Maple Breakfast Stout
14th Star Brewing Co.

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
American Stout
Ranked #305
Ranked #21,356
3.79 | pDev: 8.97%
May 11, 2023
Oct 10, 2013
Very Good
Maple Breakfast StoutMaple Breakfast Stout
Notes: Brewed with maple syrup and cold brew coffee, this wonderfully complex stout starts with a rich smooth coffee flavor, then eludes to a dark chocolate character, and finishes a hit of sweetness.
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Rated: 3.61 by QuintusHorace from California

May 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing. 16 oz can. Purchased from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA on 09/02/23 for $4.00 (Including tax) - $ 0.25/oz. In reefer at store, stored at 34 degrees at home. Reviewed 16/02/23 (Review 3042). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Printed on bottom rim “PKGD ON 11/01/22”. Served at 49.6 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 54.1 degrees. Can says “Store and serve 45-50 degrees F”.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Deep Amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, slightly translucent with light penetration mostly at the edges (Ruby).
Head – Average (Maximum 4 cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, medium density, quickly receding to a 0.3 cm crown fed by slight carbonation, and a complete rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Weak coffee - No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins with mildly bitter coffee, with a little sweetness appearing in the aftertaste. No malt, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (6.5 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. No gastric warming occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. A spectral maple flavor materializes and then vanishes.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, short of creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Decent breakfast coffee drink but I wouldn’t call it a stout – any malt and hops are too well hidden by the coffee.
Feb 16, 2023
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2
This is a murky brown, not even close to black. Maybe the ugliest stout I've seen. Tastes like a weak, nutty brown ale with just a trace of bland coffee. No maple at all. Not gonna finish this.
Jan 07, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by Bitburger from Vermont

Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Building a hugely thick, fluffy and dense tan head, this appears as a classic nitro stout with a dull black body.

I'm actually a little flummoxed here...there's not even really a hint of sweetness--maple or otherwise. There's just not much happening on the palate besides characteristics of Irish stout.

Demerits for false promises, though this draft was poured at The Meltdown in Barre, VT, so I hope I'm reviewing the right beer.
Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by travelguy from Ohio

Aug 18, 2022
Rated: 3.64 by socon67 from New York

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by PaleAleWalt from New York

May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
On tap, jphn and mollys.

Dark black, but thinnish brown at edges...cola look, with no head.

Maple is evident. But a bit bitter, and becomes cloying. Cedar, medium roasted malt. Chickory.

Mostly flat.

Apr 19, 2022
Rated: 3.42 by Romartin from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Jet black pour, very little head. Roast and coffee dominate, sweetness from the maple syrup and perhaps chocolate malt(?) comes in late, and is very subtle. Found the texture a little thin-bodied for a true stout, which brings down my overall assessment. Decent, but not worth a return trip.
Feb 16, 2022
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16oz can stamped BBF 4/23/22 to a tumbler.
Dark black body of course, 1/2" tan head. Lacing only occurs transiently as you swirl the glass.
Aroma is musty coffee and dark chocolate. No sense of maple.
Taste is similar, rich black coffee with dark chocolate undertones. Subtle maple comes in as it warms. Despite the dry taste for much of the swig, the finish has a hint of sweetness, so I'll attribute that to the syrup.
Mouthfeel is medium for a stout. There is some stickiness on the lips from this beer.
Overall- I love a dry stout, and I liked this one. But for all the occurrences of the word "maple" on the label, the beer does not come off as advertised.
Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by Sinister from New York

Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by kuhndog from New York

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by TripleShot from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not much head on this stout after a hard pour but very good overall especially if you like dark/rich tasting coffee, couldn't help but think it would be good with pancakes or French toast for breakfast lol, Not bad for a 4 pack the wife grabbed me in Vermont.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark cola,almost black appearance
Around a medium body with medium light carbonation
Aroma is roasted malt,roasted coffee beans,black coffee,dark chocolate. Somewhere ,way off in the background I think I picked up some maple.
Taste was almost dry, dark bitter bakers chocolate, black coffee,roasted malt, milk chocolate, malt, and again very hard to find maple.
Overall it was a really nice breakfast stout that I would look for again. Need to either add more maple or just don't list it as maple stout.
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Very dark body with a surprisingly large for a stout, tan head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, coffee & a hint of chocolate. Very mild sweetness with flavor profile composed mainly of roasted malt & coffee. Maple is missing. Nice feel & carbonation. Overall, nice but if you were expecting maple you will be disappointed.
May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours black with a 1/4 inch tan head, which fades. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of coffee, roast malt, ash.

