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Samson Stout - Estes Park Brewery

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78
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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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SamN

Colorado

2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:01:42 | More by SamN
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Spider889

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 06:51:20 | More by Spider889
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

06-18-2012 21:58:04 | More by carteravebrew
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer is almost black. Slight chocolate brown head is gone in seconds. No lacing ability. Smell is heavily roasted. Taste is not nearly as complex as it should be. Some roasted and chocolate notes, but overall, pretty bland. Watery mouthfeel. Body is way too light for a stout. Very bland stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 20:37:41 | More by Bighuge
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:00:25 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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manahansf

Indiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 13:10:44 | More by manahansf
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crobinso

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

04-07-2013 00:46:35 | More by crobinso
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UncleAddie

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

03-27-2014 21:51:48 | More by UncleAddie
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ndekke39

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 20:02:51 | More by ndekke39
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timmlimestone

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:45:42 | More by timmlimestone
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jar2574

Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:13:24 | More by jar2574
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DrIPA

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.4%

10-16-2013 14:18:46 | More by DrIPA
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-06-2012 15:20:39 | More by Kahlerbock
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-05-2012 19:46:22 | More by jfcaa193
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2002 18:11:46 | More by cokes
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HoustonTX

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 05:22:20 | More by HoustonTX
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-16-2013 04:26:38 | More by jaydoc
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3%

03-23-2014 19:34:49 | More by Drknight
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:50:09 | More by tronester
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andrewkgray91

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -3%

07-27-2013 02:04:05 | More by andrewkgray91
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-18-2013 01:20:43 | More by derkfromwi
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 18:09:28 | More by pmcadamis
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 18:46:20 | More by CFHMagnet
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:39:59 | More by cpetrone84
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 02:18:32 | More by dirtylou
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Samson Stout from Estes Park Brewery
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