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Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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 beernut7
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (203 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of HopPilot
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of ggilman
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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'! (693 characters)

Photo of Matty1918
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.. (432 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of GrittyMug345
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (842 characters)

Photo of shaebs99
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 . (498 characters)

Photo of spiffysamurai
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of lehows
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this guy as an extra from rheisler. Thanks Ryan.

A: Thick creamy head of about half a finger. It's also a dark colored head. An almost pitch black color with very small hints of light escaping around the corners. It's not too thick, seems semi thin as I swirl it around the sides of the glass.

N: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A nice bakers chocolate aroma with hints of milk chocolate. Also adds to the roasted malt aromas with hints of coffee and a nice roasted aroma. Then some oats add more depth to it. It has some reminiscence of Breakfast Stout on the nose, but a little less coffee and chocolate. I also get the very slightest hint of sweet malts converted to alcohol, with almosta slight boozy aroma.

T: Starts with more chocolate. More of a milk chocolate on the taste. It's accompanied by more roasted malts, and hints of coffee but much less than the nose. It def has a nice roasted malt flavor thought. Nice thick velvety like taste, and feel but that comes later. A slight sweet malt flavor, with some caramel. Then more oats come to fruition, adding a nice oatmeal quality to combine with the chocolate, coffee, and caramel to make a nice dish. A nice stout like flavor, adding some scorched malts, and earthy qualities, also adds depth. Pretty much no alcohol.

M: Thicker than I thought, smooth and almost velvety. Milk chocolate comes to mind, whole milk.Very little carbonation.

F: A very slight alcohol comes through with some warmth. It's still a little sweet and malty, with tons more chocolate, milk chocolate. It also gets semi bitter on the finish. I think its more of a stout like bitterness than a hop based. The starched malts bring out some earthiness. It also gets a touch of spice, which could be from the alcohol or some light hops. More coffee seems to burst out late on the finish, again giving a breakfast stout like taste. It's actually a very enjoyable stout, not too heavy or thick, a nice velvety feel and taste, lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavors, some oats, coffee, and pretty much no boozy flavor. (2,063 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, caramelized malts, honey and touches of hops & dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel, licorice and dark fruit. Then a hearty but thin for the style malt character comes in. There is also some smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but very clean for the style.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style and yet slightly different. At first sip, this was a difficult beer for me to judge. However, as I kept drinking, this beer continued to grow on me. It’s lighter than most stouts and a lot more complexity than your typical chocolate intensity. If you’re one of those people (like I’ve been) that think big stouts are either too thick and heavy to drink for a long time and that the milder stouts are too dry and lacking in flavor to keep your interest, then this is the beer you may want to try. While I’m not giving anywhere close to all 5’s for this beer, this has definitely been one of the more unexpectedly interesting and enjoyable reviews that I’ve written. (1,486 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black colored brew with a hefty tight light chocolate colored head and beautifully full lacing. The aroma is mild malt and light charcoal, not much more but pleasant. The flavor brings a middle level charcoal in a very medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. There is a very subtle but sweet chocolate suggestion with Karo malt. This is a very satisfying stout with reasonable guts and constitution though reasonably drinkable. Charcoal leads the way, finishes with plent left over that gathers at the back of your throat. Godd deal Sebago, and nice new digs moved down the road a bit since my last visit. Definitely recommended, the stout and the place! (664 characters)

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-4-12
A-attractive creamy tan head. Clear with a chocolate brown color
S-aromas of coffee, sweet toasted dark malt-very nice
T-spot on with the nose. The malts are rich without being too bitter
M-very smooth, moderate carbonation
O-easy drinking full flavored excellent stout. Successfully Walks the line of being rich dark malt flavor without being over the top bitter (379 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and rich, this stout boasts huge coffee flavors, and has obviously been brewed with massive amounts of chocolate malt, maybe even black malt (as I do detect an ashy undertone). Even the mouthfeel is heavy, resembling more cream than water. A good, thick layer of hops lies underneath, and while the bottle does say that it's there to "balance the roasted barley," it seems to me that it ends up catalyzing it.

I'm torn on how to rate this beer, because while I do enjoy it, I also recognize that the sheer overpowering taste means that this brew rides a razor's edge, and comes very close to plunging into the unpalatable abyss. So if you really--and I mean REALLY--love thick, heavy, black coffee flavors, you've gotta give this one a try. But if even a Guinness is already pretty out there for you, then I'd suggest you stay away. (839 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice beer. I am sure with a few more reviews its rating will improve. I think part of the reason I liked it so much is simple...I was in the mood for a mild ABV stout. Poured deep black, with a slight tinge of red. Its head reminded me an Irish Dry Stout. Nice foamy head, smooth character. A silky body, followed by a healthy dose of very dry hops.

Not the best Americna Stout in New England but not a bad one at all. I will definatley seek out some of this breweries other offerings. (497 characters)

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Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.