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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2006

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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 95
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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured more of a dark brown than black with some ruby highlights,a thinner mocha colored head atop.Sweet lactose and caramel aromas along with dark roast and some roasted nut.Nice and smooth feel with little carbonation,sugary flavors upfront wih caramel and molasses,a nice drying roastiness in the finish.Not overly complex but its smooth and pretty flavorful.

Photo of Beaver13
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-black with a thin head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is roasted grains, chocolate, and some coffee.

The flavor is roasted malts, some sweet lactic chocolate and a touch of coffee with a medium acidic roasted bitter finish that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I liked this stout - lots of nice roast and coffee. A nice surprise. I'll have to pick up more of this.

Photo of mattster
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass. Showed bottled first week of August (2007 I'd presume).

Pours an opaque black brew with very little head formation.

Nice Smells of coffees and chocolates... Slight smell of fresh milk. Taste follows with coffee, slight earthiness. Really low bubbles make this a really easy drinker - or sipper.

All in all, another nice brew from SKA.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's well out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Aside from cursing the distributor, what can I do? Hope it hasn't deteriorated...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Some sediment upon pouring. Produces a huge head of creamy light-brown foam with decent retention; it slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of rich roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and mild earthy yeast. A subtle sweetness in the background. Nice.

Tastes of roasted malt with a restrained bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, mild lactose, a hint of earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Slightly sweet, yet dry with a touch of cardboard. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation but a rather thin body for the style. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and faint lactose.

Tasty - a decent milk stout that goes down a treat. Looks the part, with a superb aroma of roasted malt and a good flavour that possesses a delicate sweetness. The body could use improvement; thicker and more velvety is the way to go. Overall though, a nice brew that hits the spot. I'd have one again - worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown appearance, just what I want to see in a milk stout. Aroma of roasted coffee malts.

Taste, enjoyable, hits the smoothness of style, while not compromising any of the chewiness and dark roast resulting in a solid, yet smooth stout. Chocolate stands tall as well. Never massive, a great sessionesque stout for the weekdays. Drank these while skiing mostly.

Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this a small to medium light brown head above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

A lightly roasted sweet malt aroma dominates on this medium to full bodied beer.

A milky light roasted chocolate malt taste with a light dry aftertaste that carries with it some of the chocolate malt tastes.

A good beer on rainy coldish night.

Photo of scottblaze
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a sampler I pick up in Colorado.

Opaque, like used motor oil..hard to pour a decent head on this, what there was disappeared quickly. Smells of chocolate and grassiness. A delicious coffee/chocolate (toffee?) smoothy..just enough hops and light carbonation to get the point across

An intresting and tasty brew..too bad I've only two left, this would be a fun one to keep around. I never seen this in my local stores.

Edit: I got out another one and a really slopped it in the glass...got a bout a 1" head that held for a minuite or two.

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roast bold heavy lactose mocha with aggressive carbonation and sour finish.Sour not sweet aftertaste. Some smokey astringency. I don't drink coffee nor put sugar into my drinks, but I appreciate the effort, and the milk stout style. This is not double cream Bell's.
Thank you Hopdog.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little gem was sent as an extra in one of my awesome trades here on BA and has been sitting in my fridge for almost 9 months. Bottled in July, presumably last year.

Pours black with very little head. Nice and syrupy consistency to boot.

The nose has everything a milk stout should have. Lots of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and sweet cream fill my nose. I love the smell of this beer.

The taste has the sweetness up front, like a chocolate beer milkshake, with a little coffee and tobacco finish.

The feel is nice and creamy, yet not as thick as it looked coming out of the bottle. The carbonation is as low as expected, but still appropriate for the feel and style.

I don't know what took me so long to finally drink this beer. I'm definitely glad I did and it looks like I'll have to find more soon.

Photo of SteveMi
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Not really impressive. Looks like extremely low carbonation. I even show the last half inch in the bottle to make sure it was carbonated. After that there was a 1/4 inch caramel head. Other than that it's normal for what one expects a stout to look like. I found myself sometimes shaking the glass a bit to see if there was still carbonation there ...

S - Oh, nice. The sweetness comes straight out followed by a bit of a cream feel (sounds weird I know). I also get a bit of a chocolate milk vibe from it.

