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Snowplow Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 10-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm pretty biased towards this beer as it has been my favorite and now like the unicorn will never be found again.

Aroma a nice sweet caramel tone with a hint of smoke in the background.

Pours a nice dark color and the head that is created resembles a beautiful milkshake. This beer taste so good it has such a depth of malt and the style of milk stout produces a richness that would make this beer an amazing desert. It has a slight smoke flavor in it but I believe it is not a smoked beer probably from the malt used.

Like I said before a beer that will be remembered.

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Photo of hawkseven
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After moving a couple of years ago I thought I had drank all of my stash, but I was cleaning out the garage fridge and found two! These were picked up the last year of release and only in ltd bombers. I was so excited I called up my best bud and we hooked up later that day to drink them and go back down memory lane.


The beer pours almost black with a creamy dark brownish head. There still seems to be carbonation left.


Well happily these seem to have survived, though they were in a cold place. I get a lot of cream, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. The memory of drinking this many years ago almost daily is awakened from the smell of this beer.


I'm hit with chocolate, cream, vanilla, and a bit of coffee notes. The sweetness isn't as strong as I remember but this beer has been sitting a while. The mouthfeel is creamy which is exactly as I remember. The flavors linger on the pallet and with every sip. I wait a bit as to savor it, because when this is gone unless a miracle happens I won't have this again.


Snowplow to this day is my number one milk stout. A close second would be left hand's nitro stout. Widmere does have a milk stout but it is IMO not even close to snowplow. When it was announced that snowplow would be retired I was deeply saddened, like my dog died or something. For years I eagerly awaited for the stores to get it in and I would get cases of it and then one year it was gone. It was nice to drink this guy one last time and it was almost as good as I remember it to be. The sweetness lowered, the flavors weren't as diverse but overall it was one darn fine brew.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout was at a point you could call it very dark brown to light black? Thick when poured with a little foam around the rim of the glass and no lace. The smell of roasted malts and coffee filled the nose. The taste was thick and creamy, with a lot of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a hint of fruit. So, malty with a chocolate and coffee, with a hint of fruit flavor and a thick creamy silky smooth finish. Not to tart and not overly sweet. Nice winter warmer to be held in my christmas and beyond stock!

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up dark black. Opaque. Thick off-white head falls to a thin creamy layer that sits atop the beer.

S - Very faint roasted malt, some malt sweetness. No hops detected

T - Starts sweet with a hint of roast malts, which fades to a light cream flavor in the finish. This is really good.

M - Thick and silky

D - This is an excellent stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this seasonal out-of-season (on 13th July 07), a 355ml bottle with NOV0306 on the neck (production date?).

This poured a murky black brew with a thin tan head with yeastie accumulations.
The smell to me was slightly liquorice and smoky.
Tasted slightly sweet coffee, dark chocolate, roast malts (possibly a blackcurrant tinge), but this was so so smooth!
Fantastic mouthfeel helping to make this a truly drinkable brew. An excellent milk stout.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this one!!

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby red in the base of the glass. A small tan ring dissipates after a short while, but the color seems to darken as the beer warms; mild carbonation present.

S - Sweet scents of chocolate and vanilla...complex aroma that is difficult to nail down, but it smells very promising.

T - White chocolate with some nuttiness...sweet flavors, no real malty presence. Cinnamon and a sweet spice I can only describe as powdered sugar. Not spicy like other winter selections I've had, but that makes it so much more enjoyable.

M - Medium body and very creamy...carbonation makes for a bubbly mouthfeel that works wonders with the creaminess. Flavors blend very well together right through the finish...wonderful.

D - Very enjoyable selection...probably the best milk stout I've had this year. Definitely recommend getting one if you have the means. Thanks again to JohnGalt1!

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of DESTRO
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Taste is sweet dark maltiness, with light bitterness to close. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, all you'd expect, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff.

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Photo of mentor
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife ordered this at, of all places, a chinese resturant. I was so tasty that I picked up a whole 6er when I saw it in the store. It's *very* rare that I buy other than single bottles and rare that I purchase a beer a second time. This bottle was dated Sep29 05. Pours a half finger brown head over a stark black liquid. No edges, even when held to light. Smells rich deep caramel/toffee. Dark roast. Milky coffee (is this called a laite?). Coffee-cake ice cream (if such a thing exists).

Tastes chocolate and toffee syrup smathered over coffee ice cream. Some grassy flat that could be either hops or roasted grains. Although wet tasting, it's dry on the tongue. Hint of cherry sourish, likely from black malt. Body is smooth, but not oatmeal silky. Thick syrup on the tongue mouthfeel. Very yummy here this winter evening, but a second one tonight might get to be too sweet.

