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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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 mothman
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to knifestyles for this extra.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a very little layer of khaki head. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Very muted. Some roasted notes and chocolate. Not to much here.

Taste: Roasted malts and bitter coffee with some chocolate. Almost has a burnt malt flavor. Some vanilla notes, but not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted, just as it starts.

Overall, this beer is a fairly average stout. Not very much going on here. It does pair very well with sweet dark chocolate, however. This beer is simply average overall.

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Photo of HopPilot
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro tap, very dark brown, but not quite black color. Small amount of head, in a creamy off white color. Smells strongly of coffee. Mouthfeel smooth and silk like with little to no carbonation. Taste starts off somewhat sweet followed by a slightly bitter but strong coffee flavor. A bit of chocolate trys to break through the strong coffee flavors. Overall a very smooth delicious coffee like stout. If your in the Portland, Maine area I would recommend.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good find, a good addition to the selection at the store.

This pours a nice dark color, good head, nice lacing. Greta taste, and great smell. The palate is of roasted coffee and chocolate, very yummy...

another good comparison to this is the Grand Imperial Porter from Poland.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sebago Lake Trout Stout is a brown-black ale with a thin brown head that fades. It has a very roasty, chocolate, coffee aroma. It smells so roasty! It's quite full bodied and quite smooth. The finish is slightly gritty. It's bitter and roasty with chocolate and coffee notes. There's a touch of anise at the finish. It's a wicked solid American stout.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a huge amount of light tan head, maybe too much, fades at a slow rate, leaves a huge amount of lacing too.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with little bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste is actively carbonated, pretty much explodes in my mouth like a cola, good amount of roasted malt with a coffee-ish bitter aftertaste, the bitterness doesn't linger too long, feels a bit thin for a stout though and lacking on the creaminess (probably because of the carbonation).

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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 cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown or black colored liquid that barely lets any light through. there is ample dark khaki colored head that is thick and robust looking. the head has solid retention, lingers for quite some time. the glass is completely coated in lace, thick and covering.

S-the nose is not big but it is very well blended. the oak has a great presence with hints of bourbon and nice notes of vanilla. Milk chocolate lies underneath with hints of molasses. The finish brings a light earthy note with hints of grass.

T-the taste is the same, lighter but well blended. Oaky vanilla and a hint of bourbon lay down a solid foundation. Lactic sugars seem to be present in the middle giving it a sweet feel that fades quickly into a big dark chocolate malt and a touch of roasted espresso. Some dark fruits come in towards the back with dark cherry, some ripe plum.

M-this is medium to full body and extremely smooth. there is very little carbonation making it slick on the back of the throat. I'd like to see a little more carbonation to give it a stronger finish. It is slightly dry...ahh where is the carbonation!

D-this is extremely tasty, perfectly blending the barrel and some nice stout complexity. seems like a milk/sweet stout almost and I wasn't sure exactly how to class this beer. The lack of carbonation kills the mouthfeel as it was really a solid beer other than that glaring gap.

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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 gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one handsome beer: deep ruby color with a mahogany head that lingers, leaving a lot of sticky tan lace on the glass. Actually, the head came from nowhere: I poured 8oz quite vigorously into a glass with only a trace of a head, then boom! Bubbles everywhere. Vanilla, charcoal and cherries in the aroma. These were quite present in the taste as well, especially the cherries along with some nice tobacco. There was very little evidence of hops in the taste at first, but after five minutes in the glass it warmed up and then the hops delivered a good load of citrus. Nicely complex, just bitter enough at the finish and extremely satisfying overall from looks to taste to the glorious toasted after-aroma. I hesitated to wash the glass, it smelled so nice.

Easily one of the better American porters available in New England, rivaling Berkshire Brewing Co.'s Drayman's porter. And so reasonably priced, there's no excuse not to keep one or two on hand.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this guy as an extra from rheisler. Thanks Ryan.

A: Thick creamy head of about half a finger. It's also a dark colored head. An almost pitch black color with very small hints of light escaping around the corners. It's not too thick, seems semi thin as I swirl it around the sides of the glass.

N: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A nice bakers chocolate aroma with hints of milk chocolate. Also adds to the roasted malt aromas with hints of coffee and a nice roasted aroma. Then some oats add more depth to it. It has some reminiscence of Breakfast Stout on the nose, but a little less coffee and chocolate. I also get the very slightest hint of sweet malts converted to alcohol, with almosta slight boozy aroma.

T: Starts with more chocolate. More of a milk chocolate on the taste. It's accompanied by more roasted malts, and hints of coffee but much less than the nose. It def has a nice roasted malt flavor thought. Nice thick velvety like taste, and feel but that comes later. A slight sweet malt flavor, with some caramel. Then more oats come to fruition, adding a nice oatmeal quality to combine with the chocolate, coffee, and caramel to make a nice dish. A nice stout like flavor, adding some scorched malts, and earthy qualities, also adds depth. Pretty much no alcohol.

M: Thicker than I thought, smooth and almost velvety. Milk chocolate comes to mind, whole milk.Very little carbonation.

F: A very slight alcohol comes through with some warmth. It's still a little sweet and malty, with tons more chocolate, milk chocolate. It also gets semi bitter on the finish. I think its more of a stout like bitterness than a hop based. The starched malts bring out some earthiness. It also gets a touch of spice, which could be from the alcohol or some light hops. More coffee seems to burst out late on the finish, again giving a breakfast stout like taste. It's actually a very enjoyable stout, not too heavy or thick, a nice velvety feel and taste, lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavors, some oats, coffee, and pretty much no boozy flavor.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the first Sebago Full Moon Cask event, which Kai said he plans to make a regular occurence (yes!) on 11/2/09, poured into a shaker pint. A wonderful three finger, coarse, light tan head sits atop a beautiful deep mahogany body, very ipressive head considering this was out of the cask. A huge nose of coffee and sweet, dark malts, followed by some bitter cocao. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, a great herbal hop presence that balances nicely. Great mouthfeel, a little thinner than on the nitro tap, as I would expect, but a nice medium body. This was insanely drinkable, I could have sessioned this one all night, I like this one much better on cask than nitro tap or bottle.

