Snake Chaser | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Snake ChaserSnake Chaser

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 168
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hits those nice black middle, tan 1" head notes, looks good. Aroma of charred malt, roast, chocolate malt feels.

Taste had more hops/bitterness than most Irish Dry Stouts, but it wasn't so far out of style guidelines that you feel gipped in terms of what you get not meeting expectations in a bad way. Not overly thick, not supposed to be. Its a good everyday stout that has lots of roasting and hops. Well priced. Consistent. You could call it a porter or an American stout, its somewhere in between styles.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl z brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I love the style.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty solid for a stout.

Sm: Chocolate malts and dark malts, but a disappointing lack of roasted barley. That's a bad sign for a stout. Thick grains. Even a bit of oat. Some coffee. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Rich dark malts, chocolate malts, coffee, some cream, a disappointing lack of roast, and chocolate. The coffee is too much. Tasty but lacking in terms of fundamentals. It feels too much like an American style stout. Not horribly complex or subtle, but very pleasant to drink. I like it, but it's missing some needed depth.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a strange aftereffect. A bit too thick and aggressive. Good carbonation. It's downright wrong for the style, coming across as more of a porter or oatmeal stout than an Irish stout. Desperately needs more dryness and coarseness.

Dr: Drinkable but far from ideal. It misses key elements of the style, but that said it's still a tasty brew. I'd definitely try it on nitro, but it's not going to be replacing Guinness in me fridge anytime soon.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/2012.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa nibs, and slight coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and slightly sour dark fruit. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel but pretty thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Irish style stout but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of Hopswagger
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

P: Deep black, no translucence, small head that fades fast leaving a body of dark soda.

S: Sweet Irish cream, amaretto, Roasty malts, subtle cherry alcohol, chocolate, wood and toasted toffee.

T/M: Watered down with muted flavors. Smell is better than the taste but not much. Mostly roasted toffee and cream. Rough and bland. Comes across as a poorly done cream stout. Finish is the lowest part with lingering stale cigars and bitter chocolate.

O: Not impressed with this stout and I was excited to try this. Unrefined and sloppy. Smell was decent but taste was not enjoyed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Some coffee, charcoal. Bittersweet chocolate cake.

T: Coffee and roasted malt. Nice dark chocolate on the finish. A good beer, though the flavours a pretty standard.

M: Light-bodied, creamy carbonation, crisp carbonation, tad thin.

O: A solid beer to style, nothing more. Price is good, for a drinkable pint, this would be a good choice.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a decent tan head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: aroma of roasted malt, caramel sweetness with a bit of chocolate.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma with caramel sweetness, bit of chocolate and roasted malt. There is a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: Not a bad stout. Goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, and roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, earth, and subtle toasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This brew really didn't wow in any way, but it was quite easy to drink and a good representation of the style. This one felt to have more of a toasted flavor to it as compared to roastiness which is typical in most brews. This was a welcomed change. Worth trying if you have not had it before and like the style or are just curious.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black in color with about half a finger’s worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – definitely a malasses-like and roasted quality to the aroma. Maybe a hint of a chocolate essence.

Taste – much like the smell, it has a roasted/caramelized type of taste, which melds into a bitterness in the middle that isn’t terribly strong, but still present.

Mouthfeel – well balanced, but surprisingly more on the watery side, more like one would suspect from a porter than from a stout.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, and somewhat interesting to consider.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark chocolate black. A dark creamy head fizzes away into nothing but a wisp pretty quick and lacing is minimal. Smells of faint roasted malts and chocolates. The taste is smooth as there is a nice sweetness in this. It's both dry and sweet with the common roasted malts and chocolate notes in between. Very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, this is one of those beers that may not score well on any one category while reviewing, but it just goes down way too easily. I could drink this all day long, but nothing really stands out. It's lacking just a bit of quality in all areas but it tastes good enough to easily enjoy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of flaked oats. Not much else.

T - It tasted of flaked oats with some mild dark chocolate. There was some toffee and a light hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Irish Dry Stout. Another solid brew from Lakefront.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial Pint.
Label notched with Bottle Date during Jan. Week 4

A - Dense inky black, Snake Chaser emerges with a thick khaki head. Lower retention means this foam flees like the snakes on the label art. Some tight-bubbled lace adorns the glass post-evacuation.

