Horny Goat Stacked - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-08-2009

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Photo of Golden32
2.66/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a dark brown soda color, with a very thin head that quickly dissipated.

S - A faint smell of coffee and chocolate, but very little smell at all.

T - Again not a lot going on here. Light coffee, and roasted notes. Just not a lot of taste.

M - Very thin to be called a milk stout. No cream feel at all. Frankly it was watery.

D - Not a great attempt at a stout in my opinion. Possibly the Coors Light of stouts. I suppose it would be OK for your friend that doesn't like this style of beer. It's certainly drinkable and light, but it's a stout for people who don't like stouts.

Photo of richkrull
3.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this from a mixed 12-pack.

Poured a very dark brown almost black color with a tan head. Sweet smell with some chocolate and a little coffee. Flavor is very light, sweet with some malt to it. Chocolate flavor with a bitter finish. Smooth drinking beer. I liked it, but I probably couldn't drink too many of them in an evening.

Photo of Brenden
2.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is okay, but the color really isn't. While the whole of it is a dark brown color, it pours out lighter and, even in the glass, has red hues and plenty of light shining through while I can almost see through it. The head, small, creamy and tan, keeps a tight foam after it drops and leaves reasonable, if not pretty good, lacing.
The aroma only gives me roasted malts and it's possible from the smell of it that there is, in fact, some lactose here.
The roast comes out in the flavor more as an almost astringent charred note, while it gets a little tangy and sour beside. It doesn't have the strength, really, to pass as a porter (even one that isn't American), much less a stout.
The body and feel is also where there's either a bit of failure on the brewer's part to understand the style or "gateway" gone too far. It's far too light, far too thin, far too much on the crisp side than smooth. If anything, one of the strong suits of a milk stout is that the lactose gives it a smooth, creamy feel. This beer severely lacks that.

Photo of wiseguywood
3.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is not a bad Milk Stout, I kinda liked it, as long as you like the style. A bit underwhelming in the aroma department. Would I drink again, yes, but when you have Milk Stouts like Left Hand, those are a better choice.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.48/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ok foam on the glass. Motor oil brown/black. The consistency of this is definitely thin.

Smell: Some faint coffee chocolate. Really nothing overall. There should definitely be stronger notes in a milk stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Some sour coffee notes and that's about it. Mouthfeel is extremely watered down and off-putting.

Overall Drinkability: I can safely say this is not one of my favorite stouts. I don't recommend it. A below average stout. Nothing terrible overall, but nothing good. I'd say everything is bad-to-average.

Photo of njmoons
1.28/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bought a sampler becuase it was cheap and their advertising was fun. While the rest of the offerings from Horny Goat were ok, this beer ranks as one of the worst I ever had.

A complete miss on style, tastes like they added some black patent malt to a mild ale. There was no sweetness, I can't imagine how little lactose was put into the beer, no roast flavors which is what makes a stout, just a little black malt bitterness astringency.

They should pull this from their beer list, becuase calling it a milk stout is just wrong.

Yuch!

Photo of GRG1313
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours copper brown with a thick off-white head that is nice looking.

Nose is a very simple honeyed coffee.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are short and mild. There is a light flavor of watered coffee with a hint of toffee flavor but very short and quick and one really has to search.

A medium bitter and short watered coffee finish.

Not one to try again.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some chocolate. Taste is the same, a bit mild. Coffee up front, a bit of chocolate at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beer #4 from sampler pack, and things continue to speed up down a slippery slope.

A: Caramel cola highlights the pour which comes off charcoal black in the glass. A khaki head is patchy and quick to dissipate without much fanfare or lace with is a sparse broken ring.

S: Dry chocolate, sweet black liquor, which quickly fades and loses its strength, even when constantly agitated.

T: Watery, after sampling 3 of their beers this one continues to fall in line with low expectations. How hard is it to mess up a stout/porter style? Well evidently a lot easier then I thought. Sweet but for a brief moment with no real strength for chocolate. Complete watery mess. Slight signs of watery schwarz like malting, not really sweet, a bit dry with no real chocolate base or flavor or milky quality, just a watery run off. oh did i mention watery?

M: Light bodied and a bit watery, once again unimpressed and not gonna mince words or feelings.

D: Overall drank like a watered down scharwz, rather a sweet and creamy milk stout. Disappointing from the get-go and surprised how well they managed to screw up an fairly simple style to execute. No sweet chocolate malts, milky lactose, just a disappointment. 4 down 2 to go.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A bit light for a stout, it pours a clear deep mahogany color. A creamy and rich one-finger, light tan head popped up. Decent retention and bits of lacing. Oh, its also called Stacked. A MILK stout. With a silhouette of a huge-boobed goat-woman on the label. HAHA I get it!

S - I can barely smell a single thing coming from this beer. A teeny roasted malt thing but holy crap. There is no aroma there!

