Rhoades' Scholar Stout | South Shore Brewery

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Rhoades' Scholar StoutRhoades' Scholar Stout

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South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 04-07-2002

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by b3shine:
Photo of b3shine
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint. Looks pretty good; pretty heady for a stout. Pitch black. Smells decent. Malty. Tastes good. The lactose serves it well. Nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is decent, but very carbonated. Overall, a decent beer that I'd definitely have again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color, almost black, with a beautiful foaming head that showed good retention.

Smell – The nose is light but consists of some roasty and toasty malts along with coffee and sweet cream.

Taste – The coffee picks things up at the taste. The sweet milky flavor is here as well, which offers a fair compliment to the roasted malts. Overall a very balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with a hint of sour milk at the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good Milk/Sweet Stout that doesn’t deserve the bum rap it’s getting from some other reviews. In fact, I would be willing to bet that there are some bad bottles that have gone out in the past. It’s no “super-star” but no dud, either. I'm thinking maybe even that the style classification on the site has been changed since it was entered on the site???

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.59/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogony brown with ruby hues and a luscious brown head that runs away after only a few seconds in the glass.

Smells like burnt nescafe and raisons. Tastes bittersweet, over sugared but with a nice bitter finnish. Coffee and espresso flavors dominate. Carbonation is active but the body is very light for the style.

Drinkability is fine but there isn't much reason to repeat.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a british pint...the beer well overflowed into my lap not a good start...it is dark with a good head.

The aroma is flat and nothing to writing home about hints of choc and roasted malts

The taste is like a choclate coke starts with a big mouth of frothy carb but the the taste much like the aroma is meh. All around average roasted and choc malts but that's it

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle.

VERY black in colour with virtually no head. Rich, malts, grains, roasted nose to it. It was very smooth and balanced. Roasted and bitterness to the taste with a slightly smokey/toasted aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Sure.

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Photo of ADR
2.31/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Autumn Brew Review 2002, Minneapolis, MN...

Big creamy head, heavy and dark brown opaque color. Reserved aroma. A little oily acidity, mostly java but with some chocolate flavors as well. Decent body, lots of (too much) aftertaste. Finishes with a decided "burned" and acidic quality. According to the rep, its an Irish "style" Dry, but uses yeast strains more typical of Sweet Stouts. Seems like a poor quality Dry Stout with confusing up-front chocolate impressions. Not very good to me...

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a huge dark tan head that is bigger than the body even with the most gentle pour. The head keeps growing over the glass and sits proud about an inch. The head last a good while and turns rocky. The carbonation is strong in the black body but the bubbles can be seen racing to the surface.

S- This beer has notes of roasted smooth dark malt and raisins with a hint of chocolate malt when it warms.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt flavor with rich dark roasted malt note and a soft oak and dry wood hint in the background. There are hints of dark raisins and rum without the alcohol taste. The soft tangy note in the malt gives way to the earthy nougat and cold espresso notes in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture

D- This beer is over carbonated but the smooth flavor is nice although no much for depth of flavor. Everything is blended together and I don't taste any milk stout qualities.

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Photo of cokes
1.49/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not a good stout.
Pour dark crimson, bordering on black. Tan head is gone quickly.
Roasted varnish on the nose. (I just read Bighuge's review on this one...I agree with the chemical description).
More of this on the taste buds. Couple this with some big moldy yeast flavors. Annoying rotten milk sweet/sourness. Can't comment much more, because the rest of this went down the drain.
Cloying corn syrup-like body.
Leave this one alone.
Easily the worst stout I've had to date

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown longneck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black and opaque. Had a foamy tan head that didn't last long but left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Dark caramel, sweet, and some coffee and black licorice scents.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, sweet dark roasted malts, a little coffee and black licorice and a touch of smoke. Creamy and smooth.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with lower carbonation, which added to the creamy mouth feel.

Drinkability: Overall, not a bad Sweet Milk Stout. Has good flavors and is a nice sipping beer. I'm not sure I would session it, but it's good if you're in the mood for a sipping stout.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's several months ago, figured I better try it before it goes bad.

