Monday, November 21, 2011

Beer Review: Lilja's Sasquatch Stout

Review of Lilja's Sasquatch Stout by Sand Creek Brewing Company.
Score: 68

2011 vintage bottle served in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: dark brown and light does not permeate through. You can tell the beer is carbonated upon pour, but the head quickly disappears and leaves nothing behind -- odd for a stout. 3/5

Aroma: carbonated cheap red wine (I think Mogandavid) mixed with faint roasted coffee notes on the back end of the beer's aroma. I may also detect a dash of bitter chocolate. 2.5/5

Taste: The carbonation of the beer is too pronounced for a stout. The slightly bitter, tart flavor of the beer itself is not "bad" -- I tasted of roasted coffee or roasted bittersweet malts -- but the finish is slightly metallic (which is odd, given that this beer came from a glass bottle) and flat. After the slight metallic twang of the beer subsides, however, the residual coffee flavor is not unenjoyable. 3/5

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is very thin, slightly watery. Over carbonated for a stout. Very disappointing. Drinkable and lends well to consuming multiple, but I would not prefer to drink another. 1.5/5

Overall: The beer was very disappointing. The flavor is nothing special, and spoiled by an off-putting finish. The beer was too watery for my taste, and I prefer a more full bodied stout. Between the carbonation and unnecessary finish, this is a very weak, avoidable beer.

Recommendation: Would not recommend this beer, but it could be a decent gateway beer for Miller drinkers.

Pairing: Smoked meats or earthy cheeses.

Cost: $1.69 for a single bottle at Steve's Wine.

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