T - Very slight coffee, strong chocolate and a soda like finish. After a few sips it starts to muddle a bit.

M - It's a bit light but that is to be expected.

O - Overall it's a nice milk stout. I wouldn't recommend this for a first time milk stout drinker but I will have it again for sure.

Photo of mdvatab
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in a recent trade. (Cheers!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Best by: 12/15/11

Aroma: Light chocolate, cola, and coffee notes. Not bad in the aroma dept.

Appearance: Dark espresso brown. A very hard pour, however, results in VERY minimal bubbles. Looks like there's a significant carbonation issue with this one.

Flavor: Nice, sweet milk chocolate, some tootsie roll, and a vinous note. Bitterness is enough to provide a little bit of balance, but does not hang on through the finish.

Mouthfeel: A thick, slick, syrupy body, which is excellent for the style. Unfortunately, though, this one is highly under-carbonated; almost completely flat. This significantly diminishes the enjoyment of this beer.

Overall: On a positive note, the flavors and body of this beer are great. On the flip side, however, the serious lack of carbonation (not to mention any foam) is a big problem. The beer reminds me of a good homebrew that I've tasted prior to racking to the bottling bucket-- it's just not a finished product. If you can find it adequately-carbonated on draught, try it. Otherwise, I'd recommend avoiding this one.

Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep mahogany to black with a 1finger deep tan head that drops away quick. No lacing & minimal head retention

Smell: Choclate & slight iron smell

Taste: Choclate & roast grains up front. Lactic/milky character asserts as it warms. Finishes fruitty, sweet & malty

MF: Rich & well balanced, but slightly undercarbonted

Drinks too easy, very nice example of a milkstout, yum

Photo of JamFuel
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Possibly defective, way too much carbonation.

Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Pretty standard black/brown. Smaller off white head, receded to almost nothing pretty quickly.

Aroma is milk chocolately, cocoa and some roast malt.

Tons of lactose sugar up front. Fades to a milk chocolate. Then some cocoa and very slight roast. There is a little off cardboard that seems to be the only flaw. Finishes with more chocolate. Just a bit too one sided for me really.

Just over medium bodied, coats ok. Carbonation staves off being too sticky, but doesn't quite overcome the sweetness of the brew. Goes down pretty easy still.

Worth trying this at a good price point.

Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle that's over a year old, but it tasted more than fine to me.

Body is pitch black with a thin cafe au lait head and no lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, artificial cherry, and really is the typical sweet stout in the nose. Flavors are big on the chocolate and light roast coffee except there comes a fantastic drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to moderate in weight and slightly slick. Carbonation is mellow. This is a solid beer, but I grew tired of it by the end. I really don't think I would like this fresh, as I assume the dryness comes from the age put on this bottle. I'd imagine a fresh example would be your typical cloyingly sweet stout.

Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours dark mahogany in color. Head is a finger thick and tan. Settles to a big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Roasted grains. Chocolate malt. Hints of coffee and bread.
T) Chocolate. Subtle coffee. Hints of milky sweetness. Finishes bitter.
M) Full body. Dry in the finish. Fairly smooth overall.
D) A decent stout. I'd drink another.

Photo of Minion714
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with little head. Strong aroma of coffee and cherries which carried through during tasting. Mouthfeel was silky.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely buy it again as it is a solid example of what a milk stout can be.

The only thing that could improve this beer would be a creamer mouthfeel and a bit more head. I am curious to try this on tap as it might be even better.

Bottom line: A solid beer that I really enjoyed. I would buy this again and recommend to those who enjoy stouts and other malt forward beers.

Photo of TheCondor
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up during a stout/porter cycle at the local store. Poured from the bottle into a Boulevard pint glass. Cleverly labeled and packaged, like all of Ska’s products.

Appearance – Pours a jet black with no head at all and little sign of lacing.

Smell – Coffee, chocolate, maybe some dark fruit in there as well, big roasted malts and even some vanilla. The first two scents certainly take the forefront of the nose.

Taste – Nice and sweet, with a chocolatey beginning mixing with roasted malts and cream, then finishing with a coffee wang to it. Very balanced, doesn’t go too far in one direction or the other.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, but a little watery, in my opinion. I think that watery feel could be taken out and this beer could be really big and rich, but that feeling kind of robs it a little.

