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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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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 86
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

23912535 on the short-neck bottle, so I assume it means it was made 239th day of 2012... poured into a S.A. Perfect Pint glass. This is my second beer from the company after Train Wreck Ale, which I thought was average-ish.

Appearance: Black. If held up to light, ruby black. Two finger head goes away pretty quickly, but a tan ring remains on top of the beer. Lacing is weak. Above average looking beer.

Smell: Right up there with "the big boys" -- a very pleasant roasted malt aroma... maybe with some dark chocolate and coffee smells as well.

Taste/feel: I tend to think porters have a lighter mouthfeel, but maybe that's in my head, since stouts and porters seem to be intertwined. The feel is thin and quite carbonated, but I'm fine with that, personally. The taste is a lot like the smell -- a lot of that roast, which is of a pretty surprising quality, if I could be so honest. As the beer warms up a bit, some more sweetness comes through. A surprisingly good stout from a "where the hell brewed this?" brewery.

These are actually the sorts of stouts I enjoy drinking. They aren't too heavy, and they have a solid flavor. Nice roast flavor in this one, and easy to drink. A great entry stout, I'd think -- enjoyable, for sure. Honestly? I like this more than Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Sue me.

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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 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 GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short-neck bottle poured into a mug.

A- A very conservative pour left 2-3 fingers of pillowy, brown head cresting the glass. After a couple of their beers, I'm wondering if there are over-carbonation issues. The body was a brown-black with reddish hues at the edges and evidence of heavy carbonation. The head eventually drops and sustains at about 1-finger and leaves good sticky rings on a glass that normally doesn't do any favors for presentation.

S- It's pleasantly roasty, almost smokey, at first. The usual suspects for a stout, chocolate and a little coffee, are in the background. Hops play a very minor role (I think they want to be citrusy, but are a bit lost).

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Bold, roasted malts dominate. Roasted qualities almost become smokey. Hints of dark chocolate poke through. It' pretty good, if not a little one-dimensional.

M- It's a little grainy/chalky, which isn't necessarily bad. It reminds you that you're drinking a full-bodied beer. There's a little too much carbonation for a stout, but it seems to mellow with time and warmth.

D- While flavorful, there isn't a whole lot going on. I could see being able to drink a couple in a sitting. It's something I'd drink again, but not something I'm going to seek out.

Definitely better than the berry beer by the same brewer. I'd like to try some more of their stuff to see how good they really are.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is good black, with a decent head formation, thick and slightly tan in color. The head dissipates but wisps remain.

The aroma is pleasant and typical stout but its dark chocolate and roasted notes make it stand out.

The taste is unfortunately average. The taste of malt and dark chocolate hit up front but a lack of roasted flavor make this seem more porter like but still lacking. I can't complain but just would like better.

The mouth is smooth better then the taste unfortunately leaves a sweetness with a lack of dry due to no roasted flavor.

There are good points to this beer one being it goes down easy and at 6.4% for a stout i would go back for it but I wouldn't seek it out

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

Pours a deep dark stout black with a thin tan head that goes down to a rim and hangs out till the end.A rich sweet coffee,chocolate,and slightly bitter hop aroma. Flavor is of dark roasted malt,coffee,bitter and sweet chocolate dark fruit, and brown bread.A nice creamy mouthfeel,slightly hoppy dry finish. A very good craft brew,and plan to buy again. I was suprised that this did not score higher maybe I have just ended up with good bottles or something.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a mix-a-six at the brewery while in town for my sister's graduation at CMU. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Steam Engine Stout is black in the glass with only the faintest highlights of deep brown/ruby color when held up to the light and a deep mocha colored head. The nose is a nice mixture of roasted coffee, burnt chocolate and sweet molasses. The flavor follows suit, burnt chocolate comes to the forefront, a nice malty sweet middle and an acrid dryness and slightly unpleasant bitterness that finishes out the sip. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with minimal carbonation, definitely dry on the finish. Overall, drinkable but not my favorite stout either. I would like to think this would be better if I had it on tap.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour developed a 1/2 finger, creamy tan head. The foam receded quickly...very little lace present. The body is dark brown-black with ruby edges.

The nose has roasted malts and creamed coffee up front. You can detect some dark fruits and molasses in the background. *Side note: I reset my molasses calibration recently...my wife bought a jar to make cookies with my daughter!*

The taste is in line the nose. Unfortunately, this one gets weaker as the beer warms. Sweeter at first and more roasted toward the finish.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium with mild to moderate carbonation.

This is pretty drinkable, but nothing really jumps out at you. Worth a try, but not going out of your way for.

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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 divineaudio
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip

pours a standard deep dark brown and forms a pinky of coarse, tan head that disappears pretty fast. i get a few spots of lace here and there.

smells of roasted malt, molasses and raisin. maybe a hint of chocolate too. taste follows with big roasted character and notes of dark fruit. has a cola like sweetness to it and hop character is mild at best.

fuller in body with prickly carbonation.

not really a session beer but pretty good overall. would buy it again but i wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Just a stupid amount of head and carbonation. This probably had more foam than Duvel. It's black like you'd expect from an imperial stout with a hint of chestnut, and a science experiments worth of foam. This had to be poured multiple times to get into an oversized glass.

S- For something with extreme amounts of head, the aroma was fairly bland and simple. Licorice and roastiness was all I could detect. Not a bad combination though.

T- About halfway between roasted and dark malts. Hop presence is moderate for the style. Hints of licorice accent the taste, but never act as a primary flavor.

M- Medium full body. Carbonation seems to do most of it's work on the appearance, as the mouthfeel seems to roll around heavily. The finish is fairly dry.

O- Not a bad stout considering it's reasonable price. There's quality to it, but it doesn't impress me much. It does the job though if you're looking for a stout that has more flavor than the norm.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a blackish brown body with very little retention and hardly any lacing to it.
S. The smell is roasted chocolate, roasted coffee and some sweet malts.
T. The taste is some bitter chocolate, followed by some coffee, and a slight hint of floral and earthy hops. I also taste some sweet malts in here. The taste is pretty balanced and has a nice taste to it.
M/D. the mouthfeel is creamy at first and than it gets thinned and watered down while drinking it. It seems to have a lighter body feel that other stouts I have tried. I'll probably drink this stout sometimes, but not as often as other stouts like Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.

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Steam Engine Stout from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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