Lilja's Sasquatch Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
10-06-2011 00:22:45 | More by TMoney2591
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
01-08-2013 01:59:30 | More by zeff80
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-25-2010 16:08:03 | More by Kegatron
3.33/5 rDev -11%
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.
09-17-2011 03:23:08 | More by mactrail
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-27-2011 00:20:33 | More by yourefragile
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
03-21-2012 15:16:28 | More by Stinkypuss
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
06-28-2010 23:42:00 | More by Tone
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
11-13-2010 06:43:30 | More by scruffwhor
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-14-2011 14:19:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-14-2013 03:10:54 | More by WoodBrew
4.4/5 rDev +17.6%
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
09-26-2010 01:24:13 | More by ZAP
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
3.81/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
05-25-2012 17:25:10 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-19-2011 00:50:36 | More by sweemzander
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
07-02-2011 02:19:05 | More by Suds
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-21-2011 22:57:48 | More by morimech
Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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