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
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark black color with hints of ruby where the light hits it, small white head and little lacing.

S: Sweet milk, notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: A milky sweetness, chocolate and some small notes of roasted malts.

F: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation seems slightly high.

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Photo of GabrielM
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle given as an extra from JMBSH, poured into a Riedel Bordeaux glass. Thanks again, Jason!

A - standard stout look - dark brown/black, with a quarter-inch cream colored head.

S - right off the top is semi-sweet chocolate, some vanilla cream, maybe a touch of cinnamon, and even a malty earthiness. Can't wait to taste it!

T - good, but a bit disappointing after the great nose. It almost smells better than it tastes. Don't get me wrong - all of the aromatic flavors are there, but weaker than I expected. Given its lower ABV, though, I suppose that is justified.

M - creamy, a tad sweet, but a little lite. I did, however, let it warm up close to room temperature and that seemed to add a little volume and/or depth to it.

D - definitely drinkable, almost to the point of being a sessionable stout. Not too sweet, not at all dry, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of mecmd
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drseamus
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The head fell quickly leaving a jet black body. Carbonation pretty heavy due to the etching in the bottom of the Sam Adams glass.

S: Heavy roasted barley aromas with lactose sweetness in the background.

T: The bark is worse than it's bite in the roasted department. The flavor is pretty subdued in general but there is some roasted barley and residual sweetness. There is definitely lactose in there, as I would expect with a milk stout.

M: The beer is a bit thin for a stout, but I find similar mouthfeel with a lot of milk stouts.

D: A decent stout, but it doesn't rise above it's brethren.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Sep 2010. Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker (RIP).

Medium sized light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Very dark brown with ruby highlights, not quite opaque. Aroma is sweet and roasty, cocoa, chocolate and lactose. Taste starts out similar to the aroma, becoming a bit coffeeish through the finish. Medium body. Creamy milky mouthfeel. Aftertaste of mocha espresso bitterness. Mild ethanol.

Should have got more than one bottle of this...

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucnifter
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's well out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Aside from cursing the distributor, what can I do? Hope it hasn't deteriorated...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Some sediment upon pouring. Produces a huge head of creamy light-brown foam with decent retention; it slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of rich roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and mild earthy yeast. A subtle sweetness in the background. Nice.

Tastes of roasted malt with a restrained bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, mild lactose, a hint of earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Slightly sweet, yet dry with a touch of cardboard. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation but a rather thin body for the style. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and faint lactose.

Tasty - a decent milk stout that goes down a treat. Looks the part, with a superb aroma of roasted malt and a good flavour that possesses a delicate sweetness. The body could use improvement; thicker and more velvety is the way to go. Overall though, a nice brew that hits the spot. I'd have one again - worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big dry cocoa aroma with touches of toffee. Smooth body with more chocolate and then roast rolling into the back of the flavor. Medium bodied and overall a fine example of a milk stout.

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Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours dark mahogany in color. Head is a finger thick and tan. Settles to a big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Roasted grains. Chocolate malt. Hints of coffee and bread.
T) Chocolate. Subtle coffee. Hints of milky sweetness. Finishes bitter.
M) Full body. Dry in the finish. Fairly smooth overall.
D) A decent stout. I'd drink another.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rapidsequence
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Barely black with lots of dark red shining through. Brief duration of the head. Lots of spotty lacing. A little too light in color, but otherwise good.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, and a slight sourness. Its very sweet smelling, and the roastiness is very nice and not burnt. I'm not a fan of that sour twinge that's sometimes found in sweet stouts or dry stouts-- this has a little of that.

Taste: Solid. Sweet and roasty. Bitter chocolate more than coffee in the flavor. Pretty abruptly clean on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It feels kind of thin, but not super light for the style. Smooth in the mouth and a little creamy.

Drinkability: This is a solid beer, but not fantastic. I'd drink more than one.

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Photo of coldriver
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is smokey dark malt with coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, with distant dark fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with wet finish. Overall a competent milk stout.

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Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Black with a half a fingers worth of tan head. Very light amount of lacing.

Smell- Chocolate with hints of dark roasted malt and coffee.

Taste- Chocolate and sweet malt at the start with notes of bitter coffee at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy. Prickly amount of carbonation.

Overall- Good beer. One of the better milk stouts that I've had.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautful rich black with lots of creamy tan head. Medium retention, pretty slow fade with nice rings of lace left over.

