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

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

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 541
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of shangwang
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, 02/01/10 stamped on bottle, Chimay glass

This beer pours with almost no head; I was a little disappointed with this characteristic as I was hoping for a little creamier consistency in the appearance in mouthfeel. The smell and taste are absolutely fantastic; notes of coffee, chocolate, and nuts stood out. The beer finishes very smoothly; it almost tastes more like cold coffee than beer. This beer definitely will please coffee drinkers and is worth a try for fans of this style of beer. (518 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Coffee Stout is a black beer with a huge, frothy, brown head that leaves a solid coat on the glass. It looks supreme. It has a strong coffee aroma. It's roasty and almost sweet. It smells great! In the mouth, it's full bodied, fluffy and very smooth. The finish is clean and dry. It has a nice, roasty coffee flavor. It's well balanced and not really sweet or dry. It's really tasty. It's a simple beer that's well done. I should probably go get more of this. (470 characters)

Photo of dar482
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. (613 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful dark brown almost black pour with 2 fingers of tan head that gave off some great lacing. smells of coffee, chocolate, tobacco, dirt, toasted grains, lightly hopped. taste is phenomenal. a perfect breakfast beer.lightly roasted, milky sweet, chocolate malt, coffee flavor.. it's wonderful, really. medium body, nice creamy texture, medium carbonation. silky smooth.
overall this is an excellent stout. slightly on the light side for an imperial stout, but it's all about the flavor with this one. (507 characters)

Photo of shanem
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) dark dark brown almost black with nice mocha/toffee head

S) good not overbearing coffee aroma with roastiness and a little hint of sweet

T) More coffee than any other coffee stout i've had, definitely at the forefront of the flavor, very little alcohol taste for the abv. The flavor really does follow the smell

M) Fairly thick and creamy but not over heavy

overall: Absolutely delicious. All of the characteristics you want from a good stout alongside some great coffee flavor. Might be LT's best. Really looking forward to what may come of future brewmaster series (573 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a thick brown three finger head after a gentle pour. Slowly fades to a one finger head. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen on a beer. Excellent sheets of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Light sweetness with just a hint of coffee. Roasted chocolate and roasted dark malts come through stronger as the beer warms.

T - Very mellowed seetness initially along with hints of fresh roasted coffee. Bittersweet chocolate and just a touch of dark fruit provide the backbone. Coffee becomes stronger as the beer warms but it never becomes overwhelming.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a silky smooth feel. Very easy drinking imperial stout. A perfect touch of coffee without being too overwhelming. (725 characters)

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. (647 characters)

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

Bottled: Feb 2009
Consumed: June 2010

A: Pitch black coffee with a thick burnt tan coffee foam head. decent retention. slender organic laces.

S: Rich roasty coffee. Burnt/caramelized sugar. Booze and vanilla.

T: Roasty rich coffee. Bittersweet. Burnt/caramelized dark sugar. slight nuttiness. Roasty slightly earthy bitterness. Small warming booze and vanilla kick.

MF: Super silky smooth. rich full body.

D: Very drinkable and an awesome coffee flavor. One of the best coffee stouts I've had. I didn't try this one fresh, but with a year plus on the bottle it was fucking delicious. so smooth. (600 characters)

Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours completely black with a light brown head, leaves a strong lace down the glass

S: strong coffee aroma and very sweet

T: Sweet, coffee, roasted malts

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: a good stout, lots of coffee that hides the IBUs and sweet malts as well, it fits the name coffee stout. (301 characters)

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

Growler poured into a snifter

A- Opaque Black with thin brown head which quickly dissipates leaving a brown ring.

S- Roasted coffee beans, some lactose.

T- Strong dark roast coffee flavor, some bitter cocoa and malt.

M- Smooth full, some bitter (in a good way) coffee aftertaste.

O- Great Beer. For the price, definitely one of my favorites. (346 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nose is all coffee. Taste follows suit. Minimal head & nominal Lacing but that is where the mediocrity ends. The flavor within is really, really big. Huge coffee that doesn't drown out the rest.

I see no indication as to when this was bottled & the label is of a different design than the one below. Not that it matters. This was a genuine surprise & a great pleasure. (404 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black color with a thick creamy chocolate brown head that sticks around for a little bit.

Smell is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and of course coffee

I am blown away by the flavor of this beer. Not because it's big and overpowering, but because it drinks so easily. Has a nice thick creamy mouthfeel. The roasted malts, dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, and caramel all blend together very smoothly. The aftertaste has a nice nuttiness to it that lingers.

This beer is scarily drinkable, I couldn't believe how fast a bomber went down! If I was able to get this beer more I would drink it every single day.

