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Snowplow Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Snowplow Milk StoutSnowplow Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 10-14-2004)
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Reviews by DESTRO:
Photo of DESTRO
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

ok ive had this in a bottle a few times and i really enjoy it so i was pretty hyped to see it on tap at old buffalo wild wings for lunch. pours black yet has a deep red tint when held to light. big frothy head. smells a bit subdued (it was pretty cold) but the usual suspects were there. taste was like the bottle but a touch sweeter, roastier and creamier. so in a word...better. felt full yet not overwhelming, it really went dont great. if i didnt have to return to work i would have had a few more. it was the snacks.

DESTRO, Feb 01, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance – This one is super-dark brown in color with a moderate head that showed some good retention on the way down.

Smell – The big, burnt malt here is enormous. There’s a milky-sweet cream flavor that compliments the nice malts.

Taste – The notes from the smells make it straight to the taste. This one is almost like a Brown Ale in character and is especially refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium in the body with a good combination of flavors that provide a terrific sensation in the mouth.

Drinkability – Milk Stouts can be rough, but this one is an easy-drinker and avoids the common pitfalls of a lot of efforts at this style.

RoyalT, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Even after a vigorous pour, it had very little tan head that quickly dissipated to a small ring.

The aroma is lactic chocolate and a little tobacco.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with an offsetting tar-like bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting milk stout. It's a little on the sweet side but has some balance with the tar bitterness. It's different and I couldn't decide for sure whether or not I liked it.

Beaver13, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a deep black color, good long lasting head on it. Aroma was imparting sweet moreso than roast, a tinge of vanilla to it.

Taste, easy drinking, mildly sweet lactose aspect of this stout. Didn't pick up the vanilla like I did in the nose, but it had a little more roast this time, although very hidden and subdued all along. Can't pick up any hop bitterness, which is usually one of the things Widmer has going in almost every beer they make. Slick, mild carbonation enhances drinkability (this is a Bud product now right?).

As the beer warms, the mouthfeel is more and more lactose, which is fine by me, I think creme brulee is awesome, so this is no problem. A good beer for into to milk stouts, but can also be appreciated by the biggest baddest double stout barrel aged in bourbon and nuclear moonshine kind of guy too.

I think Widmer should bring this and Broken Halo back. Cool designs, cool beers.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer is nearly black but with flaring gem-red highlights. It develops a light brown head to about half a finger, where it retains itself well and manages mostly spotty lacing in slightly more than moderate amounts.
Cocoa is there alongside roast and, while it takes a moment, the creamy lactic note makes its way out. There's a slight minerality of a sort, or a metallic note, that sneaks out as it warms.
Chocolate and roasted grains are first on the tongue with cream quick to follow. The mild steeliness is there but works alongside the overall flavor. There's a bit of nuttiness and it gets sweeter, creamier and more like chocolate milk into the finish.
The body is medium-full with just enough carbonation for the style making it pretty creamy and plenty smooth from the beginning to the end of the first to very last sip.

Brenden, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
2.2/5  rDev -42%

I've now tried 3 bottles of this and am not sure what to compare it to, but whatever I'm not impressed.
Pours a deep mahogany with a small cream head that disappears completely rather quickly.
Aroma is primarily sweet sweet malts...a little toast.
Mouthfeel is only slightly buttery...mostly weak, thin and with little carbonation.
Taste is sweet raisen...a little citrus (very little), slight hop bitters, but mostly very sweet malts with a cloying sweetness I find unpleasant.
Aftertaste of sweet malts, raisens, and milk (a little sour or just starting to turn). Slight warmth going down.
I don't think I'll finish the 6'er....the sweet cream settles poorly in my stomach. I don't want to give it a 1 for drinkability, but can't honestly go over 1.5

IntriqKen, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Had on-tap at Bobby Q's in Phoenix, AZ. Pours a dark black with a nice tan head. Faint aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste much like the smell is good but just too faint. Overall, this is just an average stout that does not stand out in anyway.

cjgator3, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of descartes
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from 33cl bottle.

Appearance: Dark black with a quater inch tan head which quickly dissipated,
Smell: Toasted grain with a slight hint of coffee.
Taste: Very smooth, with sweet grain flavor in the middle and hints of coffee. A bit syrupy. Overall a nice sweet smooth beer but nothing mindboggling.

descartes, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Date code of 7 Oct 07, I'm guessing bottling date.

