Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

296 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 296
Hads: 541
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 35 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 296 | Hads: 541
Photo of bluehende
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a growler. My guess is this had about 1 yr on the keg it was poured from it. Muted coffee and very complex. I would have guessed it had spent a small amount of time in a Bourbon Barrel. Very good beer. I wish I knew how old it actually was or had had it fresh to give a better appraisal. The age was definitely to its advantage.

 343 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 delta490
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Awesome coffee stout. Poured a deep black with a short-lived mocha-colored head. Deep coffee in the aroma. Same for the taste, with a lovely malt backbone. Thick mouth feel with minimal carbonation.

 199 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 BlurryVisi0n
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brown/black coming off completely opaque. Bubbles light on the body considering the rise of the head. Tan head rose to about 1/4" with a gentle pour.

Smell: Light coffee but seriously pretty irresistible.

Taste: Smooth coffee, though advertised as a coffee stout I was definitely expecting a deep espresso which didn't exactly happened. More creamier and chocolatey.

Mouth: Average medium carbonation, not exactly as sticky but very smooth compared to most stouts out on the market.

Overall: Picked this up in substitution to one of my favorite coffee stouts and though not as "good" as what I preferred still a quality brew. All you need is a glass and maybe a friend to share it with. Salud!

 751 characters

Photo of gr0g
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle marked "112612" poured into a snifter. Black, like black coffee, capped with not quite two fingers worth of foam. Some spotty lacing but it's not very sticky. Nice coffee presence on the nose. It's got that "freshly ground" character that reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout. Aroma becomes sweeter and more chocolatey over time.

Flavor profile is quite dry, again with a nice coffee presence (though not as strong as in the aroma). Bitterness remains fairly constant throughout. Some coffee and roast astringency, but otherwise not much else going on. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, but otherwise a bit too thin.

Long Trail's coffee stout is firmly in the "good, but not great category." It's still a very nice, coffee-forward stout, even at four months old if the bottle marking is truly a bottling date. The $5-ish price tag and the overall solidness of this beer make it a worthy introductory coffee stout.

 921 characters

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass. Imagine that, huh?

A: Poured out pretty much pitch black, with a spider-webby head that was only a couple of shades lighted than the liquid below it.

S: I got some coffee scent, but it was more like a buttercream frosting with coffee ground additive. Still, as a non-coffee person (I sip Diet Coke for my caffeine fix), I dug it.

T: Much more assertive coffee-wise on the taste than on the nose, but I still not to the level to my mind. One-dimensional, but still good.

M: Ridiculous lacing, appropriately bitter coffee component, and no "over the top" sweetness.

O: Sort of a blah coffee brew. Vermont has better.

 639 characters

Photo of ESeab
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber poured into standard pint glass

A- Black with a one finger white/tan head. Not thick, lacing in the glass

S - Smell of roasted coffee, malt, a bit of dark chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol but very faint

T- This is where I was underwhelmed. Coffee stouts are arguably my favorite style of beer and this one just did not do anything for me. THe coffee wasn't strong, the chocolate was a bad bitter. Not complex but not too smooth either. I could taste the alcohol in this one which I usually don't in stouts unless they exceed 10%.

M- Thin to medium body. moderate carbonation. Leaves a sticky feeling behind

O - I bought two of these for $4.99 so I'm more underwhelmed than disappointed. I have never found a coffee stout I did not enjoy as much as this one.

I drank the second bottle and more of the same. I will not be seeking this beer out again

 868 characters

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: jet black, poured with nice brown head that dissipated
S: chocolate, dark plums, leather, deep roasted malt, nice coffee that's not overpowering
T: deep roasted malt, some coffee in taste but well-balanced, somewhat lower carbonated
M: decent up front and nice hop balance finish, mouthfeel is lighter for ABV
O: decent beer and nothing wrong with it but just didn't 'wow' me

 378 characters

Photo of Ego
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a full finger of milk chocolate color head, beautiful and uniform bubbles form a cell wall that undulates against the glass as a solid mass exercising their will in unison, from the sway is left remnants tracing the trails and waves along the direction to the bottom of the glass, although strong looking the head is not furious and calms down to a mere simmer within a minute or perhaps less when I was not staring intently, light chooses to bend around this rather than make the perilous journey through the dark interior, this is good looking but not perhaps curl your feet wizard of oz bad witch ending.

