Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours jet black with a very large tan head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma is filled with dark roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark fruits (slightly tart), and some coffee. Smells like a brownie the more it warms up. Flavor tastes pretty much like a spot-on clone of Dark Horseís Special Reserve Black Bier, with a boatload of dark roasted malt, french roast coffee, and dark chocolate, with some sweetness to balance the bold roasted flavors. Some salt. Thereís a faint bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little less full than I had expected, but it still remains silky. This is quite a good beer. Well done, Steel Toe.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour. Not knowing what style of beer this was before drinking, I thought it might resemble a dunkel, a very good one at that. Some smokiness in the flavor, sweet caramel and oatmeal. Incredible mouthfeel. A nice start to my journey with Steel Toe beers.
mnmike (1047) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewery after a tour. Expected dark color. Head is browner than expected. Great roasty coffee taste that is very pure.
radarsock (1001) - Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650mL bottle supplied by Stine - many thanks! To long-stemmed white wine glass, it pours a cordovan-tinted dark brown/black combination with which a trim beige head half a finger in length stood. Aromas of almond butter, roasted barley, charcoal, pine needles, aloe, coffee syrup, American yeast, and grilled corn. Tastes the same with the addition of milk chocolate, birch bark, earl grey tea, and stale black licorice candy. Burnt rubber, spent grain, and wet cardboard experienced by swallow. Chewy and interestingly flavorful. My first Steel Toe had been a success.
crajun (995) - , Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from emeinz via trade; thx Eric!! Loooved the aroma on this one - I didnít get the chocolate that others noted and canít quite place the aroma - some wood aroma. silky smooth (oats); thin with a bitter ending. didnít quite live up to itís aroma... but good stuff
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Not quite black, little head. Malty sweet aroma. Sweet,toasty, bit of hops. A bit thin, highly carved.
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Dark pour, nearly black. Roasty, milk chocolate, grainy, semisweet aroma. Roastiness is much lighter in the flavor, chocolate malt, husky, mild bitterness in the finish.
beechner224 (777) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer. Pours black, aroma of chocolate. Taste is light, almost watered down. Just ok.
bookman10 (663) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, oily black with small head. Strong aroma of roasted (almost burnt) grain. Flavors include chocolate and coffee, some licorice and roast grain, with an underlying boozy-alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for a stout. Could use a bit of reworking.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer flavors with a smooth finish. Maybe a little watery. Not as strong on the palate as other dark beers