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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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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 38
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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:
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 added by: Brad007 on 01-23-2009)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 22:27:02 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-01-2011 19:43:41 | More by djrn2
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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is near black and is quite still. There's not much even after a good swirl, though that will create a bit of a head for a second or two. The nose is some roasted malt and roasted coffee, but nothing terribly deep. Taste is the same with the coffee taking over. Feel is roasty with a medium body. The roast gets to be a bit much in the end without any other components to complement it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:22:24 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of coffee in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans and roasted malts, finishing with notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn't as full-bodied as you would expect from a stout but this makes the beer go down effortlessly.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 12:44:32 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours an almost black color with a rather unimpressive head that pancakes the liquid and is more leggy than lacey on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Coffee aroma with a bit of husky grain and a touch of mint underneath

Taste: Coffe flavor, up front, with a growing acidic character that adds a minty element to the bitterness; subtle sweetness develops from mid-palate and persists after the swallow; in the finish the coffee is suplemented by roast and licorice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin

Drinkability: Far from the top echelon of coffee stouts and really doesn't score as a double stout from a mouthfeel perspective; not a bad beer and a pleasant enough drinker

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:23:18 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-28-2011 23:26:54 | More by nmann08
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South Carolina

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

A very big thank you to Bill for sending me this. My love of coffee beers knows no boundries and I was thrilled to be able to get ahold of a new one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I am enjoying this one as I type, 04/18/2009.

A very nice pour here as the thick black liquid hits the class, and slowly but surely a decent tan head rises up and out of it to a height of around two inches and settles down leaving lots of side glass lace in its wake. Lots of coffee right up front here as you would expect, but not terribly thick. Nice roasted coffee notes, slight bitterness could be picked up but a nice and sweet coffee note. Smooth, even body, a bit light for the style on the feel, but I want to think of this one as a coffee stout and not a RIS which makes it a much more respectable level. Smooth and even flavor here, nice roasted coffee notes, hints of almost smoked malts and a light bitterness in the finish. No hint of the 8 percent in here at all, and that made it super drinkable.

Overall a very solid beer here. Nice and if the price is true on some of these reviews, this thing is a steal. I would definitely do this one again,

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 01:24:38 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-21-2012 20:49:28 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-02-2011 17:31:16 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-23-2012 02:30:06 | More by Texasfan549
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:39:31 | More by oberon
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out with a nice dark brown color to it. There was a decent size head on top that didn't have much lacing but the retention wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer had a lot of coffee on the nose, there may have been some chocolate mixed in there as well. The taste of the beer wasn't overly impressive, it tasted like coffee pretty much, there wasn't much depth to this one. The mouthfeel wasn't terrible, there was a nice amount of carbonation, the body was full and had a slight thickness to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, but still not overly impressive in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:02:43 | More by Knapp85
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of thin foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of espresso, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Fairly typical for a coffee stout.

T - This one really delivers on flavor. Nothing is overpowering - good mix of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and toffee.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied stout with a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - This is a really great tasting coffee brew. I love a coffee stout that has great balance and this one really does.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:56:20 | More by zeff80
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of roasted malts, black coffee and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is likewise loaded with strong black coffee and dark roasted malts. There's a mild hops presence but the bitterness comes more from the coffee flavor that stays into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body despite being a little watery, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, to be honest I was little disappointed as I had expected a bit more out of Long Trail, there are definitely better coffee beers out there that I would pick over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 03:33:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a multiple BAs for sending this my way - think I got it in the Secret Bunny BIF and then from someone else in New England; my memory sucks these days. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Good looking brew here - three fingers of creamy dark tan foam with excellent retention. The body is black as night, with only the faintest glimmer of brown at the bottom edge. There are a few tiny specks of lace, but that's the only thing holding this one back.

S - Coffee is lighter than I expected, with more milk chocolate, cream, dark fruit, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol that probably shouldn't be there in an 8% brew. Pretty solid coffee stout.

T - The taste is significantly more coffee-heavy, especially mid-to-back palate. The initial taste is cocoa and dark fruits, but then it quickly morphs to roasted malts and coffee bitterness that carries into the finish. The bitterness doesn't persist that far into the aftertaste. I'm not digging Vermont Coffee Companys coffee, as it feels overly acidic and a little "rough" for lack of better descriptors (my coffee palate isn't super discerning...).

M - Body is a shade lighter than medium, and feels a little thin for an 8% brew. Light carbonation tingle that fades into a soft texture. Big sticky and chewy residual feel. Thicken this up a bit and it'd be pretty awesome.

D - As much as I knocked the taste, this was still pretty enjoyable, especially after a hard morning of moving. Hopefully the caffeine will pick me up for the rest of the day. The coffee just seems a little burnt or something - perhaps a lighter roast would work better with the base beer?

Solid coffee brew here, but nothing that makes it stand out amongst an increasingly crowded field.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 20:55:28 | More by MasterSki
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 23:56:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The next in the Brewmaster series, which has been pretty good so far.

