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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daktyls on 09-19-2010

The darkest beer we have ever brewed. A sweet, malty, full bodied, creamy rich flavored stout with coffee and chocolate tones.

Availability: Sep - Mar
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided by apollokim in the 'You Ain't From Around Here? BIF', thanks Kim!

A - For a milk stout, this is one of the darkest I've seen, teetering on the edge of brown and black, with cola coloring around the edges. The head is a short-lasting affair, consisting of 2.5-fingers worth of ivory-colored foam. The head is actually quite rocky as well, as the edges of the head recede quicker than the middle, leaving something similar to a volcano. What the beer lacks in head retention it makes up for in spades with lacing, as multiple strips of lace which resemble great swatches of beach line the glass.

S - The main component I'm getting from the nose is a ton of malty sweetness. Slightly chocolately and maybe the faintest hint of roast, it smells more like slightly lactic chocolate milk.

T - The taste picks up where the nose leaves off; something resembling chocolate milk with not enough mix and perhaps some leftover coffee grounds. It certainly is sweet, as the malts come through strong up front and last throughout the beer, but the flavors are just not completely there, but rather they stand at a distant after giving you a tantalizing sample. If the flavor profile of this beer could be developed, enhanced, and extended longer, this would be a solid beer, but as it stands now it falls a bit flat.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately-light with good carbonation. The head adds a silky component to the mouthfeel and overall its fairly creamy, if not a bit watery and light in the finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I had no problem drinking this beer, as the alcohol is non-existent and the flavors aren't offensive, but this beer overall isn't going to knock your socks off. It has its moment and lots of promise, but is too reserved in its current form.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Rich, dark, opaque brown, beige lacing

SMELL: Bready, roasty, coffee

TASTE: Silky, smooth, sweet, malty, molasses, milky, semi-roasty and astringent, touch of toffee, coffee, chocolate, cake

Milk Stouts are fairly hard to come by, and this one hits the mark. Wachusett also touts it as: "The deliciously darkest beer we've ever made is one of the easiest drinkers we've ever brewed." And we’d have to agree. Intensely dark, delicious and drinkable. Buy and try this one.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Sudsy beginning, decent lacing. Dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Creamy sweet chocolatey nose. Big on smoothness in the full body. Bittersweet chocolate flavor opens up to a bigger sweetness, soft and creamy. Cake batter, cocoa powder and faint raisin flavor. Modest hopping and a kiss of alcohol in the sweet chocolate finish.

Fresh, sweet, tasty, sessionable and easy to pair. A great stab at the style.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, has some notches on the side of the label, tells me "For freshest taste enjoy by" then all thats checked is "Dec" with a year indication of "2011-2012". I'm Confused.

Pours dark mahogany, minor dark tan head, that leaves a equally minor tiny bubble film, but does leave respectable amounts fine, nice looking sheetage/lace.

Sweet malt nose.

Roasted malts, sweetness quite evident, with medium levels of milk chocolate shining through.

Respectable effort here by Wachusett. Decent beginner stout, nothing special, but good fall/winter drinking.

Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, minimal head, clear

Smell: sugar, cream, and roasted malt

Taste: sweet and sugary roasted malt and cream start followed by smoked wood and char with sugary end that is not as sweet as the beginning.

Mouthfeel: sweet start--smoky middle and a less sweet but still sweet finish, medium heavy bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I could have several of these. I like smokiness that they introduce to mesh with the sweetness. I have really been impressed with Wachusett's recent offerings.

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque, nearly black, with a cake batter looking head of dimpled foam of huge bubbles which settles out slowly.

Aroma of floral hops and fruity esters, a bit minerally, some cocoa and cinnamon. Rich flavor of semi-sweet cocoa, hints of coffee, a bit woody with leather and brown sugar, some butter cookie biscuit. Floral hops punctuate with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, finishes somewhat slick but also tannic and dry. Overall a tasty beer with interesting flavors, but could be a bit more viscous and complex.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark, but not pitch black. There is a slight ruby hue as well. A one finger mocha colored head formed and lasted a good while leaving some very nice lacing.

S: A nice combination of roasted malts, caramel, a little toffee and a ton of milk chocolate.

T: The milk chocolate comes through in a big way, but there is also a little bit of dark chocolate as well. There is a slight roasty flavor and a little bit of vanilla.

M/D: Extremely smooth. Leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, extremely enjoyable. Goes down easy, only problem is that I don't have any more.

