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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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very good

296 Reviews
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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
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Photo of Retail1LO
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a CBS snifter.

Pours a jet black hue typical of most stouts. Despite pouring the entirety of the bottle into the snifter from nearly 6" above the rim of the glass...I could only generate about 3/4 a single finger worth of head. Smell has a very generous amount of coffee in it, which is just what you want from the style. The taste however, is a bit light on the coffee. There's an almost cherry like sweetness/tartness to this. It's a bit acidic and acrid. It's decent, but I've had much better. The mouthfeel is ridiculously thin. Like...thinner than a porter. I can't believe this is a stout. There's also a real bitterness to this that isn't pleasant in the finish. Overall... decent stout, but not one I'd look for again in any capacity.

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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.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red coffee black. Very thick. Little tan head on top, kind of expected a bigger head, though the retention is good. Lacing is thick and frothy.

Heavy chocolate malts and coffee tinges to the smell. Slightly tart on the back end.

The initial taste is smoky with malts and some chocolate lingerings. The after taste is bitter with black coffee.

Thick and creamy as it travels down the throat, there is a harsher tingle in the aftertaste on the tongue, with a thicker overall feeling lingering in the mouth.

Overall: Nice coffee stout, a nice mix of coffee and beer.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flat black appearance with a short dark khaki head. Nice lacing. Dark roasted coffee, coffee and chocolate malts, molasses and hints of whiskey and sour cherries. Big roasted coffee and bittersweet cacao on the first sip, into a sour vanilla/cherry flavor with a strong malt backbone. Bittersweet, dry coffee finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Pretty average overall.

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

Overall: Long Trail's Coffee Stout is the beer drinker's morning cup of joe. Not be taken granted of, the overall balance of this beer is a blessing for the affinido of strong, black coffee.

Appearance: Oily color and body with a thick, greasy foam and a disintergrating lace.

Smell: Woah. Incredibly pungent smell of coffee. Notes of sesame oil and burnt chocolate malts hover beneath the blanket of java.

Taste: Cloying coffee lends a strong, metallic punch, like a cup from a pot that's spent too long on the hot plate, throwing off the taste and body. Beneath the coffee taste are flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied with a metallic film left on the palate.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne a few weeks back and wanted to give this a try. I had never had this before and wanted to see how well this was relative to Long Trail's other offerings. This turned out to be a nicely-bodied beer and went down easily for a Stout, since the alcohol was barely detectable. The flavors were bitter and full, without being overpowering or too generic at the same time.

This poured dark with a toffee-hued, fluffy head that didn't translate into the lacing at all. The aroma was decent with bitter chocolate dominating. In the mouthfeel, this was repeated with a hint of blood orange underneath it Nothing too heavy here but this felt full with the consistency of powder. By no means was this a "motor oil" Stout since it went down easy and wasn't too heavy.

The alcohol was just right as well, adding to the ease of enjoyment of this beer. While nothing stood out about this, someone new to the style would be well-suited to give this a go. It's not as smooth as I wish it was but everything works well together and there's no sense of booziness or anything being overdone here. I just couldn't feel the coffee much in this, though.

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

Great beer from the people at Long Trail.
Got this beer from one of the LT reps coming to our brewery to give out samples.

Smells of dark fruits, sweet grain, and of course coffee.
Tastes better than it smells. I actually get a lot of chocolate in this one. Very chewy mouthfeel and a smooth finish for 8abv.
Would definitely have this again.

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

Pours a nice dark opque black.
Upon cascading into my glass the beer welled up with a dense brown-tan head that lasted for a while. As it receeded to it's lair, the head laced the walls of my glass.

Nose produced hints of coffee, baker's chocolate and hops.

Flavor-- for all the hype I wonder where the vermont coffee company gets its beans. It's a stout-- but not with the weight and stance that I anticipated from the hype on the label. It's got all the "Stout" ingredients, with a smattering of coffee, and bakers chocolate and mollases, yes, the hops 'n' toasted malt was there... but as I gaze upon that imaginary flavor scale.. the pointer isn't at "STOUT"....

Mouthfeel is coridal-- but not what I expected- more like not what I wanted. The flavor opening dissipates quickly and diffuses into a light non-entity. I'm not disparaging this beer-- it's just that I expected more up front and center behind the mic.

Overall-- I'll call this a "lighter" Stout. I wouldn't push a full bottle away, but it needs more umph... more weight.. more of something.

It's a nice stout-- don't get me wrong.. and I've enjoyed every drop of it--

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage into pint glass.

