Lake Trout Stout | Sebago Brewing Company

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Lake Trout StoutLake Trout Stout

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lake Trout Stout is midnight black with a thick and creamy head. It is a full bodied stout brewed with oatmeal and plenty of hops to balance the roasted barley. Our stout is an experience. It tastes the same way it looks - dark and rich. It is named after the famous deep water Sebago Lake Togue or Lake Trout which inhabit the depths of Maine's deepest lake. Enjoy.

32 IBU

Added by BillyBrew on 07-21-2002

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 147
Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours out an almost pitch black with a full tan head that drops quickly. Some sticky lace left around the glass. Big chocolate and roasted notes come through in the aroma. Light malty sweetness in the background. Bitter coffee and roasted malts upfront on the flavor. Some sweet chocolate as well. End on a lingering bitter roasty note. Solid body and pretty drinkable. The taste is a bit to simple with the big roasted coffee notes but still enjoyable overall.

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

Thick black with a thick layer of coffee colored head. The aroma is coffee, roasted (almost burnt) malts, some tangy dark fruits.
Flavor is extremely smooth. Dark malts are the solid foundation for this brew. Black and roasted dark chocolate, bitter coffee and bakers chocolate and a layer of earthy hops. Light carbonation and a thick body made this beer perfect for my breakfast on a Sunday morning.

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

Pours a light brown, two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted/burnt coffee nose. Starts and finishes with a burnt chocolate flavor, smooth. $3.75 for a 22oz bottle from the brewery Gorham, Me.

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

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle served in a nonic.

Pours a deep brown with shades of coal. Inch-high, light brown rocky foamy of a head that slowly recedes from the outside-in. Walls of condensed lacing that last as thin trails.

Big whaffs of roasted malt with a touch of sweetness from vanilla and oatmeal. Hints of heavy cream and an underlying smokiness.

Gruff and chewy roasted malts giving notes of bittered, dark chocolate and espresso beans. Faint hints of grape and unsweetened plum. A touch of oak and smokiness prior to a big, bitter hop bite. Mocha, dark chocolate, and bitter caramel in the aftertaste.

Full in body; rich and chewy yet very dry which works well with the profile of dark, robust flavors.

An easy drinking "dry stout" with some good flavors and aromas, not to mention a head that never breaks. This offering tastes very fresh, and the flavors really come through as this stout warms.

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

A light black coloured brew with a nice head of light khaki-coloured foam. The aromas are of nicely roasted coffee and malts, with some hints of chocolate, caramel, and butterscotch in the mix as well. The taste is similar. coffee and toffee, i'd say. A really buttery, UK-styled stout that stays interesting until the bottom of the pint. Mouthfeel is creamy/smooth and drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing striking, but a solid brewpub offering. Black-black colour and super thick, nitro head that was sticky and strong. Mild roasted barley and slight chocolate nose. Roasted barley is is solid with very slight chocolate taste and strong coffee-finish. The bitterness started very strong, but got smoother down the pint. Mildy coarse, medium body.

Nice, non-Dry stout offering. Try not to look over Sebago Brewing when in Portland. Cheers!

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Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a minimal mocha color heat that dissipates quickly to a small patch of fine bubbles in the center of the brew.

S: A bit of coffee in the nose followed by huge amounts of roasted barley and a hint of oats. Most else is quite masked by the barley and some malts.

T: Initial taste has earthy tones of malts and some light barley, a light amount of cocoa and a hint of coffee was detectable as well.

M: Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, with an almost watery sensation as one is enjoy the beer. Medium-light body that's light on carbonation.

O: Overall, certainly not bad, but this is not one of the more memorable stouts I have had.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this at Tully's in Wells ME.Great place to buy beer.This pours a dark coffee/like brown,almost black.The head is a little small though,only about one finger.A real nice roasted malt coffee smell,very refreshing.A deep rich coffee flavor with bits of chocolate and something sweet,Carmel?
A nice mouthfeel thats pretty heavy but good,and normal for this type.This is a very good beer and if I can find it in CT I will have it again.Otherwise it's off to Tully's.

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Photo of Stimack
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was one that I picked up in September during our Vacation to Maine. Bomber Bottle - Nice brew, nice dark brown color that has a slight medium tan head. Thought the carbonation would have been greater as it took a vigorous pour to get the slight froth. The head that was present did leave some lacing along the side of the glass. The aroma was nice and welcoming (first stout I have had since last fall, I believe) with a roasted smell of coffee and toasted malt. The flavors impressed with the roasted notes clearly coming to the forefront. Also flavors of chocolate and coffee are very noticeable and accompany well. Has a nice dry finish that is not overdone. This brew went down quite easy and was welcome on a cooler evening. Will look for this one again in my travels.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with almost no head

S: Roasted malts and black coffee dominant with hints of dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose, very roasty with notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The coffee gives it quite a bitter finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. A tad bit thin, but it works with the abv nicely

O: An easy going stout that is nice and simple. Probably more suitable for the colder months, but still does fine in the warm weather. Certainly pairs well with a lot of their food (as most of their beers do)

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Southampton pint glass at MiKro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Black with ruby-brown edges under a thin veil of creamy, off-white foam. Lacing was minimal but the foam resin hung on for the duration of the brew.

