Lilja's Sasquatch Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Sasquatch StoutLilja's Sasquatch Stout

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BMoney575 on 02-13-2010

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Photo of McNealc31
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has all the characteristics a good stout should. A dark color, great head, strong roasted flavor with a bitter, dry finish. This one also has a taste of currants and rye bread. Very complex, very interesting, and very delicious. Reminds me both of a milk stout and an imperial stout.

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Photo of malty
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much an opaque black liquid with cola colored edges. The light tan head is dense and creamy, settling at 1/4".

Very fresh heavily roasted malty nose with sweet cream pinning down the initial whiff. A few swirls from my Ayinger stemmed tulip glass evokes a wonderfully fresh milk chocolate and cafe latte aroma. Also, I smell fresh buttermilk bisquits drenched in honey. This is heavenly.

Wow, the initial flavor is wonderfully leathery and a bit smokey. definitely didn't get that in the nose, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this tasty component. The sweetness I perceived in the nose is still here, but a more bitter and chalky chocolate taste reigns now - another great surprise. Very balanced creamy, smokey, charred, sweet & bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - very English in feel. Long, flavorful finish.

Drinkability is superb. Lots of flavor but nothing over-the-top or in your face.

The flavor of this stout really hits on many areas of the spectrum. It's got something for everyone, that is, for a standard American Stout. One of the most wonderful smelling stouts I've encountered. I'd love to try this on tap when I'm in Wisconsin this August. Actually, I'll definitely seek this out. A great standard stout that really stands out!

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Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Really looks the part...deep dark brown(almost black) with mahogany hues...big frothy tan head on top...

S-Nice roasted malts...light java....

T-Loaded with flavor....big coffee bean flavor...also roasted malts...nice impression of milk chocolate and caramel...tasstes almost like a candy bar...low hop presence.

M-Medium to full bodied...creamy...I wonder if oats were used at all as this has a nice velvety texture...

D-Without question the best of the "Lilja's" line from Sand Creek. I wish they would do more with it on the website as I would love to learn more. A top notch american stout that you can probably find at a decent price...much better than the other "Lilja's" offerings

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Photo of yankeej13
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never heard of this brewery, so when I was in a random store shopping I saw this and was curious.

A- Black as night which has a nice brown foam that collects around the ring of the glass. Small amounts of carbonation gather at the top of the glass.

S- Very bold rich in flavor. Get a nice amount of chocolate along with a nice coffee like malt as well.

T- Has a fantastic bold flavor to it. A great balance between a nice coffee and chocolate flavor.

M- It has a very thick flavor which is stands out. A very sweet finish. For a stout it has a great drinkability.

Overall- Very impressed made a great decision to try this beer and look forward to trying more of their products! Cheers

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Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a completely random pick up, just a 12 oz bottle. There was no ABV or date labeled. Pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black. The head was nice and the lacing is supurb. Smell is pungent of roasted chocolate and coffee w/ a touch of smoke. Taste is full-flavored, loaded w/ chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but very smooth. Drinkability is great, very sessionable.

I'm surprised I rated this beer so highly, but the flavors and drinkability are pretty hard to ignore. I do perfer Imperial Stouts, so the chance of me picking this up again is slim, but that definitely doesn't make this a bad beer. I wish I knew the abv, I'm assuming it's somewhere in the 5% range. This was probably the most sessionable stout I've ever had considering the full flavor. Nice beer from a brewery I've never heard of, until now. If you're looking for a stout you can drink a few of and not get sick of, this is it.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a very dark black for a non imperial, nice finger and half of mocah head, really good looking stout here.

Smell is roasty malts, bitter sweet chocolate, slight nut smell?

Ok taste is very unique for a stout, HUGE bakers chocolate, basically like eating semi sweet baking chocolate chips, huge roasty charachter. and a bitter coffee does show its face a little in the finish,

Mouthfeel is medium light and does not really match the flavor which to me is world class, I wish they would have added a little more bulk and silkyness to the body, but it will certainly not keep me from enjoying this beer

I grabbed this one as a single on a whim.... Shared that single with a couple of people at the local bottle shop and I am sure glad I did because that prompted me to get the 6 pack which I now have two more glorious bottles to drink....

Great American stout that I am sure many have not heard of or seen as I live an hour and half from where it is produced and came into contact with it by accident. GOOD STUFF!

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Photo of danielharper
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black, very opaque, with a thin brown head that soon becomes soapscum. Slight brownish notes towards the bottom of the glass, almost like coffee. Smells sweet, very toasty, lots of caramel and bittersweet chocolate. The aroma is very vigorous, inviting.

