Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
I had pretty high hopes for this beer. After all, it sounds pretty attractive doesn't it?? So with that in mind, I cracked open the first of my 6 pack.
Aroma here wasn't quite as chocolatey as I'd expected. There were notes of roasted chocolate and some dark chocolate there...but not really a lot. Hmm...
The taste of it wasn't nearly as sweet as I had thought it would be based on the description and some other reviews. It starts out semi-sweet with cocoa prevelant....but it is paired with a more roasted chocolate flavor that grows in intensity as the swallow goes on. In fact, at the end, there's almost a coffee note to it. There's also a very mild hop bitterness there as well.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't quite as rich and sweet like I had expected. It turns out it's a lot like others in that the sweetness is more restrained in favor of a more roasted quality. Still though, it drank very easy and I wouldn't turn one down.
12-19-2010 03:50:16 | More by NODAK
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
pours midnight black, forget seeing through it... aint happening. the head fills thick in my glass, and leaves cloud puffs all over the place by the time it moderately settles.
unfortunately it doesnt have a very powerful scent. you get the lactose on a light note, but its by no means overpowering, nor strong even. as it warms a little, a little bit of chocolate pulls through, sweet milk.
its basically perfect harmony between milk stout (well brewed) and cocoa. each sip has two layers. the head is creamy and frothy, with mocha notes. the beer itself has just the right amount of lactose sweetness, chocolate, and dark malt. the light, abrupt carbonation is enough to make an impression and make the flavor singe the tongue.
its so tasty and drinkable, i just wish i had regular access to it. highly recommended.
12-19-2010 02:39:14 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
A: Well, there was nothing much so see except pure darkness, with absolutely no passing light from any vantage point. The one finger tan head withered away to nothing more that a surrounding bubble formation within moments.
S: Deep, dark chocolate milk for sure, held together by caramel, vanilla, and lactose sugar.
T: High grade chocolate with a bit of a dark fruit afterbite that was very reminiscent of prunes. The dairy component certainly added a lot to this brew.
M: Fairly thick and creamy, with no alcohol burn, and the sweetness was fairly tempered.
D: Sort of one dimensional and I would have liked to have tasted more cocoa actually. In their "Wake n' Bake," they gave us a big "this is a coffee stout so f-u!" I wish they had really gone over the top the same way with this one.
12-19-2010 01:28:46 | More by Chaney
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
A - Poured with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, dark brown to black body. The head dissipates slowly and leaves moderate lace.
S - An intense aroma of bittersweet chocolate with notes of nutty coffee, caramel, and light smoke. Just a hint of fruity alcohol in the background.
T - Light, sweet caramel malt up front with semi dark chocolate and a decidedly creamy note. The roast character comes out a bit more in the middle with some sweet, coffee and cream flavors and a hint of floral hops. More caramel and cream in the finish with a roast complexity that only really develops in the aftertaste with notes of smoke, dark chocolate, and coffee.
M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - This is a really excellent interpretation of what a "milk-chocolate" stout should be. The chocolate is undeniably present, though not quite as strong as it was in the earlier side project Dos Cocoas, and the creamy, lightly sweet character of the milk stout is on par with that of the best examples of the style. A really nice beer.
12-19-2010 00:02:10 | More by nickfl
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
What an interesting brew... in a good way! Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass... very difficult to stir up some head in this pour, but what I can get is a dark tan with very little retention... it dissipates quickly.
Aromas are malts, milk, and chocolate primarily... with hints of vanilla and walnuts. Taste sweeter than expected, the milk and cocoa come through quite prominently and the beer is somewhat thin, but very very good. As a matter of fact, I forgot how unimpressed I was at the appearance after the taste.
Mouthfeel is thinner than you would expect. I have to admit, my score for this beer would be very high if it's appearance and feel were better. The taste makes it well worth grabbing a 6 pack, but don't expect anything much until the glass meets the mouth.
12-18-2010 20:26:07 | More by Macky20
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
First, can I just say that the labels for this brewery are great! I can't help but by it. It just shows how much marketing works.
A-Nice and deep dark, and creamy in color and head. It is completely impossible to see throguh, but I mean, it's a stout after all.
S- Goot chocolate notes, not too much of a bitter note to the nose. Very little hops aroma. I was a little worried about that, because i know some microbreweries wanna hop EVERYTHING!
T- THis thing taste just like a cup of hot chocolate that has cooled down. I was nearly bowled over by the amount of flavor this has balanced with the creamieness.
M- Eh. I could go for a bit more body, but I tell ya, that is one good winter stout. I like the "less is more" kind of carbonation thoughts.
D: Sign me up. Buy me a pint. Stick a frickin funnel in my mouth. I will gladly take this out on the town with me.
