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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The combination of four different malts, along with a low hop level creates a deep dark beer featuring rich, sweet roasted flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture to this full-flavored brew. Once a Seasonal offering in the pub, now prominently featured due to popular demand.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2014
Nice head but died off quickly. Very black. Thin to pour. Not much aroma. Sweet and strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Whenever I see a stout marketed as being like a liquid dessert, I tend to get my hopes up. Itís hard to screw up a chocolate beer (though some breweries have done it); though Iím finding the ones that really knock my socks off are fewer and further between lately. Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout is neither under nor overwhelming; itís perfectly satisfactory. Itís a solid milk shake with some chocolate flavor Ė though not quite the beer milkshake I was hoping for.

I poured a 16oz can into a tumbler glass. It was canned on 10/29/15 and cost $2.79 ($0.17 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with magenta edges. Pours to a fairly large, dark tan, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Lactose sugar is prominent, but there seems to be a sweet cherry scent as well. Seems to be a bit of tang, and I donít pick up any chocolate or other candy-like notes.

Taste: As a traditional stout goes, this beer certainly has all the usual makings of one that really exemplifies the style. Sweet up front with plenty of dark maltiness. On the back end the roasted malt emerges and creates for a slight coffee or dark chocolate flavor (though the addition of cocoa nibs probably has something to do with that as well). Thereís a lingering, almost artificial sweetness that hides in the background throughout. It doesnít taste like a milkshake per se, though there is a bit of a milky quality due to the lactose sugar. Not much in the way of chocolate candy, though; since there doesnít seem to be any vanilla in the beer (vanilla is the prominent flavor component in chocolate). A slight tang on the back end with some roastiness on the aftertaste seems to be par for the course.

Drinkability: When I saw that Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout came in a 16oz can I was hoping it might have a nitrogen widget to play up the name, but there was no widget. The body is pretty standard Ė thereís a thickness to it, but thereís also noticeable smoothness as well as some crisp carbonation. Quite comfortable in the mouth with a lovely aftertaste. Itís very efficient for a beer thatís only 5% ABV, though that might also explain why itís not an intense flavor bomb.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2015
(can - 16 oz) Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, coffee and cream in the aroma. Flavor is lots of chocolate and cream with a roasty finish. Very thick bodied. [9/12/15]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6536) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Sebring, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 16 oz can. Dark crimson fading into black pour. Earthy aroma with hints of black earth, licorice and coffee. Flavor has some nice licorice accents, plenty of chocolate and coffee with a finish of black earth. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky, Rochester Mills raised the bar on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1624) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2015
16 ounce can, stamp on the bottom says best before 11/21/15, 4-pack bought at Topsy Turveyís on a recent trip to Put-in-Bay. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt and some coffee. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, thereís a lot of milk chocolate/cream sweetness along with some coffee and burnt/roasty malt bitterness. Itís a bit creamy, slick, and easy enough to drink. Thereís a good amount of carbonation in this. Not a bad brew at all, Iím glad I bought it. I wonít have any problems finishing the one can I have left!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2639) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Can from Ron. Very sweet one dimensional nose.Thick retention, dark with orange highlight. No lacing. Sweet sticky palate, but decent balance, some hops in there saves the day. Full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3178) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Can bought in Ohio. Pours a deep brownish body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is cocoa, light roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with notes of chocolate milk, coffee, roast and light malt. The flavors enhance as it warms. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2015
473ml can. Black pour. Smooth and creamy stout bitter cocoa not too sweet still aom dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Msdrbeat (123) - - AUG 22, 2015
On tap at Hopcat. Tastes lighter than it appears. Tastes like a milk stout through and through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 14, 2015
On tap at The Buck. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a chocolate milk aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor that starts sweet then gets more bitter an carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (179) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Light canít penetrate this almost black pour,nice brown head fades fast. Aroma of chocolate, a hint of coffee. This tastes of cocoa and a coffee. Thick, creamy Southfield and a very smooth finish. Low ABV makes this very drinkable. This was a souvenir from a Michigan weekend road trip. Shouldaí bought some more, really enjoyed this one!

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