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Milk Stout - Mikkeller ApS

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89
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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 163
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Mikkeller ApS
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Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: elNopalero on 06-04-2012

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is sweet, milky and chocolaty, even a bit hoppy. Taste starts slightly sweet, lactic and roasty on the finish. Body is medium, smooth with medium carbonation. Quite nice overall, not overly sweet, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of superspak
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/3/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass. Amazing appearance! Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Medium roast/char and herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and spicy hop balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding milk stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A bit on the dry side for the style; but it is still very rich and robust for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious milk stout. I would consider this a prototype for the style. Dark color with rich, creamy head which creates mysteriously shaped lace patches on the glass. Aroma is intoxicating with a gentle roastiness coupled with lactose sweetness. It actually smells like milk! Flavor is much the same with delicate roasted malt, perfectly balanced, creamy lactose. Suggests a white Russian flavor in the finish. Awesome stuff. So flavorful, savory, sweet and refreshing all at the same time.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought online from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant, raisin and black grape fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted milky chocolate notes, toasted malt loaf, caramel and molasses sweetness, again some dark berry fruits, light nutmeg traces, quite a lot of sweet nutty hints, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely drinkable even at 6%...

Overall - A very enjoyable stout - might be a little sweet for some though... recommended...

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of an aroma, slight anise. Roasted flavors and a creamy mouthfeel make for a medium bitter coffee roast flavor. Quality follow through, great taste for such a quiet beer aroma-wise.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque black with creamy tan 2-finger head, good retention.
Smell is excellent. Radically coffee and chocolate, lactose hues.
Taste - chocolate, coffee. Excessively sweet, smooth and even slightly hoppy.
Thin, with moderate carbonation. Taste and mouthfeel make some mess.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

apparently not retired, unless the 100312 number on the cap is the date it was bottled and, hence, sitting on the shelf at Hacienda Beverages for the last few years?
beautiful, creamy chocolate-milk topper..... smell is mocha and espresso.
some pine and bitterness in the creamy lactose-flavored liquid. a little thin. some mocha in the flavoring and little sweet.
overall, decent and typical of what i know Mikkeller to be....

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty milk stout. Very smooth. Sweet start to beer. Not too strong of a stout flavor. Exactly what I want in this style of beer. Very good. Would buy again.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of pine, and a lactose sweetness. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong lactose sweetness, roasted malt, alcohol, slight hops, and a hint of pine. Overall, a more balanced Milk Stout than I'm accustomed to having, but the hops and pine did not distract from the style.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick head. Smells of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is very similar to smell with additional sweetness from lactose. Finish is slightly bitter.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 5/21/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured in to a "STORZ" 12 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours a pitch black in color with a good 2+-finger foamy beige head that lasted a bit before settling down to around to about 3-4mm. LOTS of sticky lacing was seen after each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste is close to the aroma with a very light hint of chocolate, unlike many other Milk Stouts. Also present is a hint of coffee. Does have a bitter finish unlike many of the other same style brews I have had in the past. Not as thick as others also. When it warmed up from the cooler it was actually better but still had a bit of a harsh finish, but still wasn't bad overall. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fine milk stout. Great black pour, much like espresso, with lots of lacing. I was thrown off by a heavy hop aroma, but the sweet taste covers the hop well until a little bitterness at the finish. I don't find the chocolate that many do, especially when compared to other stouts. Some coffee and roasted oat balances out the lactose. While nice and complex, I'm finding something about milk stouts is off putting to me.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours dark black with a very nice chocolate colored head and medium lacing.

Smell – Very malty, with chocolate milk. A little weak, but nice!

Taste – Malt with lowfat chocolate milk. It’s tasty!

Mouthfeel – A little watery, and a little low in alcohol. It’s tasty, but could be turned up a notch (needs more alcohol, in my opinion).

Drinkability – A very good stout. A bit light, but very easy drinking.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Coal black, with pillowy tan head
S- Ummmm. Rich, but soft roasted malts. Chocolate milk.
T- Sweet, rich malt. Dark chocolate milk
M- Medium, could be a bit thicker

O- Smell and taste are spot on! Could be a tad thicker, but this is a pretty awesome milk stout

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours black with a light brown wispy head.

On first smell, I feel like something is not quite right with this beer. It starts with some cocoa and bitter coffee, but then the roast kicks in and brings with it a very resin-like note that dominates the lactose and the overall fragrance of the beer. It turns me off a bit, but I prefer my milk stouts closer to the chocolate milk type.

However, when you get to the flavor, it is quite more balanced. It is still more roasty than a typical milk stout, but good lactose remains with balanced sweetness. Lots of chocolate, roasted oats, and a sweet velvet finish.

Maybe I just don't like something in the smell, but taste wise, this is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left a little bit of lace ring. Aroma is pleasant java/stout as I get some roasted malts, close to coffee, some vanilla/milkey lactic notes, touch of chocolate even. Beer is well balanced and tastes like it smells as a light sweetness, more milk than vanilla or hint of vanilla chocolate, has subtle roasted and coffee malts behind it for a great beer. Basically, a sweet beer that isn't overly sweet and has a dry edge.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with a thick thin caramel had with short retention, but keeping a constant plate.
Initially intense aroma of coffee, licorice, light earthy hops and a muffed lemon.
Bold flavor of roasted malt with notes of coffee, decent amounts of lactic acid, earthy hops, vanilla bean, some dark fruits and chocolate cookies. Dry aftertaste with a bitterness from roasted notes.
Creamy and velvet body with appropriate carbonation.
Creamy milk and coffee brew, similar to a “pingado” concentrate or even a coffee flavored Yakult. If you like Milk Stouts, it is a good option from a brewer that masters dark tasty beers. And it could be a dessert beer as well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with a thick, creamy tan head.

