Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Mayhem976
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very dark, light does passes through and I can see a slight brown color, great creamy milky white head lacing is about the best I've ever seen in a stout. Very impressed on the appearance, almost looks like a milk shake.

S- Heavy lactose smell with undertones of coffee chocolate and slight bit of hops.

T- Heavy on the lactose, finishes of semi sweet with hints of coffee, not overly sweet like some other stouts I've tasted but just enough to give you a great flavor. I can taste some hops and I think this is what causes the stout from being overly sweet.

M- Not overly creamy like I though it would be but still pretty milky and smooth.

D- Exceptional to say the least, when I'm not experimenting with specialty porters and stouts this will be my go to every day beer. (779 characters)

Photo of LuckySkuff
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing on the lam here at work, so it'll be brief.

Looks good, dark brown with a little tannish head that sticks only enough to leave the barest of lace.

Smells like chocolate, straight up. Mmmm.

Tastes like it smells, only with a little hoppy afterglow that fails to cover the exuberant sweetness and chocolate. Out of balance, but that doesn't take away from its deliciousness.

A little watery on the feel, not bad. Pretty in keeping (450 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 3/22/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a pitch black in color with no head at all. Some very minor spotty lacing is seen but not much. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a sweetness for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is some chocolate with some very light spice. Goes down very smooth and not harsh or bitter aftertaste at all but finished slightly dry. Medium-bodied with almost no carbonation which is actually typical for most milk Stouts. Overall, a tasty brew. (579 characters)

Photo of captenaj
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a six pack of this when visiting Estes Park, CO. I had it cold, but not too cold.

A: Poured a nice, dark brown, almost black. Nice head but not too big.
S: Slight coffee, very pleasant.
T: Smooth and sweet. Tastes very similar to Left Hand Milk Stout but maybe slightly sweeter.
M: Very pleasant. Full.
O: Very nice beer. Very smooth and tasty. Perhaps slightly too sweet. (382 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a strong burst of roasted coffee and dark malts along with some chocolate.

T: The taste is malty and very creamy with strong flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There’s a nice touch of smokiness to it. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a good amount of crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, finish is clean for a style that is normally sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling but find me a stout that isn’t, nice kick, excellent representation of style. I normally don’t get revved up about too many stouts, but this is definitely one of them. If were going to go with a beer in this style, I’d certainly look toward this one as on of the first choices. (1,047 characters)

Photo of molegar76
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of bottle just a bit cooler than room temp. Poured into a pint glass. Slight creamy head that disappeared to thin layer with light lacing. Color is super dark brown. Almost no light passing through. Smell is awesome. Chocolate maltiness with a starbucks coffeehouse smell. Taste is good with same choc maltiness with hint of cream and breadiness. Overall a pretty good brew. Good mellow aftertaste. (402 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - For a Milk Stout the appearance is quite good, nice supple lacing and pours a two finger head. Brew is purple color with lots of black. Head is close to white, quite interesting for the style.

S - Creamy, oaky, and rich. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Caramel dominated the grand majority of this brew. Awesome scent! Very smooth and lactic scent.

T - Great balance with malt and hop... Very smooth and elegant, definitely a breakfast beer! Definite chocolate notes, but not even close to overbearing. Caramel dominates along with good hop.

M - Overly carbonated, but doesn't take too much away from the brew. Light-medium bodied. Great flavor balance in this brew. No bitterness whatsoever.

O - This brew is awesome! Definitely the best Milk Stout I've ever had. Super solid, creamy, and rich; just like the nose represents. This is an awesome, well-rounded brew. A must try if you're able. Top of it's class. (917 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a very small tan head, that does stick around despite it's small size. Leaves some nice lacing.

Sweet milk chocolate, a little bit of roast, and even some alcohol. Not super complex, but tasty smelling for the most part.

The flavor is right in line with the smell, with everything coming in around the same order. Plenty of sweet chocolate, some nice roasty malts, and very little bitterness. I'm not really getting the alcohol I was getting from the nose, thankfully. This is a pretty tasty one.

Super creamy and smooth as it should be, with a moderately heavy feel and very little carbonation. I think maybe a tad more of a bite would be good, but not bad.

I thought this one was pretty decent overall. Not my favorite of the style, but very drinkable, tasty, and I'd totally have this one again. (836 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (390 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one for a while. While living in Chicago (where we get plenty of Ska products) I never saw this beer. But now, living in Boulder, I see it all over and have been itching to get to it, but am just now, a month after the move, getting to dive in.

APPEARANCE: This thing is BLACK. I think it might even be more black than Bourbon County Stout. Absolutely zero light penetrates this beer. A light beige, half-inch head formed as soon as I poured it, but quickly slipped away leaving a few wisps of foam on top.

SMELL: Lots of coffee and lots of roasted malt. A bit of bread is also faintly detectable.

TASTE: Coffee is the star of this show and it builds from the front to the back of the sip until a strong, bitter coffee aftertaste is left on the palate. Along the way, hints of chocolate come through with the roasted malt from the nose lurking in the background.

