Dissent | Steel Toe Brewing

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Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
steeltoebrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KarlHungus on 09-24-2011

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42
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
19.04%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 203
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A= Pours a nice deep black color with a thick brown head on it that rises to a perfect two fingers and holds some great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. A fine looking sout if I can say so.

S= The smell is a nice roasty character to it with a somewhat coffee like aroma. I don't think there is coffee in this one but the coffee like aroma is evident. Nice sweetness to back it up on the nose with some bitter dark chocolate aroma. Maybe a small amount of hops are in there but nothing that I would call a hoppy stout.

T= An excellent stout flavor. Great roasty malt to it with a great deal of what I would call coffee bitterness. The IPA had great flavor and this stout does as well. Big booms of roast and a light sweetness to back it all up. The major player is the booming roasty malt however. There is a velvet like smoothness to it as well that is evident from the oats making it somewhat of a luxury.

M= Smooth and luxurious. The body itself is a little light but I sort of like it that way. Any thicker and it may be a little less interesting. The light body and heavy flavor is a nice mix.

O= This is a solid brew. The IPA from Steel Toe was awesome and this is the second brew I've had from them and I actually might like it even more. This is a stout done right. Tone the alcohol down a bit and I could see myself drinking this all day. A ton of complexity with a body that is sooo drinkable makes this one of a few stouts that I can see myself drinking over and over again. It doesn't have to be 11%+ alcohol in order to pack all sorts of flavor in and this is a great example.

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Photo of vobr0002
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, almost black with a tan head than fades to a thin layer covering the beer leaving some lacing on the edge of the glass.

S- roasty, sweet and malty. Maybe slight caramel.

T- dark roasted flavor, almost slight coffee on the back end. Slight sweetness but not too much.

M- full mouth feel with a good amount of carbonation.

O- I like this beer a lot. Good flavor and pretty easy drinking for a 7% abv

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Photo of TVolt1
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark black appearance with a small amount of white head. Not very cloudy.

S: Has a small scent of coffee beans and a large amount of caramel scent to it along with a little but of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Very crisp, refreshing taste. It has a lot more of coffee flavor than the smell had to it. It leaves a bitter coffee flavor on my tongue and its difficult to taste anything else. I do get a little bit of a sugary taste in the beginning but the coffee is pretty overwhelming.

M: Good thick mouth feel along with a good crispness on the tongue

O: overall, this beer is alright. I think its just a little too coffee bean tasting and it could have had some other flavors come out and compliment the coffee flavor.

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Photo of herman77
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black with a small light tan head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Roasty, some sweetness to it. Lactose like sweetness

T: Some semi-sweet chocolate notes and roasted malts up front. Then some more lactose like sweetness comes. Has a nice semi-sweet, smooth finish that doesn't last long at all.

M: Medium body, a little below average on the carbonation.

O: Pretty decent drinkability. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, spycow (?)! 22oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours dark brown, cream-colored head, thin ring, wisps.

S - A nice mix of roast, chocolate, and malts. The aroma isn't very strong, but for what it is, it's nice. The roast and chocolate are right on target for me (and this style).

T - Roast, hints of char, dark chocolate. Not as sweet as the nose suggest, more roasty and bitter, and still very nice. Very easy to enjoy and no sign of alcohol at all.

M - Light (perhaps a touch too thin), good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A well-crafted beer, I must say. Was surprised by this one and really enjoyed my pour. Would definitely have again, if offered. I would say this is more Export Stout then Black Ale, because of the lack of hops.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-28-12

Pours very dark and thick, with the slightest bit of blood red around the edges of the glass. The head is huge, and settles to a craggy tan layer that sticks to the glass.

Smell is malty and smoky, very deep with almost a coffee character. Well balanced and very good.

Taste is not as complex as I was hoping, based on the smell. The malt is dominant, very sweet, with a smoky finish. The hops are prominent, contributing to a dry and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but seems a little to thin. Not bad though.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness becomes a bit trying after awhile.

Overall, nothing special, but a good beer and a solid offering from Steel Toe.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to be some style confusion regarding this one. The bottle calls it a black ale, but it's currently listed here as an Export Stout. Steel Toe's website is coy about how they want this classified. Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing - served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a few wisps, thin collar, and tiny spots of lace. Very dark brown body that's a tick lighter at the edges of the glass.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate-covered cherries, roasted malts, a dash of espresso, and perhaps a faint hint of alcohol. Blind I would call this a stout.

