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Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 04-07-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
93
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 93
Photo of association330
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours an inky black, like any good stout should. Delivers a creamy, dark tan, half-pinky head with very modest lacing. Too modest for a stout, but the head does last for the whole glass.

S - Heavy on roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Notes of strong, bitter coffee and a touch of smokiness.

T - Starts with sweet roasted chocolate and a touch of smoke, and finishes with some bitter coffee and an ever so slight grassy hop note.

M - It's a tad watery for a proper stout, but the carbonation is just right and it's very smooth.

D - No issues here, could drink a few of these in a sitting.

It's an enjoyable sweet stout, but certainly nothing that will amaze most beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, fairly watery looking stout. Thin meager head that disappears quickly. Smells just lightly of roasted malt, dry and clean. Flavor is quite nice. Full, roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Some sweetness and a mild grassy hop flavor. Charred taste lingers for a nice moment. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. An eminitely drinkable stout, definitely above average.

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Photo of Pbomb
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brdc
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Nice looking, pitch black body produced a small head, tan, with very little retention or lacing.
Aroma is pleasant, coffee, cocoa and roasted malts.
Body is quite thin, and taste, although pleasantly roasted and showing nice notes of relatively sweet chocolate and coffee, has little depth.
Nice, but not great. Still wortwhile.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours oil black with very little head. It smells of malts, raisins, and a slight smoky flavor. The flavor leans towards a brown sugar/caramel flavor. Theres the slightest touch of smokiness right away then leads into the malty-sweetness that is present. My only knock on this beer is that the flavor doesn't linger as long as I like on stouts, but it does encourage you take another drink rather quickly.

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Photo of Thanby
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque rich brown in color, minimal dark head, a bit of dark lacing.

Very strong on the light side of smoky, if that makes sense. Rich high malt, coffee, chocolate, a bit of caramel. The most prominent scent is pure cacao. Seems like it's going to be a very fun and flavorful stout.

The taste does not disappoint after testing the smell. The cacao is definitely strong, but not overpowering. There's a pleasant smokiness that's typical from a stout but it's not the dominant flavor like most. The balance reminds me of an oatmeal stout, but without the oatmeal. It's full-bodied but lighter in flavor, like coffee with a bit of creamer and sugar. One thing that's kind of subtle is a brief scent and taste of citrus right before the full flavor actually hits. It's unusual but it's a pleasant surprise. You have to be careful to notice it.

Very smooth and rich and generally pleasant to drink. It's refreshing to drink a stout that doesn't take itself to be badass and likes to play in the upper register.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dartk tan/ brown-ish head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a roasty malt. In the taste, a nice roasty malt, a sweetness of oatmeal and even a lactose sweetness too. A small bitter and malty body mouthfeel and semi sweet oatmeal aftertaste. A very nice stout, good taste, good aroma, easy to drink.

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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 Atron67
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Old Fashioned in Madison Wi

A- arrived with a soft amount of head on top, inch or so that lasted a little while,

S- the scents i remember being pretty coffee'ish, solidly malty with a good amount of chocolate malt present with only a trace of roastedness

T- not as sweet as I would expect for a 'milk stout' but i didnt didnt know it was a milk stout then, but it was still pretty good, there was the coffee and chocolate flavors throughout that were pretty solid. smooth and quite tasty

M- a pretty good stout, well enjoyed, but not spectacular

D- fit well with the burger, and if i hadnt seen the smoke on the porter by new glarus woulda had another

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Photo of Strix
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like coffee, with a tinge of cocoa and a bit of alcohol detectable in the smell. Tastes like coffee too, and leaves a roasted coffee/ faint dark chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit weak, but the overall taste is very pleasant. As it warms a bit, sweeter tones come out, tasting a bit like chocolate milk. While I think this could benefit from a more substantial mouthfeel, this is not a bad milk stout.

