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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 131
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)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
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. (628 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 Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (510 characters)

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