Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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87
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 137
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.38%
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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 137
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of my last Sebago bomber this beer was a near-opaque, black color. The two-fingers of tan head displayed moderate retention and good lacing. The aroma was rather light, coffee, roasted malt and black walnuts. The flavors were quite dark and considerably more bold than most Sebago products (which was good). I tasted lots of roasted malt and some blackened malt, coffee, a bit of earthiness, baking cocoa and the finish was tongue-coating and bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation medium. Though it could have used more sweetness in the malt, I considered this a balanced and solid beer as well as one of Sebago's best. (653 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one at a local beer store. I got to try this one once before and loved it. Let's try it again and make it official. 22oz bottle...

A: A medium / agressive pour into my Pumpking glass yields a dakr brew with no light shining through with a 1/2 inch mocha colored head that fades slowly to blanket of bubbles across the top of the brew. Good.

S: Smells of some earthy malt with a hint of roastiness and vanilla. Some faint chocolate. Ok.

T: A watery vanilla with some creamy earthy malts blended in. Some faint roast and chocolate flavors. Not as good as I had recalled, but decent.

M: Medium body with a very good carbonation. A nice creamy and clean finish. Very good.

D: Goes down so easy. Can't ask for much else here. Perfect.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but good. Don't bother hunting, but if you have access, definitely give it a try for a drinkable, well blended local stout. (913 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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? (402 characters)

Photo of sevenredrabbits
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright. I picked this beer up an hour ago at the local package store. Poured into a short pilsner. As other reviewers have said...coffee, chocolate. It's not an overly complicated beer. This one poured a 1.5 finger head that dissipated a little and eventually went away completely. Lace down the entire glass. Pretty smooth feel. No extreme carbonation. Almost seems thin. A good one, but I won't make a habit of them.. (420 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Midnight coffee black. A laser beam couldn't penetrate this stuff. Not much head to speak of here.

Smell: All coffee and roasted barley malt.

Taste: It tastes as dark as it looks, with a boat load of coffee notes and earthy barley malt.

Mouthfeel: A wee bit weak here--maybe it was my bottle. Not much carbonation at all.

Overall: I think this beer has some great flavor to it, but the lack of head and carbonation just didn't work well with me. (461 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown with just a hint of red in there. Thick and dense light brown head. Fades slowly leaving a nice swirly lacework behind.

S: Nice roasty aroma. Mainly coffee with a bunch of oatmeal that adds some nice creaminess. A hint of bitter dark chocolate and a touch of smoke.

T: Smooth oatmeal with some smokey/charred malt. Coffee mainly and just a hint of dark chocolate but not much. Fairly bitter with all the smoke and coffee. The oatmeal tries to smooth it out but doesn't quite make it.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Not a bad stout. On the very roasty and smokey side. Low sweetness; quite bitter. Almost no sign of chocolate which probably would have helped balance it out. (702 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a deep, dark brown - minimal light passed through. There was a thin light brown head, and decent lacing. The scent is slightly smoky, hint of hops, but mostly malty. The taste is decent with hints of coffee. Malts hit you up front,with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a decent beer. (296 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big 1 pint 6 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Nice dark color--opaque. Really nice, but isn't a perfect 5 because the head dissipates too quickly to a ring around the top.

Smells of molasses--the oatmeal and roasted barley are hinted at too.

Tastes pretty good. A bit too bitter at the end.

The mouthfeel is average. Nothing special. Was hoping it would be creamier.

Pretty drinkable beer. pleasant. Could be a hint sweeter, but really good regardless. (472 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good find, a good addition to the selection at the store.

This pours a nice dark color, good head, nice lacing. Greta taste, and great smell. The palate is of roasted coffee and chocolate, very yummy...

another good comparison to this is the Grand Imperial Porter from Poland. (289 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a huge amount of light tan head, maybe too much, fades at a slow rate, leaves a huge amount of lacing too.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with little bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste is actively carbonated, pretty much explodes in my mouth like a cola, good amount of roasted malt with a coffee-ish bitter aftertaste, the bitterness doesn't linger too long, feels a bit thin for a stout though and lacking on the creaminess (probably because of the carbonation). (512 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Lou's Beverage Barn in Augusta, ME. Stored on a shelf, not cooled, and exposed to light. For how long shall remain a mystery.

Look great. Huge chocolaty head with amazing, almost annoying retention. Lacing is good too. Black with just a hint of highlights.

Smell is mostly of roasted grains, a bit of sweetness, and an almost coffee like sharpness. Some legs.

Taste follows the nose. Black patent and chocolate malt dominate, some malty sweetness, along with coffee and bitter chocolate like flavors, whether they used those ingredients or not. A bit out of balance on the sharp bitter side, but I prefer my stouts to err in this direction as opposed to not being roasty enough. But a bit more of a malty backbone and malty sweetness would amp this one up on the ratings scale for me.

Very light fiz and modestly creamy texture. Some lingering bitterness after the finish.

A bomber was plenty. If there was a bit more sweetness and malt to balance the assertive roastiness, I'd be chugging it. Overall, an admirable effort. A solid, if unremarkable, American Stout. (1,087 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery 10-16-13

A - Black brown with two fingers of tan head, thick fluffy lacing.
S - Roasted caramel malts, some vanilla, a hint of smoke.
T - Metallic, some toasted grain, a little nutty, dark chocolates.
M - Thin and watery, but at the same time a little creamy.
O - Just kinda bleh, looked great, but everything else lacks. (344 characters)

Photo of OldSock
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of kevinglin
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on nitro at the Sebago Brewing Co. restaurant next to The Maine Mall in Portland. Arrived to my seat with virtually no head, but the cascading effect resulting in a thin, 1/2-finger layer of white tight foam on top of a pitch-black body, with hints of ruby in the brew. While the head was thin, it persisted until the end of the drink and left "rings' around the glass until the pint was finished.

Not much to the aroma - this is listed as an American Stout but to me, it poured, smelled and tasted like a standard Irish Dry. Some roasty maltiness in the smell, but not much else. The taste belies the aroma - there is more flavor than I was expecting given the weak aroma. Roasty chocolates dominate the flavor. Low carbonation levels with a medium body.

Overall, a decent stout, not great or world class, but certainly enjoyable. (840 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this down at trader joe's. I've had this a number of times on tap at Sebago and its a solid stout. It doesn't have a tremendous nose or taste, but its a solid drinking stout. The only things I can really tell going on here are coffee and some burnt notes. Its none too heavy for a stout but a really nice local example of the style. (339 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.16/5  rDev -19%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to knifestyles for this extra.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a very little layer of khaki head. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Very muted. Some roasted notes and chocolate. Not to much here.

Taste: Roasted malts and bitter coffee with some chocolate. Almost has a burnt malt flavor. Some vanilla notes, but not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted, just as it starts.

Overall, this beer is a fairly average stout. Not very much going on here. It does pair very well with sweet dark chocolate, however. This beer is simply average overall. (650 characters)

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