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Steel Toe Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #21
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,169
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.84%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
213
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Steel Toe Brewing
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  29
SCORE
88
Very Good
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pretty classic representation of style, starting with the lighter black body with khaki foam and lacing. Smell and taste are clones: roasted malts, oat, dark chocolate, slight booze, and earthy barley. Feel is spot on medium in almost all ways, good roasted textures in smooth body. Technical marvel

May 23, 2019
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GStone899 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never had a bad beer from steel toe. What a rich flavor this one has. Gives that nice chat finish that goes work the sweety smell of chocolate, hazelnut and coffee.

May 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

everything these guys make is great, so of course i should not be surprised that they do this style so well too. i interpreted this to be a bit more of a black ipa than a stout in the traditional sense, its pretty hoppy as they go, although thats far from the the defining element of this delicious and sturdy brew. these guys do a lot of no frills kind of blue collar straight forward quality beer, and this is not overly complex either, with a familiar roasted barley base, a suggestion of coffee from it, and a smooth fuller body with a little bit of sweetness right in the middle for just a flash. subtle licorice here, but dont let that turn you off, its more of a mild natural earthy spice from the grain, really nice. the hops are northwestern type and plenty bitter, well beyond what i would normally expect to find in a stout, but the body and smoothness of a traditional stout are there, so its kind of the best of both worlds. there is more than just bitterness on the hops though, they have a nice piney and even dank property to them, all in the finish, which makes this a pretty interesting beer. whatever you call it though in terms of style, its excellent and super well made like everything from steel toe. very sturdy brew, feels like winter in the glass, some of the better black ale out there right now...

May 14, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour to shaker. Near black with beige foam ring. Nose of coffee and lightly burnt malt. Taste is a blend of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Heavier feel and lighter carbonation.

Jun 01, 2016
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, thin head, light lacing. Smell is the malt used, hint of coffee. This is a very dry beer, the hops come through lending a bitterness. Not real heavy but a good wintertime sipper none the less. Very dry

Dec 26, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade with maximum12. Pours dark as night with a thin layer of tan foam that fades into a ring. Taste is dark roast with coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. For a 7% abv the alcohol is almost imperceptible. Goes down smooth with a pleasant aftertaste.

Nov 03, 2015
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Evilyak from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a tan, cascading head that sticks to the glass. exactly what i like to see.

nose is pretty simple here. roasty notes are the first thing i get.

taste is cocoa with roasted malt.

pretty clean mouthfeel on this one - goes down rather rich but doesn't coat the mouth. there's a touch of lingering roasted bitterness on my tongue, but not unpleasant.

overall, just a good brew.

Oct 09, 2015
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Powderhornphil from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark and appealing.

Aroma subtle notes of roasted grain and chocolate.

Taste follows with roasted malt and light milk chocolate with a touch of bitter coffee and hops.

Fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Aug 24, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A black pour crowned by a 1” dense light brown foam collar. S: faint roast, cocoa, chocolate. T: Rich malts balance light roast flavors supported by grainy flavors. Initial cocoa transforms into espresso with a lingering coffee bitterness. While there is a touch of char, it is not harsh and is balanced by the malt. F: Very creamy, smooth and rich with a medium full body and soft carbonation. O: A flavorful, drinkable stout.

Aug 10, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice bubble show that settles into a two-fingered tan head; the retention is excellent as well as is the lacing

Smell: Roast and chocolate, with earthy/hoppy tones

Taste: Both the roasty elements from the malt and the bitter aspect of the hops come through from the outset, and the balance continues from start to finish; there is some coffee, caramel and pine in the mix, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Steel Toe sends me again; It is hard to think of this as an Export Stout but I can see why others have objected to calling it an ABA; Steel Toe has chosen to dissent from being categorized by calling it a "dark ale"

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Apr 03, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +3%

oured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice dark to medium colored cocoa brown head. Forms a solid three fingers tall, with a big styrofoam like cap. Body color is nice and dark as well, big dark walnut brown body. As the head settles it nicely coats in a ring with a big creamy looking character. A great looking brew here.

A real nice simple nose, great in it's basic quality. Nice chewy roasty malts filled with airy whoppers candy like chocolate. Husky grain action, with a big thick punch it seems. A big nose but slightly tuned down to not get out of control. Very nice.

