Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk Stout
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88
very good

570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 38
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jips on 07-03-2011

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Ratings: 570 | Reviews: 108
Photo of Reppend
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Resembles the taste, smell, and feel of neopolitan ice cream. Delicioso!!!

Photo of Norseman
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Was on Nitro. Boosted the mouthfeel. Nice beer

Photo of GrahamDN
2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pretty much just black, showing only faintly brown highlights at the edge. Basically nails the Neapolitan notes on the nose, with strawberry ice cream standing out over an inseparable vanilla-chocolate undercurrent that evokes Irish cream. It doesn't really smell like actual strawberries, vanilla, or chocolate though--it smells like ice cream. Aromatic coffee and subtle licorice notes from the roasted malts underscore the dominant aromas.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, there's a weird side to this beer. Somehow it's easy to overlook, but when you first pour this beer, you can smell black olives if you're thinking about it, and you can miss it just as easily. It seems to disappear as the beer warms though. Strange.

Sweet!--which is, I guess, appropriate--with a smooth texture. The flavor has all the same elements as the smell, but less balanced, dominated by a distorted strawberry character.

An interesting gimmick beer, but nothing to seek out. Not likely to buy again.

Photo of Kbrowder
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Decent stout not as deep full flavor as I thought.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours black with tan head, one finger. Quickly fades after aggressive pour.

S - Smells like ice cream initially. Sort of Synthetic smell, flavorings. Roasted chocolate with minor sweet hints of vanilla or strawberry.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt dominant. Hardly any taste of strawberry when cold. Minimum vanilla, smoke notes apparent.

M - Mouthfeel is on par. In the middle of thin vs thick. Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel overall. I think this was good for this style.

Overall its a good brew. It is however a specialty. Does taste slightly artificial, same as smell and it is pretty apparent. Would drink again. But would share.

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Photo of Grupatre
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells better than it tastes. Kinda a weird fake strawberry aftertaste.

Photo of LloydDobler
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A truly sessionable dessert beer. I could enjoy 1 or 8, either way would be fine.

Photo of ZombieHead
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

chocolate and strawberry stout! definitely worth trying if you get a chance. nice sweet milk stout that might appeal to even those who don't generally enjoy stouts

Photo of kevanb
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout tulip glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick, viscous and opaque with a billowy two fingers of light khaki head that has nice retention and leaves huge swatches of lace. The aroma is very unique, neapolitan is the perfect description, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, a touch of roasted grain and raspberry jam, but this is quite interesting, very sweet and definitely has a lactose type aroma that really evokes the sensation of ice cream. The flavors mirror the nose, strawberry at first, a touch sugary and artificial but mildly jammy, long sweeping sensations of milk chocolate, light vanilla bean, rich malted grain with a tinge of roast and chalkiness. The mouthfeel is decent, a bit thin and carbonated, coats moderately well, creamy texture, very smooth and soft finish that is lightly dry.


Verdict: Quite the interesting beer, definitely a unique and spot on interpretation of Neapolitan ice cream. It's a bit sweet for me and the oddly roasted quality at the finish doesn't seem to fit, though it helps to balance the beer at least. Lovers of a dessert stout will find this right to their liking.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with nice head retention. Smells of roasted malt aromas with hints of milk. Taste is complex. Starts out sweet and smooth, then the taste of roasted malts and bitterness in the back of the throat. Overall a pretty good milk stout. Recommended for a try.

Photo of HoneyLamb
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought 4-pack in Berrien Springs for $9.99.

Photo of zhewitt98
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one the rise in the Midwest, it is an up and coming stout

Photo of Adam4501
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I guilted my cousin back in Michigan to send me some. I am currently nursing the last of a six pack. Smell this stout. Breathe it in. Then put the cap back on and mail it to me...

Photo of chillwave22
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its so so so sk

Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an over-saturated dark brown with a short-lived, dark tan head, more fizzy than foamy. No lace is left behind at all.
Smell is chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, a little wet cardboard. Decently balanced.
Taste is Tootsie Roll(chocolate & vanilla) and toasted malts with a faint cardboard note. Aftertaste has more of the malt, less of the chocolate & vanilla. Still decently sweet and well balanced.
Medium bodied with a lighter effervescence. Come off as more of a porter but that's picking nits, really. Good stuff.

Photo of interzen
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Opaque black pour with a centimetre or so of bubbly tan head which recedes to a thin foam cap fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Think ice-cream, in particular Neapolitan ice cream. You get hit with chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and malts almost as soon as the cap is off the bottle. This sounds like the sort of aroma profile that shouldn't work, but by golly it does.

