Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 137
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 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 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 DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Sebago, South Portland:

Into a pint glass:

A: creamy tan head, thin quickly fading lacing, dark brown body

S: roasted malt combined nicely through the oats and barley, dark fruits

T: all previously mentioned flavors coming through and some espresso noted in the taste

M: medium, bitter and dry finish and aftertaste

O: good American Stout, I don't normally do Stouts in the summer, but hey, glad I tried it (415 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 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 Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Southampton pint glass at MiKro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Black with ruby-brown edges under a thin veil of creamy, off-white foam. Lacing was minimal but the foam resin hung on for the duration of the brew.

S: Roasted barley and a bit of smoked wood round out the mostly herbal and earthy aroma with a leafy hop scent on the end.

T: Flavorful roasted malts with bits of chicory and anise in the bittersweet, bold entry. Some light, fruity ale flavors round the palate before bittering up and leaving a dry, roasted finish.

M: Full-bodied stout that errs more balanced than creamy. A bit chewy at its center but relatively dry, bitter finish.

D: The 5.8% ABV and herbacious hop balance make Sebago's Lake Trout a fine American stout IMO. Not the best stout I've had in ages, but a steady drinking, balanced stout to pair with a dessert, cigar or on its own. (874 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 CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet-black body with a creamy tan head that leaves a very nice sample of thin lacing behind.

A generous roasted malt aroma rises from the beer that also includes oats and barley. There are some sweet notes mingled in as well, perhaps dark fruits as best I can tell.

More roasted, bordering on burnt malt in the flavor with a touch of espresso. Similar oats to the aroma, with some nice hops showing up towards the rear of the palate, and again the dark fruit sweetness appears as the beer warms.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation with warming, drying finish.

This is a very nice American Stout with good traditional character and just enough flavor and aromas to keep the senses entertained without overwhelming. (736 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)

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 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 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 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 albern
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine looking stout, It pours a very dark, cloudy brown with particulates quite evident throughout the glass. The head is creamy, tan, okay retention and some lacing going on as well. The particulates in the stout make this quite a sight and they are just in suspended animation. The nose on the beer isn't all that assertive. There are dark crystal malts, some roasted notes, maybe a wood grilled aroma, a touch of coffee, and just a hint of vanilla. The nose could have a bit more punch.

The taste is quite nice right from the pour. It is clearly a beer with a good deal of dark roasted, almost charred flavors. There is some woody complexity, some leafy drying hops are quite evident, and there is a hint or more of some cherry chocolate, and some semi-sweet cooking chocolate. The bittering flavors linger in the mouth a bit longer than I would have liked, but the assertiveness is appreciated. This is a medium bodied beer, some coffee notes emerge towards the finish with a woody almost tobacco like complexity. A pretty good stout overall. (1,056 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 Casey10
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this a nice representation of a american stout.

A- Dark body wispy head not bad.

S - Small amount of chocolate going on.

T More of the same chocolate flavor and taste.

M - smooth not much else

D -Its good and I want another smoooth an highly drinkable. (265 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 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 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 u2carew
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with half inch tan head. Lacing is thin bubbled and sticky. Opaque.
S) Coffee. Bread. Hop notes are very faint.
T) Smoky. Coffee. Cocoa. Very light hops in the finish. Lingering chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste.
M) Thick. Chewy. Full bodied. Gritty.
D) A good stout. Well crafted. (307 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 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)

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Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company
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