Photo of BennyL1
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a SA Perfect Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a very nice black color with a bit of dark brown. Small but noticeable head that leaves nice lacing on the glass

S - Smells fairly sweet with some chocolate notes. The chocolate along with the malt makes for a very nice scent

T - The roasted malts definitely make their presence known when you start to drink. There is also a sort of creaminess that goes really well with the chocolate.

M - The has a great overall feel with minimal carbonation. Pretty smooth as well

D - Overall a very drinkable beer. I can imagine this would be a really good cold weather brew

Photo of Ezone024
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out black as a litchfield county night, very dense color no sign of anything black but a few specs of carbonation resembling stars in the night sky. with a roasty carmel colored head.

smells of roasted malts and sweet cream.

Nice balance in the taste of roasted coffee, cream and sweet vanilla....Taste like it could be on the menu at starbucks!
Easy drinking and very refreshing for a stout.

Photo of pfrdaly
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, almost black throughout, deep ruby red on the edges when held to a bright light.

S- Coffee, as if with a good deal of cream in it. Also a little bit spiced, can't place which one.

T- Sweet and maltly. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Decent for a stout, but not quite sweet enough for me. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Not bad at all. Full bodied and fairly thick.

O- I like this as a stout. Far from the best I've had, but definately something I would buy again, especially in the Wachusett sampler it comes in.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber in the glass with 2 fingers of light mocha head. This maintains a rich creamy finger, which rings the sides of the glass with some sticky swathes of lace. The aroma smells of coffee and cream, with roast and lactose taking center stage and then melding nicely with backing notes of chocolate fudge and green citrus. This has a nice full flavored feel to it in the nose.

The taste is similar, with chocolate, milky sugars, green bitter citrus, and roasted coffee flavors all working very nicely here together. This really has a solid dessert beer quality to it. The finish is roasted feeling on the finish with some leftover light earthy bitterness that hangs in there. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some crispness to the carbonation on top and then more of a soft creaminess underneath which carries those flavors well.

I thought that this was a surprisingly well done Milk Stout, with some well balanced flavors (really liked the coffee flavor) and a pretty smooth drinkability to it. This is one of the better ones that I’ve had recently.

Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice stout black with a good bit of thick tan head on top but noting too out of the ordinary for a stout.

Sweet cocoa notes greet the nose with a bit of faint roasted coffee note. Malts come through even stronger on the palate with a nice espresso flavor and bittersweet chocolate notes. Not as sweet as some milk stouts but it does have a bit of a sugary sweetness that makes it a nice dessert beer.

Smooth and creamy light bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a nice take on the style and one I certainly would have again paired with the right dessert.

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Clean milk sugar, some fruity floral notes, light cappucino notes.

L: Very dark brown bordering on black. Dark tan head with ok retention.

T: Semi-sweet cappucino like malt. Slightly fruity malt leads to medium coffee roast. Finishes semi-sweet with a touch of roast. Earthy bitterness cuts through.

M: Medium carbonation, cuts through sweetness. Creamy medium-full body.

There is enough carbonation and bitterness to keep sweetness in check. Very solid milk stout.

Photo of DrinkingAaron
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was really dark in color. The lacing was a nice tan, and seemed to form nicely after a slow pour. Instantly I was hit with dark chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste did not disappoint either. Again, dark chocolate was very present. The coffee flavor was a little less prevalent than on the nose. The texture was very soft, but not overly creamy. I never felt like I was drinking a milk shake (a common criticism I have with many stouts). I was expecting to be overwhelmed by malt, but the malts were very under control. Very Well Balanced Drink! Perfect for a mid-winter New England evening.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark, with a really nice three inches of head on the top of the glass, which all settled down very nicely with some of the best side glass lace I have seen in a very long time, very rich and full and just very nice looking.

The aroma was decent. Rich roasted malts, hints of sweetness rolled in throughout the profile here with a very nice overall presentation to it. Some notes of chocolate as it warms up as well. The flavor was more of the same. Rich roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a light bitter dryness to it, but it lacked the punch of a really good tout, not much complexity here at all. The feel was nice, full bodied with good carbonation

Photo of ScaryEd
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber from Glen Beverage Co. in Glen, NH into a Duvel tulip. Served at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: Dark, cola color with a medium tan head. A "spiderweb" lingers after every sip.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a very subtle hint of coffee. Some brown sugar lingers in the back.

