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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Photo of brentk56
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
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

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

Bittersweet chocolate brown that becomes less dark when backlit, but doesn't give up its claim on opacity. A sliver of orange and cherry can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass. The large, airy cap is caramel nougat brown and is too unsticky to leave any lace.

The nose is roasted malty with very few accessory aromas (cocoa powder is probably the most prominent). Although it could use more power and more personality, it's better than average. Simple, but effective.

Rhoades' Scholar is just about as basic and as light-bodied as a stout could possibly be and still avoid ridicule. The name is nothing more than a tribute to its designer, Allen Rhoades, but if we take the implication of the name to its logical conclusion, I think it's fair to say this South Shore offering struggles with simple arithmetic, much less studies at one of the world's finest institutions of higher learning.

Crystal, caramel and roasted malts make up the grain bill. The lightly charred, ground coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate flavor is present and accounted for, there just isn't enough of it. In other words, quality is sufficient, but quantity is not. I've said it before and I'll say it again: stouts gotta be stout. I question the above style since I don't taste any milk sugar and it isn't very sweet. Bitterness absolutely owns the finish.

Given the relative dearth of malt, the mouthfeel never really has a chance to impress. It does firm up a tad with warming, but only to the point that it could be considered equivalent to a mid-range porter. The harshness of the bubbles doesn't help the cause one bit.

The brewers have the right idea with Rhoades' Scholar Stout, they just need to chuck more malt into the kettles. If they ever do decide to give this beer some guts, it could definitely be a contender. At least within the state of Wisconsin.

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 zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out jet black with a small, mocha head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Smelled of roasted malt and tofffee.

T - Tasted a little like an expresso and malt. It was slightly sweet.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - This is a good stout, but I don't really think it fits as a Milk/Sweet Stout. It just wasn't sweet enough.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with red-hued edges and a wispy, thin tan head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty nose with hints of dark chocolate and a light roastiness.

Taste: Starts with ample semi-sweet chocolate and a good measure of coffee in the flavor. Mild caramel notes. The finish is roasty, almost ashen.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Would be much better if they'd ease up on the carbonation.

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 feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque, light crimson at foot, with a fizzy roasted tan head, but slim and soon disappearing.

Aroma is roast, espresso, some cocoa and carob...no, lots of cocoa. Sweet, and only slightly bitter, with just enough roast in there.

Sweetness, with the sidekick of bitter, returns in the taste. Full-bodied, but could be fuller. And although the taste is pleasant, it never develops into anything more than that.
Gets a little too sweet, actually...I almost don't like it...but it never displeases that much. It's a nice enough stout, just doesn't have enough rewards to warrant returning to.

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 johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from azaaron, thanks for the opportunity. The bottle opened with a noticeably load pop, no foam over, but the first pour filled my glass with foam. It took a good 15 minutes from opening until I was able to sample this brew. Pours a solid dark brown color with faint ruby highlights when held to light. Aromas of light chocolate, caramel and tart fruit. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. The taste has all the right players in the game. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and caramel with a modicum of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is ruined by the over carbonation every sip has co2 sharply piercing the front of my tongue and sometimes expanding bubbles fill my mouth. Medium bodied beer. Once the bubbles settled down this became quite a tasty brew. I'd love to try another of these sometime and re rate.

Photo of Bighuge
1.63/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin beige head that goes away to nothing minute. Jet black beer ith a very thin highlight ring of dak brown at th top of the beer. Faintly nutty and upfront cream on roasted coffee beans make up this beer's aroma. A fizzy roasted malt that becomes better defined as gourmet coffee grounds. The finish has a light milk and cocoa-nut afterglow. Creamy yet fizzy palate. This has English written all over it. Sweet,dry and 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 ZAP
2.82/5  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...

Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a trade I got this beer sent my way! This is a very impressive Stout. Pours the requisite deep dark color with a lasting medim thick light brown head. Nice roasted coffee aroma with a little hops. Warm and pleasant coffee and malt flavor. I really liked this one.

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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black liquid with slivers of dark cherry highlights. Nice off-white tannish creamy head of foam about a finger high. Smell is faint of dark roasted malts and old-been-sitting to-long-coffee. Taste is nice coffeeish, roasted darken malts, lingering a bit in burntness and chocolate, ends in a moderate hop twinge of bittering dryness. Good soild full medium body with a earthy darkened dryness in the finish. Good stout offering.

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 woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The black body glows crimson around the edges when held up to light, sitting darkly beneath two fingers of coarse, frothy tan head; retention isn’t the best I’ve seen, but the lace left behind is nice and chunky. Good looking stout.

S: It smells sweet and heavily roasted at the same time, with huge chocolate malt presence. Chocolate, grain husk, coffee, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. I’m torn between thinking that this aroma is magical, or woefully amateurish – it reminds me a lot of a couple (mediocre) homebrew stouts I’ve done, but in a good way. The maltiness of the malt is just so prominent, that it’s almost like smelling the grinder at a homebrew store. The longer I smell it, the more convinced I become that it smells great.

T: More dark fruits than the aroma suggested, but with all the chocolate, coffee, and molasses maltiness as well. Bitter, ashy, burnt finish. Intense and enjoyable, but the astringency of the finish keeps it from being top-notch.

M: Fairly thick, moderately carbonated body. A little sticky, but quite nice.

O: This was one of the first craft-brewed stouts I ever drank (maybe THE first) back in high school, and I love it as much now as I did back then. There’s just enough sweetness to balance out the supreme roastiness of all the specialty malts, and no hint of booze. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of something like the Nigerian Guinness Foreign Export Stout (sorry for the rather obscure comparison), but the prominence of the malt per se sets this one apart. Terrific beer.


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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Nice looking, pitch black body produced a small head, tan, with very little retention or lacing.
Aroma is pleasant, coffee, cocoa and roasted malts.
Body is quite thin, and taste, although pleasantly roasted and showing nice notes of relatively sweet chocolate and coffee, has little depth.
Nice, but not great. Still wortwhile.

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 BeerBelcher
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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 dfillius
4.32/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of fizzy dark tan head (nice color) with very poor retention. Nearly opaque black liquid with small ruby notes at bottom. More head please.

S: Rich chocolate, almost like brownies. Vanilla, the coffee aisle at the supermarket. Mmmm! The best part about this beer.

T: Slight toffee, mostly bitter dark chocolate. Sweet front followed by bitter roasted flavors. A little tart/sourness at finish. Very tasty.

M: Quite bitter from roastiness. Smooth, perhaps oily. Full bodied.

D: Very good. A good winter beer. I would order another and buy a six pack of this.

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