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Sasquatch Stout | Old Yale Brewing Co.

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Sasquatch StoutSasquatch Stout

Brewed by:
Old Yale Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canucklehead on 03-17-2005

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 89
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2/2 with this upcoming brewery out west. Thanks Russ, Grug for bringing. THough thin, and with coconut-likeness as in Dark Lord, a decent drinking stout. Nice roasty aroma, creamy and astringent together in the same glass. I did not get much in coffee or chocolate from the taste.Lots of carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A straight 5% ABV in this recent incarnation - another newly-arrived offering, a bit surprisingly, from this brewery, in Alberta. I gotta say, I like the crappy, but still still more appropriately creepy rendering of the Sasquatch imagery already on this site.

This beer pours a solid, impenetrable black, broken only by the slightest of basal caramel edges, with two fingers of tightly foamy mocha head, which leaves a wash of upwardly mobile mountain range lace around the glass as it timidly slinks away.

It smells of unsweetened milk chocolate, some earthy caramel malt sweetness, and a leafy, musty dryness. The taste is sweet caramel malt, tempered by dry chocolate, subtle cafe-au-lait, a bit of cigar tobacco, and earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty inert, the body a softly innocuous medium weight, and crazily smooth - are there oats in the vicinity? It finishes a mite bit off-dry, the chocolate and lingering earthy, edgy (?) floral hops seeing to that.

A pretty enjoyable, silky old-school stout - low booze, big, smooth, and eminently drinkable, all at the same time. Good stuff, and it even evicts a certain low-key sourness redolent of classic porters as it slowly warms, among other life-borne distractions.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a big dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt with some subtle coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by some semi-sweet chocolate notes with some subtle but well balance coffee notes. Body has a nice creamy texture with some good carbonation. I thought this was very well done for the style, nothing extreme in here but very well balanced overall.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, opaque black in the glass with a half finger light brown head with good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and chocolate. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with a suggestion of char, light cocoa and good drip coffee notes. Finishes with toasted malt, mocha and a slight metallic tang that like that last sip of coffee late in the day. Medium bodied with a little creaminess; a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but the oatmeal does give it a little more heft than expected for a 5% stout. I agree with the other reviewers; my first reaction is "dry or foreign stout profile", rather than an oatmeal stout, but the oatmeal is detectable in the smoothness and moderate body. And as a dry stout, it is quite nice. I'd like to see a bit bigger version of this, and if they made one, I'd definitely check it out. Good introduction to the brewery.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sasquatch Stout is appropriately hard to see, at least without strong lighting. Black and opaque, the one and only thing easy to spot is its tall, spongy head - the foamy lacing is unmistakable even at a distance. This stark, grimy, nontransparent beer is certainly worth photographing.

The aroma is a little void and vaguely metallic. It's more like an Irish Dry than Oatmeal Stout. And is that lactose I smell? There's a good deal of chocolaty flavour but it's all beneath the surface and requires some scratching to get at. Even once unleashed it quickly takes off. Won't you stick around?

Dry and light, this stout has a reserved (rather than rich) profile. There's a minor hint of black licorice, a shot of coffee, a pinch of grated dark chocolate. It's relatively easy on the roasted malts but does have some sootiness. There's also an obvious oatmeal presence; it has an oily-slick mouthfeel.

There's also some vanilla and wafer notes that provide a shot of sweetness, though this ultimately is a dry beer. About that, a little more hop flavour would have been beneficial, the 'greenness' is subtle but super nice. Mind you, the overall mild nature is intentional (as the alcohol content, 5%, would attest).

Sasquatch Stout is flawlessly made and may rank as one of the finer oatmeal stouts in the country, yet I'm not terribly excited by it. Chalk it up to the nature of the style or the fact that good examples are no longer hard to come by. Regardless, if you spot a bottle on the shelf be sure to snap it up!

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black, tan head. Not much head or retention, but it does leave some lace. The head should really stand up on a stout.

S: Roasty chocolate. Very inviting.

T: Smooth, roasty flavour. Not at all burnt or harsh. The roasted character is certainly there, but it may be a little light for the style. Dry, slightly fruity aftertaste.

M: The body is on the heavy side of moderate. Impressive for its strength. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Exceptional. The light roasty character means it's that much more drinkable for me!

