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Elda M Milk Stout - No Label Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.89% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: pwsoldier on 12-19-2011

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brew, Elda M. Milk Stout pours to a brown/black color with a sold head of foam that makes its presence known and holds its own for a while before falling into a thin coating of tiny bubbles as you drink. The beer pours out with the look of a very rich, heavy beer and it offers a tempting nose of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

Elda M. Milk Stout offers a nice, memorable flavor that is what one would expect for the style. The flavor of roasty malt and chocolate dominate, but search further and you will notice a little bit of marshmallow/vanilla taste, coffee, and lactose. The beer has dessert- like qualities and while it leans toward the sweet side, it is still nicely balanced overall.

I have tried both the draft and bottled form of this beer and I find them very similar in overall quality and taste. The tapped version seemed a little creamier, but the bottled version is every bit as good with a flavor profile that is roasty, chocolaty, coffee- like, and fairly smooth. The beer has just enough hops and other qualities to keep it from becoming too sweet. The beer is medium to full- bodied but based on appearance alone, it seems like it is going to be even heavier. From the bottle, it has an aggressive personality, but once you taste it, you find that the body of the beer is more moderate than expected.

Milk stouts often hit the spot and this milk stout is certainly one that rates better than the average. It tastes best if allowed to warm up to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit so that the flavors can come out of hiding and display their best qualities. Try some if you find yourself in the Houston area and looking for a new beer product- you will be glad you did.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In during the RateBeer Winter Gathering.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a beige head. The aroma is very full with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also some sweetness which I guess is from the lactose. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, along with a touch of coffee. The beer is fairly sweet overall. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice milk stout.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend brought this back for me from Texas. 12oz bottle into a pint flass.

Pours a .5 finger fine, mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. Beer is pitch black but pretty thin. Lacing is non-existent. Pretty pedestrian.

Nose is heavy on the lactose. Sweet and creamy with some coca cola, roasted malt, and chocolate to round out the flavors. Moderately aromatic and pretty typical. But good.

Opens chocolate milk and cocoa. Waves and waves of lactose sugar smooth out the experience and give a nice, malt backbone. Very creamy. Some coke and roasted malt bitterness right at the end. Finishes with a nutty bitterness. Aftertaste is sweet. Pretty enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down with just the slightest bit of bubbles. Finishes coarse with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Pretty good for the style.

This is a pretty good beer. The lactose presence is very big and even though its pretty one-dimensional, the chocolate, roast, and lactose sweetness are all well integrated. Would drink again!

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a midnight black that is virtually impenetrable to light. The head is shallow, short lived and leaves spots instead of lacing down the glass.

The nose is rich bitter-sweet chocolate, vanilla, grass, cereal, bread, all spice, hops and smokey malt.

The taste is very nice and bitter but falls off very quickly to a smooth and clean finish that then resumes the bitterness at the rear of the palate after the quaff is over. There is sweetness left on the lips while there is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and pepper.

The mouthfeel is adequate bordering on a little to watery. But this does not take away from the overall experience. I just expect more richness to a stout.

Overall this is a rather drinkable and enjoyable milk stout. A lot more bitter than most but still very good overall. A hop heads milk stout.

Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, brown head. Settles slowly. Spotty lacing.

S: Charred grains, licorice, and dark chocolate.

T: Charred grains and coffee are prominent. A little raisin.

M: Thick and heavy. Grainy on the front, slight hint of synthetic sweetness lingers in the finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head but no real lacing. Nose is characteristic of the style... roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. Charred grains and coffee in the flavor. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly black. A small tan head forms, but recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Not much in the nose. Musky and dank, like wet cloths. astringent, slightly acrid malts. Light roast and coffee, some chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, but the dankness is gone and not quite as astringent. More milk chocolate flavors come out. Some roast and coffee as well.
M/D: A light to medium body. Thin carbonation and is pretty watery. Not hard to drink. I will put back the pint without a problem. That is it though.

Just ho hum. A little below average at best. Not something I am going to come back to.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cocoa, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, coffee, and light toast. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of sweet dark malt notes; quite unique as well. Taste of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cocoa, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, coffee, and light toast. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cocoa, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, and coffee on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of sweet dark malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice milk stout! Great balance and robustness of sweet dark malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Premo88
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pint at Proudest Monkey, downtown Bryan, TX

L: black-brown ... it's not pure pitch up to the light; tan head but not much of one, no stick or lace (nothing to stick or lace); the super dark brown color is cool, almost unique

S: wood note, burnt oak ... or burning oak; it's not full-on burnt; flowers, seriously ... a light floral note pops through; in the end, it smells like being inside an old wooden home -- frankly pretty awesome

t: follows the nose very well, especially in the soft burnt note -- the malt here is very well toasted but giving off more of a nutty, pecan flavor than that charred/burnt taste stouts often have; a bit of wood; plenty of sweetness but suprisingly tame for a milk/sweet stout. this tastes more like an oatmeal or imperial than a milk/sweet.

F: great standard beer feel, probably awful in terms of keeping to the style, but I love it because instead of that lumpy silky feel you often get with the milk stout, this feels just like a standard midweight brew; plenty of carbonation

O: not bad at all. one thing I really like about it is the overall tameness of the "milk/sweet" part -- other milk stouts often last like a bit of dark-malt beer and a cup of milk thrown into a bag of sugar and mixed, producing a beer simply too sweet even for my notorious sweet tooth. THIS brew doesn't do that; it's much more like a straight-ahead higher ABV american stout, and the "milk/sweet" part is doing nothing more than taming the burnt notes.

i've only had this brew twice and both times at a bar. it's good enough that i'll buy a 6-pack for the house and give it some further investigation.

Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a creamy but modest tan head that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Charcoal and chocolate, with undertones of lactose

Taste: Ashy chocolate, up front, with a bitter and oddly tart character that develops in the middle; after the swallow, the lactose appears, adding a bit of cream and marshmallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The tart flavor makes for a rather odd addition here; suffers from a lack of a milk chocolate character

Thanks, BeerHunter76, for the opportunity

Photo of stephens101
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fine look to this one with a strong tan head sharply crowning a dark brown brew.

Dark chocolates and subtle dark fruits (plums, grapes) to the nose. Working hard to find more.

Tastes sweet and inviting with notes of marshmallow and chocolate countered by surprising notes of vinegar and earthy hops.

Medium bodied and cream with an alcohol presence that generates just enough warmth.

Underwhelming but tasty enough to prompt more seeking of No Label brews when possible.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a rich tan head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate create a soothing and enticing aroma. Roasted aromas are smooth and sweet.

T - Plenty of sweetness from the lactose sugar, but far from cloying thanks to suble hop bitterness and hints of coffee. Overall a very well-balanced and flavorful stout.

M - Full bodied with a creamy finish. This heavy beer is made very palatable by ample carbonation.

O - This was a real treat, and I'm very glad that I had a chance to try it. It's one of the best examples of the style that I've had.

Photo of dancingbearpub
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a dark tan head. Lacing clings to the glass as you drink it.

S: Chocolate, spicy hops, coffee, toast.

T: Starts smooth with decent balance but it leans a little toward the bitter side on the finish

M: SO creamy and mouth filling. Rich, decadent, very satisfying.

O: This is a good beer. Not a terribly complex stout.

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Elda M Milk Stout from No Label Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.