ganache (6087) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Pint can from VE. Nose nice dark roast, and surprisingly dry to my sniffer. Pour darker-than-cola brown with a large and foamy tan head. Light-watery body with low sweetness (surprising for style) and a high level of roast, not too much scorch, more on the nuttier side. Lightly airy, minimal fruit in the background, and some booze seeping through. Sort of aloof, distances itself from you, and as we all know, we’re often attracted to the things we can’t have. Like the novelty here, though they call it a milk stout, a lot more like Beamish or Guinness than a syrupy-chocolaty mouth-filler. Dangerously repeatable, would love to have this again. [2016.09.15: 3.4] FROTHINGSLOSH (8267) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a black color with an enormous creamy-soapy brown head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweetish and toasty with notes of vanilla, marshmallow and chocolate. The flavor was toasty and mildly bitter with chocolate, vanilla and a lactic note. Long toasty chocolate and almost marshmallow finish. Medium bodied and smooth. Solid. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, raw cocoa, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with sweetness and some roast. Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Can from a trade. Nose is big in cocoa and fudge. Light milky creamy sensation. Pitch black pour. Small white head. Taste is initially bitter, seemingly thin mouthfeel. Second sip doesn’t show much more. Just meh at best. Seems to be lacking in everything advertised. unclefrito62 (380) - Stow, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Smells somewhat like coffee. Very dark in color Has some minor carbonation which I found interesting for a stout Nice creamy head on my glass of beer. Pretty smooth drink with no taste of alcohol lingering. Very drinkable and I would drink this again! Nice can for my beer can collection! Appearance Very very nice!
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Whenever I see a stout marketed as being like a liquid dessert, I tend to get my hopes up. It’s hard to screw up a chocolate beer (though some breweries have done it); though I’m finding the ones that really knock my socks off are fewer and further between lately. Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout is neither under nor overwhelming; it’s perfectly satisfactory. It’s a solid milk shake with some chocolate flavor – though not quite the beer milkshake I was hoping for.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2015
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 don’t 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). There’s a lingering, almost artificial sweetness that hides in the background throughout. It doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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 – there’s a thickness to it, but there’s also noticeable smoothness as well as some crisp carbonation. Quite comfortable in the mouth with a lovely aftertaste. It’s very efficient for a beer that’s only 5% ABV, though that might also explain why it’s not an intense flavor bomb.
(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] PorterPounder (8355) - 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. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2015
16 ounce can, stamp on the bottom says best before 11/21/15, 4-pack bought at Topsy Turvey’s 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, there’s a lot of milk chocolate/cream sweetness along with some coffee and burnt/roasty malt bitterness. It’s a bit creamy, slick, and easy enough to drink. There’s a good amount of carbonation in this. Not a bad brew at all, I’m glad I bought it. I won’t have any problems finishing the one can I have left! jb (3445) - 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.