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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2006)
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -73.4%

01-01-2012 02:29:42 | More by BeardedKango
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02-19-2012 01:43:45 | More by BeerSquid
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08-30-2012 10:53:09 | More by iwakeboard
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

03-23-2012 14:32:26 | More by Kahlerbock
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2.78/5  rDev -26.1%

Received this beer as part of my BA Suicide Pool winnings from jhammerly. Has a bottled on date of March 2005. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching the Steelers vs. Dolphins.

Appearance- Pours a super deep mahogany/brown with a half finger foamy head. I’m surprised by the huge amount of carbonation in this brew but the fairly small head. The cap dissipates quickly and leaves a string thin collar.
Smell- Has a very nice dark espresso nose from all the dark roasted malt. Slight sweet chocolate and caramel with a bit of soft smoke. Nothing from the hops. This is all toasty malts.
Taste- Slightly sweet from the start that isn’t cloying but gets close. Some chocolate and vanilla amongst the sweetness. There is a small bitter citrus bite on the back of the tongue that quickly gets taken over by the sweetness. The nose is full of roasted malt but the there isn’t as much in the taste and it could really use some. Leaves a lingering sour aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Very thin and watery with not near as much carbonation as it appears.
Drinkability- This beer has all the elements to be delicious but comes up just short. I’m going to assume that it’s a bit past its prime since it was bottled almost 3 years ago. I’d really like to try a fresh bottle and bet it would be pretty damn tasty. Big thanks to jhammerly for this brew!

11-27-2007 03:37:32 | More by younger35
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2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

12-08-2012 02:53:46 | More by Zorro
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2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

A - Poured 12 oz bottle into a Pint. very dense malty brown, running to black. Slight brown with no lacing.

A - Malty & stale, though in a good way.

T - Spicy, Caramel malts come through. Weird watery aspect. Slight bitterness and a sweetness that doesn't seem like maltiness.

D - very quaffable and pleasantly smooth. A workingman's beer for sure.

06-26-2010 21:04:37 | More by genek
Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark cola color. The head starts out dark tan and rather small, then dissipates to virtually nothing. Minimal lacing. There is an aroma of coffee and roasted malts. They don't mislabel this beer, it's definitely a sweet stout. The sweetness comes through at the beginning with the burnt malt and dry bitter chocolate taste. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel gets knocked because this beer is watery, and feels like a cola to me. Overall, I wanted to like this beer, but it just didn't add up to much. With a name like "Steel Toe" I'd expect something a little more ... solid. I'm glad I didn't buy a sixer.

11-12-2011 20:12:38 | More by JuicesFlowing
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2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

A - pours a dark brown / black color without much of a head

S - smells of sweet, chocolate malts with a touch of roasted malt

T - the taste is similar to the nose in that it begins sweetly with the sweet chocolate malt and a touch of vanilla. This faded to some citrusy and spicy hops. These are all rounded out by a touch of roasted malt & coffee. Not bad.

M - a little thin and strangley carbonated - not a big fan of how this feels

D - pretty solid stout here. Nothing flashy, fits the style and has decent drinkability. I only bought a single of this and wasn't too upset about not having another on reserve. I would definitely drink it again, though.

01-11-2011 03:54:04 | More by birchstick
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-12-2012 01:45:16 | More by skyisland
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-23-2013 23:21:21 | More by Bear1964
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-26-2013 03:29:58 | More by RWLawman
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-27-2013 15:00:18 | More by t0rin0
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

06-28-2013 19:47:12 | More by redleg411
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-19-2012 23:05:31 | More by jfcaa193
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3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Is it a stainless steel toed boot? Pours a mostly clear lighter black color with red hues throughout. A light brown head with big bubbles. Quickly the foam is gone and next to no lacing at all.

The nose is mostly astringent with malt but limited overall. A good roasty and coffee nose with some light walnut smell. Some noticeable caramel. No real lactic quality. No off yeast aroma either.

The taste is limited. The coffee and richer caramel flavors come out a bit more with the astringent characteristic really backing off. Very wispy lacking that malt presence. Some fruity esters, plums and hints of figs. Some lighter alcohol notes but feint. A touch of earthy hops in the finish.

The body is not good. Really for a sweet stout/milk stout, I want more of a lactic and sweeter flavor. This is more wispy and watery. Very disappointing, more of a dry coffee finish. No off flavors but lack of body.

04-16-2008 17:06:18 | More by Oxymoron
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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced a decent creamy beige head. Average retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of chocolate and roasted malt. Medium in body, this Milk Stout had a base of roasted malt, milk chocolate and was sweet throughout. Nice session beer, this is not my favorite Milk Stout that I have tried to date, but it is a decent example of the style. Prost!

04-06-2012 16:45:22 | More by GossageBrewery
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3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

10-24-2011 02:39:09 | More by mdvatab
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3.14/5  rDev -16.5%

Although bottling date info was printed on the label, there were no marks or hole punches to indicate the actual bottling date.

Deep mahogany, near black body that starts with a thick yet very loosely bubbled head that quickly fades to nada. Chickory with nearly hidden roasted grain scent; spearmint. Mildy chocolate-like flavor with a slightly spicy character; fair hop bitterness. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

A lackluster milk stout with little visual appeal other than the body color and a somewhat strange, almost lightweight stout flavor. Drinkable and somewhat interesting, but hardly a must-have beer.

03-03-2014 01:01:45 | More by beergoot
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a brown low and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty with a strong coffee impression followed by a very strong nutty character. The caramel in the aroma was fairly high as was the dark chocolate.

The flavor was fairly bland with coffee and chocolate and a roasty presence. The flavor was fairly fruity and did contain a bit of caramel.

The finish was dry with lasting coffee and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was below medium and the mouthfeel was watery. A great smelling beer with a less than mediocre flavor and body. It might have passed for a porter.

12 ounce bottle.

09-04-2006 23:51:29 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

A- dark brown in color, featured, for a extremly limited time, an itty bitty tan head, no lacing, no retent

S- sweet, milk, ice cream like,roasted/burnt malts, and some coffee

T- milky ice cream like sweetness with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Some burnt malt flavor up front, unsweet chocolate as well

M- cola like feeling, carbonation slightly less though, smooth, decent body

D- had some flavor, strong yummy scents, but was not a fun drinking experience at all. As always, i'd be willing to give this brew another try, but i'm not going to inconvience myself for it. This is my 2nd brew from Ska, and i have to say i'm very disappointed.

09-04-2006 17:29:20 | More by tonistruth
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3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a solid finger of off-white head, no real lace.

S: Lots of creamed coffee, some brown sugar, licorice. Smell is very much to style.

T: Definite milk chocolate and some coffee. Lightly acidic, not infected but it thins out the whole flavour and gives a lemon/chocolate combo that's weird, not off-putting but weird.

M: Thin and a tad acrid. Light-bodied, light carbonation.

D: Not a trainwreck of a beer, but comparing this to the wonderful Left Hand Milk Stout, it's playing in the minors.

08-08-2010 22:26:30 | More by Halcyondays
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-18-2012 18:52:59 | More by carteravebrew
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-12-2013 04:30:58 | More by InfragilisBrew
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

08-08-2014 04:58:32 | More by zestar
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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.