Neapolitan Milk Stout - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 38
Gots: 111 | 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 biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9.23.14 and enjoyed from a snifter

A pretty fantastic approximation of neapolitan ice cream, with some nice twists on the three traditional flavors.

On the nose there's roasted coffee, roasty chocolate malts, tart strawberries, and faint vanilla. The strawberry tends to dominate the nose, but not always: there's a healthy dose of coffee and roasty chocolate. The taste follows the nose perfectly, though there's no coffee flavors here (it's not a coffee stout, so no worries). Nice rich dark chocolate, sweet and tart berries, and sweet cream. There's lots of sweet notes here, but they're played off perfectly against the roasted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, more like a porter than a stout. Not thin by any stretch.

I love this beer, and am glad to see it back in distribution in Toledo.

Photo of SheckyBaw
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

A. MAZ. ING. Love this beer.

Photo of verticalted
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Amazingly delicious and sweet. Best on nitro... taste all three flavors of Neapolitan ice cream.. phenomenal. .

Photo of Arty_Man
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

This beer is great. Enjoyed it at Whole Foods while shopping a while back served on Nitro. Can't wait for it to be back in distribution this fall.

Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +26.9%

love it

Photo of StoutGeek
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Had this beer at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp in Chicago and was extremely surprised at how complex the flavors were in this beer. It tasted just like the ice cream... had to get a few refills on this one!

Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 12 oz. undated bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The super dark brown body had a solid, tan head that lasted a good while.

The smell was strawberries and chocolate! The aromas intensified as it warmed.

The taste was perfectly captured in the name of the beer. Neapolitan ice cream flavors. Cocoa nibs and strawberries. Vanilla too. Cherries, big fruity flavors. However, a strange artificial flavor character overcame the beer as it warmed. That was disappointing.

The body was medium density and creamy. Adequate carbonation.

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of nikoelnutto
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Kingma's market in Grand Rapids- 4 pack for $9.49. Poured from a bottle at 48F into a pint glass.

Appearance- The blackest of black in color and poured with medium-high viscosity. Off-white head rose 1/2 inch with a gentle pour into a clean glass. Head is very fine and lacing clung to glass and hung out in middle for most of drink

Smell- Smells like your average sweet stout. Mostly dark malts with the vanilla shinning through stronger than the strawberry. Just average.

Taste- I thought this was going to be a "girly" stout, but it was not. Full bodied, lots of roasted character delicately balanced with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors that are JUST barely there. Finishes with mostly creamy strawberry, but not overpowering. Saugatuck was wise to downplay the strawberry and let the milk-stout style rein true.

Mouthfeel- Mild to moderate carbonation that (at the right serving temp) gave the beer a frothy mouthfeel and definitely made me think of a chocolate shake. Lots of body but not overpoweringly sweet and thick. Genius, in my opinion.

Overall- Didn't expect it to be outstanding, and would call it so. I am a beer snob and brewery owner who is not ashamed to say this "novelty" beer is a great one.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, little fruit

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, strawberry, caramel, little vanilla, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent milk stout, the strawberry flavor is a little bit too artificial

Photo of TheNelser
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout had just the right amount of the fruity strawberry and vanilla that I expected. Perfect color on the head. I had it at about 50 deg. F. The fragrance was exceptional. The finish was nice - not too malty or hoppy. Carbonation was just a bit too much. It is one of my top 10stouts. I even liked it better than Bell's K'zoo stout.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black body. Produces a thick, dense, fluffy, tan colored head. The retention and lacing on the head is incredible.

S: Chocolate. Vanilla. A bit of roasty malts, but underlying everything is the waft of sweet strawberries.

T: Chocolate upfront. Roasty. Hazelnut and butterscotch. Berry sweetness lingers in the finish - It's strong, but not artificial.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Velvety creamy. A bit of boozy warmth in the finish.

O: Tastes exactly how it's described. Well done, not fake, like many other sweet stouts. Recommended.

Photo of jdb288
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Beer Exchange.

Pours med. brown with minimal lacing and head. Taste is almost cloyingly sweet. Some creaminess, strong berry notes. Almost finds the balance with the roasted malts but falls just a but short. I'd have to say the vanilla and chocolate flavors are far exceeded by the strawberry notes here.

This one's worth a try.

Photo of tomciu
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a glass from the bottle.

a - it's dark with a hint of ruby. very poor head retention. an aggressive pour allowed for a proper head that quickly dissipated. lacing was poor as well.

s - despite the appearance, the smell was impressive. it smelled just like neapolitan ice cream. it really made me want to dive right in a drink it all up.

t - the taste was well balanced. between the sweet notes and the bitter notes there was a dance that made my taste buds happy. strawberry was very present as well as a chocolaty character from the roasted malt. vanilla was present in the background.

m - thick and creamy with good carbonation, though i felt like something was missing.

o - a very nice experience though one that i do not need to experience for a while. i would recommend this beer to people who like sweet stouts, especially novelty stouts such as this one.

Photo of AnchorDrops
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.27/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.52/5  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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer is very dark. I just see some hints of ruby highlights. It is topped with one finger of mocha colored head. The head is thick and creamy and leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - The smell is kind of like strawberries and cream with a roasted malt base. The smell was way closer to the ice cream than I expected.

T - The first thing I taste is the strawberry cream. Then some bitter roasted malt kicks in to balance the sweetness. It's a battle of the two extremes to win over the palate. I get alternating sensations of the sweet and bitter.

M - Full and creamy

O - I lost track of this beer among my three refrigerators or I would have had it sooner. It actually reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream. It is pretty good, and I would definitely buy it again.

Photo of Sark
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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

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