A - Poured about 2 fingers worth of rich caramel and mocha head. Body is dark with hints of red and brown. Decent lacing.

S - I would say more chocolate than coffee in this one. Also a lot of lacto. Some molasses as well

T - An interesting bitter chocolate with only slight coffee tones. The beer opens with a quick creamy feel that is quickly washed away with bitterness.

M - Lighter body and moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more considering they call this a stout.

O - It is a good beer, but the lighter mouthfeel brings it down. Nothing I would need to seek out again as I can find just as good or better coffee stouts locally.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep viscous, syrupy black that is nearly impenetrable by light. Thin head akin to an espresso's crema.

S - Toasty malts with faint coffee hints

T - Bitter stout with lemon tartness at first with a smooth espresso flavor throughout, closes out with faint vanilla and chocolate and warming alcohol.

M - Not as heavy as it appears, medium body, though maybe tart and astringent for some palettes.

O - Long Trail is usually hit or miss with me but really enjoyed this beer after a bowl of chocolate ice cream. A whole bottle is a lot but probably better to share between two people.

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Photo of Thingus
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live tasting bomber courtesy of caguiar (thanks buddy!!) into Duvel tulip.

Appearance; pours a very deep, dark brown... Appears a solid black in the glass. A very slight mocha colored head with minimal retention... Lacing is non-existent...

Smell; tons and tons of coffee, hints of chocolate and vanilla... Some roasty malts sneak in as well.

Taste; definitely got some coffee in this one, chocolate, roasted malt, hints of vanilla and anise on the finish.

Mouthfeel; a little on the thinner side with a slight lingering finish... Goes down smooth, with a velvety mouthfeel.

Overall; a rock solid coffee stout!

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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep deep velvet color, close to black, no light comes through it. Thin coffee colored head which recedes quickly. Without even sniffing it I can smell the coffee in this beer. If you put this beer up to my nose with my eyes closed I would tell you it's a fresh brewed cup of roasted black coffee. Hints of chocolate and vanilla bean.

Unfortunately the first sip was somewhat unimpressive. Not really much going on up front with a thinner body than expected for a double stout. The back end is nothing but bitter black coffee on the other hand, and lots of it. Seriously tastes like an iced black coffee pumped with some CO2. The body holds up well and all but the coffee dominates the pallette lingering long after the sip has finished. If you look really deeply into the beer you can find notes of vanilla and chesnut but you really have to dig. If you really dig coffee than yeah you might like this. But for me, the beer qualities are masked too much by this monster Vermont coffee bean and I feel like it's a brisk early morning where I have no energy and Im sucking back whatever coffee I can find. (Hey! maybe i'll drink this before work tomorrow morning!)

The brewmaster series led me on with their incredible DIPA. Centennial red and Coffee stout havent been great.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very good coffee presence to it. It's very roasty and rich with some nice bitter-sweet dark chocolate flavors to it. I get a sweeter, creaminess to it that really helps give it some balance and depth. Very nice aroma.

The taste also shows a bold coffee flavor to it throughout. The finish is balanced by some more of the creamy, malty, sweetness. Nice flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. carbonation is moderate. Overall I thought it was a really good coffee flavored beer. The coffee was bold and flavorful but it also felt pretty balanced and drinkable. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a frothy, foamy, light brown head that slowly recedes into a film. Aromas of heavy, dark roasted coffee, with a slight meaty quality. Flavors are smooth and dark, with a robust blast of dark roasted coffee and a slight smokiness. Very rich, but surprisingly easy to drink. The aftertaste is coffee bitters, with a smooth roastiness once again smoothing everything out. The finish is slightly drying, but definitely bitter. Good, solid coffee stout, and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into my 25 oz. snifter. Yeilds a decent head and a small patch or two of lacing. Rich tan head sits over a pitch black looking beer.

Smells good, the coffee is upfront with a slight twange of hops, chocolate malt and alcohol in the back. Actually, this smells great.

Taste reminds me of a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Very bitter, a good malt backbone and some real sweet chocolate notes. Well rounded for the most part, but the coffee is the dominant flavor here.

Medium-full bodied, slightly chewy stout. Moderately carbed, making it a smooth drinker.

Overall this is a good bang for the buck, $4.99 for my 22 oz. Does not disapoint, this brew packs a coffee punch. Made with quality ingredients from Vermont Coffee Company.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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

Pours black with a minimal head. Smell is coffee, chocolate and toasted malts. Really enjoy the nose on this one. Sweet coffee taste up front that is smooth, almost like a milk stout. Smoky malts and hops on the back end, but way less hops than I would have expected for an imperial stout. Velvety mouthfeel, maybe a tad thin. Very well balanced and drinkable. Solid stout.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I shared a bomber of this Deuane.

