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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 11
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

t0rin0, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.5%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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

mikesgroove, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +1%

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.

Jason, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Kegatron, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

jlindros, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

mdfb79, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

smcolw, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Billolick, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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...

ppoitras, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

mdaschaf, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Kelp, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

DrJay, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1.5%

PEIhop, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Brad007, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%

reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a redish hue and a 1 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: little coffee, toffee, creamy texture

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium / full body

drinkability: a nice stout to sit back and enjoy. it's not a pallet wrecker so you can have another.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

A-Pours not very stout-like in appearance. I can see through the beers body when held up to the light. One of the first times I have come across such an issue but if it tastes good then I could care less. Minute head that leaves some lacing.

S-Sweet, sugary, chocolatey and rich in lactose. A mild aroma, but it does remind me of most I have had of the same style. It reminds me of chocolate milk.

T-Pretty tasty. Flavor has all the components found in the nose. Milky, sugary, cream, sweet iced coffee with milk and sugar. Not cloying however. Other beers I have had from the same style I have found to be simply too sweet and sugar-laden. This is about as unoffensive this style can be while still boasting enough positive flavor to keep me interested per sip.

M-The beer poured thin and actually I found that the thinness in both look and actual feel is this beer's most spectacular component. The reason why I initially thought I disliked this style was because it is too sweet. After this beer I found that I dislike the style because it is generally too sweet AND thick. The relatively light body of this beer works wonders for me and leaves the cloying feeling at the wayside.

O/D-I enjoyed this beer. I enjoyed it more than I had expected to. I love the body and feel. This may the the lightest bodied stout I have ever had, and I find that it works perfectly when applied to the Milk Stout. Pleasantly surprised.

VelvetExtract, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

tigg924, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

A: A very dark brown pour with a big fluffy light brown head. So light that it's almost tan. Fades very slowly, leaving nice webs of lacing on the glass. Never fully fades, 1/4" remains at all time.

S: Quite creamy with lots of chocolate, char and smoke.

T: Bitter roast up front followed by creamy milk chocolate. Not as creamy as you would expect for a milk stout however. The bitter roast and hints of coffee are the strongest factors here, followed closely by the milk chocolate. Milky quality is more prominent once it warms which is nice.

M: Fairly thin and watery.

O: Not a bad milk stout. Nothing earth shattering but it's a creamy, chocolaty stout, albeit a bit thin.

Dope, May 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Hanzo, Apr 08, 2013
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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.