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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 79
Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this one.

A- Pours a deep black color with hints of a light red hue on the edges of the glass. One finger mocha colored head shows great retention. Long thick sticky streaks of lace everywhere on the sides of the glass.

S- I keep getting a nice smoke presence in the front of the aroma. Bitter baker's chocolate in the front half of the aroma makes more of a appearance than the roasted malts which play secondary hints. Light notes of vanilla toward the ending of the aroma. Second half of the nose is more of a bitter chocolate and cream blend. This reminds me more of a milk/sweet stout more than anything else.

T- Roasted malts come in the front of the beer with a light hint of smoke. I don't know if it is suppose to be there but it works really well with the beer as far as I can tell. Chocolate in the front half of the beer as well comes in a bitter form. Caramel malts show up in the middle of the beer off setting a little of the bitter tones to this beer. Backend of the beer shows a lot coffee flavor blended with light burnt beans. A nice underlying vanilla hint here and there go well with a lingering chocolate/coffee ending. The alcohol is lightly present but never gains strength overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bitter chocolate and coffee roast is left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, roasted coffee, and light vanilla and chocolate hints. Flavors are blended well although not to the style as labeled...I would have went with more of a milk/sweet stout label for it. No off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer is a nice drinker which one could have a lot of for the lack of alcohol being tasted in the beer. Medium range ABV means while being able to have many it will end up sneaking up on you. I personally thought it could have had a different labeling as it is more of a milk/sweet stout to me. A nice surprise beer that I knew nothing about.

Photo of budgood1
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out an opaque black colour with some crimson edges. one finger tan head with some clingy lace. nose of burnt black malts, anise, toffee, caramel, cocoa and yeast. residual herbal hopping, too. taste is pretty straightforward...black, burnt and bitter maltiness plus a good deal of yeast and some slightly tart lactic notes. alcohol well hidden...just enough floral hopping without adding too much hop related bitterness. very nice. medium body but appropriate...fairly silky and smooth mouthfeel...again most appropriate. great drinkability and overall a rock solid stout without any frills and hype. quite sessionable.

i liked this. nothing ground breaking or sense shattering but that's the beauty of it. a quintessential american stout of high regard. recommended.

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.

Photo of camp0474
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/30/11

A: Pours a black with burnt edges. Caramel tan head that fades quickly. Not much head retention.

S: Heavy smoked malts with notes of bitter chocolate and faint coffee. Sweet smells of caramel, cream and vanilla in the background.

T: Toasty and smokey malts at the start. Sweet flavors of nutty vanilla, maybe almond, and faint coffee. Finishes with a dry nutty toasted flavor.

M: Lighter medium body with medium carbonation. Fine bubbles as you drink, prickly. A lighter stout in my opinion but good.

D: Overall good beer. Lighter body makes it pretty drinkable. Finishes a bit dry.

Pretty good overall, I expected a little heavier body. Interesting sweet flavors mixed in.

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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this extra.

I've not liked beers from Sand Creek in the past, but this is my first experience with this beer.

It pours a good blackness that you would expect from a stout. The nose comprises mostly malty sugars with a touch of smoke and burnt maple. The nose is fairly week when compared to other beer, but it still holds it's own. The taste has a surprisingly mocha flavor to it there is more coffee roast than chocolate in the taste, but for the most part this is a good tasting beer. I must admit I'm surprised I'm saying that. The mouthfeel is really watery for a stout, I expect a bit more creaminess from my stout mouthfeel. This just feels like dirty water. This is pretty decent to drink. I would not turn it down if it was offered to me, but then again I probably wouldn't seek it out in the future.

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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of CPeterson
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jips
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of tapman
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of chaz01
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.