Snake Chaser - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brakspear on 02-09-2004

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Reviews by BretSikkink:
Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, tanned head is quite thin and leaves almost no lace. Aroma is super clean with notes of brown malt and brewing salts. Slight medicinal component. Flavor finally includes a hint of roasted malt but no more. Still fairly strong aspirin taste. Happily the mouthfeel is medium and this is easy to drink if seriously uninteresting. Even more of a lightweight than your typical Irish stout.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
4.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a black body with a tight, dark khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt and cream. Medium bodied with dark roasted malt flavors and a bit of creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation. One of my favorite Irish Stouts. I wonder how it would taste on a nitro-tap.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, with bottled 1st week of March on the label. Poured into a pint glass, this beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. Tiny bit of lacing. It had a predominately coffee aroma, with a little bit of chocolate. Taste followed aroma, although I got more of a bittersweet chocolate sense in the taste. Fairly dry, nice enough beer.

Photo of grynder33
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa coffee malt first sniff, nice dark chocolate coffee taste, a little sweeter than most Irish stouts, feels very thin on the palate, chocolate taste lingers on but weakens as you go along. If its your first stout of the day it's a great beer, it'll come down a couple notches if its your second or third because of it's thinness.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty cool to look at, big beige head, a cool mix of black and brown can be swirled. Good dry aroma, chococoffee, deep burnt malt.

A good mix of hops and sweetness in the initial taste. Both will subside throughout the bottle. Not complex, gets easier to drink, could be called watered down, sure. But its not pretentious, and it has still the ample body to make up for the backslide downbottle. Great price on these.

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very dark with dull tan highlights. Head is level and flattish, settles to 1/8 of an inch in the pint glass. Sharp aroma, burnt rye toast, could use some residual sweetness. Flavor is unidimensional but full, coffee-ish sense pervades the profile withy little to no supplementary malt interest. Almost a vending machine black java cheapness. Chocolate comes to the rescue at the very end, with an interesting sense of smoke. Lacking in some of the pleasant qualities of Irish Stouts. Not awful, just not that satisfying in some of the categories that matter.

Re-try in 2005 has me thinking more positive things about this beer, especially the tangy smoke qualities and body being much richer (and sweeter) than I experienced before.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz with a bottling date of March (no year? ... probably 2010) but recently purchased bottle served in a pint glass.

A - opaque black and brown with reddish highlights; light pour produces a prodigious tan head: it took me 3 pours and a few sips to get this 12oz bottle into my 16+ oz glass.

S - Good inviting aroma featuring roasted malt with hints of fruitiness and (or from) hops. A bit of less inviting alcohol esters.

A superb mix of flavor components that change from initial taste to aftertaste. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness (hops). Notable flavor of cocoa with hints of dark dried fruits and coffee. Rating nears 4.5

Fine medium body with near creamy feel and excellent carbonation.

O - Although not bold or exciting, this is a really well put together stout that I highly recommend. Great session stout.

Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge tan head. The head took up 99/100 of my glass upon first pour and it took 5-6 more iterations to finally get the beer into the glass. The head settles into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and even lighter hints of nuts. As the beer warms the aroma becomes slightly sour, although not enough to totally ruin the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more robust. Heavily roasted malt flavors kick things off and dominate the flavor profile throughout. Hints of cocoa powder enter into things midway through the sip along with less flavorful black malt flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however even with the release of CO2 upon pouring the carbonation remains on the strong side.

Drinkability is not so great. I had a time finishing my glass and I definitely don't want another.

Overall I wasn't preparing for much from this beer and that's basically what I got. The flavors are too muddled and seem off in general. Not worth seeking out and I'm not sure I'd have a glass even if offered.

Photo of cokes
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks the part.
Black trimmed by mahogany under tight, trim beige.
Nose full of roast, with a disquieting cigarette ash harshness.
Begins mildly roasty. Not fully charred or blackened. And this is where it ends. Maybe there are some traces of dark chocolate and a watery tea-hopped closure. But for the most part, I'm left with an ocean of vacancy. Hollow and tasteless.
Shamefully light bodied. Weak and powerless (which is a nice A Perfect Circle song, but much less attractive in a beer description).
This makes me yearn for a Guinness Draught....even the bottled version. Or a Murphy's...or a Beamish. Or anything else.

