Maple Breakfast Stout
14th Star Brewing Co.

Maple Breakfast StoutMaple Breakfast Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #660
Ranked #25,866
3.8 | pDev: 8.95%
14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
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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Photo of CTHomer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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;

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Photo of WayneRooneyFan
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of AstroT
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark & mysterious in the glass, not much maple in the nose, first sip tastes like a burnt coffee flavor, not much else going on here, nothing overpowering, nothing extraordinary either. A good brew for a cool spring night.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: nitro draft, dark with a small tan head, clear

S: some coffee and malt, no maple

T: coffee is there as the predominant flavor, maple is missing from the flavor

M: light

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black appearance. Choco pancake aroma left on the griddle a minute too long. Had this on nitro, which I think contributes to it sampling more on the porter, cold press coffee of the spectrum. Just a hint of wood and maple sweetener on the finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with hints of maple.
T: The taste has flavors of cola and dark malts along with notes of maple, the latter of which linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice blend of a porter and maple syrup as the maple syrup flavors aren't too strong or sweet, making the beer still stay true to its style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

How does one segue seamlessly from The Eradication/Reduction of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody back into what really matters, namely, The CANQuest (tm)? Well, first, you have to jump into Mr. Peabody & Sherman's W.A.B.A.C. Machine, going back to the early-to-mid-1970's. There, a youthful Bro. Woody spent a LOT of time on his maternal grandparents' property, abutting a working farm. A young neighbor girl traded comic books & played tetherball with me. She grew up, married a fellow local beer aficionado & during a recent road trip, they knew to bring me CANs! Viva The CANQuest (tm)! It pays to advertise.

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed In Vermont"; "Brewed with Real Maple Syrup"; "Maple City Series"; "Growing up in Vermont it was always exciting to see my Pepere Ferland craft liquid gold from a simple maple tree. In keeping with this tradition of craftsmanship we brewed our Maple Breakfast Stout with 100% Vermont Maple Syrup and Northern Bayou Cold Brew Coffee. We hope you enjoy this dark and delicious beer. - [undersigned Xxxx]"

I must CANfess, my New Year's Resolution does not (usually) apply to CANs. The Crack! of opening a fresh CAN of beer CAN only be followed closely by an inverted Glug. In this case, the head quickly rose up to form two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention, slowly becoming wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing just enough light penetration to keep it slightly south of 44. Nose was redolent with maple syrup, underlain with a light smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste left no doubt that it was produced from maple syrup, but jeez-o, man, was it rich! I felt like I was getting enough sugar to keep me in business for a while. Thankfully, it also had a light smokiness that kept it from being outright cloying. Phew. Finish was semi-sweet, not outright sweet, but pretty close. It was not my cuppa tea, but YMMV. In the meantime, I was sweating from the sugary rush coming on.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This ended up being poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated somewhat immediately. The smell had a wonderful blend of sweet maple to subtle roasty coffee and cocoa powder. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice subtle roast to slight bitter underneath. There’s a lingering bitter to roasty sweet maple aftertaste leading to a sweet sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. I might have had this a bit old as I’m thinking it may have smoothed all the way out. Overall, though a bit old, I think this has a ton of potential of being a top notch American Stout. I can’t wait to try fresh this Autumn/Winter when it comes out again!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can that looks has a smudged canning date that reads 03/27/17 I think. Sampled on May 27, 2017.

The pours is a deep dark brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingers and laves a lot of lacing as it fades.

The aroma has a nice roasted and toasted dark caramel malt sweetness, maybe a touch of maple, but a low to no hop profile.

Light body.

The sweetness is abundant in the taste and there is some maple goodness but not enough to make it stand out. Sweet and mild finish.

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Photo of BigGold
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -6.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -4.2%
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 -11.8%
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 -3.7%
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 -1.1%
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 -1.8%
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 -18.2%
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 -1.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +9.2%
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 -27.6%
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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Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 501 ratings