Appearance: Black with a large head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma: Chocolate with some oak and vanilla.
Taste: Lots of chocolate, coffee and rye. The chocolate stays with you after each sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, with a high amount of hops for a stout.
Knowing North Peak’s brew style, I wasn’t at all surprised that the brewery chose to include hops in its first chocolate stout, Dubious. The brew contains common stout-like flavors — mainly chocolate, coffee and rye — but the amount of hops set it apart from other stouts.
I was immediately surprised by the brew’s large head, but concluded that it may be partly due to the type of bottle North Peak produces. Pouring a solid black, the brew has a medium to high carbonation level, and paired with the hops, leaves a somewhat bitter taste in your mouth.
And while Dubious might not be like other stouts, the combination works quite well as a sipping beer.