Milk Stout - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 146
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 20.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: elNopalero on 06-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

6% ABV confirmed. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired for $6.00 at a SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Mikkel is my favourite brewer in the world, so expectations are quite high.

Served after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

A: Pours a four finger thick head of gorgeous dark tan colour, incredibly appealing cream, great frothy thickness, and excellent (9+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Carbonation bubbles are abundant in the body, however, almost reminiscent of cola. Light lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Cola, light roasted barley, dark malts, cream, and milky notes. I'm not real impressed; it's kind of like a schwarzbier meets a stout. A decent aroma. Pleasant enough. No yeast is detectable nor is any alcohol.

T: Dark malts, cream, cola notes, and even some bitterness. Imbalanced and lackluster for the style. Lots of residual sugars, true to style, but none are particuarly evocative. Bready. Milk chocolate. Cocoa. It's too sweet and lacks the roasted character needed to balance against that sweetness (that's the whole point of the style, after all). Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Slightly coarse, with an artificial smoothness up front. Wet. Pretty good carbonation. Poor palate presence. Sticky. Cola-esque. Sugary. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well.

Dr: A disappointment from my favourite brewer. Who knew Mikkel who create a stout this bad? I definitely wouldn't want another. Hides its ABV well, but it's difficult to drink given its low quality. Quite pricey as well (it's the Shelton Bastards, after all). This is to be avoided.

Low C-

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
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 BeerWithMike
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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 rudzud
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review taken from notes courtesy of Stout Fest at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured a nice black coffee rich hue with a very thick foamy mocha head that fades to leave thick mocha side lacing.

S - A fair amount of milk/lactose followed up by light roast and some surprisingly sweet milk chocolate.

T - Ehh. Faint milk chocolate on the tongue along with more faint light roasted malts. The lactose is almost too much for the beer as it overpowers the chocolate and malts.

M - Better than your average lactose but the feel is still relatively light and slightly thin.

O - Overall not my favourite milk stout. For the price paid there are definitely better milk stouts our there but this still wasnt a bad offering from Mikkeller.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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 gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an interesting take on a milk stout, and I would have expected nothing less from mikkeller. this pours really dark brown, as close to black as you can get, with a reflective shine and an inch of lasting mocha colored head. the nose is not as sweet as some of the traditional milk stouts, and is actually almost bitter from burnt malt, tons of roast and a little smoke, also some nutty smells, like fresh toasted almonds. the flavor is more akin to the traditional milk stout, with some unfermented low dose sugars on the back end lingering a little bit, but this beer is so much more. some vanilla and booze notes, as well as a candied nut flavor that combines the best of earthy and sweet. the flavors are a little disconnected, which is the only reason I don't score this higher, but its a heck of an effort. lacking slightly in carbonation, it lets this beer open up with temperature. the body is full, but not thick at all, I think just about right for the style. what can I say? another exceptional and interesting brew from mikkeller, I know that gets repetitive, but is there a brewer out there right now producing so much interesting high quality beer? I don't think so. this is more for the adventurous than for the lover of the traditional, but if you know mikkeller at all, you already knew that...

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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 FLima
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose. Taste is much the same with a sweet sugar flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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 PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz into an oude beersel tulip

A: pours black with a fat finger of creamy mocha colored head, nice retention and lacing... Looks yummy.

S: alot of coffe and roast on the Aroma... A bit of creamyness to the aroma as well, very nice!

T: a touch of sweetness that I didn't get I the nose, right in there with the creamyness, but not overly done... Just enough to balance out the bitter roast. There is deffiantly some earthy hops and a hit of smoke in there as well... Tasty...

M: creamy heavy medium body with very creamy moderate carbonation.

O: a solid milk stout... I think the hops are still abit forward, and perhaps with a tad more time this one will round out a bit and get even more velvety, but still a good brew as is.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In true Mikkeller fashion, the old fashioned milk stout just won't cut it. Instead, stronger roast is the perfect balance against the milk sugars that are employed in support. Of course all that is accompanied with higher hops, higher roast, and higher overall punch.

The beer immediately catches the eye with its incredible froth- its meringue-like mocha laden foam builds and retains with high character. All this operates above the dark onyx-black beer beneath. Dense looking from top to bottom, the beer continues to impress with its blanketed lacing left behind.

