Maple Breakfast Stout | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Maple Breakfast StoutMaple Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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 rorykanderson
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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Photo of rdipper
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was hoping for more maple or coffee or chocolate. Didn't get any. For a beer that is a "Maple Breakfast Stout", it was a mediocre experience. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great. I have other stout choices and once I finish this 4 pack, I don't see me coming back for more.....there are better stouts out there.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, cola-colored brown with a 2-finger khaki head. The head doesn't stick around for long but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is a bit disappointing on this one. I get some notes of roasted chocolate and plenty of dark malts. The maple is very subtle but it's there. Some light coffee notes can be detected as well.

The taste follows the nose, but the flavors actually work quite well together. The maple syrup is still more subtle than I had hoped, but its presence is a nice compliment to the chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A bit charred and bitter on the aftertaste.

The mouth is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry and a tad bit sticky on the end. Still, very creamy and smooth going down.

Overall, I gotta say this is an underrated beer from 14th Star. The reviews seemed to indicate that this was an OK brew, but one that was lacking in many places. While it certainly has its flaws, it's still very enjoyable and only gets better as it warms.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz can from Julio’s
Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges, lightly bubbled creamy off white head on top. Decent maple nose. Caramel and light roast and coffee with hints of earth round out the aroma. Sweet brown sugary perhaps maple flavor with bits of coffee, roast, and earth. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but really has no wow factor. The maple is subtle, but if it weren’t there probably isn’t enough body or roast for it anyhow.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours one shade shy of the color of cola with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly disperses. Nose expresses char, dark malts and a hint of baker's chocolate. Taste consistent with nose with a kiss of maple syrup revealed towards the middle and a faint artificial sweetener quality towards the back. There's also a hint of lactose sweetness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an even carbonation shy of prickly. Overall, easy-drinking but a bit dull and one-sided - I think this might be better on nitro.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color capped by two inches or so of beige foam; a decent amount of lacing hangs around

Smell: A little roasty, a little chocolatey, slightly ashy

Taste: Somewhat ashy, up front, with chocolate and hop tones developing; there is an underlying sweetness from the maple syrup that builds, in the middle; the finish continues to bring sweeter tones but the overall direction is somewhat muddled

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Ashy, then hoppy, then sweet - just hard to understand what the brewer was shooting for here; not unpleasant to drinking but I am just left confused

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can into a shaped pint. Pours a nice cola color with a light tan head that fades fast bit leaves good lacing. Smell is a bit weak, basically some roasted malt and coffee. Nice flavor overall, a bit light. Pretty sweet beer, a touch of maple syrup when warm. Some notes of chocolate. This is definitely more porter than stout, not bitter or roasted. Thin body, a bit too thin, barely any carbonation. A cool beer to drink, good flavor, would probably be the best beer to drink at breakfast, truth be told!

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

not awful but not that great either. appears dark brown in glass, aggressive pour yields a thick head that quickly dissipates. nose is mostly malts and coffee... maybe some chocolate notes? taste is similar, chocolate and coffee predominate, slight bitterness is nice. not as thick as I expected, and no hint of maple. considering tribute is one of the best doubles ive had, im pretty disappointed.

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Photo of J-Calm
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More like a good ale than a stout.
Not heavy. Not too sweet. Some head, not a lot.
Had it been called a Maple Ale, my rating (and expectations) would have been better.
Also, I expected it to be sweeter (maple) - it was a bit but glad it wasn't syrup.

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