Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout - Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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.
07-13-2013 19:37:34 | More by Stinkypuss
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-02-2013 06:03:45 | More by superspak
3.59/5 rDev -0.8%
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!
02-25-2014 02:50:39 | More by biegaman
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-05-2013 00:01:29 | More by chinchill
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Reviewed on 6/21/2010. On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, smoked malt, and a hint of lactose. Flavor of lactose with bitter chocolate, also there is sort of an odd tartness. A decent stout but odd tasting and the lactose and chocolate malt flavors did not quite come together.
12-23-2010 23:30:24 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.89/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
03-18-2013 02:35:37 | More by tectactoe
2.73/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
12-06-2013 02:00:34 | More by VelvetExtract
3/5 rDev -17.1%
Thick, gooey, and black. Tan head is full and thick with good retention.
Nose is lacking. Hints of toffee, caramel, sweet malt, milk chocolate, lactose, and a light roasty quality. Just somewhat out there.
Sweet toffee and caramel malt. With a sour milk taste in the mid palate. Virtually no finish. Hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. A blueberry, black raspberry lingers as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is thin and week overall a beer that is just missing in all the right places.
04-23-2007 17:37:41 | More by mcallister
3.39/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-20-2013 22:50:59 | More by BMMillsy
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
I picked up a can of Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I had a sample of this last year at a festival and I liked it and since cans of it just started showing up I decided to get a can and revisit it, so lets see what I think about it now. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 16oz pint can into and imperial pint glass.
A- This can looks pretty good, it's got a nice clean and classy look to it, with some nice information about the brewery. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a half a fingers worth of tan head that instantly died down to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left hardly any lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, the color was nice but the head and lacing were disappointing and could be improved on.
S- The aroma starts of with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the milk lactose imparting a sweet and creamy aroma followed by loads of chocolate with milk chocolate sticking out the most but there is also a slight cocoa powder like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a roasted malt, grainy, slight coffee, and some slight caramel aromas. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it had lots of chocolate aromas and the milk lactose showed up nicely, I have no complaints.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that imparted a nice and creamy milk lactose flavor followed by the cocoa nibs that impart a nice milk chocolate flavor but it's a little on the light side. Up next comes the malts which impart some grainy, almost charred malts, and a slight coffee flavor. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. The taste was nice, but it seemed a little watered down to me especially when compared to how rich and robust the aroma was, not bad, but not great.
M- Smooth, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that good, it was pretty over carbonated and the body was way too thin especially when it's called a Milk Shake Stout.
Overall I was disappointed with this beer and I thought it was a a pretty average example of the style, I remember it tasting more robust and being much thicker when I had it last year, so trying it in the can was a bit of a let down. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down smooth and it wasn't filling, but the flavors didn't really hold my attention and the mouthfeel was confusing, one pint can is enough for me, I don't think I would want another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good with some nice roasted malt, chocolate and milk lactose coming together to make for a nice aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just way too thin and over carbonated for the style and it really needs to be worked on. I don't think I would buy a can of this, but I would try it on tap to see if there is any difference, and I can't say that I would recommend this beer to my friends. All in all I was let down with this beer, it just wasn't as great as I remember it and I think it needs some work, better luck next time guys.
01-13-2013 20:13:49 | More by StoutHunter
3.49/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
02-09-2013 20:24:41 | More by buschbeer
Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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