Snowplow Milk Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
This is my first milk stout, so this review will be from the gut - a kneejerk reaction, if you will. Please note - as this is my first milk stout, I am not necessarily reviewing for style.
A friend of mine (who is getting in better beer) bought a sixer of this and left a few bottles at my place. This isn't too bad, and I didn't have many expectations for this brew to be as good as it is.
Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Deep brownish black, almost opaque, but light can still just barely pass through. It produced a thin 1/2 finger tan head and dissipated to halo around the glass. There is minimal amount of lacing left behind.
Smell - I can smell chocolate malts, and a bit of roastiness. There is a sweetness in the scent as well, but I don't know where in the scent it is coming from.
Taste - I can primarily taste chocolate, somewhere between a milk and dark chocolate flavor. There is a bit of roastiness in the flavor, which reminds me of coffee, but doesn't quite have the coffee flavor - just the roastiness. There is a sweetness that shows up at the end of flavor. I can't detect any hops at all, really.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. It has a really creamy mouthfeel, very milky. It doesn't have enough carbonation to really keep my interest - I wish that there was a little more. It is, however, silky smooth and goes down amazingly well.
Drinkability - This isn't a bad brew. I don't know if I would reach for this one all the time, but I guess that it is why it is a winter release. It was better than I originally thought that it would be, so I am going to have to give other milk stouts a try. Pick it up if it is in your area, it is worth a try, just don't cross any state lines for it.
01-17-2008 02:34:04 | More by MiguelMandingo
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
I was served a mini pitcher from a keg and poured it into a 12 ounce frosted pint glass.
A: It poured an opaque black body with a half finger dark brown head consisting of small sticky bubbles. The head fell fast leaving a lingering collar and supporting a light thin curtain that did not linger long after first appearing.
S: It had an aroma profile that included dark black coffee, earthy grains and dark spices, as well as hints of alcohol.
T: The smell did not support they style but the taste did. The sip began with a creamy chocolaty flavor that had an underlying taste of dark roasted malts that finished with a strong coffee flavor.
M: It was medium bodied, sweet, creamy and smooth with a tingly, lively carbonation and a wet clean aftertaste.
D: This is a brew that sits well as an after dinner treat or a nice substitute for hot chocolate on a cold winter night. The boldness of its flavors limit it to tow or three at a sitting but its a brew than can be enjoyed over and over again.
01-09-2008 21:16:14 | More by dnichols
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
01-04-2008 22:43:46 | More by ppoitras
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.
12-31-2007 17:21:51 | More by Spikester
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)
12-31-2007 02:30:54 | More by TexIndy
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Aroma: Light roasted malt, a little bready yeast, a mild coffee note
Appearance: Black like it should be, with a thick tan collar that gives up fingers of lace.
Flavor: Gentle flavor overall, the mild coffee is there, very little roasted or burnt flavor going on, and a mild sweetness in the finish that I can only guess is lactose induced.
Mouthfeel: Definitely creamy with a medium heavy body with a light chew. Carbonation level is moderate to low.
Overall Impression: A nice milk stout! Flavors are all fairly mild but of good quality. Nice thick body and black as night. A solid beer.
12-27-2007 06:55:45 | More by HardTarget
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
12-07-2007 03:25:55 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-03-2007 00:41:52 | More by Zorro
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.
12-01-2007 05:11:56 | More by JohnGalt1
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
12-01-2007 00:18:20 | More by hiikeeba
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
11-20-2007 04:16:04 | More by SargeC
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.
11-20-2007 02:34:14 | More by largadeer
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.
11-15-2007 04:11:07 | More by goochpunch
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-13-2007 04:05:56 | More by tayner
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-11-2007 21:52:21 | More by allengarvin
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-31-2007 07:40:16 | More by Halcyondays
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
07-16-2007 13:27:38 | More by JohnfromDublin
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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
04-30-2007 00:36:23 | More by alephilmac
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Black as night...and that's how I like my stout! Poured into pint glass and created a small head that quickly disappeared.
S: Deep, rich and sweet smells that are reminiscent of chocolate.
T&M: Much like the smell would indicate, the taste had all the above mentioned qualities with a deep roasted mouthfeel.
D: Loved it! Could drink this all day, anyday and anytime of the season.
04-04-2007 16:05:08 | More by July2Nov
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance- Dark brown/black color with a decent tannish head and some lacing.
Smell- A roasty / toasty smell that is quite complex with coffee and lactose notes.
Taste- Yummy! Milk, chocolate, a bit of spice, raspberries (?), a bit of coffee-like roasted bitterness, not too much just right. Very smooth flavor balance, nice. A much more solid product than the Widmer hefeweisen.
Mouthfeel- Medium/ slick-smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Very drinkable beer. I kept stealing sips out of my girlfriends mug.
03-13-2007 20:02:40 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz brown bottle in the brew fest 12pack. Poured into a pounder glass aggressively it barely makes a head to note here. No retention or lacing. Dark brown to black towards the core.
Pretty smooth up front with very little bitterness although enough to keep this from getting too onsided. Malts are heavily roasted and short of being charred. Bakers chocolate is everpresent and if I dig deep enough there is a slight coffee bean presence but its ever so slight. Chocolate tends to dry this up a bit and it maintains a good drinkability level.
Notes: This one grew on me. First few drinks I was taking a shit on it but on through the second bottle now I find it enjoyable. Easily consumed and much to fast. I would have loved it had it shown more depth and complexity. This was run of the mill but well worth a try and revisit.
03-06-2007 02:48:52 | More by DogFood11
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
02-26-2007 03:24:20 | More by ccrida
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
02-13-2007 05:01:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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.
02-11-2007 04:04:24 | More by Beaver13
4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
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!
01-18-2007 02:57:26 | More by JohnnyM2002
Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.