Dissent - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KarlHungus on 09-24-2011

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near pitch black with moderate tan head and some light lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted aroma, with chocolate, molasses and light coffee. Slightly fruity as well.

Taste: Fairly sweet and fruity upfront (a little more so than I prefer), but then the roasted flavors rise up with lots of chocolate and molasses. On the finish, there is a good amount of chargrill and coffee, resulting in a decent level of bitterness. Not sure if hops are contributing much or not.

Feel: Full body that is very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low and just enough to get the job done.

Overall: Nice full-bodied Stout that is not quite Imperial. Good mix of flavors, just a wee bit too sweet upfront. However, the abrupt transition from sweet to bitter is very interesting.

Photo of deebo
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

at republic uptown served in a pint glass with a thin finger of dark tan frothy head that leaves little lacing and breaks down rather rapidly. Brownish black in color. Aromas of rich dark chocolatey malt. Notes of rich toasted sugar as well. Flavor is rich dark toasted malt with characteristics of heavily roasted coffee. End note is a tad bitter from the dark malts. Medium bodied with a carbonation level a bit high that seems to bring out the lingering almost astringent aftertaste from the roasted malts. Overall a decent beer that could benefit from a little less in your face dark malt and better balance.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and murky black with a light hint of brownish amber at the bottom of the glass. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma. Dark roasted malts and grains with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel malt. Also some hints of lactose, cream, and toffee with some burnt sugar. A little smoke, nuts, and tobacco. Hops are very subtle. Sweet roasted dark chocolate and coffee is the dominant aroma here.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but with a more noticeable dark bitterness from the roast. Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and lactose sugars. A little bit of smoke and nuts with some molasses. Rich and sweet but has a nice balancing bitterness from the dark roast. Light hop presence in the background. A very rich and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and rich feel that is slightly syrupy but finishes with a nice dry bitterness from the roast.

Overall: A very good stout. Very forward with the chocolate and coffee flavors. Good balance between the sweetness and roasty bitterness.

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Very dark (yet with signs of clarity) seal brown liquid capped by a lasting slick and collar of desert sand cream. Pasty lacing, good retention.

Toasty malt in the nose with low esters.

Rich layered malt bill with cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, and other roast barley notes. Quite potent and malt-forward (emphasizing roast over fruit) without being grainy or astringent. Smooth earthy finish continues to evolve. Gentle bitterness suggests chocolate more than hops.

Creamy, medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and chewy.

Well crafted, flavorful ale...worth seeking out.

Photo of alphagnome
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows absolutely no light to pierce its walls. Medium brown head, does not hang around long but leaves a few traces of lacing behind. Glancing down at this brew reveals a slow swirling galaxy - fun to watch.

Aroma:
Roasted coffee and rich caramel dominate the aromascape. English toffee, s'mores, and cocoa powder help give some additional character.

Taste:
Surprisingly bitter upfront - I don't remember this. Bitter chocolate and coffee right upfront followed by a mild sweetness. Smoked character adds a nice touch. Definitely gets better as the temperature inches up. Alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
A very nice, medium bodied beer. Smooth with a semi-sweet finish.

Overall:
I had this beer last year and absolutely adored it... this time around, I found it a bit lacking but still very, very good. I question this particular bottle's age and plan on re-reviewing the first chance I get my hands on another bottle of this one.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle for dessert. Poured pitch black with a short tan head from my bomber. Mmm, nice chocolate aroma with a fresh coffee background. The flavor has a tasty, clean dry cocoa roast with a bready malt undertone. Hops come in for a big dry bitter finish that's a little more American stout/double stout. This is an awesome stout, just don't expect something on the sweet side like Lion or Dragon stouts.

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours more viscous than what is typical in a 7% ABV stout. Very dark color with a half-inch tan head that did not hold on for very long. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of cocoa. Straight forward aroma.

The flavor is much more complex. Has a deep roasted malt flavor that is smoothed out by the oats. Hints of cocoa and even a more subtle spice mix. Bitterness upfront is high but mellows out in the finish. A real depth of flavor.

I have only had two of this new breweries bottles. And one thing this brewer does extremely well is the mouthfeel. Wonderful carbonation and texture. Medium to full body with a smooth, luscious feel.

Really impressed with this stout. Still hate the bomber format, but I will not stop drinking this beer because of the bottle/price.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

oured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice dark to medium colored cocoa brown head. Forms a solid three fingers tall, with a big styrofoam like cap. Body color is nice and dark as well, big dark walnut brown body. As the head settles it nicely coats in a ring with a big creamy looking character. A great looking brew here.

A real nice simple nose, great in it's basic quality. Nice chewy roasty malts filled with airy whoppers candy like chocolate. Husky grain action, with a big thick punch it seems. A big nose but slightly tuned down to not get out of control. Very nice.