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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 happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown/ black color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast and leaves a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: strong aroma of roasted coffee, very reminiscent of coffee with sugar added, there is no hop presence in the aroma
t: strong roasted coffee taste, the sweetness really comes in to the flavor towards the finish very similar to a nice cup of coffee with light amount of sugar added
m: deffinatly towards the full side of medium if not full bodied, little carbonation

overall, wow this is truly an amazing beer i enjoyed it very much its very drinkable

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque, light crimson at foot, with a fizzy roasted tan head, but slim and soon disappearing.

Aroma is roast, espresso, some cocoa and carob...no, lots of cocoa. Sweet, and only slightly bitter, with just enough roast in there.

Sweetness, with the sidekick of bitter, returns in the taste. Full-bodied, but could be fuller. And although the taste is pleasant, it never develops into anything more than that.
Gets a little too sweet, actually...I almost don't like it...but it never displeases that much. It's a nice enough stout, just doesn't have enough rewards to warrant returning to.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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 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 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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Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, black, with a thin veil of coffee colored foam.

This greeted me with a slightly smokey aroma, and as I sipped it, there were elements of mint and licorice as well. The roasted malts are subdued. Hops do not play a strong roll, other than to keep the malt in check,

In terms of style, this is a bit of an inbetweener, as it seems a little dry for a sweet stout, a little sweet for a dry stout. But you could call that balance and not worry too much about the details. It's an enjoyable brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out jet black with a small, mocha head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Smelled of roasted malt and tofffee.

T - Tasted a little like an expresso and malt. It was slightly sweet.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - This is a good stout, but I don't really think it fits as a Milk/Sweet Stout. It just wasn't sweet enough.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mmmBeeeer for sharing the riches of his world travels with me.

Bottle inspection: Nothing informative other than the label states it is “Northeastern Wisconsin’s first microbrewery established in 1995”.

Aroma: Wet roasted grains, grape nuts, mild cream coffee notes billow out of the snifter. No hop aroma noted.

Appearance: A jet black inky pour with a thin tan head that does not retain long. It quickly dissipates to a sticky ring around the glass.

Flavor: Dark roasted grains, French roast coffee, a touch papery (possibly oxidized?), a bit of some charcoal smokiness on the back of the palate. Subsequent samples yield a little bit of creamy sweetness that compliments the roasted profile nicely.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy. Vibrant carbonation that is pushing the boundaries given the style. Residual sweetness coats the palate and makes for a nice lingering finish.

Overall impression: The smokiness is understated but definitely present and a bit odd for what it’s supposed to be. There is still a nice balance of roasted and creamy/sweetness that makes this a highly enjoyable brew. Nothing over the top but very well done and close to style. I will look for this again if I’m ever in Wisconsin. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a medium tan head.

The aroma seemed pretty mute. I could pick up some chocolate, but that was it.

The taste is also a bit muted. However you can pick out a smooth & creamy, very mellow, chocolate flavor.

Mouthful is a joy. Very creamy without being foamy. Perfectly carbonated. Very light for the style. This is what makes it a very drinkable beer. Add to that underpowering flavor, and it goes down very easy.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this from Warehouse Liquors in Da-Loot.

This beer poured a dark black with some slight cherry tones here and there. The creamy tan head erupted out of my glass when I poured it leaving behind a craterous, large bubble head that was a lot of fun to watch crumble and fade away to a sparse film. This left a few clumps of lace behind.

Smells like a pot of cheap coffee with some residual dark chocolate and a slight red grape and rhubarb sourness to it.

Tastes big and sweet with tart red grapes and gooey dark chocolate. Then, the finish takes a turn for the worst when an acetone like chemical flavor arises, swirls with a dry burnt coffee and leaves me a bit put off. Bleah! The finish isn’t that bad, but it’s still a pretty crummy ending to a good story.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, but thin with a small swarm of busy bubbles.

Not too bad, but just all right in my book. I can’t remember how much I paid for this, but I think that the cost just about justifies the flavor.

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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 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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