iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle notched the first week of May from Sparky27--thanks Eric! Clear deep brown with a small beige head, fading down to a ring and small island of foam in the middle of my glass before long. Milok chocolate and coffee up front in the aroma with a little bit of toffee. Nice. Flavor manages to keep the milk chocolate intact pretty well with the aforementioned coffee and some added roasty malts. The finish turns slightly wet cardboardish with some ashy char, and bitterness peaked around a 2. The finish was semi-dry. Low carbonation with a slightly watery body. Worth trying again at some point if it were on tap and nothing crazy were available. Overall, not too bad--though anything would taste good after the stupid t Smisje beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Huge coffee aroma similar to folgers with cream. FLavor is very milky and creamy with strong coffee and some subtle chocolate notes. Tastes like a creamed coffee. Medium body with a moderately bitter finish.
joergen (23765) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at GABF 2008.
Black coloured with a meidum sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee, caramel and chocolate.
Roasted flavour of coffee with notes of chocolate and caramel.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with no carbonation, no head whatsoever. Sweet stout and roast aromas. Taste is very average for a stout. Not much milk stout quality. The milk stout flavor is all back-of-the-palate, which is sort of disappointing.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, lactose, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, lactose, and chocolate. Light to medium body. A decent beer.
GarrettB (1233) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 I like a brew that purports to be tough and strong; a beer that can be manly enough for the blue collar worker, but sweet enough to satisfy his suppressed appetite for sugar. And apparently that’s the demographic that the Steel Toe stout is aimed at. The pour is slow and oily like the Exxon-Valdez spill, floating up a medium brown and fuzzy head that’s a few millimetes shy of capping the whole surface area of the brew. The aroma has the summer scent of fresh leafy produce, like spinach, with the added bitterness of fresh coffee beans. A marginal scent of raspberry, and the heavy smell of heavy cream gives this a predictable sweet touch. Out of this aroma I also catch a puff of candy corn - a staple to any American child celebrating Halloween, but I also get a heavy metallic element in the aroma that makes the Steel Toe a bit off-putting. The flavor is a dark maw of malts, chocolate and a semi-sweet balance, but seems flat and deflated. It is a nice respite from bitter stouts, though. Also, like in the aroma, I stumble on a chemical and metal flavor that is unpleasant and sticks around your throat like a thorn until the aftertaste. Still, this does nothing to malign the beer’s sugary intent, especially as it is still housed in your mouth. Dry fruits and a lactic sweetness give the tongue a sugary coating that is a nice substitute for dessert, but these industrial flavors are just too much for me.
------- in July, 2011
Sweeter and deeper in its chocolate tones than most milk stouts, the Ska Brewing Steel Toe Milk Stout is almost a dessert substitute. The coal black black body hints at the deep, enveloping chocolate flavors insude. In the nose I find scents of freshly unwrapped premium chocolate (the kind you cringe when buying, even if it’s for a special occasion) with chocolate malt and a nice, rich dairy freshness in the nose. The flavor is oozing with even more chocolate, more sweet than bitter, and recalls slices of decadent chocolate cake had at fancy dinners in the past. The boisterous carbonation washes away the flavors in the aftertaste, leaving behind a short but very intense burst of chocolate astringency. Milk stouts are engineered with lactose sugar in mind, but the Steel Toe is a special example of just how sweet a deep, dark beer can get with a heady dose of lactose. I never find it cloying, but I also know that a drink that sweet doesn’t seem like a beer sometimes. All the same, darn good drinking, and practically begging to be paired with a nice vanilla ice cream.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear black pour with minimal foamy tan head. Roasted maly and grain aroma. Burnt coffee flavor. Watery on the palate. No big deal.
JK (5025) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lactose aroma. A little sweet with more lactose in the aroma along with lightly roasted malt. Black in color and average palate. I don’t like lactose in my stouts but this one does an OK job with it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour medium brown head, spotty lace. Pleasant roast aroma almost smokey. Coffee and cream type flavor. Nothing on the milk stout from D/R
Guerde (1221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from Sparky27, thanks Eric!) Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is strongly roasted, with a ton of roasted malt, a touch of smoke, charcoal, beef jerky, and dark roasted coffee. Taste is not as highly roasted as the aroma would lead on (which is a good thing) but there’s a lot of dark roasted coffee, with a sharp somewhat tart/bitter berry skin taste near the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, not bad.