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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

536 Ratings
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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 01-23-2009

Long Trail Coffee Stout is made in cooperation with the Vermont Coffee Company using 100% certified fair trade, organic coffee. Brewed with their freshest, Dark Roast coffee, Long Trail Coffee Stout offers a rich coffee flavor complemented by a beautifully full head.

48 IBU
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Ratings: 536 | Reviews: 295
Reviews by BruChef:
Photo of BruChef
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, poured this into a goblet and man does it has some serious viscosity. It's a beautiful dark brown/almost black brew with some ruby high lights and exceptional thick, creamy head of at least two fingers. The smell isn't overwhelming of coffee as i expected but just the right amount to compete with the roasted and chocolate malts.

An almost lactose type sweetness hits the taste buds but resides in enough time to not make this beer cloying. Coffee soon follows and, like the aroma, its just the right amount. The combination of coffee and roasted malts with just a little bit of hop bitterness round the sweetness out in perfect harmony. Delicious.

The mouth feel is thick and viscous, almost like a milkshake. This beer is a meal in glass, or at least the perfect dessert. Very enjoyable and i hope it's brewed again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imy pint glass a pitch black,no light showing thru here,a 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop.Dark roast and well....coffee aromas,some earthy tones as well.Dark roast coffee is the main component of the flavor profile but its not the only thing,earthy hops and mild molasses sweetness round out the flavor profile.I lke this beer because the "big" flavors dont take over the beer,its roasty and lightly sweet but its very drinkable.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pour a thick opaque black - there is NO light passing through this bad boy! About a one finger of light brown head to it. Head retention is ok - recedes to a film that remains through the entire beer with thick lacing.

Nose is of mild coffee, roasted and caramel malts, some cream and a bit of alcohol. Taste is coffee upfront followed by a creaminess and finish with caramel. The first few sips also lent to picking up the taste of alcohol but after a few sips, that was no longer apparent.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy, moderate carbonation which lightens it up a bit and has a pretty dry finish to it. This is a nice stout.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, this was a good beer. In my tulip glass the beer was a very dark black with a thick tan head. Mostly a coffee aroma, with a little chocolate, and a hint of licorice. The taste was a nice bitter coffee balanced by the sweet chocolate. A very smooth beer, will want to drink this again.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the great lost bear
The beer forms thick dark tan head the color is black

The aroma is faint coffee, but smooth not bitter coffee, the coffee and roasted malts make a presents

The taste is where this shines, starts sweet quickly coffee and roasted flavors take over to make a very smooth velvet fell and taste

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, well priced (cheap) @ $3.99, purchased at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark and sludgy, Next to no head, just a minor dark tan thick film and equally minor bit of lace. D=Chocolate, coffee, dark grains in the nose. Full bodied, thick stuff. Robust notes of dark chocolate, rum soaked raisins, dark coffee and more dark/burnt grains. Allowed to warm up this one is a nice winter sipper. Stout lovers, go get some

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep black, with some hints of dark red. A puffy cocoa head gives way to a lacing of what looks like the middle of a European Chocolate bar (the kind with the air bubbles, that melt in your mouth).

Smells like roasted coffee with a hint of sweetness. Very promising.

Put together pretty nicely, in that the coffee is all over the place, but never in an offensive or overpowering way. Roasted malts seem to be dominant as well, but there is certainly a nice bit of bittering hops in the finish.

Drinkable is an understatement. This a great brew that could go great with a desert, or stand up just fine all by itself. I'll be grabbing a few more bottles, and hoping to catch it on tap before their next offering comes in.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown head with a really small brown head that's nice and creamy. Nose is rich with coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is dark coffee, not too bitter, it's got more of that dark chocolate flavor. It's a bit sweet and leaves my lips sticky but still quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is quite good, creamy and fairly thick. overall it's a tasty beer!

Photo of jondeelee
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with an espresso-foam brown head, this beer announces from the start that it's not going to pull any punches. The smell is just as telling, being a rich, complex mixture of almost-burnt chocolate malts, dark cocoa, caramel, and coffee.

On the tongue, the malts come through first, beating against the tastebuds in waves of chocolate malts and caramelized brown sugars. Dark cocoa flavors linger just below the surface, and the depths contain hints of tobacco. Around midway through, the sugars fade away, leaving only the almost-burnt flavors of chocolate malts, which are joined quickly by pure black coffee--and as a coffee connoisseur, I can attest to the quality of the beans used. The malt/coffee notes continue into the aftertaste, providing a long and lovely reminder. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, reminiscent of light cream.