I'm generally not fond of dry stouts, but I like this one a lot!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass nov1 2009

A black out of the bottle with a nice two finger tan head after a hard pour, has good retention but leaves only small amounts of lace

S very mild hops with plenty of dark malt and cocoa

T as it smells but heavy on the dark chocolate but it works well for it

M for the color I would expect it to be a bit thicker, it dose however have good carbonation that helps keep it above average

D as a whole I like this beer and would drink it again, not for you if you want a heavy stout instead of breakfast but good flavors in this one

I wont lie I bought this beer because of big foot on the label and will also admit I enjoyed it. pick this one up when in BC and look at the creepy beast on the front and compare it to your friends girlfriend(s)

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Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very opaque black, little bit of red highlights on the edges, big and thick tan head, lots of sticky lace. Smell is caramel, chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted grains, and some floral hops. Taste is lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel, light sourness near the end, wicked roasted grain bitterness in the finish and some hits of butter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Super smooth and flavourful, great stout.

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with half a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell. Roasty malts, dark chocolate, molasses. Smells like a nice stout alright.

Taste. Dark roasty malt, a little molasses, smoky wood and coffee. Slightly acidic. Tastes great and much lighter tasting than it looks.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a bit less and medium-low, smooth carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall. Really nice tasting, easy drinking stout. I really enjoyed the bottle and could go for another.

Somebody recently told me that this brewery had gone downhill with new ownership. Maybe they didn't try this stout... Looking forward to Old Yale's other offerings.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tap & Barrel, Vancouver.
Jet with beige film and chestnut highlights. 4
Big roasty sweet nose. 3.75
Roasty coffee, touch of ash, a bit of black acid, no hops to talk about. 4
Big sweet caramel comeback and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, smooth. 4

Clean, dry Irish notes, plus a sweet little punch. Nothing wrong with this. 3.75

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Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a nice opaque color but next to no head and very little lacing. Kind of just sits there which is a bit unsettling.

Smell: Very reserved but be patient as it opens up a bit at room temp with some mild roasted note. Still....

Taste: Bit of charcoal, some burnt coffee mixed with roasted malt and oat flakes. Same story as the aroma but the payoff is a bit better in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Feels watery a bit at first but gets some legs on it as it warms with a decent bitterness mixed in.

Overall: Misses the mark a bit. If their was more head to it and some good aroma right off the bat ,this would have scored higher. As it is, pretty ordinary.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat from BC!

A - Pours an opaque black, thin layer of mocha head with a bit of retention and no real lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, a bit musty, with marshmallows and some earthy undertones.

T - The chalky / musty dark cocoa comes through, but roasted coffee surprisingly dominates and lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - This stuff is very tasty, offering some nice chocolate and coffee flavours. A worthy offering to any stout fan, and a pleasant surprise. I'm intrigued to see what else this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best stouts in BC coming close to the heralded Crannog Back hand of God. Big black with a brown head this beer smells all nice and roasty burnt like. The flavours are on the large size with burnt chocolate malts taking the lead. This just kills the Granville Island offering and is now in my top ten alltime BC list. Sweet.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glugs outta that big(foot) bottle like oil. Produces a big tan head and the color is dark as night in hell (or northern British Columbia, perhaps). Leaves wide splashes and thick strips of lace on the sides of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma just borders on soy sauce, not enough to be unappealing, but that salty pungency is there, also factors in musty coffee grounds and a light toffee accent in back.

Flavor is heavy on dark chocolate, chocolate-coated coffee beans and toffee. A nuttiness prevails, and while the flavor is enjoyable, a disappointingly thin body keeps this beer from going on the "gotta get more" list. Too watery, especially considering the style.

Despite the thinness, this is still never going to be a stout as legendary as its furry and elusive namesake. It doesn't really assert itself as anything super-impressive, being simply a good, just above average, glad-I-had-it, ain't-gonna-miss-it stout.

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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml brown bottle, brought back from Vancouver, Packed on Date of 3/25. Same label pictured but all green (rather than brown). From the label: "Sasquatch Stout is black and robust with a lot of body, just like the mysterious animal itself. It is brewed with oats, and roasted and chocolate malts, and Goldings hops."
Poured a deep black color with a large brown foamy head. Good foam retention and some nice looking lace. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt and some lighter coffee notes. Taste has lots of semi-sweet chocolate, slightly bitter coffee flavor. Body has decent carbonation, slightly creamy texture, smooth mouthfeel. The oats give a richer aftertaste, rather than a dry finish. Nothing extreme, but very well balanced, a treat to enjoy.

Note to Self: Ranked #9 English Stout when I tried it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - almost total blackout, short head left a random covering
S - milk chocolate, somewhat maple note with roasty malt
T - bakers chocolate and mild coffee flavours, roasty malt and a syrupy sweet finish
M - smooth and decent carbonation, somewhat chalky with a bitter finish
D - tasty and well balanced, impressed with my first brew from Old Yale Brewing

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Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troy's bottle - been after trying this one for a long time, so thanks for the opportunity!

