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Mountain Goat Surefoot Stout - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 25
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 25
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours tar black with slight copper hue. Generous brown/tan head fades quickly leaving good lacing.
Lots of roasted grains, some dark chocolate and oats.
Initial sweet flavour quickly overpowered by bitter roasted grains, which contribute a rich espresso hit.
Thick, rich mouthfeel although carbonation is a bit over the top. (324 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of captain-millionare
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

June 2015

Poured from the can.

It pours a dark but not black, more like coca-cola. Tannish head with lacing.

Light roast on the nose.

VERY light body. Small amount of chocolate with a very nice roasty finish.

This is a session stout, easy. Reminds me more of an Old than a stout. I'm not a total wanker but this is too watery for the style. (345 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently this Stout has been around for a while now... never seen it before and thought it was a brand-new Mountain Goat release - and I do enjoy their brews (though mainly when they’re at their wackiest with the Rare Breed single batches). Well, their web site doesn’t even have this beer listed - maybe I’m imagining it? Perhaps it doesn’t really exist, like in some sort of beer matrix, or “the beertrix” - damn that sounds like an awesome film idea starring Keanu Reeves as a Craft Brewer also known as ‘Faro’, he finds out that the macro beer world is an illusion and ends up leading the craft beer revolution! [note: there is no spoon].

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear cola coloured body with a beige cappuccino foam 2 cm head that leaves a decent lace on the side of the glass... good marks here. 7/10,

S: Caramel-tinged sweet and roasted malts greet you upfront, not used to caramel notes in a Stout but what the hell Mountain Goat, with hints of earthy coffee and spring water in the background. Aroma, apart from the caramel, is pretty much in the ball-park for a classic Irish Dry Stout. 7/10.

T: Exactly as above: sweet caramel/roasted malts, earthy coffee and spring water. Finish is dry, toasty with a touch of coffee grind bitterness. The flavour does have a hint of metal my fillings are telling me, however from a can it is to be expected, in fact it would be weird if it didn’t have a metallic aftertaste. Could definitely benefit from a bit more flavour but that is the Russian Imperial Stout drinker in me talking. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a tad watery, with a lightish carbonation. Heavy beers have really killed my appreciation of lighter bodied beers, oh well. 6/10.

D: Well it is certainly not Mountain Goat’s finest hour. It is also not their worst either - I think their Summer Ale holds claim to that title - this is simply put: Middle-of-the-road, and when you’re a brewer like Mountain Goat that has some solid beers on offer (hell their Steam Ale introduced me to the Steam Beer style) you have the ability to create a better Stout than this. Overall... those things you wear... sorry, bad joke, Mountain Goat can do better, and so can I (as a consumer - probably not as a brewer, still haven’t made a Stout yet) so I will stick with Samuel Smith’s or Founders Breakfast Stout or Old Raspy or Coopers Best Extra, etc... no lack of good Stout options out there. 6/10.

Food match: Tinned Irish stew with crusty white bread or a Ploughman’s lunch. (2,536 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rastaman
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very decent little stout, lots of chocolate and roasty coffee flavour, very smooth body, but the palate tended to be a bit messy, i don't think the flavours blended as well as they could have, but quite alright. (213 characters)

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Stavage
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice not quite black colouf with a thin tan head. Degraded into an average lacing.

Gave hints of chocolate and coffee on the nose along with a touch of expected dark burnt malt scents.

Taste was a nice bitter chocolate/coffee balance with some light burnt malts. Not very intense but admittedly very smooth. Just a touch of sweetness, like a teaspoons worth of sugar in an espresso.

Mouthfeel was a little light and fizzy compared to what I like for the style, but only slightly so. On the other hand it was nice and smooth.

Not my favourite Australian stout, but better than average. It's a touch light but also very easy drinking. I'll keep this on rotation for the remainder of the winter. (697 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours pitch black. I would have liked a bit more head.

Some sweet choc aromas, touch of coffee and I got a bit of Vegemite as well.

Chocolate a bit more bitter on the palate. Nice though. A bit of dark fruitiness in there as well.

I like my stouts with a bit more body.

An average sort of stout. (304 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a bottle shop in St. Kilda. I am drinking a chilled bottle in a schooner glass. The beer pours a deep brown color with minimal tan, creamy head foaming up 1 cm and fading gradually to a thin surface layer. The aroma on the beer is of cocoa powder and some roasted malt hits as well. Pretty appealing nose.
First sip reveals an average body with a rather smooth texture, carbonation is fine yet tingly.
Flavor starts of with some sweetness almost like choc milk and then rolls to a bit of roasted malt hits with some dark fruit mixed in as well.
the beer drinks very smooth and goes down easy. A pretty tasty beer with good mix of stout qualities to create a beer to try when in Australia! (713 characters)

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

28 December 2005

Appears black with a very small brown head and no lacing. Roasted caramel dominates, but overall the aroma is fairly subtle. Also cocoa, chocolate and nutty aromas are present. Behind this I find a faint raisin and berry yeast smell, and a some bready and toasty notes. A sweet cocoa flavour rather than the typical coffee characteristics. The taste is bittersweet, chocolately and milky with a lightly bitter finish and a touch of spicy, leafy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. This one is very drinkable but not the biggest flavoured stout. (578 characters)

Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look:
375 ml can poured into handle glass.
color looks good. very dark with hues of red when held up to the light.
Half a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly leaving a lacy ring around the glass.
actual can looks like its marketed to teenagers going to a rave.