Overall, I'm thoroughly impressed with this brew, as it nicely marries the beer and coffee flavors, each highlighting the complexities and nuances of the other. A must-try for stout lovers.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap into a standard pint glass at mammoser's bar in hamburg, ny.

served nearly pitch black, slight brown rubiness on the edges. filled to the brim with a small tan head that faded to nothing within a minute or two. no lace.

nice aromna of deeply roasted expresso beans and some roasted malt. not much else, but the coffee smells authentic.

the taste follows the aroma with lots of deep roasted expresso coffee beans and some roasted malt. a bitter coffee finish. not a whole lot else, but very good non the less.

medium bodied with an assertive carb. a little weak for a impy stout, but i didnt know it was a impy at the time.

no alcohol noticable what so ever, i originally thought this was much weaker than it actually was. a very easy drinker.

overall a great coffee stout with tons of coffee flavor. not much else going on, but the coffee flavor is top notch. i had this in a bottle years ago and although i dont remember it much, it seems better off of the tap. highly recommend this one!

Photo of far333
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served just below cellar temp in a crystal snifter. 8.0% ABV.

I literally said wow as I poured this out. Deep brown, nearly black liquid with a full two fingers of dark brown dimpled and cratered frothy foam that sticks around a long while, and then slooowly recedes back. Leaves loops and rings of wavy lace around the insides of the glass.

Aroma reaches up before the glass is full, with rich notes of smokey oak, espresso and subtle bitterness.

Rich flavor of deeply roasted malt, charred bark, dark chocolate, and burnt espresso. Also some subtle sweeter notes of vanilla and toffee. A little leathery, finishes pretty dry, just a hint of warmth from the alcohol. Hop bitterness emerges in the finish and the linger. Tip of the tongue tingles.

Full mouthfeel, rich and creamy, but finishes crisp. Good sipper, very tasty.

Photo of Soonami
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's because I've been craving a coffee stout, but in my mind, this is almost as good as FBS. Now granted it doesn't have the all oat or the chocolate goodness that FBS has, but this beer definitely has moments when the sweetness of the malt and the roasted coffee blend and trigger that happy feeling stored in my brain.

The opaque motor oil color and consistency is always a good sign of a Imp Stout. From the vigorous pour, it was immediately obvious that this beer was going to pack a coffee punch. The nose of was of sweet mocha with a hint of toasted grain. The taste was very sweet and rich in coffee flavor, but not overpowering, a good Arabica palette full of fruity overtones balanced by an earthy character. The stout had the perfect amount of carbonation and was very creamy on the finish. I have had half of the bomber and will thoroughly enjoy finishing this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black coffeee pitch black stout with cream tan head forming thick and fine bubbled. Aroma has some dark chocolate and anise notes comting through, pretty amazing complex dark beer here. Bitter coffeee roasts simply explode with each scent from this dark coffee stout. Flavor wise creamy dark chocolate infused coffee stout standing tall without adulteration this is some nice drinking stout I'm proud to say I can get this in Pittsburgh even if it's limited to Robinson Giant Eagle Market District. Big caramel mouthfeel leaves it's expression on each flavor in my palate, what a big beer flavro big creamy coffeee flavor this beer is nice. Drinkability overall is pretty intense depending on the beer your looking to sample each and every time.

Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/15/11.

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price: $5.99/bomber

Appearance: What beauty. A stunningly brown one inch creamy head forms on this ink black gem. Each swirl reveals another layer of brown creamy foam to catch the eye. Polka dotted lacing adds to the look. The appearance is certainly this beers strong point.

Smell: It smells like my house when my mother and father in-law stay for the weekend, "Strong coffee beans". My wife and I don't drink it so it's what I have to make a comparison. We do however love the aroma and this one smells wonderfully.

Taste: Bam, more coffee hits the taste buds followed by roasted malt. I was hoping for a little more complexity in the flavor though. The coffee's nice but it needs a deeper character. It's almost like an advertisment for the Vermont Coffee Company.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some hop bitterness. A fair amount of carbonation along with a smooth feel. Finishes with a sweet bitterness feel.

