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Maple Breakfast Stout - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 323
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 25.6%
Wants: 29
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dsartwell72 on 10-10-2013

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall boy (yes! a stout in a tall boy!) canned on 12/29. With a name like this it's hard not to compare...although it's a great stout on its own merits, it smells, tastes and feels like FBS Light. There - I said it and I wasn't struck down. I'm not getting a noticeable dose of maple which I was expecting would be the differentiator. Nice bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel malt and roasted oats flavors. Nothing sticky or too sweet. Mouthfeel is closer to dry than creamy; somewhere in between. Really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sounds like an interesting beer, and in a can yay, canned 11/2/15.

Pours a nice creamy off-white 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent foamy lacing, very dark murky brown chocolate-coffee color.

Nose brings dark malts, a little roasty like with cocoa dust and a little dark chocolate note, touch of biscuity cookie and candy caramel like, very faint maple, coffee syrup, and a touch of creamy oats I think.

Taste brings more roasty brown malts, toasty, mild caramel and coffee cream, creamy oats, little velvety smooth oat character, mild maple creams but not a lot of maple, more like dried maple syrup on the back end, some coffee syrup again, and biscuity cocoa, with a little bitter hop profile. Finish is drier but sticky, a little syrupy like, dried maple late, a little coffee and creamy chocolate milk.

MOuth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, creamy smooth.

Overall interesting, not great but fairly tasty, maple is on the lighter side, malts are decent, nice creamy oat profile, fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of bol3by
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich sweet aroma, creamy initial mouthfeel but quickly dissipates to light bubbly mouthfeel.. Bitter coffee and alcohol kicks in later and lingers, not the greatest fan of the after taste and feel.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown with one inch head. Taste is black coffee, sugar, and sweet natural maple at the end. This beer ends sweet, but the coffee provides bitterness that balances so it is not overly sweet. Good, interesting stout. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pour is dark brown, red edges, tan bubbly head. Nose is light maple, lots of overcooked grain, slightly burnt malt, dark berry malt sweetness. Flavor is more burnt, faint maple, acrid coffee, light sugary sweetness. Body is highlight, light, soft, well carbonated.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Brown small light thin head

smells of coffee and a hint of honey and maple

a good deep coffee taste with some maple, not much, and a hint of honey

a medium thickness, good carb.

good overall beer will definitely drink again

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Photo of rdipper
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was hoping for more maple or coffee or chocolate. Didn't get any. For a beer that is a "Maple Breakfast Stout", it was a mediocre experience. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great. I have other stout choices and once I finish this 4 pack, I don't see me coming back for more.....there are better stouts out there.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, cola-colored brown with a 2-finger khaki head. The head doesn't stick around for long but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is a bit disappointing on this one. I get some notes of roasted chocolate and plenty of dark malts. The maple is very subtle but it's there. Some light coffee notes can be detected as well.

The taste follows the nose, but the flavors actually work quite well together. The maple syrup is still more subtle than I had hoped, but its presence is a nice compliment to the chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A bit charred and bitter on the aftertaste.

The mouth is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry and a tad bit sticky on the end. Still, very creamy and smooth going down.

Overall, I gotta say this is an underrated beer from 14th Star. The reviews seemed to indicate that this was an OK brew, but one that was lacking in many places. While it certainly has its flaws, it's still very enjoyable and only gets better as it warms.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz can from Julio’s
Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges, lightly bubbled creamy off white head on top. Decent maple nose. Caramel and light roast and coffee with hints of earth round out the aroma. Sweet brown sugary perhaps maple flavor with bits of coffee, roast, and earth. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but really has no wow factor. The maple is subtle, but if it weren’t there probably isn’t enough body or roast for it anyhow.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours one shade shy of the color of cola with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly disperses. Nose expresses char, dark malts and a hint of baker's chocolate. Taste consistent with nose with a kiss of maple syrup revealed towards the middle and a faint artificial sweetener quality towards the back. There's also a hint of lactose sweetness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an even carbonation shy of prickly. Overall, easy-drinking but a bit dull and one-sided - I think this might be better on nitro.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color capped by two inches or so of beige foam; a decent amount of lacing hangs around

