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Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 599
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 599
Photo of StoutGeek
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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! (201 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.81/5  rDev +23.7%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of Arty_Man
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

This beer is great. Enjoyed it at Whole Foods while shopping a while back served on Nitro. Can't wait for it to be back in distribution this fall. (150 characters)

Photo of Adam4501
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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... (179 characters)

Photo of daddycard
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with minimal head. Aroma fits the spirit of the beer perfectly although the stawberry is a little on the artificial side. Tastes of a wonderful mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Again the stawberry reminded me of freeze dried stawberry ice cream instead of fresh strawberries but i think this plays into the neapolitan theme. Wonderful beer that lives up to its name. (477 characters)

Photo of Kansas
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased on draft at Bar Louie in Detroit.

It looks like a stout with a nice thick head that laces the glass as you drink. This truly smells like neopolitan ice cream! The taste follows with a light strawberry creaminess blending perfectly with the roasted malt/"textbook" stout flavor that dominates but doesn't overpower. Smoother and less bitter than most stouts. Mouthfeel is very creamy, and balance is perfect. Wow! Is this my new favorite stout? Very well done! (478 characters)

Photo of MIBeerRanger4
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (3,567 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (2,253 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (692 characters)

Photo of ZombieHead
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (163 characters)

Photo of Jips
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (538 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (765 characters)

Photo of nikoelnutto
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Cheeseboo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The strawberry and vanilla tastes definitely come through. The chocolate gets lost, however you pick up hints of it at the end. Nice beer, though. I'd drink it again. (169 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +9%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,978 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9.23.14 and enjoyed from a snifter

A pretty fantastic approximation of neapolitan ice cream, with some nice twists on the three traditional flavors.

On the nose there's roasted coffee, roasty chocolate malts, tart strawberries, and faint vanilla. The strawberry tends to dominate the nose, but not always: there's a healthy dose of coffee and roasty chocolate. The taste follows the nose perfectly, though there's no coffee flavors here (it's not a coffee stout, so no worries). Nice rich dark chocolate, sweet and tart berries, and sweet cream. There's lots of sweet notes here, but they're played off perfectly against the roasted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, more like a porter than a stout. Not thin by any stretch.

I love this beer, and am glad to see it back in distribution in Toledo. (825 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (235 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  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. (883 characters)

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.