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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
Photo of StoutHunter
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of adammills
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark brown almost black, not much in way of colors on the edge of the beer, smallish head, tan and fades quickly. This stout smells of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. The taste is similar except the the malts taste more burnt and bitter. Real bitter hops in the end, a bit citrusy. Ok mouthfeel, err...I wasnt very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Dalem
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A soft pour didn't cause a gigantic foam explosion that Arcadia's Starboard did. Hardly any head at all actually and it dissipated pretty quickly. Deep dark brown in color, espresso and a earthy malt in the scent. A burnt more than smokey or roasted thing in the taste and a bit thin bodywise too. There's a hoppiness all through that steps heavily over any of the "stoutness" of it especially in the aftertaste. Something just ain't right about it.

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Photo of nicksta
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a solid black center with brown edges that reflect the light. A beautiful thick light brown head sits atop this beer. It doesn't last very long, however.

S: It sent shivers down my spine. Burnt cocoa with a hint of coffee beans. Not very appealing.

T: It is just burnt! Take 11 ounces of burnt, old coffee, add 1 ounce of water and a tablespoon of chocolate syrup and that would be this.

M & D: The mouthfeel is good. The drinkability is also okay because the whole shitty taste doesn't really come until the end of a long chug.

This is my last beer from the Michigan Brewing Co.'s variety pack, and with the exception of the Celis White, their beers suck.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.49/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Caramel head with cranberry drizzled foam tops a rich, nearly black body, with rings of lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Things start to go awry with the smell. There is the requisite presence of coffee and caramel, which is nice, mixed in with an oily smell as the beer winds on not unlike the faint smell of burning tires--definitely unpleasant. The taste is moderately annoying, more oily than anything, tamping down the coffee that occasionally percolates forth. Bitter veering toward sour, this was no longer enjoyable halfway through.

I'd avoid this, perhaps the worst from Michigan Brewing Company that I've had. I'm not sure if this was brewed near or during an industrial accident, but the aroma and smell become putrid. I'm not quick to rank on beers, but this gets a brisk thumbs-down. Avoid.

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Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of joekfsu
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours black with no chance of seeing light through it and a 2 cm light tan head that is moderately lasting. Aroma of coffee and malt. Initial flavor is light, some coffee and sweet malts. After taste becomes kind of watered down, some coffee and a hint of dry hoppiness. Limited lacing, moderate carbonation, limited alcohol presence, and a very disappointing light body. I looked at this beer and had high hops after the pour, but it was more watery in texture than a stout should be. Would not drink again.

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

Pours opaque darkness with better than two fingers of stiff rocky tan head that decomposes in 3D leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing. The smell is strong malty and significantly roasted, with coffee and potentially an oxidized cardboard..not sure. The mouth feel is fizzy and tangy. The flavor of roasted coffee dominates. Not an easy one for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a surprisingly tall, foamy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark, roasty malts with notes of unsweetened coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and potentially sweetened caramel with a hint of fine ash.

Taste: Roasted barley with a pinch of blackened grains delivering a taste of black coffee with only a light amount of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Roasty bitterness with those darker malts present a bit of astringency exacerbated by the prickly carbonation bite. Pretty much just more of the same until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Whoa, hey, easy on the carbonation there. Sheesh. Some breweries can't seem to implement any carbonation and others are nothing but pure fizz. Froth aside, it's a decent if middle-of-the-road kind of 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 cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of frazbri
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Superior Stout from Michigan Brewing poured black in the glass. The cream color head was short, very short. Aroma was mostly chocolate and coffee, with a little fruit mixed in. Flavors contained cocoa and had a roasted finish. Carbonation was modest. The body was full.

This wasn't bad, though the head was disappointing. It just wasn't assertive enough flavor wise.

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Photo of MDekker
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany color with a little bit of off-white, big bubbled head. A typical dark, roasted stout aroma with hints of wood and coffee. The tastes are similar, although it comes off a little watery. It lacks some potency, and the aftertaste is nothing special. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy. Overall, it's OK for a stout, but nothing great - there are other stouts, and especially Michigan-based stouts that I'd rather have.

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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 objectivemonkey
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a deep black with decent head, good retention, leaving thick rings around the glass after each sip. Aroma is burnt malts and bunrt coffee, a lil bit earthy. Taste is dark, coffee grinds, roasted malts, pretty earthy here too, though unfortunately a little forgettable. Good body with nice carbonation, good match to taste. Overall, I've enjoyed the three of these, but will look forward to the next random micro mixer gift.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with some transparency at the edges, a light brown cap retains well and leaves big sheets of lacing. The nose smells like chocolate powder and vanilla coffee. This Stout is not as sweet as the nose leads on, more roasted malt and coffee flavors than anything else. There is some subtle nuttiness and vanilla on the finish. Full bodied , highly carbonated and on the dry side the mouth feel is pretty standard, although I wish there was some creaminess, nothing special here. Overall a barely above average Stout and one that I may drink again.

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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 BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-6-07
Bottled on 8-30-07

Pours perfectly opaque and pitch black, with a fizzy tan head that bubbles away to leave a thin film.

Smell is very malty and earthy, lots of anise with surprising woody character.

Taste is huge, roasty malt up front, with a bitter kick to follow. Smooth and subtly smoky on the finish. Not very complex, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is decent, though too thin and fizzy.

Drinkability is also decent, not much to justify having another.

Overall, a good stout that fits right in the middle.

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Photo of Quaffer83
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd call the overall character roasty. Not very bitter. Very dark with pretty much no head. Poured into a pint glass. Looks like it's bottle conditioned or at least not filtered; there was a bit of yeast in the bottom of bottle. It's good but not great. I'd like for it to be a bit thicker. Might buy it again but not too soon. $7.99 a sixer here.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weak black with a slight off white head. Smell is pretty empty. There's some mild dark malts and maybe some hops, kinda hard to tell.
Taste is mild, almost dry as an Irish stout. Not much sweetness, slight dark malts in the finish, some fruit trying to come through. There's some coffee in the finish as well but not too much. Slight bitter chocolate as well.
A little fizzy in the mouth and a little thin too.
Not bad but not real good either.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with very minimal head. What head there is collars around the rim of the glass. The aroma is that of a creamed up coffee loaded with sweetness and maybe some hazelnut. The taste is very similiar to the smell but you also get some leather and a little bitterness but other than that you get a creamy tasting coffee like taste. Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly not that bad of a beer. I haven't heard of this brewery before so I really didn't have high hopes but ws decently surprised.

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Michigan Brewing Superior Stout from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 64 ratings