Palate matches a little bit more in the subtlety but delivers. Light bodied mild crackling grain finish. Got roasty bitterness of malt somewhere almost towards coffee, but comes out drier and grainier. Airy milky quality, with an almost chewy feel in the mid palate.

Overall just a solid brew.

Photo of lurpy1
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to the scene, Steel Toe! Excited for this one. Bomber poured into 2 pint glasses.

The pour is light black (is there such a thing?) with a reasonable tan head.

The smell is a bit faint, but roast and a surprising smokiness are up front, with a little bit of molasses and a vaguely meaty boquet.

My wife took a sip and said "ewww....bacon beer", which is not a positive in her book, although she is strongly pro-bacon and pro-beer. Yes, there's something smokehouse going on, I pick up a bit more on the roast flavor, along with some mystery nuts and fruits. It's not an overpowering drink, but this was tried right after a beer with an in-your-face flavor profile - Supplication, so perhaps that's not fair.

I found the mouthfeel a bit thin and somewhat unsatisfying.

It's a fine beer, but beyond the clearly stoutesque pour, this is a beer stuck in purgatory between ale and stout, and doesn't seem clear what it wants to be. I'm not concerned, but it led to a confusing experience. I would buy it again but at this point would not take heroic measures to do so. I think it really needs to be tried on its own and then revisited

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-28-12

Pours very dark and thick, with the slightest bit of blood red around the edges of the glass. The head is huge, and settles to a craggy tan layer that sticks to the glass.

Smell is malty and smoky, very deep with almost a coffee character. Well balanced and very good.

Taste is not as complex as I was hoping, based on the smell. The malt is dominant, very sweet, with a smoky finish. The hops are prominent, contributing to a dry and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but seems a little to thin. Not bad though.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness becomes a bit trying after awhile.

Overall, nothing special, but a good beer and a solid offering from Steel Toe.

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

A- Pours a 1 finger thick cap of tan, almost golden, head. The color is pitch black. Sparse lacing is present.

S- Notes of chocolate, some dark fruitiness of perhaps raisin and prune. A bit of fresh hops hangs out as well.

T- Starts out with some dark chocolate roastiness, a bit of lactose sweetness and finishes with equal parts roast and dark fruits. Just when you think it's gone, a bit more roasted grains appears.

M- Appropriate carbonation. Overall, not a large mouthfeel for the abv.

D- Overall drinkable but I find myself fighting over "is this a dark ale or a stout of some sort?" The overall taste profile seems to be very quick on the palette. Drinking as a dark ale as the brewery labels it, it's not bad. I won't have this often, however.

Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a fresh growler from the brewery today. Poured opaque black with a small tan head that faded quickly to a persistent skein. Smell was roasted malt, coffee and chocolates. Very nice. Taste had nice roasty elements, deeply roasted malt and French roast coffee. Sweet and semi sweet chocolate. Late on the palate is a little hint of dark fruit. Lightly hopped, with a slight hop and roasty coffee bean like bitterness that leaves the finish clean, lightly bitter, and dry. Nice medium body, creamy texture. Excellent, tasty export stout.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pitch black color. The head is a half inch of tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing that lingers. The aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and more roasted malt. This is a really interesting aroma. The taste is just as roasty as the aroma with a nice lingering maltiness. Along with the roasted malt there is also some nice dark chocolate and coffee notes in the background. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I can see myself drinking a lot of. I just wish it were available in six pack form.

Photo of herman77
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black with a small light tan head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Roasty, some sweetness to it. Lactose like sweetness

T: Some semi-sweet chocolate notes and roasted malts up front. Then some more lactose like sweetness comes. Has a nice semi-sweet, smooth finish that doesn't last long at all.

M: Medium body, a little below average on the carbonation.

O: Pretty decent drinkability. Not bad at all.

Photo of jimmah120
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, no date. had no idea what type of beer this was when I bought it, if i had to guess blindly id have said oatmeal stout.

Black look, smell is coffee, sweet malt, rubbing alcohol. taste is heavy on roast. there's some oats and hops in there, but it's over-powered by the roastiness. char, cocoa, bitter black coffee.

Tasty, but a little one-note with the charred flavor. And expensive, too, for what it is.

Photo of sprucetip
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin mocha head that recedes rapidly and leaves some patchy lacing.

Roasty and almost coffee dark grain influence, and an ever so faint maleness buried way underneath, and some modest boozy heat wafting out of the goblet.

Moderate roast with some coffee like suggestions, some malty flavor, and later some very gentle malty sweetness. Mild bitterness is present, but it's really not all that complex, eclectic or diverse.

Decently carbonated, thinnish medium body, vaguely warming, with a drying finish.

