Lilja's Sasquatch Stout | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Sasquatch StoutLilja's Sasquatch Stout

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jegross2
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark brown and light does not permeate through. You can tell the beer is carbonated upon pour, but the head quickly disappears and leaves nothing behind -- odd for a stout.

Aroma: carbonated cheap red wine (I think Mogandavid) mixed with faint roasted coffee notes on the back end of the beer's aroma. I may also detect a dash of bitter chocolate.

Taste: The carbonation of the beer is too pronounced for a stout. The slightly bitter, tart flavor of the beer itself is not "bad" -- I tasted of roasted coffee or roasted bittersweet malts -- but the finish is slightly metallic (which is odd, given that this beer came from a glass bottle) and flat. After the slight metallic twang of the beer subsides, however, the residual coffee flavor is not unenjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is very thin, slightly watery. Over carbonated for a stout. Very disappointing.

Drinkability: very drinkable beer. I would not prefer to drink another, but if this beer tickles your fancy, you most certainly could drink several without getting too full.

Overall: The beer was very disappointing. The flavor is nothing special, and spoiled by an off-putting finish. The beer was too watery for my taste, and I prefer a more full bodied stout. Between the carbonation and unnecessary finish, this is a very weak, avoidable beer.

I did not know this was a Wisconsin beer before I drank it, but it reinforces my belief that there are very few good Wisconsin brews out there and that Wisconsin makes the weakest beer in the Midwest (well, next to Iowa).

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally pulled the trigger on this guy, following weeks of second-guessing and choosing other things. It pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty light tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, molasses, toasted oats, dark wheat, and a drop or two of maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, burnt wheat, light vinyl, and light bitter coffee. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thinnish body, and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a decent stout, but one that's a bit too roasted and a bit too thin for my tastes.

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Photo of jbierling
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color.

Smell: Pleasant.

Taste: Hoppy and bitter. Too much at first, but it (or the ABV) grew on me. Finished strong.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Fun. Unique bottle and artwork. Loved the name. One I'll remember.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Distinct coffee flavor. Quite dry with a bitter edge. Lots of malty flavors through the roasted spectrum, but barely a hint of sweetness. Plenty of bitter chocolate. Hops come forward right away without much trace of flowery aroma. Good for a sip but quite austere. Body and mouthfeel is thin. Borders on harshness after a while. I would not call it highly drinkable, even cold. Still, it does have an intriguing dark, woody, earthy taste. Like some kind of barbequed barley. Beautiful coppery brown in the tulip glass.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.74/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has all the characteristics a good stout should. A dark color, great head, strong roasted flavor with a bitter, dry finish. This one also has a taste of currants and rye bread. Very complex, very interesting, and very delicious. Reminds me both of a milk stout and an imperial stout.

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Photo of Beejay
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black with ruby highlights at the edges. A nice tan head on the top of it.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma, notes of chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

T: Roasted malt with a little bit of a tart thing going on. Some slight tannins with a almost milk stout flavor in the finish. The toasted flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium light in body. Carbonation seems about right, there is a slight dryness in the finish.

O: Overall it is alright, pretty decent flavor but not something I would buy in bulk. This doesn't stand out in a world of beer that exceed it.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Good retention. Minimal lace.

(S)- Mild nutty roasted components. Bits of raisin.

(T)- A smooth biscuit/oatmeal flavor. Bits of cocoa, raisin, and plum.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth yet mildly roasty and a balanced sweetness.

(D)- A solid stout right here. Easy drinking and hits the spot for the style.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pitch black with ample tan colored head. Leaves some lacing.

(S) A lot of roasted character in the nose. Malty and somewhat sweet. Get some coffee in there.

(T) Roasted malt, roasted chocolate malt and black malts. A small hint of brown sugar. Has an oat characteristic to it. Some biscuit and some licorice.

(M) Has a bit of a bitter bite up front. Full body. Smooth finish.

(O) I'm a fan of Sand Creed and I think this was a pretty decent stout. It is nothing out of the ordinary though and nothing ground breaking, but it's a pretty decently made beer.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never heard of this brewery, so when I was in a random store shopping I saw this and was curious.

A- Black as night which has a nice brown foam that collects around the ring of the glass. Small amounts of carbonation gather at the top of the glass.

S- Very bold rich in flavor. Get a nice amount of chocolate along with a nice coffee like malt as well.

T- Has a fantastic bold flavor to it. A great balance between a nice coffee and chocolate flavor.

M- It has a very thick flavor which is stands out. A very sweet finish. For a stout it has a great drinkability.

Overall- Very impressed made a great decision to try this beer and look forward to trying more of their products! Cheers

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Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, good head.

Smell: Very mild coffee aroma.

Taste: Nice mocha coffee flavor, has a bit of lingering coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like a 7% beer, pretty easy drinking.