Taste is similar, lots of dry roasted character with a pleasant bittersweet chocolate finish and a dry aftertaste. Sweetness and bitterness are almost ridiculously well-balanced, making this a very enjoyable brew. I've had a lot stouts, and this stacks up as one of the better examples I've tried.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mason lounge, Madison. Fortunate to have the chance to sample thiis on tap. Nice aroma, beautiful opaque appearance, w/ rocky head and permanent lacing. The flavor is a bit disappointing, after the aroma. Mouthfeel is this and somewhat chewy. I'm fairly pleased with this beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with two fingers of thick mocha foam. Substantial lacing. Aroma is quite roasty, with some grassy hop flavors present as well.

First sip is roasty, thick, viscous, and just the right amount of sweetness. Substantial hop bitterness in the finish.

This is a very nice stout. Great viscosity, sweetness, but with enough bitterness to balance things out. Awesome mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass

A- Pours black with a thin, but persistent, head. Good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Chocolatey, and a few coffee notes.

T- Strong chocolate flavors, fairly creamy, with some notes of coffee, cream, and roasted malt.

M- Medium bodied, just a bit lighter than the stouts I typically drink.goes down easy.

O- A good beer, was worth trying. The description says they only brewed it once. When did they brew it? How long ago did they stop? 'Cause I just bought this today. Anyway, it's a good example of a stout, with all the flavor profiles I typically look for, but like I said not as heavy as a lot of stouts I have had.

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Photo of budgood1
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out an opaque black colour with some crimson edges. one finger tan head with some clingy lace. nose of burnt black malts, anise, toffee, caramel, cocoa and yeast. residual herbal hopping, too. taste is pretty, burnt and bitter maltiness plus a good deal of yeast and some slightly tart lactic notes. alcohol well hidden...just enough floral hopping without adding too much hop related bitterness. very nice. medium body but appropriate...fairly silky and smooth mouthfeel...again most appropriate. great drinkability and overall a rock solid stout without any frills and hype. quite sessionable.

i liked this. nothing ground breaking or sense shattering but that's the beauty of it. a quintessential american stout of high regard. recommended.

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Photo of richkrull
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark black color with a very dark beige/brown head on it. Smell is heavy chocolate and malt with some roastiness coming through. Taste is the same with some bitterness on the backend. Medium-Full bodied beer but still pretty drinkable. Stouts aren't my favorite beer, but this one is pretty good. I could see myself drinking this from time to time.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black as night with a foamy, tan colored head. Nose is dominated by roasty malt; smoke, burnt chocolate and coffee. Taste is also all malt, slightly smokey and cocoa powder with just enough hops to balance perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a viscous and creamy smooth carbonation. Overall an enjoyable stout, worth trying and worth going back for again.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark fruity esters up front. Slightly smoky and roasted notes that are well knit with the fruity esters. Slightly minerally English yeast character.

Appearance: Just black pour with a rocky tan head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and roasted notes up front. Dry wheat bread-like character. Just a slight residual sweetness that balances all the roasted and grainy notes. Hop flavor is earthy. Balance is decidedly roasty. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slight dark grain astringency.

Overall impression: This is more like a Foreign Extra Stout than an American Stout. I don't get the American hop aroma/flavor that I'm used to in a Rogue Shakespear Stout or a Sierra Nevada Stout. That being said, it's a very well done stout.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a jet black color with about a one finger mocha head that has sub par retention. There is hardly any lacing.

S - Good nose here. I get some creamy chocolate with notes of coffee and a touch of alcohol.

T - All the flavors blend very well together. There are roasted malts of front with a creamy chocolate taste. Then, there are notes of espresso coffee. There is a slightly bitter after taste with a very slight touch of alcohol. Pretty much a carbon copy of the nose.

M - Very smooth and creamy. I typically like my stouts to have a bit heavier of a mothfeel. Although, I feel like this mouthfeel makes each flavor in this stout better.

D - This on the easier side to drink for a stout. The mouthfeel helps. It could be worse but it could also be better.

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Photo of Agold
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I forgot about in the move. Not sure how old it is, but it is really nice.

This beer has a 1/2 inch dense khaki head with really nice lacing a great retention. Aroma is nutty with some light cocoa. A touch of off-putting minerally almost metallic aroma comes through, but it is a background note and does not ruin the beer. Flavor is quite roasty and lightly chocolately. Nutty. More like a dark intense brown ale than a stout if that makes any sense. Nice though. Could use a bit more body and creaminess.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. A very dark brown pour with a half finger of dark cream foam.
Aroma is nice roast malt and chocolates. Nothing over the top, nothing offensive.

