Rhoades' Scholar Stout - South Shore Brewery

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 04-07-2002

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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dartk tan/ brown-ish head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a roasty malt. In the taste, a nice roasty malt, a sweetness of oatmeal and even a lactose sweetness too. A small bitter and malty body mouthfeel and semi sweet oatmeal aftertaste. A very nice stout, good taste, good aroma, easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color, almost black, with a beautiful foaming head that showed good retention.

Smell – The nose is light but consists of some roasty and toasty malts along with coffee and sweet cream.

Taste – The coffee picks things up at the taste. The sweet milky flavor is here as well, which offers a fair compliment to the roasted malts. Overall a very balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with a hint of sour milk at the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good Milk/Sweet Stout that doesn’t deserve the bum rap it’s getting from some other reviews. In fact, I would be willing to bet that there are some bad bottles that have gone out in the past. It’s no “super-star” but no dud, either. I'm thinking maybe even that the style classification on the site has been changed since it was entered on the site???

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.59/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogony brown with ruby hues and a luscious brown head that runs away after only a few seconds in the glass.

Smells like burnt nescafe and raisons. Tastes bittersweet, over sugared but with a nice bitter finnish. Coffee and espresso flavors dominate. Carbonation is active but the body is very light for the style.

Drinkability is fine but there isn't much reason to repeat.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a british pint...the beer well overflowed into my lap not a good start...it is dark with a good head.

The aroma is flat and nothing to writing home about hints of choc and roasted malts

The taste is like a choclate coke starts with a big mouth of frothy carb but the the taste much like the aroma is meh. All around average roasted and choc malts but that's it

Photo of NilocRellim
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle.

VERY black in colour with virtually no head. Rich, malts, grains, roasted nose to it. It was very smooth and balanced. Roasted and bitterness to the taste with a slightly smokey/toasted aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Sure.

Photo of ADR
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Autumn Brew Review 2002, Minneapolis, MN...

Big creamy head, heavy and dark brown opaque color. Reserved aroma. A little oily acidity, mostly java but with some chocolate flavors as well. Decent body, lots of (too much) aftertaste. Finishes with a decided "burned" and acidic quality. According to the rep, its an Irish "style" Dry, but uses yeast strains more typical of Sweet Stouts. Seems like a poor quality Dry Stout with confusing up-front chocolate impressions. Not very good to me...

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a huge dark tan head that is bigger than the body even with the most gentle pour. The head keeps growing over the glass and sits proud about an inch. The head last a good while and turns rocky. The carbonation is strong in the black body but the bubbles can be seen racing to the surface.

S- This beer has notes of roasted smooth dark malt and raisins with a hint of chocolate malt when it warms.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt flavor with rich dark roasted malt note and a soft oak and dry wood hint in the background. There are hints of dark raisins and rum without the alcohol taste. The soft tangy note in the malt gives way to the earthy nougat and cold espresso notes in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture

D- This beer is over carbonated but the smooth flavor is nice although no much for depth of flavor. Everything is blended together and I don't taste any milk stout qualities.

Photo of cokes
1.49/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not a good stout.
Pour dark crimson, bordering on black. Tan head is gone quickly.
Roasted varnish on the nose. (I just read Bighuge's review on this one...I agree with the chemical description).
More of this on the taste buds. Couple this with some big moldy yeast flavors. Annoying rotten milk sweet/sourness. Can't comment much more, because the rest of this went down the drain.
Cloying corn syrup-like body.
Leave this one alone.
Easily the worst stout I've had to date

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown longneck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black and opaque. Had a foamy tan head that didn't last long but left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Dark caramel, sweet, and some coffee and black licorice scents.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, sweet dark roasted malts, a little coffee and black licorice and a touch of smoke. Creamy and smooth.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with lower carbonation, which added to the creamy mouth feel.

Drinkability: Overall, not a bad Sweet Milk Stout. Has good flavors and is a nice sipping beer. I'm not sure I would session it, but it's good if you're in the mood for a sipping stout.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's several months ago, figured I better try it before it goes bad.

Pours a dark black with a finger and a half of chocolate head that fades quickly to nothing. Smell is full of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted barley malts. Taste mirrors the nose, gobs of roated coffee, toasted bread and barley malts give it a porter like finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with fine carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit as it's a little on the lactose/sweet side, but otherwise a tasty milk stout that should be getting higher marks than it does. This one surprised me, give it a chance.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rhodes' Scholar Stout delivers the expected black and tan appearance with a long-lasting head and decent lacing. The nose is fruity and cocoaish with a soft edge of roastiness, but there's also a bit of a solvent-like character from high fermentation temperatures. In the mouth it's gently effervescent, giving a firm caress of the tongue before it warms to become creamy-smooth. The flavor expresses a bit more chocolate than the nose suggests, but the fruitiness remains. And unfortunately, there's a bit of a higher alcohol going on in the flavor as well... it's hardly noticeable at first, but it comes out more as it warms and you progress through the glass. It's gently sweet, backed by a very firm bitterness, and it finishes dry and lingering with a coffee-like and smokey roastiness, and dull bitterness. Pretty basic, but apart from the fermentation flaw it'd be pretty drinkable.

