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Samson Stout - Estes Park Brewery

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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
Reviews by SamN:
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.

More User Reviews:
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.

Photo of cokes
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pretty mediocre stout here. Pours a decent black body, off-tan head that vanishes quickly. Big time roasted barley and oat flavors. Not bad for the style. But it seemed way too flat and thin. A little more substance would boost this beer up quite bit. The favor is there, but the body is not.

Unless you have a pathological obsession with oatmeal stouts, look elsewhere for your beer drinking needs

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 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 dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz single, Brennan's

appearance: pours a dark mahogany, black almost, some evident ruby tinting as poured...a foamy chocolate brown forms but dissipates to just a little lacing in short time

smell: bitter cocoa powder, roasty malts, espresso bean...somewhat bland for the most part...unpleasant and unidentifiable aroma present

taste: bittersweet cocoa powder hits hard up front, heavily roasted malts are dominant, burnt espresso bean, slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, roasted barley...slightly above average

mouthfeel: bittersweet, thin, tad watery, medium body

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not completely black in appearance some hints of ruby redness are there (barely) with a tannish to brown head that dropped away pretty fast.

Nose has lots of maltiness & alcohol with funky hints of vick's cough syrup!

Nice bitterness on the tounge& the roof of the mouth, giving way to huge maltiness & raisins slight alochol taste.

Nice silky mouth feel
A good sit by the fire beer....

Photo of bditty187
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black… totally black in hue, there are no shades, just abyss. Impressive. The head was brunette in color; it is a perfect cap to the appearance. At the foam’s highest point the bubbles created a half-finger worth of foam. It faded fairly rapidly to a soapy cap, this cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was unorganized, spotty but prevalent enough to be noteworthy. Overall, this beer doesn’t look too bad; I love the color (of the liquid and head). Nice.

The nose is roasted coffee and kisses of chocolate upfront, it is lightly acidic at the back; dried cocoa powder completes the nose. Hops are largely absent. No mention of alcohol. No fruitiness. It might be missing some nuances but the roasted qualities are very good. It says “stout” to me. There is moderate potency. Simple but inviting.

The first thing that struck me on the initial sip was the thinness of the body and in a sense, the flavors. Like the nose, the palate has the right roasted qualities. Coffee, chocolate, dried cocoa powder, char, and a smidgen of milky sweetness. These qualities are very pleasant but there needs to be a little more in the flavor profile. Maybe some fruitiness or some bittering hops or some booziness. No matter, the palate is good. Dry. I do think it was better on-tap. It is a simple stout, nothing more… nothing less.

Medium-light in body, thin and slick mouthfeel, there isn’t much carbonation, this doesn’t help the beer. The mouthfeel is weak but I can deal with it.

If this was available locally, I would buy it. If I lived in CO, I won’t. There is a bigger difference between good beer in NE then CO. Anyway, yes this beer is drinkable. I like it but it is nothing I’ll seek out but I won’t turn one down either. It would be a good, simple dessert accompanier. I purchased this sample as part of a mix six-pack purchased at the brewpub in Estes Park, CO.

PS: Sad story behind the name, see the side of the label.

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 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 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 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 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 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 sweethome
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black. Nice 1 inch head is tan, but is gone quickly.

It enters a bit watery - but the roast dominates the flavor quite quickly. A sweetness, is followed with a gentle hop bittering late. There is also a little bit of a fruity charachter.

A late chalky, dry feel in the mouth that covers my teeth. A little strange. Otherwise, pretty straight-forward stout. It may lack compexity to set it apart, but also lack major flaws. A very drinkable beer which would pair well with food.

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 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 kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a pitch black color with a dark tan head of medium thickness. The body of this is very thick, almost like pouring used motor oil. Aroma is malty chocolate, and the flavor is a malty sweet mix of choclate and toffee. A good, tasty beer, although it would be better suited to a cool fall night than tonite’s 90+ degree weather.

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 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 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 ndekke39
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Named after a famous Rocky Mountain elk who was killed by a poacher. Poured from a 12 oz bottle I bought from the brewery itself. No freshness date. Appearance is an opaque, oily black. Thin, off-white head. Very little lacing. Smell is dominated by a dark roast coffee. Hard to pick anything else out of it. Tastes of the coffee, too, complemented by a strong bitterness of hops in the middle of the tongue. Good start to the flavors, but they tasted a little too weak. Mouthfeel is watery and oily, not nearly as thick as I would hope out of a stout. Overall, the beer goes down well, but the flavors and character are not as thick or complex as a good stout. It lacks the caramel sweetness that would add depth to the flavors. Still, it's a good try.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Samson Stout pours out a nearly black color with a small head. The roasted coffee aroma has plenty of chocolate behind it, and a pleasant nuttiness. Delicious nutty flavor. Could be a tad bit more roasty, but it's not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and not too light. Great drinkability. The finish is bitter. No sign of alcohol. I was a little surprised with how tasty this beer is after reading the mostly negative reviews, but I'm glad I tried it for myself. A quality stout.

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.

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Samson Stout from Estes Park Brewery
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