Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)

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Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Trail Coffee Stout is made in cooperation with the Vermont Coffee Company using 100% certified fair trade, organic coffee. Brewed with their freshest, Dark Roast coffee, Long Trail Coffee Stout offers a rich coffee flavor complemented by a beautifully full head.

48 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 01-23-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 542
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with some off-white head. Aroma of coffee and some baltic, and that's what the taste is about, coffee, fairly smooth and flat, joined by some baltic. Big hit at latest holdiay tasting. Bitterness there and not extreme.Pretty smooth for coffee stout, not thick and big chocolate for RIS.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out with a nice dark brown color to it. There was a decent size head on top that didn't have much lacing but the retention wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer had a lot of coffee on the nose, there may have been some chocolate mixed in there as well. The taste of the beer wasn't overly impressive, it tasted like coffee pretty much, there wasn't much depth to this one. The mouthfeel wasn't terrible, there was a nice amount of carbonation, the body was full and had a slight thickness to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, but still not overly impressive in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of coffee in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans and roasted malts, finishing with notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn't as full-bodied as you would expect from a stout but this makes the beer go down effortlessly.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost black color with a rather unimpressive head that pancakes the liquid and is more leggy than lacey on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Coffee aroma with a bit of husky grain and a touch of mint underneath

Taste: Coffe flavor, up front, with a growing acidic character that adds a minty element to the bitterness; subtle sweetness develops from mid-palate and persists after the swallow; in the finish the coffee is suplemented by roast and licorice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin

Drinkability: Far from the top echelon of coffee stouts and really doesn't score as a double stout from a mouthfeel perspective; not a bad beer and a pleasant enough drinker

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Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of thin foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of espresso, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Fairly typical for a coffee stout.

T - This one really delivers on flavor. Nothing is overpowering - good mix of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and toffee.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied stout with a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - This is a really great tasting coffee brew. I love a coffee stout that has great balance and this one really does.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is near black and is quite still. There's not much even after a good swirl, though that will create a bit of a head for a second or two. The nose is some roasted malt and roasted coffee, but nothing terribly deep. Taste is the same with the coffee taking over. Feel is roasty with a medium body. The roast gets to be a bit much in the end without any other components to complement it.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imy pint glass a pitch black,no light showing thru here,a 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop.Dark roast and aromas,some earthy tones as well.Dark roast coffee is the main component of the flavor profile but its not the only thing,earthy hops and mild molasses sweetness round out the flavor profile.I lke this beer because the "big" flavors dont take over the beer,its roasty and lightly sweet but its very drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The next in the Brewmaster series, which has been pretty good so far.

It pours pitch black with a dark creamy and bubble 1 finger head that fades semi quickly at first then slows, and leaves a slight lacing.

The nose brings lots of coffee, like fresh brewed coffee not the roasted beans. Then a little roasted malts behind that, as well as hints of chocolate malt, a slight creamy oatmeal and light chocolate milk, a slight sweet malty aroma with some booze, a little caramel and vanilla too. Hints of earthy roasted malt bitterness hidden in there.

Taste is just as expected from the nose, starting with fresh coffee, again the brewed coffee itself and not roasted coffee beans, with a little acidity and slight briny coffee grind taste. Some roasted malts, bringing a little scorched malt bitterness and hints of burnt malt flavors. A light chocolate flavor, much less than the nose as it seems overpowered by the coffee and roast, which brings a very light chocolate milk. A hint of oatmeal and creamy flavors. Semi sweet to start, with a somewhat dry finish. The finish also brings a lot more of the acidic and slight metallic coffee grind flavor, with a sticky chocolate mouth coating, and little burnt roast bitter flavor. A hint or booze comes through on the finish as well.

The mouth is pretty thick but not as rich and creamy as I expected, with lower but decent carbonation.

It has a decent drinkability with a sticky mouth feel and some acidic slight metallic coffee grind taste, but drinks well for 8% abv, and for the somewhat thickness it goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of roasted malts, black coffee and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is likewise loaded with strong black coffee and dark roasted malts. There's a mild hops presence but the bitterness comes more from the coffee flavor that stays into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body despite being a little watery, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, to be honest I was little disappointed as I had expected a bit more out of Long Trail, there are definitely better coffee beers out there that I would pick over this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at MexiBBQ in Queens, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a finger thick creamy dark mocha head that has great head retention properties - the head reduces by the thinnest of margins such as that a solid 3/4 finger of head reamins evenly covering the entire surface of the beer even as I am getting to the finish. Significant amounts of lacing are observed, it coats the entire glass.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with moderate to heavy aromas of coffee. There is also a light presence of chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer has a light amount of dark roasted malt body with some complexity. There are strong flavors of coffee including fresh ground and espresso bitterness. Light notes of bittersweet chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a great brunch beer, with the strong coffee smells and flavors. I really enjoyed this one and found it really easy to drink - definitely a beer that is easy to sip on. This is probably my favorite beer from this brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep black, with a small tan head on top that fades quickly leaving behind touches of lace, but nothing substantial.

