Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout | Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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Rochester Mills Milk Shake StoutRochester Mills Milk Shake Stout
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Brewed by:
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mjohn27603 on 11-10-2002

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
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 +21.7%
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 Big_Neezy
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer and apparently vastly underrated and under appreciated. While this is not KBS, it is well crafted with solid flavors lent from bourbon barrel aging. Rich and malty with wonderful cocoa notes. I'm not a huge milk stout fan but will easily make exception for this crafted brew.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went to an Oktoberfest party in South Central PA yesterday and a person drove from Michigan and brought a few cans of these along. A very decent and flavorful light stout. Recommend.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, smooth, with a foamy, light, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of rich chocolate, subtle bitter coffee, and creamy highlights. Flavors are rich and creamy chocolate forward, with subtle cream highlights, and subtle roasted coffee notes. Smooth, creamy body, with a subtle coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Smooth, velvety, creamy finish. Good beer.

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Photo of gulli
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Aubree's pizza in Grand Blanc Mi.
This could have been my meal..ha ha....

Had again from can 4 pack...... still same rating.
I think it a great milkshake stout... remember it a milkshake stout, it will be a little thin and not as heavy...oh just my opinion. Hell im lactose intolerant....uh oh

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 taters21
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a 12 ounce mug
Pours a thick dense 2.5 finger dark tan head, nearly jet black in color.
Smell is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate but I'm getting some tinny metallic smell in there as well, which is disappointing.
Taste is of deep chocolate fading quickly to metal and then to coffee, that metallic flavor irks me.
A rather full and creamy mouthfeel for a milder stout.
Overall impressive flavor for the abv and simplicity of ingredients but somewhat let down by the metal smell and flavor from the can.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +6.9%
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 +6%
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 +5.5%
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 vitamin_g
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours (from a tall boy can) a nice dark black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar, with a slightly thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Overall, solid if unspectacular stout. Don't really pick up creamy/milk feel or taste, but the can is about 6mos old.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +3.3%
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 jeffdr123
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A non-threatening, drinkable stout. Dark brown with mild carbonation. Burnt malts, smooth finish, but not very complicated. Almost a porter. More coffee flavors as it warms. Tried it at Buffalo Bill's Brew BQ.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +0.8%
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 SometimesIfart
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout.


Don't know a thing about this one or thia brewery but I needed to round out my mix a six so this is what I chose. A ' milkshake ' stout sounds pretty good to me, so let's see what we get.

Look - From the 16oz can into a pint glass. Pours a deep, nearly impenetrable black with a huge bubbly mocha colored head that nearly fills the entirety of the glass. Is this thing nitro?. Carbonation is unreadable due to the thick coloration. The head has thus far retained exceptionally and will likely stick around throughout the drink. Surprisingly no lacing or stick remains whatsoever.

Smell - The cocoa nibs are the largest player in the nose, with a huge character of roasty meatyneas. Lactate cream and a smidge of coffee are prevelant as well as expected. Not much else going on.

Taste - Chocolate cocoa nibs and lactose are immediately present on the taste buds the moment the beer hits. Burnt meat char rounds out the rest of the flavor with a touch of selrzer water upon the swallow. Not a very complex profile going on here.

Feel - Seeing as the head retained very well even to now the mouthfeel is extremely creamy, but very, very watery and thin. The carbonation appears to vary here and there. Swallows very easily and doesn't hit the stomach heavy. Bit of a tin flavor as it sits.

Overall - This is the kind of beer you give to somebody new to craft beer. Not really a whole lot going on here, and it smells better than it tastes. Quaffable nontheless, but at $8 a four pack I'd pass in the future given the low ABV of only 5%. Not much bang for your buck. Despite that, I would have another beer from this brewery if I found it in the singles section. Perfectly fine beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.8%
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 yamar68
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.