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Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

136 Ratings
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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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Donsmitty
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black with a thick layer of coffee colored head. The aroma is coffee, roasted (almost burnt) malts, some tangy dark fruits.
Flavor is extremely smooth. Dark malts are the solid foundation for this brew. Black and roasted dark chocolate, bitter coffee and bakers chocolate and a layer of earthy hops. Light carbonation and a thick body made this beer perfect for my breakfast on a Sunday morning.

Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 NEhophead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bakerm3
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Cmsalzberg
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BillyBrew
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a minimal mocha color heat that dissipates quickly to a small patch of fine bubbles in the center of the brew.

S: A bit of coffee in the nose followed by huge amounts of roasted barley and a hint of oats. Most else is quite masked by the barley and some malts.

T: Initial taste has earthy tones of malts and some light barley, a light amount of cocoa and a hint of coffee was detectable as well.

M: Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, with an almost watery sensation as one is enjoy the beer. Medium-light body that's light on carbonation.

O: Overall, certainly not bad, but this is not one of the more memorable stouts I have had.

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Stimack
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was one that I picked up in September during our Vacation to Maine. Bomber Bottle - Nice brew, nice dark brown color that has a slight medium tan head. Thought the carbonation would have been greater as it took a vigorous pour to get the slight froth. The head that was present did leave some lacing along the side of the glass. The aroma was nice and welcoming (first stout I have had since last fall, I believe) with a roasted smell of coffee and toasted malt. The flavors impressed with the roasted notes clearly coming to the forefront. Also flavors of chocolate and coffee are very noticeable and accompany well. Has a nice dry finish that is not overdone. This brew went down quite easy and was welcome on a cooler evening. Will look for this one again in my travels.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with almost no head

S: Roasted malts and black coffee dominant with hints of dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose, very roasty with notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The coffee gives it quite a bitter finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. A tad bit thin, but it works with the abv nicely

O: An easy going stout that is nice and simple. Probably more suitable for the colder months, but still does fine in the warm weather. Certainly pairs well with a lot of their food (as most of their beers do)

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