Maple Breakfast Stout - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 36 | 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 AshlandNacho
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very well done breakfast stout, but I didn't get as much maple as I was hoping.

Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too light - not good.

Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Westyn
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Mouth feel really killed it for me, way too thin.

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of founddrama
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

This seemed to be the one everyone wanted a growler of, and with a mouth-watering name like that--albeit perhaps bringing Founders to mind--how could you not want this, especially if you're a local?

Appeared like a normal hearty stout, brownish-black pour, with a small beige head that sank to a ringlet, and left a few strands of lacing on the glass. Pretty standard aroma of roasty dark malts, a little dark chocolate. Again in the taste, pretty basic stuff, dark malts, dark chocolate, some roasty coffee bitterness, with a mild earthy hop sensation. I didn't really get much maple out of this, other than a subtle sweetness in the background that could easily have just been a malt contribution. Body was medium, mouthfeel was solid and robust. Nothing extraordinary going on here, but it's still a solid stout that drank easily.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. Was a treat to get this. Along with heady topper in the same exchange!! I'm a fan of this beer. Good stout. Maple made a good rich flavor.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Blueapollo420
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maple beers are a favorite of mine and living in vt I get a lot of them. This one does not disappoint. Dark beer bitterness out front and a fresh maple taste to finish. You can't go wrong picking this one up. The one thing that may turn people off is the slapdash packaging job, it's a can with a poorly placed sticker let's hope that changes so more people can hav this great brew

Photo of FFreak
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of chris_throws_pots
4.94/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked up in cans at the brewery.

Pours a deep, dark brown hue with a frothy brown head into my glass. Lacing decorates the edges.

Black coffee, dark fruit and licorice come to mind in the nose.

Warm and rich with the use of maple adding a touch of sweetness.

Leaves a rough imprint at the back of the throat with burnt molasses coming to mind.

I believe this beer firmly compliments my three egg omelet. A Ron Swanson-approved breakfast choice!

Photo of yarnbomb
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's a good day when I get one of these for breakfast.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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."

Photo of bdaggett
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of calitrie1486
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Photo of WVUbrew
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is by far the best stout I've had that's under 8%. Delicious!

Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Just picked this guy up in Vermont, canned 12/16/14. Nice and roasty. Refreshing, but could use more mouthfeel. I know it's only 5.5%, but I wish it were thicker

Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.