Drinkability: Very good and @ 8.0% it's no slouch. I'll buy some more and see how it does with some age. Worth trying for sure and @ $5.99 a bomber you can't beat the price.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled 01/03/12

A: Pours a fairly thick black with a large 2 finger khaki head. Lots of fisheyes disintegrate the head within a few minutes. A fair amount of lacing.

S: Loads of coffee on the nose, some chocolate in the background. Also dark fruits are present.

T: Somewhat mild taste, there is some coffee and some chocolate in there but neither overpowers. Balanced with some hops at the end.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Smooth and velvety, I like it. Pretty darn drinkable.

Overall a decent coffee stout, one of the more session-able imperial stouts I have had. With this comes a slightly lackluster flavor, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Typical black stout appearance with a very nice creamy puffy tan head that scuds down pretty rapidly with fairly decent lacing.

S-Heady coffee aroma overpowers all. A hint of anise, and a faint whiff of alcohol in the background. Reminds me very much of Breakfast Stout.

T-Coffee stout indeed! A powerful semi-sweet coffee explosion with anise picking up midrange and some peppery astringent hops finishing it all out. This is not terribly complex, but it is nice.

M-Medium with balanced carbonation.

D-I like this...not as much as some of the truly over the top coffee stout offerings from Southern Tier or the like, as it lacks a bit of body and richness, but hell, for 3.75 a bomber, it is a smacking good deal and a really nice beer to boot.

Photo of r0nyn
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle.

Pours a typical dark, dark jet black as is characteristic of most imperial stouts. Completely opaque, with little to no head at all thanks to a slow pour, as recommended on the label. Leaves thin, wispy trails of lacing. Smell is a bit alcoholic, which is interesting, given the relatively tame 8% ABV. There's also some of the coffee aroma that comes through once you let the beer warm up a bit. It's quite subtle, however, so you need to give it a good sniff.

Bitter bite up front that permeates the tongue, transitions from boozy bitterness to coffee bitterness rather easily. Ends off with the same coffee tang that lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is just slightly noticeable. Mouthfeel has some heft, but not as much as can be expected from a stout. Not very much carbonation at all. Drinkability is rather good, thanks to a relatively low ABV and easy mouthfeel.

You've really got to let this beer warm up a bit before indulging in it, I found out. The aroma comes out better and the flavor asserts itself. A nice, very drinkable coffee stout that's easy on the wallet.

Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours utterly black with almost no carbonation. It has a very thin, deep mocha head. Almost no lacing.

SMELL: This brew has a lovely smell that combines a rich coffee and just a hint of chocolate. It's not an overpowering aroma. The smell is essentially a preview of how the beer tastes.

TASTE: This is a very roasty stout that (obviously) tastes of freshly-brewed coffee. If anything, the coffee taste is a bit overpowering and blocks out any other complexity. The finish provides a little bit of chocolate and malt.

MOUTHFEEL: The low carbonation provides a smooth mouthfeel with a small bite at the front of the tongue. It's really quite velvety in texture. This is the sort of beer that I like to let sit in my mouth for a few moments before I swallow it down.

DRINKABILITY: It's a very easy drinking stout considering the alcohol content. There's almost no alcohol bite. Though it's not terribly complex, it's a very smooth, warming stout. Give me a cold winter night, a blazing fireplace, and a pint of this stuff and I'm a happy man.

VERDICT: I'm a fan of stouts and porters. So, I was looking forward to this one. Even though I found the coffee flavor to be just a hair overpowering, I greatly enjoyed this beer. It's good cold, but if you drink it over a length of time (as I did), then the roastier elements seem to come out more as it warms. I'd drink more of these ... happily.

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep black, with a small tan head on top that fades quickly leaving behind touches of lace, but nothing substantial.

S: Some heavily roasted malt and an overwhelming amount of coffee. Not much else comes through over the coffee for me.

T: Again, tons of coffee with some dark roasted malt. A hint of hops come through as a lightly floral flavor, but overall the coffee dominates again.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

T: Even though I don't like coffee, I can appreciate a good coffee beer, and have had some. This one just didn't cut it for me. Would have liked some other flavors and a little more balance.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail- Coffee Stout

A- Dark black with a huge creamy tan head. Good solid lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet black coffee with a touch of chocolate.
T- Bitter sweet dark chocolate blended into a cup of black coffee. Slight vanilla malt pokes through.
M- Smooth and creamy. Thick sugary flavors are never bitter but could become a little cloying after a few.