Palate matches a little bit more in the subtlety but delivers. Light bodied mild crackling grain finish. Got roasty bitterness of malt somewhere almost towards coffee, but comes out drier and grainier. Airy milky quality, with an almost chewy feel in the mid palate.

Overall just a solid brew.

Aug 25, 2014
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, no date. had no idea what type of beer this was when I bought it, if i had to guess blindly id have said oatmeal stout.

Black look, smell is coffee, sweet malt, rubbing alcohol. taste is heavy on roast. there's some oats and hops in there, but it's over-powered by the roastiness. char, cocoa, bitter black coffee.

Tasty, but a little one-note with the charred flavor. And expensive, too, for what it is.

Mar 01, 2014
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alphagnome from Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows absolutely no light to pierce its walls. Medium brown head, does not hang around long but leaves a few traces of lacing behind. Glancing down at this brew reveals a slow swirling galaxy - fun to watch.

Aroma:
Roasted coffee and rich caramel dominate the aromascape. English toffee, s'mores, and cocoa powder help give some additional character.

Taste:
Surprisingly bitter upfront - I don't remember this. Bitter chocolate and coffee right upfront followed by a mild sweetness. Smoked character adds a nice touch. Definitely gets better as the temperature inches up. Alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
A very nice, medium bodied beer. Smooth with a semi-sweet finish.

Overall:
I had this beer last year and absolutely adored it... this time around, I found it a bit lacking but still very, very good. I question this particular bottle's age and plan on re-reviewing the first chance I get my hands on another bottle of this one.

Feb 27, 2014
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Sam Smith pub nonic.

A: Dark, opaque black body, fairly viscous pour, with lots of tan head and rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Big bakers chocolate, sweetened and unsweetened cocoa, lots of roasted barley and even some char; oats, a big dose of espresso beans, with a hint of smoke.

T: Dark, deeply roasted malt backbone to this one, with char and burnt flavors, oats, lots of barley and coffee beans, bitterness, some bittersweet dark chocolate. Dry finish, alcohol esters are nearly invisible, maybe a touch of a hoppy bitterness on the finish?

MF: Creamy and viscous body, not quite 'full', with a dry & bitter finish.

O: Really nice stout, almost more of an oatmeal stout than an export stout. Tasty and roasty.

Jan 21, 2014
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Steel Toe Dissent Dark Ale, 7% ABV, Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Solid black color, short, cocoa-tinged head of foam.

Roasty-toasty aromatics, right from the start, nicely bittered. Bittersweet espresso, with hints of chocolate.

Taste: more of that roasted malt on the tongue, dark, rich, deep and tasty. Mmmm, all the pleasures of an oatmeal stout, all the smoothness and the depth, the richness and the satisfaction, all here. Full-bodied, long-lasting finish. Just right.

More can I say? It's nailed, like the others.

May 25, 2013
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, good head, sticky lacing.

Smell: Big roasted grain aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced chocolate, roasted grain, and mild sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Moderate but not too heavy.

Overall: Another Steel Toe brew that I tried on tap, loved, and so bought a bottle to review. Very tasty stuff, hits a nice balance between sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness along with having a nice feel to it. Good stuff.

Mar 04, 2013
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black thin color with a tan head. Smell has coffee,chocolate and roasted malts. Taste chocolate and roasted malt forward some coffee and vanilla notes. A dry and hoppy mouth feel.

Feb 15, 2013
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deebo from Minnesota

2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

at republic uptown served in a pint glass with a thin finger of dark tan frothy head that leaves little lacing and breaks down rather rapidly. Brownish black in color. Aromas of rich dark chocolatey malt. Notes of rich toasted sugar as well. Flavor is rich dark toasted malt with characteristics of heavily roasted coffee. End note is a tad bitter from the dark malts. Medium bodied with a carbonation level a bit high that seems to bring out the lingering almost astringent aftertaste from the roasted malts. Overall a decent beer that could benefit from a little less in your face dark malt and better balance.

Dec 22, 2012
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theHoff77 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into grande snifter.

A - Pours a dark fluffy khaki head and near black in color. Head doesn't keep for long but this beer has solid lacing.

S - Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a faint campfire smell.

T - On the roasted - smoky, and maltier side as far as taste. I'm picking up a dark roast, cocoa, the oats as mentioned in its description, and something reminiscent to black licorice.

M - Medium slightly heavier body and not overly bitter. Kind of boozy so has some warmness from the alcohol.

O - This is the third beer I've had from Steel Toe behind Size 7 and Rainmaker, and I'm not quite as in love with this one compared to those two. The flavors and smell are not as potent as I'd like, and it just doesn't stand out to me. It's a solid beer but I don't know if it I'd go for it again anytime soon.

Oct 11, 2012
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JackieTH from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a fresh growler from the brewery today. Poured opaque black with a small tan head that faded quickly to a persistent skein. Smell was roasted malt, coffee and chocolates. Very nice. Taste had nice roasty elements, deeply roasted malt and French roast coffee. Sweet and semi sweet chocolate. Late on the palate is a little hint of dark fruit. Lightly hopped, with a slight hop and roasty coffee bean like bitterness that leaves the finish clean, lightly bitter, and dry. Nice medium body, creamy texture. Excellent, tasty export stout.

Sep 23, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and murky black with a light hint of brownish amber at the bottom of the glass. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma. Dark roasted malts and grains with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel malt. Also some hints of lactose, cream, and toffee with some burnt sugar. A little smoke, nuts, and tobacco. Hops are very subtle. Sweet roasted dark chocolate and coffee is the dominant aroma here.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but with a more noticeable dark bitterness from the roast. Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and lactose sugars. A little bit of smoke and nuts with some molasses. Rich and sweet but has a nice balancing bitterness from the dark roast. Light hop presence in the background. A very rich and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and rich feel that is slightly syrupy but finishes with a nice dry bitterness from the roast.

Overall: A very good stout. Very forward with the chocolate and coffee flavors. Good balance between the sweetness and roasty bitterness.

Sep 21, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a very thick dark (solid black) pour with a finger of tan head. excellent retention with patchy lacing. smells of roasted grains, sweet lactose sugar, cocoa, tobacco, roasted pecans. taste is subtle .. very sweet with a roasted finish. tastes of sugar coated pecans (like the ice cream topping ones), burnt caramel, roasted grains, ashtray (very earthy bitterness), dark chocolate. medium body (strange, since it looked to pour extremely thick) with a nice amount of carbonation makes it easy to drink and the subtle mix of bitter-sweet makes it very refreshing.
if i had regular access to this, i'd make it my go to stout, especially for the price tag. this is my 2nd beer from this brewery, and i have to say i was already sold on the first (size 7 ipa).. but this one just confirmed their consistency to pull out two completely different styles of beer so damn good.

Aug 07, 2012
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mothman from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tan head. Color is black. 

Aroma: chocolate. Coffee and roast. Lots of malts.

Taste: big roast and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Lots of coffee. 

Mouthfeel: Roasted and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry. 

Overall, okay beer but pretty one dimensional.

Jun 10, 2012
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augustgarage from California

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Very dark (yet with signs of clarity) seal brown liquid capped by a lasting slick and collar of desert sand cream. Pasty lacing, good retention.

Toasty malt in the nose with low esters.

Rich layered malt bill with cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, and other roast barley notes. Quite potent and malt-forward (emphasizing roast over fruit) without being grainy or astringent. Smooth earthy finish continues to evolve. Gentle bitterness suggests chocolate more than hops.

Creamy, medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and chewy.

Well crafted, flavorful ale...worth seeking out.

Jun 07, 2012
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near pitch black with moderate tan head and some light lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted aroma, with chocolate, molasses and light coffee. Slightly fruity as well.

Taste: Fairly sweet and fruity upfront (a little more so than I prefer), but then the roasted flavors rise up with lots of chocolate and molasses. On the finish, there is a good amount of chargrill and coffee, resulting in a decent level of bitterness. Not sure if hops are contributing much or not.

Feel: Full body that is very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low and just enough to get the job done.

Overall: Nice full-bodied Stout that is not quite Imperial. Good mix of flavors, just a wee bit too sweet upfront. However, the abrupt transition from sweet to bitter is very interesting.

May 29, 2012
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 213 ratings