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Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 651
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.99%
Wants: 45
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge taste of chocolate. Not to mention vanilla and strawberry. How do they do that? Very nice dark color with a modest beige head. Scorched sugar is quite pleasant. Rich flavors and malt does give it a fuller mouthfeel. Some hops with a nice bitter twang.

Rather sweet. Good for a taste, and definitely worth trying for the novelty factor. However, I don't think I could make it through a pint. Fortunately my wife liked it. Needs food to go along with it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark brownish black, seemingly undercarbonated, with only a small ringlet in place of a head; minimal lacing. Mainly cocoa and dark malts in the aroma, light notes of berry-like sweetness. In the taste, again dark malts and cocoa were dominant, moderately roasty with a bitter twinge, lactose sweetness, but nothing that really came out as "vanilla," and a artificial strawberry syrup sensation in the background. Medium body, a little wacky/novelty-ish in the flavor department, but I guess it was enjoyable enough to be drinkable. It probably would have been a fine sweet stout without the strawberry flavoring.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours pitch black with a thin, lasting head that leaves lacing.

It smells like a Neapolitan ice cream - chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. It is strong on the chocolate.

It tastes similar to a Neapolitan ice cream - chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. A rich, slightly roasty, stout character comes through adding to the chocolate character. Sweet- leaning, but enough (lactose?) to keep it from being too sweet.

It has a rich body with something of a velvety texture.

An interesting novelty beer - It is similar to a Neapolitan ice cream. And there is a solid milk stout character as support.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 09/29/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like Neapolitan ice cream. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are all noticeable, along with some roasted malt and nuttiness. The flavor is just like the aroma. I do have to say that at first the strawberry wasn't very strong until the beer warmed up and sat around a little while, so you probably shouldn't drink this one cold at all. It just got better and better the longer I drank it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this a lot, glad I bought a 4-pack of it!

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Photo of scruffwhor
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up another bottle for a review from Vintage Estate. $2.99 retail

A - Good looking stout very dark with a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - AGAIN best part of this novelty beer is the smell like straight up Strawberry/Vanilla ice cream.
T - Guess its achieved by additives since the taste is mostly stout with an artificial berry flavor. Still sweet and tasty.
M - Medium bodied and chewy it does drink like a full stout.

Overall I grabbed two of these since I remember how I loved it but my review is taken back again since most revisits tend to be lacking. Still it's a gimmicky different milk stout worth trying!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Smells like if you mixed together all the flavors in the carton of ice cream, dominated by the strawberry. Artificial strawberry up front, with a lingering chocolate bitterness in back. This is just ok. Couldn't drink a lot of this.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
A - black with a milk chocolatey head, decent retention
S - roasted barley, molasses, caramel
T - lots of roasted barley, caramel, faint vanilla and strawberry
M - medium-full body, creamy
O - I see where they were going here, but I'm not so sure it delivered. Still a pretty good stout regardless of the Neapolitan effort.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on 08/19/2015

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 2 finger tall off white colored head. Good staying power on the head eventually dropping down to no head and a thin ring. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass as well. A gentle swirl brings back a thick cap of head.

Smell: lightly roasty stout aroma. Vanilla and chocolate are very evident adjuncts in the aroma. Also smelling a nutty aroma almost like peanut butter. Not much of a hint of strawberry in the nose.

Taste: Light bitterness and roasted and nutty malt profile balanced with light sweetness; this stout is not overtly sweet. Light chocolate flavor and light vanilla is present as well. I do actually taste a hint of strawberry in the flavor and you do not have to look hard to find it. All adjunct are present and all well balanced and integrated into the stout. Strawberry comes out even more as the beer warms up and you also start to taste the lactose as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low yet adequate carbonation. Very drinkable stout; drinks true to the 6% ABV. Not boozey at all.

Overall: A nicely balanced stout. One consideration that I have is that the adjuncts may have faded a bit since this was bottled back in august. I would like to see another version of this that is really over the top sweet with big aroma and flavor from the adjuncts. That would be very interesting to try. I would still consider picking up a 4 pack of this on a year basis.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth beer, but all the extra flavors (vanilla, raspberry) taste very artificial. Leaves a bad aftertaste so while the smoothness is fun, the rest makes me want to pass.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.