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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout

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65 Reviews

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 146
Photo of timfelix
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a a wonderful surprise. Got it in a growler at the local beverage center in Marcy.
It looks good, smell is a mix of malty sweetness, hint of hop bite in the background.
Overall it meets my "if I only had this beer this rest of my life, not a bad deal" test for a great product.
I would rate this as a stout that is tough to improve on. Has the deep flavor of a smooth stout, with just the right touch of a hop tang.

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Photo of PatMacDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark with a Mocha color head.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Milky stout with strong chocolate and molasses flavor with malt body.

Other: Cooking - broth for beef stews and meat pies... Dessert - Ice Cream Float...

Overall this is great stout. One of my favorites! Enjoy...

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Photo of madjr80
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 22 ounce bomber of this just to try it out. It poured a nice dark brown color with a espresso like head. The head retention wasn't the greatest, but perfect for the style. Very small bubbles and sweetness of roasted malts and milk chocolate linger on the palate. There is hardly any bitterness, and quite a contrast to what I normally buy. A nice sweet and smooth brew!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a dark black with a maroon highlight when held to the light. There is three fingers of foamy brownish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little roasty with some smooth milky like flavor that is there just tease the nose a bit. Some bready flavor is there in the nose as well a little cake batter.

The taste is pretty milky as first, some lactose flavor is coming out right up front with the malty toast like flavor riding the silky feel into a moist bready flavor. Some buttery flavor comes out for a short time then is swept up in a wash of malts and sweet goodness.

The feel of this beer is really smooth. It seems to drop down so fast it barely leaves a trace. There is a nice silky feel to it the feel like sliding around in silk pajamas.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark-brown (essentially black) beer that affirms my love for milk stouts.

A somewhat sudsy khaki-colored head leaves nice lacing.

Aroma definitely gives off lactose, and cocoa. Smells a bit mroe desserty than other milk stouts I've had.

Taste follows the aroma. Creamy chocolate cake batter comes to mind, without too heavy of a mouthfeel. It's not super sweet, but the body of a substantial chocolcate dessert comes to mind. There's a touch of dark fruit in there...date? raisin?

Super smooth and enjoyable with great drinkability for the style.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: lively dark brown, mocha tan head, couple thick rings of lacing.

S: very sweet notes: toffee, cappuccino, chocolate milk. A little roasty.

T: fairly complex, with many sugary flavors swirling around. Follows the nose closely: Heath bar sweetness, toffee and caramel, milk chocolate. A heavy dose of cream, lactose sugar apparent.

M: medium body, well carbonated, gives way to a velvety smoothness. A little sticky.

O/D: one of the better milk stouts I've had. A new favorite, well done. Reminds me of a baby creme brûlée.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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...

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DrinkingAaron
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very generous extra from KristinCooks. Thanks, Kristin!

A: Pours a dark brown body; even in large quantities, it lets through some light. It is capped by a small light tan head that retains fairly well, leaving some lace down the sides of the glass.

S: A pleasant, balanced aroma of creamy milk chocolate and roasted grain. Not much bitterness or earthiness in the nose, which distinguishes it from a dry stout quite nicely. It's lightly fruity with a small raisin note.

T: Creamy milk chocolate, though with a touch more dark chocolate flavor than the nose suggested. Roasted grain is noticeable. Somehow I pick up vanilla (?) and a pleasant touch of raisin. A small lactic presence in the finish gives it a nice edge.

M: Not much in the way of hops or lingering bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly milk chocolate, specifically the lactic / milk presence. It is light-medium bodied, with low carbonation that brings out the flavors nicely, while still scrubbing the tongue enough for future sips.

D: Had no trouble putting down a bomber of this. The last 1/3 was a little less pleasant than the first 2/3, but it's not a deal-breaker.

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Photo of malthegal
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark rich black, slight tones of deep brown. Nice head, almost a caramel color, which lasted a decent amount of time. A nice sticky lacing was left behind.

S: Very sweet aroma. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominated the smell for me.

T: Lots of sweet upfront milky/creamy taste, followed by roasted malts, intertwined with a dark/bitter chocolate taste towards the end of a sip.

M: Creamy deliciousness! Very smooth, slightly carbonated, smooth, smooth, smooth!

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this on a recent trip to MA and sampled the other nite poured into a snifter at cellar temp.
The beer pours a very deep brown hue with little light passing through the glass, only at the edges. FLuffy beige head foams up 2 cm and rests easily on the surface, fading slowly to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of brown sugar, some vanilla and chocolate milk, no hops and sweet all around the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with rolling carbonation and a silky smooth texture. The beer flows easily across my palate and coats with the sweet flavors hinted at on the nose. I get some roasted malt, a bit of tangy lactose and some chocolate milk. No hints of ABV and again not a hop to be found here. This is an easy drinking beer, but I dont know if I could have more than one bomber as it is a little sweet and I think it sits a little heavy in my belly. I would buy this again if I was hankering for a milk stout.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark black with hints of dark brown with a light tan head with larger bubbles. Leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as the head diminishes.

S: Sweet smelling, with hints of roasted malts and a little bit of dark unsweetened chocolate.

T: Much like the smell, sweet tasting, almost a milky taste up front, followed by the roasted malts and again the hint of cocoa or dark chocolate.

M: Very nice. Sits on the tongue much like milk does with a small amount of carbonation, definitely a good mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. Quite worth the hour and a half drive to fill my growler up with this, and for the price of a growler refill, most definitely worth it. I'll definitely be making another trip to the brewery for a refill.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice Milk Stout. Pours a Dark Dark Brown witha mocha tan head. Aroma is not much, a little roast coffee and a hint of sugar. Taste is a nice clean coffee, with milky chocolate at the end. Not overly sweet, just the right sweetness. A little too much carbonation I think for the style, but still a very easy drinker. This is a really nice Stout to have on hand. Plus its a steal at $5.99 a Bomber!!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - stoutly black with a full finger of gold flecked tan head

S - a rich welcome chocolate aroma that I was hoping for hits first, supported by a lactic sweetness. Both of these elements rest atop of a firm malty backbone, at the very back is a slight mocha/coffee hint

T - a mellow sublte chocolate/mocha sweetness engulfs as you sip, and keeps it up. No quick fade, no huge flavor spike. A simple solid great combination of flavors that holds steady and is fully enjoyable throughout the taste.

M&D&O - Smooth and silky like a milk stout should be. Great flavor layering, great sustainability in flavor. A well crafted brew.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, with slightly off white head. Very little head, about a half finger or less, dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Very sweet smell, smells a little bit of dark fruits, espresso, chocolate.

T- Taste is very similar to smell- very sweet, slight taste of dark fruits, and chocolate.

M- Goes down easy, very little alcohol taste, not hard to drink.

O- Good offering from Wachusett. A little bit different then a lot of the milk stouts I've had (a tad bit more of a fruit taste). Probably not my go to Milk Stout, but would have again.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of greenengineer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of BennyL1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the twelve pack.

A - Dark brown with largely red tint, quite transparent. Towering tan head that lasts a while, dissipating slowly to a thin ring, and leaving some very nice lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate and a dry coffee bitterness.

T - Big roasted malt character, toasty coffee and chocolate, some sweetness in the back.

M - Smooth and robust. Quite a nice mouthfeel.

D - It drinks real easy.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.