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Neapolitan Milk Stout | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jips on 07-03-2011

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 794
Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I approached this thinking that it was a gimmick beer that would disappoint, but it is actually quite good. It is a dark brown, nearly black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is of chocolate and strawberries, and the taste is just like Neapolitan ice cream. Creamy, smooth, strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla...not overly sweet, but thick and satisfying. Very nice.

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Photo of LMO1190
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells of strawberries comes out strong.Taste of sweet strawberries comes out strong.
Milk chocolate feel is smooth and creamy. Overall is a nice dessert beer!!

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Photo of VTR
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a low ABV stout it's actually not a thin stout. What's interesting about this beer is that the strawberry is the predominant ingredient in the nose. I also picked up slight notes of chocolate. The taste is very interesting, instead of a roasted chocolate stout it tastes like a strawberry charleston chew, very pleasant if you're looking for a sweeter stout. I had this in tap and when I found a six pack I picked it up without hesitation. Know what you're getting into with this which is a novelty stout!

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Photo of rypkr
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big strawberry aroma and flavor but it's not off putting. If you bought this you knew what to expect given the name. Kudos to Saugatuck for characterizing strawberry so well in a stout.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saugatuck Brewing Company
Neapolitan Milk Stout

Look: completely black with a tan head that dissapates to a tiny ring.
Nose: The smell on this one is very strawberry rich. The strawberries was about all I was smelling with a bit of candy sugary feel to it.
Taste: It tastes like strawberry first, chocolate second and some milky flavors along with all the typical stout flavors, slight coffee notes.
Feel: It is a nice full bodied and extremely smooth stout.
Overall: I absolutely loved this beer. I love Neapolitan ice cream and I also love stouts and this is a good combination of all of those flavors. The alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave a creamy halo.

S - Aromas of big strawberry notes, freeze dried strawberries mixed with strawberry jam, nice chocolaty notes, very faint vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice chocolate, almost syrupy, light vanilla, the strawberries are not quite as good as the nose. They're not quite as fresh taste, maybe a bit too sticky.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, touch on the thin side.

O - Overall this is a solid milk stout, the nose is really really nice.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fluffy fizzY head fades quickly, nice legs, super dark almost black color.

Nose loaded with strawberry, strawberry jam, big candied jelly jammy strawberry cake topping, with creamy chocolate pudding, maybe some background vanilla, like freeze dried astronaut neo ice cream, touch porter.

Taste us mixed, a strawberry flavor but dried freezer burnt stale strawberry, little sweet jam, candied dried strawberry, artificial strawberry, little bitter roast and porter creamy flavor, mild stout creamy, touch vanilla, little bitter earthy hop and roast. Finish dried lactose milk stout, more fake and freeze dried strawberry, little earthy vanilla.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy decent carb.

Overall ok, nose was nice, strawberry taste was icky, otherwise a decent beer.

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Photo of mallardip
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on nitro tap at Chester V's in Oshkosh, WI. Nitro probably inhibits the nose that this has to have in bottle. No doubt a sweet stout, but delivers incredibly well. It truly has notes and flavors of Neapolitan ice cream. Recommended.

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Photo of 57md
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this on nitro tap.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. Once everything settled there was about a finger of head. The nose is quite bland. The flavor profile is very sweet (even considering the style) and the mouthfeel is syrupy.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, nearly black, body, foamed milk-looking tan head, slightly course. All of this is somewhat ruined by the acknowledgement of caramel color being added. Nose is sweet, with chocolate and overly sugary strawberry. Taste is primarily candied, syrupy fake strawberry, artificial milk chocolate, chemical aftertaste, and mild vanilla. One taste is pretty sweet but also pretty tasty, then comes the retro-olfaction, where the chemical components emerge, alongside wet granite/soil. Very off-putting. Body is medium weight, too highly carbonated for the style.
I liked this beer a lot my first few exposures, but the more I taste it the more the artificial nature of it stands out to me. The chemical, nasty aftertaste is too powerful to ignore, despite the pretty tasty initial sip. I wonder if this would be possible to produce using real ingredients? I like where the brewer's head is at, but the actual product took too many shortcuts.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly standard stout color, dark brown, almost black, and essentially opaque. The head of tan fades away, and no real lacing.

S - All I smell is strawberry and a sweet malty note. Perhaps a hint of vanilla. The fruit is way too forward.

T - Again, the fruit is far to the front, sweetness and strawberry flesh. Middle gets the hint of vanilla. The close introduces a more bitter element, suggesting unsweetened cocoa. The fruit is cloying, and it overshadows the more positive notes of malt and vanilla.

M - Slightly sticky but manages to avoid being too heavy.

