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Michigan Brewing Superior Stout - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Superior StoutMichigan Brewing Superior Stout

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002)
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Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid burnt grain and coffee.

The taste consisted of a robust burnt grain, some dry coffee and a balancing floral hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and very easy to drink stout.

plaid75, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with dark cola brown edges. Small to non-existent light khaki head fades fast to a ring around the edge. Nose is very chocolatey and roasty. Notes of peat and fudge mix with a pleasant coffee roastedness. Taste follows suit with roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front. Sweetens up a little with milk chocolate, accented by vanilla and peat. Nice. Roasty sweet finish that goes on for quite a while. Medium-bodied stout with gentle carbonation and an oily feel. Full-flavored stout that reminds me of my favorite Michigan stout, Kalamazoo.

alexgash, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of jt31914
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle

A: Hardly any head, hardly carbonated and a dark dark brown color.

S: Roasted coffee notes are the dominant smell; it's pleasant.

T: Creamy with coffee in the follow. It has a pleasant aftertaste and is not harsh; however the cream is mixed with a disappointing watery flavor that I dislike (similar to that in many poorly done brown ales). Good, but could have been better.

D/M: One of the more drinkable stouts I've had, this goes down easy with nice mouthfeel.

jt31914, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a tan head. Nose is super coffee. The flavor brings the same as well. Nice. Very even and consistent. Smooth feel, though a bit thinner on the liquid. Very easily drinkable and a nice stout. Some good firm characteristics to it and I liked it.

RblWthACoz, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle etched 06/21/12 poured into a mug

A- A 2-finger, foamy brown head appears after a normal pour. It sustains all day and leaves awesome, broad sticky rings on the glass. It has a rich, dark brown body that appears near black through the middle. Medium-heavy carbonation is apparent. I'm a sucker for head retention and those wide rings left on the glass.

S- quite robust. Milk chocolate and coffee with about 4 packets of sugar are the major players here. Brown sugar comes through later.

T- Much as aroma suggests. Lots of milk chocolate and medium roast coffee. Lighter hopping hints at somewhere between citrus and mint.

M- Foamy and full bodied. It had a nice, unrefined quality about it, almost chalky.

O- Surprisingly good. Solid and robust, yet very drinkable. I wish I'd discovered this beer before th brewery closed.

GRPunk, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of KeggerKen
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this beer was certainly a pleasant surprise! Having had an imperial stout earlier in the day and having not been too impressed with the Guinness Stout; I drank this beer with subdued expectations.

The beer pours a very dark black with thin laced brown head. the smell did not not stick out much but helped to set the stage for the surprising tastes that hit my mouth....A nice mix of flavor(malts,coffee,cocoa...perhaps some others but my taste buds are still very amatuer) hits your mouth topped off with a hint of carmel on the tail end. the beer was very smooth and drinkable, I wish I had more. A very GOOD Beer!

KeggerKen, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of hanco005
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my Beer of the Month club offerings, 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

A—solid black with a 1 inch tan fluffy head that fades down after a few minutes, lacing looks like snow flakes

S—chocolate and bread, mild caramel, hints of coffee, very robust in the nose

T—bittersweet chocolate, bread, oats, mild coffee, the blend is very good. I likr the smoky, roasted flavor

M—a bit chalky, full bodied, good carbonation

D—a well done stout. I would have it again for sure.

hanco005, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost nearly black with a little creamy, off white head that forms and settles to a thin covering.

S- Very smoky and earthy with chocolate and coffee apparent. A tad different, but enjoyable.

T- Smoky with a lot of cocoa powder and chocolate. Very smooth rasting. There is something special here that I can't put my finger on.

M- Very creamy and smooth. A little thin for a stout, but it seems to work here. Wonderful.

