Fall Coffee Stout
Maine Beer Company

Fall Coffee StoutFall Coffee Stout
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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #164
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,831
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
170
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Maine Beer Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Fall Coffee StoutFall Coffee Stout
Notes: As the leaves begin to change and cooler nights prevail, we celebrate the turn of the season with our autumnal offering. Fall, developed from our Pilot Beer program, is a stout made with cold brew coffee selected and brewed with our friends from Coffee By Design.
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color, large thick head, nice khaki color, acidic and carbonized mouth feel, hoppy smell, strong coffee undertones. Nice different coffee stout.

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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted aroma of coffee, roasted malt, smoke, cream, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt (present throughout; the dominant ingredient here), a hint of vanilla (kind of a fleeting presence), a slight smokiness (a subtle presence), a mild amount of coffee (much less than expected), and a little cream. This is a largely bland and underpowered flavor. The ingredients are there, just in a weak form.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an unfortunate misfire from Maine. Not without its charms, but it could've been better.

Nov 17, 2020
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: black, big fluffy tan head, nice lacing
S: light roasted malts, hint of coffee
T: I get more coffee in the taste, than the nose, some roasted malts
F: full bodied, decent mouthfeel
O: let it warm up, nothing special, a little bitter

Nov 08, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle.
Thick two-finger head in a stem glass, quickly dissipated. Left some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is all roasted coffee not overpowering but rather inviting.
Tastes of roasted coffee with a sweet undertone.
Mouthfeel is kind of sparkly in the beginning with a lighter feel through out. No appreciative bitterness associated with this but light and crisp.
Overall, very enjoyable and a nice offering that is not overpoweringly bitter coffee but bright and light drinking coffee stout. Well done.

Nov 07, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toasty black with a creamy off white head.
Lighter biddy but that’s how this one is meant to be. At 5.6% it’s not a heavy hitter.
Roasty and light coffee. Nothing is heavy handed.
Very nice

Oct 26, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty glass - deep, opaque black brown beer with a sticky tan head. Sheets and smears of beige lace remains all around the goblet.
The aroma is all stout, crushed coffee beans up front supported by sweet blacked and chocolate malts, some faint floral hop notes in the background.
Rich roasted flavors flood the mouth, mellow mocha cappuccino with 1 sugar, hints of cherry pie and earthy hop blend with black malt dryness.
Medium body carries the well balanced flavors, on the light side of medium maybe but not at all watery.
Dry but not chalky, silky on the tongue but not creamy like an oat stout.
Sweet but not cloying or out of balance with the roasted malt, coffee and hop complexity.
This defines the American Stout style in my book.
You can't go wrong with a Maine Beer beer.

Oct 22, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly opaque brown body; thick, creamy light tan head. Fresh coffee smell enfolded in a fine roasted malt and bitter chocolate aroma. Bitter, milky and chocolatey sweet flavors; a touch of charred grain husk; coffee grounds. Heavy, silky body but a bit weak and watery, too; mildly oily; generally sweet mouthfeel.

I'll have to grab another bottle of this and re-evaluate the beer. The appearance and aroma are fine, yet the taste and mouthfeel a bit weak in spirit. Still, there's no mistaking this for anything other than a porter. The cold pressed coffee is nicely done.

Oct 20, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottled 9/8/20. Opened 10/18/20.
Huge 3-finger tan head with rock solid retention...doesn't budge.
Dark brown/black with red-brown edges. Thick, foamy lacing.
Earthy malt and mild roast coffee.
Woodsy and hoppy, in addition there's a minerality up front in the aroma.
Coffee and bitter chocolate. Dark brown sugar/burnt sugar.
Medium body with medium-high carbonation. I expected a bigger, thicker "Stout" body and mouthfeel but it all works.
Bitterness 3 ways in the lengthy off-dry finish - roasted malt, coffee grinds, and hops.
Drinkability is high and packed with flavor at only 5.6% abv.
Very Good to Outstanding.

Oct 18, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fall from Maine Brewing is a truly representative stout. I can just imagine drinking this roasty, coffee stout on a cold, rainy Maine evening. Maybe even near a dock. The coffee beans add a comforting element to the beer and doesn't try to imitate.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Oct 18, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate color with a 2F head in a Stone snifter.
Mild coffee, chocolate, malt aroma.
More carbonated than most stouts, which usually have little carbonation. Light body.
Taste continues the chocolate, malt, and coffee.
Moderately hoppy finish.
Enjoyable coffee stout.

Oct 17, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/08/20, thanks to Brutaltruth for this beer! Served in a snifter, the brew pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel and a bit of citrus. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some burnt/charred malt and woody flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good coffee stout, I know I'd like to have this one again!

Oct 14, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved the look of small bubble tan carbonation rising slowly up the glass during the pour. The multiple malt profile brings nice complexity, coffee, chocolate, molasses with a subtle hop presence. Great way to usher in Autumn.

Oct 13, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose is heavy on dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, leather
Taste follows. Dark, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee.
Very drinkable. A bit thin, I think, even for a ‘not imperial’ stout

Oct 09, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark chestnut brown + dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a handful of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of smooth cold brew coffee (Ethiopian) over the top of moderate aromas of roasted + toasted + caramel + chocolate malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + toasted + caramel + chocolate malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of smooth cold brew coffee (Ethiopian). Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty coffee + roasty malt bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a lighter smooth mouthfeel (more of a porter than a stout in my opinion but delicious none the less). Very enjoyable with great flavors and aromas from the Ethiopian cold brew coffee.

