Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 591
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 118 | 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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Photo of Sark
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- finger and a half of luscious velvet head colored a caramel yellow, the beer itself is an opaque obsidian black

Smell- toasted malts with a sweet undertone of vanilla and slight fruits, the slightest of hop tinge, the notes are subtle and not overpowered

Taste- really does remind me of a Neapolitan sundae, the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are present, this is not to say it is as sweet as the actual ice-cream at all. It maintains many characteristics of a stout in toasted grains and subtle hop cues

Mouthfeel- extremely smooth and creamy, full-bodied, velvet

Overall- Really liked this beer as a single show bottle, while I could definitely have more, it's something to sip and savor as if it really were the frozen dessert (749 characters)

Photo of tbdkev
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to cherry red with a minimal amount of lacing and scant head. Aroma is very nice --some notes of milk chocolate along with the distinct aroma of fresh strawberries. The taste, however, doesn't quite follow. Dark chocolate/coffee bitterness dominates here, with some strawberry sweetness blended in. With every sip, I wish there was a little bit more lactose or milk flavor to balance with the bitterness. The bitterness lingers and confuses the palate a bit. I wouldn't shout off the rooftops about this one, but it's worthwhile to give this one a try--it's pretty unique. (589 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a slight red tint to it. Small milk chocolate layer of foam sits on top

S - Bitter chocolate that gives it a slight roasted aspect. There is also a nice creamy strawberry milk presence

T - Bitter espresso and chocolate up front. Slight strawberry as well as a slightly chalky vanilla. Overall, it's too bitter for my tastes and tastes slightly artificial.

M - Medium yet smooth and creamy body that goes well with the overall beer

O - Interesting beer that picks up the flavors of the ice cream. It smells just like the ice cream. The only knock I have is the chocolate is slightly bitter / overpowering and it has a slight chalk / artificial taste (682 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. Picked up a single of this after trying some at a friend's house. My first beer from Saugatuck Brewing Co., don't really know what to expect, & going in as unbiased as possible.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a thick oily, opaque brownish black colored body, with two fingers of creamy mocha brown froth for a head. Big fluffy rings of mocha lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is enticing and inviting; warm silky milk chocolate, graham cracker malt presence, & a strawberry cream smell reminiscent to the smell of a strawberry oreo cookie. Smell is good, but isn't coming off as completely authentic. Not extracting any vanilla aromas from this one, really.

T - Bold, bitter coffee bean, dark chocolate, and perhaps some hop presence kicks things off. Strawberry flavor is present in the finish, but again, doesn't seem entirely authentic, and retains something of an artificial medicinal vibe to it. In this beer's defense, the bottle does note that it uses 'natural & artificial flavors with caramel color added'. Again, no real noticeable vanilla presence that I can find.

M - Feel is of resinous hop / coffee bean bitterness, with a creamy, medium bodied feel to the beer.

Overall, much better than I remember it being when I tried it a few weeks ago, very glad that I decided to give this beer another shot, although probably not a beer I would try again. A worthy attempt at creating a Neapolitan beer from Saugatuck Brewing Co., even if it doesn't entirely succeed 100%. I will be on the lookout for more from this brewery.

Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout ---4/5. (1,648 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 czfreeman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Next up in my tasting of Saugetuck brews. I applied today for a brewing position via Probrewer so I wanted to try some of there beers.Purchased at Binny's in Chicago.
Pours a nice deep black tone, some reddish hues when held to the light.
Smells of ..well Neapolitan candy or ice cream.Strawberry upfront, vanilla, cocoa, sweet lactose character.
Flavor follows suit..Less vanilla, much more strawberry..cocoa, slight bitterness, and a creamy milk strawberry finish. Flavor is more artificial as others have noted. Subsequent sips yield that note of vanilla I was looking for.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly syrupy at that
Neopolitan has never been my my favorite flavor of Candy or Ice cream, but I'm impressed that they managed to pull this off.
If Southern Tier brewed a Neapolitan beer however.. (798 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was a pretty raunchy brew that lived up to its name. Isn’t the point of having strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream that you get three different flavors in one—not that the three get mixed together?
It pours a thick black color with light cocoa foam. The aroma is all about a milk stout’s sweetness with a combination of chocolate-strawberry and a light cocoa note. The flavor is sharply sweet, and becomes overly cloying as it opens. There’s a strawberry-tinged harshness with a lactic tartness and a sharp finish. It definitely does taste like a Neapolitan ice cream cone—only melted down with the flavors mixed together. (645 characters)