Deep aromas of French roast coffee, dark chocolate, and milkshake-like cream deliver a soothing yet strong scent that circulates around all-things-roast. Additional wood, herb, and buttery cookie dough round out in an odd scent of cannabis and fresh baked goods.

Heavy roast commands the taste, but does so with a heaping dose of whipping cream, caramel, brown sugar, and whipped cream. Its the starchy malt that supports the roast and gives the subtle sweetness of aspartame an added dimensions of balance and complexity. Finishing with the taste of burnt sugar, campfire, and woodish hop bitterness; the beer is sophisticated and straight-forward throughout.

The beer's full creamy body really tells the tale- its carbonated malt texutres are like marshmallow cream to texture as it engulfs the mouth and expands the taste. But even as the malt sweetness trails, the beer steadily works toward a late malty-dry finish with roast-derived bitterness, mild ash, and light grass astringency.

The beer does nearly everything that milk stouts are expected to do, but does so with more robust taste than the norm. That's true Mikkeller in form and function. This is a fantastic stout, one that's only limited by its cost.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet/baked chocolate but drier finish. Pricey at $6.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Maxwell
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, milk chocolate, lactose, roasted coffee, some earthy hops.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, lactose, milk chocolate, earthy hops, smooth mild bitterness, some roasted coffee.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Nice Milk Stout. Great overall balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While the chocolaty flavors are distinct, there's a hint of spiciness and bitterness that make this beer more than just a sweet stout. Beautiful appearance with a huge head and pitch black color. The taste is delicious and the body smooth and rich. Very easy drinking and goes down way too fast. This could easily be an everyday beer for me if the cost were not so prohibitive. and yet, compared to most Mikkeller beers, this one is much less expensive. I enjoyed this very much and will certainly have again when I can find it. Delicious.

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Photo of abcentfishing
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a stout should thick and a nice amount of toffee colored head. The smell is sweet with a bit of milk chocolate, lite smoke and touch of malt. Wouldn't mind a little more nose on it but that is just me. Feels great in your mouth and taste smooth and delicious. I wish it was a larger bottle. Very nice refreshing stout. It would make a nice desert or breakfast stout. I could also enjoy this in front of a nice sunset. Now Im dreamin.. Up to my expectations. Mikkeller is always worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Stamped 10031230.

A: About a finger of loose, tan head. The body is dark brown.

S: There is a rapturous quality to the scent. Perhaps it's a touch of smoked malt or tinge of brilliant espresso. I'm leaning towards the former, but perhaps it's just dry roast. Also a hint of sweetness. I can't wait to taste it.

T/M: It's good. Really good. The foretaste is the bitter, roasted, chocolatey stout I was anticipating, but then the maintaste slides seamlessly into a creamy vanilla-sweet beer. I like the juxtaposed flavours.

O: This beer is constantly on the verge of being excellent, but never quite manages it. As Paddy Kelly once remarked, "He's on the borderline of genius; but he never trespasses!" Still, recommended and worthwhile.

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Photo of spoony
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle (code on cap was smudged and illegible) into a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces almost two fingers of dark mocha-colored foam. Retention is poor but a thick cap hangs around and there is some decent lacing. The brew is nearly black and opaque.

S-I smell lots of roasted, chocolatey malts. The chocolate is milk to dark in intensity and the impression is semi-sweet. There is a good dose of lactic sweetness, too. Not much char or bitterness to be found. The scent is a bit simple, but this beer is good at what it does.

T-There is lots of rich, milky, sweet cocoa and chocolate flavors here. The roasted bitterness factor is low (but not completely absent) and the lactic funkiness is moderate to high. I also get just a bit of dark-roast coffee. The finish gives just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

M-The feel is robust and mostly creamy, but not terribly heavy. Carbonation is soft. The feel pairs well with the flavors and style.

O-This is one of my favorite beers from Mikkeller. It is not over-the-top complex, but it does provide lots of well-balanced flavor, which is a great example of the style. The chocolate tastes real and although sweetness is high, it is appropriate for the style and flavors here. I will be seeking more of this beer.

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Milk Stout from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.