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Steel Toe Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Steel Toe StoutSteel Toe Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2006

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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 101
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of iSip
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ska Steel Toe Milk Stout: Here is a beer brewed in Durango, Colorado, which would be great place to live. I am enjoying a porter/stout cycle, and decided to try this Ska product. The body is jet black with a thin tan head that fades quickly. A great aroma comes off of this beer, with a host of notes besides roast malt. The Steel Toe goes down easily, with a big flavor of rock candy and a smoky aftertaste. This beer is sweeter and smoother than other stouts I have tried, which is what I gather one should expect from a milk stout. And the Ska Steel Toe Milk Stout delivers.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Deep garnet, but not dark enough by stout standards. More of a port look. A soapy cream head has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses and very mild amount of espresso. There's a slight burnt aroma in the background.

T: Pretty sweet out front. Chocolate is the most prevalent flavor. A slight malted milk theme is at work too. Bitterness is very mild and appropriately stout like in its burnt flavor. Finishes with lingering chocolate and burnt malt flavors.

M: The body is smooth in the mouth and has just about the right amount of carbonation.

D: A nice drinkable beer. Nothing super special, but good overall.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a fizzy, thin caramel-colored head. Head retention is poor, with very little lacing left behind. Aroma is a mix of toasted and roasted malts with lactose. Very thin and uninspired aroma. The flavor profile feels thin, with notes of roasted and toasted malts, and lactose. Mouth feel is thin, although not very watery. Carbonation feels a bit harsh and abrasive. Overall, it's alright. It's a stock-standard, uninspired milk stout which keeps it from being incredibly fun to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/2/12

Dark, almost scorched brown. One finger head thins to a soapy layer. Impressive swaths of drippy lace cling to the glass.

Brash dark roast is at the core of the aroma; like burnt coffee. There are mildly sweet dark grains and overtones of a creamy sweetness. Disjointed at first, but comes together quickly.

The taste picks up where the aroma leaves off: dark coffee and chocolate roast are integrated with modest, sweeter notions. The finish is burnt and ashy with earthy hints, too.

The body is on the lighter side, but is oily and smooth to the point that it doesn't seem thin. Carbonation is moderate and well-matched to the body and flavors.

Overall, Steel Toe Stout is pretty solid. While I doubt I'd actively seek it out again, I wouldn't mind giving it another shake.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveMi
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Not really impressive. Looks like extremely low carbonation. I even show the last half inch in the bottle to make sure it was carbonated. After that there was a 1/4 inch caramel head. Other than that it's normal for what one expects a stout to look like. I found myself sometimes shaking the glass a bit to see if there was still carbonation there ...

S - Oh, nice. The sweetness comes straight out followed by a bit of a cream feel (sounds weird I know). I also get a bit of a chocolate milk vibe from it.

T - Very slight coffee, strong chocolate and a soda like finish. After a few sips it starts to muddle a bit.

M - It's a bit light but that is to be expected.

O - Overall it's a nice milk stout. I wouldn't recommend this for a first time milk stout drinker but I will have it again for sure.

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Local Option in Chicago.

A: Very black. One finger super creamy head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: huge dark fruits. Underlying chocolate and coffee.

T: Reminiscent of a quad. Dark fruits, cherries, figs and raisins. Sweet. Coffee finish.

M: Medium light body. Super creamy. Medium high carbonation.

O: Good, not great. Love the nitro. Amazing mouthfeel even though a bit light.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown appearance, just what I want to see in a milk stout. Aroma of roasted coffee malts.

Taste, enjoyable, hits the smoothness of style, while not compromising any of the chewiness and dark roast resulting in a solid, yet smooth stout. Chocolate stands tall as well. Never massive, a great sessionesque stout for the weekdays. Drank these while skiing mostly.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biglite351
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - considerable light through center of glass. Creamy off white head.

S - heavy roasted toasted malts scent. I get a touch of something metalic like someone else said.

T - toasted malts, multiple fruits, touch of chocolate. Complex but oddly crisp and clean flavor.

M - light coating but tingle over entire front of tongue.

O - all night drink.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving notes - shaker glass, cool.
A - coffee dominates the aroma.
A - opaque black. Half-inch thick tan head.
M - slick, full bodied mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth, minimal carbonation.
T - Coffee flavor up front. Some creaminess is present, but very subdued.
D - Pretty decent stout although not as "creamy" as I would have expected.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light brown colored head that is just a tad creamy in consistency. The beer is a rich, almost black, deep brown color that shows quite clear as I pour this beer into the glass. The aroma is nice an roasty; a mix of chocolate and sharp, roasted coffee notes. The aroma really has a roasted, grainy huskiness to it that is more pronounced than I have had in a beer in a while. Typical American exuberance, but it is actually in some ways appealing. A solid biscuit/ toasted malt note accompanies this husky notes, and softens it a bit.

The taste I lightly sweet, but quickly moves to a roasted grain tartness and it finishes with a note that is dominated by the husky grain not found in the nose. Notes of toasted, biscuit-like malt is quite prominent as well. Ample notes of chocolate help to round out the acidity and husky grain astringency. This beer is quite light on the palate, it makes for an easy quaffer and even the husky note does not linger for all that long. This is an enjoyable brew, an easy sipper that is good for a couple pints. While it is a bit out of balance, like most of the other breweries products, It is one of the better beers from them that I have had. For some reason the flavors just work here.

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Steel Toe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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