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Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 131
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of boisebeerfan
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first milk stout I ever tried was Founder's Milk Stout on Nitro in a relatively high-end beer bar in NYC. This offering from Widmer is absolutely not remotely the same kind of beer.

The coloring is right, it is a dark rich brown. However that is about where the similarities end.

There are an awful lot of fresh hops in this beer, it is much like a cascadian dark ale. This increases the bitterness and the overal floral-ness of the taste and aroma. Instead of caramel, toffee or brown sugar, I just got hops and a slightly acrid burnt aroma.

The taste was by far not what I was expecting. Thin body, high alpha acid, and a notable absence of creamy smoothness. After reading reviews on here, I wonder if maybe there was a packaging error and I got a bottle of the 2012 Jubelale instead of a Milk Stout. It was so far from the Founder's Milk Stout that I had truly enjoyed in NYC that I gave this bottle to an IPA-loving housemate to finish. He agreed that whatever we had in this bottle was not a creamy milk stout.

TL;DR: This bottle was more of a jubelale or a cascadian dark than a milk stout. High floral hops and thin body. (1,139 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Milk Stout pours a black tan lacing head that just wont quit. There is an aroma that is similar to a sweaty tennis shoe. The taste however is creamy has a strong lactose and sweet flavors, with big hints of black licorice. Creamy and full bodies, nice carbonation. Overall if you can get past the horrible aroma, its a nice tasting and rather sweet stout. (355 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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 (857 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Roasted barley, tangy lactose, licorice. Some caramel, molasses, and maybe a note of coffee.

3.0 T: I'm not too crazy about the taste. It's a little too roasty or perhaps not sweet enough. The roast clashes with the lactose. It's not bad, just not what I want in the style. Roast, lactose, molasses, caramel. Less licorice than in the nose, but still some. Not much coffee either.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little creamy, but I want more. Roasty aftertaste.

3.0 D: Again, it's okay, just not attuned to my preferences. (709 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

..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.. (435 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of 12stepCornelius
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So this is my first milk stout ever. I've had a couple of regular stouts from other brewers but I do believe this is my first WB's brew. Anyway it's getting cold out so I picked this out along with 5 other winter-styled beers from my local grocery stores as a sixer mixer. I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a Beatles pint glass and am drinking it as I type

A- Man is this dark. Shined a light through it which didn't make it out of the other end. A tad bit of ruby red inks out from the bottom but that's it. Head is thick and sudsy with a milk chocolate brown appearance.

S- I get typical stout smells. A bit of chocolate, a bit of roastiness and a bit of coffee. Faint hops begin to appear as the stout warms.

T- Fairly similar to the other stouts I've had. A bit sweet but more like bittersweet chocolate with a drop or two of coffee and some malts. Hops begin to appear as in the smells as the beverage warms. But a
fairly satisfying taste nonetheless.

MouFeel- Creamy, heavy and smooth. Pretty much like it says. There's a bit of a tickle and sharpness from the carbonation but style of the brew smooths it out leaving a silky-film sort of feel on the roof of the mouth and tongue.

O- A pretty damn good stout for my 21 year old palette. The taste is decent and the beer is slightly filling which is good for colder weather and the 7.6 abv ain't bad for warming up either! I may have to pick another one of these up along with a Sierra Nevada stout next time I decide to mix my own sixer again. (1,513 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm reviewing this in late June, when I normally might not drink a beer of this style, but it's wet and cold right now in good ol' Butte, America, and supposed to get below freezing tonight (elevation roughly 5,700').

Poured from a bomber into a Shaker. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of pale brown foam, which clings to the glass pretty well. The beer is a very dark brown, almost black, and appears almost completely opaque, even when viewed against a lit background.

I detect an aroma only when first sniffing- my nose becomes accustomed to the scent and I must afterwards rely on mouth-nose-burp aroma. Nevertheless, an initial whiff led me to detect something dark, fruity and a touch medicinal. I'm picking up some earthy hops in the full taste, with a nice lingering roasted malt bitterness and slightly tangy hops. I also get accents of black licorice(or maybe anise?), along with dark fruit, along with flavors reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweet and sourness from the lactose is detectable but not overbearing by any means. A gradual alcoholic warming becomes apparent about 1/3 down the pint. The mouth feel is fairly full, but actually maybe on the light side for a stout.

I haven't sampled a tremendous number of stouts, but it's becoming one of my favorite styles. I think this one is pretty good, though perhaps not as much to my liking as others obtainable at about the same price. (1,426 characters)

Photo of ChrisH1024
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of HappyPappy2X
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Body - Opaque black.
Head - Medium height, Dark tan, low retention.

S: Bittersweet cream,

T: Upfront bitterness, Middle creamy, lingering cocoa aftertaste

M: High carbonation on tongue, lingering creaminess in afterfeel. (The lactose?)

O: A decent Cascadian Stout. Lactose is subtle if present. Light mouthfeel for stout. (332 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing on the glass. It is pitch black with no clarity or visions of carbonation too.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, creamy vanilla lactose sweetness, some bready notes.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness and ashy smoke. Beer kind of reminds me of a porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little watery on the palate, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad milk stout, but I would go with others first. (594 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a thick foam ring around the rim. Nice beer ring lacing.

S: Dark roasted espresso, dark unsweetened chocolate, and a slight floral component.... maybe lavender. A little licorice, and liquor.

T: Dark roasted espresso is prominent. Random nut and wood components.

M: Very earthy character. Slightly dry, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, decent head, and some fair lacing. Nose is charred espresso with some chocolate and a floral character. Flavor is charred coffee malt, with some general nutty and woody components. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (723 characters)

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. (636 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 4 pack from Total Wine in early January for $7.99. Bottled on 9-11-12.

Beer poured black with a smallish tan head that did not last long.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste is mocha and cocoa with some hints of mocha. Malts are roasted. It is a bit sweet but there is enough hops to tame the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of smooth.

Overall this is a likable and drinkable beer, glad i took the opportunity to try. (462 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (1,260 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of coldriver
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of freed
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (778 characters)

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Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.