I have been boycotting Lakefront product due to quality issues. This was handed to me free of charge. Henceforth, I will resume the boycott and may even turn down freebies.
What is going on, Lakefront?

Photo of tempest
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled: Feb 08, Wk 3 - This beer has been in a bottle 5 months and SHOULD still be good.

But its not. Right after the pour I picked up a sweet, yet sharp fruit and perfume aroma. Upon tasting I find I've got a sour stout. I suppose it's not bad for a sour beer, or if you're into sour beer. It's not a nasty infection that smells like vomit, but rather a lemon-lime juice sour tang that could use some sweetening.

Beware of this batch if you come upon it. Unless you want something really different.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, and roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, earth, and subtle toasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This brew really didn't wow in any way, but it was quite easy to drink and a good representation of the style. This one felt to have more of a toasted flavor to it as compared to roastiness which is typical in most brews. This was a welcomed change. Worth trying if you have not had it before and like the style or are just curious.

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of chocolate and malts. Taste is malty with some notes of chocolate finishing a tad bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich cola pour settles to a dense black with a smooth and creamy dark khaki colored head that sits atop only briefly before becoming a patchy mess. A light and spacious effervesce creeps up along the sides of the glass. Average.

S: Roasted barely and dried coffee beans, light in strength with not much else going on.

T: For flavor we see a slight improvement over the visual and aromatic appeal. Opens up with a decent level of roasted character, smooth roasty bitterness and a touch of dry creamer chalkiness. Dark fruit, prunes make their entrance along with a dry creamer laced roasted finish. Fairly simple in terms of execution with a bit of burnt grain sweetness coming on the close.

M: Mouthful was medium bodied, creamy and roasty with a good charred bitterness left lingering behind. Good level of carbonation as well gives this some pop.

D: Decent level of drinkability, wouldn't turn down a second and actually started liking this the more I continued to drink it. Grows on you.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As stouts go, this one is a real winner. Incredibly rich, almost black in the glass with a small head (this is no Guinness in the foam department); all smoky malt in the nose. Decent mouthfeel and very fresh-tasting for a stout. A touch sweet on the tongue, then the smoky malts kick in (almost a porter-rich taste) but the overall flavor is balanced with a bit (tiny bit) of fruity hops that kicks in a nice bitterness in the end and makes the beer overall extremely drinkable. Excellent.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true to style Irish stout from good 'ol Lakefront in Brewaukee, WI. Although it pours a tad thin, still very appealing with great aromatic qualities. For a lighter body, some great tones of roast malts, mild hops, coco, coffee, and a hint of mint. Very enjoyable Dry stout from Lakefront!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial Pint.
Label notched with Bottle Date during Jan. Week 4

A - Dense inky black, Snake Chaser emerges with a thick khaki head. Lower retention means this foam flees like the snakes on the label art. Some tight-bubbled lace adorns the glass post-evacuation.

S - Heavily roasted malts call into mind rich baker's chocolate and cocoa with a cold coffee aroma. Turning a bit grainy, Snake Chaser mellows to an inviting aroma.

T - Chocolate and coffee undertones flow from within this heavily roasted beauty. Dry and drinkable, it finishes pretty cleanly in flavor.

M - I've been ruined by the nitro version of this beer but bottled Snake Chaser still rocks. Dry and surprisingly lighter-bodied than anticipated, the smooth carbonation allows for easy drinkability and a pretty clean finish.

O - Get Guinness outta the way, Snake Chaser is clearly a better Irish Stout. Locking in superior flavor with smooth drinkability, one better keep track of how many pints of this they put down on St. Patty's Day! If at all possibly, shoot for a Lakefront tour and try this on the nitro tap!

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.19/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle from a brewery holiday 8 pack sampler, November 2008 for $12.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA.

