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Stone Coffee Milk Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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518 Ratings

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 32
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brian Gallagher, a brewer who learned the art of fermentation in the UK, used the beer you now hold, a New World take on a traditional Enlgish milk stout, as his vehicle for personal expression.

Though Stone Brewing Co. is well known for massive stouts such as the venerable Stone Imperial Russian Stout (10.6% abv) and the more recent collaborative w00tstouts (13%-13.5% abv), at a mere 4.2% abv Stone Coffee Milk Stout presents a walk on the significantly milder, far opposite side of the stout spectrum. Rather than being as bombastic as it¹s MUCH higher alcohol cousins, this beer is even on the palate, bringing on a hint of coffee with a highly drinkable yet quite modest backdrop of chocolate and roasty notes. At a mere 4.2% ABV, it's the lowest-alcohol bottled beer we've released in 15 years (the previous being our 3.9% abv one-off release called Lee's Mild in 2009), and you can expect a correspondingly modest body and mouthfeel. Additionally, while some milk stouts have more residual lactose sugar, we opted for a less sweet approach to the category, so you'll notice it finishes fairly dry on the palate. Want more body or a more intense flavor profile? We got that, but this ain't it. This is the lil' one in our stable. Enjoy it for what it is and for what it's not.

Originally brewed as a limited-edition offering at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, this coffee-laced milk stout quickly became a favorite among Gallagher’s peers. Made bittwersweet and creamy while remaining smooth and easy-drinking thanks to the addition of milk surgar, it’s clear why this is a brew we needed to share with fans everywhere.

(Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 06-11-2014)
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Reviews by Rbroccoli:
Photo of Rbroccoli
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark. Not a lot of light permeation using an iphone flashlight. Slight red hue. 1.5 fingers of head with a hard pour for ~1/3 of the bottle+ slight agitaton. A little lacing dissipates quickly.
S: Espresso bean forward with hints of semisweet chocolate and roasted malts.
T: True to smell. Espresso bean and malted barley forward with a silky dark chocolate finish. Full flavor for a relatively low ABV.
M: Slightly prickly carbonation takes away from an otherwise creaminess. Surprisingly full without being filling. This brew would benefit from nitro.
O: Would definitely buy again. Very sessionable without sacrificing flavor. No real drawbacks; although, as said earlier, this could use nitro in lieu of co2

Rbroccoli, Aug 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of 01001111
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

A: Chestnut or used motor oil but without body.

S: Super roasty and nutty with a fragrant medium-roast coffee scent.

T: Bitter (but not astringent) coffee with a touch of the lactose.

M: Thin, but not surprising given the low abv.

O: Really solid in terms of what they were shooting for. It's refreshing to have a coffee stout that is full in flavor but is neither syrupy or super alcoholic.

01001111, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Nice milk coffee stout from Stone. Ale pours a thick black from the bottle with nice tan head
that dies down to a very thin tan pool with little to no lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, toffee
and roasted grains. Taste is very much like the nose with coffee bitterness coming though on
the back with a pleasant toffee tinged flavor profile. Chocolate is lightly there on the sides
with a very light sweetness from the milk sugars. Compared to many milk stouts this is on
the tamer side of the sweet over the top styles holding more of a rounded profile on the
other parts of the brew. That said, it is highly quaffable, and a very smooth drinking experience
with many parts more than the equal of their sum. Light on the alcohol side. Session brew.


Brutaltruth, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Enjoy by date of 11/26/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty, smokey, and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with good hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with big upfront hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, burnt toast, cream, milk, caramel, smoke, biscuit, dough, and yeast. Also some hints of vanilla and sugar. Hops are very light. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, smokey, and somewhat sweet dark malt driven taste with good notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with big notes of dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also some notes of lactose, cream, burnt toast, smoke, caramel, biscuit, yeast, and dough. Some sweet notes of vanilla and sugar. More on the roasty side than sweet. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a lighter coffee/cream stout. Not as sweet as typical of the style but the roast and smoke presence is good.

MattyG85, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Let's start by saying I love everything else I've ever had from Stone. BUT...this was kind of, well, meh. I had great expectations when that deep brown liquid poured into my glass and raised a 1 finger head the color of brown sugar. It settled down to about 1/8" but didn't leave much lacing behind it. It smelled of coffee and roasted malt, no complexity, no subnotes. The flavor followed that. Dark roast coffee and dark roast malt, not much for hops and not at all sweet. I could get the same effect by adding a little French roast to a glass of Guinness.

It gets decent marks for appearance and mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, not quite full bodied but adequate; and it loses marks for smell and taste.

