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Maple Breakfast Stout - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 236
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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14th Star Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

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 spacecake9
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,697 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vermont Brewfest. Can't remember if it was on tap of from a can. It pours medium brown color. I can also tell it's a lighter ABV beer by the way it sits in the glass. I was unaware of the ABV so I was a little surprised to see it so brown and watery. Aroma is brimming with maple syrup. Blonde roast coffee. Cola and burnt caramel. The flavor doesn't skimp on said maple flavor. It's prominent. It looks like a brown ale and sorta tastes like one too. It's barely a stout. Still, the combo of maple, brown sugar, roast and caramel is provocative. I liked this one a bunch. Not really a stout in my book but if you want maple, here she lies. (640 characters)

Photo of akrz47
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a little surprised this isn't rated over 90. For what it is, a sessionable stout, it might just be the best I've ever had. A deep, solid brown color with a small lasting head and plenty of lacing. Smell is roasty cocoa and some coffee, a little nuttiness, maybe just the slightest hint of anise but hard to tell. More like one typically gets from a porter. Not much maple in the smell. It's a little thin in the mouth, but tastes like a nice, roasty, flavored stout, just lighter in all aspects. Not much maple -- I wouldn't be able to tell if it didn't say it had maple. Maybe it just adds to the balance. There might be a little coffee flavor, but maybe it's the roastiness I'm detecting. Once again the flavors are a very balanced and a lighter than bigger stouts and my palate isn't so refined as to pick it all out. A very balanced flavor, though. Love it. It lacks in the feel, but it's also less ABV than other light stouts, which are typically 6+%. Makes it truly sessionable, and I love it. ...Have I said that I love it? Well, I love it. Glad I took a shot here, cause this is exactly what I've been looking for -- for much too long. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, mostly opaque, with some light showing through the edges. The body reminds me of a high end cola. The head is a light tan, very thin. Fades quickly to a thin edging and wisps on the top.

S - Again, suggests cola, with vanilla and sweet notes, but there is more here, with a roast note that is more of coffee than pop, and slight smoke and maple elements.

T - No cola here. A bright, sweet roast character opens, with a smoky note in the middle, closing with a nice acidic, bitter bite. The maple comes in the midst as a nice undercurrent, but the show is primarily that of roasted malts - a standard stout presentation.

M - A touch thinner than a full 5.4% ABV stout generally delivers, but very drinkable. Mild drying in the close, but given the sweetness in the open, that is welcome.

O - A good stout, and an interesting array of flavor elements to counterpoint the primary stout character. Not a flavor bomb, but delicious and restrained. (969 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little toward average to the nose. Roasted barley malts. Faint coffee. Slightly sweet, but no advertised maple jumping out at me.

Tastes a bit better. Deeper roasted coffee flavors than lef to believe. A slight touch of maple. Almost a Pepsi like sweetness.

Body is pretty thin for a breakfast stout with real maple syrup. Even considering the ABV. I am fine with the carbonation.

A little disappointing from the maple standpoint. Still an above average beer though. Decent flavor for being a lower alcohol brew. Drinks more like a porter honestly. I actually added some bourbon barrel maple syrup and it made a significant difference in flavor and feel for what it's worth. (683 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma: roasted barley, dark coffee, sharp fruit, wood.

Flavor follows, with a smooth woody sweetness. A touch of cola.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style, but this is a low ABV stout. (187 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Recommended to try by a clerk at the Waterbury Vermont Craft Beer Cellar. Canned 3/17/15, bought two months later.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque dark brown with clear copper highlights at the bottom. Inch and a half thick tan head receded to thin patches of surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild coffee.

t: Mild black coffee on a sweet dark malt base and slight bitterness. Mostly dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: An easy drinking stout, more like a porter, lacking much smoky roastiness and most of all, no real maple flavor, although perhaps maple syrup sweetened the malt somewhat. The age on this might have muted any maple flavor, which one might have expected would be fairly prominent given the name and the fact that the word Maple is on the can in large, all capital letters and underneath is "Brewed with real maple syrup." However, as it is it is as easy to take as any in the porter/stout class, and the lightish heft and coffee notes do sit well as an as advertised "breakfast stout." (1,084 characters)

Photo of Westyn
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you're expecting a huge maple syrup taste, you'll be left a little disappointed. I wouldn't say its a gimmick, just left to be imagined. This beer is great overall though so don't let that discourage you from trying this. Very creamy mouth feel and a pleasant back end that only gets better as it warms up. (309 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, lush, roasty and rich- its clear that a beer as good as this can write its own review. The 14th Star brewers catches black gold with the fusion of maple onto the stout that's chocked full of coffee, burnt toast and nutty flavor. Yea, I'm smackin' my lips just typing that.

Both rich and robust, the deep scent of coffee, toasted bread, walnut and dark chocolate resonate with the nose while its deeply seared taste is over over-cooked caramel, molasses and sweet maple. With its dark and creme-topped austere the beer catches the ire of french press coffee.

Diving into deeper taste, the sweetness of maple really makes its mark. While the backdrop of bread, toast and burnt caramel lead to pancake notions, its that maple character that gives the stout a bit of... "oomph" through the middle that sets it apart. Sprinkle in a few morsels of smoky chocolate and a strong coffee backbone and the flavor set is strapped in.