Overall – I enjoyed this beer, good representation of the style. I would drink it again for sure, although I don’t think I will buy it again. It is certainly worth a try though, and there are plenty of folks out there who I am sure love it! Good brew overall.

Photo of Hemi
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black in color. Head tan with poor retention. Lacing subtle and doesn't stick aroundl

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted malts. No aroma from hops.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts and subtle cream taste

M - A bit thin for this style almost watery. Some co2 burn but not much. Creamy

D - Much more drinkable then simular sweet stouts

Photo of kwc017
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brownish black. Small foamy head.

S - Slight alcohol, coffee, toffee, roasted malt.

T - Coffee, roasted malt, little bit of hops, strong milky espresso aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty damn tasty milk stout. Smooth roasted coffee with a milky strong aftertaste. Pretty awesome.

Cheers!

Photo of biking4beer
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint tumbler. 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but that eventually fades too. Is that lacing? Deep black beer that shows some ruby redness when held to light.

My first whiff pulled a strong alochol smell. Not sure why, I don't think it has a high ABv. Followed by a strong chocolate smell, and a slight cherry aroma.

Bitter chocolate is the overwhelming taste, with some slight nutty and roasted malt flavors. Are those the same? Probably. A little coffee taste.

Drinks very well in my opinion. Slight carbonation. A little high for a stout, but this seems to be the norm for a milk stout. Nice and creamy throughout. Definitely a drinkable stout with such strong bitterness. I definitely could down a few of those. A nice offering from Ska. They don't have the best beers out there, but I like what they do with them.

For what it's worth to you Coloradans, I think this is a better offering of a milk stout than Left Hand's that got a really high review in a certain magazine.

Photo of toolbrew
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with nice artwork. Pours dark brown, nearly opaque with a thick tan head. Great retention and lacing down the glass.

It is a milk stout, and it does smell like milk, slight chocolate aroma, probably from the malts.

Also has a milky taste. Starts as a "regular" stout taste, then the milk taste comes in and dominates.

Smooth beer; not heavy, but lighter. And again...milky feeling/watered down milk feeling.

I could easily drink a few of these per sitting, although I prefer heavier stouts.

Photo of Zorro
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear black colored beer with very little head formation, looks a lot like a glass of coke.

Smells sweet per the style with a good chocolate aroma. Patent malt and a scent of mint. Slight smoke scent.

Starts out slightly sweet with a smoky after taste. Little bit of chocolate and coffee flavor, this seems to lake substance to it, lot like drinking a coke.

Mouthfeel is soda pop.

Overall there isn't that much to it. Like drinking a beer flavored soda.

Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautful rich black with lots of creamy tan head. Medium retention, pretty slow fade with nice rings of lace left over.

The aroma is of chocolate and coffee mostly with some rich caramel and toffee notes and vanilla hints with some cramy edges and dark fruit notes. Spicy, but low profile hops.

The taste follows with rich, dark cocoa and black coffee bitterness with a rich, almost cloying dark chocolate and cream taste. Little bit of dark fruit like plum and raisin, but faint notes. Tons of toffee bleeding through to make it a bit too sweet and cloying with the milky lactose background. A good milk stout, but a little cloying overall.

Thick, creamy, smooth but a little sticky.

Overall, very drinkable and enjoyable. Rich, complex, but one and done cuz its a little too sweet and cloying.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 7/5/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Steel Toe Stout, Working Class Milk Stout
Milk/Sweet Stout
?% Abv.
12oz. Bottle into Frog and Peach Pint Glass

Another shout to my Mom for bringing back all these SKA beers for my birthday. Awesome...

Appearance= Vigorous pour into F&P pint glass yields a 2 1/2 finger tan head. Good head retention. Black/Brown opaque body with minimal carbonation. Nice lacing on the sides of glass, did I mention good head retention?

Smell= Good nose. Coffee, a lil' choco.

Taste= Bananas?, choco, malt. Good taste.

Mouthfeel= Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability= High. I poured this beer, then I got a phone call, took it outside and in 10 min I looked down and it was gone. Enjoyed it to the last drop.

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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.