T - Taste is heavy on roasted malts, with mild dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke and chalk in the finish. Initially quite dry and bitter, although it does get sweeter the more you let it get sit, with some sugary notes appearing in the periphery.

M - Medium body, with a nice heft to it thanks to the oat addition. Lightly grainy cocoa powder texture, low carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

D - As a "Black Ale" I like it a tad better than the Summit, but I suspect that's mostly because this is far more Stout than Black Ale. Definitely a 'tweener, so I'm going to have to evaluate from other perspectives and split the difference.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin mocha head that recedes rapidly and leaves some patchy lacing.

Roasty and almost coffee dark grain influence, and an ever so faint maleness buried way underneath, and some modest boozy heat wafting out of the goblet.

Moderate roast with some coffee like suggestions, some malty flavor, and later some very gentle malty sweetness. Mild bitterness is present, but it's really not all that complex, eclectic or diverse.

Decently carbonated, thinnish medium body, vaguely warming, with a drying finish.

I think this is miscast on this sight as a Foreign Export Stout, whereas the brewery calls it a Dark Ale. I think it is a well done Dark Ale, but it would certainly be lacking some girth and robustness as a Foreign Export Stout. Despite being a well made and easy drinking "Dark Ale", the flavor is not that complex or bold, the feel is kinda thin, and the nose faint and hard to find.

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Photo of ballenc
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Jet black color with a nice two-finger cocoa-brown head that dissipates too quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a distinct dark chocolate note and a faint licorice aroma as well.

T - Not as distinct as the smell so that is a bit disappointing. Very similar to the smell with mainly the roasted malt character coupled with some chocolate flavors but little else.

M - Not as thick as I prefer with my stouts (even the non-Imperial versions). Just a bit of alcohol bite on the tongue. Nice finish.

O - A decent brew from a relativley new brewery. Of their four flagship beers, I'd rate this one a distant second (possibly third behind Rainmaker) to the extremely good Size 7 IPA. Not a bad beer and a nice addition to the local beer scene - just not something I was wowed by (as I was by the Size 7). I really like what this brewery is doing and I'm eager to see what else they produce in the future.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.

A: Pours a fantastic black with a thin mocha colored head. There is some serious lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of roasted cashews, toast, milk chocolate, and just the slightest touch of vanilla. It dark and deep without being over the top.

T: I get an initial hit of roasted malt, and what seems to be a rust flavor in there as well. But it's not off-putting. The chocolate notes never really seem to take hold because I get a bunch of hoppy bitterness in the middle. That's kind of disappointing. The finish is mainly roasted malt and hops.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel all the way through. Very nice.

O: I think this beer is just alright. The smell is amazing, but the taste falls a bit short. I know this isn't an American Double/Imperial Stout, or a Russian Imperial Stout, but I really wanted more of the chocolate notes to shine through in the taste. After sampling their other beers, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. But it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Penguin3200
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery this evening ontap. Very dark and good lacing in the pour. Smells ofnchocolat and lactose with a nice caramel inviting nose. Taste is balanced and a good export stout style. Very happy with this one compared to the Other export stouts available. Steel toe is a welcome addition to the area craft scene.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle for dessert. Poured pitch black with a short tan head from my bomber. Mmm, nice chocolate aroma with a fresh coffee background. The flavor has a tasty, clean dry cocoa roast with a bready malt undertone. Hops come in for a big dry bitter finish that's a little more American stout/double stout. This is an awesome stout, just don't expect something on the sweet side like Lion or Dragon stouts.

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Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, with this 22 oz. bomber I'll have completed my tasting of the entire line of current Steel Toe beers. Based on the results so far, I hope they keep creating stuff. Split & poured into two CC tulips.

Pours solid black. Nose is one of the richest bouquets of chocolate I've encountered outside of chocolate milks masquerading as beers. Nice roastiness, complementary sweetness. Good start.

Dissent certainly packs a trebuchet shot of taste. Yeeeaaahhq. Where to start? Almost a milk stout on impact, strong lactose element ambushes the tongue. Roast brings a high, hard one, with a puff of cocoa. I wouldn't have identified the chalk outline of the oats without the label, but they provide a lacquered smoothness. Lovely overall impression. Nothing overwhelms, everything contributes.

