Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout - Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.89/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the can into a glass. Dark brown, very nearly black with a creamy, beige head that has a grey-ish tint to it. Even from the pour, it looks a little thin for a stout, but looks can be deceiving, so I guess we'll see.
The aroma is packed with lots of milky chocolates, pretty sweet and forthcoming, actually quite a bit more dense than I was really expecting. Nice roasty character, pretty mild and welcoming; good helping of coffee beans which also flow along with the already creamy and sweet characteristic of the beer. There's a balancing dryness that rushes in during the latter half of the beer that helps balance the sweetness a bit, mainly because there isn't much hop or roasted bitterness to do that job.
It hits my palate somewhat creamy but still a bit thin, and more thin than I would expect for a stout of any kind. The flavors, however, are certainly on point. Sweet chocolates, mild roasted malts, light nuttiness - a nice collaboration of flavors from the first sip. As time goes on, the malts get a bit more roasty, but are constantly balanced by the soft blanket of sweetness. Some heavy coffee flavors come in, too, in a "heavy cream, heavy sugar" kind of way.
I speak highly of the coffee here, but chocolate/cocoa is the real star of the show; sweet, milky, creamy, etc.. I'm sounding like a broken record here, but you get the point. Mild roasted bitter twinge near the end, and though this beer is all about the sweetness, it remains soft and manageable, never coming close to cloying or off-putting. Medium carbonation, light bodied and thin.
Very surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It was pretty damn tasty, soft and silky sweetness through and through with a nice helping of cocoa and a little bit of coffee and roasted malt bringing up the rear. I don't know if I'd actively seek this one out again, but for the right price, I'd definitely pick more up.
Serving type: can
03-18-2013 02:35:37 | More by tectactoe
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3.59/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Milkshake Stout looks more like coffee than a chocolate float; its body is opaque, inky, and most definitely black - not brown. Most significantly, there's no frothy foam atop. What gives? I expected at least some whipped cream but this can't even manage lace; it's so flat as to look oily.
The nose is similar to that of Young's Double Chocolate (high praise) and the like, following in the same vein of biscuity malt, lactose sweetness and milk chocolate flavour. There's a splash of vanilla too. It is pretty much void of any kind of harsh roasted qualities, focusing instead on the milk sugars. It's undoubtedly pleasant (provided you have a sweet tooth).
Indeed, Milkshake Stout has enough sweetness to almost pass for a Foreign/Export stout. The palate is exposed to a great amount of raw sugarcane flavour, enough to make this Michigan brewed beer seem as though it were made in the Caribbean. Further notes of molasses, coffee, and subtle dark rum-like nuances reinforce that impression.
I'm not a fan of CO2 widgets in my cans so I never thought I'd say this, but this stout would benefit from a little nitrogen. The mouthfeel is far too thin and flat; its sweetness, as result, borders on cola-like at times. If you're going to put "milkshake" in the name you best ensure a creamy, thick, frothy texture - otherwise what's the point?
Milkshake Stout isn't likely to bring anyone to the yard - damn right, this is an underwhelming offering for something brewed with lactose and cocoa nibs. Don't get me wrong, the chocolate and milky qualities were spot on - I applaud the brewery for not using any "natural" or artificial flavours, they weren't needed - but the base stout is a total letdown. More malt please!
Serving type: can
02-25-2014 02:50:39 | More by biegaman
2.73/5 rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A-Pours a dark brown. Thin, watery body is evident by the pour and how it rests in the glass. A condensed, creamy head with speckles of lacing.
S-Very dull. A bit off, too. Like powdered Ovaltine. Not much roast; not much of anything besides that suspicious powdery chocolate note.
T-The flavor is light but still manages to be unappealing. Powdery chocolate and lactose with a slight metallic twang.
M-Light but creamy. Body is too thin. Bubbles are mild.
O/D-Did not enjoy this one.
Serving type: can
12-06-2013 02:00:34 | More by VelvetExtract
Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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