Ellen's Coffee Stout - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Ellen's Coffee StoutEllen's Coffee Stout

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very good

75 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 07-05-2013

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Very well executed, just sweet enough up front and an excellent use of coffee, which is not easy. As for the vanilla, that is a bonus here. The coffee used is from Crooked Porch Coffee of Bar Harbor, keepin’ it local on that front! Seek a bottle out.

STYLE: Coffee Milk Stout
ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: Tight, tiny-bubbled lacing, dark brown color

SMELL: Fresh-ground coffee, delicate vanilla, toasted bread, mild char, creamy

TASTE: Sweet, roasted coffee, charred grain, vanilla, faint blackberries, modest hopping, hint of alcohol, silky, taffy, milky, brown bread, roasted bite finish, ends dry

Photo of tigg924
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark leather brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: coffee, cream, vanilla, and caramel

Taste: deep roasted coffee, light cream, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-heavy body for the style, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall: This is the best beer I have had from Atlantic. Nice and complex. The coffee is dominant but never overpowering to the other flavors. Exceptionally smooth. What a great surprise.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black color with about two fingers of a thick beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coffee, malts, sweet milk.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth but thicker full bodied. Taste of coffee and sweet milk with malts and a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Good stout, had this a few times now and always enjoy it.

Photo of jondeelee
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ellen’s Coffee Stout opens to a huge whiff of coffee, heavy cream and, mostly, chocolate, the latter existing in both dark and milk forms, but tending toward the latter, with extra brown sugar and vanilla added. The combination of the heavy sugars and bready malts gives the beer a S’mores quality, the milk chocolate seeming to mix with marshmallow and graham cracker, the aromas intense enough that they seem to be added artificially/naturally. The beer comes quite close to Southern Tier’s Crème Brulee in this respect, smelling very much like a dessert, and not quite a lot like a beer. The overall impression is nice, but the heavy milk chocolate does detract from the stout, and the underlying coffee and ash notes are largely muted and overwhelmed.

On the tongue, the beer has more dark and ashy notes than were present in the aroma, with coffee grounds and ash coming to the front. Marching immediately behind them, however, is the milk chocolate, which still adds a S’mores/Crème Brulee touch that is more dessert- than beer-like. Heavy whipping cream adds marshmallow notes, joined by brown sugars and vanilla. The malts furthermore bring in cracker, biscuit, and rising wheat dough, with just a touch of yeast. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though some hoppy, bitter pine notes come out as the sugars die off. Mouthfeel is a watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent beer, and it’s certainly surprising how much flavor is packed in here, considering the beer is only 5.4% ABV. In the end, however, the massive sugars and vanilla notes from the milk sugars and added vanilla beans simply overpowers much of the underlying stout, and the result, while tasty, needs better balance.

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2014.

The pour is deep black with a lingering beige tan head. Chunks of sediment.

The aroma has a coffee grinds and vanilla as the label promises with roasted dark malts mixing it up. Although there was something that felt a little soapy.

Medium body but also smooth and creamy.

The taste is like the aroma with a good roasted malt character at the start that is quickly overtaken by coffee and vanilla. Milky. Not a lot of bitterness at first but as I make my way through the bottle the bitterness tends to kick in.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a wispy head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong coffee aroma that hits the nose right off, roasted aspects become more clear upon further sniffing, subtle vanilla presence that doesn't overwhelm.

Taste is much more bitterness and less sweet, the roasty toasty malt along with the coffee really ups the burnt bitterness, mild sweetness located between the first taste and the aftertaste lasts only briefly, vanilla is around but fortunately not a large factor as it can be quite distracting so the light touch is appreciated, carbonation is medium high with a decent body but could be fuller and/or creamier.

Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Color was a nice dark mostly opaque brown with a thick light brown head. Initially poured a 3 finger head that took a very long time to go down, and had excellent side cling. Aroma was a slightly burnt coffee with a small hint of dark chocolate. Flavor was a vanilla sweet, with just a tad of coffee, seemed more like a mocha flavor. A slight hint of oily bitter that detracted some. Felt pretty good in the mouth, a tad bit thin but not bad. Overall a reasonable stout. Not quite as thick or sweet as I expect from a milk stout, otherwise it would have rated higher.

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle while visiting Atlantic Brewing on Mt. Desert Island over the weekend. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black beer out of the bottle and into a snifter, appears to be moderately thick and somewhat viscous. A mocha-tan head forms on the beer to about a finger high. Decent retention and the cap falls down to a silky ring eventually. Nice thick lace patches around the glass.

S- Coffee forward with a nice chocolate roast grain compliment to the beans. Vanilla dessert sweetness opens up with some warmth.

T- All of the dessert beer elements come together with a blend of fresh brewed coffee, cocoa malts and vanilla beans. Some decent roast malt base and some fruit and sweetness.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a medium silky carbonation. Some roast bitterness in the finish.

Good use of both coffee and vanilla for fresh flavors. Packs a lot of punch for a lower ABV stout. A bit straightforward but still pleasant.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbled 1/4 finger head, just a touch of lacing left, very dark almost pitch black color but the faintest hint of light sneaking through the small edges.

Nose starts with a nice fresh coffee, mostly freshly roasted and ground beans, with a bit of dark stout aromas not really roasty but a nice dark slightly chocolate stout aroma, dry and a hint of creamy, then that all gives way to a nice smooth vanilla aroma, dark cocoa and vanilla like, lots of vanilla eventually, a little caramel with the hint of cocoa, fresh brewed coffee comes back again in a last effort late.