D- I was pleasantly surprised with this one. A very solid stout.

david131, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see Michigan Brewing beers still here in the Buffalo area on tap around town,this poured an ink black with a thinner almond colore head atop that was gone pretty fast.Drier aromas quite earthy with bitter chocolate tones hints of molasses in thee as well,like I said quite dry also on the palatedark roast coffee and earth tones upfront thee is a touch of molasses sweetness underneath but it seems to take a backseat to the big earthiness of the brew as I drank more I picked up a note of wood thru the finish.If you like dry roasty lighter stouts this is for you I for one found it tasty and quaffable.

oberon, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery itself and consumed that same evening in December, 2004. Poured moderately thick with a 2 finger light brown head. This beer is too dark to see through. There was no sediment in the bottle. Smells of orast coffee and almost equally of chocolate. Cool and sweet. With much searching, I also pick up a metallic edge. Tastes first of coffee roast followed by chocolate and ending with more roast plus a mild cherry sour. Mild carbonation and a medium-thick body. The first sips were a bit too sweet, but the later sips are now a bit too dry roasty. I'm a bit surprised at the strength of the chocolate in this stout, but it plays quite well with the roasted grain flavors. This is an enjoyable stout that I'm happy to recommend.

mentor, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured dark brown or black forming a very minimal light brown head that disappeared very quickly to ring and light film of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Coffee is first on the nose but in a rather light way, allowing for a bit of a toffee aroma beneath; a rather rich smell overall.

T: Smooth with more of a chocolate taste than the anticipated coffee. A bit of sweetness is balanced well with bittering. The finish is long with that coffee flavor lingering for a good long time.

M&D: Heavy; full bodied and chewy but not overly so. Light carbonation. Flavors and textures play well together making this highly enjoyable. Good stuff.

SIRIUS2, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, roasted malt scent that boasts of black patent and special roast malts. It's dry with a real "black" aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking stout. It's flavorful and full bodied; a fine session brew.

WesWes, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of the MicroBeerClub October shipment received in late October.

Beer poured black as night with a three fingered off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, full of roasted coffee and chocolate malt goodness. Taste is a sensation of roasted chocolate malts with a big blast of hops. This is one of the more hoppier stouts i have had. Mouthfeel was average at best, just too thin for the style and taste. Overall drinkability was good. This could be an outstanding beer with a few tweaks to the recipe to make it more fuller.

arizcards, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +13%

MarkyMOD, May 28, 2012
Photo of Smittysguinness
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from MBC. They are consistent.

Poured as a stout should, but the head didn't last. It did leave little ringlets of lacing along the glass as I went along. All in all though, there are better *looking* stouts.

Smelled of roasted coffee mixed with either dark chocolate or bakers chocolate; either one is bitter, but still chocolate. Juuust like a good stout should be.

I tasted the roasted coffee up front that mellowed to a buttery taste. I really like that about this beer - the buttery taste at the end. The kciker for me was that the buttery flavor didn't become apparent until about a third of the way through the bottle. Before that, it was just coffee and chocolate. Floral hops throughout, but not overpowering.

All in all another great offering. Great session beer that is exactly what a "good" stout should taste like.

Smittysguinness, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Black. Small head that is light tan and falls to a veiled ring in a moment. I've noticed a lot of MBC beers leave rings of lace that mark each swallow and look like the high water marks on an old bridge. This is one of those brews.

Smells very roasty with cocoa and baker's chocolate. Dry, floral hops come through in the end. Yep, how a stout should smell.

Again, the roasted malt flavors come through upfront. Nutty with a few drops of heavy cream. Just enough bite from the hops, but the roasty flavors carry through the finish. The mouth full, but finishes clean with a tingle from the carbonation. A solid stout that deserves better distribution.

ypsifly, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another sampler at MBC taproom. Has a burnt coffee smell, but in a nice way. This seems to be even darker than a Guinness. This seems to focus on producing a dark roast coffee smell and taste, and that's there for certain. I certainly like it a lot, but it may not be for others.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of divineaudio
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass. no date.

color is about what i expect in a stout, dark brown with ruby highlights. gives me a thin cap of tan head that fades quick. a few chunks of lace here and there.

smells of dark chocolate and espresso.

taste is mostly roasted malt with some coffee bitterness and mild hop presence in the finish. bittersweet, dry and fairly well balanced.

mouthfeel is on the full side, slightly chewy, with medium carbonation.

this is a great candidate for a session stout. goes down easy not an outstanding beer by any means, but solid and worth seeking out.

divineaudio, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Nose is classic American Stout, favoring the Dry style - dry, with strong black coffee, some licorice, muddy, baking chocolate, woody, some charred qualites, some dried stone fruits like cherry. As it warms some bread qualities are noticable. Head was a dissapointing 1/8" of loose mocha-latte hued foam that faded very quickly and left only a faint ring that did not lace at all.

