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Dissent - Steel Toe Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 191
Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A black pour crowned by a 1” dense light brown foam collar. S: faint roast, cocoa, chocolate. T: Rich malts balance light roast flavors supported by grainy flavors. Initial cocoa transforms into espresso with a lingering coffee bitterness. While there is a touch of char, it is not harsh and is balanced by the malt. F: Very creamy, smooth and rich with a medium full body and soft carbonation. O: A flavorful, drinkable stout.

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Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored foam with good retention. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and a small amount of cocoa.

The taste is just like the aroma suggests. A lot of roasted malt and a small amount of cocoa. I can also taste some of the oats, and can definitely feel the smoothness that the oats bring to the beer.

Slightly over medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and smooth and easy to drink. A very nice Foreign Stout from Steel Toe. I can't wait to see what else they will have to offer.

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Photo of herman77
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a very thick dark (solid black) pour with a finger of tan head. excellent retention with patchy lacing. smells of roasted grains, sweet lactose sugar, cocoa, tobacco, roasted pecans. taste is subtle .. very sweet with a roasted finish. tastes of sugar coated pecans (like the ice cream topping ones), burnt caramel, roasted grains, ashtray (very earthy bitterness), dark chocolate. medium body (strange, since it looked to pour extremely thick) with a nice amount of carbonation makes it easy to drink and the subtle mix of bitter-sweet makes it very refreshing.
if i had regular access to this, i'd make it my go to stout, especially for the price tag. this is my 2nd beer from this brewery, and i have to say i was already sold on the first (size 7 ipa).. but this one just confirmed their consistency to pull out two completely different styles of beer so damn good.

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Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, good head, sticky lacing.

Smell: Big roasted grain aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced chocolate, roasted grain, and mild sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Moderate but not too heavy.

Overall: Another Steel Toe brew that I tried on tap, loved, and so bought a bottle to review. Very tasty stuff, hits a nice balance between sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness along with having a nice feel to it. Good stuff.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A= Pours a nice deep black color with a thick brown head on it that rises to a perfect two fingers and holds some great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. A fine looking sout if I can say so.

S= The smell is a nice roasty character to it with a somewhat coffee like aroma. I don't think there is coffee in this one but the coffee like aroma is evident. Nice sweetness to back it up on the nose with some bitter dark chocolate aroma. Maybe a small amount of hops are in there but nothing that I would call a hoppy stout.

T= An excellent stout flavor. Great roasty malt to it with a great deal of what I would call coffee bitterness. The IPA had great flavor and this stout does as well. Big booms of roast and a light sweetness to back it all up. The major player is the booming roasty malt however. There is a velvet like smoothness to it as well that is evident from the oats making it somewhat of a luxury.

M= Smooth and luxurious. The body itself is a little light but I sort of like it that way. Any thicker and it may be a little less interesting. The light body and heavy flavor is a nice mix.

O= This is a solid brew. The IPA from Steel Toe was awesome and this is the second brew I've had from them and I actually might like it even more. This is a stout done right. Tone the alcohol down a bit and I could see myself drinking this all day. A ton of complexity with a body that is sooo drinkable makes this one of a few stouts that I can see myself drinking over and over again. It doesn't have to be 11%+ alcohol in order to pack all sorts of flavor in and this is a great example.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Sam Smith pub nonic.

A: Dark, opaque black body, fairly viscous pour, with lots of tan head and rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Big bakers chocolate, sweetened and unsweetened cocoa, lots of roasted barley and even some char; oats, a big dose of espresso beans, with a hint of smoke.

T: Dark, deeply roasted malt backbone to this one, with char and burnt flavors, oats, lots of barley and coffee beans, bitterness, some bittersweet dark chocolate. Dry finish, alcohol esters are nearly invisible, maybe a touch of a hoppy bitterness on the finish?

MF: Creamy and viscous body, not quite 'full', with a dry & bitter finish.

O: Really nice stout, almost more of an oatmeal stout than an export stout. Tasty and roasty.

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Photo of Lucular
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade with maximum12. Pours dark as night with a thin layer of tan foam that fades into a ring. Taste is dark roast with coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. For a 7% abv the alcohol is almost imperceptible. Goes down smooth with a pleasant aftertaste.

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Dissent from Steel Toe Brewing
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