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Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 25
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jips on 07-03-2011)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Chris_Panos, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of AnchorDrops
2.91/5  rDev -26%
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.

AnchorDrops, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of brycevolk
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brycevolk, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Alextricity, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Stu_Grimson, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Drk93TT, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

cnbrown313, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

bob_d_j, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jemarent, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

FirstBrewsoon, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HardyA, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

beernads, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to willseph for the bottle.

Appearance: Straight black. Starts with a sizable darkish khaki head. Super creamy. Ok retention. Drops to a super faint cap with a thicker creamy collar. Some clingy splotches of lacing.

Smell: Creamy lactose thrown over a solid roasted malt backbone. A hint of fake vanilla and a touch of a vague jammy fruitiness. Roast drops some hints of almost char. Cocoa and chocolate in good measure. Milky sugary sweetness. Does a good job of mimicking a melted bowl of the ice cream. Malts keep it in check, offering some caramel and molasses. Very slight hint of earthy hops on the back.

Taste: Roasted ice cream. Legit. Solid lactose sweetness. Straight up sugar coupled with some deeper caramel and molasses notes. Very lightly fruity, but it pushes a bit more jammy than fresh. Lingering hint of artificial vanilla. Deeply roasted with some coffee and a good bit of cocoa bitterness. Strawberry jumps up a bit as it warms. A slightly burnt edge coupled with some char. Warming smooths it out a bit, but leaves a clingy sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost smooth body. Moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Cook this shit out of that ice cream!

Sweet and roasted and almost burnt. It's good, but the roasted malts and sweetness don't ever really come together. Still, it's better than average.

Goblinmunkey7, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheElbow, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Danielr26, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

orangesol, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

fatboy91, Sep 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BlissJunkie, Sep 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

richkrull, Sep 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

RColbert3, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Spartan13, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

barnzy78, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

sblanton83, Aug 13, 2013
Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.