T - A hint at roasted malts but the feel comes out more in he bitter, dry finish from the roasted malts as opposed to any real flavor. There really is almost nothing there.

M - Dry and bitter from the roasted malts with a medium body and a carbonated finish.

D - Hmm...here's the problem. Do I rate it's drinkability based on the actual ability to consume it, or the desire to do so? How about a combination of the two variables: There is no flavor so naturally, it'll go down just fine which leads me to the desire. Man, I feel sorry for the poor souls who'll get the other 5 of these from me in trades. (Yeah, I feel even worse I bought a 6 pack cause there were no singles)

Photo of jman42
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Jet black with a creamy white head. Looked great at first, but the head didn't last long at all. Minimal lacing.

S = It was almost as if this had no smell whatsoever. Even my wife, who can pick out any smell, said it was minimal - maybe just a hint of coffee.

T = Minimal taste - just like the smell. Slight coffee/chocolaty tone.

M = Watery.

O = Meh. I liked some of Horny Goat's other beers in the sampler pack I bought, but not this one.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very clear dark brown, not nearly as one would expect for a milk stout. Color of the head is a mild opaque.

S - Smells of mild roast malts, a touch of lactose, and a nice balance of coffee and chocolate.

T - Not bad it drinks better than your typical light version of Guinness. Roasted malts are a tad subdued making way to sweet sugars and a touch of coffee/chocolate like malts. Slightly enjoyable.

M - Light and kind of watery but more body than I expected for such a poor example of the style.

Overall you could in theory pound these all day but why waste money on a whole case when their are better examples of the style. Still with no off flavors and decent taste this is not a bad milk stout.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted dark malt, some lactose and chocolate.

The taste is of chocolate, some coffee and a drop of milk. Sweet with a semi-dry, slightly sour finish.

It has a creamy body.

Not as lactic/sour as other examples of the style. It does have a creamy, milk-like texture though.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark coffee bean body, ruby hue through the light. Cream colored head that holds up well, calming to a thick film. Lots of soapy lacing.

Aroma: Very subdued, faint lactose and mild chocolate aromas.

Taste: Also faint and hidden, roasted malts and a little bitterness in the finish. Subtle sugary lactose, some cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Lighter, watery.

Overall: Just not as tasty or hearty as I would like.

Photo of keethrax
2.6/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice warm brown color. Not much head though.

Smell: Sweet. Malty and other sweet notes. Not much (any) in the way of hops or any other aromas.

Taste: Sweet, a little chocolatey. But mostly sweet without enough going on to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Way thinner that it should be.

Overall: Pretty disappointing. More like a weak brown ale + lactose than a stout, milk or otherwise.

Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

It is St. Patrick's Day and I am drinking stouts of every stripe before heading off to an annual party. My local in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped off a huge box o' beer and this is another of that batch.

I saw no reason not pull out the stops and went with an almost-inverted pour. This always results in a huge head and this was no exception. Two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head sat atop the beer and I awaited my chance to move in. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was chocolaty sweet as milk stouts are wont to be. Yes, Virginia, there was a smell to this one. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was really thin for the style. It had a mild tartness to go along with the light sweetness of the malt. Finish was equally bland and uninspired. This was not outright bad so much as just disappointing, It lacked Ooomph, flavor, anything to redeem it. How sad!

Photo of sulldaddy
2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours a cola brown hue with creamy tan head of about 1.5 cm that fades gradually to an edge layer with some clingy tight lattice. Not sure about milk stout with this light of a brown color.
Aroma is fairly mild with some grainy malt and a bit of roasted notes. I also get hints of chocolate and a little bit of grassy hop. Overall nose is mild and not very clear.

First sip reveals a light body that is slightly watery textured, no smooth creamy stout qualities, furthering my doubt of this milk stout.
Carbonation is fine and a little tingly, all in all the beer is very easy to drink.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate but not much else, finishes a little empty with just a hint of sweetness on my palate.
The beer is certainly not very milk stouty, but isnt flawed or bad. Just very mild and uninteresting IMO.
Im disappointed and wont be buying this one again.

Photo of dodge408
3.42/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a little under flavored, but honestly it's easily drinkable. It's really not a bad brew at all and I will get it again.

Photo of kim_thayil
1.92/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

well, this one was disappointing.

none of the traits you are used to or may look forward to in a milk stout are here.

you can see right through it, you have to work to smell any chocolate or coffee or anything, it's absurdly thin - bordering on watery, there's no head no matter how you pour it.

it honestly looks like a glass of coca-cola.

as it warms you maybe can smell some cocoa, but again you have to work for it. that's about it for character of any kind.

it doesn't feel like a stout when you drink it and it only tastes like a stout if you're comparing it to a lager or something. actually even then it's hard to say it tastes like a stout. there is just very little taste here at all.

i don't normally want to come here and bash a beer and i'm trying hard not to bash this one but i would not buy this again and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Photo of climax
2.19/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The prior reviews don't seem to be too flattering, I'll do my best to remain uninfluenced...