Photo of dirtylou
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single, Riley's...gotta support the wisco nation

appearance: pours a very dark brown, mild ruby hue, foamy tan head, slightly bubbly

smell: rather light, somewhat creamy, earthy mushroom like aromas, a little sweet

taste: tastes striking familiar, like some long lost candy remembered from a distant childhood halloween. Unfortunately, it doesnt translate well in beer form...theres some sweet chocolate, and some mild coffee flavors...taste is not as bad as the smell but still not great

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, somewhat active carbonation

drinkability: drinkable but no need for more than 1

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 27, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Murky brown pour, with bubbling carbonation and topped with a thin light brown head. Strong quality wafts of rich dark bread, roasted chocolate, nuts and coffee. Front end of the flavor profile is weak, but blossoms into a fantastic smoky and oaken finish. A light hoppy bitterness on the front end. Aftertaste is a sweet chicory and hazelnut smack, with a good dose of sugar. Palate is highly drinkable with a very smooth rich water quality, backed with a nose of chocolate.

Photo of Pbomb
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Rhoades Scholar is opaque, dark brown/black in color and has a little bit of a light brown head. The smell is not very strong, nor is it very complex; there is a very apparent smoky and sweet aroma, though. The taste is good starting with those smoky/coffee and sweet flavors at first, ending smoothly with a nutty and slightly bitter flavor. The beer is on the thicker side (but not as thick as many porters), and there is very little carbonation. Overall, I think this beer is very drinkable. It's not very sophisticated, but it's smooth and it has a decent flavor.

Photo of OddNotion
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra. Thanks syrupjoe!
Poured into my Delirium Tremens bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a black body with some red/brown around the edges. No real head to speak of but a nice khaki colored lacing around the edges.

Smell: Nice smell. Dark fruits, roasty malt, some slight coffee. Enjoyable.

Taste: Average taste for the style. Nothing really outstanding. Sweetness, light bitterness. Would like it to be more roasty. Honestly had a little more taste while it was colder from the fridge.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and low on carbonation.

Overall: Better than I expected, however nothing mind blowing. I give it a high "overall" score because it exceeded my expectations. I would not go out of my way for this but if you do get the chance, certainly go for it.

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review: Sampled @ Great Taste. None of the astringency that appeared in the bottle. Roasty with ample body to it. T/M/D gets higher marks this time around.

Original review:
At face value this looks pretty good. Creamy mocha head, black body. Not much lacing, but the head is dense.

Licorice aroma, lactic milk sugar, tobacco. It seems almost fruity at first, but after a few minutes this passes.

First thing I notice is an astringent twang, that distracts from the flavor. Residual tobacco and bakers chocolate, some ashy char reminiscent of a campfire. The body is watery, and lacks substance. Overall this drinks ok, despite some flaws. I'll find another bottle and re-review if I see it again.

Photo of TheThirdFloyd
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Not quite black, extreme deep brown, opaque. Stiff pour into a standard pint glass rendered a finger of off white head, light lace
S- Sweet light vanilla, maybe a touch of chantilly lace, countered by a bit of the familiar roastiness I'd generally associate with an Irish Stout
T- I really like the balance here. Sweeter than its Irish cousin, but I thought it retained a good amount of roasted malt, high cacao count chocolate, and espresso notes that didn't really match the mouthfeel I'm about to touch on...
M- I agree with some of the other reviews claiming this to be a watery brew. While I am grading it down on not matching the style or its own flavors, really, it does work its way into the drinkability factor.
D- I think this is definitely a sessionable beer, I'd say a 5.8%ABV? The light mouthfeel makes it a beer you may be able to sit down and enjoy a couple more of than other beers of similar flavor profiles. I'd buy it again.

