Maple Breakfast Stout | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Maple Breakfast StoutMaple Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
14thstarbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dsartwell72 on 10-10-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
428
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
99
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 428
Photo of BigGold
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can, gift from friend, into nonic pint. Part of the Maple City Series, this beer is brewed with judicious use of "100% Vermont Maple Syrup and Northern Bayou Cold Brew Coffee," resulting in a big, flavorful brown ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored a can of this as an extra in a trade. The "stout" is light for a stout, this one pours brown, not black. Looks like cola. 3/5" lighter brown head, below average retention. Aroma does hit the maple and brown malt notes.

Taste, sweet, not overly, delivers on the maple. Somewhere in between a brown ale and a stout is where this firmly lies, I'm sure the maple takes a little away from the roast, making it lean brown ale even moreso. Toffee notes abound. There's a little bit of coffee edge to it, not much. Smoothness. Relatively thin body.

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Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/27/16. Dark chestnut brown with a finger of foamy tan head that leaves decent lacing. Roasted malts, light coffee and the slightest hint of maple in the nose. Roasted malts dominate again up front in the taste, again with light coffee behind, mixed with some faint sweetness on the backend that could be a kiss of maple. Medium bodied with modest carbonation. This is actually a very solid stout, but with FBS out there setting the bar in the "breakfast stout" category, and so many other good imitators, this seems a little subpar.

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Photo of Dakin
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black motor oil, nice creamy color. Sliver of head.

Smell: Smells like a breakfast sandwich. Slight maple.

Taste: Sweet, hops, no maple really coming through.

Feel: Carbonated, a little thin.

Overall: Not bad, but nothing really stands out to me. Was hoping for some stronger maple flavor. 5/10.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin head. Bonus points for tall boy can. Smells like kola nut at first pour with a little bit of maple peaking out in the back. Roast malt emerges more and more as it warms up. Dark malt and some but not too much maple in back. A little thin but I'm probably being picky.

It's no Founder's but I won't kick it out of the fridge either.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can listed as 6.5% ABV, not 5.5% as listed above on BA; my can is dated 10/29/16 which is a less fresh than I normally would like to drink in a lighter stout with additives; I had only tried hoppy beers by this brewery before (which I loved) but my first foray in the stouts was primarily a miss; first, the beer is NOT clearly labeled as a coffee stout unless you read the fine print on the side of the can; it also was somewhat bland (perhaps the freshness?) and lacking substantial body for a stout

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near black color where no light passes through the glass. Decent starting head. Settles quickly but leaves decent chunks of lace on the glass.

Drier (no sweetness) smell of beef stew with a touch of sourness. A bit odd, particularly given the name.

The taste is a definite step up. The dryness really works on the tongue. The flavor features mocha, from start through finish. Not complex, but the flavor is very true. I do not get any maple, but that's okay. The body is full and the carbonation is neutral. Relatively short aftertaste.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 8/5/16 and 6.5% ABV. Pours a very dark brown with a two inch light tan head that leaves behind some streaks of lace.

Smell is sweet bread, faint cocoa, vanilla, maple, biscuit, and toffee.

Taste follows but the maple starts and finishes, much more noticeable than the nose, everything else is a supporting role at best.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, moderate amount of life, a little on the dry side, and very easy to drink.

Overall this is pretty good, far from amazing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a medium dark brown, with a creamy white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like slightly artificial maple, and caramel, with no real coffee present- is actual coffee added to this, or just maple?

The maple taste doesn't feel quite as artificial or sugary as the aroma- which is good, considering it says they used real maple. There's some sweet caramel and nuttiness, but no coffee. Some roasted malt would help, too. This is just so thinly flavored, it's hard to get behind it.

The mouthfeel has no heft to it, and it's quite insubstantial. It's basically a super thin brown ale, with nothing really to suggest it's a stout. This is the most disappointing aspect of the beer.

This has some major flaws to it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a nice brown with a small head, dissipating to a ring. Pleasant scent with a bit of roast and maple? - hard to say. Taste is also pleasant with roasted malt coming through. Lighter in feel than I expected. Nice!

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in ruby brown.

The hits of medium roast, coffee.

The flavor develops on the palate, a touch soap. Woody, mocha, maple, coffee, medium roast. The beer drinks quite light for its ABV. A bit of fruity coffee flavor. The beer would be great with breakfast as assumed, with that lighter mouthfeel working with the beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14th Star Brewing Co. "Maple Breakfast Stout"
"ONE PINT" can, freshness dating is illegible (looks like a production date) but it reads "THE DARKNESS"... I don't know if that refers to the beer, the band, or a quote from Rick James (via Charlie Murphy).
$3.54 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

So, a maple breakfast stout brewed with real maple syrup, and it's from Vermont? It's gotta be good, right? But it's not nearly as rich and malty as I thought it would be. Still, it's not light bodied, it's medium with a bit of a dextrinous edge. And perhaps it's a good thing that it's not too malty and rich because it allows the maple syrup and coffee to come through clearly. Having said that, it's remarkably well-balanced without any overt acidity from the dark malts or the coffee. I initially thought that perhaps it was also deemed a breakfast beer because it's easy to drink, and perhaps lower in alcohol, but no, it's a solid 6.5% ABV. It's just the coffee and syrup that make it a "breakfast" beer, and in all honesty I totally get that, I could easily see pairing it with a plate of waffles, or eggs, and especially some bacon. In that sense it'd make a great hangover beer to help get you back on track! It's also fairly light on carbonation which fits, you don't really want this to be bristling, you just want a little bit of a zest to liven it up and then it becomes nicely smooth, and they've pulled that off perfectly. The trade-off to that, however, is less head, less head retention, and almost no lacing. The oils from the coffee beans also cut down on that, but they've done a cold-brew and you can't get much better than that. That then, may lead to a less full aroma, although I still get the maple syrup loud and clear. Overall: two thumbs up due to overall character, balance and drinkability! I drank the whole pint and felt like I could easily go for another, which is quite often not the case for me with stouts (and especially coffee stouts) as the acidity tends to build a little bit; perhaps that's another good reason for having it a little lighter than one might expect. Really nicely done! Look at it for what it is, not what you may have expected it to be.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hint of coconut on the front of the palette with cocco nibs and burnt coffee on the back. The lighter ABV makes this a drinkable summer stout. Good mouthfeel and balanced amount of sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 3/17/16

