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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

507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 36
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of Vancer


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

Beer sent by ppoitras via the NoBSBIF4, thanks Pete!

Brew pours a moonless night black, big ol' bubbly tan head rises and sticks with the program. Brussels lace ring the Corsendonk tulip.
Of course, plenty of deep roasted coffee in the aroma, along with chocolate malt. These progress nicely into the quaff, which is gritty and powdery. Even a touch of toasted biscuit swings by to party with the group.

No hint of medium octane (8%) alcohol, this thing sips like a dream. Great cool weather beverage!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 17:31:35 | More by Vancer
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

A - Pours pitch black, the head takes a few seconds to form a half finger dark brown ring.

S - coffee, charred wood

T - strong coffee taste, very tannic/bitter, like coffee grounds.

M - kind of thin bodied - I wish the mouthfeel was a little creamier

D - decent, the coffee flavor is a bit strong. after I take a sip, I don't feel myself instinctively reaching back for more

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:13:58 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of joe1510


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

22oz Bomber

This coffee stout was yet another knocked form my "wants" list in a recent trade with Kegatron, cheers Heath! Long Trails Coffee Stout chugs from the bottle like some of the heaviest stouts out there; I'm slightly surprised by this considering the abv is only 8%. The body is as black as black could be so don't even think about seeing any light shining through this bad boy. The head is so dark brown that it has that purplish tinge to it found in only the most potent of potables. The head eventually falls to a thick cap and creamy collar that leaves random swathes of lacing.

The nose is incredibly roasty, so roasty in fact that the coffee takes a back seat to the nearly charred malts. The coffee is there and also roasty but the maltiness takes center stage which is a bit of a let down. Baker's chocolate and a touch of dark berries work their way up slowly on the backend. The roastiness does take on a charred aroma at times that doesn't quite tickle my fancy.

The flavor seems to mimic the aroma with a little less of the charred qualities. The dark berries actually play a solid role in the flavor profile and remind me most of slightly underripe blueberry. The coffee adds I nice roastiness on the backend while a slight clean booziness coats the palate and dries it out slightly. Bittersweet chocolate makes an appearance mid-palate. The coffee and roast come together in a nice balance while the other aspects pop here and there.

The body is nice. It doesn't have the viscosity that I would have guessed from the look but the body is still moderately heavy. The roasty coffee leaves behind a slightly bitter edge that coats the tongue after each drink and dries out the mouth.

For a beer that has such robust roasty notes this one goes down fairly easy. It's a sipper without a doubt but easy to drink over time.

This beer really tightened up as it warmed and hit its stride as it neared room temperature. The flavors really mingle well when the beer warms up. I'd like to drink a couple more of these over time as it's an overall enjoyable stout even though the coffee isn't huge like other coffee brews. Thanks for the treat Heath!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:37:21 | More by joe1510
Photo of morebeergood


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

Picked up a bomber for $4.99 while in NH recently. Cracked it open last night, and poured it into two glasses. Jet black in color. Thick body noticeable while pouring. Quick surge of carbonation at the end of the pour. Fairly large tan head formed. Intense smell of roasted coffee. While I thought the taste was good, I found it to be a bit one dimensional. There was a pronounced flavor of slightly burnt coffee, but not much else. No undertones of chocolate, roasted barley, or anything like that. Sad to say, but it really just tasted like boring old coffee that has been sitting on the burner a bit too long. While I felt that it had a nice body to it, the slightly harsh coffee bean flavor loses a point with me. A good coffee stout, but not great. Wouldn't pay more than $5, so we'll call it even.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 23:41:50 | More by morebeergood
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Opaque black with the barest hint of ruby at the very bottom. A fluffy dark mocha head quickly recedes but leaves very nice lacing throughout.

S-Lots of fresh coffee aroma along with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate.

T-Quite tasty. Milk chocolate starts things off nicley, then a coffee roastiness takes over. Coffee is present but not overpowering, allowing a bitter hops kick in the finish to make itself known.

M-Surprisingly rich for the ABV, medium bodied overall.

D-Really good for the stlye and the alcohol. I could enjoy two or three of these.


Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:38:03 | More by sholland119
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a curved glass twice. My first in this brewery's select series.

