Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZAP:
3.38/5 rDev -10.6%
..a creamy texture,but lactose sweetness is not in the feature role and instead it leans more toward a burnt malt/hop bitterness....I was expecting ABV of less than 5% and I see it is 7.6% so more of a imperial Milk Stout I guess.
Body is big enough to call it that...hefty...nice head...some coffee on the aroma and taste as well....
Nice beer...nothing more....worth drinking....wouldn't seek it out...one 4 pack is enough for me..
01-15-2013 05:25:43 | More by ZAP
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
10-29-2013 08:01:43 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-26-2012 03:32:16 | More by Jason
3.59/5 rDev -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.
02-02-2013 03:53:13 | More by augustgarage
3.89/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
05-20-2013 16:31:20 | More by secondtooth
3.81/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-17-2013 05:53:26 | More by ElGordo
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-01-2012 23:44:12 | More by ChrisH1024
4.3/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
06-18-2013 02:42:20 | More by RickS95
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
12-22-2012 00:08:44 | More by Fatehunter
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
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....
12-27-2012 04:04:56 | More by russpowell
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
11-01-2012 23:45:38 | More by Infamous7100
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
(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;
Poured into a pint glass.
09-01-2013 19:13:45 | More by TruePerception
3.05/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
11-24-2012 04:12:09 | More by JohnGalt1
Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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