Steam Engine Stout | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Steam Engine StoutSteam Engine Stout

Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bung on 01-17-2009

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Hrodebert
1.25/5  rDev -64.4%

Photo of semibaked
1.68/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured this into a pint glass.

Been wanting to try this as I like their Cow Catcher Red

A - Dark with some little shining through, with a little bit of head that disappears quickly.

S - A bit on the sour side, not what I was hoping or expecting, but some malts and sweetness comes through.

T - Sour and almost spoiled, I don't know if this is infected or old but really bad.

M - Decent mouthfeel but hard to get around the taste.

D - Drinikability is low because of the nasty taste.

Maybe it is just a band bottle but I certainly can't recommend it.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.04/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with very little carbonation and a resulting thin white head that quickly fades leaving some lacing.

Aroma is heavy on malt sweetness. Not very good for an imperial stout. Expecting more roasted malt aroma, not overwhelming sweetness.

First sip, not good. Watery finish with no mouthfeel. This is weak for a porter. I suspect this may be incorrectly classified as a double/imperial stout.

Second sip, getting worse. Some sourness present on the finish. Still comes across as thin and watery.

Swirling and pulling hard to get some hints of roasted aroma.

Acidic finish and the beer lacks any complexity or dimension.

$1.35 not well spent and am dumping this one out halfway through.

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Photo of SpartyJoe
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of BMoney575
2.28/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on 2-15-09

Pours thick and black, with a little bit of deep red around the edges. No real head, but decently thick lacing.

Smell is very roasty, smoky and sweet. Reminds me of a Guiness, in a good way.

Taste is a lot like the smell, but the flavors combine to create a strange, almost sour quality. Very odd, and disgusting.

Mouthfeel is way too thin for the malty flavors.

Drinkability sucks as a direct result of the taste.

Overall, don't try.

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Photo of JLapadura
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Lucasrjoel
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Beerguy1969
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Way too much carbonation for my taste. Will not be purchasing this one again...

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Photo of Bung
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a smallish off white head. Just a slight bit of lacing. Aromas are pretty roasty, malt and coffee. Tastes roast malt, hint of mocha and smoke. A little unpleasant sour bitterness. Not sure how or why they classify this as an Imperial. This had potential, I'm wondering if I distorted this one with some temperature changes bringing it home from Michigan.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very standard looking stout, brownish/black, bit o head.

Smell....hmmm....kinda p-u-ey. There's coffee and malt in there, but there's also something kinda oogey. Leathery, animal, bad breath. What the hell is that?

Taste is more on track, picking up coffee and maybe some licorice. Acceptable. But this is too damn thin and flat for the style.

Not really a disaster but also not great and maybe not even good. I have had some stellar stouts/porters lately, so maybe this beer is damned by the company it keeps. With the number of good stouts out there it's tough to recommend this one. I wish Mt Pleasant the best, but Michigan's a great beer state with lots of competition, and judging by this beer, Mt Pleasant has some work to do to measure up.

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Photo of WuAnquo1
3/5  rDev -14.5%

3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of IlPostino
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paco1029384756
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very small light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of chocolate, raisins, roasted malts, and some coffee. Has a nice balance and decent strength.

Taste of earth, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and water. A bit light on flavor for a Stout, the flavor it has washes through the mouth quickly. The slightly spicy finish is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick.

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Photo of Gkimbo
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Gemini6
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, presumably 2013, with a twist cap served in a snifter.
Poured a very dark mahogany; clear with a small tan head that soon vanished; nearly no lacing.

The appealing aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey with hints of dark fruits and roasted nuts.

Taste: Rich and lightly smokey, with touches of bitter chocolate and expresso. Roasted grains struck me as a bit too earthy and burnt. The burnt quality is responsible, in part, for making this "sweet stout" more bitter than sweet, and leaving a burnt grain aftertaste.

M: medium body with a low carbonation level.

O: Unfortunately, does not taste as good as it smells. Disappointing.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Borgs
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Steam Engine Stout is about the same colour as asphalt and it shares about the same degree of transparency as well. Only against bright light does its less stark tone of cola-brown become apparent, highlighted in both the upper and lower trims of the beer. The head is minuscule and despite constant agitation refuses to nest anywhere but along the outer circumference. Traces of it, however, do become jelled to the glass.

The aroma does contain a breath of what you'd hope to find in a stout - coffee, chocolate, roast malts - but it also provides you with an equal amount of stuff you really could do without; a sort of black licorice tainted lactose and a dash of poor-quality homemade red wine seem to creep into the picture every so often. It's nothing repugnant, not at all, but I get the feeling that if I keep sniffing at this rate I'm bound to get a headache.

There was also an unusual dark berry sort of note in the aroma, something akin to elderberry, that I was very much looking forward to finding in the flavour. Unfortunately, it never shows. There is perhaps a speck of blackberry-like taste but I can't be totally sure it isn't just my own wishful thinking. Apart from some stale (and cheap) coffee and some cheap (and stale) chocolate there really isn't much to be tasting.

Fortunately, the mouthfeel is in good standing. It is adequately roasty with a slightly burnt ground-up coffee bean kind of tinge. The resulting astringency is well contained by a proper bittersweet quality. The body is medium-light which is acceptable for the style; this is the kind of stout suited to the pint glass rather than the snifter. Indeed, I could have done with a full pint, and finished it in decent time too, but a second I'd certainly forgo.

A stout is a hard thing to screw up; it really need not be complex and the only provider of flavour need be the malts. It's simple really: just take some dark and/or roasted malts and throw them in the kettle - done. Generally speaking, as long as your beer has some roasted malt profile you've succeeded. Mt. Pleasant hasn't failed, there is some roast to be sure, but it doesn't strike me as profoundly malty (and there is certainly no hops).

Since this was my first Mt. Pleasant beer I felt I owed them the benefit of the doubt. Given the plainness of the simple stout I reckoned this one could just be chalked up to a mediocre and humdrum style... That is until I remembered Rogue's Shakespeare Stout, the Sierra Nevada Stout, Mill Street's Cobblestone and Bell's Kalamazoo - some of my all-time favourite beers - and realized that no, I won't lower my standards, Mt. Pleasant should raise theirs.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours very dark brown with three inches of tan head.

S - There is not a big nose on this one. I get some dark chocolate and some roasted malt.

T - The taste is somewhat bitter roasted malt. It's not black coffee bitterness. Maybe unsweetened chocolate.

M - It is smooth and creamy.

O - It is kind of burnt and bitter tasting, but not the worst thing in the world.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge four finger head, mocha and foamy. Opaque inky with good retention is never less than two fingers with sticky lace. Smells of espresso, burnt coffee. Strong coffee bean taste with mild astringency, toasted malt impressions. There is a long finish but it'snot particularly pleasing, for some reason this doesn't seem to sit as well as it should. Body is pretty substantial, heavy on the palette without offering quite enough in the way of flavour. Overall, this has some good things going for it but has a dinstincly sour aftertaste that compromises the finsh.

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Photo of Dalem
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in color. Almost black actually if it wasn't for the slight bit of light that peeks around the edges giving the look a bit of a brown luminescent glow. A half inch head melts away pretty quickly and leaves minimal lacing behind.
Chocolate and smoke can be detected in the scent but neither of them really jump out. It takes a couple of deep whiff's to detect them but while doing so there's also something akin to blackberries that comes out as well. There is a bit more going on in the flavor department though. Roasted malt is on the front end followed by dark chocolate and ends with a slight hoppiness.
The brew itself is a bit thinner than some of the other stouts but that made it pretty easy to go down.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Steam Engine Stout from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
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