Fall Coffee Stout
Maine Beer Company

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Stout - American
Ranked #149
Ranked #10,676
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
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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barnzy78 from Illinois

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

16oz bottle
date stamped 14SEP21
L: cola-like colored stout with a tall & persistent khaki head
S: cold brew coffee, roasted barley, chocolate, caramelized grain, bread crust
T: roasted barley, coffee, caramel, baker’s chocolate, toasted grain, bread crust, and earthy hops all meld exceptionally well on the palate
F: medium body, ample carbonation, semi-dry finish with modest bitterness
O: delicious & well balanced stout with cold brew coffee

Nov 21, 2021
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/20/21 Marilyn's on Main in Morgantown. On tap.
Black as midnight, this one. Couldn't get much on the nose, but great flavor. Light and creamy in the mouth. Coconut, baking chocolate, slight sweetness. Very nice, well- rounded coffee porter, just not getting the coffee flavor. Where's the coffee?

Nov 20, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml brown glass bottle with pry-off crown cap nabbed at an H-E-B grocer in Austin, TX for $7.37 USD plus tax.

"Coffee stout." 5.6% ABV. Bottled 12Sep21. Brewed with cold brew.

Served cold into a shaker pint (all I had available).

APPEARANCE: Half head, half body. Body is an opaque black. Head is a robust tan, moderately creamy and thick. Head retention is quite good - ~8 minutes or so.

Looks right for the intended style.

AROMA: Coffee is prominent, rife with roast and silky nitrogenated cold brew vibes but unpromising of any concomitant bitterness. Not earthy or rough around the edges...seems coffee-forward but clean drinking.

Some dark malt sweetness and chocolate malt does find its way in, but the coffee is what sings aromatically speaking.

TASTE / TEXTURE: Cold brew melds neatly into a tapestry of dark malt sweetness, specialty chocolate malt, subtle roast, and faint malted milk balls.

Silky smooth and wet throughout, evoking nitrodraught cold brew coffee.

There's no concomitant bitterness accompanying the coffee, but the coffee flavour is a bit shallow and simple in comparison that found in a beer like Founders Breakfast Stout.

OVERALL: An easy drinking coffee stout if a bit of a no-frills expression of the style. Ticks the right boxes without making an attempt to head into the style's stratosphere. This'd be a repeat buy for me if sold in 4x12 oz format for ~$10-14, but ~$8/500ml is rather steep especially given the obvious superiority of FBS.

Low B / GOOD

Nov 20, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Black and a little murky. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, light grapefruit hops. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt in equal proportion. Coffee is pleasantly roasty with the slightest hint of acidity. Roasted malt and a tinge of sweetness. Grapefruit hops in the finish.. Medium light. First bottle I had was perfect with zero coffee acidity. This one has a tinge. But it's otherwise perfect.

Nov 02, 2021
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Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

1.11/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very little coffee and even less stout. Looks like a decent stout when poured but the good ends there. The smell is actually bad, like sour milk and hops. Tastes about the same. If I wanted an IPA, I would have bought one. I never have actually wanted an IPA but if I did for some inexplicable reason, it wouldn’t be this crap. And it’s watery thin. Just gross.

Oct 23, 2021
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent coffee stout, but weak and watery compared to what I'd be used to from this category. Has a coffee taste, as well as dark brown pour with a beige head.

Oct 11, 2021
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a couple inches of fluffed, sandy-beige head. Modest lacing.

Smell: Roasty toned maltiness with notes of baker's chocolate, chilled coffee, charred toast with a little light musky woodsiness and teensy hint of campfire smoke.

Taste: Roasty, toasty malts before the chocolate and coffee enter. Lightly sweet. Thin vein of woodsy-spicy-smoke throughout. Small flicker of hops with just a snippet of citrus in the background. A bit of emerging nuttiness approaching the lightly sweet, gently roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a clean, tightly constructed stout that delivers plenty of flavor at well under six percent. Unlike so many under-attenuated, gloopy, boozy stouts jam-packed with artificial garbage, I don't feel miserable for having drank this.

Oct 10, 2021
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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I have ever had. Aside from being an amazing coffee stout, it also captures the taste of autumn perfectly. You can almost taste the crisp fall air and it feels like a nice walk on autumn leaves. The only downside is its seasonal availability, but that makes the season all the more special to me. Thanks Maine Beer Company, I hope I can get the chance to try this at your brewery one day.

Oct 10, 2021
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a voluminous and foamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a nice looking dark brown color.

The smell is good. It has a good mix of moderately roasted malts and coffee that give off a slight chocolate smell.

The taste is pretty good. It has the same mix of moderately roasted malt notes and coffee followed by a slight chocolate note. There is a moderate bitter hop note that pops out in the finish.

