Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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85
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 71
Photo of lehows
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with brown edges and a small head that quickly fades to a ring.

Smell: Strong notes of coffee dominate, with lighter notes of coffee and fruit.

Taste: Light roastiness upfront, with some sweet malts that come through in the center. The finish is roasty with a chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, a bit thin.

Drinkability: The thinness is a little off-putting, but the flavors are nice.

Photo of shaebs99
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 CharlesDarwin
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Light coffee aroma. Pour of murky dark black chocolate with a lacy rim of tan. Flavor is a sweet, but thin, film of oily coffee residue and chocolate covered espresso beans. Oak, tannins and cocoa butter dryness play out in the backend. Really not all that enticing to me. Finish of dry cherries.

Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle served in a nonic.

Pours a deep brown with shades of coal. Inch-high, light brown rocky foamy of a head that slowly recedes from the outside-in. Walls of condensed lacing that last as thin trails.

Big whaffs of roasted malt with a touch of sweetness from vanilla and oatmeal. Hints of heavy cream and an underlying smokiness.

Gruff and chewy roasted malts giving notes of bittered, dark chocolate and espresso beans. Faint hints of grape and unsweetened plum. A touch of oak and smokiness prior to a big, bitter hop bite. Mocha, dark chocolate, and bitter caramel in the aftertaste.

Full in body; rich and chewy yet very dry which works well with the profile of dark, robust flavors.

An easy drinking "dry stout" with some good flavors and aromas, not to mention a head that never breaks. This offering tastes very fresh, and the flavors really come through as this stout warms.

Photo of bjohnson
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label states it's craft brewed and bottled by Sebago Brewing Co. Gorham, Me. There are two listings for this beer.

A: Pours a jet black with a nice one finger caramel colored frothy head. Dissipates quickly with a rim on the edge of the glass.
S: Burnt coffee and unsweetened chocolate notes. Roasted barley with a twing of hops that peak in and out.
T/M: Roasty burnt coffee grinds and roasted barley gives way to a bitter hop fizzyness that trickles out towards the edges of the mouth. Slight cigarette ash and caramel sweetness--an odd blend. Bitterness is sticky and can be picked up with a lick of the lips. Not as smooth as I'd hoped--the carbonation takes over a bit creating a gap between the flavors and mouthfeel. Medium body. Subtle charcol notes come through as it warms.
D: This could be a really good brew if the mouthfeel improves just a tad. Definately a drinkable stout though with good flavor.

Photo of OldSock
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 22 oz bottle from Julio's. Hope its better than the the Runabout Red I had awhile back. In my pint glass it pours opaque black with a one finger mocha head. The head falls pretty quickly, but on its way down it leaves a nice coating of sticky lacing.

Smell – Solid coffee and dark chocolate roast upfront. There is a hint of hops in there, but this is a malt first stout through and through.

Taste – Coffee with hints of charcoal on the first sip. After that I keep getting the same basic flavor, with increasing smoothness. Starts off a bit sweet and finishes dry. Hops are just there for balance, not contributing any complexity. Basically the whole thing is just a study in roast, coffee, chocolate and charcoal, thats it.

Mouthfeel – Strong fizzy carbonation keeps the slightly chewy body in check.

Drinkability & Notes – Yawn, a drinkable enough stout, but it doesn't leaving craving that next sip. An adequate offering from Sebago, but not enough to have me search out any of their other offering, particularly after how much I disliked Runabout Red.

Photo of edchicma
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exceptionally dark with a pillow light chocolate head an good lacing. Smell is mainly malty with some smoke and hop elements. Taste is a tame malt on the front, with a hint of coffee, light smoke and hops. Mouthfeel is light slightly oily on the start with a strong hop bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is ok, but just a tad harsh ion bitterness on teh finish.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am sampling a room temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up easily. The head fades and rests as a surface layer quickly. The aroma is roasted malt and a bit of grassy hops and just a hint of coffee and dry roasted malt. First sip reveals a lite to average body with very smooth texture. Also very fine rollig carbonation. Flavor starts with a bit of sweet malt and chocolate and roasted notes as well. Moves to grassy hops and this combines with roasted notes and lingers for a bit after each swallow. A nice beer that is easy to drink, but a little thicker body would be an improvement.

