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

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

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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:
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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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice coffee stout that I pick up at the local store. It drinks nice and easy and while does not have a overwhelming coffee flavor or smell they are present and this is a nice beer and it is a excellent value for the style.

I would recommend and definately have again.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass:

Appearance; Dark oily like texture from the bottle. Opaque but not super thick. Dark brown 3 finger head with great retention. No lacing.

Smell: Burnt coffee, chocolate, cream and roasted nuts come to mind.

Taste: tastes very espresso like with a touch of sweetness. Good chocolate backbone followed by crisp acidity to meld the sweetness. A touch thin and lacking complexity beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Solid coating of the palate. Good aftertaste and midpalate. Creamy texture but a touch thin on the finish.

Drinkability: Very good mid range Imperial Stout. Nothing to go running after besides the fact that its a great value. I paid $3.49 for a bomber and would gladly buy again. Better stuff out there but at this price point its tough to find a competitor.

Photo of m1ked
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid companion...full of character & will not let you down. A black oily pour into a nonic glass settle into opaque darkness with a thin tan head that does not stick around, leaving only trace lace. An aroma of black coffee beans, like when you first open the package and can smell the oil on the beans. A hint of hops to the smell rounds out the aroma, but does not linger in the nose. The taste is likewise, with roasted malt and a hint of sweet cocoa, the good kind, not Swiss Miss, that cleans up the flavor nicely. Not too sweet, nor too bitter, a good coffee stout, not extreme, but solid and quite drinkable!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. Pours an almost perfect black. Just a very thin light shining through on the pour. Absolutely no light passing through once glass is filled. Absolutely black as night with very small creamy light brown head. Head slowely dissapates leaving a very thin ring around the outside of the glass. Thin, yet somewhat sticky lacing...

Aroma is strong of surprise there! Very enjoyable though! A little on the roasted side. Smells of thick maltiness, and a very faint vanilla. Even though it's a very pleasant aroma, it's pretty close to most coffee stouts...just very clean!

This is a pretty good stout. I had low expectations for it. I've never heard of it when I picked it up, infact now that I think about was a straight up bargain. I only paid $4.69 for the bomber. Loads of wonderful coffee flavor. Malty, toasted barley...mild carbonation...just right! Not boozy at all. Medium body, and very drinkable. As this beer warms, the coffee flavor increases even more. What a great find...very good stout!

EDIT: After finishing the first glass(half of the bomber)...a more aggressive pour provided a lot nicer looking HUGE creamy head with EXCELENT sticky and thick lacing. Flavor also is proving to be a great coffee bean flavor as it settles around 50 degrees now.

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

A - The Long Trail Coffee Stout pours into a chalice and has the appearance of black coffee, with a 1/2 inch layer of tan colored foam.

S - coffee, burnt-roasted malts, alcohol, maple, brown sugar, yeast, musty

T - This brew delivers a complex profile of tastes. Initially, it's rich coffee malts. Almost simultaneously, there is a sweetish hop-tang ... very unexpected, but enjoyable sensation ... WOW! The finish is a return to a robust coffee flavor.

M - Pour to desired effervescence. Down the middle it's as smooth as silk. Down the side preserves a prickly carbonation. The body is medium-heavy, with some slickness.

D - This beer is, in my opinion, what extreme-craft brewing is all about. It combines the ingredients/properties of conventional malts and hops with actual coffee. And, the result is a unique and delicious adult beverage.

BRAVO, Long Trail!

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

Appearance: Pours a black motor oil. Head forms and dissappears leaving a sticky black resin of a substance in the glass, damn, You'ze thick.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate malts and very faint coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts coupled with a pretty big alcohol bite. Some bitter cocoa. Coffee? Where? A little coffee flavor on the back end, which saves on the overall score. This one is more or less a hot mess.

Mouthfeel: Like beer syrup?? Thick, oily, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Initially I thought the beer was served too cold, but as it warms astringent alcohol comes out to the point of being overbearing. Got a bottle? Age it.

Notes: Also recently tried this on tap. A bit more pronounced coffee character, but a rather dull and unimpressive outing.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for hookin it up!
Poured into a 10 oz. sampler goblet (sharing with a friend)

A: Pretty darn black. Some touches of reddish brown around the edges, but that's it. Nice mocha head receds kinda quickly leaving tons of sticky lacing on the glass and a thin layer left on top.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruit. Plenty of roasted goodness as well. Could benefit from a little more punch.

T: Chocolate,! But not overwhelmingly so. Finishes pretty roasty. Dark fruits are present, but extremely subtle.

M: Wow! Just so damn smooth. Perfect carbonation! Perfect bitterness! Perfect residue! Perfect everything!

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Sublime.

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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on Feb 12, 2010.
Review completely rewritten on Dec 24, 2010.

Chilled 22oz bomber poured into a chilled tulip. Code 022410 0443 (i.e. Feb 24, 2010?). Paid $3.99 at Amity in New Haven CT.

