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Snowplow Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Snowplow Milk StoutSnowplow Milk Stout

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86
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
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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Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, quickly disappearing, creamy, brown head. The beer itself is a rich black color, and as I pour it I can see that it is quite clear. The aroma is of rich dark malts, with roasted coffee, espresso, and a hint of roasted grain husks being the dominant notes. The beer has a definite sweetness to it that belies the light bodiedness of this beer, which would be the lactose contribution, if this was a traditional milk stout. The sweetness is definitely the dominant characteristic, and it really mellows out the roast flavor notes that were evident in the nose.

There is a certain amount of astringency in the finish that is certainly attributed to the roast malts, there is also a noticeable chocolate note to this beer, that is perhaps enhanced a bit because of the sweetness. I also get a fruitiness in this beer that is reminiscent of dried plums, and raisins.

I should note that this is not an overly sweet beer, certainly not on par with the overbearing sweetness found in Lindeman's or New Glarus' fruit concoctions. It is quite a bit more mellow, but I must admit that I might subjectively enjoy this beer more if it were not as sweet, but then it would not be a milk stout now would it. As it is though, this could certainly use a bit more body to it. This is a decent drinking beer.

Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/09/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a born on date of Nov 3, 2004. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch head which quickly dissipated. Dark brown to black coloring with average lacing.

Smell- Traditional coffee scents and dark chocolate.

Taste- Mostly dark chocolate. On the lighter side of the taste spectrum. I guess that is the milk. Not much coffee flavor. Still a good taste.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation. but still goes down nicely.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Kinda like a Guiness with a bit more flavor and more carbonation. Worth a try.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color, nice carbonation, small creamy tan head. Nose is of roasteiness dash of hops, and chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet/malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee, nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Very milky and smooth on the mouthfeel. I like.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightproof black colored beer with a thin brown head.

The smell is sweet and really full of patent malt aroma. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma but that is about it.

The taste starts out sweet and full of chocolate. A bit more coffee as you drink it but this is very much a chocolate flavored ale. Very smooth and relaxing this is a good winter beer.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and almost milk like.

Super easy to drink is about all you have to know about this ale. I gave a glass of this to a normally not a beer drinking friend and I think I converted them with it. For several days they were still talking about how much they like this. If you see this try it and you will like it, this isn't one of those just OK beers it is quite good.

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Almost black faint mahogany highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, finish has a hint of burnt coffee. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to flexabull for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, small creamy tan head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet slightly roasted malts, hops, and chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet/malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee, nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice offering from Widmer Brothers, my first.

Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gusler
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is pitch black, with a creamy, 2-finger, dark tan head that quickly subsides to a thick collar with slight skim and thick lace.
The aroma is slight, roasted grain and a touch of chocolate and alcohol.
The taste is much more robust, lot of roasted malt and coffee, and also some chocolate and milk sugar. Quite nice, starting burnt, gaining in sweetness, and fading to a bitter finish that I think is more from the malt then hops, with a touch of alcohol, misleading for a pretty low ABV at 5.5%.
The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious, if you weren't sure what they mean by milk stout, this where it really shines. The body is not as heavy as it looks, but certainly not light.
The drinkability on this one is moderate. It's tasty and not very strong, but a bit rich to session.

Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce (355ml) impressive looking specially produced brown glass bottle. The bottle neck has 3 embossed Widmer Brothers logos whilst the base has a ribbed ring that has the words Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. Neck has a yellow ink jet time/date of “8:14 Dec0204”. No strength listed but the dark purple and white label adds to the impressive ‘stand out form the crowd’ presentation.

Appearance: Black in the glass with a decent looking tan head that sits well for a short time. During the pour the body has a 10,000 mile oil dark brown look about it. Thin but dark with low carbonation levels. Almost no lacing and head after only a few minutes in the glass.

Nose: Dark malts, lightly roasted character mixed with a sugared plum feel, sweet on the nose but in a syrupy way rather than an all out sugar fest.

Taste: Dry start with a sweet malty middle. Some dark fruits and small amount of chewy bonfire toffee. I detected little in the way of the lactose in this one to be honest. More like a thin roasted dry-sweet Stout cum toasty Brown Ale for me.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a little stickiness to it. Nice body with some arse end malty molasses roasted feel. Dry ending in the throat. Label says it’s the ultimate defroster and warming??…..for Penguins in the Antarctic maybe.

Drinkability: Above average, but it cannot raise its head above a 3.5 for my liking.

Overall: Dry-Sweet-Dry sort of brew. I still prefer the Mackesons XXX Stout.

Thanks to Eye-OftenImpersonateGregfromStone-ChartBrew for this one.

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer bottles are pretty stupid. I guess I'm just not a big fan of all the grooved/engraved emblems at the bottom of the neck. The neck label boasts that Snowplow is "the ultimate defroster." We'll see about that...
Pours a dark charcoal with dark brown edges and a nice, tan head. Good lacing.
Nose is made up of clean, roasted malts, some lactoo-sweetness, and a light tinny/bitter edge. Rather meager for a winter stout...so far.
Taste starts out with some tinny roastiness, but then moves to doughy, sweet, milk chocolatey malts. The lacto sweetness dominates into the finish, with light roasted flavors playing fifth fiddle. Not bad. Mouthfeel starts out creamy, but then moves to syrupy in this full-bodied--almost cloying--stout. I don't think I would drink this often, but would be nice to change things up [from all the normal hoppy, high alcohol beers] at times.

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok saw this for the first time in the stores today , served from a 12 oz Widmer brown bottle
Very nice looking beer ,poured into my mug. Dark, dark brown almost black..with a good sized creamy head that doesnt last alas..though luxuriant lacing remains.
The aroma is rather average..same ole roasty, burnt oat stout thing.
The flavour is very pleasant and silky smooth, milky indeed..with dark chocolate undertones, slightly carbonated.
Nice mouthfeel though it does seem to break down near the end.
I found this to be a pleasant stout and quite drinkable. Better than most Widmer bottled offerings.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of several Widmer beers and this one's no exception.
Picked up a 6-pack of this recently and had my first taste last night (in a 'Widmer'-logo pint glass).

Pours a deep mahogany brown with almost no head. SHows little to no carbonation. Smell and taste are both of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate; the sugar from the lactose (milk) is evident. It's not a syrupy sweet beer but there's definitely a 'dessert' quality to it. Feels a little thin in the mouth but very smooth due to less carbonation. Flavor is good but doesn't linger longer. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to enjoying the rest - would buy again, too.

Cheers!

Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Looks like a stout should.

Smells of roasted malts and cocoa, but the aromas are a bit light.

Beer is smooth and sweet tasting. There is a roasted malt character, a bit of chocolate and coffee, then finishes a bit bitter. The hops do a nice job keeping this from being too sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel seems a bit on the lean side for a stout.

While this stout is a bit on the milder side, it is certainly tasty and drinkable. Worthy effort from the Widmer Bros.

Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice glass, this beer is jet-black, even when held up to the light, with a tannish head. Only moderate lacing along the glass. Aroma consists of very lightly roasted, and sweet cocoa, malt. Flavor is sweet and balanced malt, with light caramel, sweetened cocoa, moderately toasted. Bitterness is low, just enough to provide balance, and the yeast character is clean and neutral.

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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