Horny Goat Stacked - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 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 zeff80
2.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Most stouts are black or at least a really dark brown, but not this one. It was just brown - not a good start. It had a small, light brown head of foam.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate and fairly sweet. Some caramel and toffee. So it smells like a Milk Stout but it wasn't a strong presence.

T - It had a chocolate malt flavor with some bitter hops. However, it also was a little weak/watery.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied stout(?).

D - This really seems more like a brown ale, but not a very good one. One of the most perplexing beers I've ever had.

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 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 mothman
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a fizzy tan head that bubbles down fast. Color is a dark brown.

Aroma: A sharp metallic flavor. Kind of reminds me of dust. Some lactose and creaminess. Hint of chocolate.

Taste: A little more flavor here. Kind of reminds me of Guinness. Chocolate and some cocoa powder. Creamy. Milky.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I wasn't a big fan of this one. Everything was pretty off. The taste was the closest part to being to style.

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 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 AlexFields
2.42/5  rDev -11%
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.

4.8/10

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 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 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 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 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 jzlyo
3.45/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - dark brown color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet aroma, roasted coffee and cream.

T - I'm from NY and the taste reminds me of a chocolate egg cream with too much seltzer.

F - fizzy and light.

O - aside from the initial whiff it doesn't represent the style well.

Photo of garymuchow
2.53/5  rDev -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.

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 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 schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.02/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for biting the bullet and grabbing a sixer of this. Lucky me I get a bottle without technically having to pay for it.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown almost plum purple hue. Light beige head is about two fingers high and falls almost instantly. A smattering of lace covers the rim.

The aroma is sweet grains and burnt rubber. This smells like a bad lager not a milk stout.

The flavor is nothing at first. Then after few more sips I pick out a hint of coffee and I mean a hint. Other then that this beer doesn't have a whole lot going on.

Medium to light body with just a touch of carbonation.

Overall not impressed with horny goat products so far. This beer will not be on my gets list.

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 chefhatt
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average milk stout could use a little more.
I would drink again

Photo of silentjay
1.37/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

pours a mahogany brown with little khaki colored head that disappears quickly and leaves no traces behind. Is this a stout or a brown ale?

faint aroma is of burnt caramel, maybe a tiny bit of coffee, some roastiness. reminds me of Smithwick's. almost. Are they sure this is a stout?

the taste follows the nose as being very faint. caramel, toffee and a bit of roasted coffee can be found if you dig deep enough. not much flavor, and what is there is not entirely pleasing.

light bodied (for a stout) with littler carbonation and no lingering sweetness or bitterness or smokiness, or anything for that matter.

it is hard to drink. for reasons other than what I am used to. This is not entirely repugnant, nor is it unbalanced or too young or oxidized or skunked or anything, its just.... I don't know.

I have had no experience with this brewer before. I picked up a bunch of random singles on a recent trip to Michigan that are unavailable to me in Massachusetts, and this found its way into my cart. Had I never read the bottle, I would have never labeled this as a stout of any kind. Not that every beer has to follow style guidelines precisely, but if you call it a stout, it should atleast be black! Even reviewing this one ignoring the style designation and it falls short. I understand that people's tastes differ, as well as interpretation of styles, but I just cannot find any redeeming qualities for this beer.

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Served slightly chilled.

A) Looked thin on the pour. Cola brown in color. A finger of khaki colored head fizzled to a collar. Lots of carbonation noted.

S) Not much... Light coffee, roasted malt, faint cream.

T) The flavor is not offensive, because there is so little of it to try and describe. It's watery coffee with light roast and a little hops on the backend. Lackluster aftertaste...

M) It looked thin, and it was. There is quite a bit of carbonation. There is not much to this. It's drinkable from a mouthfeel standpoint, but with each passing sip, your kind of thinking to yourself, why am doing this???

O) This was not very good. I cannot recommend this beer.

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.

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Horny Goat Stacked from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
65 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.