Steam Engine Stout - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Steam Engine StoutSteam Engine Stout

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of bishopdc0
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Bung
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a smallish off white head. Just a slight bit of lacing. Aromas are pretty roasty, malt and coffee. Tastes roast malt, hint of mocha and smoke. A little unpleasant sour bitterness. Not sure how or why they classify this as an Imperial. This had potential, I'm wondering if I distorted this one with some temperature changes bringing it home from Michigan.

Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of lurpy1
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of antwan3421
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of semibaked
1.68/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured this into a pint glass.

Been wanting to try this as I like their Cow Catcher Red

A - Dark with some little shining through, with a little bit of head that disappears quickly.

S - A bit on the sour side, not what I was hoping or expecting, but some malts and sweetness comes through.

T - Sour and almost spoiled, I don't know if this is infected or old but really bad.

M - Decent mouthfeel but hard to get around the taste.

D - Drinikability is low because of the nasty taste.

Maybe it is just a band bottle but I certainly can't recommend it.

Photo of alabencki
4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +44.1%
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

Photo of BMoney575
2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on 2-15-09

Pours thick and black, with a little bit of deep red around the edges. No real head, but decently thick lacing.

Smell is very roasty, smoky and sweet. Reminds me of a Guiness, in a good way.

Taste is a lot like the smell, but the flavors combine to create a strange, almost sour quality. Very odd, and disgusting.

Mouthfeel is way too thin for the malty flavors.

Drinkability sucks as a direct result of the taste.

Overall, don't try.

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

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good body and blend.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark stout black with a thin tan head that goes down to a rim and hangs out till the end.A rich sweet coffee,chocolate,and slightly bitter hop aroma. Flavor is of dark roasted malt,coffee,bitter and sweet chocolate dark fruit, and brown bread.A nice creamy mouthfeel,slightly hoppy dry finish. A very good craft brew,and plan to buy again. I was suprised that this did not score higher maybe I have just ended up with good bottles or something.

Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not an American Double Stout. It is an American Stout.

A- A very dark brown with only a bit of clarity when held to a light. The head is a light tan, thin, but a little creamy looking.

S- Very smoky and chocolaty. Kind of sweet smelling, but pretty enjoyable.

T- Pretty smoky, with some nice chocolate notes in there. Pretty clean tasting with just a bit of nutty bitterness in the tail end.

M- Very smooth and pretty creamy with a great carbonation level. Impressive.

D- A solid stout. Something nice from a new brewery. I don't picture the ABV being any higher than 6.5%. I wish I saw this around more often.

Photo of mgbickel
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Dalem
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in color. Almost black actually if it wasn't for the slight bit of light that peeks around the edges giving the look a bit of a brown luminescent glow. A half inch head melts away pretty quickly and leaves minimal lacing behind.
Chocolate and smoke can be detected in the scent but neither of them really jump out. It takes a couple of deep whiff's to detect them but while doing so there's also something akin to blackberries that comes out as well. There is a bit more going on in the flavor department though. Roasted malt is on the front end followed by dark chocolate and ends with a slight hoppiness.
The brew itself is a bit thinner than some of the other stouts but that made it pretty easy to go down.

Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of IPASetter
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of paco1029384756
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very small light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of chocolate, raisins, roasted malts, and some coffee. Has a nice balance and decent strength.

Taste of earth, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and water. A bit light on flavor for a Stout, the flavor it has washes through the mouth quickly. The slightly spicy finish is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge four finger head, mocha and foamy. Opaque inky with good retention is never less than two fingers with sticky lace. Smells of espresso, burnt coffee. Strong coffee bean taste with mild astringency, toasted malt impressions. There is a long finish but it'snot particularly pleasing, for some reason this doesn't seem to sit as well as it should. Body is pretty substantial, heavy on the palette without offering quite enough in the way of flavour. Overall, this has some good things going for it but has a dinstincly sour aftertaste that compromises the finsh.

Photo of jt31914
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised by how poorly reviewed this beer was; I was expecting it to suck but it was actually pretty good. The smell is coffee/char flavor with a black appearance. The lacing and head retention was great. The flavor was very smooth and creamy coffee. Very drinkable stout. My favorite thing about the brew is the creaminess.

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Steam Engine Stout from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.