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Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

enelson, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

tectactoe, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Stevie_Janowski, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Matt202966, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

millerbuffoon, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

DaveHack, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Circleo12, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mzeld, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

redleg64, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of OldSchool2112
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

OldSchool2112, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

scruffwhor, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JALIEN, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mkennedy119, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.45/5  rDev -37.8%

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.

emerge077, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

hilgart1, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of TastingRoomCharNtony
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Kerrie, Dec 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.2%

chickeni3reast, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

12 oz bottle into a glass mug

A: Pours seriously black. No light through this beer. Unfortunately, that is due to added caramel color. No matter though. A small, dark brown head forms on top and quickly fades to a foam ring.

S: Dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate syrup and vanilla.

T: Immediately get chocolate covered cherries, (although I think they were going for strawberry) but in an artificial way. More like it's chocolate syrup and cherry/strawberry syrup from a squeeze bottle. Then a little bit of roasted malt with subtle notes of vanilla extract in there. Lingering chocolate fruit finish. Actually not a lot of sweetness.

M: Fairly helft body with carbonation being on the low side. A little bit of oily slickness that briefly leaves the mouth coated.

O: I like the idea behind this beer, but I really wish they didn't have to use artificial flavoring and coloring to make it a reality. Still, it is fairly enjoyable. Makes me think I might actually like a real cherry stout.

CMUbrew, Oct 17, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

MButkus, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mrebeka, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

birchstick, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to MDunk for sharing this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, mostly opaque, with a one-finger medium brown head. No real visible carbonation.

S: Coffee with some chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and maybe some cinnamon?

T: Reminds me of cold black bitter coffee, with some vanilla, cacao, and a vague sweet fruitiness (cherry I thought, but could be persuaded it was strawberry). Hang was similar to slightly burnt black coffee bitterness.

M: Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel. Some carbonation sensation but not much, alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: This was a pretty good take on a milk stout - not usually my favorite style. To me the coffee flavors were so forward they tended to overpower any of the "Neapolitan" that the brewer was looking for. Overall a decent beer.

macrosmatic, Aug 16, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 11, 2012
Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.