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Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.21%

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jips on 07-03-2011)
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to have this beer on nitro-tap at Butch's in Holland,MI.
A = Great, deep, dark brown color with really nice thick head on top of the glass. Beer laced the pint glass like none I've ever seen as it was drank.
S = The smell of the beer was exactly as advertised! Smelled like chocolate mostly but the strawberry and vanilla came through much nicer in this nitro version. The strawberry was very pronoune up front and the vanilla was a rich creamy note just hidden a bit by the other two aromas.
T = The beer tasted like a bowl of Neapolitan ice cream! Enough said. For an experimental style done as a winter seasonal it tastes like the great ice cream it's named after.
M = Mouthfeel was big, creamy, rich. Stayed nice and thick on the mouthfeel after the beer was swallowed.
O = Keeping the stout style in mind is evident as the beer finishes like a nice traditional sweet stout... A real treat! Really like this beer a lot. One of the best winter seasonal beers available anywhere! Got to drink it while it lasts.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-01-2012 20:24:30 | More by MIBeerRanger4
Photo of StoutHunter


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Neopolitan Stout a week ago for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer before at The World Expo of beer and it was one of the most memorable ones I tried that weekend, so when I saw some it on the shelf I just had to get it and see if the bottled version is as good as the draft, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottling into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks OK and has a picture of the ice cream on it to let you know that this should taste like the ice cream. It poured a very dark brown color that was close to being black and it had a nice two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a pretty good looking Milk Stout.

S- The aroma is really nice and unique, it smells like a combination of all the flavors in the ice cream which makes it pretty complex. I pick up some nicely roasted malts and some chocolate then comes some strawberry's that mix with the vanilla to give it a cream and strawberry aroma. It smells pretty sweet, but it should. A very nice and complex aroma that is what it's suppose to be.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma. It starts of with some nice dark roasty malts and chocolate, next come some vanilla, then comes the strawberry's, and there is some more chocolate on the finish and into the aftertaste. Ir's not nearly as sweet as the aroma was and it has a slightly bitter finish. I really like the taste of this beer, but I wish the strawberry's would stick out as much as they did in the aroma.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the thick side of being medium bodied and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation that suited it well. The mouthfeel is pretty good and is a good match for this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good experimental beer, this is the kind of beer that if I tasted it blindly I would think that only Short's can produce a beer that tastes so similar to the food it is based off of, but Saugatuck shows that Short's isn't the only Michigan brewery who knows how to make a damn good experimental beer. This beer has good drinkability for what it is and I would drink another if I had one, it wend down smoothly and it also makes for a perfect dessert beer. What I liked most about this beer was pretty much everything, this beer is pretty much exactly what it says it is and that's how an experimental beer should be, it also look and felt really good. The only thing I would change would be to add a little more strawberry flavor but it does show up a little more when it warms up so it's nothing to complain about. I will for sure buy this beer again and will be going back for some more. I highly recommend this beer if these kinds of experimental beers are your thing, it really does taste like the ice cream. I am really glad that Saugatuck decided to bottle this beer, when I had it at the beer expo I was told it was draft only so I was really surprised and happy to see this beer at the store. I did think the daft version was just a little better, the flavors seemed to pop a little more. This is my favorite beer from Saugatuck and is up there as one of my favorite experimental beers. Saugatuck really did a great job at making this taste like the ice cream while still keeping it drinkable and not to overdone, this shows that you guys have some serious talent when it comes to experimental beers and I would like to see what other crazy beers you guys can make, good job.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 04:51:54 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 22:19:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Garnet-tinged dark brown body. Pinkie finger of creamy, dark khaki head. Nice lacing. Smells pretty Neapolitan to me! Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and even some fruity berries (strawberries, sure, why not?).

Flash of roasted malt up front. Sweet mix of dark fruits, caramel, and milk chocolate quickly follow. Definitely shows some berry/strawberry flavors (but they aren't cloyingly sweet). Hints of vanilla, tobacco, and peat as well. Light coffee bitterness gets a bit lost in the fruity, chocolatey sweetness. Lingering berry in the finish. Medium-full body with a slightly chewy feel. Very well executed and it is what it says it is! Very impressed!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:19:25 | More by alexgash
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/06/13 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. $2.69 single purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan.

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a slight ruby tint. Seems to have excellent clarity (until you're close to finishing your beer and notice yeast stuck to the bottom of the glass.) Tiny sand colored head floats on top and dissipates rather quickly, despite an aggressive pour. Not much lacing.