12-18-2010 19:25:08 | More by JK4Stout
4/5 rDev +1%
a: piraat chalice, pours with only a light coating of mocha head and low retention, the beer itself a deep chocolate brown in color
s: smooth barley roasts - a touch smoky, sweet pure chocolate, devil's food cake, dark caramelized sugars, really well done chocolate presence here
m: lightly carbonated, body medium-full, smooth and silky
t: rich roasted barley and dark chocolates, sweet toffee, lactic sugars, pretty delicious - accurately hits the chocolate milk notes
d: very drinkable for a sweet stout thanks to an even, balanced flavoring, could be better than a b+ beer, but tough finding somewhere to tack on that extra score
single from WF Vienna
12-18-2010 04:41:43 | More by blackie
2.95/5 rDev -25.5%
big thanks to DosBeerigos for tossing this one in on my first ever traade! was a want, now a got...
A-Poured a watery black with a thin off-white head into my oversized snifter. the head was definitely a lot lighter than your typical stout which quickly made me think of chocolate milk. head was gone quick
S-Sweet chocolate milk beer...but not the kind you would make with chocolate syrup, but the kind you'd make with cocoa powder. milky malt.
T-Interesting and different for sure. Not really my thing. A little bland with an odd roasted undertone that doesn't really work for me. Perhaps it is because I despise the flavor of milk and this kind of is like milk beer?
M/D-This beer feels weird. It is kind of watery but has a bit of a sour bite to it. Too much like milk for me to really love it. It wasn't difficult to drink and the chocolate and malt flavors keep it going, but probably not one I'd reach for again.
12-18-2010 03:28:33 | More by cosmicevan
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
Aromas of mild coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and a significant amount of creaminess from the milk sugar. There's also a slight touch of acidity to the nose.
The taste starts off creamy and sweet but finished with a slight bitterness from the roasted grains. Flavor is pretty darn awesome; it's really smooth and silky. Bold semi sweet chocolate, dark toffee, mocha and subtle dark fruit.
The mouthfeel is definitely the downside of this beer, it's lacking much carbonation and fullness I prefer in my dark stouts.
Overall this fell a little short of my expectations, but I think I set them way too high because of the amazing beers this brewery usually churns out. Not a bad milk stout by any means but also not the best by a long shot in my opinion. Still extremely drinkable.
12-17-2010 22:16:44 | More by claspada
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
Been looking forward to this one since I saw the approval of the label; glad it is in 12oz format.
Medium full bodied, creamy and milky mouth feel, great carbonation.
Nice roasted malt presence with solid notes of milk chocolate. A hint of grains throughout with an incredibly milkiness; you can actually taste the lactic sugar!
Finishes with a hint of smoke and an incredible lingering milkiness.
Overall; nailed it with the name and description of this beer.
It is solid & simple & exactly what they said it would be!
12-17-2010 15:32:27 | More by pixieskid
District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle courtesy of Chaney. Thanks Brandon!
A: The beer appears opaque and black with pockets of bubbles teeming in the glass. The head is an inch thick and appears beige in color. It fades within a few moments to a thin, wispy layer, leaving a healthy sheet of lacing in its wake.
S: Chocolates and chocolate milk, with a hint of slightly charred milk chocolate M&Ms.
T: I have to laugh a little, as this really tastes like chocolate milk beer. Not to be confused with chocolate stout or milk stout, this is chocolate milk stout. In addition to the prevalent chocolate flavors, there is a nice, somewhat subdued roasted malt presence. If there were a bit more going on, I would consider upping the flavor score. Although the beer is tasty, it is one dimensional.
M: Medium bodied, nice feel. Alcohol content well hidden.
D: Fun, interesting, and well done. An overall enjoyable experience. However, one of these is plenty.
12-17-2010 04:32:48 | More by Huhzubendah
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
With chocolate, coffee, and heavy cream at the forefront, this beer leads a flavorful charge but with medium-full flavors and textures for an even and smooth drinkability.
The beer pours a dark brown hue with perhaps a modest haze that's difficult to assess because of the darkness. Formitalbe head formation leads to sturdy retention and clinging lace- all reinforcing the beer's character and quality.
Aromas of cocoa, molasass, walnuts, and cream all mix in a somewhat grainy scent. With no esters, phenolics, or off aromas, the beer is simple and pure with the classic Milk Stout profile.
Flavors of caramel/molasass start the sweeter start with a mix of heavy cream, coffee, cocoa, and nuttiness to follow. Perhaps with a the balance of the beer tilting toward the chocolaty portions, the milk chocolate flavors take a slight lead in the taste. Low on hops, the beer's hop profile offers balance and maybe a mild earthy taste without interference with the silky, chocolate taste.
Creamy and full up front, the beer releases its carbonation slowly and evently toward a cocoa powder and grainy-sweet finish that never really dries, but provides a lingering chocolate and nutty linger.
