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Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout - Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 256
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 34.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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Rochester Mills Beer Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mjohn27603 on 11-10-2002

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yes! I picked up a 4 pack of this on a salesman's recommendation and I don't regret it one bit. This could be a regular for me, assuming I can't get Nitro or Shake. :-)

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Photo of DackAchan
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good appearance, oil black with a one finger mahogony head. Little to no lacing.

S- Excellent smell. Sweet, with hints of chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar.

T- Taste like it smells. Excellent choclate taste, laced with strong brown sugar, sweet for a Stout, with some hints of toffee and coffee.

M- Good mouthfeel, no strong bite to it, slight bitter aftertaste at the end perfectly complimenting the chocolate and sweetness of the first sip.

D- This is an excellent beer. I finished school this week and went to the Mills 4 times, every time I had a Milkshake Stout. The MS Stout is the only beer from the Mills I have had twice this week.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a typical stouty black with a thin brown head that laces to the rim very quickly

S - has a coffee/chocolate aroma that we all would expect from a stout, the creamy aroma from the lactose is nice and quite evident, a great addition to the bouquet, almost smells like home made ice cream

T - hmmmm...., tartier than i expect, the choco/coffee flavors were present as expected, but the milky sweetness is combined, almost replaced with a tartinees

M - very smooth and well bodied, balance is a little off, needs to be slightly sweeter, but still very good

D - a little lower than normal due to the acidity, but still high

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Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a nonic pint.

A- The finger-worth of brown head develops with an audible fizzle, but fizzles out pretty quickly. The near-black body shows mahogany edges. Stick settles back into the body for the most part.

S- Quite roasty at first. Lots of sweet chocolate and some coffee. Warmth creates a more robust aroma and accentuates the coffee.

T- As the name and aroma suggest, there's a lot of milk chocolate flavor. The background is a medium roast coffee. Some residual sweetness creates a sugar-sweetened coffee effect.

M- Moderate body. A little fizzy at first, it settles down and gets creamier.

O- I like it, though I generally really like most in the style. It has a nice combination of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee that makes it a little different from the others.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark beer for 5% with only a 1/2 inch of head that clears rather quickly.
S - Quite good not screaming Milk shake but sweet cocoa nibs
T - Much better than it smells semi sweet cocoa nibs and coffee goodness.
M - Smooth taste like a beer not like water with good flavors.

Overall for a simple stout flavored with cocoa nibs its quite good. Well worth the $2.50 pounder price.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to stout glass. Dark chocolate color with mocha head. Dissolves to small cap. Aroma and flavor similar, roasted malts, bitter coffee and cocoa. Creamy mouthfeel, feels thicker when drank from can than glass. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 17 /20
Taste 34/40
Feel 5/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

Summery: Nothing special, easy to drink but really lacks body and flavor. Not bad, also not really worth seeking out. Just an average light bodied stout/porter

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at 50 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of chocolate and malt
Head large (5 cm), creamy, light brown, rapidly diminishing to 1.5 mm layer
No lacing
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor is moderately sweet with marked chocolate flavor with light malt; the sweetness remains but the chocolate quickly dies; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is medium, creamy, and softly carbonated

This is an easy drinking pleasant milk stout, actually one of the better ones I’ve tried. You get no bitterness from the malt, just the lactose sweetness.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can, stamp on the bottom says best before 11/21/15, 4-pack bought at Topsy Turvey's on a recent trip to Put-in-Bay. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt and some coffee. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, there's a lot of milk chocolate/cream sweetness along with some coffee and burnt/roasty malt bitterness. It's a bit creamy, slick, and easy enough to drink. There's a good amount of carbonation in this. Not a bad brew at all, I'm glad I bought it. I won't have any problems finishing the one can I have left!

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on premises at Rochester Mills Beer Company. Color is black and opaque. Served with a 2 finger head that reduced to a 1 finger depth. Aroma was sweet with roasted and milk smells. Lactic acid is added to the beer. The taste is similar to the aroma with sweet roasted flavors some maltiness. The beer is not very bitter with some hops balance. Not bad but not outstanding. Rating is raised by high drinkability.

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Photo of yungbrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great dark chocolate color and nice khaki head.
Goes down smooth also smells nice.
Would have liked a higher ABV but I'm over that.
Can't taste a lot of chocolate more of a burnt malt taste but not very prominent.
Would love to see it as a nitro

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Photo of mwa423
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is a very dark rich brown with little off white head that quickly died and didn't leave much of a lacing.

S - Very sweet aroma with a mix of lactose, milk chocolate, a tiny bit of coffee and malt. Pleasant smell for the style.

T - The taste is very similar to the aroma with lots of chocolate and milky sweetness. The aftertaste is similar to a coffee flavored chocolate bar.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy and smooth, not as thick as a milkshake but certainly leaving the same sweet taste on the tongue.

Overall, a very decent milk stout with plenty of lactose. Certainly rich and sweet but light enough on the tongue to drink in the summer. Appearance is really the only thing lacking in this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can served in a snifter.

