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Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk Stout
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88
very good

553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 37
Gots: 102 | 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: 553 | Reviews: 105
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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/21/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown, almost black with light getting through. This one has ruby red hues and a small off-white head that disappears quick and doesn't leave much lacing or retention. The aromas have a sweet strawberry fragrance. The chocolate malts are there. Some blueberry. Some vanilla. It kind of smells artificial, but it still smells nice and is pretty unique. The flavors are definitely bittersweet. It starts off tart with the first few sips, but the tartness vanishes quickly. More strawberry and blueberry. Lots of roasty dark chocolate notes. Vanilla bean is there. Subtle coffee notes, especially in the finish. It has a nice bitterness in the finish as well. It borderlines having an artificial taste up front, but this one has a nice finish to it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms.

This starts off rough around the edges at first, but everything basically comes together at the end. This is a unique beer to say the least. I went into this thinking I would love it, but I ended up just liking it. It even had moments when I was questioning it, but I give them credit for this one. They basically deliver exactly what they advertised. It ultimately reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from klipper. Served in a Half Acre pint glass. Best before April 15th, 2013.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind plenty of lacing. Very dark brown with a hint of reddish transparency at the edges.

S - Actually smells like Neapolitan ice cream; notes of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, although there's a more synthetic vibe to the latter two. I'm not totally bothered by this, as the flavors in ice cream are also largely synthetic - if it were advertised as a strawberry stout I'd be expecting real berries. Some mild roast and caramel round things out

T - Taste doesn't have quite the same clarity of flavor as the aroma, although the 'faux' strawberry and vanilla are there if you look for them. It's a solid, sweet stout, but I'm not sure I'd guess Neapolitan without benefit of the aroma. A bit more roasted malts and grains, with a lightly bitter finish.

M - Medium-light body, a tad grainy and watery, with pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation. No alcohol presence, and avoids being overly sticky or viscous.

D - The best beer I've had so far from Saugatuck; evocative of the ice cream I had in my freezer during childhood (I always left behind the chocolate to be honest). Would drink this one again, although a six-pack might linger as it's a bit gimmicky. Delivers what it promises, but if you're against 'fake' flavors this might not be up your alley. All that being said, I had no problem with a 12oz bottle and I was up for another one afterward.

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak. Pours a black, black color with dark brown highlights only around the outer edges of the beer. Nitro tap gives a fine bubbled head, tan and creamy, moderate lace. Aroma full of coffee with cream and sugar; burnt caramel and brown sugar, roasted, sweet malt, and a light touch of milk chocolate. The mouth is slick and silky, but a little bit thinner than I was expecting; roasty and wet up front, sweet cream, hints of french vanilla and melted milk chocolate. Iced coffee comes to mind, packed with cream and sugar. Some faint dark fruit sweetness; light grapes and ripe, juicy plum. The sweetness of the malt is apparent and just slightly outside of the "almost too much" area. Hope profile is small, slightly ashy and floral; I think a stronger hop bitterness would help the balance a little bit. Chocolatey, sweet aftertaste.

Not bad, but I wonder what this would be like with a little more hop presence. The nitro tap gave a nice, creamy head but the beer wasn't quite as robust as I would have liked. Overall, a decent beer, but something I probably won't revisit.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown with two fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves some good lacing behind.

S - Strawberry is the first aroma to jump out at me, quickly followed by vanilla and then a big chocolate presence. Chocolate has some semi-sett and bittersweet elements to it. Definitely seems like they got what they were going for here.

T - Chocolate leads of the taste, with an interesting hop presence and a bite of carbonation. Strawberry and vanilla are more in the background of the taste compared to the smell, but they are there. Finishes with a bitter chocolate taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some creaminess, some lively carbonation and finishing with some dry bitterness.

O - This was pretty enjoyable, all of the neapolitan elements come together pretty well. Not something I would want very often, but I would have this 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 jeonseh
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a slight red tint to it. Small milk chocolate layer of foam sits on top

S - Bitter chocolate that gives it a slight roasted aspect. There is also a nice creamy strawberry milk presence

T - Bitter espresso and chocolate up front. Slight strawberry as well as a slightly chalky vanilla. Overall, it's too bitter for my tastes and tastes slightly artificial.