Taste is mild cocoa and roast malt. Hints of caramel and very minute coffee. Finish is just a follow through of the base flavors, maybe just a little anise.

Mouthfeel is mid-light, chalkiness overridden by creaminess, even with the lighter stout body. Lighter, but not watery or even thin feeling really.

A real solid drinkable stout. I'd guess 5.5 or so on the abv. A session stout for sure.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a creamy brownish head. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Taste was coffee, chocolate, a bit of smokiness(?) that was very smooth to the finish. No hop bitterness/bite. Very quaffable; I would go for this again if available when I'm back in the midwest.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich creamy black/ruby tone.
Head is rich, thick, and really a good looking American stout.
Smells of cocoa, oats, coffee, roasted black barley, musty earthy notes. Bitter cocoa, touch of grassiness from the hops. Finishes with mocha espresso, good dosage of dark roast coffee, and rolled oat. Some pepper is in there as well.
Flavor is really smooth.Really good in fact. Chocolate, coffee, cream, pepper, hazelnuts, toffee, nice bite of oat bitterness and yeast pepper to clean up the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium rich. It allows the flavors to really come out and showcase their individual characteristics.
Good stout, too bad only made once.

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Photo of CPeterson
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Deep black, almost no light makes it through even the edges of the glass. A thick tan creamy froth appears and fades to a thick skim over the top.

S -- Coffee, toffee, chocolate. A light hint of floral hop.

T -- Strong espresso, smoke, char, an essence of dark chocolate, and a mild hop presence in the form of a drying bitterness. Nice balance between sweet and dry.

M -- Smooth and satisfying. A little boozy which accentuates the drying effect of the hop finish.

D -- Very solid brew, a character all it's own and just enough outside the box to be interesting yet approachable.

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Photo of jbierling
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color.

Smell: Pleasant.

Taste: Hoppy and bitter. Too much at first, but it (or the ABV) grew on me. Finished strong.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Fun. Unique bottle and artwork. Loved the name. One I'll remember.

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Photo of ribby
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Very tasty stout, particularly if you are a stout fan. Good intensity with the roasted malt flavor, slight bitterness that gives backbone and balances the malt, not distinctly hoppy.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Sasquatch is alive and well. Picked this bottle off the singles shelf at Binny's. The beer pours an opaque black with thin ecru head that is lacing nicely. The scent carries chocolate and hints of espresso. The taste is bolstered by coffee bitterness with some semi sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout, perfect for the colder nights.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dense black color with two fingers of mocha colored head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma consists of chocolate and a lactose sweetness. Roasted malt seems to be missing in this stout. Smells more like a sweet/milk stout.

After tasting the beer I wonder if this beer is in the wrong style category. Slightly sweet with hints of chocolate and lactose. Some bitterness in the finish.

The body is a little thin and just a touch overcarbonated.

I enjoyed this stout. Easy drinking and on the lighter side.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this one.

A- Pours a deep black color with hints of a light red hue on the edges of the glass. One finger mocha colored head shows great retention. Long thick sticky streaks of lace everywhere on the sides of the glass.

S- I keep getting a nice smoke presence in the front of the aroma. Bitter baker's chocolate in the front half of the aroma makes more of a appearance than the roasted malts which play secondary hints. Light notes of vanilla toward the ending of the aroma. Second half of the nose is more of a bitter chocolate and cream blend. This reminds me more of a milk/sweet stout more than anything else.

T- Roasted malts come in the front of the beer with a light hint of smoke. I don't know if it is suppose to be there but it works really well with the beer as far as I can tell. Chocolate in the front half of the beer as well comes in a bitter form. Caramel malts show up in the middle of the beer off setting a little of the bitter tones to this beer. Backend of the beer shows a lot coffee flavor blended with light burnt beans. A nice underlying vanilla hint here and there go well with a lingering chocolate/coffee ending. The alcohol is lightly present but never gains strength overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bitter chocolate and coffee roast is left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, roasted coffee, and light vanilla and chocolate hints. Flavors are blended well although not to the style as labeled...I would have went with more of a milk/sweet stout label for it. No off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer is a nice drinker which one could have a lot of for the lack of alcohol being tasted in the beer. Medium range ABV means while being able to have many it will end up sneaking up on you. I personally thought it could have had a different labeling as it is more of a milk/sweet stout to me. A nice surprise beer that I knew nothing about.

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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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