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: 161
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 161
Photo of jegross2
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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). (1,562 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (635 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (593 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (742 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (418 characters)

Photo of david131
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (482 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (908 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (742 characters)

Photo of tapman
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (752 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Dec 2011. Courtesy of R&S (of course), thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Large brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear very dark brown in color. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malts, burnt sugar and ethanol. Starts a bit charred and burnt, reminiscent of powdered cocoa. Some figs and dark fruit. Roasted malts through the middle, then the finish and aftertaste become a bit sweeter. Medium to light body, light ethanol.

Overall I though it was about average, A liked it a bit more. (516 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Distinct coffee flavor. Quite dry with a bitter edge. Lots of malty flavors through the roasted spectrum, but barely a hint of sweetness. Plenty of bitter chocolate. Hops come forward right away without much trace of flowery aroma. Good for a sip but quite austere. Body and mouthfeel is thin. Borders on harshness after a while. I would not call it highly drinkable, even cold. Still, it does have an intriguing dark, woody, earthy taste. Like some kind of barbequed barley. Beautiful coppery brown in the tulip glass. (519 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really sure what to expect from this as there is no style or abv listed on the bottle.

Nearly black with a few russet highlights. Tan foam, decent retention.

Cocoa powder and mild coffee in the nose.

Simple flavors, cocoa with a touch of ash and finishes like a dry Irish stout.

Medium bodied in a sessionable way. I'm just not sure how much I would want of this in a session. Take it or leave it. There will not be a re-purchase in my future. Cool label. (467 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black with ruby highlights at the edges. A nice tan head on the top of it.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma, notes of chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

T: Roasted malt with a little bit of a tart thing going on. Some slight tannins with a almost milk stout flavor in the finish. The toasted flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium light in body. Carbonation seems about right, there is a slight dryness in the finish.

O: Overall it is alright, pretty decent flavor but not something I would buy in bulk. This doesn't stand out in a world of beer that exceed it. (576 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 4/27/10

I got this beer for two reasons, one - I liked the label. Two - I'm wanting the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup and this beer has the same name as one of their defensemen, Andreas Lilja. Hoping this is goodluck.

Sasquatch Stout pours black with a small debut of a tan head. This quickly dissipates to nearly nothing which saddens me. I enjoyed seeing the tan head.

I smell a lot of roasted malts and there may be some toffee and chocolate. All of these smells are faint, so it is tough to pick out more.

Not a whole lot going on in this stout. Roasty chocolate malts with a mild bitterness at the end. It is pretty straight forward.

Light mouthfeel with above average carbonation for a stout. The thin feeling is not entirely pleasing.

This stout isn't very interesting making it near session worthy. The flavor that it does have is good, there just isn't enough of it to be interesting. (913 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured an opaque black with a thin tan head

S - Dark roast coffee and cocoa

T - Similar to the nose with an earthy hop bite

M - Thinner than I would've liked, and moderately carobonated

O - Tasty and drinkable, but nothing to get too excited about. It's a middle of the road stout that I could come back to again...but if I have other options to try I'm not going to... (380 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, good head.

Smell: Very mild coffee aroma.

Taste: Nice mocha coffee flavor, has a bit of lingering coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like a 7% beer, pretty easy drinking.

Picked up a single of this in Hudson. It is a pretty straight-forward stout, quite balanced in that it's not too sweet and not too bitter. Sweetened, creamy coffee is the main thrust of this beer. Not bad. (420 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally pulled the trigger on this guy, following weeks of second-guessing and choosing other things. It pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty light tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, molasses, toasted oats, dark wheat, and a drop or two of maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, burnt wheat, light vinyl, and light bitter coffee. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thinnish body, and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a decent stout, but one that's a bit too roasted and a bit too thin for my tastes. (652 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from ~year old bottle into snifter.

A: Pours deep rich brown, very little light enters at the edge. About 1 finger of mocha brown head, dissipating quickly. Solid ring retained throughout. Very nice looking stout.

S: Rich and roasty right out of the gate. Plenty of chocolate, a bit of brown sugar and vanilla, a hint of coffee. Good compliment of roasted malts. Absolutely wonderful.