S - Heavily roasted malts call into mind rich baker's chocolate and cocoa with a cold coffee aroma. Turning a bit grainy, Snake Chaser mellows to an inviting aroma.

T - Chocolate and coffee undertones flow from within this heavily roasted beauty. Dry and drinkable, it finishes pretty cleanly in flavor.

M - I've been ruined by the nitro version of this beer but bottled Snake Chaser still rocks. Dry and surprisingly lighter-bodied than anticipated, the smooth carbonation allows for easy drinkability and a pretty clean finish.

O - Get Guinness outta the way, Snake Chaser is clearly a better Irish Stout. Locking in superior flavor with smooth drinkability, one better keep track of how many pints of this they put down on St. Patty's Day! If at all possibly, shoot for a Lakefront tour and try this on the nitro tap!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I chased the snake with a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- A half-finger of brown sugar, puffy foam falls quickly and barely manages to get complete coverage of the lid on this dry stout.

The body is completely black, that is indeed a nice lookin' body.

Smell- There is a combination of roasted malt and some sweet milk chocolate coming up out of the glass. I'm not detecting hops or anything else really.

Taste- The drink starts out bitter from the roasted malt and just a touch of grassy hop. It sweetens up a bit with a hint of that milk chocolate sweetness that was on the nose. The finish has a distinct roasted malt and earthy hop flavor that lingers.

Mouth feel- This one is lighter, which is appropriate for the style. It gets a little filmy on the tongue as it sits, but still feels generally creamy. It has a nice long finish which is appreciated.

Overall- This Irish Dry Stout has a little bit of roasty zing on the palate that is balanced by some sweeter malt characteristics, mainly milk chocolate.

The mouth feel is decent, it could be a little less filmy, but other than that fine. I enjoyed this offering and would certainly pick it up again.

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Photo of coldriver
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Adequate head, a bit thin on the lacing. Smokey malt aroma, a bit of bacon in there as well. Taste is smokey, a bit of playdough, with bacon. Mouthfeel is too thin and pretty light on the carbonation for the style. I had low expecations with this one but this was actually better than I'd figured. Not quite as in-your-face as American styled stouts but more of a Irish sessionable stout.

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Photo of jera1350
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-viscous and solid shade of the darkest brown. Minimal layer of sandy foam on top.

The smell has some roasty malt and a solid amount of chocolate. Some coffee notes as well.

Holy hell, might be infected, but not one hundred percent sure. Flat flavor with sourness and roasted malt notes. Not digging this at all. Really lacks what was coming through in the nose.

A bit thin and very dry mouthfeel.

If this isn't a bad bottle, then this is not a very good beer. The nose is really quite nice, but the rest of the beer fails to live up to it. I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured dark brown opaque with a half finger of tan head that faded quickly with zero lacing. Smells malty, heavily roasted, some grain as well. Taste was sour, but not tart. Hard to place. Under-ripe dark fruit perhaps sour plums. Roasted malt. Dry. Mouthfeel was creamy but quite dry. Roasted elements linger on the finish. The first few sips were okay, but it got annoying after a while.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, what have we here? A lonely bottle of beer tucked far in the back of the downstairs refrigerator. This is a leftover from St. Patty's day for sure.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It's dark brown. There was a wee bit of tan head, that was gone before I could even get my nose into the pint for a whiff. This looks sort of like a cola.

S) Roasted malt, coffee and slight sweetness.

T) Once again, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. There was no hops detected. The finish was a little smokey.

M) To me, this is pretty light and highly carbonated. It is quite dry, as would be expected based on the style.

O) I'm a pretty big fan of Lakefront Brewery, but this is likely the last time I drink me some Snake Chaser.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, tanned head is quite thin and leaves almost no lace. Aroma is super clean with notes of brown malt and brewing salts. Slight medicinal component. Flavor finally includes a hint of roasted malt but no more. Still fairly strong aspirin taste. Happily the mouthfeel is medium and this is easy to drink if seriously uninteresting. Even more of a lightweight than your typical Irish stout.

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Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle from their great sampler (wish other berweries would give multiple different beers, only one each on their samplers.
Dark brown color when oured into a pint glass, dark tan head, good retention, minimal lacing.
Nice aroma, roasted malts, chocolate, not very powerful but very pleasant.
Lighter than expected for the style, but considering the hot summer night, it was actually better than expected.
Bitterwseet roasted coffee and chocolate, a very good taste for the style in a thin beer; it worked well for me as a summer stout. Winter comes, I cannot have this.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz with a bottling date of March (no year? ... probably 2010) but recently purchased bottle served in a pint glass.

