Neapolitan Milk Stout | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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3.93/5
Very Good
900 Ratings
Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jips on 07-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,926
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
900
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
213
Trade:
4
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2.06/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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2.21/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.26/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Vierenner
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not sure about the strawberry flavor ... kind of bizarre. I don't think I like it and it sort of ruins the overall experience. Put down for a few minutes to enjoy dinner ... a sip after dinner was quite disgusting ... had to pour the rest down the drain.

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Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1-28-2013 Tap: 3.5
Tried a draft sample to see if it lived up to the horrible bottles I had last month. The aroma was similarly of fake strawberry syrup, but the roastiness of the stout did come through a little bit more behind it. Flavors were similarly sweet and artificial at first, but in the end the base stout came forward quite a bit more flavor-wise also. Overall it was actually far better that the bottles... just going to chalk it up to inconsistency, or poor treatment of the first bottled batch that arrived in Chicago.

12-17-2012 Bottle: 2.45

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown when poured and black in the glass. Huge billowing head of tan foam that rises above the rim in a convex dome, leaving sheets of sticky lacing behind. Great head retention, long lasting and the surface skim never breaks. So far so good.

Aromas of artificial strawberry cough syrup and vanilla extract. Very medicinal and fake... not to mention the bad childhood memories of taking cough syrup it conjures up. Yuck.

Flavor also has a similar artificial, medicinal strawberry note to it, though the base stout seems good enough. Mildly roasty with a medium level of sweetness, slightly dry and bitter finish. Medicinal note lingers throughout unfortunately, marring an otherwise decent base stout. Just plain weird. Not sure why they released this, it struck me as odd right off the bat. This is a brand new arrival to the market too, doubt it would already be infected.

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2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut color with a minimal khaki head. Aroma smells of coffee grounds with hints of salted caramel and lactose.

The taste features a strident, chemical bitterness that exceeds black coffee along with some lactose up front, followed by one of the most off-putting finishes I’ve ever encountered. After the initial barrage subsides, the palate is assaulted by a crescendo of pure aspirin. I was leary about the label’s touting of “artificial flavors added”, and unfortunately those words rang truer than I would have liked. The moderately high carbonation and medium body afford a smooth enjoyable mouthfeel; it’s just a shame it has not the taste to match.

Overall, this is a bitter, synthetic mess that isn’t worth the time to try.

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2.72/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Artificial strawberry in the smell and taste. I don't get the high rating.

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2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: pours near black with a huge light brown head. Head takes up more than half the glass with just a slightly aggressive pour.

Smell: at first I get mostly chocolate malt, but as I continue to inhale it smells exactly like a neopolitan. Somewhat unnervingly, actually - it doesn't really smell like a stout with chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla added, it smells like ice cream. Still, I like ice cream so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.

Taste: keeps that weird neopolitan is-this-actually-beer thing going...it's not working as much for me as in the aroma. It tastes more like one of those neopolitan flavored hard candies than a stout... Flavors are pretty artificial.

Mouhfeel: body is very thin for a stout, yet it's fairly highly carbonated - not the best combination for a stout, but at least it stops me from confusing this for a milkshake.

Overall: picked this up because I was curious...ultimately I would have liked it more if it tasted like a stout with strawberries, chocolate, and vanilla added instead of the neopolitan version of mikes hard lemonade. Maybe that isn't a fair comparison, but hey, that's what I'm tasting.

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2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pretty much just black, showing only faintly brown highlights at the edge. Basically nails the Neapolitan notes on the nose, with strawberry ice cream standing out over an inseparable vanilla-chocolate undercurrent that evokes Irish cream. It doesn't really smell like actual strawberries, vanilla, or chocolate though--it smells like ice cream. Aromatic coffee and subtle licorice notes from the roasted malts underscore the dominant aromas.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, there's a weird side to this beer. Somehow it's easy to overlook, but when you first pour this beer, you can smell black olives if you're thinking about it, and you can miss it just as easily. It seems to disappear as the beer warms though. Strange.

Sweet!--which is, I guess, appropriate--with a smooth texture. The flavor has all the same elements as the smell, but less balanced, dominated by a distorted strawberry character.

An interesting gimmick beer, but nothing to seek out. Not likely to buy again.

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2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Decent stout not as deep full flavor as I thought.

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2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was a pretty raunchy brew that lived up to its name. Isn’t the point of having strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream that you get three different flavors in one—not that the three get mixed together?
It pours a thick black color with light cocoa foam. The aroma is all about a milk stout’s sweetness with a combination of chocolate-strawberry and a light cocoa note. The flavor is sharply sweet, and becomes overly cloying as it opens. There’s a strawberry-tinged harshness with a lactic tartness and a sharp finish. It definitely does taste like a Neapolitan ice cream cone—only melted down with the flavors mixed together.

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2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in glass goblet.

A-Pitch black with moderate head that dissipates somewhat quickly, light lacing

S-Sugar, some strawberry

T-Very sweet, with artificially tasting strawberry up front, some vanilla, and very light chocolate roasted malts in the finish.

M-Medium carbonation, somewhat thick for the ABV

O-The sweetness dominates, as do the somewhat cloying flavors of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. It was definitely drinkable but nothing I will buy again.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 900 ratings
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