A: Moderate pour gives a nice 2" of dark brown head that lightens to a mocha color as it settles. Brew is pitch black and doesn't reveal anything more when held to a light. Moderate spotty lace. The head disappears completely after a few minutes but can be revived somewhat by swirling of the glass.

S: Loads of dark roast coffee and roasted barley. Raw grain starchiness, silage, a little vanilla and faint citrus hop around the edges. Maybe a hint of mint? Becomes a little leathery as it warms/ breathes. Smell has minimal sweetness.

T: Like the smell. Primarily a big dry bite of smoky roasted barley with dark roast coffee. It has a grain and silage thickness to it with a bit of tannic molasses bite. Also just a hint of vanilla, some dark chocolate, and definitely something cool like mint or menthol.

M: Fairly thick and completely dry, almost dusty. Carbonation is a tad mild. Finishes dry with lingering roasted malt, coffee, mint, and starchy raw grain feel. Perhaps there's a handful of oats in there. The long finish, out past a minute or so, has a green fruitiness to it like green grape skins.

D: I downed this pretty quickly, but it would also make a great sipper. Certainly worthwhile.

Photo of UA8
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a thin dark brown head which is nearly as dark as the body.

S- Sweet dark chocolate malts, caramel, rich sweet coffee.

T- Leads with creamy caramel notes. Midpalate carries flavors of creamy chocolate and coffee. Finishes sweet but not cloyingly so.

M- Medium high viscosity with moderate carbonation.

D- This is an excellent and easy drinking imperial coffee stout. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the brewmaster series from Long Trail so far. The coffee notes in this beer while not overwhelming is very well done it has a touch of mocha or cafe au lait feel to it. Definitely a great deal.

Photo of pecokid
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle Jan. 30, 2010 into a shaker "pint" glass. Dark brown to black in appearance. Low but certainly present carbonation. A trace of head that quickly dissipated. Smell was malty, caramel, coffee all nicely subtle. Taste, as the name suggest, is firmly coffee but not overly so, with malty sweetness but a dry finish. The mouth feel was thinner than I expected but that is good. To drinkability, one 22 oz bottle is enough for me but this is a nicely balanced brew. I just can't handle a lot of coffee regardless of whether it is piping hot from the French press, in beer, or tiramisu. Overall I like this beer and would say it is one of the bset coffee stouts in recent memory.

Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 1/28/10

A - Pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that slowly disappeared leaving some decent lacing

S - lost of roasted malts and coffee

T - Alot smoother than I was expecting, roasted malts and coffee with hints of chocolate as well. Nothing harsh about this at all.

M - very smooth and creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied

D - very drinkable, the flavor is very nice, nothing too harsh or overpowering, just a very nice coffee stout

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!

Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown with a slight reddish tint and was opaque. Head was a reddish purpley brown 1 finger foam. Aroma was akin to a strong coffee, with a small amount of flavor that I couldn't place. Taste reminded me of coffee at times, but also seemed to have a lactose aftertaste and a touch of acidity. Felt both good and bad in the mouth. Coated extremely well, with a good amount of carbonation, and a pleasant smoothness that accompanied the lactose. However, also had a acidic tingle at times which was distracting. Definitely a solid sipper, but the acidity was the major detractor to an otherwise solid beer.

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!

Photo of mnrider
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber. Pint glass. Made with coffee from Vermont Coffee Company.

A: Pours a pitch black with dark brown head. The head doesn't last long at all. Lacing is good, but not enough of it.

S: Strong aroma. Alcohol at first leads to a strong coffee aroma. A bit of chocolate comes through also. Maybe some kind of sweet fruit, I can't tell for sure.

T/M: Yes! Tastes like a nice full bodied stout. Coffee taste is prominent. A dash of chocolate is mixed in. Extreme smoothness and finishes malty sweet. Alcohol is noticeable but not at all harmful to the taste.

D: Excellent Stout. I need another. Long Trail has produced a worthy double stout here.


Photo of ScreamForMe
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice extra from rpstevens:

Poured into my Duvel....

Good 1 1/2 inch head with moderate lacing. I was expecting coffee notes to come rushing out but they didn't (actually a good thing as I'm not a coffee fiend).

Nice carbonation with the a medium mouthfeel.

I'm surprised this is 8%. The alcohol is hidden nicely. A solid brew that I would have again.

Next review!

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very dark brown head on the top of the pint glass. Lacing is excellent and retention is okay.

Aroma seems to be a bit mild at first. I was looking for a big whiff of coffee but I really had to look for it. Not only was there not a lot of coffee in the nose, it doesn't have the typical dark grain and roast aromas. There is a very pleasant, dark fruitiness with berries and plums, with only a hint of chocolate behind it. After this comes a slight coffee aroma, but it's subtle.