S: Roasted barley and a bit of smoked wood round out the mostly herbal and earthy aroma with a leafy hop scent on the end.

T: Flavorful roasted malts with bits of chicory and anise in the bittersweet, bold entry. Some light, fruity ale flavors round the palate before bittering up and leaving a dry, roasted finish.

M: Full-bodied stout that errs more balanced than creamy. A bit chewy at its center but relatively dry, bitter finish.

D: The 5.8% ABV and herbacious hop balance make Sebago's Lake Trout a fine American stout IMO. Not the best stout I've had in ages, but a steady drinking, balanced stout to pair with a dessert, cigar or on its own.

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Photo of csmiley
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to matty1918 for this brew.

A - Pours nearly black in color. Light has a hard time getting through even around the edges. The tan head was minimal and slow to rise. It disappears quickly. Lacing is moderate.

S - Aroma has some sweetness going for it. Starts out with milk chocolate mixed with chocolate syrup. Not cloying in any way though. Some roasted flavors and a small amount of bitterness come in towards the end.

T - Roasted flavors are much stronger in the flavor than the aroma let on. Smokiness also hits the palate quickly. Strong sweet flavors show up midway. Chocolate syrup and malted milk both show themselves. A hint of hop bitterness finishes it up to give a nice balance. Alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Finish starts out bittersweet but ends up more sweet than bitter. Slightly creamy.

D - Drinkability is good. Sebago has pulled off a good solid brew in the Lake Trout Stout. Nothing stands out as being fantastic but most everything comes together collectively to make a good brew. I would happily drink more of this beer if I could get it. It's very quick to go disappear and doesn't have hardly any detectable alcohol. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Sebago, South Portland:

Into a pint glass:

A: creamy tan head, thin quickly fading lacing, dark brown body

S: roasted malt combined nicely through the oats and barley, dark fruits

T: all previously mentioned flavors coming through and some espresso noted in the taste

M: medium, bitter and dry finish and aftertaste

O: good American Stout, I don't normally do Stouts in the summer, but hey, glad I tried it

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Photo of bjohnson
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label states it's craft brewed and bottled by Sebago Brewing Co. Gorham, Me. There are two listings for this beer.

A: Pours a jet black with a nice one finger caramel colored frothy head. Dissipates quickly with a rim on the edge of the glass.
S: Burnt coffee and unsweetened chocolate notes. Roasted barley with a twing of hops that peak in and out.
T/M: Roasty burnt coffee grinds and roasted barley gives way to a bitter hop fizzyness that trickles out towards the edges of the mouth. Slight cigarette ash and caramel sweetness--an odd blend. Bitterness is sticky and can be picked up with a lick of the lips. Not as smooth as I'd hoped--the carbonation takes over a bit creating a gap between the flavors and mouthfeel. Medium body. Subtle charcol notes come through as it warms.
D: This could be a really good brew if the mouthfeel improves just a tad. Definately a drinkable stout though with good flavor.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB globe. Pitch black pour with a nice thick brown head. It looks really nice; the brown/tan head just looks thick and creamy.
Really nice aromas of roasted chocolate and vanilla. Taste is of bitter roasted malts, slight chocolate and nice vanilla notes. Nice oatmeal and hop balance as well. It feels a bit thin; missing real body, and slightly bitter, but overall a good stout. Just wish the abv was higher.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown. Did not think I could cut through that depth of brown with a knife. However, with a flashlight I was able to get some bright and shiny ruby shimmers around the edges. Thick and creamy head that was lightly dyed brown.

Nose is lightly of roasted malts.

Flavor is a solid American stout. Plenty of roasted and toasted malts up front. Support is quickly followed up with a nice and mild hop base that really is noticeable about a minute after the swallow--comes through as evergreen. Some oatmeal but mostly to provide some body--its addition to the flavor is very mild. Little bit of vanilla is peaking its smooth and tasty way through as well.

Heavy mouthfeel and slightly slick and oily. Little bit dry but not overly.

