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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout

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very good

65 Reviews

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 147
Photo of matttttYCE
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of YouSkeete
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thads324
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of greenengineer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my Peoples Pint Pied pIPA pint glass.
A - Deep dark black, weak head fades quickly. looks like flat coca cola.
S - sweetness out front, char follows.
T - burnt malt, coffee grounds, pleasing bitterness, mixed with malty sweetness. nice
M - smooth, more fizz than I expected, decent body
O - compares favorably to the macro stouts, extra points for local. I'd get this again, not sure I'm raving about it though.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wachusett's Milk Stout has a dark brown body and a small, brown head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is sweet with chocolate and a little bit of creamy lacto.

Sweet malts lead things off, with bits of coffee and caramel. Chocolate plays a big role in this one, and it pairs very nicely with a hint of creamy tartness from lacto. The beer is sweet and smooth, leaving me with a positive impression.

This one has just enough body and fairly mild carbonation.

I found this milk stout tucked away in the bottom of my buddy's fridge on a night he mandated we clean out his alcohol. I obliged his request, and this one was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DrinkingAaron
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was really dark in color. The lacing was a nice tan, and seemed to form nicely after a slow pour. Instantly I was hit with dark chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste did not disappoint either. Again, dark chocolate was very present. The coffee flavor was a little less prevalent than on the nose. The texture was very soft, but not overly creamy. I never felt like I was drinking a milk shake (a common criticism I have with many stouts). I was expecting to be overwhelmed by malt, but the malts were very under control. Very Well Balanced Drink! Perfect for a mid-winter New England evening.

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Photo of JaredKent
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The dark, cocoa colored pour is accompanied by a thin layer of tan head. The initial head isn’t too strong, but that small head has strong staying power. The body of the beer is very dark, near black, and although clear, impossible to see though. 40+ SRM.

Scent: Chocolate hits your nose the minute you stick it into the glass. The creaminess that accompanies the lactose comes through on the aroma. Blindfolded I would have assumed this was chocolate milk. There is a hint of coffee on the back of the nose along with the rich, roasted malt of a stout. As it warms up a bit, the maltiness, and a slight touch of hops, starts to shine through the chocolate aromas.

Taste: The malt is front and center on the mouth. I once again get the chocolate flavors, but this time the coffee is a bit stronger. The coffee is right up front with the malt where as the chocolate takes a back seat to push these flavors forward. A slight hint of floral hoppiness on the finish with a bit of bitterness that comes mainly from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is heavy. That’s where the lactose really comes out and shines. There is a perfectly smooth, rich, creaminess that comes through on the body that is only associated with a milk stout. Very easy to drink.

Overall: The bottle states that this is “the perfect cold weather beer.” I agree. The aroma brings back memories of the other perfect cold weather drink; hot chocolate. The rich chocolate smell is very close to the smell of hot chocolate and that immediately brought a sense of warmth. The strong, malty flavors also fill you with a sense of warmth that is ideal in winter. This may not be “the perfect cold weather beer,” but it is definitely something you will enjoy after coming in from a cold winter day.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, with slightly off white head. Very little head, about a half finger or less, dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Very sweet smell, smells a little bit of dark fruits, espresso, chocolate.

T- Taste is very similar to smell- very sweet, slight taste of dark fruits, and chocolate.

M- Goes down easy, very little alcohol taste, not hard to drink.

O- Good offering from Wachusett. A little bit different then a lot of the milk stouts I've had (a tad bit more of a fruit taste). Probably not my go to Milk Stout, but would have again.

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Photo of pfrdaly
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, almost black throughout, deep ruby red on the edges when held to a bright light.

S- Coffee, as if with a good deal of cream in it. Also a little bit spiced, can't place which one.

T- Sweet and maltly. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Decent for a stout, but not quite sweet enough for me. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Not bad at all. Full bodied and fairly thick.

O- I like this as a stout. Far from the best I've had, but definately something I would buy again, especially in the Wachusett sampler it comes in.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: lively dark brown, mocha tan head, couple thick rings of lacing.

S: very sweet notes: toffee, cappuccino, chocolate milk. A little roasty.

T: fairly complex, with many sugary flavors swirling around. Follows the nose closely: Heath bar sweetness, toffee and caramel, milk chocolate. A heavy dose of cream, lactose sugar apparent.

M: medium body, well carbonated, gives way to a velvety smoothness. A little sticky.

O/D: one of the better milk stouts I've had. A new favorite, well done. Reminds me of a baby creme brûlée.

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Photo of jman892
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown with some caramel colored highlights around the edges. Lingering 1-2 finger head. Decent lacing

S - Nice smelling beer, very light cocoa, with some lactose. What is there is nice, just not a lot of it.

T - Subtle chocolate taste, a bit smoky, also roasted malts.

M - Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinker

O - A nice solid milk stout. None of the flavors/aromas really stand out, but it all comes together very nicely, leading to a nice simple, solid beer.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque, nearly black, with a cake batter looking head of dimpled foam of huge bubbles which settles out slowly.

Aroma of floral hops and fruity esters, a bit minerally, some cocoa and cinnamon. Rich flavor of semi-sweet cocoa, hints of coffee, a bit woody with leather and brown sugar, some butter cookie biscuit. Floral hops punctuate with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, finishes somewhat slick but also tannic and dry. Overall a tasty beer with interesting flavors, but could be a bit more viscous and complex.

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Clean milk sugar, some fruity floral notes, light cappucino notes.

L: Very dark brown bordering on black. Dark tan head with ok retention.

T: Semi-sweet cappucino like malt. Slightly fruity malt leads to medium coffee roast. Finishes semi-sweet with a touch of roast. Earthy bitterness cuts through.

M: Medium carbonation, cuts through sweetness. Creamy medium-full body.

There is enough carbonation and bitterness to keep sweetness in check. Very solid milk stout.

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Photo of nhindian
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.