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Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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85
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 12
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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1/5  rDev -73.5%

sicilian, Oct 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

kckme, Nov 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

olbubba, Oct 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

neckbeered, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of boisebeerfan
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

boisebeerfan, Nov 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

StroppyMare, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

litheum94, Feb 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Balvenie, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

fishguyac, Nov 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

tlang803, Apr 13, 2013
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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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3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 11, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

vette2006c5r, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

harrymel, Mar 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

vfgccp, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Texasfan549, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

twincano, Jan 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

tastymug, Feb 04, 2013
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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
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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
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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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..

ZAP, Jan 15, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TKEbeerman, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DarthKostrizer, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bluckbeyes, May 10, 2013
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Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.