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Steam Engine Stout - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Steam Engine StoutSteam Engine Stout

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bung on 01-17-2009

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 79
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/8/2014. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American stout style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Very big on flavor for the ABV.

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Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one is quite a dark brown, but it does let some light in. It seems to have a pretty firm body that falls within style. The head is a tight sandy cap about half a finger high with greater than average retention and lace.
Malts are firm in the nose, a light roastiness with some sweeter notes and some dark fruits in the end. There's something a little drier but still meaty in the middle, almost like walnut. There's a bit of milk chocolate leaning toward bittersweet with some char into the end. In the flavor, it goes a little light for a stout, but it works pretty well.
The body isn't as full or robust as it could be but it isn't terribly weak either. It hits the bigger end of medium, though it lets up a little at the end, and I might take just a touch of crispness off of this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, presumably 2013, with a twist cap served in a snifter.
Poured a very dark mahogany; clear with a small tan head that soon vanished; nearly no lacing.

The appealing aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey with hints of dark fruits and roasted nuts.

Taste: Rich and lightly smokey, with touches of bitter chocolate and expresso. Roasted grains struck me as a bit too earthy and burnt. The burnt quality is responsible, in part, for making this "sweet stout" more bitter than sweet, and leaving a burnt grain aftertaste.

M: medium body with a low carbonation level.

O: Unfortunately, does not taste as good as it smells. Disappointing.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

23912535 on the short-neck bottle, so I assume it means it was made 239th day of 2012... poured into a S.A. Perfect Pint glass. This is my second beer from the company after Train Wreck Ale, which I thought was average-ish.

Appearance: Black. If held up to light, ruby black. Two finger head goes away pretty quickly, but a tan ring remains on top of the beer. Lacing is weak. Above average looking beer.

Smell: Right up there with "the big boys" -- a very pleasant roasted malt aroma... maybe with some dark chocolate and coffee smells as well.

Taste/feel: I tend to think porters have a lighter mouthfeel, but maybe that's in my head, since stouts and porters seem to be intertwined. The feel is thin and quite carbonated, but I'm fine with that, personally. The taste is a lot like the smell -- a lot of that roast, which is of a pretty surprising quality, if I could be so honest. As the beer warms up a bit, some more sweetness comes through. A surprisingly good stout from a "where the hell brewed this?" brewery.

These are actually the sorts of stouts I enjoy drinking. They aren't too heavy, and they have a solid flavor. Nice roast flavor in this one, and easy to drink. A great entry stout, I'd think -- enjoyable, for sure. Honestly? I like this more than Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Sue me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown - call it black - with a tan head that builds large from an aggressive pour before dropping to a film. Little lace if any left behind.
Smell is a well balanced blend of roasted malts, coffee, cardboard and a hint of baking chocolate.
Taste is very similar though more complex with notes of toasted malt, coffee, cardboard, bittersweet chocolate and light whiskey. Well done.
A full bodied brew with light effervescence. Fairly smooth with just a bit of coating at the back of the upper palate. Lightly warming.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice, though the head falls fast. Nose is entirely uneventful. So I am guessing the flavor is going with this whole steam engine thing? Smoky, thick, rustic. Quite hearty. I like the tones on this one, and the delivery of flavor is consistent. A pretty nice stout.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into the pint glass. Well above average stout. Nice dark color with a little bit of head. Dark rich taste of your typical classic stout. Went down smooth. One of the best stouts i've had in a long time. This steam engine is coming right at you and it is here to stay

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours very dark brown with three inches of tan head.

S - There is not a big nose on this one. I get some dark chocolate and some roasted malt.

T - The taste is somewhat bitter roasted malt. It's not black coffee bitterness. Maybe unsweetened chocolate.

M - It is smooth and creamy.

O - It is kind of burnt and bitter tasting, but not the worst thing in the world.

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Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Just a stupid amount of head and carbonation. This probably had more foam than Duvel. It's black like you'd expect from an imperial stout with a hint of chestnut, and a science experiments worth of foam. This had to be poured multiple times to get into an oversized glass.

S- For something with extreme amounts of head, the aroma was fairly bland and simple. Licorice and roastiness was all I could detect. Not a bad combination though.

T- About halfway between roasted and dark malts. Hop presence is moderate for the style. Hints of licorice accent the taste, but never act as a primary flavor.

M- Medium full body. Carbonation seems to do most of it's work on the appearance, as the mouthfeel seems to roll around heavily. The finish is fairly dry.

O- Not a bad stout considering it's reasonable price. There's quality to it, but it doesn't impress me much. It does the job though if you're looking for a stout that has more flavor than the norm.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very standard looking stout, brownish/black, bit o head.

