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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Though Stone Brewing Co. is well known for massive stouts such as the venerable Stone Imperial Russian Stout (10.6% abv) and the more recent collaborative w00tstouts (13%-13.5% abv), at a mere 4.2% abv Stone Coffee Milk Stout presents a walk on the significantly milder, far opposite side of the stout spectrum. Rather than being as bombastic as it’s MUCH higher alcohol cousins, this beer is even on the palate, bringing on a hint of coffee with a highly drinkable yet quite modest backdrop of chocolate and roasty notes. At a mere 4.2% ABV, it’s the lowest-alcohol bottled beer we’ve released in 15 years (the previous being our 3.9% abv one-off release called Lee’s Mild in 2009), and you can expect a correspondingly modest body and mouthfeel. Additionally, while some milk stouts have more residual lactose sugar, we opted for a less sweet approach to the category, so you’ll notice it finishes fairly dry on the palate. Want more body or a more intense flavor profile? We got that, but this ain’t it. This is the lil’ one in our stable. Enjoy it for what it is and for what it’s not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (835) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Firestone restaurant glass From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $2.09 Purchased: Aug. 20, 2014 Consumed: Aug. 22, 2014 Misc.: N/A (bottled on rubbed off with my fingers) Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of brownish, tan head. Surprisingly an average-to-below average amount of sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.60) Smelled dark chocolate, smoky fire, crayon, bitter coffee malts, chocolate syrup, toffee, caramel and chocolate milkshake. (Smell - 4.10) Taste wasn’t nearly as good as the smell. Got bitter crayon, coffee, smoky fire, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, toffee and dark chocolate milkshake. (Taste - 3.60) Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.68) Not as good as I hoped and I’ve been all aboard the milk stout train lately. I won’t have this again (Overall - 3.61)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
LBIguard (21) - - SEP 15, 2014
Aroma: roast chocolate and coffee on the nose. Appearance: dark brown with very little head retention Taste: a little light but I like the bitterness in the finish. Tastes like a carbonated dark chocolate bar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (770) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, some light lacto notes. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate and sweet milk. Light bodied, smooth with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1037) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2014
So it’s not a Black IPA...pours black with brown edging and a fairly thick mocha cap that settles leaving some spotty and stringy lace. Nose involves clean toasted malt, plenty of coffee with cream and sugar, some earthy and woody notes, almost a little funky. Somewhat sweet, somewhat bitter. Medium to light bodied, creamy, active yet softer, finishing toasty and toward dry. Nice session brew for fall weather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (544) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
A black beer with a small tan head. The aroma is smoky and roasted coffee, a little cocoa. The flavor is roasty coffee, bitter chocolate, and a little fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
(Tasting session with my friend Frank) Une petite bouteille. Belle tunique qui est presque noire et sa mousse brune généreuse et collante. Arômes bien définis de malts rôtis, de café, de chocolat, de cendre et de terre. Saveurs de torréfaction, de grains rôtis et de chocolat au lait. Bouche vivante et assez légère. Finale amère et terreuse de café et de céréales noircies par une fumée. Extrêmement facile à boire. Très bien faite. Belle et bonne affaire en deçà de 5 %.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barn0216 (403) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle, very dark color with little foam. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, hint of tobacco. Generally mild flavor but with decent bitterness for such a light stout, tobacco and creamy chocolate stand out in the profile. Merely okay beer in the full spectrum but quite a pleasant surprise for light beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Bob’s at Chris’s recommendation.

Nice looking beer. Pitch black, attractive tan head. Roasty, ashen nose of coffee taken too far around the bend, some cocoa. Big flavor for the abv, like a low-sugar iced mocha made from french roast coffee. Not half bad, +1 overall for the low ABV. This isn’t what I’m usually looking for, but this is one I’d keep around the house for the occasional time that I do want a low ABV stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
libertine (209) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2014
nice aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark malt. not enough bitterness to it for its style.body is a little thin. overall not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
This is a really nice beer. Very drinkable, smooth, not too sweet. Great flavors of coffee and roasted malts. A touch dry on the finish. Very good session beer IMO.

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