Smell: I'll be damned... smells like Neapolitan ice cream. Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. The chocolate covered strawberry aroma is almost intoxicating. The vanilla is more in the background, but hey, it's vanilla... it's a pretty subtle thing. Quite sweet on the nose, as I'd anticipate. Smells a lot like that Neapolitan astronaut ice cream, naturally.

Taste/feel: First sip was the best sip, without a doubt -- tastes like I hoped it would... a good stout with all the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream thrown in. A sort of tangy sweetness on the front (probably from the strawberry), with a chocolate Frosty sort of flavor in the middle, and a roasty finish. As sweet as this smells, it's really quite nicely balanced and it's never cloying. The beer's not syrupy thick, and the mildly prickly carbonation makes this incredibly drinkable. Saugatuck's beers seem to widely be regarding as mediocre, but this is the standout among many... and I can see why. It tastes as advertised, and does a great job doing it. Like I said, the first sip is the best, but it's still damn good the rest of the way down.
I could easily drink a decent number of these in succession and not get bored (from a lack of depth of flavor) or queasy (from too much alcohol, or syrupy sweet consistency). I nitro version of this beer may be too much for me to handle in terms of ridiculous awesomeness.

If you see this beer, absolutely buy the hell out of it. This isn't just a sort of novelty beer -- it's a well-crafted one that any adventurous craft beer fan needs to try out. I especially recommend this brew if you like the taste of desserts, but don't so much care for the excessive sweetness they provide -- Neapolitan Stout has an excellent balance that's sure to please... it truthfully offers everything it advertises, and MORE.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 17:02:38 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Jips


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Name doesn't lie, smells and like sweet vanilla, chocolate, and sweet berries. Backed by a medium bodied stout. Neapolitan taste dominates upfront, finishes with a very vanilla barely roasty smoooth stout flavor. Not cloying at all.

Thought it would be gimmicky but the sweet flavors and stout body work well together, great twist on the sweet stout style.

Stopped at the brewpub only since it was on the way between two other more prominent breweries, glad we did for this gem. Hope they do it on nitro, would be like a milkshake!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 07:01:28 | More by Jips
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4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Kingma's market in Grand Rapids- 4 pack for $9.49. Poured from a bottle at 48F into a pint glass.

Appearance- The blackest of black in color and poured with medium-high viscosity. Off-white head rose 1/2 inch with a gentle pour into a clean glass. Head is very fine and lacing clung to glass and hung out in middle for most of drink

Smell- Smells like your average sweet stout. Mostly dark malts with the vanilla shinning through stronger than the strawberry. Just average.

Taste- I thought this was going to be a "girly" stout, but it was not. Full bodied, lots of roasted character delicately balanced with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors that are JUST barely there. Finishes with mostly creamy strawberry, but not overpowering. Saugatuck was wise to downplay the strawberry and let the milk-stout style rein true.

Mouthfeel- Mild to moderate carbonation that (at the right serving temp) gave the beer a frothy mouthfeel and definitely made me think of a chocolate shake. Lots of body but not overpoweringly sweet and thick. Genius, in my opinion.

Overall- Didn't expect it to be outstanding, and would call it so. I am a beer snob and brewery owner who is not ashamed to say this "novelty" beer is a great one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:31:50 | More by nikoelnutto
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and viscous with a thin, light brown head that hints at overcarbonation for a stout. Smells of dark toffee and a bit of pine perhaps. Carbonation up front on sip, but gives way quickly to thick body. Strong alcohol flavoring with hints of raisin or prune and chocolate malt. Well balanced. Carbonation does come in a bit at the end. No bitterness in the finish. Taste lingers well on the tongue for several seconds after.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 20:44:36 | More by bigkingken
Photo of GbVDave


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist and for bringing this back from MI!

A: Pours a dark cola hue with some ruby at the edges. Immediately, three thick and creamy fingers of light brown head form on top and hang around for a bit before melting down to a thin ring. Some ropey lace was left behind.

S: Unbelievably, this smells just like its' name. Roasty chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Seriously.

T: See above but with maybe a tad too much emphasis on the chocolate when cold. Balances out as it warms up.

M: Full and creamy with a subtle dry roastiness that comes on stronger as it warms. Leaves a nice prickle on the tongue after the sweetness in the beginning.

O: This was such a surprise. Thanks Heath!

