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Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-21-2003)
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Reviews by TruePerception:
Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Widmer Brothers Series 924 Milk Stout: 7.6% ABV, a finger and a half of buckwheat colored head;

Appearance: solid black, faint hint of brown at the bottom, head fades to a slim line, fine-bubbled lacing;

Smell: Mexican hot chocolate;

Taste/Mouthfeel: very creamy, strong dark chocolate bitterness, slight leafiness;

Pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of sicilian
1/5  rDev -73.5%

sicilian, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a dark cocoa brown into the glass. A one-finger head of light coffee-brown foam dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass and small islands of bubbles and lace on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is almost completely black and solidly opaque, even at the surface edges.

S - Well-roasted malts, nibs of 80% dark chocolate, hints of powdered sugar. Roasting smells like a well-charred steak coming off of charcoals. Nose is relatively soft, but roast is always present.

T - Burnt toast, followed by bitter semi-sweet dark chocolate. Hints of anise peek thru. Bittering takes on the quality of wild floral hops in the finish. Echos of 50% milk chocolate linger after the finish, which is about the only place the quality of this being a milk stout really appears. No trace of the ABV.

M - Leans toward creamy, but with moderate carbonation that moves the beer across the tongue. Solid body, but not at all heavy. Nicely integrated components. Finish is relatively short, clean, and on the dry side.

O - If the goal of a milk stout is to smooth the rough edges off of a full-roast malt bill, then this recipe succeeds, but barely. It's a cup of medium-full roast coffee that needed two shots of cream, but only got one. Not a bad selection if you like a roasted style, but want just a bit of the edge taken off rather than sanded smooth.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: A shade away from pitch black, light brown head does well to stick to the glass

SMELL: Mild roastiness, creamy, burnt raisins, brown bread, toasty, chicory, carob

TASTE: Smooth, malty, creamy, soft roasted graininess, medium bodied, light molasses, dark chocolate, milky sweetness, modest hopping, slight warming alcohol, semi-sweet roasty finish

Well done, love how Widmer's version of this style is a bit bigger / heftier. More than enough roasted grain character while staying balanced. Good drinking all around.

Jason, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +32.3%

wattoclone, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TKEbeerman, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Italian milk glass. Bottled October 12th, 2012 (Widmer doesn't use "best by" dates; so this beer is not "retired" at present).

Opaque seal brown liquid with a glimmer of chocolate toward the bottom of the glass. A small but lasting layer of light tan cream floats up top, leaving a rim of even pasty lacing with every sip.

Mild toasty malt and cocoa in the nose - a hint of caramel and darker roast notes as well. Rather vague.

Pungent palate entry with a wave of dark roast malt, distinctive yeast notes that transport me immediately back to a misty Autumn day in Portland, and a lingering sweetened sour-cream note. Mild bitterness cuts through the sugar, leading into the earthy malty finish.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, with a spritzy sensation at times.

Not a style you encounter often (or often enough) on the West Coast - Widmer's interpretation, a bit hoppier than usual with a distinctive NW-style maltiness (that almost brings to mind Deschutes' Obsidian Stout at times) is a pleasant surprise, though not as good as the best examples of the style. The $8 4-pack makes this a one-time buy for me though.

augustgarage, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black, with a large head of tan foam. Beautiful, exquisite lace.

Nose is smooth cocoa and milk chocolate.

Taste falls right in line. Rich chocolate, some roasty coffee, and a warming, charry finish.

Overall, this milk stout isn't as smooth as some (Left Hand comes to mind), but it drinks well enough, and, with the warm finish and 7.6% ABV, comes close to an Imperial Stout. Liked, but wouldn't pick up more.

secondtooth, May 20, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter. Body is a rich dark black with a flourish of deep tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt with some underlying notes of lactose sweetness, vanilla, and toasted coconut.
Palate is big on dark roasted malt, light lactose sweetness, and a touch of mild fruity hops. Hints of toasted coconut, vanilla, and malted milk come through before the roasty finish. A considerable amount of alcohol heat lingers as well.
Body is thick and creamy, nice and luscious, just like a milk stout should be. While a little stronger than most other examples of the style, this is a very tasty and interesting brew.

