Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

65 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of snilsen13
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. This is a sub-par effort. There's no nose, the flavor is okay, the mouthfeel is not that creamy. Generally I find that this is a hard style to do well, but I rate the best I've had quite highly. (217 characters)

Photo of Brooks44
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A. Poured from the bottle a near black and small light tan head. No real lacing was on the glass.

S. Roasted malt with notes of chocolate and an almost burnt smell.

T. Taste follows the smell where it has almost a burnt flavor to it especially at the end. Had roasted coffee notes and wasnt very creamy at all from what u expect from the style. Was just avg to me.

M. I rated this very low because it isnt at all what i expected and love from the style just no creaminess was there.

D. I didnt hate it but i didnt really like it either. The slight burnt flavor towards the end kind of turned me off and the fact its a milk stout but not creamy.
All in all was an avg stout that didnt every think about drain pooring and finished it, but dont think i would buy it again. Although it was a good priced bomber at only $4 (823 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to steve8robin for this bottle!

22oz bottle, split with my wife, poured my allotment into a chalice. Pours a lighter than expected deep brown. This sits in the glass darker than it pours though. A small wispy tan head rests on top. The nose is sweet and creamy with notes of cookies, bread, dairy. Smooth mouth matches the style well. Easy-drinker. The flavors on this one are underwhelming. There's some sweet lactose and mild roasted malts at the onset of each sip, but there is nothing lingering and the finish is abrupt. No aftertaste at all. Eh. This is an easy-drinking stout, but I'd like a little more flavor. Glad I had it, and still one of my favorite styles, but this was a bit lacking. (705 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this months ago when it was a limited draft/growler only release named sweet sixteen milk stout. not sure if same recipe, but I enjoyed that one, so looking forward to this one.

pours a dark chocolate brown that is not quite opaque. an impressive mocha head quickly recedes to a small film and leaves little lacing.

a roasty aroma with some watered-down burnt coffee and lactose, some bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of charcoal.

flavor is of heavily creamed, yet watery coffee. a lot of nuttiness in there as well. a touch of chocolate, but more would be welcome. not as roasty as in the aroma, again, more would be welcome. almost goes into Irish Dry Stout/Nut Brown Ale territory. Not as sweet, roasty, or flavorful as I would like, but its decent, I guess.

creamy, yet medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a skim-milk finish.

drinks average. could be bigger, bolder, tastier, fuller, but it is unoffensive and goes down easy if you enjoy light stouts.

overall, a let down. not worth the bomber premium price designation. pales in comparison to both their larry and even the cali style IPA. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way. (1,159 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from BennyL1 (thanks Ben!). Poured out of a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. No freshness date marked on bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark ruby brown. Huge 3 inch creamy looking tan head that reduces quickly but leaves a nice foamy coating on top.

S - Very faint smeller. Roasty malt and some chocolate. Not much else.

T - Taste of light chocolate on the tongue. Not overly sweet at all. Subtle taste. Coffee and vanilla flavors. Little bit of a smoky taste.

M - Light bodied. Thinner then I would have guessed. Low carbonation.

D - Yes this is drinkable.

Overall my expectations on this may have been too high. This is a solid stout, not great and certainly not bad. Average. (710 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,823 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a black appearance. Practically no head at all, just some bubbly off-white lacing. Very straight forward in the aroma: Heavy cream, roasted coffee beans, rich coffee malt, bittersweet milk chocolate, molasses. Hints of dry hops and brown sugary sweetness follow as well. The first sip consists of creamy milk chocolate and roasted coffee malts. Mild hint of steel and aluminum; no exp date on the bottle so maybe it;s gone a little sour. Big creamy, malty, medium-sized body with low carbonation. Overall, just above average. (546 characters)

Photo of Ezone024
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a decent cream colored head. No real lacing.

Some coffee grounds and a little earth in the nose. Something astringent as well.

This one just misses. Coffee, some light lactose elements (but never achieves the creamy edge), lightly charred malt, bitter cocoa. Flavors are on the mild side. I want a bit more intensity.

Medium to full bodied. Feels a bit thin but still works.

There are much better versions of the style. Feels like this could be reduced to something more intense/stronger. $5 bombers make this worthy, but not a beer to go out of your way to pursue. (592 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Little bit of lactose.

t - Tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, cream, and some slightly bitter hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice milk stout. Nothing wowed me about it, but I enjoyed it. Would try again. (434 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened and split on 9.8.12.

