Skipper's Stout
Erie Brewing Co.

Skipper's StoutSkipper's Stout
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
American Stout
Ranked #368
Ranked #24,087
3.71 | pDev: 14.29%
May 09, 2022
Dec 20, 2014
Skipper's StoutSkipper's Stout
Notes: Coffee Stout: A blend of coffee, crème brûlée. Coffee Brown in coloring.

Skipper’s Stout is our new winter seasonal brewed with three different varietals of coffee and crème brûlée. Our special coffee blend brings bold flavor, while the addition of chocolate malts and crème brûlée round this brew out, with a smooth and slightly sweet finish.

Our brewdog, Skipper is a craft beer fanatic. When he isn’t guarding our precious malts or greeting customers, he is surfing coast to coast spreading the word about Erie brews. Skipper’s Stout is a delicious coffee stout with creamy chocolate notes and a healthy dose of caffeinated beer awesomeness to get you going from AM to PM!
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of JohnniEMc
Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Two brown twelve ounce bottles barely fit inside a clear glass liter mug. Since the biege head is very modest, they do. The aroma is a solid black coffee one, alongside a nice roasted malt one. Beneath the enduring modest head is a deep dark brown liquid. It might be just one perceptionable level less black than black coffee brown. Regardless, it's very dark, very bright and very opaque. Not only is the aroma attractive, at least to a coffee and a stout lover, it's down right pungent. The coffee really does make its presence in the taste. This drinks with more of a taste of black coffee than of the roasted malt of a stout. Unfortunately, for stout lovers, the body is also far to close to one of black coffee. So overall, this is coffee taste heavy, light to the palate, without any glass lacing and virtually headless. It also delivers, as promised, a robust black coffee flavor that gives little clue that the ABV exceeds seven percent. This is one of the most coffeecentric stouts you may encounter. There's nothing subtle about its inclusion, so keep that in mind. If a good dose of caffeine may interrupt your sleeping pattern, you may want to carefully choose when you try this one, or especially two.
May 09, 2022
Photo of bankboy66
Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark brown with one finger head. Smell is….coffee and maybe some citrus. Taste follows, a bit creamy and sweet…not overly bitter. A nice easy beer.
Jan 23, 2022
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1/1/22 On tap at Industry Public House

Bright, cinnamon, and coffee on the nose. A very stoney and light brew coffee flavor. Bitter on the sides of the tongue. This one was just ok, but hit all the brewer's notes well
Jan 01, 2022
Photo of Jule17
Rated by Jule17 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
P good! Not very coffee but I can jive!
Mar 03, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Dec 31, 2020
Photo of Brook82
Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Foamy head, didn't linger, no lacing in pint glass. Not much carbonation.Aroma initially sweet, then some coffee and chocolate come to the forefront. Taste was pleasant, good balance of sweet/bitter. Pretty much like flavored coffee. Bit of an oily tinge to the feel. I didn't notice any metallic aftertaste others mentioned.
Dec 24, 2020
Photo of Scrapss
Reviewed by Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Skipper Stout poured from the bottle and into a nonic pint.

A: Deep black roasted hue. Minimal carbo, minimal lacing and tiny bubbles cling to glass upon stir. A hint of legs. Thin 1mm collar lingers with minimal other head.

S: Sickly sweet chocolate malted milk balls. Yeast not detectable over it.

T: Not as sickly sweet as nose would indicate, and there's some bitterness lingering like a good baker's chocolate or porter would have.

M: I will go backwards from finish to initial mouthfeel for a good reason. The finish is lightly slick and oily with a hint of a puffing outbreath of chocolate bitterness, not hop bitters. Mid quaff is slick. Initial quaff is slick yet slightly viscous. Carbonation is lacking, causing a dense slick mouthfeel.

O: A nice sweet (not quite pastry) stout style. Less aggressive than ST Creme Brulee.

