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Samson Stout - Estes Park Brewery

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Estes Park Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 39
Photo of infinitebruner
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

January 15, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Deep brown to black, with a beautiful, deep tan to chocolate foam head. Fairly long retention, with a thin layer settling on top.

S – Light coffee and mildly bittersweet chocolate. Some very light spicy hops. The malts are the showcase.

T – Strong chocolate, semi-dark, with light roasted coffee. Sweet and malty, with some roasted malt bitterness and light hop bitterness bringing up the back.

M – Velvety, low carbonation. Almost nitro-ish. Very silky. Slight sparkle in the finish.

O – I like the appearance and aroma profile, but something seems missing from the flavor. Good and easy to drink though.

Photo of SamN
2.12/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Samson stout is a fairly typical stout; inky black with only residual light glow art the far edges. Dark stuff. Not much of a head comes out even wirth a vigorous pour. A very light desert tan color, if I remember correctly. It faded before I could really get a good look at it.

Smell is vague, unfortunately. First aroma that comes to mind is mincemeat, plums or other dark fuirty sweetness. Man aroma is really hard to detect. Some sort of somkey-dark malts. No real roastyness, no coffee or chocolate. Tinny aromas, like an ajunct. Taste is similar; sort of sharp, metallic tastes at first. Fades into watery blandness with some mild hops essence. Not good. Body is almost medium, a tad thin. Carbonation is light but well done overall.

Not a good beer. Almost no aroma or taste, what exists is low-quality. I did noit like this beer at all, reallty a poor stout.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one of the last beers left from my trip to Colorado. Like the other brews from this company, the bottle lists neither an ABV nor a date.

I pour this one aggressively and am rewarded with a finger and 1/2 of brown head over a nearly black body. The head shrinks pretty quickly, but retains a thin sheen of foam at the top. Lace tries to cling to the side.

Deep roasted malt, coffee and chocolate are all in today.

Deep roasted malt makes up the main body of the brew with a hint at dark fruit. Coffee and chocolate are weak notes.

The body is medium on this, and lacks the creaminess I was looking forward to. It goes down clean with no residue, but seriously activates the saliva glands.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is black with caramel head and large bubbles. Nose is heavy roast, faint peat, notes of bakers chocolate a d bitter coffee. Taste is less roasty, still powerful, front of palate, dry chocolate and bitter coffee. Finish is empty, carb is very light and body falls off in the finish.

Photo of tronester
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a very dark brown, almost black. pleasant aromas of coffee, some chocolate, and a hint of licorice. taste begins with a big coffee start, then some chocolate. after that some anise. earthy bitter finish. mouthfeel is a bit light for an oatmeal stout. overall a decent beer.

Photo of denver10
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a foamy chocolate head and very nice lacing. The aroma offers some roastiness, some bitterness, some chocolate. Flavor starts off with a hit of roastiness, the chocolate and oats then shows itself, and it finishes with some nice bitterness. Flavor is a touch watery and flavor isn't a sharp as it could be, a little muted. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side showing some silkiness but held back because its a touch watery. Overall, not a bad beer but also not a good beer. That said, I personally kinda enjoyed it. As a sucker for oatmeal stouts, and love when they offer a bitter finish, I would drink this one again without any regrets. I just wouldn't recommend it to others.

Photo of Blargimus
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. No bottling or freshness date on bottle.

Pours an opaque black coffee color, very little tan head despite the hard pour. Recedes quickly, leaves very light lacing.

Smells of coffee and roast grains, fairly sweet. Cold, there are a lot of tannin smells, but they fade as it warms slightly. Not too complex, but pleasing.

It's a pretty sweet stout. Nice and roasty, but the flavors aren't particularly strong. There's a bitterness that sticks around, but no real hop flavor. Pleasant.

Low carbonation, a little on the thick side. Not too dry in the mouth like some stouts (a.k.a. my homebrews).

Very easy to drink, low on bitterness, and pretty sweet. Low ABV, so you can drink a few (and it's not difficult to do so). It's not an in-your-face all-grown-up stout, but I'd certainly drink this again.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a nice black color with no amber highlights and no head to speak of.

The aroma is very light with some notes of roasted malts. It would be nice if there was more to the aroma of this beer, like some coffee or chocolate.

The beer tasted watery, like coffee that was made wrong. There was a little bit of toast flavor as well.

