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Lily Flagg Milk Stout - Straight To Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 206
Reviews by mattsdenney:
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler Fill at FMcD's. I think these guys are pretty new to the Nashville area.

A: Pours oily and black. Thin brown bubbles filter up to an inch thick dark brown head. Looks frothy, thick, and full.

S: Coffee rinds, milk chocolate, smoke, and bready grains.

T: Milk chocolate sweetness up front with lingering flavors of bitter espresso, licorice, and burnt toast. Some dry, grainy qualities (like an irish dry stout possibly)? Finishes thin and dry.

M: Lightbodied, slick and oily, little carbonation. Flows smoothly and leaves a lingering coating on your tongue.

O: Overall a good example of the style. Solid flavoring and body. Will have no problem finishing off this growler and looking forward to trying more from Huntsville. (736 characters)

More User Reviews:
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. (788 characters)

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. (520 characters)

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 (2,078 characters)

Photo of nasa60
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Golden32
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. (262 characters)

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. (266 characters)

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. (751 characters)

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

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4.09/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of richj1970
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz can into pilsner glass at local restaurant.

A: Very dark brown to black with 3 finger creamy tan head. Some initial lacing, but faded as I drank.

S: A bit weak. Some roasted malts with a bit of coffee. I was hoping for more prominent flavors in the nose, but nothing doing.

T: Dark roasted coffee with a bit of bitter chocolate. Some underlying sweetness but not as much as I would expect from a milk stout.

M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I was expecting. It wasn't unpleasant, but I was hoping for more creaminess and fuller body.

O: Good stout especially for a local choice, but not near the best in class. (642 characters)

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Lily Flagg Milk Stout from Straight To Ale
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.