The beer has a medium body with a smooth and thin texture to it. It has some nice tingling carbonation in the beginning before it fades away.

Overall, a good coffee stout worth getting and having during a cold day.

Oct 08, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasty but vibrant coffee, light spice, roasted malt, smoke, and dark chocolate.

MBC seems to strive for balance and simplicity in their beers, and this is no exception. They used some delicious roasty and chocolatey coffee in this one, but it's far from a coffee bomb. You still get the creamy, roasty, slightly smokey, and full bodied dry stout underneath it.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and very rich, with a very nice drinkability to it.

I tend to always forget how reliable this brewery is. This is probably the dark beer I've had from them.

Oct 05, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/14/21; drank 10/2/21 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big tan lace; thick, frothy lace.

Fresh earth, medium roast coffee bean, mild acorn & faint citrus notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & faint medium roast coffee bean flavors up front; mild acorn & a faint hop bite on the finish.


Oct 03, 2021
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maine doesn’t crank out iteration after iteration of essentially the same beer and I like that. But They’ve come out with new one now and I think they’ve hit a home run. Lots of coffee and roasted malts in both the taste and aroma. Great smooth medium bodied mouth feel with an almost dry finish. All of which compensates nicely for the lower ABV. Almost makes this beer taste like a higher ABV. Just goes to prove that it’s not all about ABV, hops or the barrel!

Sep 30, 2021
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Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from chilled 1 pint.9 fl oz bottle dated 10/1/19. Purchased from Goshen Beverage West Chester, PA late fall ‘19.

Poured a deep onyx with a thin gravely head. A nice but not overpowering smell of coffee and deep roasted malt. Taste is nice but a little thin with a slightly tannic mouthfeel.

Overall, a very nice coffee stout. Nothing earth moving but very approachable for the style. Very reasonable abv at 5.6 abv.

Sep 05, 2021
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

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

1 pint 9 oz bottle, poured into a goblet at 40 degrees F and allowed to warm during consumption.

L: Pours your typical impenetrable stout black. Forms a couple fingers of tan head with decent retention, and also formed a sheen of tan bubbles along the sides of the goblet.

S: The nose is heavy with coffee and chocolate notes, over some soil and plum.

T: Even cold, this is a tasty brew. Coffee and burnt black grain, soil from a plum orchard. As it warms, more earthy tones emerge, with some sour cherries, wet bark, and a faitn herbaceousness.

F: Thick and full, as one wants in a stout.

O: A very good coffee stout. I will repeat.

Aug 22, 2021
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

Look: Black with a thick fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee

Flavor: roasted malts, vanilla, mild coffee, an easy drinking coffee stout

Body/Overall: medium to full body, not overwhelming, easy drinking partially because there isn't too much coffee

Feb 27, 2021
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jksiazek from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The pastry bois won’t like this one, but a great low abv classic which is impeccably crafted for the style. Nice roast and pervasive bitterness. subtle coffee more as a adjunct rather that taking over

Jan 25, 2021
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farrago from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily fills a third of a pint glass with dark brown foam, thick with very good retention, syurface becomes pocked throughout by slowly popping bubbles. Clean, opaque black creates a suggestion of brown but since black is the absence of light can’t be any brown. Nice nutty roast to the nose, chicory, dark chocolate, glimmer of white citrus, not getting any strong fruit presence, nothing pushy in its personality which is sure to disappoint many. Would consider it light-bodied for the style, stays fresh and crisp. Calling it a “coffee stout” seems a stretch but not lack of roast, nuttiness combined with cola bean, vanilla and cocoa. Here whatever that citrus thing was in the nose translates more as quinine. Mutter of plum or cherry fruit at best. I view this as a food friendly option or even a beer for a warmer outdoors day. Nothing wrong with that, just best to know that in advance lest one was expecting the full monty. (Bottled 9/8/20)

Jan 01, 2021
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osuffan from Ohio

1.26/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Probably the worst coffee beer I have tasted in a long time. Tastes more like an IPA then a coffee stout. It is only after about 30 seconds go by after a few drinks that you become aware of a coffee and a hint of chocolate flavor. It even smells like an IPA. After you pour it you can begin to suspect that it might be a coffee beer. Very dark with tan foam. Also very watery. Not a good feel.

Dec 18, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle born on 9/8/2020, poured into a tulip glass at 50 degrees F. The bottle instructed to drink this beer within 90 days, so I'm right about at that date.
L - very dark with a lingering hazelnut head
S - malt and that's about it
T - nice malt flavor with coffee notes
F - medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation
O - decent, but too much carbonation and not enough coffee flavor

Dec 08, 2020
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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.

Nov 21, 2020
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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
Fall Coffee Stout from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 212 ratings