Picked up a single of this in Hudson. It is a pretty straight-forward stout, quite balanced in that it's not too sweet and not too bitter. Sweetened, creamy coffee is the main thrust of this beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This black beer has slightly reddish highlights (when held to a strong light-source). It's head is blanket of chocolate-milk colored foam. Nice. The aroma is of roasted malt and a little barley. Not much of a hop scent. The intensity of the aroma is subdued, but there is some good chocolate and coffee notes. Woody. Full and rich in body. There is a bit of peppery warmth at times. The finish is balanced, if not tilted a bit to bitterness. The beer dries out considerably in the finish. Overall this one is pretty good.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since this was one of the few beers available via the single bottle that I had yet to try. This isn't the time of the year for Stouts in my book since it's warm out but this wasn't as strong as the ones that I had during the winter. While this Stout was a bit underwhelming, it fit in well for this time of the year and would certainly be a great choice for someone just getting their feet wet with this style.

Relatively average pour to this with a dark hue and nearly no head or lacing to be seen. The carbonation could be seen here and between that and the appearance of this beer, it reminded me of soda. The mouthfeel was light and like root beer in terms of how smooth it was, with a decent creamy feel to it. Notes of chocolate and burnt toffee could be detected with just a bit of caramel sweetness in there as well. The bitter chocolate came out in the aftertaste but it wasn't strong or long-lasting. Overall, this was mellow without being weak and the carbonation was just strong enough to scrub away any of the flavors that may have been detrimental to the overall taste of this beer.

The alcohol was just right here too, in that it could be felt but not tasted up-front. With so many Stouts on the shelves, this doesn't measure up to the big names. That's alright as this been has carved a nice little niche for itself and those who are a fan of this style will not be disappointed. At the same time, they won't be blown away but they can drink this, knowing that it's toned-down taste and appeal will fit in perfectly with the summer months. This is a good beer to finish up on during a nice summer night since it's likely not to offend anyone. It is refreshing to find an easygoing Stout such as this amidst those that cater to a more experienced craft beer drinker.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another random beer picked up from Jungle Jims in Ohio, dont know a thing about Sand Creek brewery, but I think this is my first Wisconsin beer.

Appearance-Looks like it should. Pretty dark, not black, some red in there, and light barely shines through. 1 finger beige head which dissapears quickly.

Smell-Very roasty. Some coffee in there as well, sweet not bitter. Lightly hopped

Taste-Nice combination of Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some light hops on the backend. Nicely balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel-Very watery, light bodied. It's pretty easy to drink, but pretty boring, no thickness, very light.

Overall-Great beginner stout. Sweet upfront, light bitterness on the backend. Has its coffee and chocolate. Easy to drink, nice flavors. Won't WOW anyone though.

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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip.
A: Pours a tan mat of head, with one finger formation and overall retention sinks thought the glass. The body is a classic deep black, and lacing is minimal, but present.

S: The aroma sends off chocolate and roasted notes. Lacking in depth and complexity, a fairly standard and sub par aroma.

T/M: The body is thin, with a hint of a black lager texture. The overall taste is not overly complex, but does have some nice attributes to it, the roasted malt is well balanced with the subtle bittering hops and the chocolate/coffee element of the malt does add nice flavor. Nice lingering finish, although not very long, a new element of sweetness does get thrown in.

O: Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but for the style, not something that represents it very well. while the 7%ABV is well hidden and the light character is expressed, this makes for a 'sessionable' Stout.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from ~year old bottle into snifter.

A: Pours deep rich brown, very little light enters at the edge. About 1 finger of mocha brown head, dissipating quickly. Solid ring retained throughout. Very nice looking stout.

S: Rich and roasty right out of the gate. Plenty of chocolate, a bit of brown sugar and vanilla, a hint of coffee. Good compliment of roasted malts. Absolutely wonderful.

T: The taste is not as robust as the nose. The roasted malts are the main attraction, with the bitter chocolate and coffee coming through subtly, with the coffee being more pronounced. There are some bitter hops that balance out the tail end, which is a nice compliment. The coffee/espresso really kicks in and lingers for awhile as it warms.

M: A bit thin and bitter, with a fair amount of carbonation for the style. Leaves a bit of a soft warmness behind.

O: I had this one a couple times before reviewing. It is hard not to expect a thicker, RIS style beer when you smell it. In looking at this one from all angles, I really enjoy it. I will be drinking this one again.

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

Appearance is dark brown, just short of black with a decent but short-lived tan head.

Nice full aroma shows a great blend of chocolate and roasted malts along with a good dose of musty oats.

Flavor backs up the smell well with rich baker’s chocolate and some bitter earthy hops. A little bit of coffee shows at times . Finish is long, bitter and on the charred side.

M: Body is a bit light and carbonation seems too sharp for a beer with this much flavor.