Pours an effervescent purple-back-tinged mahogany with 4+ fingers of mocha/brown colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight chocolate notes that grow as this warms, plus iron

T: Chocolate & iron up front. Lactose notes & roasted grain show as this warms. Finishes a little dry with a hint of vanilla, great chocolate milk finish with a whisper of hop bitterness & boozey warmth

MF: Very smooth with low carbonation

Drinks pretty dang easy, this seems much better than the last time I had it. I still like lefthand's milkstout a little bit better

russpowell, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark brown, with little carbonation. The tan head is small, 1 finger and I had to work for it, as such no lace is present.

The smell is good but faint, kind of roasty. Thats good, Also a milky aroma about it.

The taste is good, I do like this brew. The roast toasty malt is nice.

The mouthfeel is a little off. The body could be a bit fuller and the carbonation is quite weak.

The drinkability is not bad the nice taste goes along way. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours out a dark, rubied brown that wants badly to be black. Nice frothy and creamy head sits atop and leaves some thick lacing. Smells really faint of chocolate, toasty malts, a little medicinal-ness, and some earthiness. Taste is just fine to start: with mild licorice, molasses, and roasty malts. It finishes dry and with a hint of a medicinal quality that's a bit off-putting. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but very smooth. This is decent all-around, but the medicinal effect in the finish kind of knocks the drinkability down.

goochpunch, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a dark brownish black with a short lived, tan head. No lacing.
Aroma is sweet, malty, roasty, a little chocolaty.
Flavor was balanced. A little sweet milk chocolate, a little bitter burnt coffee. lactose evident in the finish.
Decent brew. I might pick up again.

Padron4KM, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

From a brewfest 12 pack.

Very dark color with minimal head. Some lacing evident. Big bold flavor with malty sweetness.
Nicely hopped with slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel was very nice. As others have mentioned suggests chocolate and coffee.
Not something I would want every day due to very sweet and rich taste. Nice seasonal though.

Spikester, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours with a half inch of dark tan head that fades to just a skim in a minute. Body comes off thin but still black as can be. Nose has some toasty smokey malt tones which are soft but remind me greatly of liquid smoke. The taste holds pertty true as the first sip brings some smokey, meaty, malt tones. Malty richness shines and does show some nice even sweetness as the palate develops. This stout really drinks like a smoked porter and is a very filling stout. I would guess the alchol around 5% as it is nowhere in the taste. Mouthfeel is sweet and smokey and a bit sticky. Decently drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of charlesw
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Stout? Get out of here! Where's the chocolate or coffee hiding? Looks like a stout (dark with a short, thick, creamy head). Smells like a stout (very faintly of not much at all). Tastes/fee;s thick and sweet - with a huge bit of sweet caramel in there. Hops? What are hops?

charlesw, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled date into a pint glass. The color was black with mahogany edges when up to a light. It had a small tan head that quickly faded to nothing. The aroma was sweet malt with just a hint of roasted and coffee. The taste was pretty good but lacking a little compared to other milks. Mouthfeel was creamy. It's a good beer and worth a try. I could see a 6ixer of this every winter to be rotated with the other milks I enjoy (Winter seasonal)

TexIndy, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of suncrust
4/5  rDev +5.5%

suncrust, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of waldowin
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a thick roasty black, with a dark tan head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing or ring. No light gets through this.

Smells of milk (not surprisingly), and dark malts. Not much there, pretty faint.

Tastes pretty damn good for a Widmer brew (wasn't a big fan of some of their other offerings). A little smoke and dark fruits, with some lactose throughout. Slightly tart finish. Overall a very simple brew, but definitely tasty.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as big as I'd like, but it's certainly not a thin beer. A little thicker than you'd get from a macro, say.

Simple flavor, not very harsh, pleasant to taste, and very smooth. I could knock these back all night!

waldowin, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for around $1.40 ... poured into my trusty red wine glass.

Black with no light escaping (sort of suprising) ... tan head that dissipates very quickly.

Aroma is roasted grains and weak cold coffee. Syrupy malt sweetness is there but not overdone... nice very nice.