M - Medium yet smooth and creamy body that goes well with the overall beer

O - Interesting beer that picks up the flavors of the ice cream. It smells just like the ice cream. The only knock I have is the chocolate is slightly bitter / overpowering and it has a slight chalk / artificial taste

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a obsidian black body with a thick tan head that you could write in and it is too dense for any sign of carbonation.

S- The cream and rich coffee roasted malt has a rich earthy aroma and some dark graham malt notes in the finish.

T- The rich espresso (robusto beans) black malt has some char hints with dark graham flavors and a rich dark chocolate milk shake underneath. There is a slight fruity hint to follow with a creamy slightly sweet finish and a wonderful mellow roasted black malt flavor lingers a bit.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a thick creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a big rich milk stout that has lots of nice depth and a Puerto Rican Calle Café flavor to it while still being very sessionable. It went down fast and it was delicious.

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A heavily dark, shining though almost completely black brew pours from the tap into the glass and settles with a firm, thick medium brown head that retains itself well and leaves behind strong patching.
From the get-go, it's pretty impressive how close to the mark this beer is. Strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, it's all there from the first sniff to the last sip, and consistently. There's a light roast, and the malts let you know it's still a stout, though it isn't especially roasty or heavy. The sweetness of the strawberry and vanilla aren't cloying, either, and the chocolate in particular is curbed to make the other elements as (or more) noticeable, but all in all the brewers pretty much nailed it. I haven't been particularly impressed with Saugatuck until now.
Smooth and well carbonated but not too crisp, this beer has a nice body, a certain robustness without being huge, and a great creamy feel.

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, 6% ABV, with a lot more, um, 'Neapolitan' looking label on my version - lots of pink, brown, and cream colours.

This beer pours a pretty solid black abyss, though with prominent basal cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and densely bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent layered webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of well, the titular ice cream 'flavour' - sugary milk chocolate, candied strawberry, and creamy vanilla - a hint of equally dosed coffee, and even fainter toasted caramel/toffee. The taste is more chocolate-ensconced caramel than anything, as the fruitiness and vanilla sweetness remains, but detached from the whole, as it were, with some further low-key mocha notes, and a suggestion of leafy, earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is active enough to provide structure and support against the potentially catastrophic cloyingness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, the hops and mildly metallic alcohol taking a wee ounce of flesh. It finishes on the sweet side, but not overly so, the same stuff keeping the mouthfeel in order carrying that favour through to the end.

A pleasant enough rendition of a milk stout, one which well captures the essence of that youthful ice cream treat. Too bad, then (like many of those 4L pails of yore, I'm sure), that artificial flavours are listed as an ingredient.

Photo of azkkr
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Quite weird. I think this is actually what they intended, but it truly tastes like icecream. Not convinced I like it, but it's definitely something to try.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow....great beer saugatuck! Pours an opaque with ecru head and no lace. The scent carried hints of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. The taste was a nice medium bodied stout with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering.

Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +26.9%

love it

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this bottle.

Appearance - It's tough for a stout to fail to look good, but this one manages it. Almost no head as it pours. No lacing. No bubbles. Mostly dark body and... nothing else.

Smell - Lactose aroma, a bit of chocolate, and some faint strawberry. I don't get the vanilla, but otherwise it's not bad.

Taste - Quite nice, actually. Chocolate malt, a hint of lactose, and then a nice taste of strawberry that I think integrates nicely. The finish is a bitter burnt chocolate, but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel - Well it's damn near flat, but I didn't notice until I started thinking about it. I have about 1/2 inch left in my glass as I get to mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the lack of carbonation, so I won't peg it back.

Overall - I was hesitant about this one. A neapolitan milk stout sounds about as bad as it could get, but this tastes pretty damn good. Quite enjoyable and something I would definitely like to drink again.

Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

just caught the end of the keg and the 2 ounces I had was pretty good. will look forward to a second chance with this beer.

Photo of tomciu
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a glass from the bottle.

a - it's dark with a hint of ruby. very poor head retention. an aggressive pour allowed for a proper head that quickly dissipated. lacing was poor as well.

s - despite the appearance, the smell was impressive. it smelled just like neapolitan ice cream. it really made me want to dive right in a drink it all up.

t - the taste was well balanced. between the sweet notes and the bitter notes there was a dance that made my taste buds happy. strawberry was very present as well as a chocolaty character from the roasted malt. vanilla was present in the background.

m - thick and creamy with good carbonation, though i felt like something was missing.

o - a very nice experience though one that i do not need to experience for a while. i would recommend this beer to people who like sweet stouts, especially novelty stouts such as this one.

Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1-28-2013 Tap: 3.5
Tried a draft sample to see if it lived up to the horrible bottles I had last month. The aroma was similarly of fake strawberry syrup, but the roastiness of the stout did come through a little bit more behind it. Flavors were similarly sweet and artificial at first, but in the end the base stout came forward quite a bit more flavor-wise also. Overall it was actually far better that the bottles... just going to chalk it up to inconsistency, or poor treatment of the first bottled batch that arrived in Chicago.

12-17-2012 Bottle: 2.45

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown when poured and black in the glass. Huge billowing head of tan foam that rises above the rim in a convex dome, leaving sheets of sticky lacing behind. Great head retention, long lasting and the surface skim never breaks. So far so good.

Aromas of artificial strawberry cough syrup and vanilla extract. Very medicinal and fake... not to mention the bad childhood memories of taking cough syrup it conjures up. Yuck.

Flavor also has a similar artificial, medicinal strawberry note to it, though the base stout seems good enough. Mildly roasty with a medium level of sweetness, slightly dry and bitter finish. Medicinal note lingers throughout unfortunately, marring an otherwise decent base stout. Just plain weird. Not sure why they released this, it struck me as odd right off the bat. This is a brand new arrival to the market too, doubt it would already be infected.

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 TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery snifter.

A - Very dark brown on the pour and black once it settled. A small layer of light brown head formed and receded to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are all here, true to the label. Fairly sweet overall. The Neapolitan aromas are somewhat artificial but still appealing.

T - Sweet strawberry puree, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla compliment a nice roasted malt profile. Fairly sweet overall with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with some chew. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of docoman
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very sweet desert style milk stout... overall too sweet for me, but coupled with some cheesecake or similar desert would be good.

Photo of AnchorDrops
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in glass goblet.

A-Pitch black with moderate head that dissipates somewhat quickly, light lacing

S-Sugar, some strawberry

T-Very sweet, with artificially tasting strawberry up front, some vanilla, and very light chocolate roasted malts in the finish.

M-Medium carbonation, somewhat thick for the ABV

O-The sweetness dominates, as do the somewhat cloying flavors of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. It was definitely drinkable but nothing I will buy again.

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 StoutGeek
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Had this beer at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp in Chicago and was extremely surprised at how complex the flavors were in this beer. It tasted just like the ice cream... had to get a few refills on this one!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received as an extra in a trade.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a monstrous 4 inch head. It's incredibly fluffy and inviting looking. Bit ridiculous, though. There's a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells exactly like neapolitan ice cream, it's crazy. Huge amount of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry cream.

And, it tastes exactly like neapolitan. They got the sugary creaminess down pat. It's not too sweet, luckily, though- the bitterness of the roasted malt, and the bitterness of the chocolate itself kept it in check. The strawberry flavor is slightly artificial- but so is the strawberry flavor in Neapolitan ice cream, so I'll let it slide. Without being told it was a "neapolitan milk stout," I would have been able to clearly tell.

This one is just about the creamiest beer I've ever had, rich, creamy, and silky, with a slightly higher-than-I'd-like amount of carbonation, contributing to the monster head.

A most excellent effort.

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 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!

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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