Portsmouth Milk Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Milk StoutPortsmouth Milk Stout

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 25
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 02-15-2006

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.
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Reviews by Hawthorne:
Photo of Hawthorne
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm too easy on this brewery, but the folks at Portsmouth Brewery make an amazing stout.
This looks as good as it tastes which is to say - amazing!
a straightforward milk stout, this beer is exceptionally drinkable, perfectly balanced and demands that you come back for more. Nice work guys!

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes, it's made with milk. No, it's not light. It is a very dark brown, with a thick white head that remains. Lacing is very impressive. It has a toasty/grainy odor, and a sweet grainy taste. Very smooth and mild, not at all aggressive. A drinkable beer for those who want a stout without the heaviness.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark black/brown with light ruby hints. Nose is sweet an malty and coffee. Quite nice.

Taste is malty, but dry and quite toasty with a light finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with light carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Tim – thanks!

Pours black with a tan head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and lactic sweetness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately roasted malts up front are quickly smoothed by the addition of semi-sweet chocolate and lighter sugars. The sweetness subsides near the end of the sip, ending with a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, a well done example of the style. I wouldn’t mind having this again in the cooler months, certainly worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks beachbum1975 for sharing this beer.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours nearly pitch black. Short head, little retention and decent lacing.

S: Big cream and vanilla icing aroma. Very sweet, tons of lactose.

T/M: More of the big cream and vanilla icing. Tons of milk and lactose. Big time sweetness, a bit too much. A bit of milky chocolate but struggles. Lactose is very sharp. Medium body with good smoothness.

D: Easily drinkable. Not too bad.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bought at the brewpub. Into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. Finger width of tan, creamy head that peters down into a silky covering that retains well and leaves some good lacing. Aroma posesses deep notes chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and just overall sweetness.

Taste matches the aroma almost perfectly with milky sweetness the whole way through and notes of rich chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee bitterness mixed in. Mouthfeel is a light medium and imparts a creamy and sleek feel. Pretty similar to a mouthfull of milk.

Nice. An all around good Milk Stout with easy drinkibility from Portsmouth. I'm glad I got this bomber to go, as I skipped it on draft at the brewpub.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one in a fantastic trade with CooperEllis... John hooks it up!! Shared this bottle with the usual supects a few weeks back.

Pours with a dark tan head.. short lasting with a nice cap above the expected black brew.

Nose is pretty mild up front... the malts show as lite French Roast and a bit of lesser milk chocolate... hoppiness is low, but still discernible and relevant... good with warmth.

Flavor is about spot-on for style.. a bit of sweetness brings the dark malts to the front.. the roastiness is mild and has a nice cocoa and a slight coffee presence... nice sweetness on the finish helps tie things together.

lite/medium body and still digging it.. a few pours later are still damn good.


Thanks again John.. We need to do this again soon ;-)

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

a classic light stout i was thrilled to be able to try this one tonight.

A very, very nice pour here. Pitch dark, with a really nice three inches of head on the top of the glass, which all settled down very nicely with some of the best side glass lace I have seen in a very long time, very rich and full and just very nice looking.

The aroma was decent. Rich roasted malts, hints of sweetness rolled in throughout the profile here with a very nice overall presentation to it. Some notes of chocolate as it warms up as well. The flavor was more of the same. Rich roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a light bitter dryness to it, but it lacked the punch of a really good tout, not much complexity here at all. The feel was nice, full bodied with good carbonation kept it alive, and light enough to be thrown down fairly easily, in fact, rather nicel.

Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The color was a completely opaque black with a 1 finger foamy chocolaty head. The head lessened to milky white lacings around the glass. Smell reminded me of a bottled frappachino. It had prominent milky smells. Taste was similar to coffee milk but had a bit of bitterness towards the end. Felt very good in the mouth, almost identical to how milk feels. Very easy to drink, wishing I had more.

Photo of Kaiser81
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra by 6daysbottomocean

22 oz bomber poured into my snifter glass

A - Super dark brown with very minimal head. Nice lacing left on my glass.

S - Sweet smelling. Condensed milk, maybe, along with mlik chocolate, butter, toffee, maybe buttered popcorn. I'd be concerned with diacytel on this, but it's a milk stout...so I think it's correct. We'll see what happens in the taste.

T - Taste is of condensed milk, butter, toffee, and milk chocolate. There's some minimal roast from the malt, but not a whole lot. The milk qualities definitely dominate. it's kind of almost too sweet for a stout.

M - Fairly medium body with minimal carbonation. A sweet finish left after each sip.

D - It's good. I kind of wish I had a few others to split this with though.

Photo of TakeTheMonyNrun
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, almost black color - little to no head

S - A very malty scent, some alcohol

T - Delicious taste, sweet malts and slight milky flavor

M - Very creamy, slight carbonation

D - Goes down very smooth, about ready to hit the second half of the 20 or so oz. bottle.

Overall a great beer, though not the best I've had from the Portsmouth Brewery, this one definitely doesn't disappoint.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours brown in color with some noticeable ruby highlights. Just a little bit of short lived froth forming on the pour.
Smell is a bit of vanilla and a bit of cocoa. Taste reaffirms the smell. Not as much dominant, stale lactic flavors as most milk stouts, which turn me off the style. This is one of the better milk stouts that I've had. Incredibly smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel this one begs to be drank. Nice clean, good beer.

