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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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Reviews: 59
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Plant. Bit of head not long lasting with lace dots. Black with above average carbonation making for thinnish mouthfeel. Dry. Serviceable but below average stout. Some oilyness, some chocolate malt, coffee ground. Sour above all. End of the line?

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a surprisingly tall, foamy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark, roasty malts with notes of unsweetened coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and potentially sweetened caramel with a hint of fine ash.

Taste: Roasted barley with a pinch of blackened grains delivering a taste of black coffee with only a light amount of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Roasty bitterness with those darker malts present a bit of astringency exacerbated by the prickly carbonation bite. Pretty much just more of the same until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Whoa, hey, easy on the carbonation there. Sheesh. Some breweries can't seem to implement any carbonation and others are nothing but pure fizz. Froth aside, it's a decent if middle-of-the-road kind of stout.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy with flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There’s not a lot of sweetness despite the heavy maltiness and there’s actually a weird bite of bitterness that doesn’t seem to come from hops. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it might be a beer that you could drink a few of, but it’s definitely not the best stout that I’ve had nor is it one that I would select if given a normal amount of choices.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown color; no light. Poured a 2 finger beige head with good retention. Lace sheeted down the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt with , chocolate and roasted nuts most prominent; very inviting.

T: Coffee and burnt toast. Smooth chocolate in the middle. Just enough bitter to balance pretty well. Missed the dryness in the finish with lingering coffee flavors.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. smooth and creamy, but htinner than expected.

D: Very flavorful and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Near black pour, white head. Nice chocolate and roasty aromas. Taste has a good amount of chocolate, some roast malt, cocoa. Pretty dry, but not chalky. Almost creamy, good bottle with no excessive carbonation. Light medium body. A real good drinker of a stout. I could see where this one could go awry, best to get this one fresh I'd guess. Peninsula Porter was terrible, this one was pretty good. Nice drinkable American Stout.

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Photo of alexgash
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of mocha head. The beer is dark brown in color. The aroma is sweet roasted malt and has a biscuit smell. The taste is sweet roasted malt. It has a kind of thin mouthfeel for the style. It is not a great stout but it goes down easy.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with little head and no lace. Aroma is farily light but chocolate and coffee arise. Taste is pleasant upfront but the backside is somewhat light and watery. Not an unpleasant beer just doesn't have enough body to make it really good.

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Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a trade with plaztikjezuz. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled may 26/08.

pours dark brown, not quite black or opaque. a small covering of dense brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bakers chocolate. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of espresso. light roast. toasted whole wheat bread. hint of alcohol. light caramel. bit of fruit too, though i'm not really picking out specifics.

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate again. bit of coffee, though leaning more towards espresso. crackers. white bread. less roast than i expected from the aroma. low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. actually feels more like a dry irish stout than an american stout. i'm not getting the intensity and the hops that i'd expect from the american variant, but the dryness is there for the irish.

mouthfeel is good for a dry irish, but a little light for an american. medium-light body with a dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance and enjoyable, but just doesn't hit the mark for an american stout. still enjoyable and i wouldn't say no to another.

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Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A big brown three finger head rises above a black as pitch brew. The head gets rocky as it starts to shrink a bit, and it leaves thick sheets of brown foam on the side of the glass that degrade to spotty lace as they slide down into the black abyss. The head looks solid after settling to a finger and shows really good retention.

S - Rich dark chocolate and espresso hit the nose first. There are some expressive smoky wood-fire notes that smell like a campfire the morning after.

T - Nothing special, but more assertive than the aroma. Barky, woody, and loaded with black coffee flavors. Lacks complexity.

M - Thin for a stout. This has an almost complete lack of carbonation which isn't really a bad thing, but it feels boring in the mouth.

D - This is pretty much a forgettable beer. Disappointing since the only other MBC beer I've tried is the outstanding IPA....I think I gave that a 4.5! This is a basic stout that does nothing wrong, but it just isn't impressing me at all.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with very minimal head. What head there is collars around the rim of the glass. The aroma is that of a creamed up coffee loaded with sweetness and maybe some hazelnut. The taste is very similiar to the smell but you also get some leather and a little bitterness but other than that you get a creamy tasting coffee like taste. Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly not that bad of a beer. I haven't heard of this brewery before so I really didn't have high hopes but ws decently surprised.

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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black with a smidge of red. Lots of small tan bubbles sit on top...thick head.

Has a nice earthy, roasty coffee scent to it, even some smoke.

Not a lot of flavors jump out at you. Tastes a bit like coffee, smoke hits the palate as well, and as it warms, it actually smells a bit like BBQ.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a little heat at the end.

This is too easy to drink, goes down smooth with really nice lacing.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought this was one of the better brews I got out of this taster, along with the IPA. This one poured like it should - pitch black with a smallish tan head and a good bit of lacing. Nose was mild but strong on roasted malt. Body was likewise - good stouty flavor, with a ton of roasted malt, some swirly dried fruit, a good hit of chocolate. Fairly straightforward, a nice deep bitter sweetness. Good feel. I'd grab this again if in a stout mood.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Caramel head with cranberry drizzled foam tops a rich, nearly black body, with rings of lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Things start to go awry with the smell. There is the requisite presence of coffee and caramel, which is nice, mixed in with an oily smell as the beer winds on not unlike the faint smell of burning tires--definitely unpleasant. The taste is moderately annoying, more oily than anything, tamping down the coffee that occasionally percolates forth. Bitter veering toward sour, this was no longer enjoyable halfway through.

I'd avoid this, perhaps the worst from Michigan Brewing Company that I've had. I'm not sure if this was brewed near or during an industrial accident, but the aroma and smell become putrid. I'm not quick to rank on beers, but this gets a brisk thumbs-down. Avoid.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours opaque darkness with better than two fingers of stiff rocky tan head that decomposes in 3D leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing. The smell is strong malty and significantly roasted, with coffee and potentially an oxidized cardboard..not sure. The mouth feel is fizzy and tangy. The flavor of roasted coffee dominates. Not an easy one for me.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-6-07
Bottled on 8-30-07

Pours perfectly opaque and pitch black, with a fizzy tan head that bubbles away to leave a thin film.

Smell is very malty and earthy, lots of anise with surprising woody character.

Taste is huge, roasty malt up front, with a bitter kick to follow. Smooth and subtly smoky on the finish. Not very complex, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is decent, though too thin and fizzy.

Drinkability is also decent, not much to justify having another.

Overall, a good stout that fits right in the middle.

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Michigan Brewing Superior Stout from Michigan Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.