Edit: 5 minutes after, I am getting that slightly metallic aftertaste others seem to have mentioned but the mouthfeel's slick is lingering. Odd.
Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Apr 19, 2020
Photo of Knoel
Reviewed by Knoel from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Color is deep dark brown, barely letting light through. This bottle in particular didn't have much of a head when poured, just a few bubbles and a thin ring caressing the sides of my glass. Smell was roasted coffee with hints of chocolate. First sip I was hit with what tasted immediately like coconut, then drifted into chocolate, finishing with coffee bitterness which wasn't unpleasant. Medium-bodied and little carbonation. This was a random pull from a distributor and I went in completely blind. Surprised to read that there was supposed to be creme brulee notes which I didn't particularly pick up on. I would have it again.
Feb 25, 2019
Photo of BuddyPal
Reviewed by BuddyPal from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I’m usually keen on coffee stout, but this one was somewhat dull. I mean, it’s drinkable, but with a noticeable metalic note, I’m thinking off-flavor. I am left wondering, what bean did they use, Maxwell House?
Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by StrongBelwas from New Jersey

Feb 03, 2019
Photo of EMV
Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tuilp

L: Dark mahogany brown pour.. nearly black with minimal tannish head. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong roast grains and coffee.

T/F: Sweet roasted sugars up front. Strong coffee presence. Light chocolate but mostly espresso. Could use a bit more bitterness to balance the sweet... medium bodied. Minimal carbonation.

O: A mediocre coffee stout. Hits a lot of the flavors, but a bit on the sweet side ... could use more balance and carbonation.
Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by edthehead from New York

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Aug 14, 2018
Photo of mvanaskie13
Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is black, solid, head is tan with fine bubbles and presents about 1/4 inch thick and then dissipates to a thin top with a ring on the glass and spotty lacing.

Smell is coffee and roasted malt with some light cream and chocolate.

Taste is roasty, coffee, espresso, chocolate and and light lactose like flavor; lingering sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, but then is softens with some sweetness that lingers.

Overall a good beer, a bit sweet but good balance of roast, coffee, and creme brulee sweetness.
May 28, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Apr 17, 2018
Photo of deleted_user_971432
Reviewed by deleted_user_971432

4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Erie Brewing Skipper Stout 7.2% ABV.
Look: Pitch Black
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasty dark malts
Taste: Coffee, dark malts, smooth then slight roasty bitterness on the end.
Feel: medium body
Overall: The Skipper is a good solid stout and drinks like a more robust imperial stout without an kind of boozeyness, or warming boozeyness. I don't get any of the creme brulee, or a massive sweetness like others have mentioned. It doesn't taste sweet to me at all. I am getting this pretty late in the season because it is a winter beer and it is April, so maybe some of those flavors dissapated over time? I dunno, but it just taste like a good solid stout to me. Yah Erie! Go P.A. craft brews!
Apr 10, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Feb 24, 2018
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cola soda black,light carbonation and thin light body. Aroma is hard to pin down,roasted malt and coffee
Milk chocolate and there is some sort nut aroma there. Taste is milk chocolate,roasted malt,coffee,caramel, and an oily nutty taste. It almost tasted artifical but it still was a decent dessert beer
Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 3 by rickklein9 from Pennsylvania

Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by AJmon13 from Ohio

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 3.49 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2017
Photo of Notabread
Reviewed by Notabread from North Carolina

1.15/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Pours like a flat Great Value cola. Tastes like gas station coffee. Not even a fingernail of foam. Overall a disaster ofan experience. Okay label design, though.
Jul 17, 2017
Photo of sulldaddy
Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thebeer is a gift from my brother Brian. Thanks!
Beer pours much lighter than I expected for a stout. Actually allows light to pass through the beer when held to the light.
The beer pours a dark cola color with a fizzy beige head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer soon after the pour.
The aroma is sweet in general with some chocolate malt and a bit of brown sugar and vanilla and some hazelnut notes. A bit of roasted coffee ground as well, with no appearance of ABV or hops at this point.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected for a stout, with very fine tingly carbonation and fairly silky texture. Pretty easy drinking physical traits.
the flavor is sweet up front and through the finish. There is a good dose of chocolate and some coffee grounds and this rolls to sweet vanilla and hazelnut that lingers through the finish. I dont get any hops here either and the ABV is completely hidden in this very drinkable stout.
The flavor is definitely sweet but falls short of being like eating a candy bar. A little more roasted malt note on this one would balance the sweetness and make a more enjoyable beer. As it is I think it falls short of being an excellent stout in a few categories.
Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2017
Photo of Act25
Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
"three different varietals of coffee and crème brûlée" I dislike over-flavored coffee and beer so I'm not going to be a fan. Let my beer be mostly beer with the hops and yeast doing the flavoring! I've disliked most the beers from Erie (find them eerie) except for Final Destination, which I loved.