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Photo of SargeC
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black with a lumpy tan head.

Smell: Rich roast malt, coffee, an undertone of sweetness.

Taste: Excellent combo of sweet and bitter provides a hearty and enjoyable mix.

Mouthfeel: Full body. The creaminess of this brew allows the flavors to linger and evolve.

Drinkability: Good stout. I am always a bit skeptical of a bottled stout, but this one delivered.

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Photo of tayner
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer was dark brown.. looked black until held to the light and then a slittle peeked through around the edges.

It smelled of roasted malt, although not strong aroma at all.

It had a roasted malt profile, very little hops to speak of. not a very complicated beer, but very smooth and creamy which i would expect from a milk stout.

sorta thin mouthfeel for a stout, but it was a milk stout and not an imperial...

This beer went down like black water for me. I think i could easily session this beverage over and over again. even though it was not a complicated, overly complex brew i enjoyed it. would make a good brew for someone just trying to get started into darker beers.

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Photo of alephilmac
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Average for a stout, dark, but very little head when it was poured into an imperial.
S: Not overly impressive, roasted malt, chocalate, (burnt milk?)
T: Superb, I really enjoyed the creamy, thick, almost chewable flavor of this stout
M: Chewy, thick, but very smooth
D: Definite reccomendation, heavy and probably wouldn't drink it if the temperature rose too much, but it's a great winter stout

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty milk stout.

Black, it has a small, dense light brown head that steadily dissipates to a foamy ring and wisps and leaves only a hint of lace.

The aroma is sweet, roasty, and caramelly with chocolate, toast, caramel, coffee.

The taste is sweet and silky, a bit oily. It is similar to the smell, with a thick, toasty-caramelized character with caramel, sweet dark chocolate, a little coffee. Compared to Mackeson's, it's a little more mellow, simple, and less pungent, but still very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of waldowin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with the normal Widmer W's on the bottle. The label has a rough stenciled look to it. Freshness date on the neck.

Appearance: Poured very dark brown with a thin tan colored head.

Smell: Aroma is sweet and chocolaty. Definitely has a creamy smell that I have come to associate with milk stouts.

Taste: Very smooth and drinkable. Taste is similar to the aroma - slightly sweet and some milk chocloate flavors.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable milk stout. It may not be the best example of the style out there, but it is certainly a solid one. I could definitely drink a lot of these.

Overall impression:

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Photo of descartes
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)

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Photo of rkhaze
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out opaque black with dark cola colors at the edges. Small but dense, creamy head. Decent lace.
Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, red fruit, a hint of coffee and a mildly tart nuance.
Taste is much more than the smell advertised. Rich roasted chocolaty malt, red fruit, a smidge of coffee and a creamy lactic tang in the finish. The mild tartness did a good job of balancing the sweetness but it still came across as a bit cloying.
A little light bodied but with a full, creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.
Great flavors and mouthfeel. The sweetness hurts the drinkability a bit but still the best Widmer product I've tasted.
Reminded me of a less intense Mackesons XXX. Good Milk Stout.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the cellar for the last couple of months or so. Milk stouts aren't really ageable due to the high lactose content (?) I guess, so I am finishing off a case of this now (over the next week or so).

Pours jet black with very nice foamy head. Head dissipates to lots of lacing.

Mild aroma of sweet malt.

Tastes of coffee and sweet malty flavor. Very nice.

Very thick just like a stout should be.

I could (and am) going to drink this late into the evening. Not really outstanding or anything, but a really nice session beer.

I really look forward to the Widmer Bros release of the Snowplow Stout every year. It is best drank fresh, for sure.

This bottle being in my cellar for a couple of months has lost some character.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hollingshead,

A: Dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan/brown head, with average retention.

S: Milk chocolate predominately, with some roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of smoke.

T: Very chocolately and sweet, you can feel the lactose flavor, quite rich for a milk stout, coffee and cappuccino also abound in this cornucopia of flavor.

M: Smooth, rich, quite robust actually, and very creamy.

D: An excellent, drinkable winter seasonal from Widmer, I was quite surprised that it would be this good, a definite buy this winter when it is more readily available. A big thanks to the guys down at Hollingshead for having this little gem available in July.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Utter darkness in the color, ruby edges, with a small cocoa ring as the head.
Aroma is roasty, yet creamy, sweet, notes of chocolate, cola, and sweet cream..nutty, and nice.
Taste: lovely, smooth, slightly roasted, nice bittersweet coffee notes, but altogether immaculately integrated... gorgeous blend of deep, dark flavor, and well-received drinkability. "Silky" indeed, smooth as it gets... a winter brew I could really get into, and down more than a handful.

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Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.