Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 131
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 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 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 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 JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.... (710 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 pkalix
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of Johnlikeshefe
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
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. (543 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 Reidrover
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (399 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 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 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 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 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 Vancoubeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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!! (1,546 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 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 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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (736 characters)

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