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Any thoughts on Milk Stout as a style

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by KStark, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. russwbeck

    russwbeck Savant (450) Virginia Aug 3, 2010

    I really dislike Milk Stouts, and typically regret convincing myself that the next one will be better. Moohoo, Left Hand, Duck Rabbit...just don't do it for me. However, recently I've come across a few I not only could palate, but actually really enjoyed. They are:

    Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
    Cigar City Moat Water
    Williamsburg AleWerks Cafe Royale
  2. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Milk stouts, along with Cream Stouts and Oatmeal stouts and normal (not Barrel aged or Imperial) stouts are my kind of stouts. I like drinking beers that I don't have to struggle with.
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  3. I think they have no balls
  4. sommersb

    sommersb Advocate (600) Tennessee May 25, 2010 Subscriber

    Love both milk and sweet stouts...Moloko is so far my favorite milk stout, and Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate my favorite sweet stout.
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  5. basscram

    basscram Savant (395) Maine Mar 29, 2006

    does adding lactic acid or acidulated malt to a stout make it a milk stout? those are the only thoughts that come to mind. I like this style but don't know all the ins and outs of it or had a handful of this style.
  6. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale ¡Bad Trader! (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 ¡Bad Trader! Beer Trader

    My thoughts are they should make more of it and Moloko is top notch and a must try!
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  7. Voodoo Cowbell has not been mentioned yet. For shame. So damn good.
  8. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    No, adding lactose makes it a milk stout.
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  9. cyrushire

    cyrushire Champion (855) Florida May 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    um, they're delicious.
  10. Yup, this one is excellent. Also, the Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Milk Stout is absolutely fantastic; the Sam Smith's is possibly my favorite.
  11. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    There's no lactose in Sam Adams Cream Stout, according to emails from the brewery. Bell's website says "...Completely dairy-free..." for Special Double Cream Stout.
  12. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (410) Illinois May 18, 2011

    This thread is making me crave some Moloko (and it's barrel-aged incarnations).
  13. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    If you can get one, ccb imperial sweet stout
  14. LarryAppleton

    LarryAppleton Savant (360) Quebec (Canada) Dec 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    My only problem with milk stouts is that it's so hard not to just chug 3 or more in a row.
  15. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (700) Virginia May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    not a fan of most milk stouts as the lactose tends to add a funky sweetness I don't care for, Duck Rabbits Milk Stout and Terrapin MooHoo being prime examples.

    love the Alewerks Cafe Royale and Hardywood Gingerbread though
  16. Handle

    Handle Savant (415) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

  17. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (290) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    There's a new brewery in TX that has been blowing it up with their The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout. Tasty, tasty beer. They add vanilla to it as well. I've got plenty for trading in case anyone was interested.
  18. Good call indeed. I have also liked the Dieu Aphrodite as well. But good call on Cowbell. The Cowbell on nitro is a real treat as is the Aphrodite on nitro. I have had both at Capones and enjoyed them as after meal beers.
  19. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Advocate (710) Maryland Jan 13, 2013

    Lancaster Brewing Company's Milk Stout is really good, one of my favorites.
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  20. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Left Hand's Milk Stout, like has been mentioned a million times, is great. From the bottle, I actually prefer the original version to the nitro. On tap, I will take it via nitro.

    Odell's Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout and Ska's Steel Toe Milk Stout are two other nice Colorado milk stouts.
  21. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (420) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    If you like this style, Cigar City is tough to beat. Moat Water was particularly good if you like the style.
  22. Rutager

    Rutager Advocate (710) British Columbia (Canada) Oct 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Minneapolis Town Hall's Three Hour Tour. I could drink that stuff for weeks on end.
  23. Left Hand Nitro is excellent!

  24. I wish to thank all the contributors to this thread for helping me fill out my wants/wish list of stouts. Can't wait to get started.
  25. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Savant (260) New York Jan 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm a big fan of Southern Tier 2X, Keegan Ales Mother's Milk and Left Hand for sure. If I had to pick on, I'd probably choose Mother's Milk.
  26. Been a fan of it for that bit of sweet smoothness in there. Left hand was a very nice drinkable one. Pipeworks End of Days is excellent. Read my review for more notes. Revolution Mad Cow and it's various representations of state for it have been solid, worth spending some time with to figure out. Get a homebrew of the brewers best milkstout (1.068 og) a week into fermentation using a wyeast 1084. Be checking it for an sg soon enough to see what it's getting into.
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  27. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Savant (255) Washington Sep 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    That Odell Chocolate Milk Stout sounds good, but I'm not typically a fan of the style. I think they lack the depth and robustness I expect from a good stout
  28. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    ZZZZZZ!!!! Meh
    Just my thought on milk stouts.
  29. DaKur

    DaKur Savant (400) Rhode Island Nov 15, 2012

    Ravenous Brewing in RI has a delicious CoffeeMilk Stout.
  30. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Echoing everyone else on Left Hand. I prefer the Nitro personally, but it all really depends on your carbonation desire. Revolution's Mad Cow is an easy to drink and very tasty milk stout.
    I don't think that New Holland's Dragons Milk is considered a milk stout. The NH site lists it as using beet sugar, not lactose. They list the style as "stout aged in oak barrels" for whatever that's worth.
  31. Duck Rabbit is good. It is the first milk stout I've ever had. Though it wasn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Samuel Smiths Oatmeal was waaaay sweeter, in my opinion.
  32. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (810) Illinois Apr 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    Bah, forgot to mention Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate stout, which is classified as a milk stout here. I don't like the flavor quite as much as Left Hand, but it smells of delicious chocolate cake. Best smelling beer I've ever enjoyed.

    I also tried Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck, and I found that to be quite good as well.
  33. I forgot about the Southern Tier 2x. Got hold of that this week and love it. Dragon is sweeter but the milk stout definitely has a different flavour.
  34. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    I suspect left hand nitro is the american benchmark. Keegan's ale's mother's milk is also quite nice.
  35. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (290) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    You guys need to try The Temptress Milk Stout from Lakewood Brewing in TX. BM me if anyone wants any, it's really really good. Really.
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  36. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012

  37. Dark Horse Too Cream wasnt bad either, but the three you mentioned are the cream. I dont mind a sweeter, thicker mouthfeel stout (which is Zhukov to a T).
  38. klaybie

    klaybie Savant (295) Illinois Nov 15, 2009

    It can be awfully damn good when done well. One of my favorite stout styles.
  39. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    I think that Milk stouts are super approachable and great for giving to friends who are new to stouts.

    Myself? I still enjoy them from time to time, but not half as often as big Imp or BA Imp stouts
  40. dciBA

    dciBA Savant (400) Maine Dec 23, 2007

    Duck rabbit, left hand, repeat as needed