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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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, 6% ABV, with a lot more, um, 'Neapolitan' looking label on my version - lots of pink, brown, and cream colours.

This beer pours a pretty solid black abyss, though with prominent basal cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and densely bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent layered webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of well, the titular ice cream 'flavour' - sugary milk chocolate, candied strawberry, and creamy vanilla - a hint of equally dosed coffee, and even fainter toasted caramel/toffee. The taste is more chocolate-ensconced caramel than anything, as the fruitiness and vanilla sweetness remains, but detached from the whole, as it were, with some further low-key mocha notes, and a suggestion of leafy, earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is active enough to provide structure and support against the potentially catastrophic cloyingness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, the hops and mildly metallic alcohol taking a wee ounce of flesh. It finishes on the sweet side, but not overly so, the same stuff keeping the mouthfeel in order carrying that favour through to the end.

A pleasant enough rendition of a milk stout, one which well captures the essence of that youthful ice cream treat. Too bad, then (like many of those 4L pails of yore, I'm sure), that artificial flavours are listed as an ingredient.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big fresh strawberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, vanilla, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, strawberry, and cream notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, strawberry, vanilla, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, strawberry, vanilla, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, strawberry, and cream flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and slightly slick/chalky moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent milk stout! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, strawberry, and cream flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saugatuck Brewing Company "Neapolitan Milk Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKGD 100617" and sampled on 112717
$2.49 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've been hesitant to drink this as it seems a little weird, but at the same time I don't want to let it get any older so here we go... it's poured an opaque brown-black body that shows a thin bit of clear dark mahogany at the base of the glass. The head is two fingers thick, and started as bubbly tan but settled into a densely creamy cap. The aroma suggests a little bit of strawberry, and some roastiness, but is overall fairly mild. The flavor delivers a lot more strawberry and a distinct roastiness as well. It's almost ashy and kind of charred. Almost dark roast coffee-like. I was going to say "but without the nuttiness' but there is some nuttiness to it, and chocolate as well. I didn't think this was going to work but it does, although I still feel the roastiness is a little unusual. I thought it would be more chocolate-vanilla-strawberry and the roastiness throws that off a little. The strawberry is very nice though. But what about the vanilla? It's in there. It's not too strong, I get it mainly in the finish where it lingers a bit. I guess it has a hard time fighting its way through everything else upfront. It doesn't seem that bitter, and oh, I just noticed that it's 6.0% alcohol by volume, jeez! It doesn't taste like it. I'm not finding any alcohol. Looking back the head has dropped to a very thin surface covering and thicker collar, and the lacing that's been left behind is very nice. Body? Hmmm, I'd call it medium, maybe medium leaning toward medium-light. And it's got a nice, very fine-bubbled moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth. Overall I'd call it a dessert beer but it also works as a regular beer in some ways. I wouldn't want to have one all of the time, but maybe on the weekend while preparing dinner one of these would be nice. Interesting.

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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Engine 15 in JAX.
Great looks, with a fine, durable, creamy tan head over a clear dark brown body that's nearly opaque.
Lightly sweet, with a moderately strong flavor for style. Interesting and distinctive, with hints of cream, roasted nuts, vanilla, milk chocolate and light grains.
Creamy smooth, medium body.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge taste of chocolate. Not to mention vanilla and strawberry. How do they do that? Very nice dark color with a modest beige head. Scorched sugar is quite pleasant. Rich flavors and malt does give it a fuller mouthfeel. Some hops with a nice bitter twang.

Rather sweet. Good for a taste, and definitely worth trying for the novelty factor. However, I don't think I could make it through a pint. Fortunately my wife liked it. Needs food to go along with it.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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