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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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 64
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 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 kirok1999
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weak black with a slight off white head. Smell is pretty empty. There's some mild dark malts and maybe some hops, kinda hard to tell.
Taste is mild, almost dry as an Irish stout. Not much sweetness, slight dark malts in the finish, some fruit trying to come through. There's some coffee in the finish as well but not too much. Slight bitter chocolate as well.
A little fizzy in the mouth and a little thin too.
Not bad but not real good either.

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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 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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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 Dalem
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A soft pour didn't cause a gigantic foam explosion that Arcadia's Starboard did. Hardly any head at all actually and it dissipated pretty quickly. Deep dark brown in color, espresso and a earthy malt in the scent. A burnt more than smokey or roasted thing in the taste and a bit thin bodywise too. There's a hoppiness all through that steps heavily over any of the "stoutness" of it especially in the aftertaste. Something just ain't right about it.

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Photo of Limberg316
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a bit of an odd stout, personally. It pours well and smoothly but has a dark brown head thats disappears quickly. Upon drinking, it delivers a very smooth charactor that hits you with caramel, chocolate, and almost a hint of coffee malts. It is also suprisingly bitter for a stout.

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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 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 Quaffer83
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd call the overall character roasty. Not very bitter. Very dark with pretty much no head. Poured into a pint glass. Looks like it's bottle conditioned or at least not filtered; there was a bit of yeast in the bottom of bottle. It's good but not great. I'd like for it to be a bit thicker. Might buy it again but not too soon. $7.99 a sixer here.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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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 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 montageman
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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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 hanco005
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque cola color (dark brown) with a nice foamy head (couple of fingers easy). Can see bubbles popping right after the pour, looks a little like some witch's cauldron. Nose is bitter, hoppy, with slight mocha and malts. Taste follows with a rather 'normal' stout taste, again with hops and malts, not much coffee in this one. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery but not too bad. Overall, a pretty decent stout.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a deep black with decent head, good retention, leaving thick rings around the glass after each sip. Aroma is burnt malts and bunrt coffee, a lil bit earthy. Taste is dark, coffee grinds, roasted malts, pretty earthy here too, though unfortunately a little forgettable. Good body with nice carbonation, good match to taste. Overall, I've enjoyed the three of these, but will look forward to the next random micro mixer gift.

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Photo of adammills
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark brown almost black, not much in way of colors on the edge of the beer, smallish head, tan and fades quickly. This stout smells of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. The taste is similar except the the malts taste more burnt and bitter. Real bitter hops in the end, a bit citrusy. Ok mouthfeel, err...I wasnt very impressed with this beer.

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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 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 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 nicksta
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a solid black center with brown edges that reflect the light. A beautiful thick light brown head sits atop this beer. It doesn't last very long, however.

S: It sent shivers down my spine. Burnt cocoa with a hint of coffee beans. Not very appealing.

T: It is just burnt! Take 11 ounces of burnt, old coffee, add 1 ounce of water and a tablespoon of chocolate syrup and that would be this.

M & D: The mouthfeel is good. The drinkability is also okay because the whole shitty taste doesn't really come until the end of a long chug.

This is my last beer from the Michigan Brewing Co.'s variety pack, and with the exception of the Celis White, their beers suck.

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Photo of MDekker
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany color with a little bit of off-white, big bubbled head. A typical dark, roasted stout aroma with hints of wood and coffee. The tastes are similar, although it comes off a little watery. It lacks some potency, and the aftertaste is nothing special. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy. Overall, it's OK for a stout, but nothing great - there are other stouts, and especially Michigan-based stouts that I'd rather have.

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