A bit ashy and bitter, but still a pretty tasty stout with plenty of punch. Wouldn’t mind having another.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one (that I had never heard of) shared by schmittymack last night. Poured a deep black color, with a nice tan colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a creamy brownish head. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Taste was coffee, chocolate, a bit of smokiness(?) that was very smooth to the finish. No hop bitterness/bite. Very quaffable; I would go for this again if available when I'm back in the midwest.

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Photo of HoppyHachey
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as black at first glance. When held up to the light though the top and bottom seem to have a fading deep red color. Looks amazing.

S: Awesome smell! Can't really explain why I like it, it's just intoxicating.

T: Really smooth, mildly flavorful. I think that the after-taste is better than the initial tastes itself.

MF: As I said before, I'll say again, smoooth. Goes down great.

A guy up north in a small store said this stuff flies out of his shop so I figured i'd try it. i drank it out of a beer glass, and was satisfied.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark dark brown with a nice thin tan colored head that retains nicely, though with very little glass cling.

The most dominant scent the nose is picking up is chocolate. Underlying mild smokey notes are there as well as a little bit of coffee.

The taste is excellent, the coffee taste becomes a bit more pronounced, blending beautifully with the chocolate flavors; finishing off with a nice mild smoke.

Nice mouthfeel, creamy and rich, lingering dryness in the aftermath.

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Photo of richkrull
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark black color with a very dark beige/brown head on it. Smell is heavy chocolate and malt with some roastiness coming through. Taste is the same with some bitterness on the backend. Medium-Full bodied beer but still pretty drinkable. Stouts aren't my favorite beer, but this one is pretty good. I could see myself drinking this from time to time.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this one.

A- Pours a deep black color with hints of a light red hue on the edges of the glass. One finger mocha colored head shows great retention. Long thick sticky streaks of lace everywhere on the sides of the glass.

S- I keep getting a nice smoke presence in the front of the aroma. Bitter baker's chocolate in the front half of the aroma makes more of a appearance than the roasted malts which play secondary hints. Light notes of vanilla toward the ending of the aroma. Second half of the nose is more of a bitter chocolate and cream blend. This reminds me more of a milk/sweet stout more than anything else.

T- Roasted malts come in the front of the beer with a light hint of smoke. I don't know if it is suppose to be there but it works really well with the beer as far as I can tell. Chocolate in the front half of the beer as well comes in a bitter form. Caramel malts show up in the middle of the beer off setting a little of the bitter tones to this beer. Backend of the beer shows a lot coffee flavor blended with light burnt beans. A nice underlying vanilla hint here and there go well with a lingering chocolate/coffee ending. The alcohol is lightly present but never gains strength overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bitter chocolate and coffee roast is left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, roasted coffee, and light vanilla and chocolate hints. Flavors are blended well although not to the style as labeled...I would have went with more of a milk/sweet stout label for it. No off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer is a nice drinker which one could have a lot of for the lack of alcohol being tasted in the beer. Medium range ABV means while being able to have many it will end up sneaking up on you. I personally thought it could have had a different labeling as it is more of a milk/sweet stout to me. A nice surprise beer that I knew nothing about.

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Photo of budgood1
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out an opaque black colour with some crimson edges. one finger tan head with some clingy lace. nose of burnt black malts, anise, toffee, caramel, cocoa and yeast. residual herbal hopping, too. taste is pretty, burnt and bitter maltiness plus a good deal of yeast and some slightly tart lactic notes. alcohol well hidden...just enough floral hopping without adding too much hop related bitterness. very nice. medium body but appropriate...fairly silky and smooth mouthfeel...again most appropriate. great drinkability and overall a rock solid stout without any frills and hype. quite sessionable.

i liked this. nothing ground breaking or sense shattering but that's the beauty of it. a quintessential american stout of high regard. recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Poured black with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Bitter coffee, roasted nuts, light chocolate. Pleasant overall nose somewhere between a typical stout and an imperial stout, as would be expected from the 7% ABV.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee, roasted malts/nuttiness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation. Light for a 7% stout.

D - A good stout.

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Photo of camp0474
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/30/11

A: Pours a black with burnt edges. Caramel tan head that fades quickly. Not much head retention.

S: Heavy smoked malts with notes of bitter chocolate and faint coffee. Sweet smells of caramel, cream and vanilla in the background.

T: Toasty and smokey malts at the start. Sweet flavors of nutty vanilla, maybe almond, and faint coffee. Finishes with a dry nutty toasted flavor.

M: Lighter medium body with medium carbonation. Fine bubbles as you drink, prickly. A lighter stout in my opinion but good.

D: Overall good beer. Lighter body makes it pretty drinkable. Finishes a bit dry.

Pretty good overall, I expected a little heavier body. Interesting sweet flavors mixed in.

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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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