An easy drinking stout that makes a nice smooth and relaxing nightcap.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dense group of mixed bubbles create a rock light carmel brown head. Fades very slow leaving considerable scattered lace. Body is a silky jet blackness. Nose is nice with big mocha tones that are deep and rich with chocolate and coffee. Enters the mouth thinner than the nose had led me to expect. A bit of burnt malt and creamy bitter bakers chocolate work on the front of the tongue to the back. Dry coffee black notes linger on the back of the tongue and create a bitter thick mouthfeel. Some slight smokey notes are there to. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am sampling a room temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up easily. The head fades and rests as a surface layer quickly. The aroma is roasted malt and a bit of grassy hops and just a hint of coffee and dry roasted malt. First sip reveals a lite to average body with very smooth texture. Also very fine rollig carbonation. Flavor starts with a bit of sweet malt and chocolate and roasted notes as well. Moves to grassy hops and this combines with roasted notes and lingers for a bit after each swallow. A nice beer that is easy to drink, but a little thicker body would be an improvement.

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with half inch tan head. Lacing is thin bubbled and sticky. Opaque.
S) Coffee. Bread. Hop notes are very faint.
T) Smoky. Coffee. Cocoa. Very light hops in the finish. Lingering chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste.
M) Thick. Chewy. Full bodied. Gritty.
D) A good stout. Well crafted.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on nitro-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer has a great cascade along the chestnut and auburn body, leveling off with a thin, dense, light tan head that looks creamy smooth. Aromas of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and a solid roasted grain in the background. Flavors of coffee, both roasted and bitter, on a light, dry body. Dark chocolate and charcoal lace the tongue and roof of the mouth while you drink, with the solid coffee bitter keeping the palate in check. Smokey and roasted aftertaste, with a curtain of lacing all over the glass. The finish is bitter and dry, just as it should be. Very tasty and smooth.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this stout, and also the bourbon barrel aged version, back over the summer in Maine. Tonight I opened the regular version. Poured into a Great Divide Yeti tulip glass. First thing I noticed was the color - tar black. Darkest beer I have encountered in a while. Nice thin head and some attractive lacing marks on the glass. Smell reminded me a lot of an oyster stout I had recently - a bit mineral-like and sour. Flavor was dark and rich with coffee and chocolate. Notes on the bottle say this beer was brewed with oats, so that's an interesting addition. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, just like a good stout should be. A solidly built stout. I look forward to trying the barrel aged version this week to compare the two while still fresh in my mind. For under $4/bomber to go at the brewpub, this was a steal.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet-black body with a creamy tan head that leaves a very nice sample of thin lacing behind.

A generous roasted malt aroma rises from the beer that also includes oats and barley. There are some sweet notes mingled in as well, perhaps dark fruits as best I can tell.

More roasted, bordering on burnt malt in the flavor with a touch of espresso. Similar oats to the aroma, with some nice hops showing up towards the rear of the palate, and again the dark fruit sweetness appears as the beer warms.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation with warming, drying finish.

This is a very nice American Stout with good traditional character and just enough flavor and aromas to keep the senses entertained without overwhelming.

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Photo of Casey10
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this a nice representation of a american stout.

A- Dark body wispy head not bad.

S - Small amount of chocolate going on.

T More of the same chocolate flavor and taste.

M - smooth not much else

D -Its good and I want another smoooth an highly drinkable.

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Photo of albern
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine looking stout, It pours a very dark, cloudy brown with particulates quite evident throughout the glass. The head is creamy, tan, okay retention and some lacing going on as well. The particulates in the stout make this quite a sight and they are just in suspended animation. The nose on the beer isn't all that assertive. There are dark crystal malts, some roasted notes, maybe a wood grilled aroma, a touch of coffee, and just a hint of vanilla. The nose could have a bit more punch.

The taste is quite nice right from the pour. It is clearly a beer with a good deal of dark roasted, almost charred flavors. There is some woody complexity, some leafy drying hops are quite evident, and there is a hint or more of some cherry chocolate, and some semi-sweet cooking chocolate. The bittering flavors linger in the mouth a bit longer than I would have liked, but the assertiveness is appreciated. This is a medium bodied beer, some coffee notes emerge towards the finish with a woody almost tobacco like complexity. A pretty good stout overall.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a big, foamy, tan head. Lots of carbonation it seems. Smell has some good things going on but it's a bit metallic. Taste kicks the metallic out and brings forth the goodness. Great deep roasted malts. Very rich and flavorful. Good chocolate and coffee with a slight hoppy backing. Quite tasty indeed. Mouthfeel has a bit much carbonation again. Very dry and bitter. Decent drinkability. High point is the excellent flavor this has. Needs some work in certain areas but could be great.

Thanks to Deltatauhobbit for the bottle as an extra in a trade!

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