Pours a dark black with a finger and a half of chocolate head that fades quickly to nothing. Smell is full of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted barley malts. Taste mirrors the nose, gobs of roated coffee, toasted bread and barley malts give it a porter like finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with fine carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit as it's a little on the lactose/sweet side, but otherwise a tasty milk stout that should be getting higher marks than it does. This one surprised me, give it a chance.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rhodes' Scholar Stout delivers the expected black and tan appearance with a long-lasting head and decent lacing. The nose is fruity and cocoaish with a soft edge of roastiness, but there's also a bit of a solvent-like character from high fermentation temperatures. In the mouth it's gently effervescent, giving a firm caress of the tongue before it warms to become creamy-smooth. The flavor expresses a bit more chocolate than the nose suggests, but the fruitiness remains. And unfortunately, there's a bit of a higher alcohol going on in the flavor as well... it's hardly noticeable at first, but it comes out more as it warms and you progress through the glass. It's gently sweet, backed by a very firm bitterness, and it finishes dry and lingering with a coffee-like and smokey roastiness, and dull bitterness. Pretty basic, but apart from the fermentation flaw it'd be pretty drinkable.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single, Riley's...gotta support the wisco nation

appearance: pours a very dark brown, mild ruby hue, foamy tan head, slightly bubbly

smell: rather light, somewhat creamy, earthy mushroom like aromas, a little sweet

taste: tastes striking familiar, like some long lost candy remembered from a distant childhood halloween. Unfortunately, it doesnt translate well in beer form...theres some sweet chocolate, and some mild coffee flavors...taste is not as bad as the smell but still not great

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, somewhat active carbonation

drinkability: drinkable but no need for more than 1

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 27, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Murky brown pour, with bubbling carbonation and topped with a thin light brown head. Strong quality wafts of rich dark bread, roasted chocolate, nuts and coffee. Front end of the flavor profile is weak, but blossoms into a fantastic smoky and oaken finish. A light hoppy bitterness on the front end. Aftertaste is a sweet chicory and hazelnut smack, with a good dose of sugar. Palate is highly drinkable with a very smooth rich water quality, backed with a nose of chocolate.

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Photo of Pbomb
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Rhoades Scholar is opaque, dark brown/black in color and has a little bit of a light brown head. The smell is not very strong, nor is it very complex; there is a very apparent smoky and sweet aroma, though. The taste is good starting with those smoky/coffee and sweet flavors at first, ending smoothly with a nutty and slightly bitter flavor. The beer is on the thicker side (but not as thick as many porters), and there is very little carbonation. Overall, I think this beer is very drinkable. It's not very sophisticated, but it's smooth and it has a decent flavor.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra. Thanks syrupjoe!
Poured into my Delirium Tremens bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a black body with some red/brown around the edges. No real head to speak of but a nice khaki colored lacing around the edges.

Smell: Nice smell. Dark fruits, roasty malt, some slight coffee. Enjoyable.

Taste: Average taste for the style. Nothing really outstanding. Sweetness, light bitterness. Would like it to be more roasty. Honestly had a little more taste while it was colder from the fridge.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and low on carbonation.

Overall: Better than I expected, however nothing mind blowing. I give it a high "overall" score because it exceeded my expectations. I would not go out of my way for this but if you do get the chance, certainly go for it.

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review: Sampled @ Great Taste. None of the astringency that appeared in the bottle. Roasty with ample body to it. T/M/D gets higher marks this time around.

Original review:
At face value this looks pretty good. Creamy mocha head, black body. Not much lacing, but the head is dense.

Licorice aroma, lactic milk sugar, tobacco. It seems almost fruity at first, but after a few minutes this passes.

First thing I notice is an astringent twang, that distracts from the flavor. Residual tobacco and bakers chocolate, some ashy char reminiscent of a campfire. The body is watery, and lacks substance. Overall this drinks ok, despite some flaws. I'll find another bottle and re-review if I see it again.

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Photo of SF_Posse
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TheThirdFloyd
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Not quite black, extreme deep brown, opaque. Stiff pour into a standard pint glass rendered a finger of off white head, light lace
S- Sweet light vanilla, maybe a touch of chantilly lace, countered by a bit of the familiar roastiness I'd generally associate with an Irish Stout
T- I really like the balance here. Sweeter than its Irish cousin, but I thought it retained a good amount of roasted malt, high cacao count chocolate, and espresso notes that didn't really match the mouthfeel I'm about to touch on...
M- I agree with some of the other reviews claiming this to be a watery brew. While I am grading it down on not matching the style or its own flavors, really, it does work its way into the drinkability factor.
D- I think this is definitely a sessionable beer, I'd say a 5.8%ABV? The light mouthfeel makes it a beer you may be able to sit down and enjoy a couple more of than other beers of similar flavor profiles. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of dav2080
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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Rhoades' Scholar Stout from South Shore Brewery
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