Overall- I enjoyed this 1! A bomber for $3.49 and tasted this good, I'll get more definitely!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown color, opaque, but not black. The head starts out healthy with a thick foam. It's a very dark brown colored head that dissipates in modrate to quick fashion, leaves a bit of thich froth, but it thins out later on.

The aroma is very pungent, the authentic Vermont Dark-roast coffee really makes this a silly, warming feeling. Hearty and healthy, there's an abundance of malty aroma's, dark baker's chocolate with an herbal edge way down deep. The coffee used smells really nice, really strong.

The flavor is really all about th fine, roastie Vermont Coffee used, sure it's got other malty flavor's but most are rather thin. The body and feel is really pretty thin too, slightly watery with a smoothness that is nice; but not exactly as heady as it could be. The finish is a disapearing act, it just vanishes into a void. I would expect it to be very smooth with dry- finish but it's actually pretty thin and light, which is the biggest let-down. The heat is pretty mild at 8% but you really start to feel it later on. The balance is pretty good, with a subtle herbal hop that only complimens the rest of the maltiness with the robust, roastie coffee being the king of the hill.

Overall, This is pretty much what i would expect from a more limited and bigger Long Trsil brew. It's good I found this one because this winter is not over yet!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out as black as charred tar molasses, as black as black can be, with a toasted tan/brown head that doesn't last very long, but looks great while it does.

This is one seriously loud nose...the alcohol stays in the background, and the coffee is very much at the forefront. It's like sticking your nose into a bag of primo fresh beans, while someone in the coffee shop steams milk, because there's a whole lot of milk/cream sweetness lending depth to this wonderful aroma. Comforting and completely wonderful.

While the look and feel set up a very high expectation, I guess maybe I could be let down a little by the flavor. Although it's still very enjoyable: plenty of coffee, in all its nutty, bitter, charred goodness; a hint of cola; steamed milk and/or vanilla ice cream sweetness; some dark fruit succulence, especially with warming. Earthy hops make a good match for the coffee bitterness: a bit of green, a bit of black. Not the longest finish, but some nice espresso burps!

Texturally it's on the thin side, relative to other big stouts of various types. A little sticky, slick, round enough, and not terrible by any stretch. A big, creamy, dessert-y feel would've been more appropriate.

Very well-played, although not perfect. Still, very much worth the money, and I'm impressed enough to want another bottle or two, and will seek out more of this brewery's stuff when I'm in the Northeast (which seems to be the only place you can get it?).

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Long Trail tasting at the Inn Complete on 4/15

A: A rich dark brown in the glass, permeable to light on the periphery of the glass. The head was thin, almost non-existent but that's how the bartenders pour it.

S: Smells mostly of coffee, but it reminded me of stale coffee breath more than fresh brewed joe. The rep told me that it's made with coffee extract and contained no caffeine. Some smells of cocoa powder.

T: Starts out with thin coffee and a tangy flavor that I encounter often in fresh stouts. (If you know what this flavor is or why it happens, beer mail me!) There is some bittersweet chocolate and ashy black malt flavors as well.

M: Slightly viscous but with higher carbonation that I would have liked for the perceived density.

D: Good for what it is. I much preferred this one out of the bottle.

The aftertaste was mostly coffee and chocolate Charleston Chew. Decent brew.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with some off-white head. Aroma of coffee and some baltic, and that's what the taste is about, coffee, fairly smooth and flat, joined by some baltic. Big hit at latest holdiay tasting. Bitterness there and not extreme.Pretty smooth for coffee stout, not thick and big chocolate for RIS.

Photo of hreb
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle poured into tulip-style glass. Beer pours nearly black, with a slight reddish-brown hue and quickly grows a short, foamy head of deep brown. Very pretty.

Aroma of espresso and toffee. First sip is mouth-fillingly rich and smooth. The texture is slightly oily, but not in an overwhelmingly heavy way. The level of carbonation is just right to release the flavors through the thick texture without being fizzy or stinging. Mostly the flavor is of coffee (not too bitter), but there are hints of roasted nuts.

Alcohol is also deceptive: I would have guessed around 5.5%, although the label reads 8.0%. As it warms, the alcohol is a little more pronounced, along with the weightiness. While this is a fine specimen, it's more like drinking coffee than beer, and it does wear old on the palate.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.