The color isn't as dark as I anticipated for a stout (hopefully not a glimpse of whats to come), it is merely brown with ruby red highlights. The fizzy head is decent size, however fades quickly.

The aroma isn't bad, despite being rather tame. There's ample nut, coffee, cocoa and chocolate flavors. It does have that cheap thin smell (that I've grown to expect from this brewery) lurking within.

The flavors are caramel, vanilla, and cocoa but there's no grunt to them and all signs that indicate this is a true stout are out the window. The bold flavors that were present in the nose are nowhere to be found, and when all is said and done; it's nothing more than a mainstream Irish red or amber. Disappointing.

Perhaps the worst part about this beer is how thin it is. It drinks like a lager. Horny Goat, if you care at all about being true to style, add some body to this. After all, it does not say Dark Lager, or Bock on the label!

I drank it all, and frankly it was quaffable, there is nothing offensive to it and the flavors were fine. But it misfires on every cylinder. I would give it to a friend who needs to expand his/her horizons, but in no way, shape, or form could I say this is a good beer/stout. Back to the drawing board.

Photo of CurtisPeacock
4/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently saw on Horny Goat's Facebook page that they had refined their recipe for this Milk Stout. Figured we were in the change of seasons so I would give it a try.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown. Not as dark as some other stouts but still quite a dark beer. Great (over 1 inch) head that leaves a strong lacing.

Smell: Sweet smells of the coffee and chocolate dominate.

Taste: Light flavor consisting of mild roast malts, coffee notes, and chocolate. All creating a nice balance that is sweet and a little bitter bite to finish.

Mouthfeel: A lighter mouthfeel to this stout.

Overall: A good brew that is worth a try. This makes a great beer for people who are hesitant to transfer to the craft beers.

Photo of sweemzander
1.87/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a very very dark brown with lighter brown highlights. Produced a pure white head that dissipated immediately but left some lacing behind.

(S)- Lots of roasted. . . stuff. Not much here. Maybe some coffee & molasses.

(T)- Pretty much as the smell dictated. Not a ton there. A little raisin-like coffee maybe.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but not much to actually consider this balanced. Smooth, since there isnt much there.

(D)- Definitely not what I would reach for when looking for a good stout to enjoy.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Remember that old Pam Anderson show? VIP? Me, neither. This stuff pours a clear ruby-garnet topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises pretzel, dried maple syrup, and a touch of lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of old Oreos in the aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty sad little stout, one that's far too thin and even more lacking in character.

Photo of Khazadum
2.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Impulse buy at discount liquors... single bottle to tick...

A- Not really oatmeal, not really white... dingy cap sits upon this deep brown milk stout. It is deceptive in its darkness. It actually allows visual inspection of a few inches to discern the columns of carbon dioxide rising. Lots of them actually. Modest lacing around the edges, multiple pillars seen from above of carbonation, and a thin skin of a cap remain after half a minute.

S- Faint hazlenut sweetness here, some biscuit malt. Tinges of ethanol detected on the horizons. Nothing else. Dissappoints.

T- Ugh, awful. Generic... plastic... faint metallic aura... sweetness. I can't even call it milk stout here. It has this wannabe malt presence. The hops are just sharp pointy sticks. Bitter without any flavors to complement it. Acidic character tries to pretend it is a beneficial flavor here.

M- Creamy but thin. The carbonation's benefit is to not be ultra crispy but emulsive and velvety in nature. However, as soon as it sits for a moment, you find out this beer is as thick as water. It pretends to be a stout for all of two seconds. Such a tease.

D- If you can get past the awful flavors, the dissappointing flavors, and the average visual show it isn't the worst thing. It seems to be easy enough to drink if you really really try for it.

Photo of JSigsbach
3.05/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into chilled stemmed/elongated tulip glass with ale at about 45 deg F. Thin creamy 1/4 in. head supported by rich amber, chocolaty color beneath. Inviting aroma with subtle but distinct caramel notes. First wash over tongue very much thinner in mouthfeel than anticipated but not unpleasant, with little bitterness to me but no sweetness. Second and subsequent tastes reminding me much more of a lighter, crisper Czech Pilsner than a Stout but with toffee-ish aroma inside the glass—the light-beer feeling very disappointing given what I paid. Nevertheless, could be paired well with foods in all seasons given its lightness. Not terrible but would have to say on the poor side for a milk stout leaving plenty of room for improvement. Would consider buying again though to pair with richer meals (e.g., Could work really well with duck)

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Horny Goat Stacked from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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