Serving type: growler

07-19-2011 23:18:57 | More by GbVDave
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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with one finger of a fluffy tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is just what you would expect from a Neapolitan. It is big of a chocolate aroma mixed with other sweeter smells of vanilla and caramel. Complementing these smells nicely is a big milky lactose smell as well as some notes of roastiness, producing a milk chocolate bar like smell. The final of the Neapolitan aromas, that of strawberry, was quite noticeable as well, with it taking on a strawberry puree smell. Overall very rich and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate taste. The lactose chocolate flavor has nice notes of vanilla and a light bit of caramel mixed within. More milk and cream flavors enter the tongue more in the middle of the flavor profile, sweetening the brew even more with it taking on a almost hot cocoa like flavor. The strawberry that was detected in the nose comes to the tongue at that time, starting out lighter, but really growing in intensity as the flavor moves on to the end. The strawberry itself if quite authentic tasting, almost as though you can taste a bit of the pureed flesh of the berry. In the end, with the strength of the strawberry nicely complementing the chocolate and vanilla flavors of the brew, one is left with a nice Neapolitan ice cream flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both were fantastic of the rich flavors of the brew and made for a mouth coating feel that bathed the tongue in all the wonderful flavors.

Overall – A very tasty take on a rich chocolate milk stout with the addition of the strawberry in there. This was a very tasty brew and makes for a wonderful dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 01:53:32 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh....been waiting to try this one a while. In December this one was promised in a trade, but the trade never happened. In January I attempted to bring one from Mich to MN for a tasting, but improperly muled the beer and it was confiscated by mulleted, unsmiling TSA guards. Fortunately in February I was able to get another bottle. No more fucking around, this one goes down the hatch right here, right now.

Pour is a deep brown with a meringuey, malt colored head. Should be noted, I was drinking this from a shitty plastic hotel water cup. A Duvel tulip it ain't. Aromatically, chocolate shows up with a note that vanilla and strawberry will be along later. Actually, they never show up. It's mostly chocolate, a pleasant baseball malt-cup sensation.

Vanilla and strawberry to make an appearance in taste. Choc, vanilla, and very subtle strawberry all come over you in very short order. Impressive. The strawberry is a little false, but it's still a tasty drink.

Thick and coagulating the way a milk stout should. Pour might have been a little rough and done the mouthfeel some favors.

Wow. Saugatuck is really a tier-3 Michigan brewery that I've had before but in general not paid much mind to. But this here is a winner that makes me think differently about them. Right on the cusp of A/A-. I am sure this is seasonal, but they've really hit on something and should make it more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 14:49:38 | More by lurpy1
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The mocha head is creamy and has nice retention. I wonder how much of the dark color is attributable to the added caramel color.

S- Mostly chocolate aromas with a bit of strawberry in the background. At first I wasn't too crazy about it, but the more I got into it, the better the aroma became.

T- Sweet coffee and chocolate and a really nice strawberry profile. The more of this I drink, the better it seems to get.

M- The carbonation is spot on. There is a definite lingering roastiness.

O- A very tasty and unique stout. Definitely nice for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 02:33:07 | More by david131
Photo of TheNelser


4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout had just the right amount of the fruity strawberry and vanilla that I expected. Perfect color on the head. I had it at about 50 deg. F. The fragrance was exceptional. The finish was nice - not too malty or hoppy. Carbonation was just a bit too much. It is one of my top 10stouts. I even liked it better than Bell's K'zoo stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 20:15:56 | More by TheNelser
Photo of DannyDan


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a black hue with little retention and sparse lacing from a hard pour. The aroma has a nice smoke and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of strawberry. The taste starts out with a nice burnt, smoke flavor with a slight hint of vanilla and strawberry in the middle along with some walnuts that seem to overtake the strawberry and vanilla and finally the dark chocolate overtakes everything in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly dry, and chalky, but overall a really yummy experimental beer that makes a nice desert drink after a meal or when you just want to relax.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:46:13 | More by DannyDan
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4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

Who cares what part of Italy this thing came from? It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger-and-a-half of cream-ecru foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate powder, mild (and slightly artificial) strawberry, very light coffee, and light vanilla bean. Well, dammit, it smells like Neapolitan ice cream. Nice. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of strawberry and a light addition of roasted malts. Things aren't as close to the namesake ice cream as before, but it ain't too far therefrom, either. The body is a lithe medium, with a pleasant nitrogenation and a consequently silky-smooth feel. Overall, it's rare when a beer both delivers on a seemingly pie-in-the-sky promise and also doesn't end up tasting somehow worse than expected. This one does both, and I feel I'm better for it today. Good times.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-25-2013 04:25:35 | More by TMoney2591
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company.
(Michigan Made I must go to this Brewery)
Flavor starts with a light strawberry, fruity flavor. Then is taken over by dark chocolate, coffee, a little vanilla , and some caramel. This beer taste pretty unique to me. I LOVE IT! The strawberry makes this unique. A great desert drink...makes you want some vanilla ice cream with it. Also a good Stout richness.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 15:32:44 | More by DragonzBreath
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saugatuck's Neapolitan Milk Stout looks like a stout should, with a dark brown body and tightly packed bubbles that form a nicely sized brown head.

