Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mjn5036:
2.78/5 rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I have actually been anxiously waiting to try this particular beer because of how wonderful I hear it is. We shall see...
22oz bomber poured into a White Birch glass. The initial pour looks promising, although most stouts are able to achieve a modest appearance. It pours a near opaque black with dark brown highlights. A large, two and a half finger head quickly rises from the pour. It is mocha in color and resides in my glass for approximately 3 minutes before dying off for the most part. As it fades, there is an initial wave of thick, intricate lacing left behind. After a few moments these thin and begin to disappear.
The nose on this is predominately coffee along with some* of the typical stout characteristics. Maybe a hint of chocolate sneaks past the charred coffee smell that pillages the olfactory senses. Honestly a bit lackluster and average at best.
The taste follows suit with the nose; in this case, it's not really a good thing. A harsh amount of bitter coffee glides over the other glaring flaws in this beer. There is a really unpleasant burnt characteristic that lingers for far too long and the alcohol is noticeable, despite having a moderate abv. Faint chocolate is barely recognizable, but there nonetheless.
The carbonation is just fine in this beer. For me, it is really quite thin. I realize that we are dealing with a plain old coffee stout, nothing of the imperial type, but it is still far too thin for me. EDIT** Alas, I have lied. This is in fact an American Double Stout (just because of the abv?) Really quite a fail in the mouthfeel department then....
Overall I was let down by this one. Maybe it was better in previous years but this just did not do it for me. It drank plenty easy enough but the nose and taste were not very good at all. I'm going to cross my fingers and try this one again in a few months.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2011 04:48:07 | More by mjn5036
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4.54/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
The beer comes in a black color with a creamy tan head.
The aroma is lovely with tons of chocolate and espresso, roasted malt. Almost like a fresh coffee smell.
The flavor follows with espresso and some bittersweet chocolate. The flavor doesn't linger long on the tongue with sweetness. It's a quite easy finish. It really is aggressive with the coffee, which is wonderful.
The highlight of this beer is the lovely creamy mouthfeel and drinkability.
The alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Having had an older bottle of this along with fresh on tap, the older still had that pop of coffee and did not die out.
Serving type: on-tap
12-01-2013 01:21:28 | More by dar482
Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.