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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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88
very good

534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 41
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 biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Soonami
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's because I've been craving a coffee stout, but in my mind, this is almost as good as FBS. Now granted it doesn't have the all oat or the chocolate goodness that FBS has, but this beer definitely has moments when the sweetness of the malt and the roasted coffee blend and trigger that happy feeling stored in my brain.

The opaque motor oil color and consistency is always a good sign of a Imp Stout. From the vigorous pour, it was immediately obvious that this beer was going to pack a coffee punch. The nose of was of sweet mocha with a hint of toasted grain. The taste was very sweet and rich in coffee flavor, but not overpowering, a good Arabica palette full of fruity overtones balanced by an earthy character. The stout had the perfect amount of carbonation and was very creamy on the finish. I have had half of the bomber and will thoroughly enjoy finishing this beer.

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

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 650 mL bottle. Shared with krisandajt.

A: The coffee stout is a dark black color, rendered completely opaque. An off-white head blanketed the ale to the tune of a finger and a half but left nothing in its wake.

S: The nose is roasted, full of darker malts. The coffee doesn't stand out vividly, but it is present. A lactic sweetness pairs with the coffee.

T: The stout allows more coffee to come through in the taste, adding a java and cream flavor that has a mild tartness near the end of each sip. The stout malts are full, burnt and heavy. A decent stout that could use for coffee.

M: A mild coffee flavor pervades the ale, adding just enough bitter sweetness to remind you that it is a coffee stout. The stout body is heavy but not awkwardly so.

D: A decent stout that I'd probably pick up again if I saw it in a bottle shop.

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

22 oz bottle, thanks to Torontoblue for sharing.

Pours a very dark and opaque black, maybe a bit of dark brown or red in the edges, medium sized tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots stick, looks pretty solid. Smell is nice, intensely roast, chocolate, big roasty coffee/espresso, caramel, biscuit, more roast, lightly fruity, licorice, more roast, pretty big. Taste is similar, huge roast character, espresso and chocolate, wafers, biscuit, caramel, pretty intensely bitter and astringent in a good way, more roast, raisin, brown sugar, pretty nice stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a little rough going down but pretty good stuff. The roastiness is real nice. Thanks Sid!

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

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The appearance is pitch black with a thick mocha head that fades to a tight ring around the edges of the glass. The lacing is sticky and foamy on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a big hit of rich smooth coffee followed by a dark chocolate and some sweet caramel.

The taste is similar to the smell, a wave of coffee flavor hits the tongue, but it finishes roasty and almost bitter with some tones of dark chocolate and a mellow toasted marsh mellow kind of burnt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a coffee stout, but the beer is perfectly carbonated and has a nice dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden by the bold flavors of the beer, something you can easily drink an entire bomber of.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a deep chestnut color with a good inch or so of creamy, lingering dark ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors are of milk chocolate, mocha, caramel malt, fresh roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruits, grassy hops, slight char. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation and a bitter but smooth finish. Looking forward to trying more from this series.

Photo of MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
A) Nearly opaque. Pours with brown, thin bubbled head then settles out to thin lacing on top and sticky on the sides of the glass.
S) Coffee. Baking bread. Some chocolate notes.
T) Smoky. Coffee. Roasted grains. Alcohol. Light hop bite in the finish. Lingering smokiness and alcohol in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Milky. Full bodied. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A delicious stout. Well crafted. I would definitely drink another one of these fine brews.

Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kingcrowing for this one.

Let me start out by saying that this is more coffee than beer.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a 1-finger beige head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mainly coffee with slight dark fruit scents. The taste is coffee, just quality, straight-up coffee. It's kind of like Peche Mortel but not quite as complex. Nothing gourmet or fancy. Malts are present & not real toasted. Mouthfeel is not too thick; medium-bodied and somewhat carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but if you don't like straightforward coffee, then you're not going to like it.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with a small tannish head. Nose is roasted malt, some coffee, and cocoa with some slight skunk. Taste is coffee, a little bit, roastiness and rather light bodied. Not much going on here. Mouthfeel is astringent, over carbonated and thin with some coffee coming in late.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly poured like an Imp Stout. The classic head that forms from within the beer and looks like an eruption of dark brown foam rising from within the beer. Beer itself is almost black with some brown tones along the edges. Some spotty lace.