MOUTHFEEL: The Steel Toe has a pretty lively feel for a stout. The carbonation provides a nice sparkle, but at the same time it has a certain smoothness to it that encourages much larger sips than I've used to taking. I haven't decided if that is a good or a bad thing yet.

OVERALL: At 5.4% this is a very sessionable beer and packs a ton of flavor into a beer without too much alcohol in it. It is very drinkable as well. I will be reaching for this again sometime very soon. (1,372 characters)

Photo of mattster
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint ale glass.

Color is very dark brown. Head is very thin, which quickly disappears. Minimal lacing, with no carbonation.

Aroma is a mixture of chocolate and coffee, unburnt and pleasing.

Flavor is a bit light for a stout. Again chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Nice touch.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, but smooth and lingers in the roof.

This stout is just what the label says, a working class milk stout. Great for the end of a hard day. (468 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Local Option.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza's keepin' Local Option bumpin', y'all! This proof pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of oatmeal foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, a touch of molasses, and a vein of vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is muted a bit, and the molasses has dropped out almost altogether. Still, this stuff tastes pretty nice. The body is a straight medium, with a lovely nitrogenation and a subsequently really smooth feel. Overall, a rather tasty little stout, one that surely benefits from its straightforward recipe (and the nitro-tap treatment). (673 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm excited to try this one, since I've only tried a handful of milk stouts, but they've all been memorable.

A: Freeing Steel Toe Stout from the bottle, it releases a half-finger, tan, razor-thin cap atop the deep mahogany brew. The head has a thicker collar around the edges and a geometrically-inspired globular cluster of mid-size bubbles in the middle. I would have expected a black beer, but I'm not disappointed.

S: The nose is everything you'd expect - plenty of toasted malt and roast barley, some sweet chocolate, a dash of espresso, and then something you wouldn't expect - a faint woodiness. The hop aroma is very restrained. Overall, the nose is pleasant but could offer more.

T: Delicious! Ska makes a great dessert beer with this one - sweet, creamy, and smooth. Everything the nose suggested, plus a hint of noble hops. The chocolate malt and roast barley play off each other perfectly, and a splash - maybe 30 IBU worth - of noble hops add just the right amount of bitterness to showcase the lactose.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, although a little thin. The hops produce a slight zing at the back of the tongue.

D: High. Both tasty and sessionable. I'd like to try this next to Left Hand Milk Stout to see how the two compare.

(Reviewed August 31, 2010.) (1,286 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. A thick tan head stands about a half inch. It has the texture of whipped cream. Body color is a brown so dark it is nearly black. There are raisin colored highlights around the edges.

Smell has a mild milk chocolate aroma. Sweet with a hint of bitterness. The taste has a pronounced dark roasted bitterness, with an even more pronounced lactose sweetness. It is a perfect cafe mocha blend.

For me, the mouthfeel is the best quality of a milk stout, and this is no exception. The body is creamy and smooth. A very chewy texture, though goes down lighter than expected. (607 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, layers of caramel, complex dark chocolate.

A - Dark brown but not quite opaque. Small tan head from a vigorous pour. Holds a small cap of foam. Left little lacing.

T - Picked up on the sweetness right away but is just the right amount. Has a nice graininess along with some caramel and smooth chocolate. Has some bitterness late with a mild roasted character. Little fruity near the end.

M - Medium body, light to medium-light carbonation, sweet.

O - Really nice sweet stout. Usually a style I stay away from but this one was big on flavor and kept the sweetness modest. Very drinkable and not too much body. Carbonation was spot on. Great example of the style. (732 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty.

Poured a wonderful black with a a tannish-white head. Smells of toasted malt and espresso. First sip brings about dark chocolate & espresso in the back end. Slight hop bitteress.

Very smooth, due to the lactose. Slight carbonation. Excellent session beer, although a slow session beer. Perfect for late nights.

Enjoy! (329 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of scottblaze
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Minion714
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black; nearly opaque. oured a 1 finger chocolate head that dissipated to an even skim. Laces in thin sheets.

S: Chocolate, coffee and sweet malts.

T: Chocolate and coffee with lactic foundation. Slightly sweet, almost sugary in the middle. Enough bitter to balance.

M: Full side of medium though some stouts are certainly fuller. Low carbonation. Soft, silky and smooth.

D: Very flavorful and balanced. Wonderful mouthfeel. (449 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half thumbs width mocha head that quickly recedes. A rich milk chocolate aroma filled with some lactose and roast. Tastes like roasted chocolate milk with a touch of bitterness in the finish. A wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a great milk stout. Right up there with the best of them without a doubt. (325 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown body with some reddish-hued edges and a creamy beige head.

Smell: Roasted grains and rich, sweetish chocolate, though by and large, its the roasted malts.

Taste: Fairly sweet milk chocolate flavor featuring some distinct Tootsie Roll notes and just the little amount of citrusy hops. Finishes sweet but with a persistent lactic acidity that builds up in the back of the mouth (like eating too many Milk Duds in one sitting).

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium-bodied beer with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Tootsie Rolls and Milk Duds together in an easy drinking beer - what's not appealing about that? (646 characters)

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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.