Taste: Oh dear $DEITY - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, fruit. You name it, it has it - a veritable taste explosion but in a good way. There's the teeniest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste but that doesn't detract from the fact that this tastes amazing.

Feel: Kind of anaemic compared to some stouts, but the flavour makes up for it - feels full bodied, even with relatively little carbonation. Fairly light ABV-wise too, so drinkable with it.

Overall: If it were feasible to have my blood replaced with this then I probably would - it's absolutely amazing. Sadly, it was a 'chance' inclusion in a mixed case of American beers that I bought recently, and the folks that I got this from don't list any Saugatuck ales at all, which is a pity. I suspect that this is going to take some hunting down, but given the chance I'll have it again.

Photo of m_m_morin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Beer! I couldn't get enough!

Photo of Joeltok
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer gets silky as it warms

Photo of stamtish
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Balanced coffee, chocolate and raspberry. Only tasted on tap. Small brewery. Great effort.

Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/30/14:
Pours quite dark, with an ok head, which fades to minimal rim lacing. There is a hint of lacing here and there. The nose is a bit chocolately, with a hint of fruitiness, berry in nature. I get some smokiness when its (too) cold. My GF says she loves the smell, so maybe I'm missing something tonight.

The taste starts with a bit chocolate, and is very smooth from the get go. The berry (I get raspberry more than strawberry) comes through next, adding a tartness to the taste. This taste never takes over the beer, but comes close. If I search, I can sense some vanilla as the berry flavor fades, but more I like the smooth feel at that point. The "smokey" notes I get in the smell might be the bitter tastes I get in the end, which are a bit green wood in nature.

Overall, the more the beer warms, the more I enjoy it, and the feel becomes silkier. An interesting beer you should definitely try once for yourself (warm).

Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I like this beer and it does smell and taste like Neapolitan ice cream, but artificial flavor and color added? Really? I guess the ice cream is probably artificially flavored also, but this is supposed to be craft beer and this just feels like a shortcut. Scores would be way higher if they could make this naturally.

Photo of KurtWiz
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great aroma. Must drink at 45-50 degrees in order to pull out the strawberry and vanilla flavors.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter

A - Off color head nice lacing, dark black beer

S - Strawberry, vanilla, toasted

T - sweetness to start then some bittersweet chocolate and roasty coffee nice berry finish

M - Silky smooth.creamy. Medium body. Lower carb

O - a great dessert beer,prob couldn't have more than 1 in a sitting.

Photo of Chaz
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep-ruby red in color -- black to the eye, and topped with a decent enough lookin' medium-to-darkish tan head. Good lacing, good head retention.

BUT THAT NOSE! ZOMG, dood! It smells like an ice cream truck filled with Twizzlers overturned after hittin' a dairy cow! Even though I avoid chick flicks, am not lactose intolerant in the least, but this will still be brutal goin' down.

First sip and BAM! Over-powering sweetness and confectioners sugar, fake-ass strawberry jam and weird, citrus off-notes all bombarding my puny mortal palate. Even the aromas are there in the nasal passages, sawing and hacking at what was left of my finely-tuned nose. As far as sampling goes for tonight, this is a "one and done" affair.

Underneath the strawberriness there's the lactose sugar, sure enough, so it is on style to that degree. There's something like a silky-smooth texture as well, also par for the course for your run of the mill milk stout when properly executed. Top marks for that, alone.

No real vanilla goin' on (probably a good thing...) and chocolate notes are minimal, aside from some traditional (porter) roast character.

There's some bitterness to counterbalance the sweetness, but not too much.

"Natural and artificial flavors. Caramel colors added." - UH OH! Don't look now, but the 'Food Babe' is 'bout ready to pitch a fit! But aside from her (or anyone with lactose issues -- don't go near this, please) I believe that this would make for a most excellent 'chick beer', my brothers and sisters. So when you are curled up on the couch watching "Mean Girls" for the fifteenth time with your newest Millennial sweetie, you might want to slip her a couple of these, if ya know what I mean. And you enjoy yo' 40 and 420. Ahem.

Overall this is well-done for what it is, but it just ain't my bag, baby.

Pretty fresh (12/01/14 if I'm reading the second line of the code correctly.)

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased a 4 pack of this on kind of a whim, after drinking it, I am glad I did!

Poured into a shaker, the beer is a dark brown bordering a black. There is a decent tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, coco and a bit of strawberry.

The taste leads with toasty malts & a bit of chocolate. There are some vanilla notes and the strawberry is really only noticeable in the finish. I’m impressed that they were able to get all the elements of a Neapolitan in a beer.

The mouth is fine and a touch coating.

I can see having one of these every so often as a nice alternative to a desert.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.