A big thanks to EJLinneman for the hook up on this one. (684 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With the nights starting to cool down I figured it was time to crack the lone bottle I found discounted at Julio's. Very glad I took a stab in the dark on this one!

A - Midnight black! Held to a light it remains just as dark. A one finger head was the result due to an aggressive pour, though it quickly disappeared. Very, very little lacing.

S - Chocolate and big espresso notes. Light amount of roastiness

T - Very, very pleasantly susprised with this one. The dark chocolate and coffee really balance together and there isn't too much bitterness aside from the normal coffee flavor. Pick up on the roasted taste as well. Faint pickup of the 8%.

M - Silky, silky smooth. Dry, not too much bitterness.

D - This is really nice. Find myself unable to stop drinking this. Just keep reaching back for more. Remarkably light for a stout. (838 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking brew, pitch black color with a thick dark tan head that does seem to lighten a little. The thick head leaves a nice amount of lace sheeting down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate but it is the coffee that stands out, nice rich smell remind me of a mix between fresh brewed coffee and the actual coffee grounds. Some slight sweet aromas come out as well but they are also playing behind that fantastic coffee aroma. Wow, what a brew, the flavors here are simply fantastic. Again the coffee is there but chocolate does seem to come out a little more here, and the mix of the two is great. That chocolate taste seems to lead to a slightly sweet feel at the end. Has a nice thick feel to it though very creamy, this brew does not feel like 8%, the alcohol is very well hidden, does come out a bit more as the brew warms but IMO an asset to the brews flavor! This is a very good brew, and is right up there with some of my favorite stouts. I truly hope that Long Trail will continue to make this in the future as IMO it clearly is the best thing that they make, by far! Plus based on the price for the bomber here, it is extremely economical for what you are getting. (1,202 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black colour with a foamy espresso coloured head that disappeared rather quickly. No visible carbonation.

S - Rich, malty coffee with sweet caramel. Some chocolate too.

T - Roasted malts with pretty close to the perfect amount of coffee flavour. Normal amounts of carbonation.

M - Medium body with visible carbonation.

D - A very drinkable stout. Coffee flavour is just perfect - not overwhelming but can still clearly taste it. Doesn't taste like an 8% ABV at all.

This has just become one of my go-to stouts. Amazing! (560 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle stamped 011912-1921. Sampled off season on July 12, 2012. The pour is a deep dark brown to black with a soft, silky, beige head with great retention. The aroma is vibrant with coffee malts, chocolate, caramel, dark malts, and sweetness. The body is categorized in the medium range with a slight acidity to it. It was probably the weakest part of the beer because the taste was full of dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel with a medium bitterness on the tail end. An excellent coffee stout. (505 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very impressed with this beer. It's got a very beautiful body, although it does show reddish hues around the edges and I prefer a pitch black stout. The brown/tan head doesn't last too long and has little lacing, but enough sticks around to make it a pretty beer for the entire glass. The smell is off chocolate and coffee and a very deep malts. It's not overly roasted and has a nutty hint to it. It tastes mainly of coffee and a little hint of fruit (grapes maybe, but it's hard to identify). Nothing is overbearing like a lot of RIS i've had, and there's a subtle hop undertone that is very welcome. The mouthfeel isn't what I usually like in a stout, as it's a bit slick and not so creamy, but it works with the taste and helps it to be a very drinkable beer. Great job Long Trail. (790 characters)

Photo of m1ked
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked p a 22 oz from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a pitch black with an espresso like creamy 1/2" head that fades ta a thin sparse skimming, mild lacing noted. When held up to the light I get a barely noticeable ring of used motor oil crossed with cola coloring.

S- No surprise here, fresh roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuttiness, subtle smokey campfire. At the very end a little alcohol. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate clearly the star of the show here.

T- I get the bittersweet chocalte first, surprisingly. Followed by almost a creamy milk chocolate, then the rich coffee bitterness that has a touch of caramel or dulce de leche to it. Ends with the coffee bitterness which I find delicious.

M- Low carbonation, but noticeable, which I always appreciate with a higher ABV beer, especially cooffee stouts- no as not to make it feel "hotter" or take away from the main flavor component.

D- Clearly not a sessionable beer- unless you;re that kind of drinker- but for the most of us.... I really enjoy this for a deep dark coffee & bittersweet sipper. I will sound like a broken record, but the LT brewmasters have yet to let me down. I would highly recommend this if you like coffee stouts,beer, coffee, or tasty treats. (1,250 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night, poured with very little head as per the "pour slowly into glass" instructions on the bottle. The inky blackness of this beer is impervious to light, looking thick and heavy like motor oil. Roasted coffee scent pleases the nose with a sweet scent of chocolate in the background. The aromas compliment each other, are not forceful and beckon you to imbibe the ebony liquid inside.