It pours pitch black with a dark creamy and bubble 1 finger head that fades semi quickly at first then slows, and leaves a slight lacing.

The nose brings lots of coffee, like fresh brewed coffee not the roasted beans. Then a little roasted malts behind that, as well as hints of chocolate malt, a slight creamy oatmeal and light chocolate milk, a slight sweet malty aroma with some booze, a little caramel and vanilla too. Hints of earthy roasted malt bitterness hidden in there.

Taste is just as expected from the nose, starting with fresh coffee, again the brewed coffee itself and not roasted coffee beans, with a little acidity and slight briny coffee grind taste. Some roasted malts, bringing a little scorched malt bitterness and hints of burnt malt flavors. A light chocolate flavor, much less than the nose as it seems overpowered by the coffee and roast, which brings a very light chocolate milk. A hint of oatmeal and creamy flavors. Semi sweet to start, with a somewhat dry finish. The finish also brings a lot more of the acidic and slight metallic coffee grind flavor, with a sticky chocolate mouth coating, and little burnt roast bitter flavor. A hint or booze comes through on the finish as well.

The mouth is pretty thick but not as rich and creamy as I expected, with lower but decent carbonation.

It has a decent drinkability with a sticky mouth feel and some acidic slight metallic coffee grind taste, but drinks well for 8% abv, and for the somewhat thickness it goes down pretty smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 17:40:48 | More by jlindros
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/20/11 notes. Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of fresh coffee grinds, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Coffee is very strong.

t - Tastes of bitter coffe and bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and light cream/vanilla. A little more bitter than I would have liked, and a step down from the nose, but still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a solid coffee stout. Lots of fresh coffee in the nose, but a little too bitter for me. Worth checking out if you like coffee stouts and would give it another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 19:31:45 | More by mdfb79
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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle -
Pours opaque black with a tan head that stays before collapsing to a wisp. Not much lacing, but some "legs" stick.

The smell is of coffee with a hint of licorice and some fruity alcohol.

The taste is of coffee - a nice, but nothing particularly rich, coffee. Not that roasty - quite mild. It has a sweetness to it. There's a bit of astringency with some stickiness. It is very coffee-ish (more coffee than stout).

It it medium-bodied, with a watery touch (even at room temp.)

If I had had this colder, it would be spiked iced coffee with a touch of licorice. Since I let it warm to (near) room temp., it is tepid spiked coffee with a touch of licorice. Not particularly complex or rich. They say "coffee stout", but I'm thinking "coffee porter with noticeable alcohol". Without the licorice touch, I would have thought this to be lightly carbonated coffee with a touch of alcohol, more than a coffee-flavored stout. Still-in-all for a coffee/beer blend fix, not bad for about three and a half bucks a 22-ouncer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:39:03 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-21-2011 17:52:56 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Near black where no light shines through. Long-lasting beige head with great lace after each sip.

Milky chocolate without any sweetness in the smell. Some chalk.

Rather thin considering the pour. Great rich flavor of coffee and darker crystal and chocolate malts. There's enough hop to give some balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 01:09:16 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: balck in color with a fluffy 2" tan colored head. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: very mild roasted malt tones and hint of coffee are tough to pick up.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolates, raisins, and a hint of licorice show up late. Bitterness is hearty enough to cut back some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is short and focused on roasted malts and coffee. Lightly crisp to start and smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable stout that has just the right amount of coffee and chocolate tones.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 16:34:56 | More by Gavage
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-03-2014 04:40:10 | More by GClarkage
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only slight mahogany edges and a two finger dark mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coat the glass with large splotches of soapy lacing.

Roasted coffee aroma with lots of chocolate malt, toffee, oatmeal and burnt toast. Although the nose is dominated by deep roasted coffee bean, the other characteristics are easy to pick up. There's some slight lactic cream and a hazelnut/caramel/toffee presence that hints at this beer being more than an average coffee bomb.

Full bodied and complex with a good balance of roasted and sweet flavor. Lots of deep roasted cooffee/espresso bean flavor up front which is complimented mid-palate by a lactic cream presence and lots of silky chocolate malt. Only slightly acrid with faint hints of charred malt and burnt toast but overall this beer is well balanced with lots of sweet toffee, hazelnut and caramel flavor. The finish is roasted and dry with some slightly sweet alcohol warmth.

I wasn't expecting much going in but this beer was a pleasant surprise. Well balanced, complex and very quaffable. I like this style but sometimes these beers can be overbearing burnt coffee bombs. Thankfully this beer doesn't fall into that trap.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 08:30:02 | More by corby112
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, opaque black with a fluffy, 2 finger tan head. Streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of espresso, malted milk, cocoa, caramel, prunes, and various roasted malt aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a heavy coffee with cream and a shot of caramel syrup for good measure.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, smooth, and semi dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 00:27:37 | More by weeare138
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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.