S: Some heavily roasted malt and an overwhelming amount of coffee. Not much else comes through over the coffee for me.

T: Again, tons of coffee with some dark roasted malt. A hint of hops come through as a lightly floral flavor, but overall the coffee dominates again.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

T: Even though I don't like coffee, I can appreciate a good coffee beer, and have had some. This one just didn't cut it for me. Would have liked some other flavors and a little more balance.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very good coffee presence to it. It's very roasty and rich with some nice bitter-sweet dark chocolate flavors to it. I get a sweeter, creaminess to it that really helps give it some balance and depth. Very nice aroma.

The taste also shows a bold coffee flavor to it throughout. The finish is balanced by some more of the creamy, malty, sweetness. Nice flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. carbonation is moderate. Overall I thought it was a really good coffee flavored beer. The coffee was bold and flavorful but it also felt pretty balanced and drinkable. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very big thank you to Bill for sending me this. My love of coffee beers knows no boundries and I was thrilled to be able to get ahold of a new one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I am enjoying this one as I type, 04/18/2009.

A very nice pour here as the thick black liquid hits the class, and slowly but surely a decent tan head rises up and out of it to a height of around two inches and settles down leaving lots of side glass lace in its wake. Lots of coffee right up front here as you would expect, but not terribly thick. Nice roasted coffee notes, slight bitterness could be picked up but a nice and sweet coffee note. Smooth, even body, a bit light for the style on the feel, but I want to think of this one as a coffee stout and not a RIS which makes it a much more respectable level. Smooth and even flavor here, nice roasted coffee notes, hints of almost smoked malts and a light bitterness in the finish. No hint of the 8 percent in here at all, and that made it super drinkable.

Overall a very solid beer here. Nice and if the price is true on some of these reviews, this thing is a steal. I would definitely do this one again,

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Near black where no light shines through. Long-lasting beige head with great lace after each sip.

Milky chocolate without any sweetness in the smell. Some chalk.

Rather thin considering the pour. Great rich flavor of coffee and darker crystal and chocolate malts. There's enough hop to give some balance.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/20/11 notes. Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of fresh coffee grinds, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Coffee is very strong.

t - Tastes of bitter coffe and bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and light cream/vanilla. A little more bitter than I would have liked, and a step down from the nose, but still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a solid coffee stout. Lots of fresh coffee in the nose, but a little too bitter for me. Worth checking out if you like coffee stouts and would give it another shot.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black coffeee pitch black stout with cream tan head forming thick and fine bubbled. Aroma has some dark chocolate and anise notes comting through, pretty amazing complex dark beer here. Bitter coffeee roasts simply explode with each scent from this dark coffee stout. Flavor wise creamy dark chocolate infused coffee stout standing tall without adulteration this is some nice drinking stout I'm proud to say I can get this in Pittsburgh even if it's limited to Robinson Giant Eagle Market District. Big caramel mouthfeel leaves it's expression on each flavor in my palate, what a big beer flavro big creamy coffeee flavor this beer is nice. Drinkability overall is pretty intense depending on the beer your looking to sample each and every time.

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with a date of 2/1/10 into a SA sensory glass. This brew appears a dark brown color that shows some clarity and lighter shades of brown around the edges when held to the light. A finger of dark tan head appears and retains pretty decent. Spotty amounts of lace adhere to the glass.

The nose of this brew is a mixture of stale coffee, solvent alcohol and citrus hops. Minor indications of roasted grain provide some chocolate notes. Overall I am not really impressed with the nose of this brew.

The taste of this beer includes the coffee character that was described above, it comes across as being musty and not fresh. A dark grainy character is noted and in the background hops are evident with a flavor that is lightly bitter and somewhat tangy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a prickly level of carbonation. It leaves a lingering aftertaste of burnt grains and musty coffee inside the mouth. The alcohol is not hidden very well but is acceptable for the 8% abv. However, the alcohol comes across a bit solvent/fusel. As this brew warms there is more chocolate character that comes out which was very subtle initially. Overall this brew was a bit more citrusy and tangy than I like my coffee stouts to be.

I know there are several different ways to deliver the coffee addition to a brew which include aging the beer on beans, cold steeping and just outright adding the brewed coffee to the beer. I am not sure what was done here but the coffee character does not seem fresh, it is borderline musty smelling and has suggestions of tang/acidity which do not compliment the coffee addition all that well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice little surprise to see this bottle available today at my local.

