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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk StoutNarragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 506
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.18%
Wants: 31
Gots: 126 | FT: 1
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-03-2013

This beer is a unique collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island companies. A custom blend of Narragansett’s bittersweet milk Stout with dark, delicious Autocrat Coffee makes for a delightful beer that is more Rhode Island than Roger Williams himself. Since the 1890’s, Narragansett Beer and Autocrat Coffee have been home-grown Rhode Island favorites.
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Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a wheat glass.

Appearance
Black with 1 finger of tan head. Slight ruby highlights.

Nose
Coffee grounds, medium roast coffee & cream, milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste
Medium roast coffee & cream, and milk chocolate. Caramel and roasted barley.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
This is exactly what it should be. An easy drinking Milk Stout with plenty of coffee flavor.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious coffee flavor combined with chocolate in very drinkable stout. Not very sweet or rich milk stout, but at 5.3% ABV, an exceptional winner. In these days of strong beers, this brew is a welcome derivative of the style. If only Narragansett varieties were more readily available in PA, they would be hugely popular.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this pounder for $2.75 at the House of 1,000 beers. Into my goblet

A - What a deep dark roast! Very pitch black in color with an impressive inch plus of mocha tinted head.
S - Has the good qualities I want in a coffee stout a sort of roast like espresso and a bit of milk sugars for sweetness. Not the best smelling coffee beer but its not offensive.
T - Not bad no metallic taste and some bitter coffee notes rounded with some lactic like sugar and hops in the finish. Balanced enough with some lingering bitterness each sip.
M - for 5% the body is decent enough not heavy but not as creamy as I wanted.

Overall a pretty standard coffee stout that gets merits for being cheap and in a pounder form. Still not sure if I would get a second...

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Photo of caesius
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours very dark brown, looks almost like coffee. Has an enormous foamy head that dissipates slowly and ultimately sticks around.
S: I haven't quite trained up my nose so all I can smell is alcohol. My b
T: Very pronounced yet tame coffee flavor, in fact I'd say the taste is 50/50 coffee/stout. Lacks bitterness or acidity providing a very pleasant, easy drink.
F: Very thin and watery. Disappointing especially considering the impressive head.
O: Coffee fiends will fall in love with this, and aside from the feel there's nothing offensive about this beer. Use this to get your coffee-addicted friends hooked onto beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I pretty much completely agree with the previous reviewer here. The flavor is very milky coffee. It's a bit sweet, but in more of a creamy way than a sugary or malty way. The coffee flavor is pretty mild and not bitter or acidic at all, with the lactose really taking over both in taste, smell, and texture. It's creamy, but also rather thin and light-bodied, which to me is weird for a stout. Not a negative, just took some getting used to. But overall, perfectly enjoyable if you want a light, mild, simple stout.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I immediately pick up a lot of lactose sugar on the nose. Coffee takes a back seat, but shows up subtly with some vanilla and dark chocolate. Kind of wish the aroma was a little roastier, though. The flavor profile starts off with mild coffee flavor, while finishing with some vanilla and lactose sugar. Simple, but the taste works. What doesn't work is the super thin mouthfeel. It literally feels like almost nothing - on the plus side, it's extremely easy to drink. Carbonation is medium. A decent coffee stout, it just needs to be beefed up about 25%.

3.32/5: A bit dinky, but I could drink it all day if inclined

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pounder into a nonic:

Appearance: dark, deep brown, bordering on black in body, with a nice, fluffy mocha-colored head. Body is visibly slightly viscous.

Aroma: nice notes of sweetness and lactose to start, with a tiny bit of bitterness in the middle. Finishes slightly roasty. It could've packed a little more coffee punch, but as far as canned stouts go, its pretty damn nice smelling.

Taste: surprised by how much I liked this one. The coffee flavor has lots of depth, and the light notes of fruit and bitterness in the coffee actually come through. This is buoyed by a solid foundation of roasty malt and lots of smooth, creamy sweetness from the lactose. Really nice from Narragansett.

Feel: thought it was more porter than stout, but it was solid. Very creamy and smooth, and the carbonation was perfect. Just a little lighter-bodied than I would have wanted.

