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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

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

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 93
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 Golden2wenty1
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
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 beveragecaptain
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out black with a large, dense, tan head. The aroma is sweet with dark malts. Sweet malty flavor with a nice roastiness. The flavor is like a sweet milk stout. Not at all cloying. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. This beer has not gotten very high ratings, but I really enjoyed it. A full bodied stout with a nice flavor.

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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 RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 Realale
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black with beautiful ruby highlights. Head is mocha with a mixture of very fine creamy and large bubbles and leaves nice lacing down the pint.

Nose is slightly sweet with roast grains. Some support from bready base malt, and a bit of caramel as well. A bit of fruitiness from the yeast (dried cherry, plum) is unexpected, but not unpleasant.

Medium weight in the mouth with solid maltiness and more fruitiness. Initially a bit watery in the mid-palate, but this fills in nicely as the beer warms. Ends up being quite full of flavor with good length on the finish. Reminds me of a less intense version of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.

Soft creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and nice for a session. Good complement to food as well. Many thanks to Ave for the sample.

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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 tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black liquid with slivers of dark cherry highlights. Nice off-white tannish creamy head of foam about a finger high. Smell is faint of dark roasted malts and old-been-sitting to-long-coffee. Taste is nice coffeeish, roasted darken malts, lingering a bit in burntness and chocolate, ends in a moderate hop twinge of bittering dryness. Good soild full medium body with a earthy darkened dryness in the finish. Good stout offering.

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

Thanks a trade I got this beer sent my way! This is a very impressive Stout. Pours the requisite deep dark color with a lasting medim thick light brown head. Nice roasted coffee aroma with a little hops. Warm and pleasant coffee and malt flavor. I really liked this one.

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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 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 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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