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Samson Stout - Estes Park Brewery

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, light tan-colored head.

Smell: Rich roasted malt aroma with a plenty of dark chocolate and, to a lesser extent, coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts and more dark chocolate and coffee, all with a solid level of sweetness. Finishes roasty and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Not nearly as interesting as a necklace of human teeth, but it's not half bad. Not half bad at all!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oreo cookie black with glimmers of ruby along the edges. The appearance score will be bumped an extra half point since there aren't too many 5.0% stouts that are opaque black. Despite a high-altitude pour, head formation is disappointing. No more than an inch of toast brown foam has formed atop the beer, and there's precious little lace. A decent cap might have turned this into a pretty good looking stout.

The nose is a pleasant surprise (considering my other experiences with Estes Park Brewery beer). It's roasted malty with aromas of crushed cocoa nibs comfortably in front of black coffee. If the flavor follows suit, this will be the best beer from these guys that I've had yet.

Although it doesn't hold up as well on the palate, Samson Stout is a commendable effort. I love the fact that the brewery used predominantly roasted malt (I'm guessing), even if they didn't use quite enough of it. There's a nice smoky char to the flavor that doesn't cross the line into burnt.

The website says that oatmeal was added for sweetness. They couldn't have used much since sweetness is fairly hard to come by. The Galena and Goldings hops were added with a heavy hand, contributing much more bitterness than flavor. That's okay, the malt doesn't need much help in the flavor department.

I've decided not to be too hard on the mouthfeel since it's *just* big enough to keep the beer moored on the light end of the American stout spectrum. The fact that it isn't overly bubbled keeps it on my good side.

Samson Stout proves that Estes Park is able to brew decent-to-good beer if they put their minds to it. If the malt load was increased by 50% (doubling it would be even better), this would be a stout worthy of its name.

[Samson was a 1000 lb. elk killed by a poacher. Part of the proceeds of the sale of this beer go to Operation Game Thief, an organization that apprehends and prosecutes poachers.]

BuckeyeNation, May 18, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

ndekke39, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expressive stout nose with hints of roasted malts (cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roast), along with a hint of raisins. Blackened magma in color, just about opaque with a small and quickly diminishing light mocha colored head. Complex roasted malt flavor, with lots of malt bitterness and dry coffee and cocoa flavors. A hint of light fruits and a tinge of hop flavor ride the finish. Initially watery, but becomes slightly creamy after it warms. Definatley calmed my nerves.

Crosling, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

beveragecaptain, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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

dirtylou, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

bditty187, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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....

russpowell, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of Winter
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin tan head with plenty of sudsy lacing. Aroma of chocolate milk, cocoa and is somewhat vinous. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth with some slight carbonation on the edges of the tongue. Flavor is pretty straight-forward: roasted barley and malt. Dark bitter chocolate arrives midway. An ample amount of hop bitterness supports the dry finish.

Winter, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

sweethome, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samson the legendary elk graces this bottle. Cool. Very dark brown to black with a small to medium sized cocoa head. Good lacing; just like elk drool.
Smells like toasted marshmallows, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted coffee.
Traces of semi-sweet malt flavor kick off the taste. Chocolate and roasty espresso come in not long after, along with some hoppy bitterness. Finish is not overly bitter (like SN stout), but it works. Light to medium bodied for a stout, with an overall watery feel.

alexgash, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Bighuge, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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

cokes, Feb 27, 2002
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Samson Stout from Estes Park Brewery
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