for some reason it reminds me of unbrewed coffee, just the beans, mixed with some tart notes, the alcohol notes mix well into the nose but is detectable, I get a slightly woody type smell, like wet oak or some such with also a hair of vanilla, the nose has plenty going on but I just don't love it, hey, some people dig angelina jolie, some people dig jenifer aniston, such is life...

taste etc...
I am a bit miffed by this one... the great coffee flavor is there on a linger on the after taste, the initial (and majority) of the taste is sort of a sour carbonated thing, it really wallops the sides of the taste buds in the middle of my tongue only then retreating into a nice coffee flavor, it is almost like a cup of joe gone wrong, but you know it is good joe.... so you keep sipping it (and in the case of joe you are looking for that caffeine fix of course). Like coffee you want to love this, but you don't... but you keep drinking it expecting something to happen, but it doesn't. There is some mild warming from the ABV but this at celler temp is just not happening for me...

the aftertaste is great.. getting there? oy....

 1,769 characters

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/19/12 and opened about 9 months after bottling.

A: A slow pour into a standard point glass produced a one-finger head that was very dense and the color of dark mocha. Over a few minutes the head dissipated to a thin and patchy layer and a collar, and it also left some good lacing. The brew is pitch-black.

S: The aroma consisted of black coffee and bready yeast, with a touch of malt sweetness and just a small hint of maraschino cherry.

T: The taste consisted of black coffee, chocolate, maraschino cherry, and some sweet malt and bready yeast along with just a bit of booziness.

M: The body to the lighter end of the medium range and it did not have very much carbonation. It was also fairly smooth and just a little sticky.

O: This was an interesting coffee stout. The blend to coffee, chocolate, and maraschino cherry worked very well, and this blend of flavors was nicely balanced by the sweet malt, bready yeast, and the slight booziness. The result was an enjoyable enough beer, but one that is pretty much in the middle of the pack for this style of beer.

 1,083 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into HF tulip glass. Bottle dated 01/03/12. Pours a deep dark black with a good amount of tan head. Really nice coffee chocolate and a bourbon-aged type aroma. Taste of sweet chocolate coffee, roasted malts. Its a tad sweet, but finishes with a slight bitter coffee. Its actually a really great imperial stout for the money - I think I paid $4.99 for thr bomber. what a great brew, especially for the price. I recommend this one for sure.

 462 characters

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

Pours deep brown-black with a sudsy khaki head. Foam topper isn't going anywhere anytime soon. 4.0

Rich malty roast and some fruity coffee in the nose. Some char and prune. Bite of booze makes an appearance as it warms. 3.5

Flat-out roasty with acrid charred flavors, light smoke, burnt coffee, dark fruits, and almost a brandy-like character paired with the booze. Slightly medicinal-tasting, like a coffee and kilned grain elixir. Finishes with some heat and lingering bitterness. There may have been a few tangy lactic flavors intended, but the oppressive dark roast burns that out. 4.0

Smooth medium body feels milky smooth with the slight rush of evened carbonation. Low carb works very well here. 4.5

A coffee stout that is light on the coffee. Not overblown and sweetened. I appreciate what Long Trail accomplished with this brew. Enjoying it. 4.0

 858 characters

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

Enjoyed this tall bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a 2-finger brown hue that slowly dissipates leaving a decent head.

S: Strong malt and coffee aroma with hints of chocolate.

T: Deep malt flavor with a great coffee middle and follows with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very coffee stout – not too astringent as I have seen some of the coffee stouts. Would pick this up again.

 450 characters

Photo of lurpy1
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good luck to Long Trail, they are in danger of getting lost behind all the great breweries in Vermont.

The pour is great, deep black, 2-finger cappucino colored head which sticks around a while. The beer lives up to it's name in aroma. Coffee comes first, followed by roast and malt. Taste is a good news/bad news kind of deal. Good news: Tastes good. Bad news. Not so much a coffee stout, as fruity esters take over. Coffee's there, but it's crowded out by vaguely cherry taste. Mouthfeel is all right, would have liked more viscosity.

