Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottle given as an extra from JMBSH, poured into a Riedel Bordeaux glass. Thanks again, Jason!
A - standard stout look - dark brown/black, with a quarter-inch cream colored head.
S - right off the top is semi-sweet chocolate, some vanilla cream, maybe a touch of cinnamon, and even a malty earthiness. Can't wait to taste it!
T - good, but a bit disappointing after the great nose. It almost smells better than it tastes. Don't get me wrong - all of the aromatic flavors are there, but weaker than I expected. Given its lower ABV, though, I suppose that is justified.
M - creamy, a tad sweet, but a little lite. I did, however, let it warm up close to room temperature and that seemed to add a little volume and/or depth to it.
D - definitely drinkable, almost to the point of being a sessionable stout. Not too sweet, not at all dry, but there are better examples of the style.
09-13-2010 03:29:29 | More by GabrielM
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
P: 12 oz. Brown Bottle Date Mark shows that it was bottled the second week of March.
A: Motor oil pours with an intense one-finger espresso foam head that dissipates to a slight cover and scant lace.
S: Deep roasted espresso and feint grain undertone
T: Roasted bittersweet chocolate and espresso with some milk and a finish of sweetness
M: Thinner than expected, although the mouth is enveloped with the taste it starts and ends on the same note with a slight sweet mocha taste on the tongue.
D: I liked this as it is good from beginning to end is extremely smooth but one-dimensional. I would gladly substitute this as a replacement for my morning cup of coffee driving to work, if not for the present day rules of the road that frown on such behavior.
One of the few session stouts that I have tasted.
11-02-2007 04:42:15 | More by NitroGen
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
11-01-2011 02:02:52 | More by KansasBeerLover
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
From Notes: 7/5/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Steel Toe Stout, Working Class Milk Stout
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.
07-16-2009 16:27:48 | More by Grabbin2nd
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
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.)
10-12-2010 00:54:07 | More by SPThirtyThree
Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.