Taste: Very roasty for a milk stout. A fairly strong chocolate and molasses flavor with a bitter coffee malt backbone. The alcohol is almost non-existent. Did I mention roasty?

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth with a somewhat strong carbonation. Feels slightly heavier than expected when going down.

Overall this a great representation of a milk/sweet stout. The carbonation is a little stronger than I would like for the style, but I love the roasted chocolate and bitter malt flavor. A decent price and availability makes this beer a winner in my book.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a slight red hugh. It has a 1 fingers worth of a frothy head. Some lacing from the head. Not too out of the norm for a stout.

S- Roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Sweet. Smells like dessert!

T- Roasted coffee and malty! It has a milky chocolate quality to it! It is somewhat bitter, but the bitterness is not overpowering at all. It gives the beer a slight bite. Some carbination can be felt buzzing on your tongue.

M- I can say it's an incredibly smooth beer. It is a medium, almost full bodied beer. It does a good job of coating the back of the throat. It doesn't have a gigantic amount of drinkability, but that just means you have more time to savor this great brew!

Overall this beer is awesome. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee, tastes like semisweet chocolate with a bitter roasted coffee flavor that hits your taste buds all the way to the back of your throat. I'd drink this anytime I'm in the mood for some more fullbodied! GREAT WITH THE WACHUSETT BLUEBERRY AS A BLACK AND BLUEBERRY!

Photo of mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque blackish brown with light brown head. Head started off 2 fingers thick, but thinned out to 1/4 in after 5-10 minutes. Head clung a bit to the sides. Aroma was faint, traces of milk chocolate and burnt mocha. Taste was very pleasant, not at all burnt or acidic. Flavor had touches of milk chocolate with also some milky lactose. Finished up just like a good dark chocolate, slightly dry in the mouth, and a touch burnt. Beer itself felt good in the mouth, coated well, but the after feeling was a bit detracting. The dryness isn't what I expect from a stout. Overall very easy to drink. Nothing really detracted.

Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unimpressive. Reminds me of a soft drink more than a beer.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep black color with tan head. Smells of sugary roasted malts. taste is sweet milkey malts, slight coffee, and latte like. Its super smooth and easy, but at less than 6% id hope so. Either way, its a good tasting stout and a very good tasting milk stout; which are usually too sweet for me.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Redstone Liquors on a recent night down in the Woburn area.

Anyway not a bad milk stout like to try new things. This is a good brew to have given the price point. It's not overwhelming but it is a good representation of the style.

A - Dark Body thin head kind of a white chocolate lacing.

S - Sort of a light coffe smell.

T - a bit burnt taste, not bad but okay coffee almost a bit thin though.

M - nice feel nothing special but has that acdic coffee feel once you have a drink.

D - I think this is a nice drinkable beer. Great price if one were looking for a affordable type of beer like this for the syle it is really good.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Wachusett Milk Stout cow looks like it's closely related to the Elmer's glue cow.

Clear dark brown color that settles black in my glass. Pillowy tan head leaves multiple lace rings and glass bottom retention. I'm impressed.

Sweet chocolate syrup and lactose dominate the aroma but a light roast coffee helps to balance the sweetness as at least a little bit. Taste is sweet and malty with lactic tang aplenty. Singed Milk Duds come to mind.

I'd like more roast malt to dim down the sweetness. WMS does feature some roast malt but it's more of a burnt sugar, earthy flavor that gets carried along, rather than deter the lactose.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/12/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, lactose, chocolate and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong roasted malt character followed by creamy flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. There are flavors of lactose and smokiness in the background. There's a very faint hops presence but it's where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere local in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" tan head above the clear dark brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, rich dark malts.

Taste starts with the same dark sweetness seen in the nose, then kicks in the lactose in the middle, and an ever-so slightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is way easy. Depth of flavor could be a bit more, but I'm liking it where it is too...

Photo of greenengineer
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my Peoples Pint Pied pIPA pint glass.
A - Deep dark black, weak head fades quickly. looks like flat coca cola.
S - sweetness out front, char follows.
T - burnt malt, coffee grounds, pleasing bitterness, mixed with malty sweetness. nice
M - smooth, more fizz than I expected, decent body
O - compares favorably to the macro stouts, extra points for local. I'd get this again, not sure I'm raving about it though.

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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.