Standard and perfect stout taste out of the gate ... chocolate and roasted grain and coffee .... grain bitterness overpowers any noticeable hop flavors... in the middle a little yeast fruitiness ... smoooth palate and carbonation.... silky ... a nice sweetness that pulls everything together... finishes with a slight acidic touch. This is my idea of what a good milk stout is.

I will end this review by saying I've always liked this brew.... so does my cat... Shiva loves yogurt, ice cream, and SnowPlow. I look forward to this brew every year and ultimately end up only having it 3-4 times per season; I need to rethink my winter priorites.

JohnGalt1, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of hawkseven
4.7/5  rDev +24%

A- Black with a 2 inch tan head nice lacing.

S- Light roasted malt, a mild coffee note,

T- malty with hints of coffee and cream. A hint of chocolate

M-very smooth,silky and full

D- I look forward to this brew every year since moving to the PNW, I think its a great session beer and have not been disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

hawkseven, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +9%

I'm glad to see Snowplow is still being bottled in bombers... As much as I'm enjoying Brrr, the thought of a winter without snowplow is tragic.

a. pours a thick near-black mahogany color with some golden and ruby notes around the edges. Light barely makes it through. A rich red-mocha head grows beautifully to a finger-and-a-half before deflating leaving a heavy ring and some lacing dancing across the top. Beautiful creamy lacing is left all the way down the glass.

s. rich roasted malt, cream, vanilla pudding, coffee and burnt toast. On the whole, a fairly strong roasty and sweet aroma.

t. sweet malt, roasty and full. Hints of cream and vanilla come through in the taste. A bit of milk chocolate comes through, and hints of nutty malt round it out. Hop presence is negligible, as is any trace of bitterness. Nothing overwhelmingly complex, but solid.

m. Creamy and full, especially given the relatively low abv. Carbonation is full and well-suited. A hint of slick sweetness is there, but isn't offputting given the flavor.

d. mmm. I could drink this again and again (and have in the past). While full and fairly heavy, it's fairly sessionable for a stout. It's a solid example of a milk stout (even if not overwhelmingly complex) and definitely worth giving it a shot.

djeucalyptus, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Black with slight translucency around the edges. An aggressive pour yields a fairly small head, which quickly disappears.

Smell: Milk chocolate and tons of lactose are about all I can pick up from this. It's fairly pleasant, though.

Taste: Milk chocolate again. Actually, more like chocolate milk. This is intensely creamy stuff - they must have used a ton of lactose. It's actually pretty damn good, though. I can understand why some people might be put off by the flavor, because it's not subtle; it pretty much beats you over the head with its milk flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with fairly minimal carbonation. It's not still by any means, but it's not very effervescent either.

Notes: This is really pretty tasty. It's over-the-top on the lactose, but I don't mind, it's kind of a novelty.

largadeer, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

The beer after its removal from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in my glass a pitch-black color with a moderate sized creamy tan head and after its decomposition, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Nose has a pleasant toasted grain aroma, sweet malt and a nice sniffing brew, start is sweet with a nice malt presence, the top is medium to almost full in feel. Finish has a nice acidity and the hops gentle on the taste buds, dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, when you are not into a Guinness.

Gusler, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of uabigdaz
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Saw this at a corner store, picked it up as I think Widmer Bro's Hefe is decent.

Pours a dark color, black. Think the color of Guinness (I promise that will be the only way I compare this to Guinness). Smells slightly like Chocolate, slightly malty, with absolutely no hops.

Smooth taste. Very rich tasting beer, slightly bitter. The aftertaste leaves a bad feel for me reguarding this beer.

Thin mouthfeel for what I expected by looking at this beer, but then again, think Guinness (okay, now that's the last one), but this is decidedly thicker.

Very little head, even after I noticed I wasn't getting any and changed my pour, still, nothing. I don't know what the ABV is on this, but it does have a slightly "warming" effect rather quickly.

Worth a try, but I won't be buying more until it goes on sale for half price when it warms up and they have to get rid of it.

uabigdaz, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of nathanho
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance: Black espresso to the eye; ruby tones shine through; mysterious carbonation; head requires effort; monolithic


Smell: Clean, malty smoke; citrus tang


Taste: Watery campfire; a campfire that burned fruitwood and cooked simple food


Mouthfeel: Acidic; too much carbonation; overwhelming


Drinkability: Decent, but not compelling

nathanho, Nov 12, 2005
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Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.