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Portsmouth Milk Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Milk StoutPortsmouth Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 23
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Medium-bodied and black in color, this unique stout is brewed with thirty pounds of lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar that imparts a very smooth, roasty character in this “sweet” stout.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 02-15-2006)
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Per tradition, the family, naproxen, and I hit up Portsmouth the day after Thanksgiving. This was my favorite on tap that day, so I had to take a bottle home.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute jet black with a quick one finger light brown head that falls to a thin layer of small bubbles. Some stick, but not a whole lot. Aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee beans, some sweet creamer...me likey. Taste is very similar. Lots of roasted malt and grains with some cane sugar and sweet lactose. Some cocoa powder with a bit of earthy hops towards the end. I wish the coffee smell was on the tongue as well, but unfortunately that's not the case. So silky smooth, just like Duke's victory against UConn that day. Light to medium body with a very subtle carbonation. Very solid milk stout for sure, probably one of the better ones I've had. Another successful post turkey day Portsmouth trip :)

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:15:08 | More by BeerTruth
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the modest cap leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and tart cherry

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with the tart cherry flavors taking over in the mid-palate; chocolate-covered tart cherries linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle has a few years of age and the lactose has become lactic; I understand that was not the original intent but I kind of like it

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22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Purchased from the brewery back in early June, 2012.

A - Dark black body, impressive three finger high light mocha head. Solid lacing and retention. Beer settles down to a thin cap with thick edging.

S - Milk chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, light vanilla and a touch of lactic sugar sweetness.

T - Sweet with notes of milk chocolate and vanilla. Finishes lightly bitter with roasty malts and some of that distinctive sweet stout twang. Mouth feel leaves a lot to be desired. Somewhat on the thin side.

O - Pretty average milk stout. Still damn tasty and highly drinkable.

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A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you! Poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with some lighter, almost cherry colored hues towards the edges of the glass. A thin veil of tan head develops, but dissipates to a ring and some swirling legs across the surface of the liquid. Small, scattered bubbles cling to the glass as lacing. The aroma is rather subdued, with not a whole lot jumping out. What is noticeable, however, is very inviting: light cane sugar, toasted marshmallow, hints of milk chocolate, caramel, and a bit of roasted malt. The flavor is similar, consisting of light cacao, sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of charred wood and dark cherries. Very well balanced and more complex than the nose had let on. Mouthfeel is very smooth for a stout, and feels a bit thinner-bodied as is par for the style. Finishes cleaner than expected, with only a slight marshmallow aftertaste. Overall, this is a well done, easy to drink milk stout that I really enjoyed.

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A part of a wonderful trade from dpowers - thanks! Bomber with no known date (although from the brewery's cooler, so probably not that old). Poured into my portsmouth brewery snifter.

Out of the bottle it is a black cherry red, but takes on close-to-black colors once in the glass. No head at first, then a building crescendo of beige bubbles rise up to provide a nice, albeit incredibly short-lived, tan head. Traces down to a ring around the sides of the class quickly. The smell is primarily of a chocolate malt ball, and taste is a bit thin at first but quickly translates into a chocolate malt shake with a surprising and satisfying hop bitterness at the end.

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A: Pours a deep dark brown. Not a lot of head. What's there is a light tan color. Lacing bits. Shocked to see ABV feet.

S: Soft milk chocolate and coffee. Smells really inviting. Not like some of the abrasive smells that you might get from a bigger stout (RIS or coffee forward ones).

T: Really a nice smooth little sip. A little soft coffee bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get smooth milk chocolate and some coffee on the middle of the mouth. Not a ton of bitterness on the close, it's pleasant. The carbonation is nice and helps the beer maintain an almost silky feel.

M: Full bodied. But not like and imperial with total mouth coat.

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Portsmouth Milk Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.