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: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of cokes
1.49/5  rDev -56.4%
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 Bighuge
1.63/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew is black. There is basically no head after 5 seconds. There are roasted tones on the nose as well as chemical (acetone and phenol I believe). In the taste I get roasted tones and maybe chocolate, but every decent taste here is over-ridden by the chemicals present. Sour and vinegar like. This is not a good stout.

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Photo of Skidz
2.28/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Re-review (1/26/05)

Pours out deep reddish-brown and sits dark mahogony in the glass with an extremely large brown head, taking up all head space offered by my 50cl glass. This appearance is rather short lived as it fades quite quickly to a light skim, leaving little in terms of lacing.

Smells full and roasty, borderline burnt, with intant coffee on the nose. Fruity esters are also prominent in apple and pear-like aromas. Overall scorched in appearance. Mild raisiny undertones.

Tastes roasty up front with plenty of fruity esters playing their part. Plenty of sour-ish apples and pears to go around. Coffee-like flavor presents the dark, roasty and burnt center of this beer. Finishes well bittered, with tart, fruity esters and coffee lingering long after swallowing.

Very light and billowy in the mouth with highly active carbonation that is quite sharp and unappealing. Dims down a bit with time and vigorous swirling and eventually allows the beer to come through. I say it's light, but it's really about a medium body, but with the carbonation, it really detracts from the overall feel of the beer and it's simply unappealing.

This is the second time I've tried this beer, allowing a good span of time to pass so I could effectively review it again. I am still unimpressed. This beer's flavors are just off, for one reason or another, and it does not sit right with me. One could drink this beer quite easily, as it is built as such, but the reasons why one would do that are unkown to me. I'll pass on this beer from now on, unless if I can find it on tap.

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Photo of ADR
2.31/5  rDev -32.5%
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 lonestar4lunch
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heads up…. This pours a dark, pretty much black color with a huge head. It took a couple of soft pours just to get this into a pint glass. A 1/2 in head does stick around for most of the time. The aroma is sweet. Almost like homemade chocolate cookies. There is just a hint of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is somewhat differnt to me. Very much of roasted coffee, malt and an almost mint like taste in there. It finishes quite dry. Not really great but not something to be uber excited about.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
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 brentk56
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark obsidian with a nice tan head that initially impresses but fizzes away very rapidly; some lacing at first but that is quickly a memory

Smell: Spent coffee grounds sprinkled with a touch of cream

Taste: Although the taste starts out fine, with a coffee with cream character, by mid-palate, we are headed in a phenolicly bitter direction - plastic city; after the swallow, sooty flavors arrive but they are attacked by the phenols to obliterate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Sadly, a letdown; this is just not a very good stout

Thanks, esjaygee (from the other site) for the opportunity - the request was mine

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I wasn’t very impressed with this beer, particularly when there are so many truly superior stouts out there. I found it to have a rather good smokey taste (think that Schlenkerla smoked sausage taste), but with a thin mouthfeel and some rather strange off-odors, like a lot of vinousness.

Appearance was pretty good; this beer had an abundant tan head and a black body of medium thickness. Aroma was not so good. There was a lot of liquorice notes, but also a cheap vodka smell which reminded me of hydrogen peroxide and I believe was a vinous off-note. Flavor was inhibited by a very flat mouthfeel, but was like a rauchbier…smokey like summer sausage.

Still, if I wanted smokey, I’d choose a real rauchbier, and if I wanted a really good stout, I think I’d choose something different. I got this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of iron78
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark from the bottle, with a tan head that is gone instantly.
The odor has a touch of roasted grain, but really reminds me of cold coffee.
Tastes of burnt malt. Instead of cold coffee, more like when we used to have a stovetop percolating coffee pot that is left on to long making it very bitter. Which takes a few drinks to get used to, but is ok.
I found it light bodied, pretty disappointing.
Over all, an ok beer but not one of my favorites. Didn't realize it was a milk/sweet stout until I looked it up here. Didn't get the added creaminess, body or sweetness that I would expect from a milk.
Will try again

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Photo of ZAP
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black....yeast sediment floating throughout glass...reddish/tan lace...chocolate roasted malts on the nose...sweet and syruppy taste. Tastes more like a sweet stout, but lacks outstanding characteristics...The syruppiness does not feel right in the mouth...texture is not the way I like a stout...flavor is OK...not bad, but nothing to get too excited about...

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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 stonequarrywest
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pour into Left Hand Milk Stout Pint Glass....

Dark brown pour....with absolutely zero head and Zero lacing.. Smell was very faint of some chocolate and coffee..
Taste is sweet and roasted malt..
Thin mouthfeel and not nearly enough carbonation for my liking.
Average drinkability and I didn't look for another on this night.

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Photo of abents
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black pour with medium dark tan head. Lace left up and down the pint glass.

Smell: Roasted malts with a sweet fruitty smell to it as well. Not all that much of a nose here. Kinda disappointing.

Taste: Early malty taste and some chocolate overpowers followed by a bitter coffe taste that eventually dries out and lingers for a while. Real heavy on the coffee tones kind of dull overall not too complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with slight carbonation very smooth going down.