It's good, maybe a little above average, overall, but not exceptional.

mnredsoxfan69, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

[Appearance: 3.25] This stout is a black one with a bubbly medium-brown head. Retention is average and the lacing is decent, mostly spotting with a few legs.
[Aroma: 4.0] The focus is on the coffee, and the roast forms the backbone but in such a way that it's evident the coffee aspect is separate from the malts, each having its own contribution. It's fresh, more like ground coffee than brewed. Chocolate malts seem to be employed here as well.
[Flavor: 3.5] The coffee is forward, but there's not very much lactose noticeable at all. Roasty notes lead to a charred tang at the end.
[Mouthfeel: 3.5] As an American interpretation it's not as full-bodied as one might expect, but this one is clearly leaning toward its English roots. It's still on the full side of medium, a little too short of the line, perhaps, but fairly rich. There's a gentle bite on the tongue and it's fairly smooth, though not as much as the style can offer. The tang translates to the feel in keeping the smoothness from being fully expressed.

Brenden, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 11/26/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, earth, char, coffee ground, and slight lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with bitter cocoa powder, char, burnt coffee, and slight lactose flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems more focused on earthy coffee qualities over the lactose used inn the brewing process.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours into my glass like a dark malted shake complete with big billowing tan head, the body is pretty damn dark nearly opaque with some ruby highlights coming through when held toward the light. Head retention is excellent looks great with lacing clinging to the glass from all angles so far.

Aroma really popping with dark roasts and a creamy note slight vanilla from the lactose additions…creamed coffee really nice nutty roasted coffee as well. I could smell this for a few minutes, but I’m ready for a sip.

Flavor dark roasted malt and coffee express some acrid acidity on the palate, light creamy finish with bold coffee upfront. This is great, balanced with loads of coffee, it shows that you don’t have to brew extremely alcoholic beers to pack the flavor in the stout. For a sessionable non barrel aged cream stout, this is excellent. I like what Stone did here, it harkens me back to why I love their smoked porter so much. Much better than the last few Stone 12 ounce releases but that’s comparing apples to oranges.

Mouthfeel is akin to iced coffee with the dryness coming from both the dark roasted malts, and the coffee roast additions. Slightly lactic twang but thank God the lactose is used in moderation adds some body to a relatively thin stout. Not watery, but for the sessionable abv I think it’s great and I’m not offended by a stout I don’t have to chew on!

Overall feelings are positive I grabbed a couple bottles to give it a whirl I have a feeling I be reaching for this again…I look forward to seeing it on draft around town.

WVbeergeek, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.8%

I'm very happy to see another session-weight beer from Stone. And while it's lower ABV, it's not low on flavor. The aroma has a cocoa-coffee character better than any mocha and smells like bitter dark chocolate. The flavor has a smooth black roast backed by a strong but balanced bitterness. I'd take this over Left Hand Milk Stout any day, give this a shot.

tempest, Tuesday at 01:38 AM
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +7.8%

A Stone beer....that DOESN'T focus in hops?!? When was the last time this happened. Thanks to my cousin for the 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A half-inch of tanned head rests on top this obsidian colored beer. It calls itself a coffee milk stout, and at least with the aroma, the beer delivers with coffee, some smokiness, and some vague lactose even though milk wasn't used in the process. Although the beer is just 4.2% ABV, the flavor is more than adequate with a pleasing roastiness and sweetness, enhanced by a pinch of hops. Despite the style, it is easy to drink and remains somewhat light in the body.

Stone has a real alternative to Levitation among sub 5% ABV beers. Stone Coffee Milk Stout is a great alternative to that, and also a lighter breakaway from their strong and hopped-up offerings.

DoubleJ, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

TimBeaulieu, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -19.1%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of briang01
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

briang01, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +7.8%

sabitu, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of chip26
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

chip26, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big fine bubbled brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic roast with subtle coffee and chocolate. More ashy roast comes out as it sits.

The flavor is lots of bitter roast with some sweet lactic chocolate and some roast coffee. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice heavily roasted coffee stout.

Beaver13, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JakerLou, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Jason, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz Bottle.Smell of strong coffee.and a slight hint of chocolate.Had one for Breakfest yesterday.I`m not a big coffee fan but I am a big Stone fan.I have to say I like the flavor very much but a stout at 4.2ABV.Rather have the ABV a little higher.Want more bang for my buck.

Motleydrunk56, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of SudsSurfer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SudsSurfer, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of MNMike
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MNMike, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ccurrid, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

WeymouthMike, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dogfishandi, Saturday at 05:40 PM
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Stone Coffee Milk Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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