Lilja's Sasquatch Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Sasquatch StoutLilja's Sasquatch Stout

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very good

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.9%
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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 161
Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of jokemon
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance

Black with a creamy thick head. Light does not really pass through this beer.

Smell

The smell is very pleasant. You can immediately recognize a smooth chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee in the end.

taste

Same as the smell. Chocolate and coffee. There is a little bit of bitterness but not too much, overall is is smooth.

overall this is an enjoyable beer. I would recommend giving it a try if you are in the mood for something new.

edit: I would like to add I very much like their box art! (510 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 martyl1000
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Crundy
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light mocha colored head, Jet black with browning color when held up to the light.

S: Dark roasted malt, Chocolate, caramel, slight molasses aroma and a feint coffee smell

T: heavy molasses and dark roasted coffee flavor, sweet chocolate and caramel flavors as well, kind of a mocha flavor that is heavier on the coffee

M: Dry and smooth, thick and sticky, medium full bodied, pleasant roasted mocha aftertaste

O: This is a great beer, full flavors that really highlight what this beer is made of. Lighter on the ABV for a Stout but that just makes it more drinkable. This is a highly enjoyable stout! (608 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)

Photo of gmfessen
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (638 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 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 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 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 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 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 jbierling
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (256 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 McNealc31
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
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. (283 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 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. (442 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pitch black with ample tan colored head. Leaves some lacing.

(S) A lot of roasted character in the nose. Malty and somewhat sweet. Get some coffee in there.

(T) Roasted malt, roasted chocolate malt and black malts. A small hint of brown sugar. Has an oat characteristic to it. Some biscuit and some licorice.

(M) Has a bit of a bitter bite up front. Full body. Smooth finish.

(O) I'm a fan of Sand Creed and I think this was a pretty decent stout. It is nothing out of the ordinary though and nothing ground breaking, but it's a pretty decently made beer. (563 characters)

Photo of yankeej13
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 (697 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 Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (521 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)

Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.