Photo of Casey10
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful milk stout exspecially on tap. It is a dark mocha color. It has flavors of light chocolate in the background. While I didn't get a lot of notes on this I just wanted to make sure that I updated what a nice refreshing easy drinking stout this is and would definately have again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Milk is for babies, Arnold drinks bier!" - Arnold Schwarzenagger

Opaque black with a soft, cocoa colored, pillowy head. Smells great: dark fruit and roast esspresso with sugary chocolate milk.

Chewy roast mocha with esspresso. Thin dark fruit swallow. Kinda like light roast iced coffee with that chocolate flavored creamer one finds at gas stations.

Mouthfeel became very oily towards the end. Blah.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, which was purchased at the brewpub on 6/25/07 and consumed on 7/7/07, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with almost no head and a very thin lace left on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate and dark roasted malts.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy as you would expect from the style, with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee. There’s very little hops presence but such is normal from a Milk Stout. The after-tasty has a dry dark chocolate bitter-sweet flavor.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, very light carbonation, dry and sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this one might appeal to Guinness fans and I’m going to hope that such was the target when this beer was brewed. Since I really enjoyed the other 5 beers I’ve had from Portsmouth Brewery, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, as much as I can appreciate the craftsmanship of the beer, I didn’t really like it very much.

Photo of sethmeister
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap (nitro) at Portsmouth Brewery 10.12.08.

Fully opaque black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Lace panels decorate the glass head to toe. Gorgeous!

Scent is a faint coffee and chocolate. After a while some roasty notes appear.

Taste is sweet dark chocolate and molasses. Espresso. Sweet lingering finish. Hop bitterness is minimal; slight floral / citric hop note at the end.

Mouth is a soft creamy medium-full. Mouth coating and creamy.

Drinkability is excellent.

This creamy, sweet milk stout is absolutely delicious.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap before KTG 2010.

Pours a moderate to deep brown color with a bit of an off white head. The nose is some slight roast as well as a bit of chocolate and coffee. The taste is nice with a bit of milk sugar and light chocolate and coffee. Moderate feel with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and has a really nice feel from the lactose.

Photo of womencantsail
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michelle for sending this one my way a month or so back. Finally got around to cracking it open.

A: A solid dark brown color with some reddish highlights when the glass is held up to the light. Just a thin ring of tan foam on this one.

S: A nice mix of roast, coffee, and a mild sweetness. Not exactly "creamy", but a bit of that sweet lactose aroma.

T: This one leans a bit towards the dark, slightly bitter, chocolate flavors with less emphasis on the roast and coffee. A mild sweetness comes through on the middle of the tongue and finishes with a faint bitterness.

M: A touch thin in terms of the body with a watery feel at times. The carbonation is spot on and helps give this one a creamy feel.

D: A really nice little milk stout here. I am pleased to have tried this one and would definitely do so again.

Photo of william5586
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured dark black with hints of deep ruby at the edges. Minimal tan head that left some lace.

S- Sweet smell backed by roasted malts and hit of coffee.

T- Sweet milk like start that lingered. Lots of roasted malts and a little touch of bitterness to balance the sweetness.

M- Creamy and smooth with a medium body. Outstanding feel.

I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors were rich, but balanced and the feel was great.

Photo of davey101
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a single finger of foam. Light lacing and a nice thin layer of lacing left on top.

S: Roasted grains, dark chocolate, some coffee, and a huge hint of sweetness.

T: Lots of milky sweetness, with a nice blend of coffee and chocolate. Roasted grains are solid throughout. Very well-balanced.

M: Smooth and silky, with decent carbonation.

D: This is a solid milk stout, and another fine brew from Portsmouth. Worth drinking if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of fvernon
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

It's a little under-carbonated, even for the style, and also a bit muted in the nose and initial taste, but the majority of the sip is rather nice with a good finish. Definitely an enjoyable, easy-to-drink stout.

Photo of mgbickel
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bottle with my wife; poured ½ of the bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour yielded a small, thin layer of tan foam. The head had little retention and poor lacing qualities. The body is dark brown, borderline black with amber edges.

The nose is mostly roasted malts and coffee with some weak chocolate characters in the background.

Wow...the taste blows the nose away!! You are hit with a heavy cream flavor that gets sweeter toward the center and fades by the finish. The roasted coffee and malt flavors take over and bring the drink to a bitter closing. The aftertaste finds the cream flavor again...sweet and chewy!

Medium mouth feel, watery creaminess with very mild carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer that I would love to keep in stock. If you ever get a chance to have one...I would highly recommend!

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark black with ruby/amber highlights with light shining through. It has a creamy tan head that leaves lots of residual lacing.

S. Lots of dark malt with some coffee and a hint of caramel.

T. Coffee with some milky creaminess and a light roasty bitterness on swallow.

M. Creamy and very smooth with a med body.

D. Looks and tastes wonderful. Smooth and creamy as a milk stout ought to be.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz capped bomber from the Portsmouth Brewery shop - courtesy of a recent trade from BanditBrewingCo - thanks, Alan!!! "MILK STOUT" was hand written on the label, guess they don't have their normal stamp for this one ;)

This monster poured a deep, dark brown with the smallest flecks of amber at time. Not much head to talk about, as it didn't want to stay long. It smelled of smoky, chocolate and milk creamer or sweet lactose. Rich and flavorful there. Taste was much the same as the nose, only magnified... Whipped cream with rich, milk chocolate and coffee. I also picked up small hints of vanilla and an almost burn malt from time to time. The alcohol was hidden masterfully well in this one. Medium to heavy mouthfeel with full flavor for a milk stout. Recommended.

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Portsmouth Milk Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
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