Steam Engine Stout - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
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3.1/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-23-2013 00:34:02 | More by chinchill
3.73/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-07-2013 15:39:41 | More by Alextricity
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
02-14-2013 23:56:37 | More by PorterLambic
Steam Engine Stout from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.