Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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88
very good

582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 38
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 582 | Reviews: 111
Photo of maxcoinage
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter

A - Off color head nice lacing, dark black beer

S - Strawberry, vanilla, toasted

T - sweetness to start then some bittersweet chocolate and roasty coffee nice berry finish

M - Silky smooth.creamy. Medium body. Lower carb

O - a great dessert beer,prob couldn't have more than 1 in a sitting.

Photo of Chaz
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep-ruby red in color -- black to the eye, and topped with a decent enough lookin' medium-to-darkish tan head. Good lacing, good head retention.

BUT THAT NOSE! ZOMG, dood! It smells like an ice cream truck filled with Twizzlers overturned after hittin' a dairy cow! Even though I avoid chick flicks, am not lactose intolerant in the least, but this will still be brutal goin' down.

First sip and BAM! Over-powering sweetness and confectioners sugar, fake-ass strawberry jam and weird, citrus off-notes all bombarding my puny mortal palate. Even the aromas are there in the nasal passages, sawing and hacking at what was left of my finely-tuned nose. As far as sampling goes for tonight, this is a "one and done" affair.

Underneath the strawberriness there's the lactose sugar, sure enough, so it is on style to that degree. There's something like a silky-smooth texture as well, also par for the course for your run of the mill milk stout when properly executed. Top marks for that, alone.

No real vanilla goin' on (probably a good thing...) and chocolate notes are minimal, aside from some traditional (porter) roast character.

There's some bitterness to counterbalance the sweetness, but not too much.

"Natural and artificial flavors. Caramel colors added." - UH OH! Don't look now, but the 'Food Babe' is 'bout ready to pitch a fit! But aside from her (or anyone with lactose issues -- don't go near this, please) I believe that this would make for a most excellent 'chick beer', my brothers and sisters. So when you are curled up on the couch watching "Mean Girls" for the fifteenth time with your newest Millennial sweetie, you might want to slip her a couple of these, if ya know what I mean. And you enjoy yo' 40 and 420. Ahem.

Overall this is well-done for what it is, but it just ain't my bag, baby.

Pretty fresh (12/01/14 if I'm reading the second line of the code correctly.)

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased a 4 pack of this on kind of a whim, after drinking it, I am glad I did!

Poured into a shaker, the beer is a dark brown bordering a black. There is a decent tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, coco and a bit of strawberry.

The taste leads with toasty malts & a bit of chocolate. There are some vanilla notes and the strawberry is really only noticeable in the finish. I’m impressed that they were able to get all the elements of a Neapolitan in a beer.

The mouth is fine and a touch coating.

I can see having one of these every so often as a nice alternative to a desert.

Photo of gollem
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise this is. I'm not the biggest fan of stouts, but my buddy brought some of this down from Michigan (in a 12oz bottle), and so we had second dessert after the dirt cake.

It's relatively light, in taste and body (I have no idea how to rate "look"--it looks like stout, duh). Not a lot of head. Anyway, yes--I thought the label (which is gorgeously retro) and the name were a joke, but no, it really does taste and smell like Neapolitan. It has a chocolatey-strawberryy taste and a feel in the mouth of dairy/vanilla, and it is fun, really fun to drink. I don't think I've ever had a Milk Stout before, and I suppose I expected something stronger and heavier, but this was fine and I would certainly drink it again.

Photo of Kansas
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Photo of docoman
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very sweet desert style milk stout... overall too sweet for me, but coupled with some cheesecake or similar desert would be good.

Photo of aussieyank
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, full bodied stout with hints of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla - just like the label says! There is a slight bitterness to the flavor but it's not enough to detract from richness of the stout itself.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Arrived in a snifter.

A: Arrived in the snifter a deep brown-black with a thin tan head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing was patchy.

S: Oh, the sweetness that rolled out of that snifter! This was not unlike the aroma of heavy whipping cream, with some strawberries and chocolate syrup mixed in.

T: Creamy and sweet indeed, this actually tastes not unlike what I would imagine a mouthful of Neapolitan ice cream would, if taken with a hefty swig of sweetened medium-roast coffee. The malt profile is present, but the lactose, vanilla, and chocolate flavors are the stars, with hints of berry rolling around the edges.

M: Smooth, thick, and creamy, this makes for quite an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: For a dessert beer, or as a stout refuge away from the relentless and unending array of hop-forward beers out there, this is quite tasty. Will repeat.

Photo of BeerLoverMario
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy taste, smooth finish. One of my favorite milk stouts.

