Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk StoutBarrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AndyEdgar on 11-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
264
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
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34
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of hopsputin
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark, jet black with a thin tan head

S: roasted malt, sweet caramel, and sweet lactose. Some leather and oak, with a hint of tannins and vanilla

T: sweet milk, roasted malt, and bourbon. Milk chocolate and a big sticky sweetness. A hint of earthy hops as well

M: full, sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Feels heavy for 6%

O: a bit sweet from the milk, which is to be expected. The barrel is not overwhelming, and helps to balance out

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Photo of MJKoz
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage poured into a tulip

A- pours nearly opaque black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- charred malt and bourbon barrel on the nose up front, followed by undertones of chocolate, just a trace of vanilla and strawberry

T- plenty of barrel up front with bourbon and wet oak, followed by notes of milk chocolate. The finish adds a touch of vanilla cream and lingers of more barrel and charred malt. I might be able to taste strawberry if I try hard enough

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slick finish

O- barrel and chocolate for the most part, hard to find vanilla and strawberry. But it's very flavorful, given the abv

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Photo of detroitpat
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle into mini snifter.

Lower viscosity dark liquid with a descent foam head upon pour. Smell is a bit faint and not very indicative of the great taste. The taste definitely delivers on what this beer is supposed to be: vanilla, chocolate and berries. It completely pulls of the Neapolitan taste. There isn't much in the way of the barrel but flavor is still very pronounced of rest of the sweet ingredients. It has a very smooth end and a feel of a beer with more than just 6.1% abv.

This is a very nice dessert stout that won't wreck you at its manageable abv. Would pick up again.

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 4/4/16, had 1/25/17.

Pours a very dark brown, although a bit cola looking, somewhat opaque with a half inch, quickly dissipating head some spotty lacing. Smells of strawberry, vanilla, lightly roasted malt, some chocolate, oak, light coffee, faint bourbon- more as it warms, some smoke. The strawberry pops first in the flavor, as well. Vanilla, malt, bourbon, oak, some caramel and molasses, lighter chocolate than the nose. Smooth, a good, medium body, an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Does a great job of presenting the individual Neapolitan flavors and, especially, the aromas. Could use a little more barrel. Biggest negative about this, is the really high price per bottle it retails for.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle dated 04/14/16 poured in a 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a thin but oily looking cola brown leaving a few centimeters of tan foam. No lacing is left as it settles, but there is an oily film clinging to the glass.

Smell- Bourbon, strawberries and a hint of vanilla.

Taste- Smooth bourbon, strawberries and vanilla all melded together. A hint of oak in the finish.

Feel- It's on the thin side for a milk stout, but there is a redeeming creamy smoothness to it.

Overall- Wonderful flavor for a barrel aged stout weighing in on the lighter side at 6.1%. I wish the price was friendlier than the $5.99/12oz. bottle charged around here. That aside, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stanale
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a clear dark brown with a small head that disappears quickly.
S - Aroma is weak but what is there is oak with a bit of fruit sweetness.
T - Flavor is woody, some vanilla and a bit of strawberry.
M - Medium carbonation and mouth feel.
O - A very balanced barrel aged milk stout with some interesting flavors.

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Photo of Tyecko
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biggoon16
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AMCimpi
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 17, 2016. I like this beer but the barrel aging overwhelms the other flavors. Not bad by any means just what I expected or hoped for. 2016 vintage is 6.1% abv.

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Photo of trebud
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmryan21
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Saugatuck B.C. phase of the Bottle Backlog eradication here at Chez Woody continues with a bit of a curiosity. I am not huge on sweet beers, so this will be thought provoking as I must rate to style, not to taste.

From the bottle: "Limited Release"; "3 Bites in Every Sip!"

A Pop! of the cap, a heavy-handed pour & I was off and running! Following an initial pseudo-cascade, it suddenly blossomed forth with three-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head that arose briefly, gave what seemed like an exhalation and fell to wisps. Wow! Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled strongly of coconut, which to me, says a bourbon barrel was involved. Mmmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but bigger and fuller than their earlier Blueberry Maple Stout. It helps to have a point of reference. The taste was rather riotous, with the chocolate and strawberry being the dominant ice cream flavors, but overlain with the coconut flavor of the bourbon. I especially liked that it was neither sweet nor hot, either of which could have been a possibility. It was a great admixture of a number of flavors, frankly. The finish was semi-sweet, sort of, and I got the vanilla flavor on the back end with the bourbon simply lingering. Rotating? Limited? Annual? I dunno, but if I see it again, I am buying several, with at least one to be cellared.

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Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 264 ratings