TYIB REVIEW OFF: Long Trail Coffee Stout

For the first time in The Year in Beer history, we have both purchased the SAME BEER, unbeknownst to one another at the time of purchase. How can this be, you ask? Well, sometimes when a girl really loves a style of beer (coffee stout) and loves even more to save money (big bottle < $5), some beers become an undeniable must-purchase. Apparently, Long Trail’s Brewmaster Series Coffee Stout is that beer for us. SO, instead of having to decide who would do the reviewing and who would just sit back and enjoy, we decided that we would both review the brew and see what happens when we don’t try to form a consensus. The following is our first ever REVIEW OFF!



Beer:  Coffee Stout
Brewery: Long Trail
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.0%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Ally’s apartment
Primary Consumer: Ally



Sight: Opaque, dark, near-black brown.  Thin mocha-colored head that recedes rather quickly.

Scent: Roasty, slightly acidic mocha, with hints of vanilla.

Flavor:  Tastes like weakly brewed vanilla-flavored coffee.  A bit of a bitter endnote.

Feel:  Low-to-moderate carbonation.  Smooth but thin.

Long Trail’s Coffee Stout is part of the Vermont brewery’s Brewmaster Series (their gourmet specialty line which includes a Double IPA, an Imperial Porter, and a Centennial Red as well).  In general, Long Trail brews are decent–not fantastic, but better (much better) than a Bud.  And this Coffee Stout, despite it being “gourmet,” still falls into that category.  You definitely get the coffee flavor–no false advertising there–but the thin mouthfeel detracts from the overall enjoyment factor.  Be sure to drink it at the right temperature, a recommended 45-50°F, to get the most bang for your buck in the flavor department.

One neat tidbit of info: Long Trail uses 100% certified fair trade, organic dark roast from the Vermont Coffee Company, roasted specially for Long Trail.  Cheers to thinking globally and acting locally, Long Trail!

Concluding remarks: Good for its flavor profile, but it left me unimpressed.


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Tiemann Place
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Thick-looking dark reddish brown body with nonexistent head; a rim of small tan carbonation bubbles linger at the side of the glass.

Scent: Rightfully so, the predominant smell of this Coffee Stout is burnt, stale coffee. As it sits, it begins to develop a slight vanilla and milk scent. Oddly, the last note is pretzel.

Flavor: Oh, this tastes just like stale coffee. As a graduate student writing a thesis, stale coffee comes with the territory. Thus, I am an expert in this field. Seriously, I’ll wake up, realize I left a cup of reheated coffee in the microwave from the night before, and then reheat it again and drink it as breakfast. Yup, this tastes just like some of those cups of coffee, except with a slight astringent flavor. The alcohol is well-balanced, but that’s only because the taste of strong, stale coffee can pretty much overpower any taste aside from garlic, maybe. At the end there’s a very slight sweetness, but now it just tastes like stale coffee with stale sugar. And final note is very bitter, like chewing coffee grounds.

Feel: Eh, its fine. Maybe a little thin, but fine.

Concluding remarks: I was hoping that this review-off was going to be a little more contested, a little more dramatic, i.e., WHAT THE HECK, ALLY, HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY SAY THAT THIS BEER HAS THE AROMA OF A MILK CHOCOLATE BAR WHEN CLEARLY IT’S WHITE CHOCOLATE, UGH!!! But after finishing Long Trail’s Coffee Stout, I agree with most things that Ally said, from the kudos to Long Trail for using local coffee to the pint glasses awarded. I don’t get the vanilla taste as much as she does; for me, this is really about the bitter coffee. It’s okay, but I know there are better Coffee Stouts out there.

So as not to completely rag on Long Trail, the Double IPA in the Brewmaster Series is top-notch. So if you’re faced with the choice of the Coffee Stout, Double IPA, Imperial Porter, or Centennial Red, always go for the Double IPA!

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