Photo of daddycard
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of strohme2
2.72/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Artificial strawberry in the smell and taste. I don't get the high rating.

Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sweet stout; not cloying or overpowering sweetness.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pretty opaque black. Small brown head.

S- Mostly strawberries and coffee. Some vanilla like sweetness.

T- Strawberry, coffee, small amount of chocolate and vanilla. More roasty than expected. A touch too sweet but it is a dessert beer.

M- Nice, full, viscous.

O- Not too bad, the strawberry comes through the most and the chocolate is more of a coffee but pretty decent.

Photo of MaximalC
2.64/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut color with a minimal khaki head. Aroma smells of coffee grounds with hints of salted caramel and lactose.

The taste features a strident, chemical bitterness that exceeds black coffee along with some lactose up front, followed by one of the most off-putting finishes I’ve ever encountered. After the initial barrage subsides, the palate is assaulted by a crescendo of pure aspirin. I was leary about the label’s touting of “artificial flavors added”, and unfortunately those words rang truer than I would have liked. The moderately high carbonation and medium body afford a smooth enjoyable mouthfeel; it’s just a shame it has not the taste to match.

Overall, this is a bitter, synthetic mess that isn’t worth the time to try.

Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

just caught the end of the keg and the 2 ounces I had was pretty good. will look forward to a second chance with this beer.

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/21/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown, almost black with light getting through. This one has ruby red hues and a small off-white head that disappears quick and doesn't leave much lacing or retention. The aromas have a sweet strawberry fragrance. The chocolate malts are there. Some blueberry. Some vanilla. It kind of smells artificial, but it still smells nice and is pretty unique. The flavors are definitely bittersweet. It starts off tart with the first few sips, but the tartness vanishes quickly. More strawberry and blueberry. Lots of roasty dark chocolate notes. Vanilla bean is there. Subtle coffee notes, especially in the finish. It has a nice bitterness in the finish as well. It borderlines having an artificial taste up front, but this one has a nice finish to it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms.

This starts off rough around the edges at first, but everything basically comes together at the end. This is a unique beer to say the least. I went into this thinking I would love it, but I ended up just liking it. It even had moments when I was questioning it, but I give them credit for this one. They basically deliver exactly what they advertised. It ultimately reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.

Photo of azkkr
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Quite weird. I think this is actually what they intended, but it truly tastes like icecream. Not convinced I like it, but it's definitely something to try.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Aroma of strawberry milk, vanilla, and chocolate.

T - Folows the aroma. Sweet strawberry milk, dark chocolate, and vanilla in the front. Roasted malts produce a light bitterness in the finish that help balance the sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is the adult version of neopolitan ice cream. While it leans heavy on the strawberry there is enough balance to make this an above average milk stout.

Photo of valorian
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

I was very surprised at how much it tasted like Neapolitan Ice cream.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured black with a mocha-colored soapy head that left light splashy lace.

S- Artificial strawberry ice cream, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt notes.

T- Lots of that artificial strawberry ice cream flavor, milk chocolate, and vanilla. It finishes with just enough roasted malt and bitterness to keep the sweetness in check.

M- Smooth, medium body, and finishes dry.

O- Sure it is gimmicky idea for a beer, but this beer exceeded my expectations, It tastes exactly like a neapolitan beer milkshake. The strawberry flavor is definitely reminiscent of the the little ice cream cups with the wooden spoons, but in this case I don't mind that artificial taste.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for this one, a pitch black pour with a finger or so of creamy dark tan head. Aroma is indeed as advertised, milk chocolate, vanilla, red berries, and caramel with a whiff of ash. The sweet cream and berry notes become more prominent as one sips, although the opposite is true on the palate, with the chocolate and roasted barley notes increasing in salience. This crossover effect between nose and palate added to the experience to me ... Perhaps the strawberry is overdone, although the sweet cream, vanilla, coffee, and caramel elements gave me something else on which to focus and there was a robust charred barley note poking out that prevented things from becoming too sweet. I am reminded of dehydrated astronaut ice cream rather than the stuff in the big yellow bucket. Wonderful mouthfeel, silky smooth and rich but not overly thick. Finishes with faint grassy hops and light ash. Quite tasty all told, with some childhood nostalgia thrown in for good measure.

Photo of AlexYouCantSki
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

It's true. You can smell and taste a hint of strawberries. Fun labeling on the bottle too.

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

It tastes exactly like it should. Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and sweet. Nice little stout.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.