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Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BillyBrew on 07-21-2002

Lake Trout Stout is midnight black with a thick and creamy head. It is a full bodied stout brewed with oatmeal and plenty of hops to balance the roasted barley. Our stout is an experience. It tastes the same way it looks - dark and rich. It is named after the famous deep water Sebago Lake Togue or Lake Trout which inhabit the depths of Maine's deepest lake. Enjoy.

32 IBU
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Photo of ncstephen
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of beernut7
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great Maine stout. Good heavy body with a deep dark color and light smoky malt aroma. The primary flavors of smoke and roasted malt would go well with a fresh caught meal of lake trout.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A frothy, creamy beige head rests upon an impenetrable mahogany body. Trails of spidery lace fall slowly down the side of the glass. A sweet malt aroma blends well with coffee and chocolate notes and a hint of floral hops. Heavy thick malt is balanced by the ample supply of hops. Sweet, smoky, hoppy and peaty (sounds like the missing dwarfs). The rich and creamy texture make for a very drinkable stout.

Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black with garnet highlights. A two-inch high head rises up thick and bulbous and fat and rounded and slowly sinks back to an inch high mound with fat bubbles loudly bursting slowly.

Rich aroma of espresso and dark chocolate, molasses and currant.

Richer flavor of darkly roasted malt, burnt espresso and dark chocolate, smokey and leathery, charred bark, finish of burnt oak. Great flavor, very complex, reminds a lot of an imperial.

Full and creamy mouthfeel upfront, thins out across the tongue, finishes tingly.

Very tasty, highly drinkable, an incredibly flavorful sessionable beer. Happened upon this and had to try just cuz of the name, it was a very happy accident.

Photo of HopPilot
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro tap, very dark brown, but not quite black color. Small amount of head, in a creamy off white color. Smells strongly of coffee. Mouthfeel smooth and silk like with little to no carbonation. Taste starts off somewhat sweet followed by a slightly bitter but strong coffee flavor. A bit of chocolate trys to break through the strong coffee flavors. Overall a very smooth delicious coffee like stout. If your in the Portland, Maine area I would recommend.

Photo of yesyouam
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sebago Lake Trout Stout is a brown-black ale with a thin brown head that fades. It has a very roasty, chocolate, coffee aroma. It smells so roasty! It's quite full bodied and quite smooth. The finish is slightly gritty. It's bitter and roasty with chocolate and coffee notes. There's a touch of anise at the finish. It's a wicked solid American stout.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of RyanMarshall27
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ggilman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulled out a 22 oz. bomber for brunch. Paired with bacon, fresh farm eggs, fingerling potatoes & fresh haddock fish cakes!

Pours deep black with a tan foamy head that settles to a wisp and laces the Sebago tulip glass nicely. Roasted coffee and roasted chocolate malt in the nose. Bitter chocolate, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation helps to wash over my bacon greased palate. Dark coffee roasted flavors, with a slight bitterness. Paired with the relatively low ABV, this works great for brunch. Slight amaretto and dark dried fruit flavor comes through at the end.

Not as rich & luxurious as the bourbon barrel-aged variety, but a very solid go to stout all the same. Easy drinkin'!

Photo of steph1974
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Beermaine
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Matty1918
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on special at Not Your Average Joe's in Stoughton Ma.

It pours dark with a nice creamy head

Aroma was of malt with a light hint of caramel

That first sip is very suprising to say the least....you can defintley taste chocolate and caramel....with a hint of nuts...very smooth and a very good tasting stout

a good amount of lacing in the pint glass also.

This is a very good stout...I'll be on the lookout for this one..

Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one handsome beer: deep ruby color with a mahogany head that lingers, leaving a lot of sticky tan lace on the glass. Actually, the head came from nowhere: I poured 8oz quite vigorously into a glass with only a trace of a head, then boom! Bubbles everywhere. Vanilla, charcoal and cherries in the aroma. These were quite present in the taste as well, especially the cherries along with some nice tobacco. There was very little evidence of hops in the taste at first, but after five minutes in the glass it warmed up and then the hops delivered a good load of citrus. Nicely complex, just bitter enough at the finish and extremely satisfying overall from looks to taste to the glorious toasted after-aroma. I hesitated to wash the glass, it smelled so nice.

Easily one of the better American porters available in New England, rivaling Berkshire Brewing Co.'s Drayman's porter. And so reasonably priced, there's no excuse not to keep one or two on hand.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a pitch-black completely opaque body with a short lived half inch of tan head. Aroma is roasty with baker's chocolate dominating and slight caramel notes. Tastes very roasty, like coffee, baker's chocolate, with hints of caramel toward the finish, and notes of vegetal hops. Rich full body with moderate carbonation. A bit of a sipper, especially considering the ABV, but damn tasty and another top-shelf offering from Sebago.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My beer review served in a 8 oz. plastic hotel cup.

Black with a showy tan head. Several layers of lace left like one of those sand art things bottles.

Smells like roast malt, char and goey dark chocolate syrup. Has an encompassing leafy, muddy throughout.

Tastes like it smells only stronger. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a lovely bitter roast malt back and fade. Mud puddle earthyness.

A bit thin for most stouts but downright chewy at 4.75% abv.

