Lilja's Sasquatch Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured into a pint glass this brew is thick and dark like used oil with a wonderful 3 finger chocolate brown head that settles into a nice 1 finger creamy cap. The aroma is dark and full of burnt malts, caramel, and some coffee. The taste is dark and bold. The coffee is upfront with some hints of chocolate. This is a full body brew with nice carbonation that makes the flavor pop and has a nice bitter finish in the after taste. I like the texture of this brew and the simplicity. All the flavors and characteristics of the style are present. Nothing too much but a good version of the style.
12-15-2010 01:49:53 | More by WJVII
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
3.78/5 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
4/5 rDev +7%
A -- Deep black, almost no light makes it through even the edges of the glass. A thick tan creamy froth appears and fades to a thick skim over the top.
S -- Coffee, toffee, chocolate. A light hint of floral hop.
T -- Strong espresso, smoke, char, an essence of dark chocolate, and a mild hop presence in the form of a drying bitterness. Nice balance between sweet and dry.
M -- Smooth and satisfying. A little boozy which accentuates the drying effect of the hop finish.
D -- Very solid brew, a character all it's own and just enough outside the box to be interesting yet approachable.
10-29-2010 03:15:32 | More by CPeterson
4/5 rDev +7%
A - Pours a jet black color with about a one finger mocha head that has sub par retention. There is hardly any lacing.
S - Good nose here. I get some creamy chocolate with notes of coffee and a touch of alcohol.
T - All the flavors blend very well together. There are roasted malts of front with a creamy chocolate taste. Then, there are notes of espresso coffee. There is a slightly bitter after taste with a very slight touch of alcohol. Pretty much a carbon copy of the nose.
M - Very smooth and creamy. I typically like my stouts to have a bit heavier of a mothfeel. Although, I feel like this mouthfeel makes each flavor in this stout better.
D - This on the easier side to drink for a stout. The mouthfeel helps. It could be worse but it could also be better.
10-04-2010 00:11:39 | More by LairdChisholm
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
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
Aroma: Dark fruity esters up front. Slightly smoky and roasted notes that are well knit with the fruity esters. Slightly minerally English yeast character.
Appearance: Just black pour with a rocky tan head. Head retention is good.
Flavor: Dark chocolate and roasted notes up front. Dry wheat bread-like character. Just a slight residual sweetness that balances all the roasted and grainy notes. Hop flavor is earthy. Balance is decidedly roasty. Finish is clean and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slight dark grain astringency.
Overall impression: This is more like a Foreign Extra Stout than an American Stout. I don't get the American hop aroma/flavor that I'm used to in a Rogue Shakespear Stout or a Sierra Nevada Stout. That being said, it's a very well done stout.
09-12-2010 20:29:28 | More by mattcrill
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
Out of the bottle into a pint glass. Thin bubbly off white head and dark-brown black color
Smell: Very sweet malts, roasted nut, and coffee
Feel: Way smooth, maybe a little watery, was excepting motor oil or syrup
Taste: Quite nutty, sweet dark malts, coffee accented by a hop bite and sure what the hell some plum in there too. Smell would have signified a very sweet stout but nice balance
After: Wee bit of alchy and roasty coffee
Easier drinking stout, would throw down again!
09-06-2010 22:10:26 | More by Jips
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
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
3.65/5 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
3.7/5 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
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
12oz bottle with no freshness or ABV information drank from a standard pint glass.
A- this one pours out a black body with a rather large beige head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind minuscule spots of lacing.
S- dark roasted malts. almost burnt smelling. some chocolate, mostly dark. coffee at the end.
T- the taste is pretty dark and comes across as almost burnt. lots of dark chocolate and a pretty healthy dose of coffee at the end. a small amount of alcohol comes through as well.
M- medium to full bodied. nice and dry, which seems to be the exception these days.
D- i was pleasantly surprised by this one. i picked it up as a single because i needed one more beer for my mixed six. probably the best offering from sand creek ive ever had.
06-17-2010 14:47:03 | More by jwinship83
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed s very dense, 3 finger head that receded down to a single finger and left tons of lace behind. The body is dark brown, almost black with lighter, mahogany edges.
The nose is pretty weak, but pleasant. Lots of roasted malts and coffee. Some undertones of dark chocolate and molasses.
The flavor is pretty much right on with the nose but a little stronger. Sweet malts hit the palate first and give way to the roasted characters that finish out the drink. Pretty good, but not very complex.
The mouth feel is on the lighter side for a stout, creamy and oily at the same time with mild carbonation.
Pretty decent brew...I would buy this again if I get the chance. Worth giving a shot.