Smell:
Malty but not very strong at all. If i didn't know it was beer it could almost be confused with Coke or Pepsi.


Taste:
It actually tastes good. strong malt flavors with a sweet lingering after taste.
Perhaps a hint of coffee in there too.
Not very complex. only a few flavors that hit you straight away and leave you searching for more too come but it never does.

Feel: fairly watery for a stout. Very thin on the tongue but thickens up a bit in the back of your throat.
Not cloying at all which is a good sign of a session beer.

OA: It's obviously marketed as a session stout which I could see my self drinking from time to time. Room temperature is probably ideal drinking temp as the cold doesn't hide the few but nice flavors that are there to taste.

I'll probably buy a carton to have a session on it just o be sure.

Its worth a try at least. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is aged at the brewery for 1 year, allowing it to become a little smoother & mellow.

A: Looks like stout. Very dark, with a tan head.

S: Bittersweet, roasty coffee.

T: The mallty sweetness is very well balanced with the roasted malts, which are never harsh. Chocolate, caramel, coffee...

M: Light to moderate body, well carbonated.

D: Good session beer. Lots of flavour, but very smooth... not over-powering.

Thanks Kevin! (446 characters)

Photo of koolk
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Strange beer this one: Winter '04

Thin head goes away quickly, with little carbonation. Deep red - mahogany in colour.

No great aromas jump out. A touch of coffee, a little caramel, not much more.

Intial flavours aren't to bad. Some sweet leafy hops, some chocolate and assorted roasted flavours. Mouthfeel is the weird part. The beer just slips away and disappears, not in a silky smooth way, but more in a milky way. Is this full of lactose? After-taste is strangely 'iced coffee-ish'.

Don't know what to think about this beer! Might stick to other local stouts. (569 characters)

Photo of personpitch
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit i havnt tried this beer before and have seen it around heaps and have just avoided it for some reason so finally decided to finally see what its like after hearing mixed reviews and set the record straight,it pours a jet black as night colour with very nice carbonation that leaves a two finger cappicino laced head with heaps of visible lacing,it has aromas of strong alcohol and mocha malts and almost smells similar to a bourbon and coke not a very nice smell,the mouthfeel is above average with a mediumish mouthfeel at the start with hints of raisins,chocolate,coffee and some hops right at the creamy finish and im so glad the taste is so different to the aroma very nice,i cant believe a beer can look this good,smell bad and still taste beautiful anyways would drink again. (794 characters)

Photo of diablo14
1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

close to my most disliked stout. i got a pot from a fresh keg and couldnt have been more underwhelmed. never had a stout so lacking in character.

more of a dark red than a opaque black, with a beige colored head. that in itself says something about the blandness of this beer. it looks to me closer to a schwarzbier, but doesnt even have the strength to reach that level. i could not believe a stout could be brewed with so little aroma. i got a small vestige of burnt malt and thats about it. the taste was sweet, maybe a hint of licorice in there, and some chocolatey traces, with a quite raspy bitterness that id expect from a macro. i found this to be pretty thin too. lacking in any potency whatsoever. and like their other beers, a distinct lack of balance.

i waited and waited for something to happen as i drank it. i thought maybe i was missing something. but nothing was forthcoming. ive tasted better homebrew stouts than this. if surefoot stout really was a goat, it would have found it had slipped off the rocks to the bottom of a cliff by now. very very ordinary. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Stew41
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice foamy head that lasts a couple of minutes. Striking dark brown / black. Didn’t get many text book stout notes on the nose, rather some light metallic notes (if anythng at all). Much better in the mouth, sweet roasted malts drive the palate. Slight acidic like kick at the end, but pretty good all up. Shows some reasonable palate weight. (352 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as a "Guest brew" at the Hargreaves Hill Brewery.
It is smooth and quite soft feeling and tasting stout. Almost creamy in fact. Not really bitter and has minimal burnt grain flavours.
Not a high impact stout but really drinkable (244 characters)

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost complete black,slight red-brown hue. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, and faint coffeebeans. Flavour is fullish sweetness with a mild dryness to the finish. Palate is medium bodied and malty. Quite easy to drink. (237 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black like a good stout should be with a few centimetres of tan head. Patchy lacing.
S - Roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate come through mainly with some dark fruity notes as the beer warms.
T - A sweet but bitter chocolate taste dominates the taste at first with some caramel & dark fruit flavours present as well.
M - Mouthfeel was a bit light for a stout. Not bad but not quite right.
D - Tasty enough but nothing to get too overly excited about. (461 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this by way of a trade with an Australian gent. Beautifully dark chocolate colored Stout with a thin beige head. Fairly good lacing as well. Appealing roasted aroma with chocolate presence. Full bodied and somewhat complex with a creamy character that made it very easy to drink. Chocolate and coffee flavors and hearty enough to enjoy through the entire glass. I hope to come across this again sometime. (408 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent black with a thin tan head. Decent head retention.

Roasty aroma with coffee and bitter chocolate notes. A light fruit sweetness is also present. Overall, it could be stronger.

Nice flavour with a good upfront hit of roast bitterness. Espresso and cocoa hints fade into a sweet, slightly fruity malt flavour. Espresso lingers in the finish. Smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin as I would like it to be a heavier than average beer. Carbonation is not overpowering and works well.

A tasty, smooth, drinkable brew. Plenty of flavour but just a bit lacking in body. Probably my favourite of the Mountain Goat beers. (635 characters)

Mountain Goat Surefoot Stout from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.