Mild bitterness tingles the tongue and is quickly supplanted by a dark chocolate rush on the palate. Very quickly the coffee steps in and takes over, pushing the bittersweet chocolate to the background and demonstrating a rich coffee flavor, balanced and not overpowering with its roast flavor.

As the beer finishes the rich coffee flavor lingers in the mouth, with a mild acidity that really compliments the warm chocolate flavors. The beer feels rather viscous in the mouth, sticky and syrupy but without a cloying sweetness that would make a thick beer unpleasant. The roasty bitter chocolate taste lends itself well to the thick mouthfeel.

The beer does not overpower the senses but does present itself as a meal unto itself. I find myself wanting to reach for another but a part of me is rather satisfied with the experience of slowly sipping the glass in front of me. Not a beer to drink several in quick succession, but yet a beer to sit back with and enjoy slowly with total satisfaction. (1,393 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 1/2 of a bomber into a Perfect Pint Glass. Quickly formed a two finger, sandy colored head. The bubbles receded quickly leaving behind very little lace. Solid looking body...deep blackish-brown that only allows light through if you force it.

Tons of coffee aromas up front...some molasses and licorice in the background. Roasted malt backbone supports everything nicely.

Wow...this tastes a lot like a cup of coffee with a ton of half-and-half! Starts off toasty and slowly turns into a sweeter, mocha milkshake-esque flavor.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side...creamy as all hell with very little carbonation.

Awesomely drinkable stout with one of the best mouth feels ever!! Glad I have a few of these stocked up!! (732 characters)

Photo of Dopplebock
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am truly excited to review this beer. I have always loved Long Trail, as I feel they have a very high quality and unique flavor for each of their beers. This one takes the cake though! Pouring a deep mahogany to near black, the stout is smooth as silk. Be sure to pour this stout correctly so that the cinnamon-colored head highlights the experience. Both the bouquet and the mouthful are similar, with predominantly coffee notes balanced by hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoked malt, and possibly vanilla. At 8% alcohol by volume, the aficionado can discern a bit of a belgian influence at the finish with a hint of dark fruit and a little burn of alcohol. Overally, I am very pleased with this stout. I would not rate it as high as the Founders Breakfast Stout; however there are certainly some parallels. Cheers to Long Trail for yet another successful venture! (873 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this stout is super black, with a dark brown full finger of viscous head

S - present are the aromas of both coffee and chocolate, with the former being the more powerful, a pleasnt earthiness is also subtly present

T - super coffee, great chococoalte undertones, like a high quality iced mocha coffee. simple and powerful without being too much, layered and blended masterfully

M&D - silky, sating, smooth, satisfying. seriously, alliteration aside, this beer is super tasty, try some if you see it, trade for it if you cant.

well done Long Trail! continue with the brewmaster series, i would love to see a Long Trail Barleywine, Saison, or (ooooh) a Flanders Red!!!! (676 characters)

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. (829 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as night, nice chocolate colored head, lots of lacing. Smells of freshly roasted coffee, some chocolate, touch of diacetyl, roastiness, some alcohol. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate up front followed quickly by a wave of coffee. Finishes with some bitterness and dryness at the back of the throat. Perfect low carbonation for the style.

A great beer, too often, coffee beers have a weird acidic bitterness from the coffee beans or grounds. Not so here, great coffee flavor that melds perfectly with the roasted malt creating a great smooth stout. Great balance, not cloying at all. IMHO, best beer from Long Trail. (630 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if the winter release is accurate on this one, but noticed that several of the last reviews were within the last month or so, which is promising. Picked up this bottle at a Buy Rite off 72 in Stafford Twp.

A: Pours a nice, jet black... pretty standard stout pour. The head is where it shines. Coffee & cream brown, quite creamy, receding slowly to leave an thin sheet of lacing paired with a heavier collar and patchy spotting down the glass walls.

S + T: The coffee and cream description for the head is suitable for this brew, as both the aroma and flavour continue with more of it. Smooth coffee scents, while the flavour has an additional sweetness to it. Just a dash of fruitiness on the palate that I can detect which works nicely with everything else.

M + D: Body is a 'rich medium...' somewhat slick yet a touch chewy, as well. Soft carbonation works well with it, giving it just a little bite for character. An easy drinker, masking any alcohol heat to allow a very balanced coffee/malt flavour to be a highlight, along with just a note of hoppiness for balance. A very nice effort, and among the better coffee stouts I have had the pleasure of imbibing in. I hope to come back to this one in future trips to Jersey (or perhaps even New York?) Better yet, they could get distribution into Virginia and bring the Double Bag along, as well! (1,362 characters)

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