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Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-21-2003

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 133
Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Beer is very dark brown, impervious to light. Head is about 3/4", which dissipates to a wisp. Very fine lacing.

Aroma is chocolate malt, strong but not overpowering.

Taste is roasted chocolate malt with sweetness from the milk sugar.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, with the flavor remaining on the tongue.

Overall, an excellent beer. The label speaks of cascade hops, which could be a touch stronger, allowing more hops in the aroma. There is little room for improvement. I bought the last 4 pack at my local store, will have to locate more, it is supposed to be a very limited run.

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Photo of Johnlikeshefe
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A terrific stout. I drank it at just the right temperature and it poured wonderfully. It was a bottled beer with a low carbonation that is a must for a stout Or English Bitter.
Having lived in England and visited Ireland I appreciate the low carbonation of a cask drawn ale or stout. This beer lingers on the tongue nicely. Its a very nice winter stout and well worth a try. I like that it poured from the bottle like a cask. It's definitely a sipping beverage. It does have a bit of a kick with the ABV
Don't let it get too cold....and enjoy.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Widmer is known mainly for the infamous Hef and a variety of hoppy beers. They have been recently getting involved in the barrel aging process. Living in Portland, I get to try all sorts of their one offs but not the Milk Stout until tonight. I was told it was the Snow Plow but others said they tweeked it again. From the pour it comes out pretty dark and the nice mocha brown head tops it off. Its thick and sticky head laces the glass nice and much darker than I thought it would be. Zero light gets through the brew when held up to light. The smell is interesting. There is the roast that you would expect but there is a hint of citrus from the hops. Its there and its not the lactose. The fruity scent is subtle. No information was on the brewers website to indicate what hops were used. The taste does not let you down. I was quite pleased. The sweetness from the lactose, the roast from the malts and the hops mix well. There is a lingering tang from the hops that I like...makes me want more. I would say that when it comes to the darkness, the roast is not as profound as others. This really came out well yet the lactose or milk is not overbearing as well. Very balanced. The mouth feel is perfect. Not too carbonated and not under carbonated and with the thickness of the liquid its quite pleasant. Overall I say Widmer hit it out of the park. This is a solid Stout and I am not really a milk / sweet stout fan. I tend to like ones with chocolate or coffee. The hit all the marks for me and totally surprised me with the hops. Get it!!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is coal black with a oatmeal head that recedes to chunks of bubbles. Good lacing coats the glass.

Sweet lactose gives way to a hearty roasted, burnt charcoal malt body.

The taste starts out with a lactose and sugar note, before delving into richly burnt malts and bitter chocolates.

A nice dry finish.

Overall, a delicious stout. I think the high ABV goes fairly unnoticed.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head atop. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, lactose sweetness, some earthy hops, black licorice, and coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some lactose sweetness and black licorice. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some earthy hops and some more lactose. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, lactose, and earthy hops.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced milk stout with a good finish.

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Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at the Widmer GastHaus in Portland, OR.

Clear, almost black forming a thin brown head with poor retention and lacing. Aroma is intensely fruity and dark, with hints of almond and walnut. Taste recapitulates the same, with chocolate, vanilla, and a nicely balanced hop level. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly dry with a touch of grainy astringency. Not as slick a mouthfeel as I was expecting for a milk stout. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Overall, a nice brew, but the O'Casey's is superior.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split into pint glasses. Thanks Josh -

A: Prototypical dark brown/black body with red hues showing alongs the glasswear edges...mocha colored head retains and laces well.

S: There is an unsweetned cocoa note to this right off the bat, perfect for a milk stout. Roast and espresso, hints of smoke and char are burried. There is a slight lactose/caramel sweetness as it warms.

T: Follows the nose, nice hints of smoke and char woven throughout the flavor profile - trust me, its not distracting, just nice. Cocoa and roast malt, faint faint mocha...ground coffee, lactose sweetness. Hints of a bitterness, hops maybe or possibly the roasted malt component, complete the palate.

MF: Shines, nice creamy and velvety feel that lingers. Residual sugars lend themselves to a moderate body with spot-on carbonation. Slight touch of alcohol presence on the finish.

O: Impressed. Its good for what it is. Would love to see a beer like this brewed with coffee, chocolate or vanilla, or even oaked/barrel aged. A good base beer with nice flavors by itself.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a jet black with a medium tan head, which leaves a bunch of spotty lace.

S: Dark chocolate, some roast, a bit of sweet brown sugar.

T: Sweet black malt, lots of dark chocolate that's leaning towards the milk side. Noticable residual sugar. Some roast and charcoal on the back end.

M: Medium-full body, frothy carbonation, rich, easy drinking for this style for sure.

O: Milk stout is a rare style to show up in the Southland. Since we can't get Left Hand Milk Stout this would be a great replacement, one of the best Widmers I've ever had.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from a recent beer run to Philly. I know, I know, it is time to get moving on The CANQuest (TM) again and I promise you that it will happen soon.

From the bottle: "Series 924"; "Full Bodied and Silky Smooth"; "'It's okay to cry over spilt milk stout'".