Very dark brown, almost black pour, with a good tan coloured head. Nice retention and lace. Smoky oatmeal stout aroma... and wait... oats are listed in the ingredients! Some dry roasted coffee and cocoa. Tastes of burned toast, coffee, chocolate and tobacco.The oats come through quite strongly in the flavour. Medium-light body and restrained carbonation work well. I liked this one - its a decent sessionable stout and another feather in Old Yale's cap.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. This newer incarnation is listed as 5% abv. on the label. Pours out a dense opaque pitch black hue, with a tight spongy tan head that retains to a thick cap.

Earthy roasted malt, mild coffee and wafery cocoa are prominent on the nose, along with some toasty malt and chicory, treacle and licorice.

Soft toasty, roasty malt up front in the flavour, and the texture leads me to believe there's some wheat in there, or perhaps some oats. Coffee rises up in the middle, followed by dry cocoa, then a dry clean finish.

Full-bodied mouthfeel on the lighter end, velvety and creamy smooth texture, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

A fine, solid stout for the style, great to see the new Old Yale still up to form and maintaining its quality. A great session stout, this could easily carry an evening on its own.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasting party dec 6/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. this bottle was one of my contributions, which i got in a trade with stephenlouis. thanks stephen!

pours an opaque black with a fine brown head. head drops quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. roasty and malty. bready. bit of dried fruit, maybe dates.

taste is ok. roasty. bit of caramel. bready malt. bittersweet chocolate. falls off a little from the aroma.

mouthfeel is ok. good body. slightly astringent. nice carbonation level.

drinkability is good. not spectacular, but an enjoyable stout.

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Photo of chickenm
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a medium tan head with some retention. Aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and some hops. Very chocolatey taste with bitter coffee. Dry finish. Average mouthfeel, the body is a little too thin. This is a decent stout that's worth trying.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old Yale's 'Sasquatch' Oatmeal Stout @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50
A-pour is almost black from bottle to glass a medium size tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-roasted chocolate malts , ground coffee
T-caramel adds to the mix at the start ending with a roasted grain bitterness
MF-good carbonation level , good body
Ov-exceptionally smooth brew , very easy sipping for an oatmeal stout , a definate yes , if you can find the ellusive Sasquatch try it
prost LampertLand

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Photo of BDTyre
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should have bought two!

I like the label, despite the obvious mechanical and grammatical problems with the descriptions (double "and"s, "alot", "misterious").

Pitch black with almost no head -a bit of brown foam. Roasted, chocolate malts predominate the smell and taste. Heavy and smooth. An ideal stout.

Could be a session stout but for the bottle size. I hope this is available on a regular basis.

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Photo of leaddog
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a jet black with a finger width of foamy tan head.

Smell- Smoky notes, roasted barley, burnt coffee bean, dark chocolate.

Taste- Sharp and strong flavours of roasted barley and oats complemented by dark chocolate and smoky flavours. A hint of molasses is present. Light bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An impressive oatmeal stout by Old Yale. I enjoyed the roasted flavours and aromas. The appearance was mouth-watering. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can poured into a mug. Nearly pitch black with just a slight orange-red halo at the bottom of the glass. Nice creamy light brown head that starts huge and tones itself down to a manageable two fingers.

Nose features a nice toasted oat cereal vibe, with some dark coffee and a tinge of ash. This beer won an award in 2014 and I can see why. Has that oat astringency, pleasantly tempered by milk chocolate, coffee beans, walnut shells, cola, pretzels, and a hint of grassy, earthy hops. Slight caramel and raisin. Porter-like in its gentle roastiness (relative to many other stouts, that is) and light to moderate body. Quite smooth and creamy with gentle carbonation. Not ashy or tannic initially but these qualities accumulate over time, particularly in the dryish finish.

My first brew from these guys and I'm more than impressed enough to sample others. Flavorsome yet drinkable, approachable, and low key without being dull. Seems traditionally English to me.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 8deg C I a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in a minute or two. Rather dark brown colour

S- Not a lot and it's metallic. Not good

T- Chocolate is coco and chalky. Some coffee. All subdued. Very mellow like a Guinness. I don't much care for Guinness.

M- Slightly creamy going down and dries right out quickly

O- Not a bad brew. Just not my cup of tea.

Food Pairing

This light easy drinking stout went well with...... Cherries!


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