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Wachusett Milk Stout - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of Brooks44
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 GallowsThief
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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 madjr80
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 22 ounce bomber of this just to try it out. It poured a nice dark brown color with a espresso like head. The head retention wasn't the greatest, but perfect for the style. Very small bubbles and sweetness of roasted malts and milk chocolate linger on the palate. There is hardly any bitterness, and quite a contrast to what I normally buy. A nice sweet and smooth brew!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this on a recent trip to MA and sampled the other nite poured into a snifter at cellar temp.
The beer pours a very deep brown hue with little light passing through the glass, only at the edges. FLuffy beige head foams up 2 cm and rests easily on the surface, fading slowly to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of brown sugar, some vanilla and chocolate milk, no hops and sweet all around the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with rolling carbonation and a silky smooth texture. The beer flows easily across my palate and coats with the sweet flavors hinted at on the nose. I get some roasted malt, a bit of tangy lactose and some chocolate milk. No hints of ABV and again not a hop to be found here. This is an easy drinking beer, but I dont know if I could have more than one bomber as it is a little sweet and I think it sits a little heavy in my belly. I would buy this again if I was hankering for a milk stout.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 ColdPoncho
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jbertsch
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chrisgn
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Ezone024
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Arbitrator
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very generous extra from KristinCooks. Thanks, Kristin!

A: Pours a dark brown body; even in large quantities, it lets through some light. It is capped by a small light tan head that retains fairly well, leaving some lace down the sides of the glass.

S: A pleasant, balanced aroma of creamy milk chocolate and roasted grain. Not much bitterness or earthiness in the nose, which distinguishes it from a dry stout quite nicely. It's lightly fruity with a small raisin note.

T: Creamy milk chocolate, though with a touch more dark chocolate flavor than the nose suggested. Roasted grain is noticeable. Somehow I pick up vanilla (?) and a pleasant touch of raisin. A small lactic presence in the finish gives it a nice edge.

M: Not much in the way of hops or lingering bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly milk chocolate, specifically the lactic / milk presence. It is light-medium bodied, with low carbonation that brings out the flavors nicely, while still scrubbing the tongue enough for future sips.

D: Had no trouble putting down a bomber of this. The last 1/3 was a little less pleasant than the first 2/3, but it's not a deal-breaker.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Jason
3.97/5  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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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 ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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...

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.