Overall: I'd drink these any time. One of my favorite brews from Narragansett thus far. A very solid milk stout.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark, near-black pour with a finger of mocha head. Aroma is the best part for me - excellent balance of roasted malt, coffee and sweet lactose. That sweetness doesn't come through as much in the flavor - this actually leans a little more bitter with a black-coffee finish that lingers dry. A little over-carbonated for me. Not bad by any means, but I do enjoy the sweetness of milk stouts to be more pronounced.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer puts Narragansett on the map. The beer is full of flavor and feels a lot fuller than what you would expect from a 5.30 ABV. The beer has a nice coffee smell and has a great balance of milk chocolate flavor. The 16 oz bottles in the 6 pack offering at an affordable price makes this my staple beer in December and January. Let's hear it for Narragansett. Hip Hip, Horray; Hip, Hip, Horray!

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Photo of RIbeerdrinking
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Narragansett Brewery. This is a very nice milk stout. The lactose sugars are very nice on the tongue. The viscosity of the beer is excellent. It only comes in pint cans and it is a very good idea because 12 Ozs just isn't enough, with a great beer like this.

Pours a nice black chocolate color. A beautiful coffee aroma is there as soon as it is poured. This milk stout is very similar to Left Hand Milk Stout, but with a better flavor and aroma. It is so smooth and a delightful aftertaste that leaves you wanting to drink more.

This is a perfectly balanced quaff I would highly recommend. There is nothing I don't like about this 5.5% stout. It is very easy drinking, let me tell you.

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Photo of DoctorD
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love stouts and I love Autocrat coffee syrup so I was very excited to try this one. When poured it was extremely carbonated and had a beautiful, lingering tan head. The smell was all coffee and had me salivating. But the taste was very lacking - it was as if someone had poured old stale coffee into a thin stout. The stout was watery with zero body and the acidic coffee taste was overbearing. I couldn't detect any subtle flavors or the alcohol at all, just a bitter coffee aftertaste. This would be so much better if it had been brewed with lactose to make a sweeter milk stout.

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Photo of Frank_TX
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hi-Neighbor! This is brew is unique to Rhode Island. It combines Autocrat coffee milk with stout beer. This variety is a great coffee stout that is not too overpowering. Pick up a sixer when you are in the Ocean State.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark opaque brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and roasted coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with coffee.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, milk, tasty. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very carbonated head, fizzy and dissipates.
lots of coffee and milk aroma.
nice coffee flavor. nice, run-of-the-mill coffee brew. very consistent. great flavor.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Milk chocolate, mild roasted coffee and a bit a of a glassy aroma. Grainy, nutty, somewhat stale.

T- More milk chocolate with some mild coffee and a bit of nuttiness. Very tame flavor that goes down easily. Roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Tinge of vanilla sweetness. After a while, all the flavors become quite muted as the palate acclimates. Also, once it warms, the staleness detected in the aroma starts coming through more strongly and you can start to see that either the coffee they used in this was low-quality, the base beer wasn't done well or both.

M- Pretty thin and lifeless with medium carbonation but still maintains a fullish body.

O- For the money, it's decent. But, once it warms, this beer becomes near undrinkable. My advice is to drink this beer cold and, considering it's Narragansett, it isn't all that surprising. Could be worse, but could also be a whole lot better.

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Photo of predikit
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown, settles in the glass super dark brown, leaves a small tan head with lots of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely amazing, sweet coffee notes, molasses, oat.

Taste does not quite match up to the smell but it's not bad by any means, coffee flavor dominates the profile, maybe touch too dark roasted. For that, there's no bitterness, takes on a sweet tone for the middle, finish is dry with a nice coffee aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy though the carbonation gets in the way slightly, but not too bad. Alcohol is hidden well.

An excellent beer for the price.

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Photo of pinyin
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I searched for a while to find this seasonal milk stout. Wasn't able to score any while in RI during X-Mas break. Finally found a sixer local to me in NY by chance.

Served from the can into a goblet at 36F.

Nice coloring and lacing. Immense thick creamy tan colored head.
Smell is kind of pungent, which is normal for a coffee milk stout.

