ajtrupp (149) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2013 For my birthday my girlfriend gave me 30 beers with 30 memories incorporated into the name. This one was Strohs Steelhead Stout. Named after the crazy boozy rum that turned me bright red and made me hallucinate. She asked when I wanted to wake up the next morning and I replied, The internet. Anyways, that stuff is good and this beer is better.
jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great coming out of the bottle, had a little yeast residue on the bottome, surprising. Roasty and chocolaty and espresso notes waft out. Very similar palate, rich, satisfying, full bodied, very balanced. Dry at the end.
AndyW68 (701) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black brown pour with beautiful mocha head. Roast coffee with caramel aroma. Initial sweetness at first pour had me a little wary. I let it settle, and it balanced perfectly. The tast is roast to burnt coffee, a little chocolate and malt. The hops bitter balances it out. The feel is full bodied and silky. Great.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 10/20/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a less-than-one finger tan color with low retention and decent lacing. Not the most impressive looking stout in the world, but to be fair, I DID just review Youngís Double Chocolate Stout from a nitro-can.
S: This seems to be more of a fruity, licorice-y stout than a roasty one. Not much in the way of roasted barley, but there is some decent coffee emanating from my glass. My preference lies toward the latter, but this has a decent aromatic profile. Maybe Iím just crazy in expecting this to be an Irish-style stout, when it really isnít?
T: My analysis on the aroma is pretty much spot on - this one lets the licorice, coffee, and dark fruits do the talking. Coffee is strongest on the opening and licorice finishes the flavor progression. There isnít freakish levels of complexity here (although I like how it becomes slightly nutty and chocolaty after a while), but it does strike a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Enjoyable, but not mindblowing.
M: The feel is weird, or maybe itís just a hair more overcarbonated than I like? Actually, it might be both. Though to be fair, the carbonation helps to neutralize the slightly thick texture some. There is some pleasant char on the aftertaste, but itís not really as dry as I like my stouts to be. At the same time, itís not really íwetí finishing, either. The wet/dry balance isnít very strong - like I said, itís kind of weird.
O: I like it a good deal, but I donít love it. A textbook example of a fallback stout when little else is available, but itís a great choice to fill out a mixed 6 pack with.
Icommonsewer (124) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yes, this gets a perfect score. One of a very elite class. Why? My wife and I have conducted double-blind taste tests over the past 5 years of every Stout (of the same basic style; not Oatmeal, Imperial, Coffee, Chocolate or Cream/Milk Stouts) we could get our hands on (about 50) and Steelhead has come out the victor every single round! This is an extremely unique, thick, full-bodied, rich Stout the way a Stout should be. When one decants a Steelhead, a thick layer of goodness can be seen on the bottom of each bottle. We have found that the beer becomes even more complex (if such a thing could be possible given the unbelieveable depth of this brew) if we decant 11 oz. then swirl the final ounce around to loosen the sediment before pouring the last bit. This also serves to create a beautiful thick, rich, dark brown head.
Derek881 (915) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a black color with only the slightest dark brown hue and a very small, dark-tan, creamy head with short retention, and light lacing and cling. The aroma was a coffee-chocolate malty mix with a roasted malt effect, along with some oats and barley, and a bit of earthy hops. The taste was a sweet-bitter blend with a coffee and caramel malt flavor mixed with a bit of bitter and sour earthy and grainy hops. It was a slightly creamy and wet beer with low carbonation and fizz, and had a lighter mouthfeel, which was a touch watery.
maxwelldeux (2694) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very thick near-black with a thin tan head. There are definitely some strong roasted flavors, but thereís also just a hint of some hoppy bitterness underneath. Roasting and chocolate notes in the taste. Thick and heavy on the palate, yet very smooth. Good one.
rollinsr (303) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with creamy brown head. Aroma is a rich and smoky chocolate with some dark fruits as well. Taste is very smooth with a nice rounded figgy taste, and the dark and smoky malts shine through as well. Very good deep and complex stout.
demmbonz (408) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Nice dark pour with medium brown head. Dark roasted flavor with a lasting bitter finish.
Patrickctenchi (2478) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a dark tan head...oily...
Scent is dark fruit, chocolate roast.
Taste is chocolate, cream, gentle coffee....a bit of cola...
Very good stuff.