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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 240
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 20
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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 240
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an abyssal midnight black letting absolutly no light through. a quarter inch mocha head. smells of dark roasted malts and alcohol. taste is so smooth, with a delicate mouthfeel expanding to every corner slowly and richly. this beer even has a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. not over the top sweet like some of these can be, very drinkable. fantastic! (362 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a frothy tan head that retains well and nicely laces the pint glass

Smell: Roasted notes, caramel and mocha

Taste: Starts with a caramel influenced milk chocolate flavor that betrays some sourness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the sour flavors clearly make their way to the forefront and are joined, at the finish, by the return of the milk chocolate sweet flavors on the tip of the tongue; after the finish, some dark coffee makes an appearance at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An OK milk stout but it would be a lot better without the sour notes (664 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A champion of the working class has never been known to die of overwork."

--Robert Frost

Charred coffee bean brown with burnt orange edges... that becomes lucent black cherry when backlit with overcast morning light. The beige cap was small to start, but is hanging around in acceptable fashion. Lace... not so much.

The nose is a pleasure to sniff. The chocolate notes aren't so much milk chocolate as dark or bittersweet chocolate. There's also a generous amount of black coffee, which is a bit odd for the style.

Steel Toe Stout tastes like it smells. In other words, it's loaded with charred (in a good way) cocoa nibs and coffee beans. There is a slight background lactic tanginess, though not nearly to the same extent as in most milk stouts. Flavor intensity is definitely not an issue.

A little more depth and another flavor facet would be wonderful. On the other hand, only so much can be done when the ABV is 5.4%. A nip of herbal hop bitterness rushes in on the finish to keep things in easy drinking balance. Solid all around.

Mouthfeel is a tough call. In the end, it's a fraction light and loses a little too much mojo as the mouthful progresses. The bubbles neither help nor hurt.

Steel Toe Working Class Stout is more American stout than milk/sweet stout. Ska knows dark beer. Ten Pin Porter! and Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter as delicious as well. Worth a look. (1,390 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left behind streaky lace on the glass.

S - Mostly smelled of milk chocolate with some toffee notes, too.

T - It tasted of milk chocolate and rich roasted malt. There was a touch of toffee and caramel flavors, too.

M - It was soft and smooth, almost milky smooth. A light to medium bodied stout.

D - This is a fine milk stout. Good flavor and very easy drinking. (456 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (362 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)

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 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 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 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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date notched. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger light tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that sticks around. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and spicy hops. Nice and standard stout aromas with nice strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, and light spiciness. Fair amount coffee-like bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, creaminess, and spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinking. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall a very nice and drinkable sweet stout; though it wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting. Nice balance overall though. (871 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle care of my friend Ryan's recent trip back from his new residency in Durango Co. Thanks for sharing some of your new hometown's brew with me.

No indication of freshness or date coding but since it was picked up right from the brewery I have no worries about freshness. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown in color but when held up to the light it displays quite a bit of ruby clarity. A bit more than a finger's worth of tan head appears and receeds quickly leaving faint patches of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is primarily dark roasted grains and smells of such with a slight indication of coffee. Fairly one dimensional in the nose initially. There is not much else to pick up on other than the smell that is quite similar to a package of freshly opened black patent. As it warms however, there are indication of lactose but it is quite faint along with trace amounts of unidentifiable hops.

The taste of this brew is a bit deceiving. Not much of the roasted grains comes through like I had thought. Upfront it has a sweetness of residual sugars mixed with chocolate malt and a bit of estery alcohol. As the brew sits inside the mouth, more of the lactose sweetness becomes aparent and blends with the flavors previously described. In the finish some slight roasty grain bitterness balances out the brew and leaves a long lingering aftertaste of coffee and bitter chocolate.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable, there is no problem finishing the glass. However, it is a bit too forward with the lactose sweetness. More of the roasted grains would have been much more enjoyable with the lactose being a bit more faint instead of being so forward in the taste. (1,751 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light brown colored head that is just a tad creamy in consistency. The beer is a rich, almost black, deep brown color that shows quite clear as I pour this beer into the glass. The aroma is nice an roasty; a mix of chocolate and sharp, roasted coffee notes. The aroma really has a roasted, grainy huskiness to it that is more pronounced than I have had in a beer in a while. Typical American exuberance, but it is actually in some ways appealing. A solid biscuit/ toasted malt note accompanies this husky notes, and softens it a bit.

The taste I lightly sweet, but quickly moves to a roasted grain tartness and it finishes with a note that is dominated by the husky grain not found in the nose. Notes of toasted, biscuit-like malt is quite prominent as well. Ample notes of chocolate help to round out the acidity and husky grain astringency. This beer is quite light on the palate, it makes for an easy quaffer and even the husky note does not linger for all that long. This is an enjoyable brew, an easy sipper that is good for a couple pints. While it is a bit out of balance, like most of the other breweries products, It is one of the better beers from them that I have had. For some reason the flavors just work here. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (529 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big dry cocoa aroma with touches of toffee. Smooth body with more chocolate and then roast rolling into the back of the flavor. Medium bodied and overall a fine example of a milk stout. (186 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness noticeable. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, roasted malt, hint of coffee, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, the sweetness is present in aroma and the initial taste. That quickly abates, and what is left is reminiscent of a Baltic Porter. (548 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew is utterly dark, with a thick tan head. The aroma is roasty and grainy, with a slightly cardboard scent. Just okay. The body, though is full, velvety, and satisfying. Balanced and cocoa like aroma. Good, but not great. (233 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of birchstick
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (659 characters)

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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.