05-30-2010 04:00:30 | More by mgbickel
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
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
05-23-2010 17:09:56 | More by chaz01
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
This was a completely random pick up, just a 12 oz bottle. There was no ABV or date labeled. Pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black. The head was nice and the lacing is supurb. Smell is pungent of roasted chocolate and coffee w/ a touch of smoke. Taste is full-flavored, loaded w/ chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but very smooth. Drinkability is great, very sessionable.
I'm surprised I rated this beer so highly, but the flavors and drinkability are pretty hard to ignore. I do perfer Imperial Stouts, so the chance of me picking this up again is slim, but that definitely doesn't make this a bad beer. I wish I knew the abv, I'm assuming it's somewhere in the 5% range. This was probably the most sessionable stout I've ever had considering the full flavor. Nice beer from a brewery I've never heard of, until now. If you're looking for a stout you can drink a few of and not get sick of, this is it.
05-19-2010 04:04:51 | More by BB1313
3.3/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
05-06-2010 23:26:01 | More by brownbeer
3.35/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
04-30-2010 04:14:55 | More by TCgoalie
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours dark black, very opaque, with a thin brown head that soon becomes soapscum. Slight brownish notes towards the bottom of the glass, almost like coffee. Smells sweet, very toasty, lots of caramel and bittersweet chocolate. The aroma is very vigorous, inviting.
Taste is similar, lots of dry roasted character with a pleasant bittersweet chocolate finish and a dry aftertaste. Sweetness and bitterness are almost ridiculously well-balanced, making this a very enjoyable brew. I've had a lot stouts, and this stacks up as one of the better examples I've tried.
04-12-2010 04:31:45 | More by danielharper
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a nice, big brown head. Looks fantastic.
Smell: Strong roasted malt smell. Yet, it doesn't really smell like coffee or anything. In fact, the alcohol seems mildly noticeable.
Taste: Strong roasted coffee flavor that masks any alcohol that I might have noticed in the aroma. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Good body. Nice texture around the tongue, but could be a bit creamier for my personal taste.
Drinkability: Pretty good. It's not the best stout out there, but it's something that if it were readily available, I could keep a stock of it.
04-07-2010 19:41:39 | More by civilizedpsycho
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours out an opaque mahogany with just a bit of light around the surface edge. The head is a 1-finger, medium tan color that falls quickly to a solid cover without much in the way of lacing.
The smell is a pleasant, roasted malt and a light cocoa/chocolate note.
The taste is much more of the cocoa/chocolate than in the taste along with dark-roasted, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is a light medium but creamy with adequate carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a nice, easy drinking stout that is not very high in ABV so that 2-3 glasses would go down well for an evening. It's not a standout, lacking bolder flavor & aroma but it's a very solid stout worth trying if you can find it. Another new brewer in the Philly area.
03-30-2010 22:23:44 | More by meatyard
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
03-24-2010 03:11:32 | More by Bung
4.53/5 rDev +21.1%
Pretty much an opaque black liquid with cola colored edges. The light tan head is dense and creamy, settling at 1/4".
Very fresh heavily roasted malty nose with sweet cream pinning down the initial whiff. A few swirls from my Ayinger stemmed tulip glass evokes a wonderfully fresh milk chocolate and cafe latte aroma. Also, I smell fresh buttermilk bisquits drenched in honey. This is heavenly.
Wow, the initial flavor is wonderfully leathery and a bit smokey. definitely didn't get that in the nose, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this tasty component. The sweetness I perceived in the nose is still here, but a more bitter and chalky chocolate taste reigns now - another great surprise. Very balanced creamy, smokey, charred, sweet & bitter flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - very English in feel. Long, flavorful finish.
Drinkability is superb. Lots of flavor but nothing over-the-top or in your face.
The flavor of this stout really hits on many areas of the spectrum. It's got something for everyone, that is, for a standard American Stout. One of the most wonderful smelling stouts I've encountered. I'd love to try this on tap when I'm in Wisconsin this August. Actually, I'll definitely seek this out. A great standard stout that really stands out!
03-21-2010 18:52:18 | More by malty
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
A very dark brown to black color pour with a big foamy lasting light tan head , leaving spotty lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma is roasty ,dark chocolate, vanilla, light toffee and faint alcohol notes with a hint of char . Flavor is roasty , lightly sweet , dark chocolate , vanilla , light coffee, cream and charred grain , no bold stand out flavors , quite balanced , medium body for the style , clean , slightly dry mouthfeel , ,short roasty finish keeps you sipping again and again , very drinkable and a quite sessionable Stout , This is the third offering I have had from this brewer and they all seem pretty solid . NIce work Eh .
03-12-2010 22:18:26 | More by WakeandBake
Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.