Pours dark maroon brown with a creamy frothy khaki colored head. Smells like dark fruits, roasty malts, some vanilla, oat, maple syrup, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, with mild floral pine and grass. Taste is fairly light with some roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, maple, molasses, vanilla, graham crackery grain, oats, brown sugar, with mild pine and floral grass. Feels medium-light bodied, smooth and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice low abv maple syrup coffee stout.

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Photo of VTR
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Being from Vermont I love maple syrup so when I saw a local brewery combine two of my favorite things I was on board. I visited this last summer and decided it was good but not what I expected but visit friends back home My palate was already fatigued

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When pouring, this looks like a brown ale. It does appear black in the glass but jet black is a stretch (some reviewers). Light tan head.

Aroma: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and not much else, MAYBE a hint of chocolate malts as well. Zero maple.

Taste is underwhelming and a big let down. Again, zero maple. To call this a maple stout is laughable.
Roasted malts, oats, coffee, faint chocolate note.

I wanted to be mean with this review (first time ever) but Ill try to give them a break. To pay 16 dollars a 4 pack is criminal though. I would NEVER buy this again. Maybe if they remember to put some maple syrup in it next time.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Vermont at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. The beer poured with a jet black appearance and a light brown, creamy head that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass and thin retention. Aromas were not as strong as I hoped, but I could sense molasses, sugar, light milk chocolate, and maybe a little maple. Taste is where the beer definitely saw some of that maple flavoring. This beer was sweet and roasty with a mix of maple, nuts, coffee, and cream. The mouthfeel excellently supplemented the flavors and beer by having a creamy, light texture. Overall, I wish the nose was stronger, but otherwise a great maple flavored stout.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a jet black color with the smallest khaki head with no retention and no lacing. Smell is maple, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is the same, but very watered down. Feel is way too light, next to no carbonation and watery. Overall a nice smelling beer, but everything else false flat.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Deep brown color with a burnt orange hue. Fine-bubbled beige head settles out quickly. A dot of lacing here and there.

S: Maple sweetness at the front of the nose. Quite a bit of sweetness actually. It almost takes on a raw cane sugar sort of character. Brown bread. Roast. Faint coffee and smoke. Semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Maple syrup up front. Some char and burnt, acrid malt roast. Black coffee. Brown molasses. Tootsie rolls. Drying smokey finish.

M: Hefty medium body. Sweet and syrupy/coating. Blast of fine carbonation has a bite.

O: Decent. The sugary maple rules perhaps a bit too much. Not bad though.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall boy (yes! a stout in a tall boy!) canned on 12/29. With a name like this it's hard not to compare...although it's a great stout on its own merits, it smells, tastes and feels like FBS Light. There - I said it and I wasn't struck down. I'm not getting a noticeable dose of maple which I was expecting would be the differentiator. Nice bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel malt and roasted oats flavors. Nothing sticky or too sweet. Mouthfeel is closer to dry than creamy; somewhere in between. Really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sounds like an interesting beer, and in a can yay, canned 11/2/15.

Pours a nice creamy off-white 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent foamy lacing, very dark murky brown chocolate-coffee color.

Nose brings dark malts, a little roasty like with cocoa dust and a little dark chocolate note, touch of biscuity cookie and candy caramel like, very faint maple, coffee syrup, and a touch of creamy oats I think.

Taste brings more roasty brown malts, toasty, mild caramel and coffee cream, creamy oats, little velvety smooth oat character, mild maple creams but not a lot of maple, more like dried maple syrup on the back end, some coffee syrup again, and biscuity cocoa, with a little bitter hop profile. Finish is drier but sticky, a little syrupy like, dried maple late, a little coffee and creamy chocolate milk.

MOuth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, creamy smooth.

Overall interesting, not great but fairly tasty, maple is on the lighter side, malts are decent, nice creamy oat profile, fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of bol3by
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich sweet aroma, creamy initial mouthfeel but quickly dissipates to light bubbly mouthfeel.. Bitter coffee and alcohol kicks in later and lingers, not the greatest fan of the after taste and feel.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown with one inch head. Taste is black coffee, sugar, and sweet natural maple at the end. This beer ends sweet, but the coffee provides bitterness that balances so it is not overly sweet. Good, interesting stout. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pour is dark brown, red edges, tan bubbly head. Nose is light maple, lots of overcooked grain, slightly burnt malt, dark berry malt sweetness. Flavor is more burnt, faint maple, acrid coffee, light sugary sweetness. Body is highlight, light, soft, well carbonated.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Brown small light thin head

smells of coffee and a hint of honey and maple

a good deep coffee taste with some maple, not much, and a hint of honey

a medium thickness, good carb.

good overall beer will definitely drink again

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Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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