Oct 06, 2020
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champ103 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark black color, not opaque, with some ruby brown around the edges A dense beige head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Plenty of lace left behind.
S: Up front is more dark fruits of plums and raisin. Though you have to let this warm, cause that is when the light roast, coffee, and bitter bakers chocolate comes in.
T: That dark fruit flavor of plums up front again, that almost leaves a bit of acidity behind. Coffee is there, as well as the roasted malt flavor but both are more subtle. Bitter bakers chocolate lingers on. Once this warms up, the malt flavors pop more, but everything is always in balance. I'm really enjoying this.
M/O: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Though this is silky smooth. Downed in big gulps, I can come back to this with ease.

There are very few coffee stouts and porters that I have been enjoying lately. As most have become over done and unbalanced. Which just comes off as burnt black coffee to me. There always needs to be balance, and this is a wonderful example of that. Well done, and not surprising from this brewery.

Oct 04, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle in a snifter. This nice little brew pours a
dark black with brown highlights and a nice head of tan foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin swirling layer, and shows some
nice light lacing. Nose of heavy coffee, dark malts, and heavy
char. Flavors follow with little deviation----heavy char, bitter
strong coffee, dark malts, moderate bakers cocoa notes. Nice
mouth feel; full body, smooth, lightly coating, light carbonation,
and finishing on a bitter malt note that is moderately dry.

Overall, a solid little coffee forward stout.

Cheers

Oct 03, 2020
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Traditional Stout in every sense. Great Coffee Nose and creamy feel. Perhaps a touch thin but doesn't really detract from drinking experience. Lots of dark toasted malts, smoke, charred marshmallow, black coffee and some peppercorn. Sometimes subtlety is King.

Oct 01, 2020
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Blogjackets from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 09/08/20

The expected coffee nose and less expected light thin body in this dry stout. Good coffee flavor with no sweetness. A small amount of lacing and light effervescence in the glass. Dark roast coffee drinkers will find it lacking bitterness though the decision to use cold brew coffee explains the flavor and low bitterness. Good but will not seek.

Sep 30, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown with glints of Ruby, a thick creamy light brown head and excellent lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and a touch of caramel.

T: Coffee right away, very clean and lacking in any sweetness.

F: Very crisp and dry.

Overall: A nice beer. It lacks in flavor a bit and I feel needs some sweetness to enhance the coffee and chocolate character. No major flaws to speak of though.

Sep 30, 2020
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smackdanie from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chocolate black, no real head, but nice lacing. Smell is all coffee and I love it. A really nice, roasty taste with some light coffee backbone. Very dey finish. Others have reviewed lower I think bc they expect a heavier beer for a stout, and this is light compared to most current milk stouts, and closer to what we think of for a robust porter, but that's the sweet spot for me. I dislike syrupy, boozy milk stouts, so this one is a win I think.

Sep 27, 2020
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From the stupid pint-plus bottle, dated 09/08/20. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderately thin-appearing chestnut brown with two fingers of lush and lathery sand-colored foam. Retention is excellent leaving a thick, foamy, bubbly cap and a solid curtain of lacing.

Aroma is powerful and sweet, candy-like, and more maple than coffee.

Taste does a bit of a hard reverse to the nose, being powdery dry and not sweet in the least. Dusty cocoa and silky smooth coffee ground bitterness. Still picking up a bit of maple into the finish, not sweet but that earthy tree-type bitterness. Maybe a tad thin which becomes even more apparent as it warms.

Feel is powdery, silky smooth, something less than medium bodied and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall, this is a nearly impeccable beer give-or-take a somewhat watery character owing to its relatively modest abv - which I wouldn’t have given a second thought to had it been labeled as a porter. It is dry and bitter and powdery smooth and I’m going to grab a couple more while they’re still around.

Sep 26, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours is dark brown and porter-like but it looks black in the glass - big tan head... Relatively-light-bodied but still felt like a stout - ample coffee and bittersweet charcoal impressions - lightly toasty and hoppy but smoothly malty and roasty... And the coffee is moderately-strong - not too sweet - bitter dry character - I liked it but wasn't blown away - I personally found it too bitter and with too long a finish - I would have liked this a little sweeter - to take off some of the bitter edges - or lighter-bodied and more porter-like - which would make this a quicker more brisk drink...

Sep 20, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle dated 09/08/2020 to a diagonal-cut tumbler.
The pour produces a 1/2" frothy light brown head of mixed-sized bubbles. Head settles to a film within a few minutes but yields only medium to light lacing. Body is black and only shows brown-red with 3/4" remaining in the glass. Body does not want to coat the glass when swirled.
The smell from the pour is dark-unsweetened chocolate with just a hint of coffee.
The taste brings more coffee out, but the bitter chocolate is fighting with it. I do love a bitter stout and this is one.
Unfortunately the mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. Thin as water. The only high point is the micro carbonation. For some reason the effervescence seems finer than most beers, but its pleasing.
Overall pretty good, but there are definitely more amazing coffee stouts out there. However, its kind of a star at 5.6% if you want a bitter stout for those times when you don't have the alcohol budget for an imperial one.

Sep 19, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1+ finger light brown head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S; strong black coffee;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end, much of that coming from the coffee;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: there's a lot of coffee character here - more than most coffee stouts;

Apr 21, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark black body, solid and opaque. Light tan head, short in the pour but persistent, with lush full lacing covering the glass with a curtain of bubbles.

S - Soft bitter malt nose, a bit of coffee, a note of wet limestone.

T - Opens with chocolate and bread, a middle of sharp coffee acidity, and a lightly bitter finish.

M - Moderate weight and mild prickly carbonation, and a slow fading finish.

O - Superb. A nicely built coffee stout with solid feel. Delicious.

Apr 19, 2020
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