T: The taste is not as robust as the nose. The roasted malts are the main attraction, with the bitter chocolate and coffee coming through subtly, with the coffee being more pronounced. There are some bitter hops that balance out the tail end, which is a nice compliment. The coffee/espresso really kicks in and lingers for awhile as it warms.

M: A bit thin and bitter, with a fair amount of carbonation for the style. Leaves a bit of a soft warmness behind.

O: I had this one a couple times before reviewing. It is hard not to expect a thicker, RIS style beer when you smell it. In looking at this one from all angles, I really enjoy it. I will be drinking this one again. (1,070 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-almost black with a fingers worth of tan head

S-overall smell is sort of light but consists of roasted malt, light coffee bitterness, caramel, and milk chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, also a bit subdued. Roasted malt, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. A tad harsh.

M-too thin for the style, prickly carbonation, dry finish

Overall this beer kind of seems all over the place. Starts out promising with the smell but that was as good as it got for me. I wouldn't try this again. (495 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Poured black with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Bitter coffee, roasted nuts, light chocolate. Pleasant overall nose somewhere between a typical stout and an imperial stout, as would be expected from the 7% ABV.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee, roasted malts/nuttiness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation. Light for a 7% stout.

D - A good stout. (427 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since this was one of the few beers available via the single bottle that I had yet to try. This isn't the time of the year for Stouts in my book since it's warm out but this wasn't as strong as the ones that I had during the winter. While this Stout was a bit underwhelming, it fit in well for this time of the year and would certainly be a great choice for someone just getting their feet wet with this style.

Relatively average pour to this with a dark hue and nearly no head or lacing to be seen. The carbonation could be seen here and between that and the appearance of this beer, it reminded me of soda. The mouthfeel was light and like root beer in terms of how smooth it was, with a decent creamy feel to it. Notes of chocolate and burnt toffee could be detected with just a bit of caramel sweetness in there as well. The bitter chocolate came out in the aftertaste but it wasn't strong or long-lasting. Overall, this was mellow without being weak and the carbonation was just strong enough to scrub away any of the flavors that may have been detrimental to the overall taste of this beer.

The alcohol was just right here too, in that it could be felt but not tasted up-front. With so many Stouts on the shelves, this doesn't measure up to the big names. That's alright as this been has carved a nice little niche for itself and those who are a fan of this style will not be disappointed. At the same time, they won't be blown away but they can drink this, knowing that it's toned-down taste and appeal will fit in perfectly with the summer months. This is a good beer to finish up on during a nice summer night since it's likely not to offend anyone. It is refreshing to find an easygoing Stout such as this amidst those that cater to a more experienced craft beer drinker. (1,810 characters)

Photo of chaz01
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting size portion at a local beer tasting event. Served in a plastic cup.

A: Dark, rich and black with a small creamy head.

S: Not picking up a lot of aroma in this, just a bit of roasted malts.

T: Has a nice burnt toast flavor and finish from the roasted malts.

M: A bit thin for a stout, but creamy with low carbonation levels.

D: Not a real big sipping beer, but a nice stout to have if you want a couple. Pretty smooth and drinkable (445 characters)

Photo of Giggy
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice entertaining label made me try this one. Didn't have high expectations. Pleasantly surprised.

A: Dark brown to black with a slight tan colored head.

S: Nice aroma that stays to the final swallow. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and molasses.

T: Similar to the aroma. Slight bitter or burnt taste.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, 7.0% alc.

O: Good for an American (Wisconsin) stout (394 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Deep viscous chocolate brown color with a frothy tan head. Sweet aroma of molasses, licorice, brown sugar and bitter chocolate. Medium thick, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Dark chocolate, licorice, light roast coffee, and molasses. Slightly thin, watery finish. Lacking much complexity or depth, but there isn't really anything wrong with this beer and packs a surprising amount of flavor and body for a low ABV stout. Would happily have this again. (493 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with and interesting amber-like colored head. Good clarity. Very subtle nose of chocolate and charcoal. Thrown off and surprised by the big chocolate flavor right off the bat. Roasted malt up front. Chocolate and caramel coat the tongue, some astringent asphalt like flavors. Body appears large at first but thins a little on the swallow. Extremely clean finish. Rich flavors. Carbonation breaks flavors apart, not necessarily a bad thing, adds a unique layering effect. Surprising find. (498 characters)

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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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