The aroma is of chocolate and coffee mostly with some rich caramel and toffee notes and vanilla hints with some cramy edges and dark fruit notes. Spicy, but low profile hops.

The taste follows with rich, dark cocoa and black coffee bitterness with a rich, almost cloying dark chocolate and cream taste. Little bit of dark fruit like plum and raisin, but faint notes. Tons of toffee bleeding through to make it a bit too sweet and cloying with the milky lactose background. A good milk stout, but a little cloying overall.

Thick, creamy, smooth but a little sticky.

Overall, very drinkable and enjoyable. Rich, complex, but one and done cuz its a little too sweet and cloying.

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Photo of NitroGen
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. Brown Bottle Date Mark shows that it was bottled the second week of March.

A: Motor oil pours with an intense one-finger espresso foam head that dissipates to a slight cover and scant lace.

S: Deep roasted espresso and feint grain undertone

T: Roasted bittersweet chocolate and espresso with some milk and a finish of sweetness

M: Thinner than expected, although the mouth is enveloped with the taste it starts and ends on the same note with a slight sweet mocha taste on the tongue.

D: I liked this as it is good from beginning to end is extremely smooth but one-dimensional. I would gladly substitute this as a replacement for my morning cup of coffee driving to work, if not for the present day rules of the road that frown on such behavior.
One of the few session stouts that I have tasted.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint tumbler. 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but that eventually fades too. Is that lacing? Deep black beer that shows some ruby redness when held to light.

My first whiff pulled a strong alochol smell. Not sure why, I don't think it has a high ABv. Followed by a strong chocolate smell, and a slight cherry aroma.

Bitter chocolate is the overwhelming taste, with some slight nutty and roasted malt flavors. Are those the same? Probably. A little coffee taste.

Drinks very well in my opinion. Slight carbonation. A little high for a stout, but this seems to be the norm for a milk stout. Nice and creamy throughout. Definitely a drinkable stout with such strong bitterness. I definitely could down a few of those. A nice offering from Ska. They don't have the best beers out there, but I like what they do with them.

For what it's worth to you Coloradans, I think this is a better offering of a milk stout than Left Hand's that got a really high review in a certain magazine.

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Photo of bamadog
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Jeff for bringing this one back from one of his many summer trips to Colorado. Review is from notes taken on 9/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deepest, darkest brown/near coffee black; no head whatsoever despite a rather vigorous and tall pour; body is entirely opaque; no lacing is left behind, just a thin oily residue that slides back into the drink.

Smell: A nice and robust sweet syrupy chocolate with some hints of bittersweet chocolate as well; nice burnt and roasted maltiness with some hints of charred wood; nose is especially robust.

Taste: Not too bad -- the sweet and syrupy chocolate is right up front and the toasted and burnt/toasty malts and slightly charred wood flavors follow nicely; a very sweet and creamy flavor come along with the chocolate -- must be a much heavier dosage of lactose in the brewing process to thicken this one up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Definitely thicker than most other milk stouts (as mentioned in the taste as well), but still just a tad under what I would ultimately prefer; carbonation really has no presence and makes it come across as flat, and not that I care to have a very bubbly stout, but I do like a bit more than this; a fairly thick and moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Overall, I give this one credit where it's due and believe that it's definitely better than most other milk stouts that I've had; makes for a nice dessert with that creamy and sweet flavor set.

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Photo of illidurit
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy scray24 poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown with a modest tan head. Aroma is sweet, velvety chocolate coupled with an inviting fresh-baked bread character. Simple stout flavor with medium roastedness, dark chocolate, and a telltale lactose character. A little low in carbonation, which actually furthers the whole milkiness profile. Could stand a little more robustness but this is extremely drinkable in its current state. A real textbook milk stout.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Deep brown, almost black with light brown head

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted malts, some metallic undertones

T - Milk chocolate, coffee, with lactic acid snap to it.

M - Medium with moderate carbonation.

D - Easy drinking milk stout for the working man. You could easily knock these back, but I tend to stop at one or two in a session.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium brown in color, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - much like any other milk stout, it smells sweet and caramelly, with a roasted quality too.

Taste - initially the roasted quality is there, but then comes the sweeter aspect from the creamy, and then the roasted hops seem to come back with a bit of a bite in the latter part of the finish. Interesting taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced actually, not too far on the creamy side, but still close to it, as the type would suggest.

Overall - pretty darn decent brew. Interesting to think about, and good-tasting.

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Photo of dshansen1184
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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