Smell....hmmm....kinda p-u-ey. There's coffee and malt in there, but there's also something kinda oogey. Leathery, animal, bad breath. What the hell is that?

Taste is more on track, picking up coffee and maybe some licorice. Acceptable. But this is too damn thin and flat for the style.

Not really a disaster but also not great and maybe not even good. I have had some stellar stouts/porters lately, so maybe this beer is damned by the company it keeps. With the number of good stouts out there it's tough to recommend this one. I wish Mt Pleasant the best, but Michigan's a great beer state with lots of competition, and judging by this beer, Mt Pleasant has some work to do to measure up.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of tan head.

Light smells of cocoa, root beer, and burnt malt.

Decent flavor, but weak. The burnt malt takes the lead with a touch of molasses.

Thick, but overly carbonated for a stout. It's not as creamy as I desire.

A decent stout, but nothing special about it.

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Photo of Northsider
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my favorite beer I had from Mt Pleasant, on tap at their brewery.

Appearance is dark brown/black with little to no head.

Smell was of typical roasted malts, chocolate and coffee

Taste was of dark chocolate and coffee, bitterness comes out at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing.

Overall the best selection from Mt Pleasant. For a stout though it fall a bit flat

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is good black, with a decent head formation, thick and slightly tan in color. The head dissipates but wisps remain.

The aroma is pleasant and typical stout but its dark chocolate and roasted notes make it stand out.

The taste is unfortunately average. The taste of malt and dark chocolate hit up front but a lack of roasted flavor make this seem more porter like but still lacking. I can't complain but just would like better.

The mouth is smooth better then the taste unfortunately leaves a sweetness with a lack of dry due to no roasted flavor.

There are good points to this beer one being it goes down easy and at 6.4% for a stout i would go back for it but I wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of DannyDan
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a blackish brown body with very little retention and hardly any lacing to it.
S. The smell is roasted chocolate, roasted coffee and some sweet malts.
T. The taste is some bitter chocolate, followed by some coffee, and a slight hint of floral and earthy hops. I also taste some sweet malts in here. The taste is pretty balanced and has a nice taste to it.
M/D. the mouthfeel is creamy at first and than it gets thinned and watered down while drinking it. It seems to have a lighter body feel that other stouts I have tried. I'll probably drink this stout sometimes, but not as often as other stouts like Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this at the store last week. I have seen this around but usually end up going for a bigger stout, but a lighter stout sounds good right now, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice black color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It had a fingers worth of off white tan head that died down to a thin clump.

S- The aroma is pretty roasty, the usual coffee and chocolate flavors were blended into the background nicely. I get a slight bit of bitter hops at the end.

T- Similar to the aroma, the roasted malts really dominate this brew and come off a little sweeter then the nose led me to believe. The coffee come out a lot more in the flavor then the chocolate did. There was a slightly bitter presence of hops on the finish that helps tie everything together.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied and a little under carbonated.

D- As far as Stouts go, this one tends to be on the lighter side, which makes it pretty drinkable. All the right flavors are there and they aren't too robust. If i was in the mood for it I could drink three or four of these. Alcohol wasn't detectable.

Overall I thought this was a nice light stout that had great drinkablity and balance. This brew was a nice change of pace from the bigger stouts I normally buy. This beer drank more like an oatmeal stout, but it had all the right flavors for an American Stout. I would buy this again.

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Photo of antwan3421
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first of Mount Pleasant's Brews that I have tried. The Stout is very smooth which is why I gave the drinability rating of a 4. The beer has less of a creamy flavor that I find in many other stouts. The color is a dark brown which is classic of a stout. The best part of this beer is it's drinkability, for a stout it is easy to drink compared to some heavier stouts. If you are looking for a heavy stout with a full flavor, then this may not be your beer but if you are looking for a good priced and good tasting beer then try this one because it is well worth it.

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Photo of bfflo
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glassy, cola-black with ruby edges and an abnormally high amount of foam and fizz. Huge low-density off-white head, not unlike a cola. Smell is sharp burnt roasted grain with chocolate notes. Fizzy with high-grain taste on the front end; strong roasted notes; this gives way to a malted, foamy, kind of nondescript middle, and a dry note in the finish. Mouthfeel is sort of sloppy, wet, and foamy, but each time I swallow this reminds me a little of an Irish Dry. It's drinkable enough, nothing I can't enjoy, but it's too fizzy and one-dimensional, begging for a little more character in the flavor profile. I'd probably give it a B- as opposed to the C+ BA calculates it out at, but while not really bad, you can find much better out there.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short-neck bottle poured into a mug.

