Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk StoutBarrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout

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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AndyEdgar on 11-15-2014

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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Texasfan549
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biggoon16
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AMCimpi
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmryan21
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of A_Rad
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by oak and vanilla, caramel, bourbon, with a sharp contrast of strawberry and a touch of cocoa.

Flavor reveals strong strawberry character throughout, with underlying vanilla and cocoa and a barrel dryness to counter the sweet impression.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I did a side by side with the Imperial BA version and there is a drastic difference between the two, including in appearance. This has a large, retaining light tan head with an oily black body.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, light oak, with strawberry and vanilla ice cream. In other words, the Neapolitan aspect comes through nicely in aroma up front.

Taste is tangy strawberry, almost spicy, like sorbet. This comes first as if ushered forth by the oak. A little booze follows, with walnut and light mocha. The flavor does degrade over time, as opposed to the Imperial version which is very impressive on that front.

Feel is tangy, medium to full body, with a light froth.

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Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartleby91
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really good lighter barrel aged stout that I've been wanting to have for awhile.
The appearance is pretty much pitch black with a bit of light coming through the bottom.
The aroma is chocolate, vanilla and strawberry sweetness along with bourbon and oak but it is not super assertive.
The taste is more bourbon forward with the vanilla being prominent. Then the chocolate and strawberry follow nicely.
The palate is medium with a nice lingering sweetness that mixes with the barrel nicely.
Overall this is a really good yet drinkable beer that doesn't let the base beer be overpowered by the bourbon. Very good.

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Photo of brewskis
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty black beer (despite the abv) with over a finger of mocha head.

Aroma is a great mixture of sweet dessert qualities and bourbon barrel. Get carmel, vanilla, milk chocolate, artificial strawberry, toffee, charred oak, sweet oak, and roasted malt.

Taste is so complex. Just straight milk chocolate, vanilla, carmel, toffee, and bourbon barrel quality (maybe some strawberry). Barrel and adjuncts in the beer are working together. So good!

Medium body. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Yep this beer is so good. Cheers!

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

Photo of kevanb
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no batch or date, poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales "Dino" stemmed glass. Enjoyed on 10.8.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep black color, opaque and thick with a khaki head, two fingers high that has decent retention and lace. The aroma is really barrel forward, lots of oak, charred wood, bourbon, dark bitter chocolate, a touch of vanilla light roasted grain and some soft fruit sweetness. The barrel definitely dominates the nose and doesn't let a lot of the base beer really shine. The flavors are very similar, chocolate and vanilla definitely pop at first, a touch of berry fruit flavor but loads of bourbon barrel really rushes over the tongue, charred oak, toffee forward bourbon, light roasted character with a sweeter lactose presence, but the base milk stout has a lot of present roast to it. The mouthfeel is okay, a bit lighter, definitely showing that it's a lower ABV milk stout and not the giant, rich, double stouts that most folks are accustomed to. Higher carbonation, thinner with a drier finish.

Verdict: A nice stout, but missing that strong strawberry character that the base beer has and the barrel really dominates this beer. It's drinks easily and serves it's purpose as a good dessert beer, but there is a lot of room for improvement here.

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

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