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Milk Stout - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elNopalero on 06-04-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

GRG1313, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

SocalKicks, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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...

StonedTrippin, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -38.8%
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-

kojevergas, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jdhilt, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

rolltide8425, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Lare453, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -2.4%

illidurit, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

mrfrancis, May 12, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

rudzud, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

clayrock81, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -2.4%

smartassboiler, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -2.4%

BMart, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -2.4%

deapokid, Dec 24, 2013
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Milk Stout from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.