Lilja's Sasquatch Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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2.55/5 rDev -31.8%
Appearance: dark brown and light does not permeate through. You can tell the beer is carbonated upon pour, but the head quickly disappears and leaves nothing behind -- odd for a stout.
Aroma: carbonated cheap red wine (I think Mogandavid) mixed with faint roasted coffee notes on the back end of the beer's aroma. I may also detect a dash of bitter chocolate.
Taste: The carbonation of the beer is too pronounced for a stout. The slightly bitter, tart flavor of the beer itself is not "bad" -- I tasted of roasted coffee or roasted bittersweet malts -- but the finish is slightly metallic (which is odd, given that this beer came from a glass bottle) and flat. After the slight metallic twang of the beer subsides, however, the residual coffee flavor is not unenjoyable.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is very thin, slightly watery. Over carbonated for a stout. Very disappointing.
Drinkability: very drinkable beer. I would not prefer to drink another, but if this beer tickles your fancy, you most certainly could drink several without getting too full.
Overall: The beer was very disappointing. The flavor is nothing special, and spoiled by an off-putting finish. The beer was too watery for my taste, and I prefer a more full bodied stout. Between the carbonation and unnecessary finish, this is a very weak, avoidable beer.
I did not know this was a Wisconsin beer before I drank it, but it reinforces my belief that there are very few good Wisconsin brews out there and that Wisconsin makes the weakest beer in the Midwest (well, next to Iowa).
11-03-2011 02:03:43 | More by jegross2
3.05/5 rDev -18.4%
Consumed 11/29 poured in to a pint glass
A: This beer pours a midnight black with slight mahogany hues around the edges. A one finger of light brown head. Head recedes quickly leaving spider web lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is roasted and caramel malts, minor coffee notes and a hint of piney hops.
T: Taste starts with roasted malts, a caramel malt flavoring comes in toward the middle but is quickly overtaken by a burnt coffee and mild hop flavoring.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat slick feel.
D: Goes down alright, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This beer just didn't excite me much.
12-07-2010 16:08:39 | More by Jayli
3.1/5 rDev -17.1%
Poured from bottle into goblet.
Appearance- Deep dark brown, almost black...There are little orange chunks in mine. It looks like the brewer sprinkled orange zest in the batch. Not appealing at all.
Smell- Chocolate and tobacco jump right out. There is orange and a floral pepper note in the back.
Taste- Chocolate and yeast...brown sugar and alcohol hit you secondly.
Mouthfeel- Coats your mouth just like stout should.Nothing really of note here.
Overall- It is a stout of average quality. Not horrible, but certainly not anything impressive. I've made stouts just as good at home.
01-05-2012 22:45:11 | More by frenchblood21
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
terrible bottle art, but pours a deep brown-ish tinted black with a nicely sized creamed-coffee colored head that sticks around a while and laces well.
faint aroma has traces of roasted malt, smoke, maybe some burnt malt, a tiny bit of coffee bitterness and chocolate sweetness. not too impressive here.
taste is of roasted malt. burnt toasts, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, some smoke. flavorful, but nothing exciting, just roasted malts.
medium/full bodied with just enough carbonation and a creamy feel to it. smoke dries the tongue nicely. best part of the beer, here.
goes down well. not a complex beer, but if you don't mind some roasted malts its decent. not one I would seek out, but not one i would shy away from, either. so-so.
08-02-2010 02:52:13 | More by silentjay
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
A- A deep, dark black liquid with a thin and splotchy light brown head.
S- Chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Rather simple, but enjoyable.
T- Only hints of what I detect in the aroma. Surprisingly mild.
M- Creamy with a decent amount of carbonation to keep it on the lighter side. There is a long lasting dry finish to this, which I find to be a little off-putting.
D- Not bad, but not unique enough to be memorable. Drinks well, but it would be nice to know the alcohol content.
07-15-2010 03:48:19 | More by david131
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
Bottle. Poured into my CCB snifter a dark bown color with a slight light tan head, the head is lighter white tan than I expect. For sublte notes of roast coffee and leather. Dark roast coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a bitter roasted aftertaste. Maybe a slight touch too much roast in this one. A pretty basic stout but easy drinking. The over roast is a bit bothersome though. Medium mouthfeel and slight lace.
12-21-2010 01:19:16 | More by kbutler1
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
12oz bottle into Bruges tulip.
A: Pours a tan mat of head, with one finger formation and overall retention sinks thought the glass. The body is a classic deep black, and lacing is minimal, but present.
S: The aroma sends off chocolate and roasted notes. Lacking in depth and complexity, a fairly standard and sub par aroma.
T/M: The body is thin, with a hint of a black lager texture. The overall taste is not overly complex, but does have some nice attributes to it, the roasted malt is well balanced with the subtle bittering hops and the chocolate/coffee element of the malt does add nice flavor. Nice lingering finish, although not very long, a new element of sweetness does get thrown in.
O: Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but for the style, not something that represents it very well. while the 7%ABV is well hidden and the light character is expressed, this makes for a 'sessionable' Stout.
05-16-2011 14:36:21 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
On tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign IL
A: Pours nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tan head forms with good retention, and nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Big roasted malt aromas. Chocolate and coffee. Lightly sweet and even a bit bitter.
T: Big roasted malt again. Almost burnt malt. Lots of chocolate and coffee with a bit of sweetness. It is also overly acrid and astringent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Maybe a bit to much carbonation for me. Overly chalky as well. The acrid, astringent, and chalky character makes this harder to drink than I would like.
Mostly and average stout. Nothing I am really impressed with, but not really bad. Worth a try, but not something to go out of your way for.
12-24-2010 03:55:32 | More by champ103
3.23/5 rDev -13.6%
Dark brown/black with a big tan head. Sticky small-bubbled lacing. Could have used more head retention.
This is a simple recipe. I've brewed something very similar. Pale malt and roast barley with some bittering hops in the beginning of the boil. The yeast gives off a mineral-type aroma. It may be a cleaner American yeast, but I swear it smells like a london-type ale yeast. The overall flavor makes a good case for English stout. I will cap this off in the drinkability category.
Caramel and burnt sugar. Like I said before, pale malt and roasted barley. Also some mineral.
Good consistency. Plenty of maltose left in this brew to make a good mouthfeel.
Tastes like a stout I have brewed myself so, as much as I hate to admit it, pretty average.
08-13-2010 06:17:12 | More by tapman
Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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