small brown foam
Smell: fragrant, aroma of toasted grains, nuts
Taste: low bitterness, slightly sweet
Feel: medium carbonation, long finish, long bitter after taste good depth
Overall: very good beer
repeat: yes
look for: No

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a large, light brown, head. The nose gets lot of coffee. The mouth gets some coffee with a bite of the carbonation. Overall, a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful deep and dark color with huge fizzy head. Aromas of coffee are the focal point. Flavor of coffee is present but the carbonation is too overpowering. This is listed as a stout on this site, but the carb tells me otherwise. Coffee flavor is short and sweet with almost non-existent tastes at the end.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

decent beer, its been awhile since i have had or even seen anything from these guys, nice to see they are still at it. this is a little our of proportion, but its still pretty tasty. there is a lot of bitter darker roasted barley, charred and pretty intense in here, and it not only covers up some of the coffee in the flavor, but also sort of contributes to a bitterness double jeopardy, hard to drink a ton of this as a result, even though its round and smooth and the alcohol is low. the coffee smells more forward and fresh than it tastes, its lost to the roast a bit. some nice notes of milk chocolate and even piney hops break through here at various times, but the beer could use a little scaling back on the dark malt side, let the coffee do a little more of the heavy lifting here. i like the fuller body and i like how it lasts long, never quite finishing, just carrying on with the coffee and the bitterness. solid overall brew, but not a great base beer to feature what sounds like a high quality and interesting coffee...

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More. Outstanding stuff. True-to-the-name coffee flavor evident in the nose and on the tongue. Fresh espresso and cappuccino flavors whirling through. Refreshing and easily drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no dating that i could find.

looks very good, jet black with a generous oatmeal cookie color head. head persists in lesser form, though not much lacing.

smell is very inviting and strongly coffee/expresso. not getting much else on the nose.

taste is not as strongly coffee as the nose would have you believe. slightly bitter as well. mouth is slightly foamy but on the lesser side of medium.

overall a decent enough beer. if only the taste had matched the nose.....

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

looks great, with a frothy light brown head over a black body. Pour aroma has suggestion of old coffee grinds, vanilla, and cheap chocolate. After smelling this, the flavor is quite surprising. There's a light but good coffee aspect, a load of chocolate, and some dark roasted grains.

Overall: a lighter coffee stout with a poor aroma that really doesn't detract too much from the enjoyment.

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Photo of woemad
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz silk-screened bottle from a 4-pack purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley for $7.99. According to the bottle it is 6.1% abv and has 22 IBUs, and was created using coffee from a local coffee roaster called Gemelli. No date on the bottle, nor is there any confirmation that this is a stout. It merely says it is an “ale brewed with coffee.”

Poured into a River City snifter, this was a dark brown, almost black color, and gave up only the slightest mahoganyish edge when held up to direct light. A good sized, khaki-colored head initially appeared, and, though not very long lasting, did remain sufficiently intact to provide a foamy collar for the beer throughout it’s tenure in my glass. Streaky lace.

Initially the aroma was of mild, roasted malt. As it warms, the coffee comes out to play a bit, but it's a restrained scent. For the most part it smelled like a brown ale.

This starts off the taste doing a pretty good impression of a decent Brown Ale. Mildly roasty, chocolaty and slightly nutty malt notes are predominant. As it warms, the coffee comes out to play a bit, along with a slightly milky, lacto-ish thing. I prefer my coffee black, like Bill Cosby’s honorary Oscar prospects. What coffee there is stays mainly in the background, and lightly on the tongue after the swallow.

The body is somewhere between light and medium, and the mouthfeel is lightly creamy.

In no way should this be classified as a stout. It’s a brown ale brewed with coffee, and as such, isn’t bad. The coffee is far from overpowering and therefore would be easy for someone who isn’t a fan of coffee beers to deal with. It’s not a terribly distinctive or interesting beer per se, but it’s not a bad wrinkle on a style (if you accept it is a Brown Ale) not normally among the ones I would find interesting. For the right price, I’d drink this again, or have in the fridge for people who want a low-key dark beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly ground coffee and dark baker's chocolate. Light aromas of dark roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of charred malts and a hint of ash. That is followed by moderate flavors of bittersweet baker's chocolate and a moderate to strong flavors of freshly ground espresso. Moderate to slightly stronger than moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Slightly thinner than I expected for a stout but really nice coffee aromas + flavors. Enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely would make a nice breakfast beer.

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Photo of Briken
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with some light highlights and a brown foamy head with good retention. Mostly roasted grain and some light coffee aroma. Strong coffee up front quickly giving way to milky sweetness. Sharp biting finish and tacky linger.

The sweetness makes this a palatable beer but the coffee is just not featured enough to be a really good coffee beer. The feel has a fuzzy, tacky feel that stays with you even after the beer is done.

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, deepest brown with just a tint of ruby to tell you it's not black. It has a nice creamy tan head that has some good retention and leaves nice small and tight sticky lacing. The aroma does have some faint hints of coffee as it opens up but they still aren't particularly strong. The taste though brings the coffee to the front and quite well. The balance between beer and coffee is quite good; more stout up front and coffee on the finish. The body isn't too heavy or slick but is just a touch thin but smooth for most of it. it is an easy drinking coffee stout with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Obsidian black hole, 100% opaque. Khaki colored head, 2 fingers tall, leaves hieroglyphics of lace on the sides while it recedes slowly.

Smell : Jalapeno pepper. (Huh?), whole dark espresso bean, ground coffee bean, and a touch of lactose.

