Apache Trout Stout | Mogollon Brewing Company

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Apache Trout StoutApache Trout Stout

Brewed by:
Mogollon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Arizona’s high country comes Apache Trout Stout, a robust, full bodied, top fermented ale. Our brewers use mountain pure water, select roasted barley, hops and yeast to create this traditional style. Savor the balanced, roasted malt flavor and the lingering sweetness that makes this dry stout a cool weather treat.

Added by Gusler on 11-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of david18
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of drafts of this beer while on a recent visit to Arizona. Among the many local beers I tried this was one of the standouts. I am surprised to see that this is a milk/sweet stout as it had such a good roasty flavor and aroma, which I don't normally identify with a milk stout.

The color was a very dark brown, close to black with a very dark brown head. Aroma had a great combination of roast with a strongly present hop. Flavor was outstanding. Combination or roast, hops, dark fruit...although I didn't detect too much sweetness. I was also surprised to see that it was only 5% alcohol by volume as it seemed to pack more of a punch than that. All the more reason that I'd recommend this beer for almost any occasion.

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Photo of Spica66
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black color, amber head with good retention.

S: Very roasty, not a lot of hops.

T: Burnt toast, espresso, I don't know - really roasty and nice.

M: Creamy, not too much carbonation.

D: Oh yeah, this has been the reason for me calling a cab more than once!

Any time I am staying at http://www.shootingstarinn.com just north of Flagstaff, I stock up on my way through town.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon Saloon.

This beer surprised me. I wanted a stout, but man this was a stout. The smokiness and overall espresso flavor made this one a beer to remember. It went down easy, with a little bit of hops to really give this one strength. Not sure if it is a milk stout, but man it is good. Try if you get a chance to.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I look forward to each visit to Flag, just to take in this rich stout. I usually bring back a case, sometimes calling ahead to make sure they will have enough to make a trip worthwhile. It is a roasty stout to say the least. But the sweetness is not completely overtaken by the smoke. All in all, one of my favorite stouts. This brewery deserves maximum respect. And now with the owner so into distilling whiskey...yes Arizona whiskey, I am looking forward to some aging in whiskey barrels soon--I hope. And if you like rich and roasty, try their Imperial!!!

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Photo of beerceller99
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black used motor oil color. Slight head even with an aggressive spew. Smells of roasted malts and mildly of coffee -also has a musky , wet cedar wood scent. Taste is of strong black coffee with a dash of toasty malts .Very little sweetness to be found here . Only a medium body, it has an excellent smooth mouthfeel. Slightly bitter blackened malt finish.
A pretty good stout from the desert.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Close to pitch black with a nice fairly dark brown head. Roasty espresso and coffe aroma and flavor. A fairly rich and robust stout. Medium-full bodied, creamy, and smooth, with a roasty dry finish.

I didn't find this one very sweet but did find it delicious - I thought it was more along the lines of a robust dry stout but I have difficulty placing stouts...

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Photo of RoyalT
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This thing was just gorgeous! The body is solid black, and the head is magnificent. It’s huge and pitting, settling slowly into crevasses while leaving large chunks of tanned shaving cream lacing. It cascaded down like a Guinness and just looked amazing.

Smell – It’s not hard to pick up this aroma. The dark milk chocolate is drenched in fine Columbian coffee bean, and the brown granular sugar keeps things balanced. The roasted malt base is definitely in the background, but appreciated.

Taste – Boy, was this good. The creamy whole milk came out wonderfully at the taste followed by chocolate (more of a cocoa and much lighter than I picked up at the nose) and coffee. The sugars stepped back a bit as well but were still noticeable, as was the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy like (of course) a glass of milk. There was a touch of bitterness to the dry finish here. I would have liked to have seen a little heavier body, but overall this was a pleasure.

Drinkability – The only other sample of the style I had was MacTarnahan’s Thunderhead, and it left me wanting. This though is top notch. I’m not too familiar with the style requirements, but this was an excellent bottle.

Comments – Gusler has sent some pretty interesting stuff my way, but this one takes the cake. What a rare and terrific find.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a rating for the bottled Apache Trout Stout. This beer is a deep black color, when held up to the light it is very clear and shows a deep brown color. It is lightly carbonated with a tan-brown creamy head that dissipates quickly. There are aromas of roasted malt and a strong bready/ cracker, and coffee aroma. Quite a good beer with flavor all over the place. Tastes of burnt caramel, a strong malty roast character, coffee, and a hint of sweetness. It is very smooth tasting, it coats ones tongue with a full body. This beer finishes and is balanced by a nice light bitterness at the end. A great representation of the stout style for Arizona.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Black color, small white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and slightly sweet. A full bodied sweet stout. Roasted chocolately malts, some sweetness. Lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is malty, slightly sweet.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is full-on black, with a brief, short brown head. Aroma is a delight, roasty and bitter, notes of anise, pepper, dark rum, and richly roasted coffee.
Once up into my lips, though, it's disappointment time. Nothing's happening. Not bad, but blah. An "okay" stout. Small hops, big malt, little texture, and very mild flavor. Extraordinarily easy to drink, but leaves nothing to remember it by. A pity that there was so much promise in the nose, left unfulfilled by the actual flavor, or lack therof.
Thanks to Gusler for the sample.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown and opaque, medium to thin layer of tan head which diminishes to a thin cap, some lacing