A- A very conservative pour left 2-3 fingers of pillowy, brown head cresting the glass. After a couple of their beers, I'm wondering if there are over-carbonation issues. The body was a brown-black with reddish hues at the edges and evidence of heavy carbonation. The head eventually drops and sustains at about 1-finger and leaves good sticky rings on a glass that normally doesn't do any favors for presentation.

S- It's pleasantly roasty, almost smokey, at first. The usual suspects for a stout, chocolate and a little coffee, are in the background. Hops play a very minor role (I think they want to be citrusy, but are a bit lost).

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Bold, roasted malts dominate. Roasted qualities almost become smokey. Hints of dark chocolate poke through. It' pretty good, if not a little one-dimensional.

M- It's a little grainy/chalky, which isn't necessarily bad. It reminds you that you're drinking a full-bodied beer. There's a little too much carbonation for a stout, but it seems to mellow with time and warmth.

D- While flavorful, there isn't a whole lot going on. I could see being able to drink a couple in a sitting. It's something I'd drink again, but not something I'm going to seek out.

Definitely better than the berry beer by the same brewer. I'd like to try some more of their stuff to see how good they really are.

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Photo of Trasher
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are so many different styles of stout but this one from Mt. Pleasant Brewing is a nice, easty to drink stout. A good full roast and chocolate flavor but doesn't become so over powering you lose interest later in your beverage consumption. Color and nose is fantastic.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a mix-a-six at the brewery while in town for my sister's graduation at CMU. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Steam Engine Stout is black in the glass with only the faintest highlights of deep brown/ruby color when held up to the light and a deep mocha colored head. The nose is a nice mixture of roasted coffee, burnt chocolate and sweet molasses. The flavor follows suit, burnt chocolate comes to the forefront, a nice malty sweet middle and an acrid dryness and slightly unpleasant bitterness that finishes out the sip. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with minimal carbonation, definitely dry on the finish. Overall, drinkable but not my favorite stout either. I would like to think this would be better if I had it on tap.

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Photo of association330
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours black with just a faint ruby hue around the edges. A half-finger of light tan head is brief and leaves a ring of bubbles with little lacing.

S - Coffee & cream, roasted barley, faint molasses and bitter chocolate.

T - Slightly sweeter malt character up front with a touch of dark fruit. Swallow of gentle hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering roasted barley and coffee w/ cream.

M - Light side of medium, with medium-high carbonation.

D - A respectable stout that I wouldn't mind buying again.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour developed a 1/2 finger, creamy tan head. The foam receded quickly...very little lace present. The body is dark brown-black with ruby edges.

The nose has roasted malts and creamed coffee up front. You can detect some dark fruits and molasses in the background. *Side note: I reset my molasses calibration recently...my wife bought a jar to make cookies with my daughter!*

The taste is in line the nose. Unfortunately, this one gets weaker as the beer warms. Sweeter at first and more roasted toward the finish.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium with mild to moderate carbonation.

This is pretty drinkable, but nothing really jumps out at you. Worth a try, but not going out of your way for.

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Photo of IPASetter
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the tap room in Mt. Pleasant if your in the area its a nice place to check out similar to MBC but a lot smalller.

A- Pours a nice dark color like any other stout with about 1/2 in of head the created some nice lacing and retained through out.

S- You can smell the roasted malts once you put your nose to in. One of the great smells you can come across as a beer drinker in my mind.

T- Based off the smell and the appearance I was hoping for a home run but I ended up with a solid base hit with this one. Nice roasted malts and crisp finish but nothing to set it apart from other stouts and porters I've had in the past.

M- Had a medium mouthfeel to it with some nice carbonation to it that was a pleasant surprise instead of getting a heavy flat beer in your mouth.

D- Very high here easy to throw a few back especially with some peanuts at the bar. If your a fan of darker beers then you won't be sadden by this beer but also don't expect to be blown away

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Photo of divineaudio
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip

pours a standard deep dark brown and forms a pinky of coarse, tan head that disappears pretty fast. i get a few spots of lace here and there.

smells of roasted malt, molasses and raisin. maybe a hint of chocolate too. taste follows with big roasted character and notes of dark fruit. has a cola like sweetness to it and hop character is mild at best.

fuller in body with prickly carbonation.

not really a session beer but pretty good overall. would buy it again but i wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of alabencki
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very exceptional stout ale. You smell the roasted grains right up front. There are some smells of malt right behind that, and a very, very slight smell of hops. You taste the roasted grains right away. It has a sort of coffee smell with hints of chocolate. You get the taste of malt right behind that. There are just enough hops that it has a bitter finish, but it is a pleasant bitterness.

One of the best stouts I've ever tasted. Very good beer.

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Steam Engine Stout from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.