Snake Chaser | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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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Added by brakspear on 02-09-2004

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 102
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a black body with a tight, dark khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt and cream. Medium bodied with dark roasted malt flavors and a bit of creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation. One of my favorite Irish Stouts. I wonder how it would taste on a nitro-tap.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, with bottled 1st week of March on the label. Poured into a pint glass, this beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. Tiny bit of lacing. It had a predominately coffee aroma, with a little bit of chocolate. Taste followed aroma, although I got more of a bittersweet chocolate sense in the taste. Fairly dry, nice enough beer.

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Photo of grynder33
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa coffee malt first sniff, nice dark chocolate coffee taste, a little sweeter than most Irish stouts, feels very thin on the palate, chocolate taste lingers on but weakens as you go along. If its your first stout of the day it's a great beer, it'll come down a couple notches if its your second or third because of it's thinness.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of zldjn97
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty cool to look at, big beige head, a cool mix of black and brown can be swirled. Good dry aroma, chococoffee, deep burnt malt.

A good mix of hops and sweetness in the initial taste. Both will subside throughout the bottle. Not complex, gets easier to drink, could be called watered down, sure. But its not pretentious, and it has still the ample body to make up for the backslide downbottle. Great price on these.

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Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very dark with dull tan highlights. Head is level and flattish, settles to 1/8 of an inch in the pint glass. Sharp aroma, burnt rye toast, could use some residual sweetness. Flavor is unidimensional but full, coffee-ish sense pervades the profile withy little to no supplementary malt interest. Almost a vending machine black java cheapness. Chocolate comes to the rescue at the very end, with an interesting sense of smoke. Lacking in some of the pleasant qualities of Irish Stouts. Not awful, just not that satisfying in some of the categories that matter.

Re-try in 2005 has me thinking more positive things about this beer, especially the tangy smoke qualities and body being much richer (and sweeter) than I experienced before.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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 glid02
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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 mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of cokes
2.12/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks the part.
Black trimmed by mahogany under tight, trim beige.
Nose full of roast, with a disquieting cigarette ash harshness.
Begins mildly roasty. Not fully charred or blackened. And this is where it ends. Maybe there are some traces of dark chocolate and a watery tea-hopped closure. But for the most part, I'm left with an ocean of vacancy. Hollow and tasteless.
Shamefully light bodied. Weak and powerless (which is a nice A Perfect Circle song, but much less attractive in a beer description).
This makes me yearn for a Guinness Draught....even the bottled version. Or a Murphy's...or a Beamish. Or anything else.

I have been boycotting Lakefront product due to quality issues. This was handed to me free of charge. Henceforth, I will resume the boycott and may even turn down freebies.
What is going on, Lakefront?

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Photo of tempest
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled: Feb 08, Wk 3 - This beer has been in a bottle 5 months and SHOULD still be good.

But its not. Right after the pour I picked up a sweet, yet sharp fruit and perfume aroma. Upon tasting I find I've got a sour stout. I suppose it's not bad for a sour beer, or if you're into sour beer. It's not a nasty infection that smells like vomit, but rather a lemon-lime juice sour tang that could use some sweetening.

Beware of this batch if you come upon it. Unless you want something really different.

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Photo of Vinmar
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Mikedux30
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Rymish
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of chocolate and malts. Taste is malty with some notes of chocolate finishing a tad bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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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