My aggro pour resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was very chocolaty, not really sweet, but not bitter, either. It reminded me more of cocoa powder than anything else. Mouthfeel was full and silky smooth and the taste was mildly smoky to go along with the chocolate flavor. It was like drinking an ice cream parlor milkshake (as opposed to the watery stuff the fast food chains like to foist on us). Finish was semi-sweet which was a welcome change from the sweetness that usually comes with the style. I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of pkalix
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark (black) with a dark tan foam on top. a very nice looking beer.
smells like hops. was really hoping this would be a real milk stout. never saw a milk with bitterness in it....
tastes.... like an ipa.
mouthfeel- heavy, thick.
figures an american "milk stout" would be an hoppy, bitter brew.... i remember the bass cream stout (retired?) and how creamy it was, how milky it was, how bittersweet it was... bitter, yes! but not hoppy bitter. i've said this before, but americans use the hops in an almost abusing way. please explain to me why this has become the norm. it's drinkable. it's creamy. it's very decent. i just dont understand why it has to be so hoppy. i can drink several of these, and i appreciate the 7% abv.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market, Salem Oregon. $1.89 Black body with a quarter inch sized creamy tan head. Creamy milk aromas over burnt oat notes..with some treacle thrown in. Taste is very cream like..with nice dark fruitiness and molasses and slight pipe tobacco..very nice. Nice feel in the mouth its not as thick as anticipated but still holds together. Very nice tasty stout here.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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....

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking pretty good. it's got a nice black color with some highlights of red in it. The head was light brown and spotty. The retention lasted a little while but there wasn't any lacing. The smell of the beer is roasted, subtle molasses notes in there as well. The taste of the beer is chocolately, some rich toasted dark malt and caramel in there as well. The mouthfeel was drinkable, creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I thought this was a pretty good stout, I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I know I have sampled things from this distant brewer before, but I don't remember any being worthy of great effort to find again. We are 3/4 of a continent away by land. But this one travels well.

It has the usual look with a little less head than I would like - I had to pour the end straight down to get some fizz, which did not last long. The aroma is nice sweet strangely floral scent that works.

The taste is a nice sweetness that doesn't coddle the drinker. It has almost no harshness, and the initial taste is all creamy, but it just cuts a deep swath down the middle of the road. It's hard to explain. It seems balanced, but everything is pronounced.

This is a very good stout, and better than anything I remember having from this brewer. Well done, but over-priced.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage that got lost in the cellar.

Aroma is roast malt dominant, coffee-like, with a creamy lactose sweetness.

Flavor is similar. Big roast malt presence in the malt backbone, with a light sweetness that counters the bitter finish nicely. There's a hint of dark fruit/sherry beginning to emerge. This could age well for another couple years.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of freed
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is apparently a collaboration recipe with the local home brew club that has been popular enough that is going to be this year's winter seasonal. I think this is a good choice.

The body sits thickly - nearly black with a solid brown head of large bubbles. Its has a turbulent reaction each time you drink it that ensures it keeps atop.

Aroma must be hidden beneath the foam and remains quite mellow despite its rather distinct flavors.

The taste combines very nice levels of chocolate and coffee with a hint of smoke with a rather smooth body. Despite containing lactose, its not that sweet, and this is actually a good thing. The lactose just helps to make the beer even smoother, almost silky. Another anomaly though, the aftertaste is somewhat sweet despite the lack of sweetness in the beer, and the more evident coffee and smoke flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, black stout with a distinct sweetness. Quite lovely in the Stella glass with a full beige head on the very dark brew. Spritzy on the tongue, though not creamy. Well carbonated and the foam lasts well.

Grainy taste is rather pleasant. Not overly sweet, but definitely malty. Inevitable hints of chocolate and coffee. Bitterness of charred malt. More of a watery body than expected from the ABV, but it's an appealing mouthfeel that keeps the malt from being too thick. Some hops in the finish.

Overall, a highly drinkable dark beer in that middle ground of just enough alcohol to make it more substantial, but not the big boozy variety. From the 22 oz bottle bought for $4.99 at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego. Another perfectly decent beer from Widmer.

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Photo of coldriver
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with light tan fluffy head and great lacing. Smokey malt, molasses, and dark fruit aromas dominate. Taste is roasted and sweet malt, with smokey bitterness from the hops and muted cocoa. Flavor intensifies as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is bitter but creamy smooth, very drinkable. This isn't a knock your socks off stout, but it certainly is a solid effort - perhaps a little sweet to qualify as a sessionable stout, but a non-offensive beer nontheless. And at $3.99 a bomber here in Texas it's easily worth the price.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Black as ink, no light getting through at all. Very decent cocoa colored head that rises to a pillowy 2 plus fingers and then slowly works down after a matter of minutes to a thin lacing. Good stickage on the side of the glass.

Lots of chocolate from this beer's aroma. Nougat, dates, baker's chocolate, and cherry cordial all mix in the bouquet. Pretty solid aroma, and it promises something delicious.

Strong beer. It strikes me as a bit over the top for the Milk Stout category. Less chocolaty in the taste, with a more bitter flavor than I was expecting. Lactose is there, and not overdone. The alcohol, while controlled, is present and I think that throws this off for me. Shouldn't be there for a Milk Stout. Nice notes of nougat and slight nuttiness, but again, too big here.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, lighter bodied, and makes me feel like this beer drinks lighter than it really is. Good, but not much residual sweetness here, which is something that I look for in small quantities in Milk Stouts.

I like this beer. Great aroma, good "imperial" version of the style, but not my favorite out there. Milk Stouts are generally lower in ABV and should have a sweeter finish to them. Good beer though and worth drinking if you find it!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.