Aroma is no surprise and of coffee. Some chocolate notes as well.

Flavor was pretty nice, but I thought the coffee flavor wasn't my favorite. Sometimes the notes are more like coffee grounds vs. a nice coffee flavor. A touch more sweetness I think would have rounded this out nicely. Almost tasted a little burnt.

Mouth feel was slightly acidic and the body was full.

Pretty enjoyable, but not among my favorite Imp Stouts.

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

A - Pitch black with a heavy brown foam. Not quite thick enough to stand on.

S - Tons of coffee, molasses, caramel, raisins.

T/M - Sweet and caramelly dark sugars up front. Coffee flavour is more in the back end. Smooth with a medium body and a low-ish carbonation.

D Good, but not great. A bit light for a big coffee stout, and coffee flavour seems limited to the back end and aftertaste only.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body reveals no highlights. Topped by three fingers of dark tan froth. Good lacing.

Aroma has enticing mix of coffee and chocolate.

Taste runs down the tongue as chocolate-to-coffee-to-dark choclate. Earthy hops on the side.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel, has some chew to it.

Good drinkability, alcohol weell hidden. Smooth but not flaccid.

A tasty stout, a solid offering from Long Trail.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark dark brown with minimal head. I dumped it pretty vigorously, but only got a thin layer that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving no lacing. Smelled of coffee, and tasted of coffee, molasses, and some chocolate. A nice flavor combo. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a stout, and carbonation was on the light side. Alcohol is well hidden. A solid stout except for the low carbonation.

Photo of mhatters
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap (4 oz sample) at the VT Brewers Festival

Poured jet black with a tanlight brown head

The nose had a lot of alcohol from the barrel, this dissipated quickly, and the coffee roast comes throguh.

The flavor has a lot of coffee and chocolate (which I did not pick up in the nose), well roasted, and a hint of sharpness at the end.

Slightly creamy feel, somewhat oily, very nice. Carbonation is just right.

A really good beer, I do not want a lot of these, but I could easily drink a bottle of this.

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

22oz bottle served in a clear glass coffee mug.

Black with a creamy mocha colored head that stayed as a layer and left thick rings of lacing.
The aroma is filled with coffee and cocoa.
The taste is incredibly smooth with rich roasted coffee and notes of chocolate with a light bittering at the finish.
Medium/full bodied with a creamy smooth feel.
Easy to drink, especially with breakfast/brunch.

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy Father's Day to me. After a hard nights work I will celebrate with my favorite style. Thanks to Pamola for sending this one over. It had been on my wants for awhile.

A: Pours a very deep dark flat black hue. The head is of average height and is nice, dense, and tan in color. Little retention with some nice solid lines of lace.

S: Some coffee stouts can be overpowering this one is not. I do pick up a nice blast of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a nice coffee kick.

T: Wonderful roasted malt up front, almost smokey. Hints of rich bakers chocolate with a touch of cream in the middle. Touches of dark fruit peek through, before a nice bold french roasted coffee finish. This one really comes through in the flavor dept.

M: Medium in body, on the lighter side of medium for the style. Ample carbonation to really carry the flavor across the palette and down the throat.

D: Awesome. What a way to finish one day and start another. I love the style and this is a great example of it. It is not the best coffee stout in the world by no means, but it is tasty, drinkable and in the same neighborhood as the big boys. If I could get it locally I would pick up a case. It's a perfect beer to start or end your day with. Put it in a barrel for a bit and it would go from A- to A+.

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass some on the way down.
S: Smells of deeply roasted malts, chocolate malt, caramel, and of course coffee.
T: Like the nose, deep roasted malts, chocolate malts, caramelized malts, and coffee at the end that lingers after you drink it.
M: Very rich, warming, not as heavy as I would have thought, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this bomber was done in no time. The flavors were awesome and well balanced.