Pours a solid dark brown/black with a creamy and fluffy tan head that sticks around forever leaving lots of sticky lace on the sides. Smells of coffee obviously, some chocolate syrup, nice roasty undertones, some dark fruits and a bit of alcohol round this one out nicely. Taste is a great roasty grain bitterness with some coffee and chocolate thrown in. A little bit of hop bitterness thrown in with some caramel sticking to my taste buds. Body is medium, mouthfeel is creamy and sticky, carbonation is a bit high for a stout. I really enjoyed this one. The coffee is subtle not overwhelming like some "beery coffee's" Nice underlying stout, nice roast. I'd like to try this one without the coffee added! I'm also glad to see Long Trail starting to brew some less mainstream micros. Great Job.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle -
Pours opaque black with a tan head that stays before collapsing to a wisp. Not much lacing, but some "legs" stick.

The smell is of coffee with a hint of licorice and some fruity alcohol.

The taste is of coffee - a nice, but nothing particularly rich, coffee. Not that roasty - quite mild. It has a sweetness to it. There's a bit of astringency with some stickiness. It is very coffee-ish (more coffee than stout).

It it medium-bodied, with a watery touch (even at room temp.)

If I had had this colder, it would be spiked iced coffee with a touch of licorice. Since I let it warm to (near) room temp., it is tepid spiked coffee with a touch of licorice. Not particularly complex or rich. They say "coffee stout", but I'm thinking "coffee porter with noticeable alcohol". Without the licorice touch, I would have thought this to be lightly carbonated coffee with a touch of alcohol, more than a coffee-flavored stout. Still-in-all for a coffee/beer blend fix, not bad for about three and a half bucks a 22-ouncer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, well priced (cheap) @ $3.99, purchased at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark and sludgy, Next to no head, just a minor dark tan thick film and equally minor bit of lace. D=Chocolate, coffee, dark grains in the nose. Full bodied, thick stuff. Robust notes of dark chocolate, rum soaked raisins, dark coffee and more dark/burnt grains. Allowed to warm up this one is a nice winter sipper. Stout lovers, go get some

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Photo of MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a multiple BAs for sending this my way - think I got it in the Secret Bunny BIF and then from someone else in New England; my memory sucks these days. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Good looking brew here - three fingers of creamy dark tan foam with excellent retention. The body is black as night, with only the faintest glimmer of brown at the bottom edge. There are a few tiny specks of lace, but that's the only thing holding this one back.

S - Coffee is lighter than I expected, with more milk chocolate, cream, dark fruit, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol that probably shouldn't be there in an 8% brew. Pretty solid coffee stout.

T - The taste is significantly more coffee-heavy, especially mid-to-back palate. The initial taste is cocoa and dark fruits, but then it quickly morphs to roasted malts and coffee bitterness that carries into the finish. The bitterness doesn't persist that far into the aftertaste. I'm not digging Vermont Coffee Companys coffee, as it feels overly acidic and a little "rough" for lack of better descriptors (my coffee palate isn't super discerning...).

M - Body is a shade lighter than medium, and feels a little thin for an 8% brew. Light carbonation tingle that fades into a soft texture. Big sticky and chewy residual feel. Thicken this up a bit and it'd be pretty awesome.

D - As much as I knocked the taste, this was still pretty enjoyable, especially after a hard morning of moving. Hopefully the caffeine will pick me up for the rest of the day. The coffee just seems a little burnt or something - perhaps a lighter roast would work better with the base beer?

Solid coffee brew here, but nothing that makes it stand out amongst an increasingly crowded field.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a frothy, foamy, light brown head that slowly recedes into a film. Aromas of heavy, dark roasted coffee, with a slight meaty quality. Flavors are smooth and dark, with a robust blast of dark roasted coffee and a slight smokiness. Very rich, but surprisingly easy to drink. The aftertaste is coffee bitters, with a smooth roastiness once again smoothing everything out. The finish is slightly drying, but definitely bitter. Good, solid coffee stout, and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: balck in color with a fluffy 2" tan colored head. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: very mild roasted malt tones and hint of coffee are tough to pick up.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolates, raisins, and a hint of licorice show up late. Bitterness is hearty enough to cut back some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is short and focused on roasted malts and coffee. Lightly crisp to start and smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable stout that has just the right amount of coffee and chocolate tones.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black colour with a foamy espresso coloured head that disappeared rather quickly. No visible carbonation.

S - Rich, malty coffee with sweet caramel. Some chocolate too.

T - Roasted malts with pretty close to the perfect amount of coffee flavour. Normal amounts of carbonation.

M - Medium body with visible carbonation.

D - A very drinkable stout. Coffee flavour is just perfect - not overwhelming but can still clearly taste it. Doesn't taste like an 8% ABV at all.

This has just become one of my go-to stouts. Amazing!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, a nice one for an 8% ABV.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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