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
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-30-2013 02:14:05 | More by yamar68
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
No canning date -- poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a very short lived tan head. Patchy lacing at best. Pretty much no bubbles in the beer that I can see after a few minutes. Meh. (3.25)
Smell: Super metallic... I figured it may be my glass, but it smelled the same out of the can. I try to get other aromas out of it, but the metal smell is dominating everything else. There's a really, REALLY subtle chocolate sort of aroma in there as well, but it's way in the background. Doesn't smell awful (outside of the blood smell), but it doesn't exactly smell good, either. (2.75)
Taste/feel: Really, same as the smell. Not much to taste beer. A mild metallic after taste, not much going on on the front of each sip... really quite bland. Back of the throat has a pleasant roastiness. There's some chocolate on top of the roasted malts, but it's really subdued. The feel on this one is the best part of the beer -- it's not super thick, but has a pleasant creaminess, with light carbonation. (2.75, 3.25)
Disappointed. I have to think that this can was old... which would be kind of confusing, considering I live only about 20 minutes or so from the brewery. It's not an awful, undrinkable stout, but there's nothing about it that stands out. It isn't sweet like a milkshake, it doesn't taste like a milkshake, it doesn't feel like a milkshake. The name "milkshake stout" is misleading, as it tastes like nothing more than a plain old stout -- with a metallic note in the aroma and taste. Might try it again on tap, but not out of a can again.
1/25/14 Re-review: Had a $4 pint at Sugarbush Tavern in Chesterfield Township, Michigan. They offered it as $5 for a 23oz pour, but I'm a calorie-conscious sissy.
Appearance: Looked good the moment I got it, but the head died down pretty quickly, and there was no lacing... nothing special.
Smell: That metallic note remained, but it was less substantial. Really sweet. A fair amount of milk chocolate. Pleasant roasted malt. Nice, not great.
Taste/feel: A decent bit better than I recall... the feel in particular. The taste is good initially, but there's almost an artificial sort of sweetness in the aftertaste that prevents it from "taking off." The feel is medium/thick. I know this is called "Milk Shake Stout", but they could have at least tried to prevent the sweetness from tasting so fake.
If I'm going to drink a Rochester Mills brew, it's going to be their Cornerstone IPA -- this beer didn't do it for me the first time, and I don't care for it much more this time. A subpar stout.
05-01-2013 17:57:04 | More by Alextricity
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-28-2013 22:08:37 | More by GRPunk
Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.