Good, solid brew. Colored just a bit outside the lines, this would be my second brew of choice for Steel Toe after Size 7. For now. I likes.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to the scene, Steel Toe! Excited for this one. Bomber poured into 2 pint glasses.

The pour is light black (is there such a thing?) with a reasonable tan head.

The smell is a bit faint, but roast and a surprising smokiness are up front, with a little bit of molasses and a vaguely meaty boquet.

My wife took a sip and said "ewww....bacon beer", which is not a positive in her book, although she is strongly pro-bacon and pro-beer. Yes, there's something smokehouse going on, I pick up a bit more on the roast flavor, along with some mystery nuts and fruits. It's not an overpowering drink, but this was tried right after a beer with an in-your-face flavor profile - Supplication, so perhaps that's not fair.

I found the mouthfeel a bit thin and somewhat unsatisfying.

It's a fine beer, but beyond the clearly stoutesque pour, this is a beer stuck in purgatory between ale and stout, and doesn't seem clear what it wants to be. I'm not concerned, but it led to a confusing experience. I would buy it again but at this point would not take heroic measures to do so. I think it really needs to be tried on its own and then revisited

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Photo of Greggy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 1 finger thick cap of tan, almost golden, head. The color is pitch black. Sparse lacing is present.

S- Notes of chocolate, some dark fruitiness of perhaps raisin and prune. A bit of fresh hops hangs out as well.

T- Starts out with some dark chocolate roastiness, a bit of lactose sweetness and finishes with equal parts roast and dark fruits. Just when you think it's gone, a bit more roasted grains appears.

M- Appropriate carbonation. Overall, not a large mouthfeel for the abv.

D- Overall drinkable but I find myself fighting over "is this a dark ale or a stout of some sort?" The overall taste profile seems to be very quick on the palette. Drinking as a dark ale as the brewery labels it, it's not bad. I won't have this often, however.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich and solid looking black body with a fluffy head that is brown in color and leaves some generous lacing.

The nose is roasty with some lactose and coffee notes.

Plenty of roast from the malt, mildly sweet with a mocha finish. Some noticeable hopping in there as well. A nice little complexity develops as it warms.

Very dry feeling. Feels lighter than the seven percent alcohol, but the carbonation is very nice.

I think this is a very solid representation of the style. A very drinkable stout also. Steel Toe really has a solid portfolio of beers, this one included.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours a dark black/black color with a slight tan head. Light roasty aroma in the nose, molasses, and a touch of leather. Slight hops. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with a slight bitter roast flavor and a little sweet dark fruit and then moves to a medium hoppy floral bitterness. Pretty easy drinking. Slight lace. No notes of alcohol. Not sure I would classify this as a stout.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours more viscous than what is typical in a 7% ABV stout. Very dark color with a half-inch tan head that did not hold on for very long. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of cocoa. Straight forward aroma.

The flavor is much more complex. Has a deep roasted malt flavor that is smoothed out by the oats. Hints of cocoa and even a more subtle spice mix. Bitterness upfront is high but mellows out in the finish. A real depth of flavor.

I have only had two of this new breweries bottles. And one thing this brewer does extremely well is the mouthfeel. Wonderful carbonation and texture. Medium to full body with a smooth, luscious feel.

Really impressed with this stout. Still hate the bomber format, but I will not stop drinking this beer because of the bottle/price.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored foam with good retention. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and a small amount of cocoa.

The taste is just like the aroma suggests. A lot of roasted malt and a small amount of cocoa. I can also taste some of the oats, and can definitely feel the smoothness that the oats bring to the beer.

Slightly over medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and smooth and easy to drink. A very nice Foreign Stout from Steel Toe. I can't wait to see what else they will have to offer.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, bitter export stout from Minnesota's newest craft brewery. Black as tar with a chocolate mocha head with good lacing. Smell is good, fruity and roasty. Mouth feel is decent. Taste is roasty and rich with hop bitterness. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pitch black color. The head is a half inch of tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing that lingers. The aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and more roasted malt. This is a really interesting aroma. The taste is just as roasty as the aroma with a nice lingering maltiness. Along with the roasted malt there is also some nice dark chocolate and coffee notes in the background. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I can see myself drinking a lot of. I just wish it were available in six pack form.

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Dissent from Steel Toe Brewing
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