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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Daktyls on 09-19-2010)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:20:37 | More by smcolw
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:22:03 | More by mountdew1
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:40:47 | More by Jason
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:41:51 | More by donkeyrunner
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:09:55 | More by ppoitras
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:53:28 | More by Billolick
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 19:12:54 | More by Liverpool08
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 03:45:54 | More by jamie2dope
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wachusett makes some decent beers, nothing really spectacular except a couple like Larry. However, almost all their beers are good, nothing wrong with any of them and I'd take them over many beers. Can't go wrong. Here's a new one in the lineup.

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly and leaves a slight lacing. The beer is not completely pitch black, with hints of dark brown light coming through on the corners, and a very hint of brown shade throughout. I would have liked it a little darker.

The nose is what it should be. Nice dark malts, slight chocolate and plenty of roast, with a nice fresh coffee ground aroma. A nice creamy malt aroma too, with a touch of chocolate milk, and a little sweetness. A little light overall on the chocolate though, as well as the milky aromas.

The taste brings more of the same, but comes right out with lots of creamy flavors. Plenty of lactose sugar in this one, and even has a slight milk flavor. I get a little of a white Russian flavor too, where's the dude when you need him? Some dark malts, a little milk chocolate, some crystal malts, and more roast. A little bit of the roasted coffee beans but less than the nose. The chocolate adds some hot cocoa like flavors, coming through with a little sweetness. It has a slight molasses and caramel syrupy flavor too that lasts a while, but is juxtaposed by a little watery taste. It finishes with more creamy flavors lingering, a little sticky sweetness lingering too, and lots of dark malts, with more chocolate and little coffee.

The mouth is somewhat creamy and semi rich, with decent carbonation for the style. It has a very slight tingly booze, which is strange for less than 6% abv.

It has a pretty good drinkability too, nice and creamy, very sessionable, but has just a hint of that sticky feel late and opposes the dryness and gets a little icky.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:46:19 | More by jlindros
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:19:12 | More by silentjay
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 02:48:08 | More by BennyL1
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malthegal

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 02:44:06 | More by malthegal
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2010 17:49:40 | More by Daktyls
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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
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