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Horny Goat Stacked - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 129
Avg: 2.6
pDev: 42.31%
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 129
Photo of CurtisPeacock
4/5  rDev +53.8%
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.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.56/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with no carbonation but a nice tan head.
Smell has a nice strong cocoa aroma. A bit of a nice milky sweetness as well.
Taste has a really nice burnt, roasted malt to it. A strong shot of milky chocolate sweetness balances the roasted malts nicely.
A medium body with a little bit of chewiness to it.
Drinkability is nice on this beer. A good balance of flavors makes this beer stand out, but go down easy. Definitely a good beer for a session to sit down and drink a six pack, or more...

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the more drinkable horny goats. You could guzzle these stouts all day. It actually went great with a heavy pizza.

This is a water looking, smelling and tasting stout with a nice roasty flavor. The balance is just right making for an easy drinking experience. I'd like to see where they would go with a double version of this. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Just a bit hoppy. Nice.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.45/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is light roasted malts, a good hint of tartness and mild sweetness. The flavor is roasted malts, mild milk sweetness and a sourish/acidic finish.

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Photo of wiseguywood
3.36/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
3.28/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of raznug
3.24/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Stacked pours a black color and has some reddish hues to it like a porter normally would look, not a whole lot of light shines through but enough to see the red. It is topped with ½” of tan colored head.
Smell: This beer smells of roasted malts and coffee aromas, tasty smelling beer.
Taste: The taste is a bit disappointing the roasted and coffee flavors don’t pop like I would expect it to but it does have the creaminess that a milk stout should.
Mouthfeel: This is a quite a bit on the thin bodied side and while it is easy to drink the flavor doesn’t hang around long enough to enjoy it.

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Photo of JSigsbach
3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with some amber tones. Poor head and almost no lacing.

Not much smell is present at all... Sweetness, chocolate and malt notes

Sweet malty taste with very little hops. Tastes a bit like caramel and chocolate. Not overly flavourful, but good.

Feels a bit light in the mouth, but it has a nice smooth velvety carbonation.

For some reason it seems quite drinkable. You could bring it to a party and people who don't like good beer would drink it. Only problem is that, for the taste, it should only cost half as much.

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Photo of jhartley
3.04/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on July 4, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. No date or abv listed on label or on bottle.
Poured a thin reddish brown see through body, looks watered down. Thin head formed and quickly disappeared, no lacing either?! Smelled good; roasty'toasty malts, cocoa, coffee. Tastes thin and watered down, but still has light flavors of coffee and chocolate and a subtle sweetness. Not one I would look for again as there are plenty more Stouts out there that are more flavorful than this one.

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Photo of karengarys
2.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

This pours clear dark dark mahogany with not juch head, but I slow pour. Oddly, it isn't very opaque.

Smells sweet and dark, maybe toffee.

Taste is a bit odd, malty and sweet but....

I can't get over the mouthfeel. It is like water. It's fizzy, but watery. None of that rich stuff I expect with a milk stout.

Overall - I'm not really happy with this one. Usually I'll drink pretty much anything and make the best of it, but, well, this is one I'd say just pass on.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of jman42
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
2.67/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark cola brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of runny lace.

Smell- Faint aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste- Weak roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Doesn't taste bad, it just not as strong as you would expect.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side of medium bodied, but creamy like you would expect from a milk stout. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- If you are looking for a good milk stout, this isn't it. This one has been castrated, the flavor is weak and the body is too light. There are definitely better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of Golden32
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of keethrax
2.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of garymuchow
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm hoping since this is a newer batch than the previous ones reviewed it will be better. I picked this up not knowing how low the scores were.
Stout like aroma with mild roast, some sweetness, mild stout yeast quality. Not offensive and getting close to as it should be.
Dark and very clear with deep red and brown in light. Smallish tan head that is creamy looking at first, but settles out quickly.
A non-offensive start, but the flavor is where it goes poorly. I'd say again, not offensive, but only touching on the best aspects of this style. What about this makes it a milk stout. It's not even a starter for the style, cuz' it doesn't hit it at all.
Body is full because of the carbonation, but no creaminess or smoothness from the body. Kinda' watery - a word that shouldn't be used in describing a stout.
It's a beer that can be consumed, but I don't know what to call it. I can't recommend this.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.48/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.42/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a plain black color with a reasonably sized tan head.

Smell is weak--lactose, cardboard, not much else.

Taste is similar but even worse. This is borderline undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is better than the taste but still nothing to write home about.


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Photo of sulldaddy
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Horny Goat Stacked from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.