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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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 26
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

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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Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 1/23/13

Appearance: Pours dark brown, with some medium brown clarity around the edges - small, light tan head, fades to some wisps, leaves some decent streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasty coffee and lightly burnt, roasted malts - nice amount of coffee aroma, but it definitely smells more like from an extract rather than brewed - some burnt, lightly charred malts - a touch of lactose sugar, becomes more potent as it warms - some milky sweetness, not as much as I feared though - some dark chocolate as well

Taste: Roasty malts, dark chocolate, and coffee flavor - burnt grains with a touch of char - some sweetness in the malts and sweetness from the lactose - dark chocolate and some milk chocolate - coffee extract - yes, this is reminiscent of coffee milk, except burnt - some earthiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, smooth, finishes with some sweetness

Overall: I'm predicting a Dunkin Donuts imperial coffee stout next

I bought this can out of curiosity, but I was afraid to drink it for a few weeks because I feared it would be way too sweet. Surprisingly, it isn't. It is sweet, but it works. The coffee flavor could be better, but I suppose that judgment is wrong if you're a huge fan of Autocrat. I guess it's "a Rhode Island thing."

More User Reviews:
Photo of Flashy
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vessel: Comes in just about the coolest can ever! $8.89 a six
pack of 16 oz cans.

Pours: Don 't know- drank from the can.

Nose: Good coffee.

Taste: A fine coffee stout.

Body: this is its downfall. Bit weak (watery) body wise.

Overall: like it a lot and a super bargain at the price. Have paid a lot more and gotten less. Will drink again.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied is my only complaint. But $10 for a 6 pack of tall boys, it's a winner

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color or a very dark brown, with a huge pillowy, fluffy light brown head. The head slowly dissipates leaving webby lacing and a puffy cap.

The aroma is of brown bread malt, perhaps some toasted pumpernickel. A nice dose of cold coffee. Good woody earthy aroma.

The taste is of coffee and wet wood. Very good earthy flavor. Not much in the roast but the beer has a nice toasted dark bread flavor. Not overly sweet considering it is a milk stout. A bit of char in the finish.

The feel is quite light for a stout. Kinda light in general. Starts sweet on the palate but has a bit of a roasted coffee bitterness. Dry in the finish.

This is a very good "stout". My only knock is that it really isn't a stout, more of a porter at best. Great coffee flavor.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all black toasted coffee beans and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out with a smoky coffee bean flavor that is quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, as the name implies it’s a strongly-flavored coffee beer and it’s a very good one.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, dense, dark tan head that doesn't go anywhere. Very nice. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, subtle crème, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and earthy notes. Flavors are pretty heavy roasted coffee forward, rich and bitter, with a highlight of cocoa nibs, subtle crème, and a hint of nut sweetness. Smooth bodied, with dry undertones, this is an easy drinker. The aftertaste has more of the milky sugar notes, with coffee and chocolate still blending together nicely. Smooth, slightly dry finish, with a solid bitter and roasted linger. This is a well balanced, solid brew.

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: low carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, dark brown in color

Smell: coffee

Taste: coffee, char, light toasted malt, slight creaminess

Mouthfeel: roasty, slightly sweet, light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: An above average, slightly sweet coffee beer. The coffee is not overpowering. Tasty, but just above average for the style.

Photo of lambpasty
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can (no widget) into my standard heavy glass beer mug.

A: Black as a pot of french roast coffee with 2 inches of creamy tan head that stuck around for a few minutes before begrudgingly dissipating into a light film, leaving a decent lace to mark its territory. A quick swirl revives it by a quarter inch or so. Really excellent foam, almost meringue-like in consistency and exactly what you want to see in this style.

S: Black coffee and burnt toast. Some earthy sweet chocolate and black toasted malt find their way into the mix and if you really try you can sense some vanilla, but I may have imagined it.

T: Pour yourself a cup of black coffee and show it a stout and a bottle of cream and you've basically got it. Fairly bitter, slightly creamy coffee dominates with deeply toasted malt taking up the back end. Slight notes of bitter espresso-y citrus and dark chocolate shine through on the finish as well as the shades of vanilla I thought I'd imagined earlier.

M: A bit light for the style in my opinion, and I agree with some other reviewers who've commented that this almost feels more like a porter in some ways. Bright, lively carbonation and a dry finish cleanse all but a light coffee bitterness from the tongue. A mild warmth sets in from the alcohol and combines with the dry finish to leave you wanting to pick it back up right as you've put it down.

O: Despite losing some of the more subtle flavors and aromas due to the dominant ones being magnified, this is an excellent example of the style and hits all of the required nails right on the head. The pour is beautiful and the finish leaves you wanting more; this works out well given the moderate ABV, which lends this to be a definite session candidate. Honestly I have yet to be disappointed with any of the recent offerings from Narragansett, and this is no different. At $8 for a six pack of tall-boys, it may be the best coffee milk stout I've had for the money.

Photo of rdilauro
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love my stouts and finding cans very appealing. The pour from this one was black as I would expect any stout to be. But when I opened the can and could hear the phsssshhh, I knew there was going to be a lot of carbonation.

