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Stone Coffee Milk Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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1,274 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 49
Gots: 239 | FT: 3
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 1999), 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 bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, lactose and some dark chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it's a good, enjoyable bittersweet stout. Off the top of my head I really can't think of other sessionable stouts like this one (just 4.2% ABV). I'll be buying this again! $10.99 a 6-pack.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15%

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.

Photo of 01001111
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.
NICE.

Cheers

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

[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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer pours a jet black coloring, with hazelnut highlights around the edges, and a foamy, dense, tight, light tan head that settles out into a surface coat fairly quickly. Aromas of fresh ground coffee forward, cut nicely with the lactose for some cream and milk highlights, and a solid roast characteristic. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a somewhat muted coffee character balancing nicely with a semisweet milk undertone. Again, solid roast characteristics help rough up the smooth cream notes, and the bitterness from the coffee helps further the balance. Smooth, slightly dry in mouth, with a bitter roasted aftertaste. Subtle hints of cream sweetness linger on into an otherwise dry, slow finish. The balance and precision of an otherwise "unsexy" style of beer is really impressive. Low ABV keeps the drinkability up. Good beer!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3/5  rDev -18%

Pours a deep ebony color with a frothy, mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of burnt coffee and a bit of dark chocolate.

Tastes of the deep roasted malt notes. Dark roast coffee leads off with a bit of an acrid feel to it. More roasted notes of dark chocolate and molasses come through next. Not much sweetness to it. Has a smoky and burnt feel to it as well. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but I can't say that I am a fan. The burnt notes and dryness detract from what could've been a better beer.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh. Did Starbucks make a beer? This thang tasted pretty burnt, alà said global conglomerate. Their is a pungent coffee smell, which was nice at first, but digging deeper it is overbearing like your mother-in-law. Taste is sweet and just not pleasant. Oh, and it's also thin like ghandi in his prime.

I'd pass on this one, my peeps.

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boy this looks much bigger than it is. I pours like it is heavy. The head is a smallish dark head and it is black with virtually no hints of color on the edges.
Now the body is smallish and thinnish, but what do you expect for 4.2%.
The coffee is bigger than the milk, although there are hints of it and it seems to hang on the tongue for awhile. A firm streak of bitterness and lingers briefly and nicely. It is a nice coffee flavor with a slight freshly ground texture/flavor. Just a touch of sweetness.
This is a nicely done session beer that I will buy again.

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of briang01
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of joel_bou
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Stone Coffee Milk Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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