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Rhoades Scholar Stout - South Shore Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 04-07-2002)
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Photo of cokes
1.48/5  rDev -56.5%
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

cokes, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
1.58/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew is black. There is basically no head after 5 seconds. There are roasted tones on the nose as well as chemical (acetone and phenol I believe). In the taste I get roasted tones and maybe chocolate, but every decent taste here is over-ridden by the chemicals present. Sour and vinegar like. This is not a good stout.

Bighuge, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of Skidz
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Re-review (1/26/05)

Pours out deep reddish-brown and sits dark mahogony in the glass with an extremely large brown head, taking up all head space offered by my 50cl glass. This appearance is rather short lived as it fades quite quickly to a light skim, leaving little in terms of lacing.

Smells full and roasty, borderline burnt, with intant coffee on the nose. Fruity esters are also prominent in apple and pear-like aromas. Overall scorched in appearance. Mild raisiny undertones.

Tastes roasty up front with plenty of fruity esters playing their part. Plenty of sour-ish apples and pears to go around. Coffee-like flavor presents the dark, roasty and burnt center of this beer. Finishes well bittered, with tart, fruity esters and coffee lingering long after swallowing.

Very light and billowy in the mouth with highly active carbonation that is quite sharp and unappealing. Dims down a bit with time and vigorous swirling and eventually allows the beer to come through. I say it's light, but it's really about a medium body, but with the carbonation, it really detracts from the overall feel of the beer and it's simply unappealing.

This is the second time I've tried this beer, allowing a good span of time to pass so I could effectively review it again. I am still unimpressed. This beer's flavors are just off, for one reason or another, and it does not sit right with me. One could drink this beer quite easily, as it is built as such, but the reasons why one would do that are unkown to me. I'll pass on this beer from now on, unless if I can find it on tap.

Skidz, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of ADR
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
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...

ADR, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of dads_basement
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

dads_basement, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Hopstout, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark obsidian with a nice tan head that initially impresses but fizzes away very rapidly; some lacing at first but that is quickly a memory

Smell: Spent coffee grounds sprinkled with a touch of cream

Taste: Although the taste starts out fine, with a coffee with cream character, by mid-palate, we are headed in a phenolicly bitter direction - plastic city; after the swallow, sooty flavors arrive but they are attacked by the phenols to obliterate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Sadly, a letdown; this is just not a very good stout

Thanks, esjaygee (from the other site) for the opportunity - the request was mine

brentk56, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heads up…. This pours a dark, pretty much black color with a huge head. It took a couple of soft pours just to get this into a pint glass. A 1/2 in head does stick around for most of the time. The aroma is sweet. Almost like homemade chocolate cookies. There is just a hint of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is somewhat differnt to me. Very much of roasted coffee, malt and an almost mint like taste in there. It finishes quite dry. Not really great but not something to be uber excited about.

lonestar4lunch, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I wasn’t very impressed with this beer, particularly when there are so many truly superior stouts out there. I found it to have a rather good smokey taste (think that Schlenkerla smoked sausage taste), but with a thin mouthfeel and some rather strange off-odors, like a lot of vinousness.

Appearance was pretty good; this beer had an abundant tan head and a black body of medium thickness. Aroma was not so good. There was a lot of liquorice notes, but also a cheap vodka smell which reminded me of hydrogen peroxide and I believe was a vinous off-note. Flavor was inhibited by a very flat mouthfeel, but was like a rauchbier…smokey like summer sausage.

Still, if I wanted smokey, I’d choose a real rauchbier, and if I wanted a really good stout, I think I’d choose something different. I got this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of minterro
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

minterro, Jun 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Pug, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of einman
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

einman, May 08, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
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

bishopdc0, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of iron78
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark from the bottle, with a tan head that is gone instantly.
The odor has a touch of roasted grain, but really reminds me of cold coffee.
Tastes of burnt malt. Instead of cold coffee, more like when we used to have a stovetop percolating coffee pot that is left on to long making it very bitter. Which takes a few drinks to get used to, but is ok.
I found it light bodied, pretty disappointing.
Over all, an ok beer but not one of my favorites. Didn't realize it was a milk/sweet stout until I looked it up here. Didn't get the added creaminess, body or sweetness that I would expect from a milk.
Will try again

iron78, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of ZAP
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black....yeast sediment floating throughout glass...reddish/tan lace...chocolate roasted malts on the nose...sweet and syruppy taste. Tastes more like a sweet stout, but lacks outstanding characteristics...The syruppiness does not feel right in the mouth...texture is not the way I like a stout...flavor is OK...not bad, but nothing to get too excited about...

ZAP, Apr 07, 2002
Photo of stonequarrywest
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pour into Left Hand Milk Stout Pint Glass....

Dark brown pour....with absolutely zero head and Zero lacing.. Smell was very faint of some chocolate and coffee..
Taste is sweet and roasted malt..
Thin mouthfeel and not nearly enough carbonation for my liking.
Average drinkability and I didn't look for another on this night.

stonequarrywest, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of abents
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

abents, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of dirtylou
3/5  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

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2005
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

tourdot, Nov 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

modernartblues, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

bdn72, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of robo90124
3/5  rDev -11.8%

robo90124, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of HopHeadKen
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on-tap at the brewery this beer was dark brown black in color with a thin ivory head.

Smell was sweet and malty, taste follows smell; sweet and malty with hints of carmel and chocolate. since this is a sweet stout, I don't expect, nor do I find much hop flavor, bitterness or aftertaste.

I would have liked to had time to try other beers by this brewery.

HopHeadKen, Sep 18, 2005
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Rhoades Scholar Stout from South Shore Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.