RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aromas and flavors characterize this Stout providing silky, smooth warmth for the winter season. This Milk Stout is the result of the Collaborator project, a project between the Oregon Brew Crew (one of the oldest home brewing clubs in the nation) and Widmer Brothers that identifies unique beer styles for distribution to the public.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Ive always loved this style , Widmer does it justice,As the commercial description says the recipe they use is actually based from a collaboration with their local homebrew club.I understand the Widmer tweaked it a little .What I didnt know was the recipe was used in the 1999 AHA big brew which is a day all the hombrew clubs brew a similar recipe this is the "Collaborator Milk Stout" the recipe is easily googled.My description is Dark brown ,creamy tan head , medium body ,low carbonation ,Taste is mocha maltiness and really smooth.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Black with no light escaping ... tan head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is roasted grains and weak cold coffee. Syrupy malt sweetness is there but not overdone... nice very nice. Standard and perfect stout taste out of the gate ... chocolate and roasted grain and coffee .... grain bitterness overpowers any noticeable hop flavors... in the middle a little yeast fruitiness ... smoooth palate and carbonation.... silky ... a nice sweetness that pulls everything together... finishes with a slight acidic touch. This is my idea of what a good milk stout is. I will end this review by saying I’ve always liked this brew.... so does my cat... Shiva loves yogurt, ice cream, and SnowPlow.

Homer321 (5255) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Nose is deep dark chocolate to light roast and coffee. Pitch black with a small off white head. Taste is seemingly balanced between sugary sweetness and a dark roasted bitterness. Moderare to high carbonation. Tingles the lips. Easy drinking and palatable. A light alcohol noted in the late finush after a few sips. Nice

liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2014
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, and creamy, with hints of chocolate, marshmallow, and leather. Taste/Palate: sweet, creamy, and thick; finish has a very subtle astringency. Holy shit, it’s back! This beer was my all-time favorite for many years, until they stopped making it several years ago. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw it on the shelf at New Seasons. And, guess what...it is still my favorite beer! Now if only Widmer could figure out what they are doing wrong with the rest of their beers...

slowrunner77 (13403) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"silky smooth thick goodness...gotta like the lactose. this is probably the best beer they’ve ever made. i can’t wait for it each and every winter. everything a sweet stout should be."

HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2013
From the archives. It’s a stout. Black, tan head, kinda sweet, very stoutlike. Entirely unremarkable.

Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. This is a nice smooth sweet stout that is worth picking up if you see a 6er.

dwyerpg (6582) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2013
I remember this as just an average beer, with nothing really noteworthy, other than like so many Widmer beers, it’s just okay.

matthewgerke (67) - - NOV 5, 2012
Draft. Poured straight black with tan head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front with coffee coming through. Great creaminess and some nice warmth at the finish.

wlajwl (7285) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Has a bit of winter warmer in it mixed with the stout, pretty malty, a good winter beer all around.

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
01-Feb-11 (12-oz bottle: $7.49/six-pack at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) 2007-8 Release. I do like this beer fresh, but I think it really hits its stride with 2-3 years of cellaring. The moderately sweet, dark, malty flavors have rounded out, offering cola, molasses, licorice, caramelized brown sugar, dark toast, coffee, chocolate milk, earth, and prunes, finishing with a touch of campfire. Even though this is a milk stout and it’s moderately sweet, it doesn’t taste sugary. Enticing aromas of dark toast, cola, shitake mushrooms, fallen trees, dark chocolate, prunes, and peat bolster the impressively complex flavors. Medium-full bodied and gently carbonated on the palate, and though the beer is sweet, there’s enough roast and even a touch of acidity to keep the beer balanced on the palate, so it’s not cloying. Very dark brown in color, black and opaque except at the edges, but the dark beige head pours to only a quarter inch and settles to a thin ring, leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass. Absolutely delicious! Hands down, the best 6-pack beer Widmer makes.

05-Sep-09 (12-oz bottle) 2004 Release. Been in the fridge since the day I got it, so this is an unintended experiment on if this beer’s life can last five years. Frankly, it’s a lot better than expected. Prominent flavors of sweet cola and molasses set the tone, with light roast in the background, but the beer doesn’t taste especially malty. The taste is rather sweet, but on the sugary side, and there is a bit of metallic flavor in the finish. Body is medium and carbonation is light. Cola, brown sugar, dark fruits, bread and a touch of metallic in the nose. Very dark brown in color with seemingly good clarity, and the rapidly dissipating, light-brown head pours to a quarter inch. Almost certainly better when fresh because the metallic flavor probably isn’t going to be there, but sugary sweetness is what it is, so probably not substantially better. Nevertheless, this isn’t bad for a beer that was meant to be consumed five years ago. (6, 3, 6, 3, 12 = 3.0)

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