A very nice Milk Stout that pushes the chocolate malts without over-doing it. With a dash of experiment and a dose of Terrapin identity, the beer holds firm to the parameters of Milk Stouts.
12-17-2010 04:12:29 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Gotta love the Terrapin Artwork which never ceases to put a smile on my face.
A: Standard pour yields a coarse, 1 finger light coffee head with poor retention. Dissipates quickly into a thin wisp atop the beer. Beer is a dense, oily, opaque black. Lacing is beautiful. Stringy and with outstanding legs. Good retention.
S: There's a surprising amount of fresh whole milk in the nose. Conspicuously muted, barely detectable coffee, which I appreciate. A touch of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder.
T: Opens slight lactic sourness. Some liqourice, roasted malt bitterness, and subtle milk chocolate. Liquorice flavor comes through a bit more towards the middle and milk chocolate sweetness becomes more prominent. Lactic sourness still detectable. Finishes spicy, with a sweet, chocolate kick. Pleasant, chocolate and coca-cola aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Incredibly smooth and silky in the mouth. Watery but at the same time substantial. Goes down incredibly easy. Finish is subtle and aftertaste lingers pleasantly.
D: Hugely drinkable. This one kinda just slides down the throat. Not the most flavorful beer in the world, but for some reason, I can't stop drinking it! Very sessionable, it almost doesn't taste like beer. This offering isn't likely to wow you and isn't the best representation of the style, but it's mighty tasty and addicting.
12-17-2010 01:58:44 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
A: Pours a pitch black color with a small eggshell/brownish color head. Retention is OK, not great
S: Whoa, really close to chocolate milk...tons of lactose up front, cocoa, lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and a lingering sweetness that you can almost taste
T: Lactose, residual sugar, caramel, fudge, chocolate...basically chocolate milk but with a unique cocoa powder. Not terribly balanced, but I'm diggin this.
MF/D: Sweet, velvety, smooth, and creamy feel to it. Carbonation is low, finish is rich milk chocolate and lactose.
Notes: Dessert beer for sure, sipper for sure. Very sweet and chocolatey, but great to drink once in a while
12-17-2010 00:45:53 | More by scottyshades
3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
This is an 'above average' beer. From 12oz bottle into DFH snifter.
As close to black as brown can be, with a dirty tan head that sort of fizzles (without the accompanying sound) out to one side leaving large bubbles and very little lacing.
It smells nice. Not like grandma's kitchen, but like your neighbors, where you like to eat. Generally a 'homey' sort of malt/milk chocolately. Nothing roasted or sour.
Taste's like milk stout with a spot of chocolate powder, but the flavor is very even. While there are a couple of layers (when warmer) the flavor isn't deep and doesn't leave much trace once it's gone.
A bit lighter than I was expecting. Nothing tragic but given the "chocolate milk stout" moniker I was expecting something a bit creamier.
I doubt I'd ever pass one up if offered. But I can't see seeking it out again soon.
12-16-2010 23:58:26 | More by CooperEllis
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
Enjoyed from a tulip glass on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA. Was a great finish to a small holiday get-together. Topped off an evening of mostly IPA's.
A - Dark brown, nearly black, with a thin tan head - less than a finger. Not much lacing on the glass.
S - Nice mix of milk and dark chocolate mixed with roasted coffee.
T - sweet, followed by mild bitterness. The coffee was more on the nose than in the mouth. Same for the dark chocolate. Most of the taste is milk chocolate and the malt. To be great, this needs a little more complexity in the finish.
M - Easy, lovely, creamy. Was served a little colder than I would have expected.
D - Definitely a dessert stout. At 6% ABV it's not too dangerous, but there is too much sweetness to enjoy more than one or two. That said, one is very enjoyable.
12-16-2010 14:40:07 | More by commish374
4/5 rDev +1%
Appearance- dark brown, almost opaque with a light chocolate brown head.
Smell- toasted malt, both bitter dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
Taste- lots of different chocolates. Dark and milk and a little hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth.
Drinkability- the smoothness and chocolatey appeal make it very easy to drink.
12-16-2010 06:32:06 | More by ztaylor1
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
big thanks to coreyfmcdonald for this trade
pours dark dark brown with a 1/4 finger tan head that left no lacing
smells incredible - not overpowering but you just know this is going to taste out of this world - roasted milk chocolate
taste - yep sooo good - sugary (not too sweet though) milk chocolate with good amount of roast and a little dark fruit
mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation
drinkability is out of this world - this is a session milk chocolate stout - right up there with depth charge in terms of flavor but this is sold in 12oz bottles and should be a yearly seasonal (one that will trade for every year)
12-16-2010 05:58:41 | More by jsh420
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
A generous extra from bhalter8-
Appearance- Nice and dark with a thin tan head. Not too much lacing.