Pours a nice deep rich brown-plack, slightly on the thick side, an initial moderate carbonation from a hard pour makes for a small-moderate tan-brown head, which quickly fades to nothing. Very flat looking thereafter.

Aroma of burnt cocoa beans, slightly coffeeish. A hint of toffee sweetness.

Flavor is much harsher and astingent than the aroma. The first sip is overpoweringly acidic and almost lambic-like in its sourness (OK, that's an over-statement, but you get the idea). My best descriptions is lemonjuice straight out of the bottle. A couple of sips in, the mouth settles into the flavor, but wow, what is this? The notes in the aroma are completely hidden. Honestly, I'm not liking this- very different from the style.

I let it warm quite a bit, thining maybe the cold was causing this. There was some improvement, but not even closing to making this a tasty beer. This one became a drain pour after about 4 ounces.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black with some ruby hues when held up to the light, small fizzy-ish head, no lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with a hint of coffee, strong presence of dark fruit as well.

Wow, the taste took me off guard, didn't like it at first because it's not what I expect from a stout, but it's very sour, thought I had a bad bottle then I read other reviews that found it sour too. As for the sourness, it's decent, very sharp on the tongue though and completely hides the malt and creaminess that most stouts have.

Not what I was expecting, but not bad overall.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Snake Chaser looks pretty tasty as the solidly black body sits below a tan head. The aromas are chocolate, espresso, and a good roastiness. The taste is pleasing with a good charred character, dark bitter chocolate. Slight hop bittering in the finish. The mouthfeel and body are slightly lighter than I would appreciate in this beer. For a good sessionable irish stout, this will do. Snake Chaser is nothing to rave about, but worth a try.

Photo of BBM
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, dark brown (perhaps black) color, with a very thin brown head. Aroma is barely noticable; it's a bit metallic, with hints of coffee and butterscotch.

The taste is similar, with notes of coffee, dark chocolates, and dark fruits coming through. All in all this is quite a tasty stout, although it seems more American than Irish. A minor sore spot I have with this brew is the mouthfeel, which is on the thin side and a bit too carbonated for my liking. Still, this beer is incredibly drinkable, and a nice beer for a cold day. Solid.

Photo of bob3701
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured a clear deep dark brown, almost black with red highlights and a big creamy head that hangs around a long time with very good lacing that slides back into the glass. Slight roasted malt aroma. Burnt malt taste with small hints of chocolate and a slight sour finish. Very easy to drink and smooth. Not bad.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.57/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours an opaque, rich, black with a small tan head that fades. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroms is very bold and roasty with some nice cocoa and coffee tones. Much bolder than expected for an Irish stout, but smells very nice even if not quite to style.

Starts off with anice roasted malt flavor with hints of cocoa and espresso. However, a harsh astringent/tannic bite hits hard and fast and doesen't relent until beyond the finish.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

What seemed like a promising brew, will become a drain pour after I complete this review. Possibly a bad bottle, but definitely not an old one. Disappointing.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a thick, medium tan head that retains well. Sheets of lacing in the pint glass. Nose is of dark roasted malts, baker's chocolate and espresso. The palate is a well-balanced blend of roasted/burnt malt flavors a solid dry hop backbone. Has a slightly bitter flavor, reminiscent of a scorched malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium and finished very dry. Gets better as it warms, opening up the flavors a bit. A good example of the dry stout style, I think.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark chocolate black. A dark creamy head fizzes away into nothing but a wisp pretty quick and lacing is minimal. Smells of faint roasted malts and chocolates. The taste is smooth as there is a nice sweetness in this. It's both dry and sweet with the common roasted malts and chocolate notes in between. Very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, this is one of those beers that may not score well on any one category while reviewing, but it just goes down way too easily. I could drink this all day long, but nothing really stands out. It's lacking just a bit of quality in all areas but it tastes good enough to easily enjoy.

Photo of joekfsu
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours black with 1 cm initial head that is off white and diminishes quickly. Smells lightly of chocolate and coffee, overall sweet. The initial taste is sweet and ends mildly bitter. Light carbonation and kind of watery. Almost no aftertaste.

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Snake Chaser from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.