Though the bulk of taste seems to hold firm, what's sweet with the maple begins to drift into the more traditional beer flavors of caramel, toffee and molasses. After that, the nuances of whipping cream, biscuit, chocolate and coffee become more than just "nuances" and command a late palate that's both firm, robust and surprisingly palatable.

With the sweetness trailing and the stout's more bitter, roasted and dry character to follow- the finish of burnt toast, bitter ash of wood bark, spent coffee grounds and carbon out duel the malt and secure a dry and campfire finish. What's left are those wonderfully burnt sugars and smoldering embers that linger in aftertaste. (1,609 characters)

Photo of bdaggett
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a pint glass from a growler fill at the brewery.
Not much maple going on in the smell, but a little more in the taste. More of a burnt/roasted flavor with malt instead. That being said, the taste is excellent and well balanced. Burnt flavors are not overpowering at all. Very easy to drink for a stout. Highly recommended! (333 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not a stout kind of guy, so I guess you can say that this is kind of skewed, but it wasn't what I thought it would be. Expected more from the reviews I had heard but overall was on the better side of stouts I have had! (223 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Fairly vigorous pour from the can into a clean snifter glass. Dark chocolatey brown; opaque but not cloudy. Almost no head at all -- just a collection of fine bubbles around the rim.

SMELL: Roasted malts and a little bit of maple. (Side note: if you drink it from the can, the metallic scents will overpower these otherwise robust aromas so be warned.)

TASTE: Maple is present but not overpowering. A roasted flavor. (Do yourself a favor and pour into a glass.) As it warms up, it gets some vaguely fruity notes (imparted by the yeast?) that set off the maple just a little bit more.

FEEL: Medium-bodied... so a little light for a stout. (647 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 16 oz can into a large tulip.
Pours a very dark brown, deep caramel color with one finger of head that dissipates leaving nice lacing.
Smells roasty with a good deal of sweetness on the nose.
Taste is similar, approachable and not over the top roast with some mellow sweetness from the maple.
Finish is ok, with the mouthfeel too thin and watery for me.
Overall, a nice beer but for a maple breakfast stout I'd like a thicker mouthfeel and perhaps more complexity on the palate. (494 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pour is a dark hazelnut brown with visible lacing on the edges, sticking for a few minutes then dissipating.

S: Aroma of nutty brown ale, oatmeal, and a faint maple

T: Light and drinkable stout, not too bold, not too sweet, not too overdone. Maple is subtle and I would imagine not made with a ton of maple syrup, but just enough to leave the nutty flavor that maple will leave in a stout after fermentation.

M: Light , medium carbonation level and smooth for the abv that is present.

O: Overall this is a very drinkable stout. Its not overly done and I am sure could be a regular if this was readily available in my area. Glad to have tried this one. (662 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Best stout ive ever had. Notes of coffee, maple, oats, almost a slight smokiness to it. Just a touch of sweetbfrom the maple, dryness from the oats and hops. Slight bitter from the coffee. Andfinished with a moderate malty goodness. Extremely well balanced. And now on nitro. (275 characters)

Photo of chris_throws_pots
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm always skeptical of beer brewed with maple. Really, aside from pure Grade A Green Mountain maple syrup, I'm skeptical of anything made with maple. As a native New Englander and a Vermont resident for the last ten years I've tasted more than a few foods and beers that utilize maple to the detriment of the product. Either sweet to a fault or underwhelming, maple beers have usually let me down.

Not this one. 14th Star has done an excellent job coupling the balanced, super tasty stout foundation with subtle, sweet maple notes. This one's a winner. Plain and simple. (572 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks KimmmySlobGoblin for giving this to me during the holiday season. A good way to start a New England beer day leading up to the SB. Go Patriots.

A- 16oz can reveals a black bodied ale into two tulips. A cap stalls above two fingers with decent retention dying out to a small ring. Lacing starts early with thin but ample webs and sheets down the glass.

S- Comes in with a medium overall strength of aroma with dark things being the most prominent characters. Roasted grains open it up without a charred or burnt feel leading to coffee, cocoa, licorice and earthy maple after that.

T- As with the aroma, I find that the base stout is strongest thing with roasted grains and cocoa powder notes. Toast, nuttiness and caramel as well. Maple and coffee join in next with earthy and slight fruity tones. Appropriately sweet.

MF- Medium bodied and a bit lighter than the most comparable brews I have had to this. A creaminess and smooth silky texture arises from the moderately high carbonation.

Certainly one of the lighter Breakfast Stouts I have had but I think that actually works in its favor here. It drinks easily for breakfast with a solid stout base and complimentary coffee and maple hints. (1,204 characters)

Photo of FFreak
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty, slightly thin, a little bit of maple sweetness. Not sure if it's just my imagination or not, but it might have a little oxidation going on with just a hint of wet cardboard. Overall, not too bad, but I won't be seeking it out. (240 characters)

Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is just missing the mark in a lot of places but no bigger miss than the body. This "stout" is as thin as water. Maple tastes...fake and overpowering while the "breakfast" aspect is very absent. Pass. (209 characters)

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