Aroma- A little bit of chocolate roastyness. a hint of lactose.
Taste- Not as rich and chocolaty as I was expecting. The flavor is there but a bit in the background. Light roast. No bitterness to speak of.
Mouthfeel- Thin. That is really all there is to say.
Drink- Very drinkable. Not too heavy, I would compare this to LeftHand Milk Stout in this regard.
Sadly this beer was not what I was hoping for, I need to try blending into a Wake & Moo. Man I miss Depth Charge.
12-15-2010 07:01:08 | More by cadaugherty
4.08/5 rDev +3%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pitch-black body with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.
S: Espresso, roasted malts, some chocolate.
T: More espresso-like roastiness. Some fruity notes. Chocolate is definitely detectable, but it's more subdued than I would have expected. Slightly smoky aftertaste.
M: Medium-bodied with plenty of creaminess.
D: An above average stout. Nice and desserty.
12-15-2010 03:04:55 | More by BarrelO
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured fresh from a trade into a Sweetwater pint glass that came along with it. Thanks mrandypandy!
A. Pours a black with one finger creamy tan head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass.
S. Chocolate, coffee, cream, sweet medium roasted malt, an almost roasted marshmallow character comes out as it warms
T. Sweet cream with some roasted chocolate malt on the tail. Nice subtle sweetness. Some coffee on the tail with some mild hop and roasted bitterness combined for a fairly dry finish.
M. Medium mouthfeel with medium level of creamy carbonation; it's a bit prickly, but not overwhelmingly so.
D. It's quite good. A nice mixture of flavors with a fairly subtle sweetness.
12-14-2010 02:08:28 | More by BeerAndBourbon
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A somewhat short-lived dark tan head manages to leave some scattered lacing. Near black body.
Pleasant nose, full of milk chocolate and medium roasted malt. Malts definitely lean more toward the chocolate than the darker roast. Plenty chocolatey, yet quite fruity as well- think orange, pineapple and apple slices. Kind of reminds me of one of those chocolate fountains where you can coat your fruit and cake chunks. A rather creamy beer, yet it seems to get thinner at the swallow; in that regard, it's more reminiscent of YooHoo than chocolate milk. A touch of dark roast and a quick flash of citric bitterness at the swallow keep things from becoming too sweet.
Overall impression: Pretty tasty, worth a try.
12-14-2010 01:16:40 | More by PDXHops
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured basically black with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and very subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, dark chocolate, and slight milk. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew. I must admit that I enjoyed it better out of the bottle. It is still quite excellent though. However, the aroma was a little more evident when on tap. This is a must try if you have not gotten the opportunity yet.
12-13-2010 15:51:36 | More by thagr81us
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
Got this one from the esteemed JohnQVegas in another excellent box of (mostly) quality locals. Thanks bud.
Poured into a pint glass... and begrudgingly forced to let my 3 year old take a sip because he heard me tell my wife it was "like chocolate milk." I don't even know why he is awake right now...
This beer seems out of place-- it isn't really sweet enough to be a milk stout... The chocolate addition is nice, and the beer is quite drinkable, but the body also seems too thin to be a stout-- more like a heavy porter.
The black color reminds me of coffee--- with a swirl of tan bubbles and a collar of foaminess. Spotty lacing is there, but retention is poor.
Smells.... pretty much like a milk stout. Just heavy on the chocolate. The odd thing is this: it doesn't smell like bitter cocoa. It smells like milk chocolate. I'm not sure if the lactose sugar and bitter cocoa reacted this way, of if it was milk chocolate used... Either way, the bitterness of the cocoa is cut short, but the sweetness of the lactose sugar is also impacted in the same way. The beers ends up not quite sweet enough to be a good milk stout, and not quite bitter cocoa enough to be a good chocolate stout...
The body feels a little thin.... Low carbonation is a good thing, but this ends up too low.
The beer is still quite drinkable. I could easily have another, and I am enjoying this one. The overall beer isn't bad-- but it isn't world class. This is a solid, run-of-the-mill, off-the-shelf, local. This would make a great extra in a trade-- but not one to trade for.
12-13-2010 04:36:52 | More by AleWatcher
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Cask at Thinking Man's Tavern in Atlanta.
Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of lactose aromas. Also present are moderate amounts of dark chocolate that intensify as the beer warms.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of dark chocolate flavors. The roasted influence fades midway through the sip as the lactose sweetens things. A faint nutty flavor comes into play before quickly fading out into a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I thought this beer benefitted slightly from cask conditioning as the chocolate and milk portions of the moniker were able to shine more. Worth a shot in any form.
12-13-2010 02:58:59 | More by glid02
Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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