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Ellen's Coffee Stout | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

very good
21 Reviews
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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by deltatauhobbit on 07-05-2013

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by mscottjohnston:
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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. 

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.84/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lzepplin01
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of rjp217
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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Ellen's Coffee Stout from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
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