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 jbertsch
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 laxer8811
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of ScaryEd
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber from Glen Beverage Co. in Glen, NH into a Duvel tulip. Served at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: Dark, cola color with a medium tan head. A "spiderweb" lingers after every sip.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a very subtle hint of coffee. Some brown sugar lingers in the back.

Taste: Very roasty for a milk stout. A fairly strong chocolate and molasses flavor with a bitter coffee malt backbone. The alcohol is almost non-existent. Did I mention roasty?

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth with a somewhat strong carbonation. Feels slightly heavier than expected when going down.

Overall this a great representation of a milk/sweet stout. The carbonation is a little stronger than I would like for the style, but I love the roasted chocolate and bitter malt flavor. A decent price and availability makes this beer a winner in my book.

Photo of jamie2dope
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

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark slightly brown. Not much head just a big puddle in the middle.

Dark toasted chocolates. Bakers chocolate. Some coffee and earthy mild fruit.

Roasted grains and soft milky chocolate notes. Earthy dark chocolate slips to a bitter tingly finish. The creamy chocolate bitterness sits nicely for a while after a couple sips.

Creamy and mildly bitter. Some great smoothness.

Photo of gonzo000
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.78/5  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.

Photo of mountdew1
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.

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 Screper
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of nquigley16
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 dannymo24
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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