a) Dark brown to black brew with 1 finger of fast fade flattish khaki head. The head disappears and leaves scant lace.

s) Erupts with licorice and artificial flavoring, plus the creme brulee. Not where I want to start. Coffee, flavored 3 ways, from Keurig?

t) More licorice and 3 different plastic flavored coffees. Usually I can save a beer by pouring a good stout (Left hand eg) over it, but this is the inverse - hard to save. Licorice, vanilla, hazel nut, cinnamon, coffee and Coca-cola. (which I dont drink).
f) Soda-like, flavored. not cleansing.

O: The nose is a turn off, that never gets better.
Mar 20, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by bb-magic from Florida

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 2.79 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jan 29, 2017
Photo of MacMalt
Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is my first sampling of a beer from Erie Brewing Co. Poured into stout glass. It pours dark walnut with one finger of foamy, beige colored head and lacing. It smells of dark roasted coffee, lactose, caramel, and coconut. Although described as a "coffee stout," the taste is rather smoky and I'm tasting more coconut than coffee. There is also some faint chocolate and caramel. It's rather thin in body, more like a porter than a stout, with light carbonation, and I don't feel the 7.2% ABV. Overall, I expected a much more coffee-forward stout. There was no date on the bottle and it may be past its prime.
Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 3.13 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2016
Photo of dbrauneis
Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly roasted + brewed coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate (both milk chocolate + cocoa). Moderate aromas of caramel, vanilla, and sweet cream.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted + toasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel + lactose sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of freshly roasted + brewed coffee and chocolate (milk chocolate + cocoa). Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of vanilla. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering roasty bitter in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with the slightest hint of creaminess.

O: I really enjoyed this one even though the mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected - the combination of coffee and crème brûlée is what I frequently choose for dessert when I'm out at a restaurant. I think this beer is really successful because it is not overly sweet or cloying, making it easier to drink.
Dec 09, 2016
Photo of BB1313
Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of sweet sticky caramel. The coffee blends well with everything. Hints of almond, vanilla and chocolate in the mix. Malts do their thing. The flavors are slightly sweet, but nothing cloying or over the top. Solid malt backbone. More caramel that blends well with the coffee. More hints of almond with some hazelnut in the mix. Hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. The coffee is balanced. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and very easy to drink.

This is a nice coffee stout. The aromas are really nice and the flavors are solid. Enjoyable stuff. I like it.
Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 4 by ClavisAurea from New York

Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Nov 23, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Nov 20, 2016
Photo of woodychandler
Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Today is the eve of All Hallow's Evening, aka Hallowe'en, and my treats for the remainder of the day will consist of beers from (e)Erie Brewing Company in (e)Erie, PA. No tricks, hopefully just treats and plenty of eerie goings-on as I work on the systematic eradication of my bottle backlog.

From the bottle: "enjoy erie brews".

A Pop! of the cap, a knock at the door and Skipper was at the ready. I unleashed him and got a finger-and-a-half of fizzy, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention for my troubles. Down, boy! Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights. Nose was rich and chocolaty, much like the candy that I will be dispensing tomorrow night between 1800 & 2000. Actually, allow me to slightly amend my initial take - there was also some caramel sweetness present. Much too sweet for this hophead, but just the sort of thing that will appeal to the little boys and ghouls who are certain to show up on my porch tomorrow evening. I would NEVER give beer to children, though ... to their accompanying adults, well, that is another matter. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was both extremely sweet and highly intriguing! It was more towards a dark chocolate, as opposed to milk chocolate, with definite caramel notes, but I also got a coconut flavor! It would be nothing that I would ever want to ingest as candy, but imagine Mounds with caramel. How am I supposed to take this? The Style description is wide and far-reaching, making this perfectly acceptable, bit it was edging me into diabetes. Finish was stunningly sweet, as you might expect. I would not want more than one, but as always, YMMV.
Oct 31, 2016
Skipper's Stout from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 105 ratings