A- LTCS is just a bit from being pitch black, some brown spots towards the edges. A steady slope produced a half inch of tannish head that had some cascading effects. A nice cap stayed throughout this morning inspired beer. Decent lace patterns.

S- While listed as an RIS, this has coffee stout written all over it. Coffee scents from beans from Vermont's premire coffee spots. Not really on the sweet side or bitter, somewhat in between. There is a burnt black licorice scent coming up which is off-putting.

T- A very nice coffee taste, im impressed. Along with the coffee there is a nice amount of bitter hops giving off a nice flavor that compliments the coffee well. Maybe just a splash of creme within the coffee with just a taste of chocolate/cocco. The hops really work well in this offsetting a licorice taste that may have ruined this one for me.

M- This one has a mouth on it as well. LTCS is medium bodied and is nowhere near an RIS as listed. This one has carbonation, yet not too high. Even with it's somewhat lighter body, this goes down smooth with a sharp crispness from the hops. Gets better with warming with the roast coming out more with time.

D- At 8%, it is a bit high, but who cares this stuff is drinkable and affordable, & it's a recession MFer's, time to grab a few for the cellar. Im really impressed with this and maybe down the line this will be available more readily. My first in this series did not dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:10:21 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is dark black with a light brownish head and some really nice lacing.

The smell is some light coffee flavor and some nice caramel flavor as well.

The taste is a strong coffee flavor. Some nice dark chocolate feel. Also has some nice creamy flavor as well and is a pretty good coffee stout.

This is a really smooth beer, you don't quite notice it going down but you enjoy each sip.This does have a bit of an aftertaste butis still pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:59:01 | More by Duhast500
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New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark, black coffee color with a creamy and bubbly dark cinnamon colored head that was moderatly lasting. The lacing was splotchy leaving a thin film behind.

S: The nose yielded fresh espresso beans and bitterly roasted malt and chocolate. Overall found the aroma to be fresh, moderate in strength and nice per style.

T: bitter and acidic with dark roasted coffee beans. An earthy bitterness presents itself of soil with a residual wet coffee ground lacing found on the finish and swallow. The finish was short, with hints of dark licorice and dark fruit adding subtle closing thoughts. Wouldn't consider this an RIS as advertised, a little light and lacked the complexity and heartiness, but none the less makes for nice flavor that was a solid good.

M: a little lighter then expected, silky and creamy with almost no carbonation detected. A light wet coffee ground finish teases the tongue but only briefly and gently after the swallow.

D: Good drinkability, smooth, rich and very easy to drink. Definitely one of their better beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:35:47 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of whatailsyou


3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at the brewery and took home two 24-oz bottles. Barkeep said that the coffee was not added to the mash, but that the warm wort passed through a pipe filled with ground coffee.

Now having some at home, 3 mos. later.
Poured into an Opa-Opa giveaway glass. Nice milk chocolate color head, half-inch thick, gone in a few minutes.

Initially smells of coffee and alcohol.

Color: brownish black, no light passing through.

Taste: some bitterness, half coffee, half darkly-roasted malt -- not detecting hops in aroma or finish. Also caramel in backgrond. Not sweet. Not much carbonation. Coffee not overpowering as in some versions of this style Still tastes like stout. Could be more complex.

Mouth feel: Viscous, but not unpleasant.
Pouring second glass, beer now warmer. Head is bigger, 2 inches thick, with some lacing as it shrinks. Alcohol still pronounced in smell and taste. Alcohol hotness hits first, then coffee.

Drinkabiliity: Having no problem with two-glass bottle, but definitely not a session beer. This would be good with dessert or a piece of cheddar or nice cigar. Just tried some cheddar -- good pairing.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 19:38:54 | More by whatailsyou
Photo of charlesw

New York

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours thin and dark with tiny dark head that is quickly gone.

Smells of smoke and espresso.

Sadly it's listed as an RIS right now. Which is silly 'cause it's just not quite there. Yeah. An RIS is over the top. And thicker. This is a coffee stout, like it says on the bottle, eh? Smoked meats, dark coffee, hints of chocolate milk. Some sourness (hops, maybe?). Weird with the citrus aftertaste. Whoa. It seemed OK and pretty well balanced (for an RIS) up to the aftertaste. OK for a porter. Probably pretty close for a porter. A bit much smoke and the sour is annoying but pretty close.

