Dissent - Steel Toe Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
Seems to be some style confusion regarding this one. The bottle calls it a black ale, but it's currently listed here as an Export Stout. Steel Toe's website is coy about how they want this classified. Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing - served in a Cigar City snifter.
A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a few wisps, thin collar, and tiny spots of lace. Very dark brown body that's a tick lighter at the edges of the glass.
S - Dark fruits, chocolate-covered cherries, roasted malts, a dash of espresso, and perhaps a faint hint of alcohol. Blind I would call this a stout.
T - Taste is heavy on roasted malts, with mild dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke and chalk in the finish. Initially quite dry and bitter, although it does get sweeter the more you let it get sit, with some sugary notes appearing in the periphery.
M - Medium body, with a nice heft to it thanks to the oat addition. Lightly grainy cocoa powder texture, low carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.
D - As a "Black Ale" I like it a tad better than the Summit, but I suspect that's mostly because this is far more Stout than Black Ale. Definitely a 'tweener, so I'm going to have to evaluate from other perspectives and split the difference.
01-23-2012 07:56:06 | More by MasterSki
4.14/5 rDev +5.1%
Steel Toe Dissent Dark Ale, 7% ABV, Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Solid black color, short, cocoa-tinged head of foam.
Roasty-toasty aromatics, right from the start, nicely bittered. Bittersweet espresso, with hints of chocolate.
Taste: more of that roasted malt on the tongue, dark, rich, deep and tasty. Mmmm, all the pleasures of an oatmeal stout, all the smoothness and the depth, the richness and the satisfaction, all here. Full-bodied, long-lasting finish. Just right.
More can I say? It's nailed, like the others.
05-25-2013 08:57:33 | More by feloniousmonk
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-23-2011 04:08:27 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
06-10-2012 16:57:35 | More by mothman
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.
08-25-2014 22:50:14 | More by smakawhat
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-22-2011 03:07:54 | More by maximum12
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
09-24-2011 22:58:38 | More by KarlHungus
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-02-2011 16:56:56 | More by morimech
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-01-2012 15:40:58 | More by Sean9689
4/5 rDev +1.5%
A rich and solid looking black body with a fluffy head that is brown in color and leaves some generous lacing.
The nose is roasty with some lactose and coffee notes.
Plenty of roast from the malt, mildly sweet with a mocha finish. Some noticeable hopping in there as well. A nice little complexity develops as it warms.
Very dry feeling. Feels lighter than the seven percent alcohol, but the carbonation is very nice.
I think this is a very solid representation of the style. A very drinkable stout also. Steel Toe really has a solid portfolio of beers, this one included.
10-26-2011 01:21:30 | More by jera1350
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.
A: Pours a fantastic black with a thin mocha colored head. There is some serious lacing left on the glass as it drinks.
S: This beer smells of roasted cashews, toast, milk chocolate, and just the slightest touch of vanilla. It dark and deep without being over the top.
T: I get an initial hit of roasted malt, and what seems to be a rust flavor in there as well. But it's not off-putting. The chocolate notes never really seem to take hold because I get a bunch of hoppy bitterness in the middle. That's kind of disappointing. The finish is mainly roasted malt and hops.
M: Full bodied beer. This beer has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel all the way through. Very nice.
O: I think this beer is just alright. The smell is amazing, but the taste falls a bit short. I know this isn't an American Double/Imperial Stout, or a Russian Imperial Stout, but I really wanted more of the chocolate notes to shine through in the taste. After sampling their other beers, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. But it's still pretty good.
01-04-2012 00:00:22 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-21-2012 05:31:00 | More by MattyG85
Dissent from Steel Toe Brewing
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