Taste brings more of the same but this time all at once, a big vanilla right off, creamy rich vanilla, almost velvety, with a creamy lactose and dry like stout character, powdered cocoa with a dry cocoa flavor, and dark malts but not really a roast or black malt. Little caramel in there too, nice vanilla caramel but without much sweetness it doesn't get too candy like. Coffee is a bit more subdued but in there nicely, a little freshly roasted coffee bean with fresh grinds and a bit of steeped coffee, but that's more background to the big vanilla and creaminess. A little bitterness thanks to a hint of hop character and more from the dark malts. Finish is dry-ish, but creamy and sticks to the mouth, little more caramel and cocoa, bit of earthy coffee, a bit of bitterness too, and a long velvety vanilla lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice and creamy though with a little velvety feel, nice carb too.

Overall pretty nice, coffee is more nose and wish it had a bit more presence in the flavor but it's still nice, a lot of nice vanilla, good dark malts, a nice velvety feel, and overall creaminess. Well done, and these style beers are very easy to do wrong.

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Very dark, opaque brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Strong vanilla nose and flavor is vanilla and baked chocolate. $6.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white head. Nose of roast coffee and smoke, with a creamy vanilla overlay. Flavors of cream and coffee forward, with a rich vanilla overtone, and hints of smoke. Very darkly sweet and bitter. The aftertaste is a bittersweet blend, with roasty highlights. Smooth, mid-bodied brew. The finish is slightly dry, thin, and bitter. Very solid flavors. Would make a great stout float!

Photo of Maxwell
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a coffee black with hints of brown. The beer pours with a small head of tanning white bubbles but that quickly fizzles to hardly even a scrim. In body the beer is too dark for the eye to penetrate. On the nose the beer smells richly of vanilla and light to medium roast coffee with milk chocolate blended in. Light toasted and roasted malts play out beneath thicker vanilla and coffee. This beer smells very nice. On the tongue the beer tastes sweet and then roasted bitter. Smooth, lactic acidity plays on the middle of the palate. The finish dries out nicely on the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins as rich milk chocolate, moving towards sweet, light roast coffee with rich vanilla syrup mixed in. The vanilla is very nice in this beer but I wish it was a little stronger as it plays a little lightly with the coffee. The finish is beautifully vanilla with light touches of coffee and creamy chocolate, which moves over the taste buds for a while. Slight saltiness can also be sensed. In all it tastes like vanilla and chocolate milk. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium with a very soft chewiness alongside the traditional silky smooth feel that you expect from a milk stout. This beer does have a little bit of a rougher edge than the average milk stout, but makes up for it in flavor. The mouth is left wet with saliva and a light dryness. Overall, this is a lovely coffee and vanilla milk stout. I want a little bit more vanilla and roast in the flavor profile, and I wanted much more of a head on this beer, but honestly it is very balanced and delicious on the tongue. A beer to try.

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown to black color.

The aroma has tons of coffee and some sweet chocolate. Lots of roast and some vanilla.

The flavor follows with roasty malts, tons of coffee, milk chocolate.

There's a kind pop of roasty bitterness on the end.

It is very drinkable, along with its tons of flavor.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

A- Dark black with a tan head that doesn't lace.

S- Sweet vanilla. I don't pick up any coffee or roasted malt aromas.

T- Tastes very similar to it's aroma notes, sweet vanilla. I don't pick up any coffee flavors and the malt barely comes through.

M- Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. The carbonation is the type you receive from most bottle conditioned stoudts, with big bubbles.

O- Not bad, the vanilla takes over the show. I don't pick up many of the other flavors you'd expect to find in the style.

Photo of Theheroguy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee drowns out almost all of the malt flavor

some hoppy notes

This taste like a coffee beer not a coffee stout. Not picking up the vanilla. Thin bodied. Aroma is balanced and nice... what the taste should be. Too much bitterness/acridness,dryness from the roasted malts. The back label says this beer is not overly sweet.... it needs a drop kick of sweetness to balance the other flavors.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Maine in 6/2014

A- Body is that of black coffee. Dark brown/nearly black body that barely lets light light pass through. Pours with a massive foamy creme brulee head that has fantastic retention. Lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, lots of vanilla, maybe a hint of hazelnut, sugar. Nose is balanced and sweet.

T- Flavor is mostly sweet. Roasted malts and coffee beans upfront. Sweet vanilla is added for the finish to balance everything out. Roasted malt and vanilla linger for the finish.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a smooth silky, medium to rich body.

O-Overall I am liking this stout. Its a relatively simple vanilla coffee stout-but the balance of sweet and bitter is great and its very drinkable. I find this as smooth as their flagship stout and its fantastic overall.

Photo of mscottjohnston
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of sampling this beer at the Bar Harbor Brewing retail storefront in Bar Harbor, Maine. While it's not on the regular tasting menu, the associate was kind enough to give me a chance to try it. Poured from 750ml into snifter. Let stand for 15 minutes to warm slightly and bring out the flavors.

A: Dark dark brown. Creamy scant head. 
S: chocolate, vanilla, coffee and black licorice. 
T: chocolate up front with strong coffee on the back end. Hints of vanilla. 
M: full and slightly carbonated. 
O: coffee flavor is nicely balanced with vanilla. This is easily the most "coffee" coffee stout I've ever had. Not the first beer I'd reach for but still pleasant when I'm in the mood for a true "coffee" stout. 

Photo of NEBeerGirl
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not smell or taste the coffee

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Sweet vanilla, sweet lactose, roasted coffee, chocolate, earthy, and toasted malts.

Taste: The sweetness of the vanilla brand and lactose balance out the roasty bitterness flavors and the chocolate, earthy, mineral, and bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied, tasty, a little chewy, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Too bad this is a limited addition. Should a winter seasonal. Great beer to enjoy while watching football during this winter season.

Ellen's Coffee Stout from Atlantic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.