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Steam Engine Stout | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bung on 01-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,093
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
88
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/8/2014. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American stout style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Very big on flavor for the ABV.

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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 Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice, though the head falls fast. Nose is entirely uneventful. So I am guessing the flavor is going with this whole steam engine thing? Smoky, thick, rustic. Quite hearty. I like the tones on this one, and the delivery of flavor is consistent. A pretty nice stout.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good body and blend.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this at the store last week. I have seen this around but usually end up going for a bigger stout, but a lighter stout sounds good right now, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice black color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It had a fingers worth of off white tan head that died down to a thin clump.

S- The aroma is pretty roasty, the usual coffee and chocolate flavors were blended into the background nicely. I get a slight bit of bitter hops at the end.

T- Similar to the aroma, the roasted malts really dominate this brew and come off a little sweeter then the nose led me to believe. The coffee come out a lot more in the flavor then the chocolate did. There was a slightly bitter presence of hops on the finish that helps tie everything together.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied and a little under carbonated.

D- As far as Stouts go, this one tends to be on the lighter side, which makes it pretty drinkable. All the right flavors are there and they aren't too robust. If i was in the mood for it I could drink three or four of these. Alcohol wasn't detectable.

Overall I thought this was a nice light stout that had great drinkablity and balance. This brew was a nice change of pace from the bigger stouts I normally buy. This beer drank more like an oatmeal stout, but it had all the right flavors for an American Stout. I would buy this 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 Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one is quite a dark brown, but it does let some light in. It seems to have a pretty firm body that falls within style. The head is a tight sandy cap about half a finger high with greater than average retention and lace.
Malts are firm in the nose, a light roastiness with some sweeter notes and some dark fruits in the end. There's something a little drier but still meaty in the middle, almost like walnut. There's a bit of milk chocolate leaning toward bittersweet with some char into the end. In the flavor, it goes a little light for a stout, but it works pretty well.
The body isn't as full or robust as it could be but it isn't terribly weak either. It hits the bigger end of medium, though it lets up a little at the end, and I might take just a touch of crispness off of this one.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice solid and Roasty stout. Medium carb with a lighter mouthfeel. It's nothing crazy but it doesn't have to be. This is just a nice well done stout. Glad I received it in a trade.

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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 tykechandler
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown - call it black - with a tan head that builds large from an aggressive pour before dropping to a film. Little lace if any left behind.
Smell is a well balanced blend of roasted malts, coffee, cardboard and a hint of baking chocolate.
Taste is very similar though more complex with notes of toasted malt, coffee, cardboard, bittersweet chocolate and light whiskey. Well done.
A full bodied brew with light effervescence. Fairly smooth with just a bit of coating at the back of the upper palate. Lightly warming.

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

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gordavidson
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not an American Double Stout. It is an American Stout.

A- A very dark brown with only a bit of clarity when held to a light. The head is a light tan, thin, but a little creamy looking.

S- Very smoky and chocolaty. Kind of sweet smelling, but pretty enjoyable.

T- Pretty smoky, with some nice chocolate notes in there. Pretty clean tasting with just a bit of nutty bitterness in the tail end.

M- Very smooth and pretty creamy with a great carbonation level. Impressive.

D- A solid stout. Something nice from a new brewery. I don't picture the ABV being any higher than 6.5%. I wish I saw this around more often.

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Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of tan head.

Light smells of cocoa, root beer, and burnt malt.

Decent flavor, but weak. The burnt malt takes the lead with a touch of molasses.

Thick, but overly carbonated for a stout. It's not as creamy as I desire.

A decent stout, but nothing special about it.

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Steam Engine Stout from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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