S: Mild aromas of dark fruit, leather, coffee, cream, vanilla bean, roasted grain, and dark chocolate express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of figs, prunes, dried black cherry, leather, roasted grain, cream, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and caramel are underscored by earthy, herbal, mildly lemony hop notes. The finish is dry and smooth with delicate hop notes becoming more pronounced while coffee, cream, dark chocolate, roasted grain, and subtle dark fruit flavors slowly fade.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body, creamy, and smooth. This stout is rather dry for the style. Carbonation is airy and active. Surprisingly balanced, refined, and drinkable.

O: A near perfect milk/sweet stout, this ale displays great balance in the mouth and an exceptionally complex blend of flavors. It is not the most traditional sweet stout in the world, but it is easily one of the tastiest that I have run across in the last year or two.

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Licorice/bistre/umber with a dark eggshell/tan head.

Aroma: Profound hints of coffee and cocoa - all wrapped in glorious, but not too sweet, lactate goodness.

Flavor: Just like the aroma, but backwards: notes of cocoa hit you like a tidal wave, only to have a strong coffee backbone come in at the exact moment you swallow. As for aftertaste, the coffee dissipates fairly quickly but the cocoa lingers and increases in saccharinity on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Bold and creamy with just enough bitterness for balance.

Overall: Easily my favorite Milk Stout, and therefore highly recommended to all who are looking for a Milk Stout that is not too sweet but full in flavor.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark, dark brown with a foamy head

S - Coffee smell

T - More coffee than I care for - does not hide the alcohol at only 6% - seems stronger than it needs to be

M - creamy

O - Overall this beer is good to very good. The Coffee finish offsets the sweet milk stout in a negative way.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, tan head that leave chunks of lacing.

Smells of cocoa and sweet cream.

Tastes of chocolate notes layered over deep roasted note. Dark chocolate leads off with a bit of sweetness. Roasted notes come in with espresso and some roasted bitterness. Bread notes are present throughout. Leans towards the sweet side, as it finishes with some sweet cream notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good milk stout, but the price ($5.60 for 12oz) doesn't make it a must try.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark brown, like black coffee. The beer forms an oddly small head of light tan bubbles that quickly move into a scrim atop the beer, leaving a sticky, sheet-like lacing on the glass. In body the beer is dark and opaque. On the nose, the beer smells richly of creamy French roast coffee. Touches of milk chocolate and dark chocolate dance on the edges of the smell, but this beer is very rich with the smell of French roast and cream. Soft fruity notes can also be detected, moving between raisin, chocolate-covered cherry, and plum as they meld with the coffee scents. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a great balancing dose of bitter roast. Light acidity dances with the coffee flavors, but this beer is really all about the balance between the sweet and the bitter. The sweet covers chocolate and fruity flavors while the bitter remains nicely in the roast vicinity with little to no hop presence. In flavor, the beer tastes creamy sweet with a quick splash of black coffee and bitter chocolate that then explodes in flavors on the tongue. Touches of chocolate-covered cherries, raisins, and plums dance in the mid palate, but the beer’s finish is mostly blends smooth, roast coffee with creamer. The finish lasts a pleasantly middling length of time on the palate. The final hiccup of flavor as the beer washes away does present a touch more of sweet cherries with roast coffee, and the aftertaste is rich with chocolate-covered cherry flavors, which is awesome. In the mouth, the beer feels of a medium weight in body, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel that does display just a touch of roughness as it goes down. This roughness is not intense, nor astringent by any means, and is really just a gentle tug on the tongue, but it is a little off for me. The mouth is left with a lingering dry roast, though sweetness and saliva fill the cheeks. Overall, this is a great milk stout. I love the fruity character, and the chocolate-covered cherry flavor is heavenly. It could look a little better in the glass, and needs just a gentle tweak to its mouthfeel, but it is great example of the style and is worthy of a try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller is like a kaleidoscope when it comes to making different styles of beer. The Milk Stout was brewed at De Proef and bottled in a 330 ml format. Let's do it. On to the beer:

Some espresso coloring gets into the head, which forms an inch thick and leaves very good lacing around. As for the beer, its color is like a thick black coffee. Speaking of coffee, I get a large dose of coffee in the aroma, and also a little sweetness. Dulce de leche and a surprising spring of hops add additional notes for a complete experience.

Milk stout or coffee stout? Maybe it's a hybrid. The first note I get is just a little sweet and is quickly followed by a roasty edge. Black licorice makes its mark as well. With these flavors in my mouth, it's no surprise that there's a fun time happening too. It's medium-full bodied with a very low level of carbonation, and finished with a bittersweet chalky aftertaste.

Stouts may be Mikkeller's strength, and their version of a Milk Stout is no doubt a dandy.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a large, lasting tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, milk chocolate, hazelnut pralines and roasted barley.
Very sweet flavours, cloyingly sweet in fact. Some roasted malt behind the sweetness but very weak.
Needs higher carbonation, body feels watery too.
Too much lactose by far.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that sticks around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some vanilla. It's a good roasty and sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, creamy and easy to drink. It's also well carbonated. I think it's a good brew overall, I'd like to try this one again at some point. $5.99 a bottle.

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Milk Stout from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.