A - Poured black as night with a thick, one finger brown head...the head slowly receded to a thin cap with a solid ring...there was nice lacing left

S - The coffee came across as bitter and roasted...there was some chocolate in the nose as well

T - At first this beer shows a little sweetness, which I wasn't expecting...after that initial sweetness the roasted malts come into play...there is also a hint of smoke rolling around on the palate...a chocolate flavor comes in right before the coffee and the two combine for a roasty, bittersweet finish

M - Full bodied...smooth, rich and creamy...a chocolate and coffee finish that is roasty and bittersweet

O - I have now tried all of the Brewmaster's Series...this was my second favorite with the DIPA being number one...the nose and flavors were typical coffee stout, but I enjoyed the finish on this one...glad I finally shared something with Deuane!

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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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black colour except for the edges. Head is ochre, kind of nutty-hued and disperses to a thin film of caramel-coloured lace. Easily revived with a swirl. Looks nice.

Smells very dark, almost burnt. Plenty of smoke on there, but blended with espresso, licorice and arrowroot providing some edgy sweetness. Nice complexities, doesn't appeal perfectly for a sip though.

Taste starts out with that woody, smokey kind of flavour on the assault. Develops a long dark malty mid-section with a smooth chocolatey flavour and touch of vanilla. Finishes quite bitter, with roasty espresso, licorice and a savoury/sweet kind of nutty character, spice and quite a drying crisp texture on the finish. Not bad at all, really, although a bit thin for the most part.

A milder flavour for a strong dark beer, that still manages to retain a good punch. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and velvetty smooth with a deep deep brown color. There was very little head to speak of even with a vigorous pour.
Aroma is of rich malts with a good roasted aroma.
Although lite there is a black coffee and bittersweet chocolate smell.
My initial thought was that the taste was weak or watered down since I wasn't getting much in way of coffee on the palette but as the beer warmed it released alot of the coffee nuiances making this a most flavorful coffe stout. Also there was plenty of roasted malts and chocolate to boot. This beer is big and bold with a full body on the palette. The end of course sports a bitterness and is also a bit grainy.
This beer I think should be warmed up prior to drinking to help release the all of the flavor nuiances.

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

Thanks to some BA for sending this to me in a BIF a long time ago.

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with lots of coffee scents

T - Its a coffee beer for sure and it dominates the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a very good coffee beer that I really enjoyed even though its like drinking a cold cup of coffee worth getting sometime if you see it

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Photo of sevenarts
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as midnight with a modest, bubbly tan head that depletes pretty quickly

S: Coffee of course, with a few hints of bitter hops

T/M: The coffee is definitely the dominant flavor here, over anything else that might be in there. It's delicious, but you definitely have to love coffee (like I do) to enjoy this one, because that's the overwhelming flavor here. It has a nice roasted, slightly bitter flavor profile. It doesn't have nearly the thickness you'd expect from a stout.

O: For a coffee lover like me this is just very tasty, like delicious alcoholic coffee. One of the first "craft" beers I ever drank and still quite good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca, brought back to Australia to drink with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable

Pours a deep block-brown colour, with a crackling film of melted chocolate brown. Body looks quite fluid, but dense enough to hold some tiny brown carbonation. Looks like a very dark beer, perhaps not a particularly heavy one, however.

Nose is roasty, but surprisingly bright, with an almost crispness from the coffee character coming through. Certainly smooth and dark otherwise, although it doesn't have a lot of sweetness present—it's almost as though the coffee is the character used to sharpen the flavour of the beer. Interesting.

Taste is indeed, a little thinner on the palate than it could be, with a clear and rather sharp coffee presence through the centre. Surprisingly, there's only touches of roast grains in the flavour, sitting around the edges of the coffee. Thin body, which accentuates the whole thrust of the beer, but I think weakens it overall.

A nice beer, but not an exceptional one. The coffee is well showcased, but the brew is rather thin otherwise. It's a shame, because it looked better.

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

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one.

Appearance: Pours black with a light brown head about a finger thick that slowly fades to a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice roasted malts mixed with chocolate and huge fresh coffee. There is also a slight vanilla aroma.

Taste: Roasted grains and coffee with a slightly burnt astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation and no noticeable alcohol sensation.

Overall: I liked it, I've had better coffee beers, but if I was back in New England I would buy it again.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.