A - Pours a ? I opened it on the deck in the dark.

S - Creamy milk chocolate and some maltiness and slightly hoppy.

T - Creamy milk chocolate and some nice roasted malts.

D - Thinner body and some nice carbonation.

O - Milk stout is milk and stout. Nice roasted tones and solid. (318 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a beauty brown head into my glass. Oh yeah. Just as I envisioned.

Just a hint of lactose and lightly-roasted malt. I see little to be excited about aroma-wise.

Taste is a whole 'nother story. Sweet and creamy with a very good finish. Carbonation is on the high side but not too much.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Lingering cream, cocoa and coffee notes.

Not the greatest but worth a try. (415 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great lace from a domed head. Dark brown color where some light shines through (surprisingly!)

Chalky semi-sweet chocolate smell. No milky aromas; very much like a dry stout.

Dark malt flavors. Little lactose sweetness here, it's more like honey or molasses. Very much like a dark coffee. The swallow has elements of cinnamon and nutmeg. Light hop. The body is quite thin for this style--not very chewy. Flavorful with lots of burnt toast. (441 characters)

Photo of chrisgn
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black, opaque. Small, creamy head and some lacing.

S- milk chocolate aroma comes to mind. Some coffee.

T- Tastes of sweet roasted malt...coffee, chocolate, cola. A little bitterness on the end, overall very sweet.

M- Could be a little richer and creamy. it would go better with the sweet flavor.

D- This is a nice beer to end the night, but I would probably not have more than one glass. A little too sweet for me. (421 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a small head. Opens with roasted malt and mild coffee aromas. The nose is kind of bland and uninteresting. Maybe a light lactose sweetness and chocolate. The flavor is also pretty bland. Some coffee, toffee, roasted malt, and just a hint of lactose. Very minimal chocolate, too. Just mediocre at best. (326 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black. Can't see through it. A thick and frothy tab head. Huge lacing. Dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing.
Smells of sweet roasted malts. A good coffee aroma with just a slight bit of earthy hops.
Starts out with a sharp coffee flavor. A bitter hop towards the end, smooth roasted malts with a hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, yet has sharp flavors.

A good milk stout. Easy to drink, good flavor. I'd buy again. (445 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark brown color body with a nice 2" tan head. The smell is a little sweet and malty. The taste has a chocolaty, malty taste, a little sweetness, but not a whole lot. The mouth feel is nice carobnated and overall a really tasty beer. (280 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Redstone in Stoneham. This beer pours out a reddish brown, nice hues, with two fingers of lightly tanned head. Some mildly roasted coffee in the nose, with just a hint of lactose and some chocolate. The taste begins with roasted coffee, and ends with mild milk chocolate, much like the aroma. The mouthfeel is carbonated a bit more than I would like it, though it is creamy to a point. The low ABV and moderate body win it points as far as drinkability, though I like this style with less carbonated kick. I often find that this style is more about coffee flavor than the lactose, which I realize is a biproduct of a tough style to nail down. That being said, this is one to try at least. A respectable effort from Wachusett here. Cheers (765 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with translucent ruby highlights and a short cap of fine tan bubbles. Sticky with decent head retention. Mild aroma with roasty notes, chocolate and sweet malts. Moderate bitterness throughout - starting off with more of a hoppy character and finishing with more of a dark malt/burnt bitterness. Malty sweetness, brown sugar and toffee, semisweet chocolate and roast, nutty with light leafy hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture, faint alcohol lingered. Overall, I enjoyed it and would purchase again. (536 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a less than a finger sized head, very light tan, and minimal lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown, not quite black.

Sweet roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, pleasant hot chocolate powder (I usually refer to it as cocoa powder), chocolate milk, heavy cream, light sugary sweetness, whoppers, and hints of cola and dark fruits.

Taste is similar to the aroma with sugary sweet lactose predominance, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light roasted malts cocoa powder, heavy cream, chocolate milk.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Light carbonation, light-creamy consistency, light-medium smooth body, and a slightly lingering finish that consists of cream, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and lactose sugar.

Oveall not a bad milk stout at all. One I would drink again given the opportunity, since this is quite drinkable. (844 characters)

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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
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