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

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 296
Photo of Dopplebock
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am truly excited to review this beer. I have always loved Long Trail, as I feel they have a very high quality and unique flavor for each of their beers. This one takes the cake though! Pouring a deep mahogany to near black, the stout is smooth as silk. Be sure to pour this stout correctly so that the cinnamon-colored head highlights the experience. Both the bouquet and the mouthful are similar, with predominantly coffee notes balanced by hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoked malt, and possibly vanilla. At 8% alcohol by volume, the aficionado can discern a bit of a belgian influence at the finish with a hint of dark fruit and a little burn of alcohol. Overally, I am very pleased with this stout. I would not rate it as high as the Founders Breakfast Stout; however there are certainly some parallels. Cheers to Long Trail for yet another successful venture!

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Photo of mnrider
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber. Pint glass. Made with coffee from Vermont Coffee Company.

A: Pours a pitch black with dark brown head. The head doesn't last long at all. Lacing is good, but not enough of it.

S: Strong aroma. Alcohol at first leads to a strong coffee aroma. A bit of chocolate comes through also. Maybe some kind of sweet fruit, I can't tell for sure.

T/M: Yes! Tastes like a nice full bodied stout. Coffee taste is prominent. A dash of chocolate is mixed in. Extreme smoothness and finishes malty sweet. Alcohol is noticeable but not at all harmful to the taste.

D: Excellent Stout. I need another. Long Trail has produced a worthy double stout here.


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

A nice extra from rpstevens:

Poured into my Duvel....

Good 1 1/2 inch head with moderate lacing. I was expecting coffee notes to come rushing out but they didn't (actually a good thing as I'm not a coffee fiend).

Nice carbonation with the a medium mouthfeel.

I'm surprised this is 8%. The alcohol is hidden nicely. A solid brew that I would have again.

Next review!

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very dark brown head on the top of the pint glass. Lacing is excellent and retention is okay.

Aroma seems to be a bit mild at first. I was looking for a big whiff of coffee but I really had to look for it. Not only was there not a lot of coffee in the nose, it doesn't have the typical dark grain and roast aromas. There is a very pleasant, dark fruitiness with berries and plums, with only a hint of chocolate behind it. After this comes a slight coffee aroma, but it's subtle.

The taste has only a slight coffee bite to it that isn't all that different than a bitter roast flavor, and it's still very subtle. Deep dark, berry fruitiness, mellow chocolate, and a hint of licorice on the finish. Tastes a lot like the aroma. It reminds me of a subtle, well aged Imperial Stout, and by the end I was convinced this wasn't from a fresh batch. That would explain the lack of coffee. The mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and like a good Imperial Stout, it is noticeable and noteworthy from the first sip.

I ended up staring at the end of this pint quicker than I would think, so that has to score well for drinkability. I'm not sure if I would order another, but I feel like this is one of the few beers that comes in bombers that one person can be reasonably expected to drink.

Not a great Coffee Stout but a really good Imperial Stout.

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

22 oz bottle to highball glass.

The consistency and sheer, black richness of the pour is warming to my heart in the mid-winter. This beer is nothing short of excellent. Longtrail has put out some solid brews over the years, but this trumps them all.

A beautiful nose of roasted espresso and a very earthy, black truffle sweetness, combined with the typical RIS tricks of adding chocolate and dark fruits. Remarkably well balanced in the mouth, with heavy grains, oats, and low carbonation throughout. Finish is creamy and rich, leaving a lingering, viscous mocha truffle aftertaste.


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Photo of mullenite
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to alpinebryant for this beer.

Poured a pitch black with a thick brown three finger head and a lot of sticky lacing down the glass. The tall head was a relief as I was afraid this one had opened up at some point.

Smell is strong dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and cream. There is also a very slight dark fruit smell in the background. Very pleasant smelling beer all around.

Taste is a little sweeter than the nose with less coffee and less dark chocolate but is all around more balanced. The sweet cream and fruit flavors are still there. Finishes with a long grainy coffee note that is pretty nice.

Body is a little on the thin style for what I want but the carbonation is nice and prickly.

This beer is a sipper, not a quaffer and I can't see myself having more than one every couple days. Overall though a fine beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8% abv. Pours a nearly black color. Tan head fades fairly quickly.

Some roasty notes in the nose, with a soft hint of coffee. A whiff of milk chocolate. Pretty simple aroma.

Roasty malts along with coffee and cream. Fair amount of sweetness, but some bitterness to balance.

Medium body, fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Not bad.

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Photo of mcallister
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut deep brown with little head leaving a foamy topper.

Soft coffee and cream aromas with a mocha like aspect. Zinfandel grape like aromas oddly enough.