Smell: A little roasty, a little chocolatey, slightly ashy

Taste: Somewhat ashy, up front, with chocolate and hop tones developing; there is an underlying sweetness from the maple syrup that builds, in the middle; the finish continues to bring sweeter tones but the overall direction is somewhat muddled

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Ashy, then hoppy, then sweet - just hard to understand what the brewer was shooting for here; not unpleasant to drinking but I am just left confused

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can into a shaped pint. Pours a nice cola color with a light tan head that fades fast bit leaves good lacing. Smell is a bit weak, basically some roasted malt and coffee. Nice flavor overall, a bit light. Pretty sweet beer, a touch of maple syrup when warm. Some notes of chocolate. This is definitely more porter than stout, not bitter or roasted. Thin body, a bit too thin, barely any carbonation. A cool beer to drink, good flavor, would probably be the best beer to drink at breakfast, truth be told!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not awful but not that great either. appears dark brown in glass, aggressive pour yields a thick head that quickly dissipates. nose is mostly malts and coffee... maybe some chocolate notes? taste is similar, chocolate and coffee predominate, slight bitterness is nice. not as thick as I expected, and no hint of maple. considering tribute is one of the best doubles ive had, im pretty disappointed.

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Photo of J-Calm
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More like a good ale than a stout.
Not heavy. Not too sweet. Some head, not a lot.
Had it been called a Maple Ale, my rating (and expectations) would have been better.
Also, I expected it to be sweeter (maple) - it was a bit but glad it wasn't syrup.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [3.50] Beer is a dark brown cola color. It forms a 1/4 finger of sand colored tan head. The head dissipates quickly. The can has a born on date of 04/14/2015. There is no ABV info.

S: [3.50] Mostly getting roasted malts. Hints of coffee.

T: [2.75] Roasted malt flavor. Slight charcoal. Toasted marshmallows.

M: [2.75] This beer is notably thin. It has very little lingering flavor.

O: [3.00] I bought this on a recent trip to Vermont. I was excited to try something from a new brewery. It is billed as a "Breakfast Stout" - I think it would lead to a pretty disappointed morning. I assumed/hoped that the maple flavor might show up but I go none. The best word to describe the beer is "weak". Weak on the nose, palate, body, everywhere.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly jet black with a thin tan lace that soon disapates. Strong maple syrup aroma with a hint of coffee and lightly roasted malts. Lightly roasted malts taste; not as intense as some stronger stouts. Some dark fruits and the maple syrup add sweetness. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. A very smooth and easily drinkable stout. The body is light for a stout and feels like a porter at times. I really liked this one.

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Photo of Keene
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark, mahogany brown with a creamy, lovely beige head. An inviting aroma of highly roasted barley, dark chocolate, coconut and birch beer provoke the urge to taste this Stout. It almost smells like a Mounds bar. Then the first sip reveals a smooth, full-bodied beer with a somewhat surprising degree of bitterness. Baking chocolate, burnt bread and birch beer again, but less sweetness than expected. Finally, a coffee-like bitterness lingers long into the finish. Appropriate for breakfast maybe, but missing some of the maple notes my taste buds went searching for in the malt profile.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a snifter, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a foamy, clingy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of campfire smoke, bitter roasted coffee, and hints of maple sweetness. Flavors are heavy char and smoke forward, with a coffee bitter and roast balance to follow. Subtle maple sweetness follows on the back end of the palate, picking things up a bit to lead into the bitter roasted and smoky aftertaste. The body is smooth and full, but with a dry undertone. The finish is dry, smooth, and slightly bitter on the linger. Good beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cola color with a thin white-ish head that settle to a stubborn ring.
S - Has a roasty, coffee aroma.
T - A fine tasting stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Was hoping for more maple.
M - Thinner than I would have liked. Wanted something chewier.
O - Looks good, smells good but a bit of a let down on flavor. Not a bad beer, I would drink it again, but just ordinary. For fun I added 1 teaspoon of Vermont maple syrup to the last 1/3 of my glass and it gave the beer the sweetness and maple flavor I was looking for.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can purchased 8/5/15 in Burlington poured into Guinness Stout glass.

Look is very solid, dark brown with lots of lacing.

The smell is where it begins. Roasted malts. Kinda nutty. Some coffee.

Taste is largely roasted malts, coffee, something cola-like.

Lighter-bodied than a stout should be, more carbonated as well. Almost more of a porter.