This beer is thick. If I were to guess it's abv just looking at the appearance and thickness, i would say it's closer to 9 or 10 % abv. Fortunately it's a session beer and only 5.30%.

Taste wise it was more or less what one would except from Narragansett. Kind of like roasted syrupy half a day old coffee. The coffee flavor is sort of overpowering and not that well balanced with the malts and hops.

You can sort of taste the cheaper malt profile behind the strong coffee flavorings. Not many hops can be tasted through the powerful coffee syrup extract.

Overall not bad, but I would not buy it again. Definitely cool marketing, but remember, it's trying to mask the quality of Narragansett beer. Rhode Island's equivalent of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Great if your an ironic hipster that likes to spark conversation about your bargain buy beer, but not that great if your a fanatic of coffee milk stouts.

Not even in the same league as Carton Regular Coffee or Keegan Mothers Milk.
More in line with Stone Coffee Milk Stout.

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Photo of bluehende
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This stout has everything it should. Nice roastiness along with a good bit of Coffee flavor. The milk stout feel was a bit low possibly being a little overpowered by the coffee. Poured black with a nice head. This is a very enjoyable lower alcohol stout that borders on great.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/25/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, cream, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, cream, light char, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, cream, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. There is a fair amount of dryness on the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee milk stout. All around good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to drink. This felt more like a dry stout, but was still nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can; dark brown pour with tan head

Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee, sweet chocolate

Tastes of light stale coffee, chocolate, slight lactose sweetness but finishes dry and watery.

Mouthfeel is light with creamy carbonation.

This is an average beer that drinks more like a session brown ale than a stout. I like that it is lower ABV and is easy drinking. Overall it is enjoyable but not something I will seek out again. I tend not to love coffee in beer unless it is a big rich stout.

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Photo of JimKal
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this relatively low abv stout/porter. It compares well with my favorite stout - SN Stout. You get a nice head on the pour with decent lacing as the beer is consumed. Some have mentioned the level of carbonation and it is a bit higher than some other stouts I've tried. It does contribute to a lighter mouthfeel. I think I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit more carbonation and thickness than a typical stout. Almost akin to a porter. The appearance of cola, and a coffe-ish chocolately taste breathes a roasted flavor of coffeebeans. Ive found its better to let it age in the can for a couple months. It lets the carbonation and particles settle more. Delicious beer though. Comes with a buzz.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout
16 oz. can, coded "3014 21:45 3"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

I have to admit that I was skeptical about this beer given the Narragansett name, but it totally delivers. It's rich with an authentic coffee flavor, as well as chocolate and caramel; and perfectly balanced without any flavors covering over others, or eventually building to take the lead. A moderate bitterness balances it, and it teeters between sweet and dry, but always with a pleasant roasted edge. Some might argue that there's not enough body or malt to it, but I feel that if it's got the flavor that you're looking for that's enough; it's a trade-off, more body and malt might be more satisfying, but less leaves it more drinkable. It finishes dry, and fairly short, with some coffee and dark chocolate lingering along with some very subtle hops. It's not complex, but it's rich.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a great sweet stout. Right on the mark.

Big rocky brown head over a very deep deep brown beer, perfect. Smells of toasted barely - an honest, genuine, clean smell you are very happy to meet. Then it just slips down like milk chocolate with a great dark chocolate finish. The mouth is a touch syrupy, but its darn near perfect overall. The long lingering flavor is of coffee and it is mild and pleasing.

This is a new high mark for 6-packed sweet/milk stouts. Duck Rabbit (Carolina area) makes/made a slightly sour milk stout that is/was really amazing and set the bar for my palate. This meets that expectation. Very satisfying.

I've had several coffee beers, very few make it work, too often this style ends up like bad coffee. This offering puts the coffee in the backseat, letting it work its magic on existing flavors. It really doesn't even need to be mentioned. You could just as well call it a Chocolate Stout, but that's a marketing decision. Chocolate and coffee are close relatives.

NOTE:
I can't fathom why anybody would rate this low, except that maybe the reviewer just doesn't think well of Narraganset lager. I don't like their lager much at all either, but their dark seasonal beers have been OUTSTANDING.

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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout from Narragansett Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.