Aroma: black COFFEE, sweet, some caramel apple, malt, twinge of oxidation (cardboard)

Flavor: the oxidative aroma is supported in the taste up front, aside from that: nice mellow sweetness and the characteristic dark-roasted grain tang/bitterness, subtle hop bitterness in its slightly dry finish, pleasant after-taste

Mouthfeel: by far its best asset! velvety and creamy texture, subtle carbonation but enough to provide a nice flavor break, inviting

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Photo of TXHops
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apache Trout Stout was the final Mogollon beer I brought home from Arizona. I’m gonna miss these brews—talk about a line of solid, well balanced beers…

The stout emerges from the bottle black as you’d expect, with a head that looks oddly like the head on stirred milk chocolate : large bubbles mixing with small bubbles concentrating at the edge o the glass… A strong, dry aroma of VERY strong coffee is the result of my deep sniff. There’s also a touch of saltiness, kinda like soy sauce, but not in the same way as SA Triple Bock—there’s very little sweetness in this smell. The dry, earthy, freshly roasted chocolate malt aroma really intrigued me. I kept sniffing to try to really put my finger on some illusive aspect in the nose, but I never really got there…

The flavor of the beer was a lot like the nose—complex and difficult to peg. An initial taste of burned coffee (the stuff at the bottom of the pot after you forget about it and it sits on the warming surface for a long time) mixed with a meaty smokiness reminiscent of beef jerky to create a very intense first sip. After the salty smokiness started to fade a bit, a fruity sweetness slowly emerged from somewhere in the depths of that blackness. AS the beer warmed a little, the fruitiness began to take shape somewhat, tasting more like non-existent black berries in molasses. The smoky saltiness started re-emerging later in the sensory perception, coming back into my mouth after the beer was swallowed. Not surprisingly, adding a few degrees of warmth to the liquid encouraged the sweet fruitiness more and more to the fore, but the bloodlike, salty iron-ish flavor refused to relent, teaming up with the salty, smoky meatiness to create one diversely flavored beer. Did I get a vague hint of pipe tobacco?

Great beer. This was an addictive stout. Since I’d had it before and not rated it, it was really taunting me just sitting there in the fridge. That knowledge alone will cause me to increase the drinkability score. Do I want more? Hell yeah…

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A rough pour brings up a short and frothy light tan head over an opaque black body. It drops shortly to a nice creamy collar and leaves some thin lace throughout the glass. A simple swirl of the glass, however, will bring back a creamy 1/8" surface covering. The nose is very coffee-ish - with cream and sugar - as well as a light touch of dark chocolate. The body is light but really creamy in the mouth; an aspect which adds to it's drinkability. The carbonation is restrained with very fine bubbles -nice! The flavor is rich and mellow with sweet, lightly chocolatey notes up-front. Despite it's creamy nature, the flavor seems to thin as it crosses the palate (which is odd but also adds to it's drinkability). The bitterness is restrained and plays only a supporting role. It finishes drying with a lingering lightly sweet malt, some mild fruitiness, and a light touch of floral hop flavor that eventually dissolves into a limited roastiness. Quite unique. Refreshing and highly drinkable. A nice session beer. Well worth trying.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with no head at all. Aroma is somewhat weak, but coffeelike, with a strong scent of roasted malts and a lingering sweetness in the background. Good bitter grainy taste to the beer up front, which gives way to a very very smooth main palate. Good hop bite to the finish which lingers into the aftertaste along with a re-assertive malty sweetness. Think of this as Sierra Nevada Stout's gentler, smoother brother. Not as much bitterness and a lighter body -- perhaps a little too light.

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Photo of Gusler
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour as black as midnight, with a medial head, lace in nice sheets to coat the glass, both a light chocolate color. Nose is coffee, toasted malts, somewhat sweet, hints of bittersweet chocolate. Front is overly sweet, the top waterish, the finish sparsely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry malt aftertaste. To my mind, a beginner’s stout, for those that don’t want to get slammed by an Imperial, and be forever drawn to the dark side.

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Apache Trout Stout from Mogollon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 15 ratings