Taste is coffee, roast malt, black malt. Astringent.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

Rather disappointing. No maple aroma or taste at all. BB date 6-9-21.
Apr 30, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by eluvah from New York

Apr 27, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by Noelito76 from New York

Mar 26, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Vylo from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by Rainintheface from Florida

Feb 26, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Im sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Ive had a few other cans of this beer and havent had consistent experiences with the flavor profiles. Lets see what happens here.
The beer pours a dark cola brown color with a fizzy and fluffy tan head of 2.5 cm foaming up. This foam fades quickly to nothing in my glass. There are several active streams of carbonation rising to the surface of the beer. This leads to a rolling surface action that seems like it could renew the foam, but it does not. Swirling the beer does make a thing line of dense lacing on my glass.
The aroma on this beer is roasted malt and a bit of dark coffee, almost a burnt coffee note. I dont really get any of the maple syrup that is promised and expected on the label. No hop scents on the nose either.
The first sip reveals a medium to light body with fine spacious carbonation. texture is smooth and maybe a little watery.
Flavor s roasted malt and some dark chocolate mixing with a little maple syrup and some coffee grounds. Again, I dont get any hops and any booze is also well hidden. This beer drinks really easy, but isnt overly interesting and is a little lacking on physical traits. Not really flawed beer, but not one I am likely to pick up again.
Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 19, 2020
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Reviewed by dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Single, 16 ounce can copped from Route 22 in Union. Pours a brown, syrupy hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma rendolent of cinnamon and maple syrup. Slick mouthfeel with a similar flavor profile. Not bad.
Jun 28, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I thought this could of hard more maple I it. I just got a slight taste of maple- not very stouty
Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: opaque; cola brown in color; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: coffee and semi sweet chocolate;

T: maple, then coffee, then semisweet chocolate, then a combination of coffee and semisweet chocolate through the finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;
May 04, 2020
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Reviewed by WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
If 14th Star Brewing's Maple Breakfast Stout was classified as a porter rather than a stout, I would be generous with high marks. The light-to-medium body and iced-coffee flavor (hold the milk or cream) makes it very drinkable. Unfortunately, there was little maple viscosity and, to me, too much carbonation for a top-flight stout. There is a detectable level of smokiness, which enhances the drinking experience. At 6.5% ABV, I enjoyed Maple Breakfast Stout and would certainly consume it again. However, if you are expecting strong maple presence, you may be somewhat disappointed. This is a good beer, though...don't let semantics get in the way.
Apr 11, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by BubbleBobble from New York

Feb 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Best by March 12th 2020.

Fairly nice bodied stout, with a decent head. Manages two simple fingers with a tan to khaki colored head. Minimal lacing but good staying power on a very dark walnut brown and red mahogany like hued body color.

Good solid aroma. Nice touches of light roast, even a bit creamy sensing. Has a good dark grain roast that flirts with coffee a bit. Sweetness is minimal, and so is the maple character.

Palate drives the easy train. Nice and light bodied but still has some malt depth. Crackling roast a bit, hits with a light carbon and coffee flavor in the mid palate. Sort of a steely finish strangely that even hints orange fruit? Where did that come from? Minimal maple character, but a sense of woody and perhaps sappy pine to resin like flavors.

If you told me this was a regular stout I'd be quite impressed, but the addition of maple isn't obvious in flavor which some might find disappointing.
Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by TheilerW from Michigan

Dec 06, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Oct 07, 2019
Rated: 3.62 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by vfgccp from New York

Aug 17, 2019
Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing Co.
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