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Lily Flagg Milk Stout | Straight To Ale

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Lily Flagg Milk StoutLily Flagg Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-21-2010

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 233
Reviews by Florida9:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: First of all, what the fuck is going on with the artwork on this can? Geez, that is some disturbing shit. Next, this can has given me a first. I've never experienced a gusher from a can before. I guess, for some reason, I never thought it was possible. Apparently it is. As for the beer itself, I attempted to pour it into a pint glass, but the glass immediately filled with foamy, dark tan colored head. Fifteen minutes later, I've got a couple of inches of black beer in the bottom on my glass and thin, patchy, fizzy surface coating. No lacing.
We're not off to a good start here, Lily Flagg.

S: Well, the aroma does get better, but it's not great. Cola, cocoa, coffee, and all combined with a fairly strong metallic ting.

T: Taste is much nicer, if not overly impressive. Mildly sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. A bit of a metallic taste on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Higher carbonation; actually this is quite overcarbonated for the style. A bit chalky. Dry on the finish.

O: I've got to admit, one thing that really pisses me off is pouring a beer into a glass and getting a glass full of foam, meaning that instead of me being able to enjoy my beer, I've got to sit around with my thumb up my ass while I wait for the head to recede to normal-beer levels. And this beer certainly gave me a glass full of foam. Then there was the metallic smell and taste. I don't think it was from the can itself, but rather, the overcarbonation of this beer. Overall, a decent milk stout. Definitely has potential even if it missed the mark this time around.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can
Served in a nonic pint glass

I will preface this review disclosing that I was warned that this beer could possibly be overcarbonated.

A - This beer is dark. I held it to the light and nothing came through. Once the initial gushing of foam subsided I was left with three fingers of mocha colored head.

S - I get some roasted malt and lactose. The combination of those aromas creates a milk chocolate smell.

T - The taste does not remind me of milk chocolate. The taste is similar to a cup of coffee with some cream in it.

M - It is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation on my tongue.

O - It is a decent beer. The overcarbonation was a minor nuisance, but I did not spill a drop. I would like to try this on tap sometime. I think it would taste great out of a keg.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks, big ups & major props to Uncle JedI & Purple Hat Joan for a box that works on my affinity for both embroidered cloth patches & CANs! The CANQuest (tm) is back in gear and I, for one, am glad of it!

From the CAN: No notable information. However, the approved pic does not do it justice. Lily Flagg was a Jersey cow owned by a Huntsville, AL pair and she became the top butter producer in the world in 1892. She is renowned in Huntsville and the CAN depicts her as the one jumping over a shocked moon as a milk trail is seen in her wake and she sports a blue ribbon!

Let's hope that this beer is as awesome (correct usage) as Lily Flagg herself. It all begins with the Crack! but in this case, I heard a lowing "Mooo!" An inverted Glug produced two-plus fingers of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with reasonable retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with ruby/garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty chocolatiness that put me in mind of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was fairly full, sort of creamy, but not quite there. The mouthfeel definitely influenced the taste, giving it a chocolate ice cream flavor. It kind of reminded me of Rocky Road, which was my late Pops' favorite, in that it had a slight nuttiness to it. The finish hovered between semi-sweet and semi-dry. It might be a "Sweet Stout", but it was far from being outright sweet. I would not care for more than one, but that is me speaking as a hophead. YMMV.

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Photo of Zach136
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can - born on date was distorted, but some time in 2014.

A - Pitch black, one finger tan head that dissipates to a collar and left no lacing.

S - Chocolate and caramel with a light roast. Zero hop character.

T - Big roast-coffee character bordering on astringent. Not a ton of residual sweetness.

M - My palate could be off today but the body is just a hair on the light sight, bordering on porter territory. English style high carbonate water profile comes through though.

O - Great brew, very true to style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Lily Flagg is brewed in the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Available year round in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 58 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp toasted mocha head over a very dark cola brown, near black body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) The malt aroma generates plenty of moderate roasted barley up front with secondary notes of cocoa and black coffee. While there is a moderate lactose sweetness among the malt profile, it does not immediately stand out that this beer is considered a milk stout. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors of medium roasted barley, toasted caramel grain, a pinch of black patent, cocoa nibs and earthy, acidic coffee bean with a soft lactose sweetness, well balanced by the earthy roast flavors and slightly less sweet overall than many milk stouts generally are. Delicate undertones of dark fruit. Slightly dry with a lingering note of cold acidic roast trailing the finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is light oily slick, creamy smooth and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter with roast over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Lily Flagg is a milk stout more in texture than in flavor, as I got more flavors of roasted malt and toasted caramel than lactose sweetness and chocolate. The texture itself is enjoyable; creamy, frothy and very smooth. Despite not falling directly in line with the milk stout guidelines, I enjoyed the sweetness balancing with the roasted malts, favoring this slightly over a more traditional example of a sweet milk stout. The drinkability is decent for this beer overall thanks to the closer balance, although still filling as stouts happen to be, I could only manage one or two of these as they sit fairly heavy. 3.75

Straight To Ale's
Lily Flagg Milk Stout
3.67/5.00

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Photo of nasa60
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jmbraxton
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Cypress Street pub (ATL),
Opaque black with a good, fairly durable head.
Aroma: mild; lightly sweet; toffee and roasted grains.
Flavor: dark roasted grains. Light sweetness is about average for style, excepting perhaps the lightly sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Perfect color. Black even when held up to a light save a small ruby glow around the edges. Aroma and flavor is malty with sweet undertones. A faint bitterness reminiscent of coffe is present. Good milk stout but not as good as left hands.

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Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce can into a can-shaped glass.

The pour produces tons of frothy oatmeal-colored head. It settles into a sudsy lace over the pitch-black body. 4.25

Not feeling this nose at all. Smells of Belgian yeast like a dubbel. What? Where's the milk? Where's the chocolate malt? 2

Still tasting Belgian yeast here, as in it's very pronounced and floral. Tastes out of place in a coffee stout but at least I'm getting some dark chocolate and coffee flavors here. 3

It's thin bodied and the yeast figures prominently. Points for being easy-drinking and a dry, coffee-like, roasted feeling, but this beer feels like it's confused as to what it wants to be. 2.75

A bit of a disappointment. Expectations weren't high but this still managed to disappoint.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of andyboy252
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight To Ale "Lily Flagg Milk Stout"
on tap at the Flying Saucer, Nashville, TN - 6 April 2015

Notes: Opaque brown-black beneath a tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasty coffee, dark milk chocolate/hot chocolate, cocoa powder, dried roasted barley. The flavor follows suit but opens up a bit with a bit of golden caramel and some toastiness. Whatever yeasty fruitiness might be there is limited and supressed by the stronger roasty and chocolatey notes, which is perfectly fine as the creamy-smooth texture takes it in that direction anyway. Somehow it seems a bit one-sided, but at the same time it's a very good one-sidedness... let's call it focused! Nice pint.

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Photo of Dracarys
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of iMiah
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a nice black color with a tan head. The aroma was roasted malt and cocoa. The taste was more coffee than malt. Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmoraymond
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%

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