Overall this was not an awesome beer. I would not buy one again.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate head over a pitch black pit, some sweet lacing... Some mild anise and roasted malts tingle the nose, also a hint of acetone in there. The flaovr of semi bitter malts and some warming alcohol bring a wonderful addition to the smooth and creamy medium body. Good beer, surprised really. I think it is a great representation of the style.

Poured some cold dark coffee in it after I'd finished half. Actually still tastes great. Not better, just different.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, short-lived, tan head of foam. Not much in the way of lacing. Seems to be a trend with Estes Park brews.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt. Maybe a slight hint of coffee.

T - Good dark chocolate flavor with a strong roasted malt presence. It had a slight bitterness with a touch of pine.

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

O - This is pretty good. The best Estes Park brew I've had so far.

Photo of Spider889
2.07/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Live review.

This was a big "meh" the first time I tasted it with some friends during our New Years party. My buddy Mooky left some beer from WY/CO behind and this was one of them. Thanks bud!

The bottle mentions the beer is named after a poached elk named Samson and that the proceeds are going to help prevent poaching. I wish them well with their efforts.

The beer pours essentially flat. A few big soap bubbles pop up here and there, but it didn't matter how rough I poured it, nothing was going to happen. The only saving grace is the thick black color, which I deem appropriate for the style.

Smell is pretty weak. Some dark roasted coffee and bitter malts with lingering molasses.

Flavor is very bitter from lots of black malt. Bitter black coffee and mild brown sugar. Really not that much going on.

Mouthfeel is dry, bitter, and flat. Slightly watery despite the thick appearance.

Drinkability? Man I am sitting here with my head resting on my hand, slightly cocked to the side in deep and uncomfortable thought. I stare at my nearly full pint and debate if it's worth the effort to finish this thing... Probably not.

Photo of jar2574
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. No head whatsoever. Very black. Smells and tastes of dark roasted malts. Leaves a slightly acidic aftertaste on the back of the tongue. More watery than most stouts, which may help with drinkablity but hurts with mouthfeel, as it's quite odd for the style.

Photo of manahansf
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Creamy tan head with toffee nose over a nearly opaque black beer. Rich coffee flavors with a big malt sweetness. Slightly light body but the oatmeal makes it smooth and velvety. Low carbonation levels also increase the heaviness of the body. Sweet coffee and toffee finish with a semi-dry kick at the end.

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken earlier in the week.

Bottle reads: "Samson a 1,000 pound elk was killed by a poacher. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this beer are donated to Operation Game Thief to apprehend and prosecute poachers." About all I can say to that is cheers, wish I had been able to purchase more.

Pours a black color with less than a finger of tanned head that is quick to dissolve. Nose is rich on chocolate, coffee and a bit of sweetness. There is lacing on the glass before I even take my first sip. Taste is exactly as the nose would lead you to believe. Lighter than expected mouthfeel, low carb and finishes pleasantly bitter dry.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is chocolaty roasted malt, mild sourness, dark ripe fruit, somewhat creamy and spicy. Smells good.

Pours pitch black with mild head. Looks good.

Nice roast malt body - chocolate, coffee, nut. Creamy with dark fruit - raisin/prune. Mild tartness and sourness. Biscuit backbone. Touch of hops. Herbal, mildly spicy and buttery. Full body, creamy soft carbonation. Finishes slightly nutty and tart. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I strongly pour this used motor oil black bodied beer into the glass I get only about a half an inch of creamy brown head that is short lived and fades to a skim in a matter of minutes. Nose is nice and toasty and sweetly bready with some slight coco tones toward the end. Enters the mouth full and very creamy. Than in the middle of the palate you get a dynamic mix of sweet dry and slightly sour that adds nice character. Ends dry and somewhat bitter on the back of the tongue. This leads to creamy dryness, on the mouthfeel that is long and consistent. Very nicely drinkable but it drinks more like a dry stout.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, completely opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy chocolate colored head with fair retention; dissipating slowly to an even skim. Thick even lacing.

S: Rich toasted grain that was slightly sweet.

T: Coffee up front with bitter chocolate and burnt caramel to follow. Bittering hops in the finish to balance but a bittersweet flavor lingers.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky.

D: Smooth and balanced. Nice flavors. Nopt too filling. Expected a bit more body.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This inky black stout has only the tiniest trace of a thin tan cap in place of a proper head. The brew itself is as black as old motor oil, but the small head and lack of decent lace leave something to be desired.

