Fall 2018 Coffee Stout | Maine Beer Company

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Fall 2018 Coffee StoutFall 2018 Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superspak on 08-22-2018

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves plenty of lacing

S: Roasted malt and coffee up front along with some dark fruit and chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, coffee, and some light char. Goes into the dark fruit and chocolate notes with a light bitterness. Finishes with lingering coffee and char

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid coffee stout that is very easy to drink. Incorporates the coffee well. Worth checking out

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Photo of dafla67
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a coffee stout, this offering was very thin in taste and feel. Very disappointed.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/23:
The beer is pretty dark, and the medium brown head helps to influence this very dark look. The head seemed to explode up the barrel of the glass after I stopped pouring about halfway up. Until then, it was forming nicely but within all bounds of control. The medium brown bubbles grew larger before dying, leaving a lighter, creamier head in their place. This creamy cap stuck with me the whole taste.

The nose sits at a nice moderate strength, as if the energy of the beer was sapped a bit by the release of the soluble gasses. It's a nice, if basic, stout scent that comes to me - bakers chocolate, burnt toast, and the lightest of medium roast coffee grinds. I'd expect a little more of that last aspect considering it's a coffee stout, though in this case the coffee is cold brewed coffee, which I've found to have a more mellow presence in these beers. A bit more chocolate comes out with warmth.

The beer is only 5.6% ABV, and has fairly dry feel and light feel to it overall. That said, the beer stays pretty smooth with a fairly light carbonation. The cold brewed coffee seems to supply a backbone here, along with the coffee/toast you'd expect from the roasted malts. It's pretty straightforward, but well executed: a stout that has a strain of cold-brew coffee. The coffee adds an ever so light metallic astringency to the beer, but I also think it helps to add to that smooth feel.

This might be a little more of an old school stout, maybe even leaning a little towards an Irish Dry stout. The coffee is integrated into instead of replacing the beer itself. Enjoyable but when I have this again, I'd think of it as a refreshing stout to have with some food versus being a sipping stout to contemplate as I drink it.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a couple inches of mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

The taste is dark roasted malt with black coffee. There are hints of chocolate.

Medium bodied with a medium mouthfeel

I expected more from Maine Brewing. This is an average beer in one of my favorite styles which still makes it pretty good, but compared to all the great coffee stouts out there this one falls short.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allenson21
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

500mL bottle dated 10/23/18 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black, one finger head
S: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, a touch of hops
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium bodied, bitter
O: A good stout

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep cola brown color with 3 fingers of graham cracker head. The head leaves lots of sticky lacing before settling into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and bitter coffee. There's a faint touch of hops on the back end.

The flavor brings lots of toasted marshmallows, vanilla, and coffee with a back end of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

The body is medium, bordering on light. Very pillowy and soft. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, a pretty good stout that's flavorful and well-balanced. I like what they were trying to do here with the s'mores-esque flavor but I feel like it just falls short (no pun intended). Still, a fine beer.

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Photo of bobman212
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the insipid coffee your work offers - except this time it's a coffee stout. VERY empty mouth feel. I was expecting much more from Maine Beer Company. Not worth the luxury price tag. May I suggest Brigadeiro?

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 10/23/18

Pours pitch black with a gorgeous, thick, creamy light mocha head, at least two fingers large, with some great longevity and thin, sticky lacing holding nicely to the glass; a thick foam holds to the surface long after the head fades.

Aromas of strong, earthy roast, charcoal, fluffy vanilla, and marshmallow; coffee undertones along with wild berries (I’m getting blueberries, raspberries, and possibly some blackberries) and the lightest hints of cocoa make up the finish; excellent diversity with this bouquet, as it does well to keep in check the myriad of diverse notes going on.

Taste is again heavy on the earthy, bitter roast, adding notes of burnt cocoa and heavily-roasted coffee beans; milk chocolate comes in smoothly a bit later, as does a faint hint of coconut husk.

Mouthfeel shows a creamy medium body that thins a bit toward the finish; carbonation relatively balanced but can get slightly aggressive over time, and yet maintains a silky quality throughout somehow.

Beautiful-looking stout that clearly has a ton going on, but is too inconsistent in its execution to show everything it could offer. A step up in nuance from Mean Old Tom, but still dominantly roasty in a lot of ways. Maybe MBC stouts aren’t entirely my thing.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasted, toasted, earthy, nutty malts with bitter-biting coffee with a big hint of green peppers. Green peppers drive even more bitterness. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, nutty, earthy malts with acidic, bitter coffee. There is a hint, or more so a big hit, or green peppers that drives the earthy, bitterness further. Mouth feel is fizzy with a semi-harsh effervescence. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, a coffee stout is a fair label, but bitter, biting, earthy green peppers should be noted. Beer is less than a month old.

Bottled on 10/23/18. Consumed on 11/10/18.

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Photo of nodder
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timmy2b
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bottle. Dark brown with a big bubble whitish head. Scent of coffee and a little cocoa. Thin in the mouthfeel with coffee as the main flavor. Very drinkable but was expecting it to be a little heavier in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle dated Oct 23, 2018. Sampled on November 10, 2018.

It pours a dark brown to jet black color with a long lasting mocha or tan head. Lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma brings out sensations of roasted coffee, charcoal, burnt sweet malts, and even an odd fruit character akin to cherry.

Medium mouthfeel.

The coffee seems more subdued in the taste although it is mixed in there with those charcoal sweet malts. There is a mild to moderate bitter ending.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patriot123
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very disappointing beer, reminded me of burnt, watered down coffee. Look and smell is what I expected but quickly goes downhill after that.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle.
Lots of coffee and hop presence in both smell and taste. Good piney bitterness and char roast character. Almost like a black IPA.
Smooth body, lingering bitterness.

Overall very tasty! Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of Sulty
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of EatonHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Fall 2018 Coffee Stout from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 29 ratings