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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 94
Photo of illidurit
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of iSip
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of KajII
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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of doughanson78
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Local Option in Chicago.

A: Very black. One finger super creamy head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: huge dark fruits. Underlying chocolate and coffee.

T: Reminiscent of a quad. Dark fruits, cherries, figs and raisins. Sweet. Coffee finish.

M: Medium light body. Super creamy. Medium high carbonation.

O: Good, not great. Love the nitro. Amazing mouthfeel even though a bit light.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Side of label has an area for date to be notched/stamped but has no such markings. However, neck stamped BEST BY 12/15/11, pretty much only visible when bottle is empty.

Appearance - Black body. Two finger light brown head with great stick and good retention.

Smell - Coffee, cream, and chocolate. As delicious smelling as this style always seems to be.

Taste - Sweet. Slight alcohol. Coffee body without being very bitter. Great balance. Mild-ish from what I've seen so far from the style.

Mouthfeel - Possibly a little more watery than other examples of the style, but still creamy and medium bodied. Slight solvent/astringent finish/aftertaste which is mild enough not to detract from it at all. Head offers both some frothy creaminess and some extra solvency.

Overall Drinkability - Decent example of the style. May not be the best option available, but if it's the only milk stout in your area, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of mdvatab
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of molegar76
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of bottle just a bit cooler than room temp. Poured into a pint glass. Slight creamy head that disappeared to thin layer with light lacing. Color is super dark brown. Almost no light passing through. Smell is awesome. Chocolate maltiness with a starbucks coffeehouse smell. Taste is good with same choc maltiness with hint of cream and breadiness. Overall a pretty good brew. Good mellow aftertaste.

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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.