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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

Steel Toe StoutSteel Toe Stout

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%


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:
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beergoot

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:01:45 | More by beergoot
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kwc017

Arizona

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:50:41 | More by kwc017
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Minion714

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 01:25:19 | More by Minion714
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coldriver

Texas

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

12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is smokey dark malt with coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, with distant dark fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with wet finish. Overall a competent milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 18:14:57 | More by coldriver
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gleemonger

California

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:38:35 | More by gleemonger
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captenaj

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:13:23 | More by captenaj
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:10:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:28:46 | More by Jparker37
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Zorro

California

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:53:46 | More by Zorro
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/2/12

Dark, almost scorched brown. One finger head thins to a soapy layer. Impressive swaths of drippy lace cling to the glass.

Brash dark roast is at the core of the aroma; like burnt coffee. There are mildly sweet dark grains and overtones of a creamy sweetness. Disjointed at first, but comes together quickly.

The taste picks up where the aroma leaves off: dark coffee and chocolate roast are integrated with modest, sweeter notions. The finish is burnt and ashy with earthy hints, too.

The body is on the lighter side, but is oily and smooth to the point that it doesn't seem thin. Carbonation is moderate and well-matched to the body and flavors.

Overall, Steel Toe Stout is pretty solid. While I doubt I'd actively seek it out again, I wouldn't mind giving it another shake.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 05:42:50 | More by Ryan011235
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SteveMi

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 23:20:24 | More by SteveMi
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium brown in color, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - much like any other milk stout, it smells sweet and caramelly, with a roasted quality too.

Taste - initially the roasted quality is there, but then comes the sweeter aspect from the creamy, and then the roasted hops seem to come back with a bit of a bite in the latter part of the finish. Interesting taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced actually, not too far on the creamy side, but still close to it, as the type would suggest.

Overall - pretty darn decent brew. Interesting to think about, and good-tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 04:50:49 | More by Nerudamann
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scratch69

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Black with a half a fingers worth of tan head. Very light amount of lacing.

Smell- Chocolate with hints of dark roasted malt and coffee.

Taste- Chocolate and sweet malt at the start with notes of bitter coffee at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy. Prickly amount of carbonation.

Overall- Good beer. One of the better milk stouts that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:21:28 | More by scratch69
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denver10

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:57:06 | More by denver10
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oily black with rim of crème brulee foam that webs. Deep chocolate malted milkshake nose – yum!
Oily coffee bean with cocoa powder, plum and a grainy charcoal dust thing. A mirage of orangey bark, but no real hops.
Cola finish and caramel linger. Round, smooth, medium, some stick.

What a misleading name! This is silky smooth and sweet. Cloys a bit, but that’s the style.

Top milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 15:16:54 | More by StJamesGate
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very thin looking pour, a deep brown almost black with slight bubbly foam around the brim of the glass. smells of grapes, chocolate, molasses, toffee. sweet up front with mellow hints of chocolate, roasted grains, a sweetness reminiscent of coconut milk, and burnt caramel. light bodied with moderate carbonation.. i usually don't like light stouts like this, but somehow with the mellowness of the flavors it works well.

this is a nice session stout, sweet and light. i would have considered it a porter since it's so light - i prefer my stouts creamy at least which this had barely any of. like i said, it somehow worked with the mellowness of the flavors, however it could use a bit of work in appearance as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 08:55:09 | More by facundoCNB
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 03:30:09 | More by LXIXME
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown, good clarity. Half-inch of tan foam that dissipates into a skein. Minimal lacing. Smell is roasty, faint milk, cola, light roast coffee. Taste is lightly sweet with mild coffee, medium chocolate, lactose. Decently smooth. Mouthfeel is medium light, mild carbonation. Fairly clean finish. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 20:55:58 | More by JackieTH
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 16:45:22 | More by GossageBrewery
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Phelps

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a schooner pint.

Deep mahogany with surprising clarity, becoming ruby at the clear edges. A thin, large-bubbled head the color of cocoa powder slowly fades, becoming denser as it does. When it gets about a millimeter tall, it stands its ground and goes nowhere.

Bready nose. Lots of sourdough with a light toasting, along with some milk chocolate and sharp, earthy hops.

Less bready, more roasty here, but it’s altogether lighter. A bit of sweet chocolate, a touch of dark fruit sweetness, some sourdough and coffee. A touch of earthiness.

Soft, prickly carbonation in a creamy medium body. Nice viscosity. Surprisingly clean finish.

Not bad. Steel Toe’s a solid, drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 04:17:48 | More by Phelps
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TheCondor

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:34:05 | More by TheCondor
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illidurit

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy scray24 poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown with a modest tan head. Aroma is sweet, velvety chocolate coupled with an inviting fresh-baked bread character. Simple stout flavor with medium roastedness, dark chocolate, and a telltale lactose character. A little low in carbonation, which actually furthers the whole milkiness profile. Could stand a little more robustness but this is extremely drinkable in its current state. A real textbook milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 07:06:47 | More by illidurit
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iSip

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ska Steel Toe Milk Stout: Here is a beer brewed in Durango, Colorado, which would be great place to live. I am enjoying a porter/stout cycle, and decided to try this Ska product. The body is jet black with a thin tan head that fades quickly. A great aroma comes off of this beer, with a host of notes besides roast malt. The Steel Toe goes down easily, with a big flavor of rock candy and a smoky aftertaste. This beer is sweeter and smoother than other stouts I have tried, which is what I gather one should expect from a milk stout. And the Ska Steel Toe Milk Stout delivers.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 16:46:21 | More by iSip
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KajII

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English Pint glass]

The pour was a thick dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy light brown head that was mostly diminishing with just a little residue left to cling to the glass thus producing some really excellent lacing.

The aroma had a strong scent of a burnt chocolate malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and lactose.

The taste was a nice malty sweet and very smooth with a note of toffee and chocolate in the beginning and finished with a sweet chocolate-coffee flavor that had a milky caramel presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow which was just long enough for the milky chocolate-coffee flavor to settle in.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full in body with a nice creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a nice smooth creamy tasting Brew with a great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 15:49:52 | More by KajII
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:01:14 | More by JayS2629
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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.