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Steel Toe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Steel Toe StoutSteel Toe Stout

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very good

94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 240
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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: 94 | Hads: 240
Photo of mattster
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass. Showed bottled first week of August (2007 I'd presume).

Pours an opaque black brew with very little head formation.

Nice Smells of coffees and chocolates... Slight smell of fresh milk. Taste follows with coffee, slight earthiness. Really low bubbles make this a really easy drinker - or sipper.

All in all, another nice brew from SKA.

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Photo of scottblaze
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of younger35
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received this beer as part of my BA Suicide Pool winnings from jhammerly. Has a bottled on date of March 2005. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching the Steelers vs. Dolphins.

Appearance- Pours a super deep mahogany/brown with a half finger foamy head. I’m surprised by the huge amount of carbonation in this brew but the fairly small head. The cap dissipates quickly and leaves a string thin collar.
Smell- Has a very nice dark espresso nose from all the dark roasted malt. Slight sweet chocolate and caramel with a bit of soft smoke. Nothing from the hops. This is all toasty malts.
Taste- Slightly sweet from the start that isn’t cloying but gets close. Some chocolate and vanilla amongst the sweetness. There is a small bitter citrus bite on the back of the tongue that quickly gets taken over by the sweetness. The nose is full of roasted malt but the there isn’t as much in the taste and it could really use some. Leaves a lingering sour aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Very thin and watery with not near as much carbonation as it appears.
Drinkability- This beer has all the elements to be delicious but comes up just short. I’m going to assume that it’s a bit past its prime since it was bottled almost 3 years ago. I’d really like to try a fresh bottle and bet it would be pretty damn tasty. Big thanks to jhammerly for this brew!

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Photo of NitroGen
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Hemi
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black in color. Head tan with poor retention. Lacing subtle and doesn't stick aroundl

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted malts. No aroma from hops.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts and subtle cream taste

M - A bit thin for this style almost watery. Some co2 burn but not much. Creamy

D - Much more drinkable then simular sweet stouts

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Photo of drseamus
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The head fell quickly leaving a jet black body. Carbonation pretty heavy due to the etching in the bottom of the Sam Adams glass.

S: Heavy roasted barley aromas with lactose sweetness in the background.

T: The bark is worse than it's bite in the roasted department. The flavor is pretty subdued in general but there is some roasted barley and residual sweetness. There is definitely lactose in there, as I would expect with a milk stout.

M: The beer is a bit thin for a stout, but I find similar mouthfeel with a lot of milk stouts.

D: A decent stout, but it doesn't rise above it's brethren.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle that's over a year old, but it tasted more than fine to me.

Body is pitch black with a thin cafe au lait head and no lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, artificial cherry, and really is the typical sweet stout in the nose. Flavors are big on the chocolate and light roast coffee except there comes a fantastic drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to moderate in weight and slightly slick. Carbonation is mellow. This is a solid beer, but I grew tired of it by the end. I really don't think I would like this fresh, as I assume the dryness comes from the age put on this bottle. I'd imagine a fresh example would be your typical cloyingly sweet stout.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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?

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

*like it would nit buy again*

app: not a black vail.. a bit of a dark dark ruby hue to it looks like a stout, a weak one.. but a stout.

smell: yummy! creamy coffee, roasted black malts, some sweets.

taste: like it smells but more sweets and water. a bit lacking in some of the richness places but good flavor.

mf: thin and no good!

drinkable?: yep. cause its so thin and weak

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Photo of flexabull
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black with a very thin head.

Aromas are creamy, sweet, with some slight roasted malt and coffee like hints as well.

Flavors are pretty good, a bit light but tasty. A creamy dark roasted malt taste up front, beer finishes a bit flat, dry, with a just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average at best, too lean for a stout.

Drinkablility is pretty good. Yet another session worthy brew from Ska. A decent milk / sweet stout... but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.84/5  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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a brown low and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty with a strong coffee impression followed by a very strong nutty character. The caramel in the aroma was fairly high as was the dark chocolate.

The flavor was fairly bland with coffee and chocolate and a roasty presence. The flavor was fairly fruity and did contain a bit of caramel.

The finish was dry with lasting coffee and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was below medium and the mouthfeel was watery. A great smelling beer with a less than mediocre flavor and body. It might have passed for a porter.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown in color, featured, for a extremly limited time, an itty bitty tan head, no lacing, no retent

S- sweet, milk, ice cream like,roasted/burnt malts, and some coffee

T- milky ice cream like sweetness with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Some burnt malt flavor up front, unsweet chocolate as well

M- cola like feeling, carbonation slightly less though, smooth, decent body

D- had some flavor, strong yummy scents, but was not a fun drinking experience at all. As always, i'd be willing to give this brew another try, but i'm not going to inconvience myself for it. This is my 2nd brew from Ska, and i have to say i'm very disappointed.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing on the lam here at work, so it'll be brief.

Looks good, dark brown with a little tannish head that sticks only enough to leave the barest of lace.

Smells like chocolate, straight up. Mmmm.

Tastes like it smells, only with a little hoppy afterglow that fails to cover the exuberant sweetness and chocolate. Out of balance, but that doesn't take away from its deliciousness.

A little watery on the feel, not bad. Pretty in keeping

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.