Of course, the body isn't up to the RIS name either. Definitely a porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 22:40:21 | More by charlesw
Photo of Wasatch


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, a nice one for an 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:48:40 | More by Wasatch
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

22oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours oily opaque black with a half inch head of whipped brown foam. A few dots of lacework throughout the glass as well as a partial skimcoat on the surface.

Freshly roasted coffee, cocoa, and dark barley lead off the nose. Nougat, caramel, dark chocolate, and milk duds follow through.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky, doughy mouthfeel. Viscous and soft. Quite creamy with no estringent edge.

Roasted barley, charred bits, bitter chocolate, and fresh dark roasted coffee start the palate. Hints of nougat, espresso, and chocolate drizzeled biscuits follow through.

Finishes with lingering roasted coffee and charred malt, nougat, and a mild warmth.

Great beer! Really happy to see Long Trail coming out with the big beers. I'd drink this one over Double Black any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:42:58 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of route66pubs


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to channan for the opportunity via trade for this. Truly outstanding!

Poured jet black with a thin tan head, which left a long lace well after pouring. No mistaking the RIS style here.

Immediately the coffee aroma comes forward, just from the initial pour. No need to dig your nose into the glass for that. But a deep whiff reveals vanilla and perhaps raisin as well.

Unfortunately the coffee is a tad too overdone on this one. It's powerful aroma overtook everything including the taste, and it is hard to get past it to the rest of the tastes. That being said, this could probably do well to sit out for awhile and provide for a lot of opening up as it does so.

Incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouth. If it were not for the coffee flavors permeating everything, this would be a wonderful brew to slowly sip. A slight crispness eases in at the back of the mouth ... is that coffee acidity? ... as you slowly let the beer roll all over your tongue. Very exceptionally satisfying!

Unfortunately, relatively low marks on drinkability due to the coffee overwhelming so much. However, as mentioned above, this would be definitely something worth keeping on hand for a while to see if that coffee aroma and taste mellows out, leading to more vanilla, chocolate and creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 05:46:42 | More by route66pubs
Photo of youbrewidrink


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

Rich deep black color, with an off white medium head (which did not hold for long).

Malty/roasty coffee aroma.

Not a terrible offering, this is one of Long Trails better beers. That being said I find that the excessive coffee flavor masks any other qualities one would normal want or find in their beer. No alcohol, no hops, almost no malt.

This seemed more like a Baltic porter that a stout with it's thinner body and slight carbonation.

It was very drinkable and probably a good introductory beer to the work of dark, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 16:53:21 | More by youbrewidrink
Photo of bilyboy65


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

I don't like coffee, so enjoying a coffee stout is tough for me.

A: So black you can't see through it at all. Dark brown thick head to boot. Dissipates quickly though and doesn't leave much of a trail on the glass.

S: A strong scent of coffee. Seems to fit with what the brewery says when they say it was brewed with coffee.

T: Pretty much just as simple, coffee. Also some dark malts can be detected. No sweet or bitter after taste. Just beer all the way through.

M: Full bodied and very smooth. Light oily feel, but nothing to detract from the beer.

D: Again I don't like coffee, but this was good.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:59:22 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

22 oz. bottle. Classy label on this one. Definitely a difference from the "non-brewmaster series" bottles.

Purchased for $3.99- total freakin bargain. Kudos to Long Trail for keeping the prices affordable.

Slow pour into my tulip glass...

A- Dark black liquid. Milk chocolate-yoohooish colored head. Surprised by how thin the beer was for a RIS. Carbonation bubbles floating.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate. This was more of a milky, creamy chocolate scent rather than bitter. Caramel and vanilla. No hop.

T- Mmm. Fresh coffee. Organic coffee beans, rich malts, chocolate. Not too much roasty-bitterness going on. Sweetened up a notch- sugary.

M- This missed the mark here for me. I like my stouts thick and robust. This one was too slick and oily.