Taste : Lots of freshly brewed coffee, with espresso beans, a shot of boiled milk, and there's that pepper note again (although decidedly more black than jalapeno).

Feel : Creamy but medium bodied and drinkable enough to justify a quick pound if need be. This is the beer lovers' coffee, the feel is spot on.

Overall : In my opinion, so far, the quintessential coffee breakfast stout. It doesn't mess around with chocolate, oatmeal, truffles, fudge covered figs, etc. It's a great balance of coffee, milk, and stout earthiness. Fabulous in the morning.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Liquor Collection $3.25 12oz. Dark black color, smells of coffee, slightly heavy mouth feel, some creaminess taste, strong taste of coffee, overall an ok beer. Sort of like having an ice coffee drink that has a little bit of an off taste.

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Photo of Moose90
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served From 12oz bottle

A — Pours a clear and deeply dark brown hue, almost black but not quite, little bit thinner than expected. There is a puffy brown head on it that settles to a thin layer atop of the glass and leaves behind lacing better than anticipated.

S — Smells of bitter coffee grounds and dark bitter chocolate. Little bit of a creamy vanilla sweetness as well.

T — Tastes of bitter dark roasted coffee with a little bit of creamy sweetness. This tastes like slightly sweetened iced coffee, delicious.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, really smooth.

O — Fantastic overall, better than I anticipated. I don't think this is a stout, it's much too thin, this would probably be better classified as a brown ale, ala Coffee Bender!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a touch of roasted malt and a lot of black coffee.
The taste milky, toasted malt, coffee and a little chocolate.
The texture is smooth.
Great coffee flavor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown colored brew, ample carbonation on a quickly fading off white head. Aroma was robust, coffee, char, almost meaty.

Flavor is big on roasted and meaty flavor, cold drip coffee and a touch of astringency. Due bitterness, lacks real depth or character. It's not that anything is out of place, it's just a bit dull. Easy enough to drink and the 6.1% doesn't stick out much.

Overall, just a run of the mill coffee beer, but there's no shame in that. Probably better fresh and Ontap.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is actually a pretty easy drinking coffee stout. Nice consistent tones of coffee that carry an almost green character to it, if that makes any sense. Sometimes coffee beers give a very earthy and robust flavor profile. This one is robust, sure, but the word that comes to mind as I drink it is "green." Nice beer.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. Starts off a little bit disappointing due to a lack of big coffee flavor. Sort of just tastes like a decent Stout. As the beer warms, however, the coffee flavor becomes much more apparent. With that in mind I recommend drinking at a relatively warm temperature. Made with coffee from a local Spokane coffee roaster. I ended up really enjoying this beer and will gladly go back for more. Kinda pricey though. almost three bucks for a 12 oz glass? Can't understand why this brewery is so pricey. Maybe it's due to shipping costs to bring over to the west side of the Cascades.

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Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark appearance with very strong coffee taste. I love my coffee and my beer, but this may be a bit too much for my taste.
Edited 2/16: After tasting a few other coffee infused stouts, I tried this local one again. Sorry, No-Li, others do it better.
1/2017: I keep coming back. Maybe my palate has evolved, but I found this time a very enjoyable beer. The coffee is not overwhelming nor does it add to the bitterness. The notes of chocolate and malt help enhance the experience.

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Photo of schad
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured 12oz into a Spiegelau stout glass

Appearance is jet black with a white-tan head,

Aroma is delicious rich coffee, with chocolate and milk. Smells exactly like a mocha chocolate bar.

Taste is awesome. Tons of smooth creamy coffee and roasted malt. Would have liked more chocolate flavors but the coffee masks them.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation

Overall this is possibly my new favorite year-round coffee stout.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely rich dark brown with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. Body appears to be haze-free, and head is a finger of creamy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich coffee aroma with just a hint of roast. Good, but very one-dimensional.

Taste: big coffee flavor, perhaps even a bit over-done. There a bit of sweetness, with a roasty and chocolatey character, but the coffee kind of takes over. I like it well enough for a coffee beer, but it's just a bit much for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a decent enough beer, but a bit one-note and a little too heavy on the coffee element.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -19%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color - it looks like it's trying to be pitch black, only to fall barely short. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. I don't think the head is particularly creamy next to others in the style, but retention is fine. A mostly consistent ring of lacing is left behind. (3.5)

Smell: Coffee, and lots of it. More specifically, black coffee. By the way, I drink straight black coffee, so I have no problems with the coffee-laden nose. There are chocolaty touches as well (it's almost trying to suggest mocha), along with a kiss of bitter hops. As it opens up, it seems to lose that rich black coffee quality - still, a solid aroma. (3.5)

Taste: For a second, I'm getting a nice flavor of black coffee. The problem is, it fades after that (rather glorious) second, leaving me with a semi-sweet, portery beer. Taking away the coffee leaves this beer devoid of roasted flavor. However, some notes of coffee, brown sugar, and caramel redeem it somewhat. All in all, the coffee presence here is disappointing. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not very dry for a coffee stout. The feel is slightly sweet and, in fact, syrupy. Still, because it's on the thinner side, it does go down easily. The carbonation seems to be very fine, making it seem quite soft. (3.25)

Overall: As coffee stouts go, this one sure isn't at the top of the list. It isn't bad, it just could have been so much more. I definitely won't dissuade against trying - those averse to the style will likely enjoy the more subtle coffee more - but don't expect a FBS killer. (3)

3.13/5: It's okay, just needs more roast/coffee

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