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Milk Stout - Mikkeller ApS

Milk StoutMilk Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:03:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 07:19:45 | More by BEERchitect
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 22:26:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

2.51/5  rDev -38.9%
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-

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:51:54 | More by kojevergas
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:39:42 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 17:34:16 | More by DoubleJ
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:02:22 | More by bluejacket74
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 13:50:08 | More by rudzud
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.99/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 11:47:06 | More by CrazyDavros
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:11:21 | More by ngeunit1
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AgentMunky

California

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 05:41:34 | More by AgentMunky
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elNopalero

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a pitch black color with a creamy, café-colored foam atop.

There’s a sweet lactic and subdued roasty aroma to this. Tastes mellow, creamy, smooth, with a milk chocolate flavor and a note of bitterness on the finish. Smooth like a French press dark roast… A real easy sipper. Exceptionally smooth.

Dessert beer par excellence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 18:51:43 | More by elNopalero
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:17:47 | More by ocelot2500
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spoony

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:23:40 | More by spoony
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours black with a thick, creamy light tan head that retreats slowly Some prominent lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with some coffee. I don't get much sweetness in the smell, but it is there. The first sip brings some nice dark roasted malt with bittersweet chocolate. Then there's a roasty aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. There's a touch of vanilla. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This beer is highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 01:52:59 | More by acevenom
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:55:37 | More by PeterIngemi
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:10:49 | More by Maxwell
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:11:21 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:53:46 | More by gonzo000
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abcentfishing

California

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:23:40 | More by abcentfishing
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MV_CHI-NS

Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 19:35:21 | More by MV_CHI-NS
Milk Stout from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.