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Lily Flagg Milk Stout - Straight To Ale

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a lovely dark-brown milk stout with a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. It's thick, but not so thick as to be oppressive.

The flavor is slightly sweet and a bit earthy to my palate, but completely pleasant.

The can art is a bit creepy with the titular lady cow Lily blasting off in surprised fashion around the Moon with milk erupting from her udders.

which is to say: the can's art is AWESOME and I love every bit of it.
STA has some seriously talented artist(s) doing their product designs,
many of which have this sort of unsettling but wonderful feel to them.

it's a pretty decent (but not totally awesome) milk stout that comes in a very entertaining package.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malt, a light coffee note, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, a little thin. Finishes smooth with some chocolatey flavors and a little sweetness.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 Slaterlovesbeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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 SPLITGRIN
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carmel colored head only reaches a half an inch before it quickly fades to a skim. Body is a soft black that turns deep brown when held to light. Nose has hints of coffee, chocolate fudge and roasted malts. Roasted malts are the star as I take first sip. A bit of rich coffee leads to a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. This is very easy drinking milk stout. Nice mix of rich sweetness and roasted notes.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jim for this one!
About 5 months old, can dated 2/9/15.

Black with brown edges, a finger of tan foam on top.
Minimal spotty lace in the glass.

Mellow roasty aroma, light graphite, no lactose sweetness.

Light roasty taste, vague licorice, mild astringency but not distracting. Light and mellow in feel, not overvarbonated as in previous reports. Overall it's not bad, seems a little more like a porter, lacks the sweetness and creaminess of a milk stout, but it's pleasant enough.

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Photo of Brackh
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a nice little foam head. Smells like coffee and malty goodness. Nice balance of malt and coffee. Good mouthfeel. Not watery. Simple beer done well. Better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of jettjon
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a pint glass, "pitch brown" color with one finger brown cap, slow fade with good retention. Nose of coffee, chocolate and dark toasted/burnt malt. In the mouth milk chocolate and coffee flavors; tasty. Mouth is good, creamy, watery, bubbly, silky smooth. Overall, decent, smooth, drinkable. Not an especially remarkable milk stout but overall a good effort.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dar482
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with some dark brown in the light.

The aroma offers hot cocoa chocolate, a touch of coffee, a bit of lactose creaminess.

The flavor follows with coffee up front, some milk chocolate and hot cocoa. A touch of licorice and metallic flavors. A bit lacking on the back end of flavor, but drinks quite well for 5%.

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Photo of BigGold
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had Lily Flagg Milk Stout poured from 12-oz. can into faceted mug. This excellent beer possesses remarkable complexity and depth of flavor for a 5.00 ABV stout.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

16 ounce pint at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dark, deep brown liquid (not quite black) , with an inch tan foam. Good retention, left chunky
lace.
Smell was not as strong as expected, roasted malt, maybe a hint of cocoa.
Taste of charred malt, some chocolate, clean finish.
Mouth feel and body are medium (lighter than expected) good carbonation.
Good enough, but less overall flavor than I had hoped for.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Roxie_B
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: Can

Appearance: Poured nice and dark with a nice head that quickly dissipates to lacing then down to a barely there ring.
Smell: Bit of sweet coffee, bit of wood. The smell here is sadly light.
Taste: The taste is good with coffee and a bit of cocoa. A bit nutty as well (pecans would be my guess). Slightly marred by a metallic after taste. I want to investigate this further from a tap.
Mouth feel: 3..25 Nothing wrong with it at all. Not a mouth-coating chewer like you'd get from a standard stout but pleasant.
Overall: 3.5 A couple of faults hold this back from being truly excellent but very drinkable and pleasant. Not particularly challenging but an easy good time from my home town, which counts for a bit in my book.

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Photo of Zach136
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Mojo
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into snifter

A - dark black with an unrelenting towering khaki head, average retention, and small amounts of lacing

S - a very weak nose. I detect just a bit of milk chocolate, not much else.

T - chocolate milk, coffee, and some metallic notes. Finish has the slightest hint of roasted nuts.

M - Extremely carbonated, slight aftertaste

O - okay but compared to Moo Hoo, I chose Moo Hoo.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours like black coffee with a light tan head that fizzles out quickly leaving a pencil thin ring. The ring does leave a few spots of lacing.