S - Rich dark chocolate and espresso bean. This has that prototypical American stout nose with a one-two combo of dark, dark chocolate and freshly ground espresso beans. Nothing happening here is extremely interesting or complex, but the simple stout notes are very well done.

T - This is sweet at first, with molasses hints before bittering up a bit with dark chocolate notes on the back end. There are some earthy soil and 'shroom notes that may be a result of age (I have no idea how old this bottle is but my brother in law picked this up for me in Fort Collins, which is only an hour's drive from Estes Park, so I'll assume it's relatively fresh. Like the nose, this is an easy going stout that is well presented in terms of style, but it's not knocking my socks of or anything.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, this is mildly carbonated and not all that bitter for a stout. This finishes a little roasty, and slightly sour.

D - Not bad. This is a very serviceable stout that doesn't do anything wrong, but doesn't go out of its way to shine either. Easy drinking average session stout IMO. Actually, due to the lighter body and lack of heavy bitter coffee notes, this might make an excellent choice for a summer picnic if you are feeling like something darker in the summer. Not bad at all.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours motor oil black, with absolutely no head - even with an aggressive pour.

Taste has a watered down coffee profile. A dose of small grain fresh ground coffee, a bit of grounds. Followed by almost a non existent hop balance, and a watery finish.

Aroma is just not there.

The thing about this beer, is that is lacks complexity and body.
It's still drinks easily, with no off flavors. But, the fact that it's body is so thin, and the only thing that pops out is the slight coffee body - leaves you with a lot to be desired.

This one just falls short of the mark, quite disappointing.

Photo of Douglas88
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Sams in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a pure black color with a small light brown head. A nice aroma of burnt milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, something sweet, maybe prunes also. The taste is pretty nice; sweet and light fruit, lots of sourish roasted flavors, meaty and smoked, some coffee and chocolates. Very nice. A bit thin, but overall, good.

Photo of HardTarget
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Black glass with a very thin edge of light showing through when tilted; motor oil. No head even with a firm (slightly abusive) pour.

S) Rich roasted grain with a mild sweet/milky edge.

T) Nice coffee note up front, mild stout flavor in the back all with a milk stout element. For the style (American Stout) I expect a lot more hop notes than are going on here, but the flavor is enjoyable as is.

M) Body seems a bit weak and watery, low carbonation.

O) A nice beer, no flaws, and a nice coffee element that keeps it interesting. I'd like to see some head retention and a little more chew.

Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 12 oz bottle served into a tulip glass just below RT

A- poured a pretty thick and creamy looking black that was hard to see through with a light brown head on top that faded pretty quickly and left almost nothing behind.

S- chocolate and roasted character. pretty creamy seeming here as well.

T- very smooth but strong roasted charachter dominates the palate on this one. its actually moderately complex due to a nice undertone of the chocolate and maltiness. slightly sweet malty finish which i might perfer just a touch more of malts.

M- pretty creamy with a really light carbonation

D- pretty solid session beer. could drink a few happily

Photo of toolbrew
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Opaque! Can't see any light through the brew. Has a light tan head with some lacing down the glass. Decent head retention.

Heavy malt scent with some hints of chocolate. Sweet smell.

Can taste a hint of chocolate and some bitterness on the finish.

Bitter aftertaste lingers a little and the beer is lighter in the mouth than I expected from its appearance.

I could have a few of these per sitting. Great for a cold night.

Photo of timmlimestone
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a little concerned about the complete and total lack of head on this one. Poured out like a bad bottle of homebrew I made last year. There is no head, no carbonation and no body. It is thick dark dank and strong at first, but the back end is watery and lacking in depth of field. it definately has an alcohol taste if that is all.

Appearance - Once again no head is always a bad thing.

Smell - There really wasn't much of one.

Taste - Not quite sure if it is beer.

Drinkability - Could get you drinked, but other than that it is for naught.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark black with no head at all.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and coffee and a little sweet lactose.

The flavor is watery chocolate and coffee and a touch of smoke with a burnt finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but extremely watery with no carbonation.

Overall, there are good components to this beer - it's very black, I like the chocolate and coffee in the taste and the smell, but the wateriness and lack of carbonation brings it down a ton. This beer shouldn't be ad either - I got it straight from the brewery less than a month ago.

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Samson Stout from Estes Park Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.