Oh yeah, and you might notice I didn't mention something you'd expect.


Maybe they forgot to put it in this batch? I don't taste any.

Stick with Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz tall boy can.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thick cap of head that is off white in color. Spotty lacing left on the glass. Head recedes down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Mellow milk chocolate note that permiates the entire beer. Hint of light roast malts. Just a slight hint of maple.

Taste: Much like the nose, but the intensity of the flavors are much weaker and it has a few other minor player that add some additional complexity that is also mellow in character. Tastes of lightly sweet malts and milk chocolates. Hint of roast and a hint of cola, but no maple to be found in the flavor. Which is kind of a bummer when this is a maple stout.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied stout, but its very close to being a light bodied stout. Low carbonation levels, but it is very near moderate carbonation level. Soft carbonation and comes across as a watery mouthfeel.

Overall: The aroma is by far the best attribute of this beer. Could use more roast malts, and maple syrup; though it does have a nice milk chocolate flavor profile and aroma. This beer is boarderline for being a porter vs being an american stout.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a pounder can of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears dark brown in color with a khaki head that fades leaving patchy lace.

The smell is slightly roasty with earth and coffee and a touch of fruity alcohol. The taste is mildly earthy and roasted with light citrus notes present. I dont get much of a breakfast feel with this brew and the maple addition is not detectable to me.

This is a light bodied offering with moderate to light carbonation. Overall easy drinking and not bad but im slightly confused by the labeling/description. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if it was served blindly and I was looking for maple or breakfast portion of this.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up during a quick overnight trip to VT. Mulled over a number of unknown VT beers, and picked this 4 pack up due to the style (stout) and the name. Pours a rich darkish brown/black. Roasted coffee in the nose. Drank this beer not quite as cold as I would have liked. Nice roasted coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. I can't say I tasted any maple syrup per se, but believe that it contributed to the sweetness, but by no means is this a sweet beer. Tastes much like a nice oatmeal stout. I would like to have this fresh on draft.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

you know me, i am a sucker for all things maple, especially beers, and so it was a nice surprise to stumble on this one in a montpelier grocery store. affordable four pack of pint cans. its quite light for a stout, especially what they dub a breakfast stout, but i dont pick up on any coffee in this, which i used to think is what made it breakfast. here its the maple, and although it looks and smells a little more like a darker brown ale than a stout, the maple is a great boost for this, really flavorful and well integrated. big head on it, lots of carbonation bubbling up, much less roasted barley in the aroma and minimal grain bitterness or harshness in the finish, more of a cocoa malt thing going on, a little caramel sweetness with the maple, which is medium amber, well dosed, and not fermented all the way to dry. body is light for a stout, and with all the bubbles its quite drinkable, especially in warm weather for a sweeter, darker beer. i was really impressed with the use of maple here, the flavor comes through really nicely. i think a slightly beefier base beer would make this a little more appealing, but i liked it being a little different. worth picking up.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 7/22/15

A: Pours dark brown with some clarity around the edges - medium sized, light tan head, retains some wisps of a cap and a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Roasty and chocolatey with a hint of maple - fairly light, but I guess this should not be surprising given this is not advertised as an imperial stout - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some hints of sweeter chocolate, milk chocolate, Tootsie Rolls - medium roast coffee - roasty, lightly burnt chocolate malts and some caramel, toasted biscuits - burnt sugar, brown sugar, and a touch of molasses - maple is definitely mild, but it adds a sweetness that is distinctly maple

T: Light but consistently interesting - some dark chocolate, but mostly sweeter tones - semisweet chocolate and Tootsie Rolls - medium roast coffee, not too assertive, but it's there - roasty and lightly burnt, with chocolate malts - caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses - maple sweetness does not really make itself apparent until late, but it lingers nicely in the aftertaste despite being mostly dry

M: Surprisingly and regretfully light body, nicely carbonated, smooth with a finish that is simultaneously dry and sweet with maple

O: This is the session IPA of breakfast stouts, or something like that

This is a tease. I'm not sure how else to describe it. In general, I like beers (of any style) that can be both light and flavorful. But this is a bit too far into the "light." There are a lot of excellent flavors here, but it actually feels watered down. An imperial version of this would be a gem. As it stands, it is an interesting stout, but it's light even for a standard, non-imperial, American stout.

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Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.