ElGordo, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ChrisH1024
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Growler to a pint glass, pours nice. Creamy head and good lacing while maintaining its black color. It smells of earthy hops with faint chocolate notes. The taste isn't as creamy as I'd like out of a milk stout but still maintains a good earthy hop flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is not what I expected from a milk stout but still holds true for the overall feel and smell of the beer. Overall, a decent beer I'd drink again but still leaves me wanting more creamy and full.

ChrisH1024, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's really a great looking beer with a very thick pour. The color is a 9 out of 10 on the black scale with only faint brown outlines showing when help to a light. The head is creamy and foamy, medium brown, retains well and leaves a sticky lace at the end of the day.

Dark roasted grainy scents arise from the head. A swirl or two releases chocolate and a 'sweet' smell.

The taste gives off charred flavors. A bit of chocolate and expresso mix with hops in the swallow.

It's very creamy and while there's sweetness, the beer has enough bitterness for a good balance. Slightly viscous, you can almost sink your teeth into it. Has a creamy, grainy feel, like an oatmeal stout. Bitterness is just to offset the sweet leaving you ready for another sip.

Overall, it's an easy sipper. It's got good flavor and a nice amount of alcohol that's well hidden. You will certainly want to nurse more than one of these.

RickS95, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Snooprobirob, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger and half of dark tan head. Black colored body.
Smell of roasted malt, milk chocolate and toast. Hits the mark.
Smooth taste with a good bite of bitterness. Roasted malt a heavy hitter. Great balance and flavor.
Smooth texture with low carbonation.
An excellent drink.

Fatehunter, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled(?) date of Sep 18 2012

Pours ebony with with a thumb+ of fluffed up mocha head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Roasty with slight herbal hop notes, cocoa as this warms

T: Roasty up front, a touch of baker's chocolate & a smidge of burnt grain bitterness, plus just a whisper of lactose. Some chocolate/comes through as this warms, then roastyness lingers at the edges along with mocha/coffee accents. Finishes roasty, semi-sweet & with nice mocha sweetness & a tinge of lactic sourness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy,

Drinks easy for the ABV, a nice take on the style that needs more exposure IMO. I don't highly reccomend a lot of stuff from Widmer, but this one I like....

russpowell, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black with a finger length head thats tan. Nice lacing.
S: notes of roasted malt, hops and chocolate. More earthy and floral than expected.
T: the roasted malts and chocolate notes are overshadowed by the earthy and bitter hops. Not bad, but not what I expect from a milk stout.
M: thin and slick, not as I expected. Low carbonation, not filling. A dry, bitter finish, expected of a west coast brewery.
O: doesn't quite fit the milk stout profile, but not a bad brew. West coast influence all over it, but good.

Infamous7100, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Bouder32
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Bouder32, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of kckme
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

kckme, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Crickbob
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Crickbob, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopmodium, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up tonight at the COOP for about $2.20 if memory serves... Poured into my thin tulip.. light brown head shows good retention and nice sheets of lace... the brew is black even for a stout...

Nose is okay.. the hops seem out of whack IMO.. decent malts, but I think they should be more unadulterated even in a "bigger" milk stout.

Again.. the hops are too heavy for a "milk stout" ... and the palate seems a bit flimsy for a higher ABV.. dark roast and a lighter coffee note ... the expected sweetness is light too.. seems thin flavored...

Body is about right.. carbonation is too.... a bit oily and slick.. Not getting any weird fusel notes, but the mouthfeel leads me to believe they are there and my feeble palate can't pick it up.

Having a hard time on this one.. I see the bones, but I also am clouded by how much I loved Snowplow.

4/3/3/3/3

JohnGalt1, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

GeneralDow, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of StroppyMare
3/5  rDev -20.6%

StroppyMare, Nov 13, 2012
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Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.