Dissent - Steel Toe Brewing
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into grande snifter.
A - Pours a dark fluffy khaki head and near black in color. Head doesn't keep for long but this beer has solid lacing.
S - Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a faint campfire smell.
T - On the roasted - smoky, and maltier side as far as taste. I'm picking up a dark roast, cocoa, the oats as mentioned in its description, and something reminiscent to black licorice.
M - Medium slightly heavier body and not overly bitter. Kind of boozy so has some warmness from the alcohol.
O - This is the third beer I've had from Steel Toe behind Size 7 and Rainmaker, and I'm not quite as in love with this one compared to those two. The flavors and smell are not as potent as I'd like, and it just doesn't stand out to me. It's a solid beer but I don't know if it I'd go for it again anytime soon.
10-11-2012 22:51:36 | More by theHoff77
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-23-2012 02:51:53 | More by JackieTH
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
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
08-07-2012 03:36:28 | More by facundoCNB
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
06-07-2012 21:36:45 | More by augustgarage
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-29-2012 22:53:43 | More by bsp77
4.6/5 rDev +16.8%
No Freshness Dating
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.
04-16-2012 22:26:42 | More by jjanega08
4/5 rDev +1.5%
A- dark brown, almost black with a tan head than fades to a thin layer covering the beer leaving some lacing on the edge of the glass.
S- roasty, sweet and malty. Maybe slight caramel.
T- dark roasted flavor, almost slight coffee on the back end. Slight sweetness but not too much.
M- full mouth feel with a good amount of carbonation.
O- I like this beer a lot. Good flavor and pretty easy drinking for a 7% abv
03-07-2012 01:36:59 | More by vobr0002
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
03-07-2012 01:32:29 | More by TVolt1
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-27-2012 02:33:15 | More by herman77
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
01-28-2012 23:41:47 | More by BMoney575
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
Dissent from Steel Toe Brewing
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