The taste has only a slight coffee bite to it that isn't all that different than a bitter roast flavor, and it's still very subtle. Deep dark, berry fruitiness, mellow chocolate, and a hint of licorice on the finish. Tastes a lot like the aroma. It reminds me of a subtle, well aged Imperial Stout, and by the end I was convinced this wasn't from a fresh batch. That would explain the lack of coffee. The mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and like a good Imperial Stout, it is noticeable and noteworthy from the first sip.

I ended up staring at the end of this pint quicker than I would think, so that has to score well for drinkability. I'm not sure if I would order another, but I feel like this is one of the few beers that comes in bombers that one person can be reasonably expected to drink.

Not a great Coffee Stout but a really good Imperial Stout.

Photo of TLove
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle to highball glass.

The consistency and sheer, black richness of the pour is warming to my heart in the mid-winter. This beer is nothing short of excellent. Longtrail has put out some solid brews over the years, but this trumps them all.

A beautiful nose of roasted espresso and a very earthy, black truffle sweetness, combined with the typical RIS tricks of adding chocolate and dark fruits. Remarkably well balanced in the mouth, with heavy grains, oats, and low carbonation throughout. Finish is creamy and rich, leaving a lingering, viscous mocha truffle aftertaste.


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

Much thanks to alpinebryant for this beer.

Poured a pitch black with a thick brown three finger head and a lot of sticky lacing down the glass. The tall head was a relief as I was afraid this one had opened up at some point.

Smell is strong dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and cream. There is also a very slight dark fruit smell in the background. Very pleasant smelling beer all around.

Taste is a little sweeter than the nose with less coffee and less dark chocolate but is all around more balanced. The sweet cream and fruit flavors are still there. Finishes with a long grainy coffee note that is pretty nice.

Body is a little on the thin style for what I want but the carbonation is nice and prickly.

This beer is a sipper, not a quaffer and I can't see myself having more than one every couple days. Overall though a fine beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8% abv. Pours a nearly black color. Tan head fades fairly quickly.

Some roasty notes in the nose, with a soft hint of coffee. A whiff of milk chocolate. Pretty simple aroma.

Roasty malts along with coffee and cream. Fair amount of sweetness, but some bitterness to balance.

Medium body, fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Not bad.

Photo of mcallister
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut deep brown with little head leaving a foamy topper.

Soft coffee and cream aromas with a mocha like aspect. Zinfandel grape like aromas oddly enough.

Not to much going on. Tannic coffe with hints of chocolate and a bit of roast not much else. Mouth shows a bit of creamy texture.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you like dark beers then you would consider this to be extremely aesthetically pleasing. It is black and opaque and has a kind of visibility that one might experience at a depth of 1500 feet beneath the ocean. It is outlined by a thin, brownish fiber that requires just a little squinting to spot. It looks, not so ironically, just like a black coffee.

It smells, however, like much more than that. Although it has assimilated all the roasty fragrance of freshly grounded gourmet coffee beans, it contains much more than that one quality. It boasts a peculiar blend of molasses, soy sauce, mushrooms, dark berries and chocolate fudge. Safe to say I'd never found that combination in a beer before. But I like it.

Upfront the taste is roasty and bitter, like a mouthful of shredded coffee beans, but all that scorched flavour quickly parts way for a sweetish, caramel-laced, honeycomb toffee wall of malts that pat down the taste buds with hints of licorice and dark fruits. The coffee, however, never secedes entirely and is united again on a long, lingering aftertaste.

The alcohol is never unleashed, even as the beer warms. The subtly sweet malts are never overshadowed, even in the face of a bold flavoured coffee. Enough swirling seems to have unleashed hints of vanilla which only adds to the beer's soothing, frictionless character. Having two glasses of the stuff definitely worked out better than having only one.

I'm not a coffee drinker but I could see spending a lot of money at the Vermont Coffee Company gift shop. This coffee has a lovely flavour and ultra-lush, velvety texture. Credit is also due to the brewer who has blended the beans so remarkably with the malts. I often find coffee beers can be astringent and unbalanced, but not this one.

There's a lot I like about this beer. First of all, I appreciate that it's a profusion of flavours and not just the exaltation of one. I'm also amazed at just how unique it is given that coffee beers tend to be very predictable and often times monotonous. This is definitely one beer the brewmaster should keep in his special series, it's well deserving of being there.

Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle poured into tulip-style glass. Beer pours nearly black, with a slight reddish-brown hue and quickly grows a short, foamy head of deep brown. Very pretty.

Aroma of espresso and toffee. First sip is mouth-fillingly rich and smooth. The texture is slightly oily, but not in an overwhelmingly heavy way. The level of carbonation is just right to release the flavors through the thick texture without being fizzy or stinging. Mostly the flavor is of coffee (not too bitter), but there are hints of roasted nuts.

Alcohol is also deceptive: I would have guessed around 5.5%, although the label reads 8.0%. As it warms, the alcohol is a little more pronounced, along with the weightiness. While this is a fine specimen, it's more like drinking coffee than beer, and it does wear old on the palate.

Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.