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Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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85
very good

129 Ratings
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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Texasfan549, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 01, 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 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
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

mactrail, Nov 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 16, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

woodychandler, Dec 11, 2012
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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

vfgccp, Jan 05, 2014
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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
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Reidrover, Dec 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

harrymel, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

ngeunit1, Nov 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DarthKostrizer, May 30, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Mitchster, Jun 21, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

shelby415, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

arizcards, Jan 19, 2013
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Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.