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Steam Engine Stout - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bung on 01-17-2009)
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-24-2012 23:33:44 | More by Gtg642
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-16-2012 17:07:17 | More by Zaphog
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 18:24:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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snowbeard


4/5  rDev +15.3%

08-09-2012 21:46:00 | More by snowbeard
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djwhit24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-21-2012 01:42:13 | More by djwhit24
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nicoga3000


4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-19-2012 17:27:58 | More by nicoga3000
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 13:59:07 | More by yuenglingfan101
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JLapadura

New York

2.5/5  rDev -28%

03-30-2012 16:04:19 | More by JLapadura
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Gkimbo

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-11-2012 00:58:15 | More by Gkimbo
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-07-2012 20:39:45 | More by WuAnquo1
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IlPostino

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-09-2011 03:09:00 | More by IlPostino
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:28:04 | More by buschbeer
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 19:02:06 | More by BBP
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:43:41 | More by lurpy1
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:15:11 | More by Vonerichs
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Northsider

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 23:36:51 | More by Northsider
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:27:04 | More by bishopdc0
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:22:13 | More by DannyDan
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:58:26 | More by StoutHunter
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antwan3421

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:26:10 | More by antwan3421
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bfflo

Michigan

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 07:37:25 | More by bfflo
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GRPunk

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 18:31:56 | More by GRPunk
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Trasher

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 20:32:23 | More by Trasher
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:56:37 | More by gmfessen
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association330

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 04:10:47 | More by association330
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