D- Nice easy drinking RIS. No alcohol detected in the taste. This is a nice beginners RIS.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 20:49:41 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of dasenebler


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a modest, dark-tan head. Aroma is of coffee, roast, tanginess and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is very nice, lots of dark roasted coffee but not too overpowering. Has the quintessential tanginess of a well roasted stout, pretty acidic and pronounced. Not too sweet, more on the dry end of the spectrum. More chocolate notes than I was expecting. Slightly bitter from the roast, but no real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is great, just the right amount of carbonation and a lot of weight without being difficult to drink. This is a really good brew, and one of Long Trail's best.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:01:23 | More by dasenebler
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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
Photo of Timmush

New Jersey

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

Ok, how do I rate this beer without discussing the price.. I can't. I picked up a bomber of this for $2.99. So , if it was even slightly drinkable, I would be happy. I had some long trail selections at a tasting about a year ago and disliked every one. However, I have been reading that this coffee stout was prett good so I figured I would give it a try.
I am glad I did.
Poured vigorously and was glad to see 2 to 3 inch head as a result. A little over powering with the coffee but no taste of heat from the alcohol. I poured this in a Duvel tulip and it did the job.
Overall a good beer to have at the end of the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:54:41 | More by Timmush
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Pours a nice rich black with a slight head into a snifter. Lots of coffee and burnt sugar notes. Of course coffee predominates that taste but nicely. Nice roasty notes in the middle. Fairly smooth with some bitterness in the end. I quite enjoyed this beer. It is a great dessert beer with the coffee not overpowering. Will definately try again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 02:54:08 | More by atpben
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip Humdinger glass

A - Wonderful thick head. Dark black but not quite opaque.

S - Coffee, roasty malts and a faint raisin note.

T - Roasted notes up front moving to coffee and bread flavors. Very nice combination with the alcohol well hidden.

M - Very smooth for an strong coffee stout but a bit dry.

D - Really nice coffee stout. Well made and worth a sample

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:56:01 | More by soccerman7
Photo of Hibernator


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

Long Trail Brewmaster Series - Coffee Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a jet black, opaque in appearance with a light brown and active head. Awesome and amazing trails of sticky lacings. This beer just looks great.

Rich nose with whiffs of chocolate, malts and perhaps some sweet dairy notes.

Right off the bat, one is able to detect the richness of this stout. Dark roasted malts with a bitter bite. Flavors of milk chocolate, freshly brewed dark roast coffee and rum soaked raisins. Quite rich and interesting, almost providing a sweet liquid version of a coffee/chocolate bar combo. The finish provides a signature hop snap. Where is the 8% ABV? Super smooth and well hidden alcohol presence.

Good work Long Trail. A well crafted and interesting stout. I'm interested in trying this beer on draft.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 22:03:59 | More by Hibernator
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New York

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

Bottle. Pours black with a small dark chocolate head. Aroma of roasted malt, a hint of roasted nuts, and some bitter chocolate. Flavor is mostly sweet roasted malt with slight bitter chocolate. A hint of coffee, but not coffee-rich. Palate is in between a stout and imperial stout. A little too sweet for me. Certainly Long Trail's best beer but it doesn't compare to some of the top coffee stouts.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 20:49:15 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, and it poured a very dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head and the smell had obvious coffee in it, but for me I would just describe it as a dark smell.

The beer looks, smells and tastes dark, but it was surprisingly drinkable although it wasn't much like a RIS. Almost no real bitterness, and it is actually quite smooth. It is not thick, and it doesn't taste syrupy. It is lighter and has strong coffee overtones. I think the straightforwardness works really well.

Overall this is Long Trail's best beer by far in my opinion. It is not complex but it does a great job as a coffee stout. I'm not sure what makes it a RIS, but as a coffee stout it is really good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 14:45:40 | More by rasta16ry
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep black, with some hints of dark red. A puffy cocoa head gives way to a lacing of what looks like the middle of a European Chocolate bar (the kind with the air bubbles, that melt in your mouth).

Smells like roasted coffee with a hint of sweetness. Very promising.

Put together pretty nicely, in that the coffee is all over the place, but never in an offensive or overpowering way. Roasted malts seem to be dominant as well, but there is certainly a nice bit of bittering hops in the finish.

Drinkable is an understatement. This a great brew that could go great with a desert, or stand up just fine all by itself. I'll be grabbing a few more bottles, and hoping to catch it on tap before their next offering comes in.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:34:52 | More by MisterDeeds
Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.