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Michigan Brewing Superior StoutMichigan Brewing Superior Stout
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Michigan Brewing Superior StoutMichigan Brewing Superior Stout

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Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by jt31914:
Photo of jt31914
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle

A: Hardly any head, hardly carbonated and a dark dark brown color.

S: Roasted coffee notes are the dominant smell; it's pleasant.

T: Creamy with coffee in the follow. It has a pleasant aftertaste and is not harsh; however the cream is mixed with a disappointing watery flavor that I dislike (similar to that in many poorly done brown ales). Good, but could have been better.

D/M: One of the more drinkable stouts I've had, this goes down easy with nice mouthfeel.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see Michigan Brewing beers still here in the Buffalo area on tap around town,this poured an ink black with a thinner almond colore head atop that was gone pretty fast.Drier aromas quite earthy with bitter chocolate tones hints of molasses in thee as well,like I said quite dry also on the palatedark roast coffee and earth tones upfront thee is a touch of molasses sweetness underneath but it seems to take a backseat to the big earthiness of the brew as I drank more I picked up a note of wood thru the finish.If you like dry roasty lighter stouts this is for you I for one found it tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured dark brown or black forming a very minimal light brown head that disappeared very quickly to ring and light film of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Coffee is first on the nose but in a rather light way, allowing for a bit of a toffee aroma beneath; a rather rich smell overall.

T: Smooth with more of a chocolate taste than the anticipated coffee. A bit of sweetness is balanced well with bittering. The finish is long with that coffee flavor lingering for a good long time.

M&D: Heavy; full bodied and chewy but not overly so. Light carbonation. Flavors and textures play well together making this highly enjoyable. Good stuff.

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Photo of SAxDRC5
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black body very small tan head that doesn't stick around long. leaves a very small amount of lacing.

Smell: Dark. black coffee and dark chocolate. a pretty average stout.

Taste: slightly sweet beginning, finishes bitter. tastes like that chocolate you use to bake stuff, a lot of bitter and not much sweet. a hint of coffee, less than in the smell. not a dry finish, no warm alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: way lighter body than a stout should be. way more carbonated than a stout should be.

EDIT: the second bottle I opened is completely flat. literally zero carbonation. I wish I hadn't drank the first one, I could have mixed them and had one 24oz beer with the right carbonation.

Drinkability: feels like a Busch Light; looks, smells, and tastes like an average stout. If they packaged this in a camouflage 30 rack I could kill it in 2 nights.

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Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the body is made up of deep reds with a pinch of purple. Light easily squeaks through this one, far from black but fairly dark. Vanilla cream colored head with light to moderate lacing

S: smell is full of roasted malts with some cocoa and coffee. Nose has a slight grainy character overall with a mineral quality. Overall it is dark and malt heavy in the nose

T: my palate conjures up blackened malts and grains roasted with a light and distinct chard flavor, kind of dry. Malts gain an earthy character that goes hand in hand with a dusting of cocoa flakes. I also get the feeling that some coffee is present. This coffee is in small amounts and has a lingering mild oily presence. After a few sips and allowing myself sometime to gather my thoughts a noticeable astringent bitterness hangs in the air...or rather in the tongue. It is close to getting the half point boost but not quite

M: with the flavors moving as they do the body and feel is a good accompaniment. Carbonation seems in the right order, maybe a bit strong. I find it creamy and close to full in weight

D: this is a solid drinker. What makes it tick are malts and bitterness. Both are in a good way and never overpowering, very quaffable. One of my favorite MBC brews...so far. Pretty straight forward American Stout

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Plant. Bit of head not long lasting with lace dots. Black with above average carbonation making for thinnish mouthfeel. Dry. Serviceable but below average stout. Some oilyness, some chocolate malt, coffee ground. Sour above all. End of the line?

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A big brown three finger head rises above a black as pitch brew. The head gets rocky as it starts to shrink a bit, and it leaves thick sheets of brown foam on the side of the glass that degrade to spotty lace as they slide down into the black abyss. The head looks solid after settling to a finger and shows really good retention.

S - Rich dark chocolate and espresso hit the nose first. There are some expressive smoky wood-fire notes that smell like a campfire the morning after.

T - Nothing special, but more assertive than the aroma. Barky, woody, and loaded with black coffee flavors. Lacks complexity.

M - Thin for a stout. This has an almost complete lack of carbonation which isn't really a bad thing, but it feels boring in the mouth.

D - This is pretty much a forgettable beer. Disappointing since the only other MBC beer I've tried is the outstanding IPA....I think I gave that a 4.5! This is a basic stout that does nothing wrong, but it just isn't impressing me at all.

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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black with a smidge of red. Lots of small tan bubbles sit on top...thick head.

Has a nice earthy, roasty coffee scent to it, even some smoke.

Not a lot of flavors jump out at you. Tastes a bit like coffee, smoke hits the palate as well, and as it warms, it actually smells a bit like BBQ.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a little heat at the end.

This is too easy to drink, goes down smooth with really nice lacing.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another sampler at MBC taproom. Has a burnt coffee smell, but in a nice way. This seems to be even darker than a Guinness. This seems to focus on producing a dark roast coffee smell and taste, and that's there for certain. I certainly like it a lot, but it may not be for others.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

MBC's stout is what I would term the standard yardstick by which light craft-brewed stouts can be judged. It's not a standout in any particular area, but it does its job. It has a nice pour with a standard stout appearance and head. The nose is lightly roasted but not overly so.

The flavour is a basic combination of roasted malts and chocolate with the barest hint of coffee. It's not aggressive at all. Fairly thin bodied if you're used to bigger stouts, standard if you're more into these lighter ones. Easy drinking, a session stout if I've ever run into one.