Photo of mwilbur
4.86/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark black with thin very dark brown head. Inviting.
S: One word...tremendous. Sweet aromas hit first...banana, cream, sweet roasted malt, caramel. Then clove, root beer, and anise come through with deeper inhalation. A hint of dark burnt wood, oat and grain too. A truly wonderful smell!
T: Smooth, creamy roast malt. Banana and clove. Sweet cream. Caramel, anise, and burnt oak in the background. Very fresh and complex!
M: Very smooth on the tongue. Coats well, lingers and matures with time. Slight acidic bite at the end develops with warming. Again, wonderful.
D: Very, very, very drinkable...too drinkable if possible. Could drink this every day, all day. Initially the type of stout was hard to pin down. It has the softness of an oatmeal stout and the creamy sweetness of a milk stout. Also has aspects of hefeweizen dunkel or Belgian beers with the banana and clove. Wonderfully complex (take your time with this one to enjoy how it changes over a fairly wide temp range) and one I will keep coming back to again and again. I came across this in Grand Marais, MN. Unfortunately I did not find it on tap (I could only find it's lesser kin--Nut Brown--on tap). Seek this out and enjoy! You will not be disappointed!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this from Warehouse Liquors in Da-Loot.

This beer poured a dark black with some slight cherry tones here and there. The creamy tan head erupted out of my glass when I poured it leaving behind a craterous, large bubble head that was a lot of fun to watch crumble and fade away to a sparse film. This left a few clumps of lace behind.

Smells like a pot of cheap coffee with some residual dark chocolate and a slight red grape and rhubarb sourness to it.

Tastes big and sweet with tart red grapes and gooey dark chocolate. Then, the finish takes a turn for the worst when an acetone like chemical flavor arises, swirls with a dry burnt coffee and leaves me a bit put off. Bleah! The finish isn’t that bad, but it’s still a pretty crummy ending to a good story.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, but thin with a small swarm of busy bubbles.

Not too bad, but just all right in my book. I can’t remember how much I paid for this, but I think that the cost just about justifies the flavor.

Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown/ black color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast and leaves a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: strong aroma of roasted coffee, very reminiscent of coffee with sugar added, there is no hop presence in the aroma
t: strong roasted coffee taste, the sweetness really comes in to the flavor towards the finish very similar to a nice cup of coffee with light amount of sugar added
m: deffinatly towards the full side of medium if not full bodied, little carbonation

overall, wow this is truly an amazing beer i enjoyed it very much its very drinkable

Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, black, with a thin veil of coffee colored foam.

This greeted me with a slightly smokey aroma, and as I sipped it, there were elements of mint and licorice as well. The roasted malts are subdued. Hops do not play a strong roll, other than to keep the malt in check,

In terms of style, this is a bit of an inbetweener, as it seems a little dry for a sweet stout, a little sweet for a dry stout. But you could call that balance and not worry too much about the details. It's an enjoyable brew that goes down easy.

Photo of Realale
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black with beautiful ruby highlights. Head is mocha with a mixture of very fine creamy and large bubbles and leaves nice lacing down the pint.

Nose is slightly sweet with roast grains. Some support from bready base malt, and a bit of caramel as well. A bit of fruitiness from the yeast (dried cherry, plum) is unexpected, but not unpleasant.

Medium weight in the mouth with solid maltiness and more fruitiness. Initially a bit watery in the mid-palate, but this fills in nicely as the beer warms. Ends up being quite full of flavor with good length on the finish. Reminds me of a less intense version of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.

Soft creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and nice for a session. Good complement to food as well. Many thanks to Ave for the sample.

Photo of KeefD
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, not nearly black, looked a little watery as it poured, no head and no lacing whatsoever. The aroma on this beer is much better than the look indicated. It's got a very nice milk chocolate aroma with light coffee notes and plenty of sugar. Some alcohol aroma comes out as it warms. Taste is pretty good. It has flavors of chocolate and cream, vanilla, some light coffee and light roastiness but the body is extremely lacking. It's very light bodied for a stout, thin, could really benefit from some more malt. In all, it smells and tastes pretty good, but why waste time on beer with this light of body. I will enjoy finishing it but will probably not seek it out again.

Photo of shadow1961
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

South Shore Rhoades Scholar Stout pours a ring of tan foam over a thick opaque black brew. Carbonation is hard to discern, but the nose is roasted espresso and dark chocolate. Up front the flavor mirrors the nose- espresso and baker's chocolate predominate, with notes of mollasses, with a bit of burnt espresso and grass off the back. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, and pretty true to style, with rich malts brought into line not with hop bitterness, but with sharp carbonized flavors.

Photo of abents
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black pour with medium dark tan head. Lace left up and down the pint glass.

Smell: Roasted malts with a sweet fruitty smell to it as well. Not all that much of a nose here. Kinda disappointing.

Taste: Early malty taste and some chocolate overpowers followed by a bitter coffe taste that eventually dries out and lingers for a while. Real heavy on the coffee tones kind of dull overall not too complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with slight carbonation very smooth going down.

Drinkability: Decent taste to the stout and very drinkable. Not too impressed by taste, but still a decent beer that I could enjoy again.

Wouldn't make this my stout of choice, but still a quality choice.

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Rhoades' Scholar Stout from South Shore Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.