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Ellen's Coffee Stout - Atlantic Brewing Company

Ellen's Coffee StoutEllen's Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%


Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 07-05-2013)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 00:23:34 | More by jondeelee
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A: dark brown colored body almost close to black with a two finger white to almost off-white foamy head that dies at a nice pace leaving a decent amount of foamy lacing in its wake

S: I get espresso coffee beans up front dosed with some nice light vanilla creaminess that comes through slightly roasty

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Ellen's Coffee Stout from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.