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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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To make a Milk Stout, we start with a fairly standard stout recipe--pale malt plus caramelized and roasted malts--then add lactose sugar which standard ale yeast cannot ferment, thus leaving more silky sweetness in the final beer…its je ne sais quoi as Steve Martin would say. Some folks compare the taste to chocolate milk, but what are we, babies? No! Imagine if you will a well-made macchiato, or rich dark chocolate bar with actual toasted cacao nibs, crème brulee, maybe a shot of rum, and just a hint of honey-soaked tobacco smouldering in a knurled hardwood pipe. Now we’re drinking like grown-ups. And at a sessionable 4.4% alcohol, we can enjoy several pints while pondering the “what is the quoi?” question.

ABV: 4.4%
IBU: 22
COLOUR: opaque dark brown colour with thin but persistent beige foam
BJCP STYLE: 13B. Sweet Stout
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: authentic Maris Otter pale malt, Crystal and Carafa dark malts, lactose sugar, Chinook hops, English yeast


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rader58 (823) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Pours jet black. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, cocoa. Flavor is creamy, milk chocolate, but drier and smoky.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Chocolate and Roasty coffee with a little smoke.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (4181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Leather and tobacco flavor, burnt coffee Not a fan but drinkable. Black pour from draft at side project brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (2207) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at side project brewery with friends of St louis.. nice creamy coffe chocolate...goid shit sirs!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, thick black pour with tan head, aroma has roast, cocoa, lactose/creamy notes, hints of coffee/espresso, nice caramel and vanilla notes as well. Taste is a mix of vanilla, grass, roast, hints of dark fruit, nice lactose into some chocolate/cocoa powder, finishing sweet, thick. Nice for 4.4%.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is coffee, roasted malt followed by a good malt bitter. Medium body with good carbonation. an ok beer by me especially at 4.4% quite a bit of body and flavor at 4.4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Bottle... RBSG 2014... Pours black with a small, creamy, off-white head. Nutty, chocolaty bouquet. Medium-bodied with buzzing carbonation. The flavor offers deeply roasted malts and light lactose sweetness. Carbonic, ashy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Draft. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of milk, lactose and light cocoa. Lighter medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3575) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On Draught at the brewery

Pours basically black with a good head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is roasty & mild with some chocolate and some espresso.

The flavor is chocolaty with a touch of sweetness. The roasty malt is pretty dominant and I get a touch of smokiness from it as well. The beer has a little metallic tinge.

Thinking about it logically I love everything about this beer, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants, and when I was drinking this, I sort of didn’t want it.... but sort of did, weird

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13616) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap @ The Civil Life. Black pour with a tan head. Nose of roast, licorice, and toasted nuts. Slight vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. Nice dark fruit. Slight bitterness to the flavor. Lots and lots of roasted malt. Coffee, cocoa powder, some ash, and sweet dark fruit. Nice vanilla and molasses. Liked this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap during RBSG and now from the howler I took back to Indiana: Pours nicely deep brown with a fading head and not much lace. A nice SESSION sweet stout with roast, bread, faint chocolate and coffee, light handed noble hops notes. Some raisin and plum undertones too. Smooth and thin but pretty much is spot on for the genre. A hint of dark fruit too and at 4.4% ABV you can start at 11 in the morning.


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