Maple Breakfast Stout | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Maple Breakfast StoutMaple Breakfast Stout

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dsartwell72 on 10-10-2013

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Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by RichD:
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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Keene
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark, mahogany brown with a creamy, lovely beige head. An inviting aroma of highly roasted barley, dark chocolate, coconut and birch beer provoke the urge to taste this Stout. It almost smells like a Mounds bar. Then the first sip reveals a smooth, full-bodied beer with a somewhat surprising degree of bitterness. Baking chocolate, burnt bread and birch beer again, but less sweetness than expected. Finally, a coffee-like bitterness lingers long into the finish. Appropriate for breakfast maybe, but missing some of the maple notes my taste buds went searching for in the malt profile.

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Photo of akrz47
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a little surprised this isn't rated over 90. For what it is, a sessionable stout, it might just be the best I've ever had. A deep, solid brown color with a small lasting head and plenty of lacing. Smell is roasty cocoa and some coffee, a little nuttiness, maybe just the slightest hint of anise but hard to tell. More like one typically gets from a porter. Not much maple in the smell. It's a little thin in the mouth, but tastes like a nice, roasty, flavored stout, just lighter in all aspects. Not much maple -- I wouldn't be able to tell if it didn't say it had maple. Maybe it just adds to the balance. There might be a little coffee flavor, but maybe it's the roastiness I'm detecting. Once again the flavors are a very balanced and a lighter than bigger stouts and my palate isn't so refined as to pick it all out. A very balanced flavor, though. Love it. It lacks in the feel, but it's also less ABV than other light stouts, which are typically 6+%. Makes it truly sessionable, and I love it. ...Have I said that I love it? Well, I love it. Glad I took a shot here, cause this is exactly what I've been looking for -- for much too long.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very well done breakfast stout, but I didn't get as much maple as I was hoping.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Mangbus
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Alycrocker
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Beer21
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too light - not good.

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

Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Best stout ive ever had. Notes of coffee, maple, oats, almost a slight smokiness to it. Just a touch of sweetbfrom the maple, dryness from the oats and hops. Slight bitter from the coffee. Andfinished with a moderate malty goodness. Extremely well balanced. And now on nitro.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer. Glad I tried it but wouldn't likely buy another one. I'm a big fan of some maple syrup added to beers, this is just oK

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Photo of kmbeer
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma: roasted barley, dark coffee, sharp fruit, wood.

Flavor follows, with a smooth woody sweetness. A touch of cola.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style, but this is a low ABV stout.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cola color with a thin white-ish head that settle to a stubborn ring.
S - Has a roasty, coffee aroma.
T - A fine tasting stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Was hoping for more maple.
M - Thinner than I would have liked. Wanted something chewier.
O - Looks good, smells good but a bit of a let down on flavor. Not a bad beer, I would drink it again, but just ordinary. For fun I added 1 teaspoon of Vermont maple syrup to the last 1/3 of my glass and it gave the beer the sweetness and maple flavor I was looking for.

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Photo of Uzarnayme
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Maple Breakfast Stout from 14th Star Brewing Co.
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