A - opaque black and brown with reddish highlights; light pour produces a prodigious tan head: it took me 3 pours and a few sips to get this 12oz bottle into my 16+ oz glass.

S - Good inviting aroma featuring roasted malt with hints of fruitiness and (or from) hops. A bit of less inviting alcohol esters.

A superb mix of flavor components that change from initial taste to aftertaste. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness (hops). Notable flavor of cocoa with hints of dark dried fruits and coffee. Rating nears 4.5

Fine medium body with near creamy feel and excellent carbonation.

O - Although not bold or exciting, this is a really well put together stout that I highly recommend. Great session stout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich cola pour settles to a dense black with a smooth and creamy dark khaki colored head that sits atop only briefly before becoming a patchy mess. A light and spacious effervesce creeps up along the sides of the glass. Average.

S: Roasted barely and dried coffee beans, light in strength with not much else going on.

T: For flavor we see a slight improvement over the visual and aromatic appeal. Opens up with a decent level of roasted character, smooth roasty bitterness and a touch of dry creamer chalkiness. Dark fruit, prunes make their entrance along with a dry creamer laced roasted finish. Fairly simple in terms of execution with a bit of burnt grain sweetness coming on the close.

M: Mouthful was medium bodied, creamy and roasty with a good charred bitterness left lingering behind. Good level of carbonation as well gives this some pop.

D: Decent level of drinkability, wouldn't turn down a second and actually started liking this the more I continued to drink it. Grows on you.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice thick tan head that dissipates to a thin coating with good lacing on the glass; color is deep dark brown to black, very nice.

Smell is light on the roasted barley, nice and dry with a touch of malt sweetness.

Taste is smooth, almost creamy in the flavor and mouthfeel presentation, followed by a touch of bittenress on the finish. Flavor is nice roasted barley with coffee/toffee/cocoa undertones giving a nice sweetness. I really like the flavor presentation.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, good flavors on the tongue and cheeks, just the right balance of creamy smoothness and hint of bitter finish.

Overall, a very well done beer, maybe a touch sweet or creamy for exactly this style, but I still like it.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true to style Irish stout from good 'ol Lakefront in Brewaukee, WI. Although it pours a tad thin, still very appealing with great aromatic qualities. For a lighter body, some great tones of roast malts, mild hops, coco, coffee, and a hint of mint. Very enjoyable Dry stout from Lakefront!

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Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge tan head. The head took up 99/100 of my glass upon first pour and it took 5-6 more iterations to finally get the beer into the glass. The head settles into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and even lighter hints of nuts. As the beer warms the aroma becomes slightly sour, although not enough to totally ruin the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more robust. Heavily roasted malt flavors kick things off and dominate the flavor profile throughout. Hints of cocoa powder enter into things midway through the sip along with less flavorful black malt flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however even with the release of CO2 upon pouring the carbonation remains on the strong side.

Drinkability is not so great. I had a time finishing my glass and I definitely don't want another.

Overall I wasn't preparing for much from this beer and that's basically what I got. The flavors are too muddled and seem off in general. Not worth seeking out and I'm not sure I'd have a glass even if offered.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown. Blood red edges can be picke dout when held up to direct light. Two fingers of khaki hued head recede to leave spotty flecks of lace.

The aroma is very nice. Smooth roast coffee with light hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Just a touch of smokiness.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Mostly toasted malt and fresh brewed coffee. Faint traces of chocolate and hops. There's a slight metalic finish. Which will cause me to detuct a bit on flavor.

Medium to light body. No carbonation. Pretty stock for the style.

Overall a very easy to drink Irish Stout. I've has this beer a million times at the brewery. Yet this was my first time in a bottle.

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Photo of camp0474
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown to black with tan head.

S: Smells of strong sweet toasted malts and faint notes of caramel and coffee.

T: Initial strong flavor of toasted malt and coffee. Bitter toasty flavor fades into a sweeter malt flavor. Finish is surprisingly sweet. Can't detect and hops.

M: Light to medium body, lighter than I would have expected. Maybe a bit too much of the creamy carbonation.

D: Overall decent beer. A little too much carbonation to keep drinking more.

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