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds its own, with plentiful sticky tan lacing. Aroma is dark grains. Taste is dark malts as well, pretty well balanced between chocolate sweet and rich coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, and drinkability is very good. Session stout, anyone?

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rich roasted coffee and chocolate. Deep black color with a thumb thick tan head. Roasty and bitter. Bitter baker’s chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel, but much more roasty than it should be for a sweet stout. Could use a lot more creamy, vanilla sweetness than it has to balance it...and make it taste like an actual sweet stout.

Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours out an almost pitch black with a full tan head that drops quickly. Some sticky lace left around the glass. Big chocolate and roasted notes come through in the aroma. Light malty sweetness in the background. Bitter coffee and roasted malts upfront on the flavor. Some sweet chocolate as well. End on a lingering bitter roasty note. Solid body and pretty drinkable. The taste is a bit to simple with the big roasted coffee notes but still enjoyable overall.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown. Did not think I could cut through that depth of brown with a knife. However, with a flashlight I was able to get some bright and shiny ruby shimmers around the edges. Thick and creamy head that was lightly dyed brown.

Nose is lightly of roasted malts.

Flavor is a solid American stout. Plenty of roasted and toasted malts up front. Support is quickly followed up with a nice and mild hop base that really is noticeable about a minute after the swallow--comes through as evergreen. Some oatmeal but mostly to provide some body--its addition to the flavor is very mild. Little bit of vanilla is peaking its smooth and tasty way through as well.

Heavy mouthfeel and slightly slick and oily. Little bit dry but not overly.

An easy drinking stout that makes a nice smooth and relaxing nightcap.

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this at Tully's in Wells ME.Great place to buy beer.This pours a dark coffee/like brown,almost black.The head is a little small though,only about one finger.A real nice roasted malt coffee smell,very refreshing.A deep rich coffee flavor with bits of chocolate and something sweet,Carmel?
A nice mouthfeel thats pretty heavy but good,and normal for this type.This is a very good beer and if I can find it in CT I will have it again.Otherwise it's off to Tully's.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown, two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted/burnt coffee nose. Starts and finishes with a burnt chocolate flavor, smooth. $3.75 for a 22oz bottle from the brewery Gorham, Me.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light black coloured brew with a nice head of light khaki-coloured foam. The aromas are of nicely roasted coffee and malts, with some hints of chocolate, caramel, and butterscotch in the mix as well. The taste is similar. coffee and toffee, i'd say. A really buttery, UK-styled stout that stays interesting until the bottom of the pint. Mouthfeel is creamy/smooth and drinkability is good as well.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown opaque color.
Tan-Brown dense heavy cream like head.
But, taste Sebago's "Retro Porter", remove the "earthy" flavor notes from the start of the flavor profile and you have this stout.
Sadly a thin mouthfeel and light on the palate; hints of toasted malt and a hops presence but not the "heftier" flavor profile that I'd expect from a stout.. Beer produced a quick finish that like the head stays around but after the initial "mass" dissipation, I was left with a noteable flavor bitterness. The remanents of the head laced my tasting glass.

In conclusion- generally an OK stout but I'd like more of "everything"-- except the head which was quite pleasant.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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 beernut7
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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 BillyBrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing striking, but a solid brewpub offering. Black-black colour and super thick, nitro head that was sticky and strong. Mild roasted barley and slight chocolate nose. Roasted barley is is solid with very slight chocolate taste and strong coffee-finish. The bitterness started very strong, but got smoother down the pint. Mildy coarse, medium body.

Nice, non-Dry stout offering. Try not to look over Sebago Brewing when in Portland. Cheers!

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Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company
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