Not to much going on. Tannic coffe with hints of chocolate and a bit of roast not much else. Mouth shows a bit of creamy texture.

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Photo of biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you like dark beers then you would consider this to be extremely aesthetically pleasing. It is black and opaque and has a kind of visibility that one might experience at a depth of 1500 feet beneath the ocean. It is outlined by a thin, brownish fiber that requires just a little squinting to spot. It looks, not so ironically, just like a black coffee.

It smells, however, like much more than that. Although it has assimilated all the roasty fragrance of freshly grounded gourmet coffee beans, it contains much more than that one quality. It boasts a peculiar blend of molasses, soy sauce, mushrooms, dark berries and chocolate fudge. Safe to say I'd never found that combination in a beer before. But I like it.

Upfront the taste is roasty and bitter, like a mouthful of shredded coffee beans, but all that scorched flavour quickly parts way for a sweetish, caramel-laced, honeycomb toffee wall of malts that pat down the taste buds with hints of licorice and dark fruits. The coffee, however, never secedes entirely and is united again on a long, lingering aftertaste.

The alcohol is never unleashed, even as the beer warms. The subtly sweet malts are never overshadowed, even in the face of a bold flavoured coffee. Enough swirling seems to have unleashed hints of vanilla which only adds to the beer's soothing, frictionless character. Having two glasses of the stuff definitely worked out better than having only one.

I'm not a coffee drinker but I could see spending a lot of money at the Vermont Coffee Company gift shop. This coffee has a lovely flavour and ultra-lush, velvety texture. Credit is also due to the brewer who has blended the beans so remarkably with the malts. I often find coffee beers can be astringent and unbalanced, but not this one.

There's a lot I like about this beer. First of all, I appreciate that it's a profusion of flavours and not just the exaltation of one. I'm also amazed at just how unique it is given that coffee beers tend to be very predictable and often times monotonous. This is definitely one beer the brewmaster should keep in his special series, it's well deserving of being there.

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Photo of hreb
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle poured into tulip-style glass. Beer pours nearly black, with a slight reddish-brown hue and quickly grows a short, foamy head of deep brown. Very pretty.

Aroma of espresso and toffee. First sip is mouth-fillingly rich and smooth. The texture is slightly oily, but not in an overwhelmingly heavy way. The level of carbonation is just right to release the flavors through the thick texture without being fizzy or stinging. Mostly the flavor is of coffee (not too bitter), but there are hints of roasted nuts.

Alcohol is also deceptive: I would have guessed around 5.5%, although the label reads 8.0%. As it warms, the alcohol is a little more pronounced, along with the weightiness. While this is a fine specimen, it's more like drinking coffee than beer, and it does wear old on the palate.

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Photo of Soonami
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's because I've been craving a coffee stout, but in my mind, this is almost as good as FBS. Now granted it doesn't have the all oat or the chocolate goodness that FBS has, but this beer definitely has moments when the sweetness of the malt and the roasted coffee blend and trigger that happy feeling stored in my brain.

The opaque motor oil color and consistency is always a good sign of a Imp Stout. From the vigorous pour, it was immediately obvious that this beer was going to pack a coffee punch. The nose of was of sweet mocha with a hint of toasted grain. The taste was very sweet and rich in coffee flavor, but not overpowering, a good Arabica palette full of fruity overtones balanced by an earthy character. The stout had the perfect amount of carbonation and was very creamy on the finish. I have had half of the bomber and will thoroughly enjoy finishing this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 650 mL bottle. Shared with krisandajt.

A: The coffee stout is a dark black color, rendered completely opaque. An off-white head blanketed the ale to the tune of a finger and a half but left nothing in its wake.

S: The nose is roasted, full of darker malts. The coffee doesn't stand out vividly, but it is present. A lactic sweetness pairs with the coffee.

T: The stout allows more coffee to come through in the taste, adding a java and cream flavor that has a mild tartness near the end of each sip. The stout malts are full, burnt and heavy. A decent stout that could use for coffee.

M: A mild coffee flavor pervades the ale, adding just enough bitter sweetness to remind you that it is a coffee stout. The stout body is heavy but not awkwardly so.

D: A decent stout that I'd probably pick up again if I saw it in a bottle shop.

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

22 oz bottle, thanks to Torontoblue for sharing.

Pours a very dark and opaque black, maybe a bit of dark brown or red in the edges, medium sized tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots stick, looks pretty solid. Smell is nice, intensely roast, chocolate, big roasty coffee/espresso, caramel, biscuit, more roast, lightly fruity, licorice, more roast, pretty big. Taste is similar, huge roast character, espresso and chocolate, wafers, biscuit, caramel, pretty intensely bitter and astringent in a good way, more roast, raisin, brown sugar, pretty nice stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a little rough going down but pretty good stuff. The roastiness is real nice. Thanks Sid!