Photo of DragonzBreath
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company.
(Michigan Made I must go to this Brewery)
Flavor starts with a light strawberry, fruity flavor. Then is taken over by dark chocolate, coffee, a little vanilla , and some caramel. This beer taste pretty unique to me. I LOVE IT! The strawberry makes this unique. A great desert drink...makes you want some vanilla ice cream with it. Also a good Stout richness. (409 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -38.4%
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. (1,482 characters)

Photo of CMUbrew
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (853 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of jtingue
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Dark chocolate brown in color, only easy to see through at the edges. Pours with 3 fingers of coffee head, which quickly dissipates to a thick layer on top of the beer, leaving nice lacing.

Smell. Very sweet on the nose, but overall a very weak nose. Its really just a slight lactose sugar sweetness, with a hint of roastyness in the background.

Taste. Starts out with a sweet strawberry that tastes so similar to to neapolitan it promises its uncanny. This has an underlying roastiness which blends into a bourbon like vanilla flavor, again like the ice cream it tires to replicate. The strawberry, again comes back and leads into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thick body, with a tight but prickly carbonation.

This one is a bit over the top for me. It does live up to its name quite well, but at the sacrifice of making a good beer. In actuality it is kind of a sweet mess of a beer, but that is what you expect so you kind of just ignore it. (995 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a black hue with little retention and sparse lacing from a hard pour. The aroma has a nice smoke and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of strawberry. The taste starts out with a nice burnt, smoke flavor with a slight hint of vanilla and strawberry in the middle along with some walnuts that seem to overtake the strawberry and vanilla and finally the dark chocolate overtakes everything in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly dry, and chalky, but overall a really yummy experimental beer that makes a nice desert drink after a meal or when you just want to relax. (574 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. "Ale brewed with natural and artifical flavors with caramel color added" 6.3% ABV, 37 IBU's. Why on earth would you need to add caramel color to a dark beer?

Pours out to a slightly hazy but apparently filtered black, forming a small light tan head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is of black walnut, dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt marshmallows and a very subtle strawberry if I close my eyes and think hard about what the bottle says. Mouthfeel is a little tart with a medium body and slightly chalky, which is nice. The taste is quite nice, and a recap of the aroma. The roasted grains are up front, followed by black walnut and then a wisp of dark chocolate, and in the middle, a subtle strawberry flavor. There are flavor hops which are a little green and citric and don't really sit well with the beer...they should forgo any late additions and just use mild bittering hops. The bitterness is relatively mild. Lingering burnt marshmallows, smoke, tobacco and lots of chalk. I wonder if they used smoke malt in this? It tastes like it. Cleanly fermented, no off flavors or aromas. One of these is plenty. It's very rich.

An interesting experimental brew. Nicely done, although they could stand to tweak the recipe a bit to achieve better balance. Recommended. As an aside, I think it's pretty cool that they will let you use their facility to brew 11 gallons of your own beer for $250. (1,459 characters)

Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The mocha head is creamy and has nice retention. I wonder how much of the dark color is attributable to the added caramel color.

S- Mostly chocolate aromas with a bit of strawberry in the background. At first I wasn't too crazy about it, but the more I got into it, the better the aroma became.

T- Sweet coffee and chocolate and a really nice strawberry profile. The more of this I drink, the better it seems to get.

M- The carbonation is spot on. There is a definite lingering roastiness.

O- A very tasty and unique stout. Definitely nice for a change of pace. (661 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark licorice black with 2 fingers of solid, dark brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Lots of cocoa, dark chocolate and just a touch of strawberry.

T: I taste a lot of strong chocolate and toasted malts. Very light strawberry on the back. Some bitterness.

M: Full bodied, nice and thick without quite turning into syrup.

O: A nice chocolate stout with some strawberry undertones. Fair warning, this stuff gave me a terrible headache. Might just be me. (466 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 lurpy1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 b3shine
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Looks good; black with a litttle lacing. Smells good too; chocolate and malt. Solid taste. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries. Mouthfeel is great; super-smooth and creamy. Overall, a great brew that I'll definitely be buying more of in the future. (257 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (869 characters)

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