I think this is miscast on this sight as a Foreign Export Stout, whereas the brewery calls it a Dark Ale. I think it is a well done Dark Ale, but it would certainly be lacking some girth and robustness as a Foreign Export Stout. Despite being a well made and easy drinking "Dark Ale", the flavor is not that complex or bold, the feel is kinda thin, and the nose faint and hard to find.

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice bubble show that settles into a two-fingered tan head; the retention is excellent as well as is the lacing

Smell: Roast and chocolate, with earthy/hoppy tones

Taste: Both the roasty elements from the malt and the bitter aspect of the hops come through from the outset, and the balance continues from start to finish; there is some coffee, caramel and pine in the mix, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Steel Toe sends me again; It is hard to think of this as an Export Stout but I can see why others have objected to calling it an ABA; Steel Toe has chosen to dissent from being categorized by calling it a "dark ale"

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Photo of sacrelicio
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, bitter export stout from Minnesota's newest craft brewery. Black as tar with a chocolate mocha head with good lacing. Smell is good, fruity and roasty. Mouth feel is decent. Taste is roasty and rich with hop bitterness. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of Penguin3200
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery this evening ontap. Very dark and good lacing in the pour. Smells ofnchocolat and lactose with a nice caramel inviting nose. Taste is balanced and a good export stout style. Very happy with this one compared to the Other export stouts available. Steel toe is a welcome addition to the area craft scene.

Photo of TVolt1
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark black appearance with a small amount of white head. Not very cloudy.

S: Has a small scent of coffee beans and a large amount of caramel scent to it along with a little but of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Very crisp, refreshing taste. It has a lot more of coffee flavor than the smell had to it. It leaves a bitter coffee flavor on my tongue and its difficult to taste anything else. I do get a little bit of a sugary taste in the beginning but the coffee is pretty overwhelming.

M: Good thick mouth feel along with a good crispness on the tongue

O: overall, this beer is alright. I think its just a little too coffee bean tasting and it could have had some other flavors come out and compliment the coffee flavor.

Photo of ballenc
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Jet black color with a nice two-finger cocoa-brown head that dissipates too quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a distinct dark chocolate note and a faint licorice aroma as well.

T - Not as distinct as the smell so that is a bit disappointing. Very similar to the smell with mainly the roasted malt character coupled with some chocolate flavors but little else.

M - Not as thick as I prefer with my stouts (even the non-Imperial versions). Just a bit of alcohol bite on the tongue. Nice finish.

O - A decent brew from a relativley new brewery. Of their four flagship beers, I'd rate this one a distant second (possibly third behind Rainmaker) to the extremely good Size 7 IPA. Not a bad beer and a nice addition to the local beer scene - just not something I was wowed by (as I was by the Size 7). I really like what this brewery is doing and I'm eager to see what else they produce in the future.

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, spycow (?)! 22oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours dark brown, cream-colored head, thin ring, wisps.

S - A nice mix of roast, chocolate, and malts. The aroma isn't very strong, but for what it is, it's nice. The roast and chocolate are right on target for me (and this style).

T - Roast, hints of char, dark chocolate. Not as sweet as the nose suggest, more roasty and bitter, and still very nice. Very easy to enjoy and no sign of alcohol at all.

M - Light (perhaps a touch too thin), good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A well-crafted beer, I must say. Was surprised by this one and really enjoyed my pour. Would definitely have again, if offered. I would say this is more Export Stout then Black Ale, because of the lack of hops.

Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tan head. Color is black. 

Aroma: chocolate. Coffee and roast. Lots of malts.

Taste: big roast and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Lots of coffee. 

Mouthfeel: Roasted and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry. 

Overall, okay beer but pretty one dimensional.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours a dark black/black color with a slight tan head. Light roasty aroma in the nose, molasses, and a touch of leather. Slight hops. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with a slight bitter roast flavor and a little sweet dark fruit and then moves to a medium hoppy floral bitterness. Pretty easy drinking. Slight lace. No notes of alcohol. Not sure I would classify this as a stout.

Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, with this 22 oz. bomber I'll have completed my tasting of the entire line of current Steel Toe beers. Based on the results so far, I hope they keep creating stuff. Split & poured into two CC tulips.

Pours solid black. Nose is one of the richest bouquets of chocolate I've encountered outside of chocolate milks masquerading as beers. Nice roastiness, complementary sweetness. Good start.

Dissent certainly packs a trebuchet shot of taste. Yeeeaaahhq. Where to start? Almost a milk stout on impact, strong lactose element ambushes the tongue. Roast brings a high, hard one, with a puff of cocoa. I wouldn't have identified the chalk outline of the oats without the label, but they provide a lacquered smoothness. Lovely overall impression. Nothing overwhelms, everything contributes.

Good, solid brew. Colored just a bit outside the lines, this would be my second brew of choice for Steel Toe after Size 7. For now. I likes.

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Dissent from Steel Toe Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.