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

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The appearance is pitch black with a thick mocha head that fades to a tight ring around the edges of the glass. The lacing is sticky and foamy on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a big hit of rich smooth coffee followed by a dark chocolate and some sweet caramel.

The taste is similar to the smell, a wave of coffee flavor hits the tongue, but it finishes roasty and almost bitter with some tones of dark chocolate and a mellow toasted marsh mellow kind of burnt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a coffee stout, but the beer is perfectly carbonated and has a nice dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden by the bold flavors of the beer, something you can easily drink an entire bomber of.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a deep chestnut color with a good inch or so of creamy, lingering dark ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors are of milk chocolate, mocha, caramel malt, fresh roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruits, grassy hops, slight char. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation and a bitter but smooth finish. Looking forward to trying more from this series.

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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 u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
A) Nearly opaque. Pours with brown, thin bubbled head then settles out to thin lacing on top and sticky on the sides of the glass.
S) Coffee. Baking bread. Some chocolate notes.
T) Smoky. Coffee. Roasted grains. Alcohol. Light hop bite in the finish. Lingering smokiness and alcohol in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Milky. Full bodied. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A delicious stout. Well crafted. I would definitely drink another one of these fine brews.

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Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kingcrowing for this one.

Let me start out by saying that this is more coffee than beer.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a 1-finger beige head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mainly coffee with slight dark fruit scents. The taste is coffee, just quality, straight-up coffee. It's kind of like Peche Mortel but not quite as complex. Nothing gourmet or fancy. Malts are present & not real toasted. Mouthfeel is not too thick; medium-bodied and somewhat carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but if you don't like straightforward coffee, then you're not going to like it.

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

Poured a deep, deep brown with a small tannish head. Nose is roasted malt, some coffee, and cocoa with some slight skunk. Taste is coffee, a little bit, roastiness and rather light bodied. Not much going on here. Mouthfeel is astringent, over carbonated and thin with some coffee coming in late.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly poured like an Imp Stout. The classic head that forms from within the beer and looks like an eruption of dark brown foam rising from within the beer. Beer itself is almost black with some brown tones along the edges. Some spotty lace.

Aroma is no surprise and of coffee. Some chocolate notes as well.

Flavor was pretty nice, but I thought the coffee flavor wasn't my favorite. Sometimes the notes are more like coffee grounds vs. a nice coffee flavor. A touch more sweetness I think would have rounded this out nicely. Almost tasted a little burnt.

Mouth feel was slightly acidic and the body was full.

Pretty enjoyable, but not among my favorite Imp Stouts.

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

A - Pitch black with a heavy brown foam. Not quite thick enough to stand on.

S - Tons of coffee, molasses, caramel, raisins.

T/M - Sweet and caramelly dark sugars up front. Coffee flavour is more in the back end. Smooth with a medium body and a low-ish carbonation.

D Good, but not great. A bit light for a big coffee stout, and coffee flavour seems limited to the back end and aftertaste only.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body reveals no highlights. Topped by three fingers of dark tan froth. Good lacing.

Aroma has enticing mix of coffee and chocolate.

Taste runs down the tongue as chocolate-to-coffee-to-dark choclate. Earthy hops on the side.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel, has some chew to it.

Good drinkability, alcohol weell hidden. Smooth but not flaccid.

A tasty stout, a solid offering from Long Trail.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark dark brown with minimal head. I dumped it pretty vigorously, but only got a thin layer that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving no lacing. Smelled of coffee, and tasted of coffee, molasses, and some chocolate. A nice flavor combo. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a stout, and carbonation was on the light side. Alcohol is well hidden. A solid stout except for the low carbonation.

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Photo of mhatters
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap (4 oz sample) at the VT Brewers Festival

Poured jet black with a tanlight brown head

The nose had a lot of alcohol from the barrel, this dissipated quickly, and the coffee roast comes throguh.

The flavor has a lot of coffee and chocolate (which I did not pick up in the nose), well roasted, and a hint of sharpness at the end.

Slightly creamy feel, somewhat oily, very nice. Carbonation is just right.

A really good beer, I do not want a lot of these, but I could easily drink a bottle of this.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a clear glass coffee mug.

Black with a creamy mocha colored head that stayed as a layer and left thick rings of lacing.
The aroma is filled with coffee and cocoa.
The taste is incredibly smooth with rich roasted coffee and notes of chocolate with a light bittering at the finish.
Medium/full bodied with a creamy smooth feel.
Easy to drink, especially with breakfast/brunch.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 542 ratings
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