There are better stouts out there and many truer coffee stouts, but this was still a good beer. Get if the price is right.

 661 characters

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one finger brown head that fades pretty quick. Man, I loved how dark the head was, but it hardly stayed around. Disappointing

S- nice strong coffee aroma

T- light coffee, more chocolate comes through actually. Not overwhelming by any means, not overly strong...and at the same time, it doesn't stand out at all

M- medium bodied, which is a little disappointing

O- disappointment is the word of the day with this one. Then again, it's Long Trail, so I probably shouldn't be surprised

 548 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 dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at MexiBBQ in Queens, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a finger thick creamy dark mocha head that has great head retention properties - the head reduces by the thinnest of margins such as that a solid 3/4 finger of head reamins evenly covering the entire surface of the beer even as I am getting to the finish. Significant amounts of lacing are observed, it coats the entire glass.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with moderate to heavy aromas of coffee. There is also a light presence of chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer has a light amount of dark roasted malt body with some complexity. There are strong flavors of coffee including fresh ground and espresso bitterness. Light notes of bittersweet chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a great brunch beer, with the strong coffee smells and flavors. I really enjoyed this one and found it really easy to drink - definitely a beer that is easy to sip on. This is probably my favorite beer from this brewery.

 1,145 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 OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a dry coffee roast. In the taste, a sweeter malt and a dry coffee roast. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small acid like aftertaste. Nice coffee, a sweet malt, small acidity, and hides the 8% well.

 272 characters

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying a big glass of this beer as I am writing this review. Just cracked open a 22oz bottle fo this. Nice dark, dark brown color and thin foamy head. Beautiful taste and smell of coffee and some chocolate. Taste is not overpowering---I don't want to say weak, but it is nice, has really nice flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. A very good, solidly above average coffee stout!

 382 characters

Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a modest half finger than head.

S - Gobs of coffee followed up with roasted malts. There's a sweet lingering smell as well.

T - Taste doesn't follow the nose. I'm getting subdued coffee along with dark chocolate. It has a sweet finish, may'be dark fruits show up.

M - Thick & creamy with low carbonation. Spot on for me.

O - It's a good above average coffee stout. Not WnB or breakfast stout territory, in my opinion.

 448 characters

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a deep midnight black with a finger and a half of frothy large bubbled head that is milk chocolate in color and lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving a very nice amount of lacing in rings around the glass
S: has great chocolate malt notes right up front and coffee notes which only kick in at the very end
T: nice complexity and depth, begins with a nice sweet malt character which is then backed in by a bit of nice chocolate and finally finishes with very nice coffee notes and a noticeable bitterness from the coffee beans
M: smooth and with a nice viscosity which lets it slide across the palate, almost zero carbonation tingles and leaves the palate with a nice bitterness which lingers nicely
O: i have yet to have a bad brew from long trails brew master series, they are always high quality and highly drinkable. this one is no exception

 883 characters

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from a 22 oz bomber with ABV on the label and date of bottling on the neck of the bottle.
A very thin dark mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is coffee, coffee, and oh, did I say coffee ? Lots and lots of coffee on the nose. Nothing else but coffee comes through.
The taste likewise is also all coffee. Pretty one-dimensional in terms of flavor, but since it is advertised as a coffee stout, it definitely lives up to it's name.
The one good thing is the coffee is not too overpowering or overwhelming.
Easy to drink and the alcohol cannot be felt at all.
A very good dessert beer. Worth a try if you enjoy lots of coffee in your beer.

 681 characters

Photo of IKR
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized medium beige head.

Smell: Predominately coffee with some roasted malt notes. I also get some faint dark fruit overtones.

Taste: Coffee and some roasted malt notes for the most part.
The beer finishes fairly dry with the coffee and roasted malt notes. The alcohol presence is very subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied, with an modest level of carbonation for the style.

Overall: For me, not a "wow" Imperial Stout, but a good beer non the less.

 525 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.