O - Not my thing, with fruit too forward but not as much chocolate or vanilla as I'd have preferred. So while the elements of Neapolitan ice cream are present, the fruit steals the show.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.3/5  rDev -40.7%
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 imfinished
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those delicious beers that you immediately realize is going to be an all-timer and then, as you drink it, you come to understand it's actually a little too much flavour to handle. It feels like drinking a dessert. Fun for a while, but maybe it gets to be too much as you come to the end of a pint.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. With the vintage packaging, the beer's flavors gave way to smooth, creamy notes of vanilla, strawberry and milk chocolate, reminiscent of the little plastic cups with wooden spoons of neapolitan ice cream from the 80s. A tasty beer with great balance and subtle but delicious ice cream flavors that would make a great dessert beer. Definitely one to try!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

taste just as it sounds like neapolitan ice cream.a great beer for summer i fell in love with its vanilla, strawberry and chocolate taste. had to drink this beer with ice cream

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks great in the teku glass. Pitch black body, 1 finger tan head. Smells pretty good, vanilla up front, strong strawberries overwhelming afterward, slight rubbing alcohol presence. Taste, chocolate from the git go. Then again some strong strawberry, a bit of vanilla, a strong malt presence in the taste. Overall, nice adjunct stout without barrel aging here. Pick up again sometime, NYD. Wife likes it too.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this one not expecting much, and man was I fooled. Nice, creamy pour with a decent tan head. Smell is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, a bit of toasted malt, coffee and the smell of sweet strawberries. Taste is very much the same, with a dessert-like toasty decadence, and the strawberry flavor is fresh - not artificial tasting by any means. Earthy, mineral qualities on the back end. A very solid brew. Seeking out more by saugatuck if I see them.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saugatuck Brewing Company - Neapolitan Milk Stout. 6% ABV. 12oz bottle split between two snifters. Packaged on 12/31/15.

Look: Settled pitch black, with dark brown highlights. Small off white head lasts shortly, before lapsing into lacing.

Smell: Dehydrated strawberry, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cream. Mostly artificial aromas.

Feel: Medium bodied, with a heavy amount of carbonation.

Taste: Dehydrated strawberry up front, and most prominent, followed by some sweet chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cream. A tiny bit bitter, but leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Overall: My local beer store just got this in, and I decided to get a bottle to try. Not bad aroma or taste, but easily identify able as being mostly artificial. Good dessert beer, but too sweet to drink more that one.

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Photo of do_ob
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown pour and actually very dark in the glass. Black in appearance with only faint highlights of brown when held to light. A thin, khaki lacing rests on top. The nose, while artificial, does smell like Neopolitan icecream (vanilla extract, strawberry, lactose). There's also a strange, synthetic vegetal aroma to this beer..not sure what I'm picking up there, but it doesn't mesh well. Decent taste, actually. Vanilla extract, cream, lactose, dehydrated strawberries, and caramel malt. Relatively artificial tasting, but better than I would've thought. Decent feel on this one. Thicker than a lot of milk stouts, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, not bad. Not as good as it could've been, but far from bad.

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Photo of mlockman
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I want to preface this review by saying that am usually really underwhelmed by milk stouts with ABVs below 7-8%, as I usually find the flavors to be rather muted and too subtle for on thmy taste. This beer, however, is quite the exception. Intensely sweet, this beer still manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, and with a distinct strawberry flavor that is well balanced with that of vanilla and chocolate, it is a dessert beer for the ages. This is most definitely my new favorite dessert beer, on-par with Southern Tier's Choklat and others of the like.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black colour with a quickly dissipating thin tan head. The nose leads with dark chocolate roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and strawberry. The taste follows much of the same attributes with the strawberry almost tasting syrupy in the edges of the flavour. Kind of like the strawberry filling of a doughnut. The carbonation is a bit prickly but does cut the mouthfeel down a bit to a high medium. I tend to like Milk and Sweet stouts but find the cloyingly syrup feel of the strawberry a bit distracting. Not enough to call this a bad beer but enough to make me hesitate and say "well that's a bit different".

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Photo of JiminKY
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lot going on in this beer. You totally get the whole realm of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry of neapolitan ice cream. As a one off, standalone dessert, it would be okay, I guess. Certainly not a session or good food accompaniment.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With flavorings, additives and extracts being all the rage, we are able to make foodstuff taste like any other foodstuff. And it seems that brewers are particularly susceptible to the trend. The trick is to find the right combination of what's beer and what's the thing that we want the beer to taste like.

For the Saugatuck brewers its their Neapolitan Milk Stout that already boasts the dark chocolate and cream from an English-style stout austere and with careful layering of strawberry and vanilla to complete the dessert-like whimsy. It's dark brown hue and fragile froth hardly holds any of those secrets, but with a pass of the nose the surprising wafts of strawberry and vanilla join the fray.

Its taste leads with coffee, baker's chocolate and burnt breads- all given of the the stout. But the coffee and chocolate begin to soften as the vanilla and cream gives the taste something more akin to cappuccino and milk chocolate. Rising strawberry flavors complete the show and sell the classic ice cream flavor spread with strong conviction. But a finish of aspartame bittersweet bite leaves the lasting taste tepidly unsettled.

Full and lush on the palate, the beer isn't as sweet as the palate wants to believe. Its malty-dry finish promotes a good sense of drinkability but also pulls back the curtain and allows for the waxy taste and texture of chap-stick to reveal itself. Bitter, and leaving an arid taste of ice cream on the finish is both curious, alluring but slightly suspect.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastey milk stout, but really sweet. Smells and tastes like an ice-cream parlor. I can see some loving it as a result and others finding it to be too sweet. The sweetness did in fact throw me a bit upon the first sip,,but then I settled in afterwards. Think it tastes better once it warms up. Would love to try the BA version

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Photo of hardysf
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells wonderful, just as the name implies its like a Neapolitan ice cream stout. All three flavors very prevalent in the aroma with the strawberry smelling the best to me. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Some artificial vanilla flavor and an odd chocolate. The strawberry is no where to be found. I did this side by side with the BA version, and that version is much better.

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