The aroma was a typical stout, chocolate with coffee and a layer of malt. The taste, wasn't exactly what I had hoped for. While the beer taste itself wad good, there was just too much carbonation in this beer, that it reminded me of one of a less inexpensive style of beer.
Too much fizzz
But drinkable

Photo of brother_rebus
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black beer with a large, firm, dark brown head. Nice retention and lacing,

Excellent stout aroma: chocolate, coffee, bananas, and cream.

Flavor is more (appropriately) bitter, with a strong coffee note, and dark cacao and light cream.

Medium-thin feel, sticky retention, mild sting.

A very good coffee stout, not an imperial.

Photo of socon67
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A -Rich black pour with a thin cola colored head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mild coffee smell. Some smoke is noted. Has a milk chocolate scent like Yoo-Hoo.

T - Flavors of lactose, mild coffee, dark malts, and ends with a bit of smoke. Some acidity in the finish as well.

M - Has a dry finish and light body. Easy to drink, but somewhat tiring at the end.

O - Decent milk stout. A great changeup from a coffee porter as a nice coffee flavored beer that is easy to drink. Pair this with jalapeno poppers or a similar spicy appetizer.

Photo of apasternak
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Too thin, coffee too bitter. Should be creamier

Photo of dvmin98
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a coffee frappacino. Nice

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the one pint can marked 3443-16:49. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

The pour is dark brown to nearly black but not quite there. A modest mocha head that dissolves slowly.

The aroma is mostly coffee upfront with dark malts playing understudy. Not a sweet aroma but more of a bitter coffee with cream scent.

The body is thin to medium. I might have liked it to be fuller.

The taste is also a coffee and cream paradise with a mildly bitter bite coming up behind. Not bad at all.

Photo of pinyin
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of DrinkNewport
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's kind of hard to mess up a stout's appearance. This one is nice and black with a khaki head.

There's a mild aroma of roast malts, but I'm not getting much, if any, coffee on this.

The taste is also pretty mild. It tastes like a straight, single stout and that works. It's basically a superior alternative to Guinness and I'd be interested in trying a car-bomb made with the stuff.

This is a great beer for the price.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a foamy, fluffy one inch head, and a lot of lacing. Looks really inviting.

This smells great. A good amount of chocolate and vanilla, with a big dose of roasty coffee.

The coffee flavor in this is excellent. Roasty, nutty, and a bit smokey, almost like roasted, burnt coffee beans, are laid on top of sweet Hershey's syrup and marshmallow flavors. It's very full flavored, but sort of falls a bit flat near the end, gets a little watery and bland. But, I do have to give big points for the flavors up front.

This is medium bodied, fairly thick for the ABV, with a creamy and slightly dry mouthfeel. It's insanely drinkable, with a low level of carbonation.

This is a revelation- probably the best Narragansett beer I've had. Much better than the recent Stone Coffee Milk Stout. A bit more complexity on the finish, and it would be even more amazing.

Photo of imfromwisconsin
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice head, steady lacing. Looks appealing.

Doesnt really smell of coffee, roast, or anything. Definitely flat aroma.

Not really coffee milk stout in my opinion. Not getting coffee or lactose balance. Not bitter nor lingering aftertaste however, but definitely bland. Needs more malt or coffee.

Too thin in the mouth. Watery.

Overall disappointed. Wanted a good local milk stout but got watery maybe malt liquid.

Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of sagefool
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from a pint can.

No immediate coffee on the nose. Coffee becomes apparent after several sips. Good, but if it hadn't been labeled a coffee milk stout, it might have gone almost unnoticed.

Much, much drier than most Milk Stouts I've tasted. To me, it's more like a dry stout, with a hint of coffee.

Lacks the round creaminess of other beers in the style.

I may have been spoiled by the coffee imperial stouts...but this is just too dry for the after dinner/dessert-ish beer I thought I was getting.

Maybe skip the lactose, and just call it a dry coffee stout.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first like this I've had. its good

Photo of illpass78
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a half-inch tan head that recedes very quickly. Lacing is minimal. The head is smaller than their porter and recedes quicker. Held to the light, some dark red and brown hues are noticeable.

Aroma: I'm a lifelong fan of coffee milk, the Rhode Island beverage upon which this beer is based, so I had high hopes for the aromas. It definitely hits you hard with black coffee, but it doesn't necessarily smell like coffee milk. It's a good smell, but not quite what I'd expected. Smells like a standard coffee ale.

Taste: Yet more coffee. This is a really terrific coffee stout, but the "coffee milk" brand seems more like a nod to RI heritage than a description of the flavor. I've consumed gallons of coffee milk over the years; it was served in the cafeteria of my high school. It doesn't really taste like this. That said, this is a great coffee stout, and it has a milk-like smoothness to it. Supremely drinkable; alcohol is subdued.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate with a solid, but not heavy, body. Actually a little more easily drinkable than their porter, in part because of less alcohol and less bitterness. Their porter is terrific, though, I should add.

Overall: I knew I would dig this. It's just such a great concept for a stout. Even if it's more straight coffee than coffee milk, it's an excellent stout. I would love to see them add this to their annual seasonal lineup. It would make a great beer to look forward to every winter. Narrangansett's craft offerings never let me down and this may be my favorite one since the straight-up porter.

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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout from Narragansett Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.