The bottom line: MBC's stout is not remarkable, but it's a solid representative of its style, and it's a great pair with all manner of Summer food, particularly barbecue.

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Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Near black pour, white head. Nice chocolate and roasty aromas. Taste has a good amount of chocolate, some roast malt, cocoa. Pretty dry, but not chalky. Almost creamy, good bottle with no excessive carbonation. Light medium body. A real good drinker of a stout. I could see where this one could go awry, best to get this one fresh I'd guess. Peninsula Porter was terrible, this one was pretty good. Nice drinkable American Stout.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with little head and no lace. Aroma is farily light but chocolate and coffee arise. Taste is pleasant upfront but the backside is somewhat light and watery. Not an unpleasant beer just doesn't have enough body to make it really good.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of mocha head. The beer is dark brown in color. The aroma is sweet roasted malt and has a biscuit smell. The taste is sweet roasted malt. It has a kind of thin mouthfeel for the style. It is not a great stout but it goes down easy.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer with a nice opaque and beige head.

Smell of espresso, roasted coffee and black chocolate haunt that beer. Her taste is bitter that greatly rolls with the aromas of coffee and black chocolate but a finish of hops comes ends that beer. Some smoked flavours were also present, but were hard to difference between roasted and smoked.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Nose is classic American Stout, favoring the Dry style - dry, with strong black coffee, some licorice, muddy, baking chocolate, woody, some charred qualites, some dried stone fruits like cherry. As it warms some bread qualities are noticable. Head was a dissapointing 1/8" of loose mocha-latte hued foam that faded very quickly and left only a faint ring that did not lace at all.

Color is deep, ruddy umber, almost opaque, a deep mahogany-burgandy/rhubarb/port hue. Poured rather smoothly, not thick or oily.

A nice, vibrant black coffee tone on the tongue, semi-dry, nicely bittersweet but not unpleasant nor puckerish, with the bitter aspect taking the point. It is a little thin and somewhat watery, but not so much as to significantly cause me to dislike it but rather wish it had a little more backbone to support the overall nice taste. The two swap on the palate as the sweet 1/2 of the bittersweet coffee taste resumes the lead, it evens out with nice roasted malts. The finish is a tie - both bitter and sweet, nicely dry, a slight caramel quality, maybe even some nuttiness. The aftertaste is more coating than filmy, tannins, earthy, coffee bittersweetness.

I liked this. Its a bit one dimentional in the black coffee, bittersweet aspect, and it could use some "tough love" as far not being so thin, but overall this was good, but could be better with some meat on its backbone. It was very easy to drink, a nice, dry stout. I'd certainly drink it again, and would recommend it as a nice, but not great, stout.

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Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid burnt grain and coffee.

The taste consisted of a robust burnt grain, some dry coffee and a balancing floral hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and very easy to drink stout.

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Photo of Limberg316
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a bit of an odd stout, personally. It pours well and smoothly but has a dark brown head thats disappears quickly. Upon drinking, it delivers a very smooth charactor that hits you with caramel, chocolate, and almost a hint of coffee malts. It is also suprisingly bitter for a stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of lurpy1
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've been working extensively in Michigan but this is my first MBC beer. Been avoiding them a bit. There something vaguely generic about MBC - the homely labels, the vanilla choice of beers, the Regional Microbrew 101 method to naming beers (pick out a vague local geographic feature and cobble into an alliterative title, like Superior Stout). It strikes me as the kind of beer you'd find in the state Tourism Center just inside the state line. Where was I? Oh yes, Superior Stout.

Starts out good - won't get too crazy with how it looks, looked like a stout - black on the bottom, polluted sea foam on the top. The smell is inviting, the schnoz-impact is probably Superior Stout's strong point, makes me think it will exceed my modest expectations. Does not. The taste, while strong and pleasant at first, runs for cover and vanishes quickly, leaving me with a bland, watery, vastly overcarbonated mouthful of something-something.

I was expecting a relatively generic run at Stout, and this did not disappoint. It all felt very perfunctory, made by somebody who had been told they needed to make a stout, but didn't know how, and really had no conviction. This is drinkable, and if it's offered for free, absolutely, but I believe, like me, you'll always be able to find something more compelling to try.

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Photo of Lupe
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black in color with a creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves some lace. Roasted aroma with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor follows the aroma, roasted grain, dark chocolate, and some malt sweetness. Not much from the hops, roasted grain gives the bitterness. Finishes up a dry with a lingering roasty bitterness. Thinner then I expected, light-medium in body, and smooth. Good drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy with flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There’s not a lot of sweetness despite the heavy maltiness and there’s actually a weird bite of bitterness that doesn’t seem to come from hops. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it might be a beer that you could drink a few of, but it’s definitely not the best stout that I’ve had nor is it one that I would select if given a normal amount of choices.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought this was one of the better brews I got out of this taster, along with the IPA. This one poured like it should - pitch black with a smallish tan head and a good bit of lacing. Nose was mild but strong on roasted malt. Body was likewise - good stouty flavor, with a ton of roasted malt, some swirly dried fruit, a good hit of chocolate. Fairly straightforward, a nice deep bitter sweetness. Good feel. I'd grab this again if in a stout mood.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep brown with reddish undertones when held up to the light. There was a small tan head that dissappated rather quickly, but left decent lacing.

S - It had a very earthy coffee scent, and a hint of smoke

T - Coffee like flavors dominate with a small hint of that smoke in the aftertaste

M - Pretty thin for the style and undercarbonated

O - There really wasn't anything memorable about this brew besides it's drinkability. It definitely went down smoothly, but it was very one-note.

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