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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Sasquatch StoutLilja's Sasquatch Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BMoney575 on 02-13-2010

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a large, light brown colored bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and toffee

T - Good roasted malt flavor with toffee and caramel. Some molasses taste and a touch of pine.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice American Stout with a name the jumps off the menu.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mostly black in the glass (although there is a touch of ruby coming out along the bottom) with 1 1/2 fingers of stiff mocha head. This retains with a robust 1/2 finger, which throws a big creamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sticky sweet with chocolate, with coffee and roast giving this a toasty crunch in the nose. Hops are present in the form of leafy and citric accents. I'm also picking up some plastic band-aid smelling off-notes here on the tale-end, which is unfortunately taking me out of this a bit. Shame, as I was really digging it for the most part.

The taste starts with a base of chocolate and toffee sweetness, before a moderately deep wave of roast and coffee character rolls. Hops offer up an earthy bit of green citrus and gritty bitterness before this finishes tangy with an acrid bite from the coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little bit fuller feeling on the palate, with a sharp creaminess to it that expands the flavors out into the mouth. I'm getting some very light warmth out of this but otherwise it feels easy enough for a bigger bodied beer and stays pretty readily drinkable.

Apart from that phenolic plastic smell in the aroma, I thought that this was pretty decent overall. There was some good richness to the flavors and the drinkibility stayed pretty smooth during the duration of the glass. I would give this another shot down the road.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oatmeal, sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an an average carbonation level. There is also a slightly strong bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, and a hint of hop. Overall, a decent brew that is not too complex.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sand Creek Brewing Co.
Lilja's Sasquatch Stout

Pours a deep black color. Solidly brown, large topping of fizzy bubbling foam and some lace shows. Aroma is malty, like Ovaltine, lots of malt and cocoa. In the taste, rich roasted malt flavor with chocolate, mocha and slight licorice notes. Robust and full, little alcohol shows. Hop bitterness is noticeable but not in the forefront. Mostly, coffee, toast, molasses and chocolate are the big players. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Overall, this is the second time I have had the pleasure of drinking the Sasquatch Stout, and hopefully not the last. Very good stout.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy tan head of two solid fingers that recdes to a nice film. Underneath that is a solid black liquid with watery viscocity.

Creamy mocha aroma to be simple. The roasted malts stand out pretty nice. Pretty good and simple nose.

The taste starts super roasted malt, and turn into some maybe burnt coffee beans and medium mized cacao chocolate. The finish is drak, roasty and a little tinny.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Good retention. Minimal lace.

(S)- Mild nutty roasted components. Bits of raisin.

(T)- A smooth biscuit/oatmeal flavor. Bits of cocoa, raisin, and plum.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth yet mildly roasty and a balanced sweetness.

(D)- A solid stout right here. Easy drinking and hits the spot for the style.

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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 champ103
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Hill Farmstead glass.
4.25/2.75/4/4.25/4
Billowing, pillowy mocha-brown head. Darkest mahogany body.
It smells vaguely metallic and chocolatey.
Rich and velvety taste. This is a proper stout. Thick, dark, and roasty-chocolatey, with a hint of fruity sweetness or barley sugar or just molasses creeping in there. Not stunning, but certainly well-executed!
Recommended for stout fans. Perhaps not worth revisiting, but worth finishing with relish!

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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 Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty rich in the look, this one is completely black, no light coming through whatsoever. It forms a tan head that starts off just over a finger and creamy, but grows to two fingers and is continuously being renewed by a very nice cascade. It remains very creamy but develops some thickness and heaviness to it. Nice patching is left behind.
The nose offers some a mix of cocoa powder and almost milk chocolate, more sweet than bitter as with many stouts. Underneath lies a citrus element. Roast is there, but as a sort of subtext. Barley grains come up from underneath. There's some tang I'm not terribly fond of.
The taste pretty well follows suit, with the barley element pushing to the front and the roast pushing up more than in the aroma. There's almost a hint of peat and smoke. The roast, in fact, goes a little charred and, combined with the sweetness, stops shy of an acrid note. It subsides a bit, but the finish gets, for lack of a better way to express it, salty.
The feel is a pretty heavy medium, a subtle crispness giving way to a smoother sip. While the cascade is there the entire time, the carbonation is still light.

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

This black beer has slightly reddish highlights (when held to a strong light-source). It's head is blanket of chocolate-milk colored foam. Nice. The aroma is of roasted malt and a little barley. Not much of a hop scent. The intensity of the aroma is subdued, but there is some good chocolate and coffee notes. Woody. Full and rich in body. There is a bit of peppery warmth at times. The finish is balanced, if not tilted a bit to bitterness. The beer dries out considerably in the finish. Overall this one is pretty good.

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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 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 emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one (that I had never heard of) shared by schmittymack last night. Poured a deep black color, with a nice tan colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of jegross2
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
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).

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Photo of david131
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.