Lake Trout is Sebago's epiphany beer; far better than anything else in their portfolio. Three years ago I actually heard an argument about this very subject break out two rows in front of me during a Phish concert.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PapaMurph for this one.

This beer appears to be a dark cola color with a think film of dirty tan that leaves a touch of lace behind.

Smells pleasantly of coca and afresh coffee with a dry kicker of oats and rhubarb.

Tastes thin and fruity that starts with a garbled heap of rye bread, apples and grapes with a touch of ashy smoke that transitions into a nice coffee and a faint dark chocolate. The distant thin watery nature of this one really keeps the eclectic flavors at bay so that they work with each other instead of against. This one finishes off with a tart sour candy nip and a smoky coffee.

Feels just about right for the flavors to deliver themselves, with a subdued, slick body and a nice airy carbonation.

A neat take on the style for sure.

Photo of MMansfield
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a dark dark brown, pretty well black, with a brown head. Not that great of retention, leaves a nice lacey ring.

Aroma: Very chocolatey, heavy on the the smokey side, lots of roasty goodness, some coffee and earthy notes.

Taste: Campfire smoke, roasted peanuts, bittersweet chocolate. Not much from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate carbonation, soft, medium to full bodied.

Final Statement: Man, what a great stout. I'd love to have access to this. One of the highlights of the Seaport Beer Fest IMO. Definately worth a shot.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown or black colored liquid that barely lets any light through. there is ample dark khaki colored head that is thick and robust looking. the head has solid retention, lingers for quite some time. the glass is completely coated in lace, thick and covering.

S-the nose is not big but it is very well blended. the oak has a great presence with hints of bourbon and nice notes of vanilla. Milk chocolate lies underneath with hints of molasses. The finish brings a light earthy note with hints of grass.

T-the taste is the same, lighter but well blended. Oaky vanilla and a hint of bourbon lay down a solid foundation. Lactic sugars seem to be present in the middle giving it a sweet feel that fades quickly into a big dark chocolate malt and a touch of roasted espresso. Some dark fruits come in towards the back with dark cherry, some ripe plum.

M-this is medium to full body and extremely smooth. there is very little carbonation making it slick on the back of the throat. I'd like to see a little more carbonation to give it a stronger finish. It is slightly dry...ahh where is the carbonation!

D-this is extremely tasty, perfectly blending the barrel and some nice stout complexity. seems like a milk/sweet stout almost and I wasn't sure exactly how to class this beer. The lack of carbonation kills the mouthfeel as it was really a solid beer other than that glaring gap.

Photo of GrittyMug345
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the first Sebago Full Moon Cask event, which Kai said he plans to make a regular occurence (yes!) on 11/2/09, poured into a shaker pint. A wonderful three finger, coarse, light tan head sits atop a beautiful deep mahogany body, very ipressive head considering this was out of the cask. A huge nose of coffee and sweet, dark malts, followed by some bitter cocao. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, a great herbal hop presence that balances nicely. Great mouthfeel, a little thinner than on the nitro tap, as I would expect, but a nice medium body. This was insanely drinkable, I could have sessioned this one all night, I like this one much better on cask than nitro tap or bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

black as night, dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Looked just like a stout should look....thick.

Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma, I could literally taste it for 20 mins after the last sip, very outstanding full flavor

Photo of shaebs99
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a decent side head that disappiated slowly and left a good lacing.
Smells of malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate, maybe.
Tastes of a roasted malt in the chocolate and coffee field with a light hop taste. A pretty good balance
The mouthfeel was smooth with a good aftertaste
At 5.8% the drinkability is really good. Given that I can find this again I will definately buy it.
The beer rep was a great guy and I will be keeping an eye out for any of their beers .

Photo of spiffysamurai
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sebago Brewery Pub, Portland Maine: December 31st 2007

A: The beer came almost black. It was quite dark brown and looking quite nice. The beer had a little sweet head to give it a well balanced aesthetic.

S: The beer had smells of caramel it seemed like but I remember getting a darker smell of chocolate in the stout.

T: The beer is up there for some of the better stout in my opinion. The stout had a sweet taste and thick like the stouts I have had.

M: The beer was quick thick in the mouth, but very nice.

D: This beer is one of those you need to have with something sweet or a nice BBQ meat. The beer is quite drinkable on a normal social night.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Pitch black with only a hint of ruby light coming in at the very edges down at the bottom. A frothy one finger light brown head slowly settles to a razor thin cap with a thick rim.

Bitter roasty malts that mimic dark coffee. Maybe a touch of dark chocolate.

The roasty malts are extra bitter, this almost seems like just a step below a RIS without the massive hops. The plain coffee bean flavor is in the flavor as well. Full bodied, good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitter malts.

I really like this stout. It's solid, but doesn't put you out like an RIS or Export Stout. Not quite a session beer but it's very drinkable. Plain ol' American Stouts don't have much complexity, but this one has just a touch of it. Recommended.

Photo of lehows
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the nitro-tap at Bukowski's in Boston, poured a nice pure black color with a small but creamy tan head. Big aromas for a nitro, spent coffee grinds, light chocolate and toasted malt. Flavors are heavy on the coffee here, pure black espresso beans with a touch of vanilla and a lightly hopped finish. Not as dry a finish as I expected but it's quite drinkable. If you like big coffee flavors in your stouts, this ones for you.

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Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.