Michigan Brewing Superior Stout | Michigan Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 64
Photo of GRPunk
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle etched 06/21/12 poured into a mug

A- A 2-finger, foamy brown head appears after a normal pour. It sustains all day and leaves awesome, broad sticky rings on the glass. It has a rich, dark brown body that appears near black through the middle. Medium-heavy carbonation is apparent. I'm a sucker for head retention and those wide rings left on the glass.

S- quite robust. Milk chocolate and coffee with about 4 packets of sugar are the major players here. Brown sugar comes through later.

T- Much as aroma suggests. Lots of milk chocolate and medium roast coffee. Lighter hopping hints at somewhere between citrus and mint.

M- Foamy and full bodied. It had a nice, unrefined quality about it, almost chalky.

O- Surprisingly good. Solid and robust, yet very drinkable. I wish I'd discovered this beer before th brewery closed.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3/5  rDev -14%
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 lurpy1
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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 tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is a khaki color and two-fingers high, with good retention. Not a big aroma, but a hint of molasses in the sniff. The brew appears dark brown to black until held up to a light, when a dark ruby red color is revealed, clear and translucent.

Coffee and molasses flavors predominate in the front of the palate, with some hop bitterness tempering the overall mouth feel and some yeast and bread grain accents. Lingering coffee notes in the back palate.

A standup stout, with good depth of character.

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Photo of SAxDRC5
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 alkemy
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Really deep brown pour with minimal dark tan head. Lots of espresso on the nose. There's also hints of caramel, but that rich burnt coffee note dominates. The taste follows pretty closely. A little sweetness starts on the tongue and then the coffee comes in to dominate. I quite like the flavor, but the feel was very thin, and I found the carbonation to be a bit overbearing. Pretty easy to drink but doubtful I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.42/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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 RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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 divineaudio
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass. no date.

color is about what i expect in a stout, dark brown with ruby highlights. gives me a thin cap of tan head that fades quick. a few chunks of lace here and there.

smells of dark chocolate and espresso.

taste is mostly roasted malt with some coffee bitterness and mild hop presence in the finish. bittersweet, dry and fairly well balanced.

mouthfeel is on the full side, slightly chewy, with medium carbonation.

this is a great candidate for a session stout. goes down easy not an outstanding beer by any means, but solid and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown color; no light. Poured a 2 finger beige head with good retention. Lace sheeted down the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt with , chocolate and roasted nuts most prominent; very inviting.

T: Coffee and burnt toast. Smooth chocolate in the middle. Just enough bitter to balance pretty well. Missed the dryness in the finish with lingering coffee flavors.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. smooth and creamy, but htinner than expected.

D: Very flavorful and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Bung
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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 jt31914
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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 jjayjaye
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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 CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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 orangemoustache
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A black pour with a two finger tan head. Aroma of burnt coffee (in a good way),and a hint of chocolate, some caramel notes as well. Nice coffee flavor,a creamy mouthfeel,kind of a thin body. Very drinkable. I plan to buy this again,maybe even age one.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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 grub
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a trade with plaztikjezuz. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled may 26/08.

pours dark brown, not quite black or opaque. a small covering of dense brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bakers chocolate. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of espresso. light roast. toasted whole wheat bread. hint of alcohol. light caramel. bit of fruit too, though i'm not really picking out specifics.

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate again. bit of coffee, though leaning more towards espresso. crackers. white bread. less roast than i expected from the aroma. low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. actually feels more like a dry irish stout than an american stout. i'm not getting the intensity and the hops that i'd expect from the american variant, but the dryness is there for the irish.

mouthfeel is good for a dry irish, but a little light for an american. medium-light body with a dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance and enjoyable, but just doesn't hit the mark for an american stout. still enjoyable and i wouldn't say no to another.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
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 joekfsu
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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 SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 KeggerKen
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this beer was certainly a pleasant surprise! Having had an imperial stout earlier in the day and having not been too impressed with the Guinness Stout; I drank this beer with subdued expectations.

The beer pours a very dark black with thin laced brown head. the smell did not not stick out much but helped to set the stage for the surprising tastes that hit my mouth....A nice mix of flavor(malts,coffee,cocoa...perhaps some others but my taste buds are still very amatuer) hits your mouth topped off with a hint of carmel on the tail end. the beer was very smooth and drinkable, I wish I had more. A very GOOD Beer!

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