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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | 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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GabrielM

New Mexico

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 03:29:29 | More by GabrielM
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woogie359

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-23-2014 21:33:26 | More by woogie359
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UncleBuccs

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-09-2013 02:50:51 | More by UncleBuccs
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Hacksaw34

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

10-26-2012 03:42:06 | More by Hacksaw34
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mkrass

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-30-2013 01:58:03 | More by mkrass
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HavasuDG

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-06-2013 02:51:06 | More by HavasuDG
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nearengine

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-21-2014 06:21:22 | More by nearengine
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NitroGen

Arizona

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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 04:42:15 | More by NitroGen
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NCStateAE

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-18-2012 02:04:17 | More by NCStateAE
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seanmugs

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-02-2012 03:06:14 | More by seanmugs
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12packpoet

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7%

11-23-2012 01:54:26 | More by 12packpoet
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E_Cox

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

07-15-2013 08:43:13 | More by E_Cox
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:02:52 | More by KansasBeerLover
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Grabbin2nd

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 7/5/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Steel Toe Stout, Working Class Milk Stout
Milk/Sweet Stout
?% Abv.
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 16:27:48 | More by Grabbin2nd
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:54:07 | More by SPThirtyThree
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oilcan01

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-12-2013 21:46:12 | More by oilcan01
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bent

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-30-2012 01:54:34 | More by bent
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biking4beer

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint tumbler. 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but that eventually fades too. Is that lacing? Deep black beer that shows some ruby redness when held to light.

My first whiff pulled a strong alochol smell. Not sure why, I don't think it has a high ABv. Followed by a strong chocolate smell, and a slight cherry aroma.

Bitter chocolate is the overwhelming taste, with some slight nutty and roasted malt flavors. Are those the same? Probably. A little coffee taste.

Drinks very well in my opinion. Slight carbonation. A little high for a stout, but this seems to be the norm for a milk stout. Nice and creamy throughout. Definitely a drinkable stout with such strong bitterness. I definitely could down a few of those. A nice offering from Ska. They don't have the best beers out there, but I like what they do with them.

For what it's worth to you Coloradans, I think this is a better offering of a milk stout than Left Hand's that got a really high review in a certain magazine.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 01:40:32 | More by biking4beer
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buyyourfreedom

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-26-2014 03:34:11 | More by buyyourfreedom
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glinnebur

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-05-2014 21:07:27 | More by glinnebur
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timlyon

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-18-2014 02:41:36 | More by timlyon
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scottblaze

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 01:06:28 | More by scottblaze
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chileman13

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into a stone pint glass.
A- dark brown almost black with mahogony tint at it's edges.
A- Chocolate, sweet malts with small amout of coffee malt smell.
T- chocolate milk sugar malt. Had off aftertaste undecernable to my tastebuds.
M- Thin for a stout with a little more carbonation than alot of stouts.
D- Though I have had this in the past and liked it maybe this wasn't such a good batch. I'm just unsure and will have to try another...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 02:33:58 | More by chileman13
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binx

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-15-2012 16:06:44 | More by binx
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monaquee


4/5  rDev +7%

06-24-2012 06:54:39 | More by monaquee
Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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