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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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Reviews: 34
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Jpatrix
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16 oz. can into a pint glass.
A - Pours dark with a thin quickly disappearing head. Zero lacing on glass.
S - Light chocolate aroma but not a lot of aroma from this pour.
T - Initial chocolate with sweetness of a milk stout.
M - Thin mouthfeel. Not a bold stout but as a milk stout this is expected.
O - A thin bodied stout with not a lot to it. M Sweet Stout is not my choice of stouts though. This would be a good "style transition" beer. (453 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (3,286 characters)

Photo of mwa423
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (340 characters)

Photo of DackAchan
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (488 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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 (650 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (424 characters)

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Rochester Mills Milk Shake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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