Color is deep, ruddy umber, almost opaque, a deep mahogany-burgandy/rhubarb/port hue. Poured rather smoothly, not thick or oily.

A nice, vibrant black coffee tone on the tongue, semi-dry, nicely bittersweet but not unpleasant nor puckerish, with the bitter aspect taking the point. It is a little thin and somewhat watery, but not so much as to significantly cause me to dislike it but rather wish it had a little more backbone to support the overall nice taste. The two swap on the palate as the sweet 1/2 of the bittersweet coffee taste resumes the lead, it evens out with nice roasted malts. The finish is a tie - both bitter and sweet, nicely dry, a slight caramel quality, maybe even some nuttiness. The aftertaste is more coating than filmy, tannins, earthy, coffee bittersweetness.

I liked this. Its a bit one dimentional in the black coffee, bittersweet aspect, and it could use some "tough love" as far not being so thin, but overall this was good, but could be better with some meat on its backbone. It was very easy to drink, a nice, dry stout. I'd certainly drink it again, and would recommend it as a nice, but not great, stout.

BuckSpin, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of tubacharlie
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is a khaki color and two-fingers high, with good retention. Not a big aroma, but a hint of molasses in the sniff. The brew appears dark brown to black until held up to a light, when a dark ruby red color is revealed, clear and translucent.

Coffee and molasses flavors predominate in the front of the palate, with some hop bitterness tempering the overall mouth feel and some yeast and bread grain accents. Lingering coffee notes in the back palate.

A standup stout, with good depth of character.

tubacharlie, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

at the 122 pub, had a hudge head, i dont think the bartender knew how to pour a beer. it was jet black and the head was off-white.

the aroma malty, little burned, and coffee.

the flavor is malty, coffee, dark malts, minerally, some fruitiness.

the mouthfeel was a little slippery.

beer is very drinkable year round.

side note: this was a fresh batch, usually it takes a fews weeks for the flavors to get propper, the coffee becomes more pronounced.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of montageman
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is dark brown, not quite black - reminds me of a carbonated coffee drink. Tan head is thick - leaves some major lacing on the surface and on the sides of the glass. The smell is awesome - roasted coffee and little bit of cocoa. Really nice & inviting, especially for an after dinner beer. Taste is more of the same - coffee and dark chocolate with a slight hop kick in the back. Mouthfeel is nice, but could be thicker - carbonation is well placed here. This is quite drinkable - optimal choice for a dessert beer. Recommended.

montageman, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually a good stout I didn’t expect. This pours to an overly carbonated dark brown, with a thick tan head (that actually made it difficult to pour without spilling over), a nice tan cap throughout the beer, and little lacing. Immediate aroma of chocolate and coffee, gave way to primarily coffee as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel was tingly and malty sweet, and the taste was a continuation of the coffee flavor. This all blended nicely to create a nice, warming finish, with coffee aftertaste.

The only thing keeping me from rating this even higher was the slightly thin body. But all and all, while not as good as the Terrapin Wake & Bake, is the next step down for Coffee Stouts.

kimcgolf, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a growler purchased at the brewery. Pours out to a black color with a nice brown foam head. Some rings of lace. Lower carbonation. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee, with some burnt cocoa notes. Nice. Taste is very roasty; roasted malts, roasted grain, roasted coffeebean, some roasted hops. A hint of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was way thin, and could've been far thicker. Drinkability is pretty good. Could use some work, but a good offering nonetheless. Very drinkable. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of Lupe
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black in color with a creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves some lace. Roasted aroma with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor follows the aroma, roasted grain, dark chocolate, and some malt sweetness. Not much from the hops, roasted grain gives the bitterness. Finishes up a dry with a lingering roasty bitterness. Thinner then I expected, light-medium in body, and smooth. Good drinkability.

Lupe, May 20, 2004
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Michigan Brewing Superior Stout from Michigan Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.