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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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:
The darkest beer we have ever brewed. A sweet, malty, full bodied, creamy rich flavored stout with coffee and chocolate tones.

Availability: Sep - Mar

(Beer added by: Daktyls on 09-19-2010)
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Photo of nate1357
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of nrs207
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Brooks44
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
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

Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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 nhindian
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Sailracer
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of YouSkeete
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of chrisgn
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.