Drinkability: Decent taste to the stout and very drinkable. Not too impressed by taste, but still a decent beer that I could enjoy again.

Wouldn't make this my stout of choice, but still a quality choice.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
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 HopHeadKen
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on-tap at the brewery this beer was dark brown black in color with a thin ivory head.

Smell was sweet and malty, taste follows smell; sweet and malty with hints of carmel and chocolate. since this is a sweet stout, I don't expect, nor do I find much hop flavor, bitterness or aftertaste.

I would have liked to had time to try other beers by this brewery.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a huge off-white head that subsided to an 1/8th inch head.

S - Roasty - chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted burnt taste. Very sweet linger.

M - Light and lightly carbonated.

D - Did not enjoy. One's the limit.

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Photo of akokandy
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz brown bottle poured into an American pint. Opaque dark brown with a very small head. Bad retention. No lacing. Weak.

S- Mild aromas of caramel, roasted notes, and over-the-top sweetness. Hard to pick up on, weak aroma.

T- Pretty good. Mostly caramel and sweetness up front, and roasted notes and coffee on the finish. Tastes kind of alcoholic if it gets too warm. Above average.

M- Thin for a milk stout. No carbonation, not even really when disturbed. A real low-point for this beer.

D- An OK session beer. The taste is not bad and I don't think its very alcoholic. Light body makes it easy to drink a lot, and I wanted a second, but not really the third, and started looking for something else in the fridge.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
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 BeerTruth
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from flyingbison, thank you sir! Never heard of this brewery until now.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a black cola color with the faintest of ruby highlights here around the edges. A quick two finger brown head falls to a thin creamy layer leaving nothing on the glass in the webibing department. Smell consists of charred oats, brown sugar, and spent coffee grinds. Caramelize almonds and roasted malts in the aroma as well. For some reason I detect a bit of booze in the nose which doesn't seem to fit into the style, hmmm. Sweet powerful espresso up front on the tongue with lactose and cane sugar. An interesting pine hop flavor with smokey barley and malts midway. The moist aftertaste finishes with milk chocolate, leather, and molasses. The strong carbonation really hurts this beer. It's pretty much a distraction and really takes away from the drinkability. For a stout, the feel is much too light. With all the superior stouts the Midwest continues to produce, this is a one and done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with red-hued edges and a wispy, thin tan head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty nose with hints of dark chocolate and a light roastiness.

Taste: Starts with ample semi-sweet chocolate and a good measure of coffee in the flavor. Mild caramel notes. The finish is roasty, almost ashen.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Would be much better if they'd ease up on the carbonation.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick dark brown with a tan 1 finger head that quickly dissipates.

I'm getting lots of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses. It is a bit watery - I'm not a huge Stout drinker and I was able to notice this so heavier stout fans might be less impressed.

Overall I wouldn't say this beer is breaking any new boundaries in the Stout business, but a nice drink nonetheless.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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 SykDoc
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep brown with next to no head and eventually results in no lacing. It is opaque when held to the light.

The smell is primarily coffee and the malted sweetness. Very mild semi-sweet chocolate and overall, it is just mild in intensity to me.

The taste is also somewhat weak. It seems watered down. The taste is also primarily coffee and some semi-sweet chocolate. A mild spiciness lingers.

The mouthfeel is fair. It is a medium bodied beer and could probably use an increase in the carbonation. It is not particularly sticky and goes down fairly smooth. A tangy feeling sits on the palate. It just seems watered down.

The drinkability is fair. It tastes good but doesn't have the intensity of a stout that would bring me back. It is worth drinking and I wouldn't turn it down, but it certainly could be better.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bittersweet chocolate brown that becomes less dark when backlit, but doesn't give up its claim on opacity. A sliver of orange and cherry can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass. The large, airy cap is caramel nougat brown and is too unsticky to leave any lace.

The nose is roasted malty with very few accessory aromas (cocoa powder is probably the most prominent). Although it could use more power and more personality, it's better than average. Simple, but effective.

Rhoades' Scholar is just about as basic and as light-bodied as a stout could possibly be and still avoid ridicule. The name is nothing more than a tribute to its designer, Allen Rhoades, but if we take the implication of the name to its logical conclusion, I think it's fair to say this South Shore offering struggles with simple arithmetic, much less studies at one of the world's finest institutions of higher learning.

Crystal, caramel and roasted malts make up the grain bill. The lightly charred, ground coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate flavor is present and accounted for, there just isn't enough of it. In other words, quality is sufficient, but quantity is not. I've said it before and I'll say it again: stouts gotta be stout. I question the above style since I don't taste any milk sugar and it isn't very sweet. Bitterness absolutely owns the finish.

Given the relative dearth of malt, the mouthfeel never really has a chance to impress. It does firm up a tad with warming, but only to the point that it could be considered equivalent to a mid-range porter. The harshness of the bubbles doesn't help the cause one bit.

The brewers have the right idea with Rhoades' Scholar Stout, they just need to chuck more malt into the kettles. If they ever do decide to give this beer some guts, it could definitely be a contender. At least within the state of Wisconsin.

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Rhoades' Scholar Stout from South Shore Brewery
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