Pours is a deep dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has limited size and retention but leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: sweet malts and chocolate

Flavor: lightly and appropriately sweet, with a richer and darker malt base than I would have guessed from the smell alone. Finishes with a hint of spices, then leaves an aftertaste with traces of smoke and coffee. True to style but not quite as robust as I'd like.

Feel: medium-full body; medium-light carbonation.

O: a satisfying milk stout in a can.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Milkshake Stout

Pours a very dark brown with a light tan froth. The lacing on the glass left an intricate web of dried bubbles. The glass shows the beer to be clear, without clouds or sediment.

Aroma of deep roasted malt and chocolate. Reminiscent of the powdered malt flavor of Ovaltine. Chocolate and perhaps a bit of cream, I get milkshake from the aroma, but it would not have been readily apparent if not for its name.

Tangy hops and roasted malt stand out at first in the flavor, giving way to creamy lactose sugar with hints of chocolates. There is a slight mineral touch from hard water. The cocoa flavors are pleasant, but a bit faint. As it warms the chocolate and malt flavor pull through stronger, giving off coffee and nutty flavors.

Full bodied feel, smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is a pretty decent stout of local Michigan origin. "It's all about the water" claims the can, but I think the water was the main drawback. Has a mild metallic touch to it, probably iron rich. Still, the actual beer flavors were more than agreeable. I'd have this again whenever it's available to me, but it's not as amazingly sweet or dessert like as the name would suggest.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

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Photo of superspak
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger foamy tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that eventually disappears. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, cream, herbal, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good dark/roasted malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, herbal, light floral and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid milk stout. Good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of yamar68
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm gonna try this one on for size, even though Alextricity doesn't approve. (risky, I know)

Sure does pour nicely. Dark chocolate brown body with a frothy pale khaki head.

Dat lactose. Plentiful creamy sugar... it's got that lactic sweetness that you'd expect from any basic milk stout. Think Left Hand.

It drinks fine... the powdery cocoa flavors are overwhelmed by metallic brown ale notes and lactose. Consistency is nice, appropriate for the flavor profile. But I can't see myself drinking more than one of these bad boys.

This ain't no 79 cent Frosty, but this dog'll hunt.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It appears black, but when held to the light some ruby highlights are visible. It was topped with an inch of mocha head that settled to a skim.

S - I get some roasted malt and milk chocolate. There are some hints of coffee.

T - It starts out tasting like milk chocolate. After several sips the roasted flavors come through leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - It is thin for a stout. I would like a full to thick mouth feel.

O - It is a decent beer. I would drink it again if offered, but I would not seek it.

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Photo of Billlow
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An Enjoyable beer for sure.
Dark, roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee and vanilla.


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Photo of Badger6
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Inky and opaque, more black than brown. Almost no head, quickly receded. Lacing was minimal.

S: Malts and chocolate.

T: A sweet flavor in the front, with a rich malt base. Chocolate stands out, as does a coffee flavor and some smokiness.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Seems thin, and lacking the kind of robust feel of a stout.

O: An overall decent milk stout, generally true to style. But, the overall unique qualities of the style are subdued, aroma, taste and mouthfeel. Enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter. This nice stout pours a nice brownish black with a very nice head of light brown foam that dissipates to a very thick ring, light thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of strong coffee, cocoa, and subtle cream. Flavors follow the nose with coffee and dark cocoa flavors on all sides mixing with a subtle cola flavor then fading into a light sweet cream. Strong metallic flavors keep this brew from shining brighter. Smooth and creamy mouth feel is nice and roasty and finishes lightly bitter. Again the metallic flavor in the back. I want to like this beer more than I am tasting, it has all the parts that are very nice, but the tin and metal flavors are killing the overall enjoyment.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Michigan Brewers Guild sample. Pours black with no head whatsoever. Smells of chocolate, lactose, slight bitter roasted grain, but mostly highlighting light chocolate. Taste is light chocolate flavor, but mouthfeel seems a bit thin with the lactose seemingly lacking here. Slight bitterness on the finish that would have been nice had this had some body or sweetness to go along with the chocolate malts. Only okay.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pors a dark coffee black with dark amber hues.
Lacing is adequate.
Head is light tan color.
Smell is sweet with hints of chocolate malt.
Taste is light bodied with a mouthful of creme and a mix of milk chocolate and slight burnt malt.
Very tasty...
For a low abv I do enjoy this.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Matt

A ~ Looks like a milk stout. Luscious tan head. Black/brown color. Head sticks around for a long while.

S ~ Milk Sugar, Cocoa Nibs, Ovaltine, Cane SUgar

T ~ Vanilla, Cocoa, Baking Chocolate, Confectioners Sugar...Very creamy.
The lactose & cocoa nibs play well together in the flavor department.

M ~ Slightly metallic but w/ a to-style creamy feel that finishes sweet.

D ~ Wouldn't seek out but would gladly drink again. Traded for this one on a whim, & don't regret it one bit. Hit the spot after a long shift.


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Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.