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Samson Stout - Estes Park Brewery

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78
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.84%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002)
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Reviews by manahansf:
Photo of manahansf
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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 richkrull
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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 chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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 DrIPA
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of blindpiggie
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of HoustonTX
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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 nitter
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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Samson Stout from Estes Park Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.