S: Bold roasted coffee, warm aroma of roasted grains, just a little chocolate. No noticeable hops or yeast aromas.

T: Smooth coffee, pleasant roasted grains with a hint of smoke on the finish. Nice malty sweetness with no real bitterness or hop notes.

M: A little thin for a stout but a nice smooth feel. Understated carbonation fits in well and a mild lingering of the aromatic flavors.

O: I enjoyed this milk stout with its interesting roasted notes and heavy coffee aroma. This is very drinkable and is one of my favorite Straight to Ale beers. I'm glad it's one of their year round offerings

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Babalus Tacos, Jackson, MS,

A: Very dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates slowly. Frothy lacing.

S: Not a strong smell, but I'm picking up traces of coffee, chocolate, cocoa and vanilla.

T: Follows nose with a pleasant milky smoothness. Semi-sweet. A slightly harsh finish that doesn't offend. Very sessionable.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. A nice fizziness on the tongue.

O: Not bad, not great. A decent milk stout, but I've had better. Would go well with a brownie or chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of JDJ
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black with a super thick light brown head. It didn't explode out of the can like some of these reviews, but a gentle pour into a tulip still creates a ton of head.

Smell isn't very impressive, little bit of toasted coffee and malt. Not bad, but mediocre at best.

Taste is hard to read. No chocolate notes, not much of a burnt coffee flavor. It's so carbonated, I didn't even get the lactose flavor.

Way over carbonated. The carbonation really ruined this beer for me.

Overall, I'm a big chocolate/oatmeal stout fan, and this just wasn't anything I expected from a milk stout.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown to black, requiring a lot of light to appear ruby red, though still opaque, with a mocha head.

S: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and medium roast coffee in the nose.

T: Sweet milk chocolate, malt, roasted malt and medium and dark roast coffee.

M: Medium full bodied and creamy, but not super smooth.

O: Smells good, tastes good, body could be better, but still recommended if you like stouts.

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Photo of beerdoc1
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can bought in Alabama last spring. One can had inflated and blown; this one is just inflated. Over-chilled to decrease foaming, but no problem. Poured into English Bass pint mug.

A: It's a stout, so, about black; nice, tight, 1" head.

S: Roast malts as appropriate, chocolate and black patent, I reckon. No hop aroma.

T: Rich and full roast malt palate; enough hop bitterness to balance nicely; no noticeable hop flavor, right for style.

M: Full, but not thick or syrupy, again, correct for style.

O: I like this beer and wish it were available in the north country.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. The can almost blew up on the car ride back from Alabama, which I've never seen before - all my other beer was fine. A little nervous about cracking this one.

A: Despite a couple weeks in the fridge this is one of the most overcarbonated beers I've ever had - even a super slow, delicate pour down the side of the glass fills 90% of the tulip with frothy tan foam. On the plus side, the head is dense enough to stand up a full inch above the rim without even a chance of overflowing, but on the downside it takes fully 10 minutes just to empty the can. Even after all that head, though, there's no lace. Disappointing.

S: Not bad here, with a pleasant mixture of dark chocolate, brownie batter, lactose, and some nuttiness. Pretty intense for a 5% beer, with a good balance of sweetness and roastiness. Solid.

T: Not nearly as good here, sadly, with a strong metallic streak marring an otherwise middle-of-the-road Milk Stout. There's still some nice dark chocolate maltiness and a good bit of coffee bitterness on the finish, but the harsh metallic aftertaste just thins things out and makes the overall experience a little bit of a chore.

M: Still highly carbonated, which I'm ok with. Sometimes a beer that explodes into a huge head winds up feeling thin and flat, but this has maintained a decently creamy (if not terribly thick) mouthfeel.

O: Even if this weren't overcarbonated it would only be about average. I'm always happy to try a new canned craft beer, but I'm glad I didn't get a sixpack. Straight to Ale brews some tasty beers, but I can't recommend this one.

Cheers!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On my first trip to Huntsville I came across this brew at a little dive known as the Voodoo Lounge. Boy was I glad I did.

A nice, dark beer, it has a good appearance and decent smell. It's taste is smooth and mellow with a decent mouthfeel (low carbonation.) Overall, I consider it one of the better beers I have ever tasted and will be glad to partake of it in again, if I'm in the area. (Who knew that Alabama brews some good stuff...?)

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Lily Flagg Milk Stout from Straight To Ale
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