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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 far333
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black with garnet highlights. A two-inch high head rises up thick and bulbous and fat and rounded and slowly sinks back to an inch high mound with fat bubbles loudly bursting slowly.

Rich aroma of espresso and dark chocolate, molasses and currant.

Richer flavor of darkly roasted malt, burnt espresso and dark chocolate, smokey and leathery, charred bark, finish of burnt oak. Great flavor, very complex, reminds a lot of an imperial.

Full and creamy mouthfeel upfront, thins out across the tongue, finishes tingly.

Very tasty, highly drinkable, an incredibly flavorful sessionable beer. Happened upon this and had to try just cuz of the name, it was a very happy accident.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black colored brew with a hefty tight light chocolate colored head and beautifully full lacing. The aroma is mild malt and light charcoal, not much more but pleasant. The flavor brings a middle level charcoal in a very medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. There is a very subtle but sweet chocolate suggestion with Karo malt. This is a very satisfying stout with reasonable guts and constitution though reasonably drinkable. Charcoal leads the way, finishes with plent left over that gathers at the back of your throat. Godd deal Sebago, and nice new digs moved down the road a bit since my last visit. Definitely recommended, the stout and the place!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of my last Sebago bomber this beer was a near-opaque, black color. The two-fingers of tan head displayed moderate retention and good lacing. The aroma was rather light, coffee, roasted malt and black walnuts. The flavors were quite dark and considerably more bold than most Sebago products (which was good). I tasted lots of roasted malt and some blackened malt, coffee, a bit of earthiness, baking cocoa and the finish was tongue-coating and bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation medium. Though it could have used more sweetness in the malt, I considered this a balanced and solid beer as well as one of Sebago's best.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Lou's Beverage Barn in Augusta, ME. Stored on a shelf, not cooled, and exposed to light. For how long shall remain a mystery.

Look great. Huge chocolaty head with amazing, almost annoying retention. Lacing is good too. Black with just a hint of highlights.

Smell is mostly of roasted grains, a bit of sweetness, and an almost coffee like sharpness. Some legs.

Taste follows the nose. Black patent and chocolate malt dominate, some malty sweetness, along with coffee and bitter chocolate like flavors, whether they used those ingredients or not. A bit out of balance on the sharp bitter side, but I prefer my stouts to err in this direction as opposed to not being roasty enough. But a bit more of a malty backbone and malty sweetness would amp this one up on the ratings scale for me.

Very light fiz and modestly creamy texture. Some lingering bitterness after the finish.

A bomber was plenty. If there was a bit more sweetness and malt to balance the assertive roastiness, I'd be chugging it. Overall, an admirable effort. A solid, if unremarkable, American Stout.

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Photo of sevenredrabbits
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright. I picked this beer up an hour ago at the local package store. Poured into a short pilsner. As other reviewers have, chocolate. It's not an overly complicated beer. This one poured a 1.5 finger head that dissipated a little and eventually went away completely. Lace down the entire glass. Pretty smooth feel. No extreme carbonation. Almost seems thin. A good one, but I won't make a habit of them..

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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 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 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 Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a deep, dark brown - minimal light passed through. There was a thin light brown head, and decent lacing. The scent is slightly smoky, hint of hops, but mostly malty. The taste is decent with hints of coffee. Malts hit you up front,with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of kevinglin
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on nitro at the Sebago Brewing Co. restaurant next to The Maine Mall in Portland. Arrived to my seat with virtually no head, but the cascading effect resulting in a thin, 1/2-finger layer of white tight foam on top of a pitch-black body, with hints of ruby in the brew. While the head was thin, it persisted until the end of the drink and left "rings' around the glass until the pint was finished.

Not much to the aroma - this is listed as an American Stout but to me, it poured, smelled and tasted like a standard Irish Dry. Some roasty maltiness in the smell, but not much else. The taste belies the aroma - there is more flavor than I was expecting given the weak aroma. Roasty chocolates dominate the flavor. Low carbonation levels with a medium body.

Overall, a decent stout, not great or world class, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PapaMurph for this one.

This beer appears to be a dark cola color with a think film of dirty tan that leaves a touch of lace behind.

Smells pleasantly of coca and afresh coffee with a dry kicker of oats and rhubarb.

Tastes thin and fruity that starts with a garbled heap of rye bread, apples and grapes with a touch of ashy smoke that transitions into a nice coffee and a faint dark chocolate. The distant thin watery nature of this one really keeps the eclectic flavors at bay so that they work with each other instead of against. This one finishes off with a tart sour candy nip and a smoky coffee.

Feels just about right for the flavors to deliver themselves, with a subdued, slick body and a nice airy carbonation.

A neat take on the style for sure.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Pitch black with only a hint of ruby light coming in at the very edges down at the bottom. A frothy one finger light brown head slowly settles to a razor thin cap with a thick rim.

Bitter roasty malts that mimic dark coffee. Maybe a touch of dark chocolate.

The roasty malts are extra bitter, this almost seems like just a step below a RIS without the massive hops. The plain coffee bean flavor is in the flavor as well. Full bodied, good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitter malts.

I really like this stout. It's solid, but doesn't put you out like an RIS or Export Stout. Not quite a session beer but it's very drinkable. Plain ol' American Stouts don't have much complexity, but this one has just a touch of it. Recommended.

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