Photo of weeare138
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large tan head and good retention.

Scent of bitter coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruit. A bit different, the coffee is the main feature here, but it has a strange funk to it. Doesn't smell bad or oxidized, just a bit strange.

Taste of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark fruit. Somewhat off kilter here as well, seems lacking for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and smooth, with very low carbonation.

Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Coffee Stout poured a black color with a nice small chocolate color ¼ inch head that looked like a milkshake. The smell is more like Starbucks that a beer, with mix of chocolate, molasses and coffee and a little malt which seems like they were all mixed together and roasted.

The initial sip is sweet and after that it's a big roasted flavor like burnt coffee beans were mixed in while brewing. The mix of chocolate, molasses, malt and coffee all manage to work well together in a balancing act that doesn't allow any single flavor to dominate. Malt flavor peeks through at times, but this beer is all about the coffee. It almost tastes like coal (in a good way) and this brew has very little to almost zero carbonation. This stout is rich and seems to be so thick you could float a pretzel on top. It warms you up as you take more down.

As a coffee addict, I found it quite enjoyable, but any beer drinker who does not like coffee would not enjoy this at all. I really enjoyed this beer (22 oz) over the course of the night and would get it again as it went down smooth, almost like a dessert or port wine.

Photo of JayNH
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a short lived three-finger tan head.

S- An alcohol warmth upfront. Notes of dark rich malt, coffee, dark chocolate and hops.

T- Starts with a mild alcohol warmth, sweet and rich, slightly fruity. Fades to notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Not overly syrupy sweet, well balanced with just the right amount of hops. Finishes with a nice grassy hoppiness.

M- Medium to full bodied, could be a little "creamier".

D- Excellent. Nothing here to "Wow" you, just a solid offering that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Longtrail can brew when they want to.

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

a: the pour arouses a sienna colored head over a black-brown beer, very light retention

s: medium roast coffee over a fairly benign - but full - stout body, baker's chocolate underneath with mild notes of licorice, great coffee aroma but it comes up a bit short in the complexity needed for a higher score

m: carbonation on the low side, body on the full side of medium but the actual mouthfeel doesn't leave much of an impression and seems thin for the style

t: flavors of baker's chocolate and roasted barley introduce flavors of fresh roasted coffee, the mild sweetness is fleeting and turns to a mild astringency, coffee and roast flavors linger, light hop influence, the same complaint I had with the aroma applies here - the beer lacks the complexity that could really take it to the next level, and truthfully seems a pretty bland

d: just fine

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Photo of Dylan2000
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours Molasses Black, no light filtering in at all, not thick and syrupy looking though like some strong stouts, very slight head upon pour, great mocha color, dissipates quickly though, and only half finger head at most.

Smell: Even though this is a Coffee Stout, the coffee smell is not overpowering in the smell department, which is something I was concerned about when purchasing this beer. Because of the balance of the coffee profile, you can still get hints of chocolate, nice roasted malts, and some fruity notes of cherry.

Taste: This is a tasty brew. I wish that the mouthfeel had some chew and more creaminess, but other than that I don't have many complaints - this is a nicely balanced flavor profile making for an enjoyable stout - not one that you have to suffer through with great syrupy swallows.

Mouthfeel: The feel here is the most disappointing thing about this brew. It's very thin for a stout, especially with all of the flavoring going on, and I would prefer more creaminess in this department. If this brew had a little more chew it would be one of my fave stouts - but it's still very drinkable nonetheless.

Drinkability: Because the coffee flavorings are more subdued compared to other coffee stouts I've tasted (i.e. no burned coffee flavor) it makes this a strong stout that's still easy to enjoy.

Notes: This is the first of the Brewmaster's Series that I've had from Long Trail, but I am a big fan of their regular brews, and as always, they deliver a nice product. I don't know if I will buy this again, as I am somewhat picky about stouts, but this wasn't a throw away either.

Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.