The aroma is surprisingly sweet, with cream, strawberry and chocolate all included. It didn't even occur to me that this stuff was modeled after the ice cream until I smelled it, but I definitely realized it after my first whiff. Maybe I'm a little slow, but unexpected surprises are always nice.

This beer tastes like the ice cream. It's good. I don't really pick up any vanilla flavor, it is more of a creamy or milk flavor. The middle has a pronounced strawberry flavor, and dark chocolate rounds things out. I think the components are about equal, but the strawberry is probably a little more pronounced than the other two. It's pretty sweet, and there is almost a little bit of tartness to it, but that might be going too far.

The mouthfeel is a little light, but the carbonation is well done.

I'm surprised how much I liked this beer, it's pretty good. I might have to help myself to a couple more from my buddy's fridge when I am over there next. Whether you like this beer or not, it will be both unique and memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 15:50:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 19:46:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big fresh strawberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, vanilla, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, strawberry, and cream notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, strawberry, vanilla, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, strawberry, vanilla, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, strawberry, and cream flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and slightly slick/chalky moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent milk stout! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, strawberry, and cream flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:46:03 | More by superspak
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer is very dark. I just see some hints of ruby highlights. It is topped with one finger of mocha colored head. The head is thick and creamy and leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - The smell is kind of like strawberries and cream with a roasted malt base. The smell was way closer to the ice cream than I expected.

T - The first thing I taste is the strawberry cream. Then some bitter roasted malt kicks in to balance the sweetness. It's a battle of the two extremes to win over the palate. I get alternating sensations of the sweet and bitter.

M - Full and creamy

O - I lost track of this beer among my three refrigerators or I would have had it sooner. It actually reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream. It is pretty good, and I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 17:35:09 | More by buschbeer
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Looks good; black with a litttle lacing. Smells good too; chocolate and malt. Solid taste. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries. Mouthfeel is great; super-smooth and creamy. Overall, a great brew that I'll definitely be buying more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:02:19 | More by b3shine
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with brownie mix highlights at the bottom of my Goose Island Pint glass. Light bronw head of about one finger, but a hlf finger of foam that lasts for all twelve ounces. Pretty good lacing too.

The aroma has bakers chocolate mixing with some coffee grounds, caramel, and I even get a strawberry in there too. This is a pretty good smelling brew.

Flavor starts with a light strawberry, fruity flavor. This is taken over by dark chocolate, breakfast blend coffee, a little vanilla creamer that cuts the strength of the chocolate, and some caramel. This beer taste pretty unique to me. I like to think this brewery set out with a goal of trying to brew a beer that tastes like Neapolitan, and they did a pretty good job.

The only downside to this beer I see is a thin palate, the palate is watered down oil in my opinion. Not bad by any means, I just wish it had more body.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 12:48:44 | More by scruffwhor
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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:42:54 | More by tomciu
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours near black, no head or lacing.

Chocolate and dark roasted coffee in the smell.

There is a lot of chocolate up front with small hints of vanilla and strawberry. A nice coffee like bitterness comes in at the end.

Fairly smooth in the mouth but not as much as some other milk stouts.

This is a solid offering and was worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:20:04 | More by TCgoalie
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Next up in my tasting of Saugetuck brews. I applied today for a brewing position via Probrewer so I wanted to try some of there beers.Purchased at Binny's in Chicago.
Pours a nice deep black tone, some reddish hues when held to the light.
Smells of ..well Neapolitan candy or ice cream.Strawberry upfront, vanilla, cocoa, sweet lactose character.
Flavor follows suit..Less vanilla, much more strawberry..cocoa, slight bitterness, and a creamy milk strawberry finish. Flavor is more artificial as others have noted. Subsequent sips yield that note of vanilla I was looking for.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly syrupy at that
Neopolitan has never been my my favorite flavor of Candy or Ice cream, but I'm impressed that they managed to pull this off.
If Southern Tier brewed a Neapolitan beer however..

Serving type: bottle

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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