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Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with brownie mix highlights at the bottom of my Goose Island Pint glass. Light bronw head of about one finger, but a hlf finger of foam that lasts for all twelve ounces. Pretty good lacing too.

The aroma has bakers chocolate mixing with some coffee grounds, caramel, and I even get a strawberry in there too. This is a pretty good smelling brew.

Flavor starts with a light strawberry, fruity flavor. This is taken over by dark chocolate, breakfast blend coffee, a little vanilla creamer that cuts the strength of the chocolate, and some caramel. This beer taste pretty unique to me. I like to think this brewery set out with a goal of trying to brew a beer that tastes like Neapolitan, and they did a pretty good job.

The only downside to this beer I see is a thin palate, the palate is watered down oil in my opinion. Not bad by any means, I just wish it had more body.

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Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -37.9%
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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Photo of CMUbrew
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a glass mug

A: Pours seriously black. No light through this beer. Unfortunately, that is due to added caramel color. No matter though. A small, dark brown head forms on top and quickly fades to a foam ring.

S: Dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate syrup and vanilla.

T: Immediately get chocolate covered cherries, (although I think they were going for strawberry) but in an artificial way. More like it's chocolate syrup and cherry/strawberry syrup from a squeeze bottle. Then a little bit of roasted malt with subtle notes of vanilla extract in there. Lingering chocolate fruit finish. Actually not a lot of sweetness.

M: Fairly helft body with carbonation being on the low side. A little bit of oily slickness that briefly leaves the mouth coated.

O: I like the idea behind this beer, but I really wish they didn't have to use artificial flavoring and coloring to make it a reality. Still, it is fairly enjoyable. Makes me think I might actually like a real cherry stout.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MDunk for sharing this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, mostly opaque, with a one-finger medium brown head. No real visible carbonation.

S: Coffee with some chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and maybe some cinnamon?

T: Reminds me of cold black bitter coffee, with some vanilla, cacao, and a vague sweet fruitiness (cherry I thought, but could be persuaded it was strawberry). Hang was similar to slightly burnt black coffee bitterness.

M: Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel. Some carbonation sensation but not much, alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: This was a pretty good take on a milk stout - not usually my favorite style. To me the coffee flavors were so forward they tended to overpower any of the "Neapolitan" that the brewer was looking for. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery snifter.

A - Very dark brown on the pour and black once it settled. A small layer of light brown head formed and receded to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are all here, true to the label. Fairly sweet overall. The Neapolitan aromas are somewhat artificial but still appealing.

T - Sweet strawberry puree, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla compliment a nice roasted malt profile. Fairly sweet overall with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with some chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jtingue
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Dark chocolate brown in color, only easy to see through at the edges. Pours with 3 fingers of coffee head, which quickly dissipates to a thick layer on top of the beer, leaving nice lacing.

Smell. Very sweet on the nose, but overall a very weak nose. Its really just a slight lactose sugar sweetness, with a hint of roastyness in the background.

Taste. Starts out with a sweet strawberry that tastes so similar to to neapolitan it promises its uncanny. This has an underlying roastiness which blends into a bourbon like vanilla flavor, again like the ice cream it tires to replicate. The strawberry, again comes back and leads into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thick body, with a tight but prickly carbonation.

This one is a bit over the top for me. It does live up to its name quite well, but at the sacrifice of making a good beer. In actuality it is kind of a sweet mess of a beer, but that is what you expect so you kind of just ignore it.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a black hue with little retention and sparse lacing from a hard pour. The aroma has a nice smoke and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of strawberry. The taste starts out with a nice burnt, smoke flavor with a slight hint of vanilla and strawberry in the middle along with some walnuts that seem to overtake the strawberry and vanilla and finally the dark chocolate overtakes everything in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly dry, and chalky, but overall a really yummy experimental beer that makes a nice desert drink after a meal or when you just want to relax.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. "Ale brewed with natural and artifical flavors with caramel color added" 6.3% ABV, 37 IBU's. Why on earth would you need to add caramel color to a dark beer?

Pours out to a slightly hazy but apparently filtered black, forming a small light tan head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is of black walnut, dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt marshmallows and a very subtle strawberry if I close my eyes and think hard about what the bottle says. Mouthfeel is a little tart with a medium body and slightly chalky, which is nice. The taste is quite nice, and a recap of the aroma. The roasted grains are up front, followed by black walnut and then a wisp of dark chocolate, and in the middle, a subtle strawberry flavor. There are flavor hops which are a little green and citric and don't really sit well with the beer...they should forgo any late additions and just use mild bittering hops. The bitterness is relatively mild. Lingering burnt marshmallows, smoke, tobacco and lots of chalk. I wonder if they used smoke malt in this? It tastes like it. Cleanly fermented, no off flavors or aromas. One of these is plenty. It's very rich.

An interesting experimental brew. Nicely done, although they could stand to tweak the recipe a bit to achieve better balance. Recommended. As an aside, I think it's pretty cool that they will let you use their facility to brew 11 gallons of your own beer for $250.

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Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The mocha head is creamy and has nice retention. I wonder how much of the dark color is attributable to the added caramel color.

S- Mostly chocolate aromas with a bit of strawberry in the background. At first I wasn't too crazy about it, but the more I got into it, the better the aroma became.

T- Sweet coffee and chocolate and a really nice strawberry profile. The more of this I drink, the better it seems to get.

M- The carbonation is spot on. There is a definite lingering roastiness.

O- A very tasty and unique stout. Definitely nice for a change of pace.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark licorice black with 2 fingers of solid, dark brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Lots of cocoa, dark chocolate and just a touch of strawberry.

T: I taste a lot of strong chocolate and toasted malts. Very light strawberry on the back. Some bitterness.

M: Full bodied, nice and thick without quite turning into syrup.

O: A nice chocolate stout with some strawberry undertones. Fair warning, this stuff gave me a terrible headache. Might just be me.

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

Pours black and viscous with a thin, light brown head that hints at overcarbonation for a stout. Smells of dark toffee and a bit of pine perhaps. Carbonation up front on sip, but gives way quickly to thick body. Strong alcohol flavoring with hints of raisin or prune and chocolate malt. Well balanced. Carbonation does come in a bit at the end. No bitterness in the finish. Taste lingers well on the tongue for several seconds after.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh....been waiting to try this one a while. In December this one was promised in a trade, but the trade never happened. In January I attempted to bring one from Mich to MN for a tasting, but improperly muled the beer and it was confiscated by mulleted, unsmiling TSA guards. Fortunately in February I was able to get another bottle. No more fucking around, this one goes down the hatch right here, right now.

Pour is a deep brown with a meringuey, malt colored head. Should be noted, I was drinking this from a shitty plastic hotel water cup. A Duvel tulip it ain't. Aromatically, chocolate shows up with a note that vanilla and strawberry will be along later. Actually, they never show up. It's mostly chocolate, a pleasant baseball malt-cup sensation.

Vanilla and strawberry to make an appearance in taste. Choc, vanilla, and very subtle strawberry all come over you in very short order. Impressive. The strawberry is a little false, but it's still a tasty drink.

Thick and coagulating the way a milk stout should. Pour might have been a little rough and done the mouthfeel some favors.

Wow. Saugatuck is really a tier-3 Michigan brewery that I've had before but in general not paid much mind to. But this here is a winner that makes me think differently about them. Right on the cusp of A/A-. I am sure this is seasonal, but they've really hit on something and should make it more readily available.

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Photo of b3shine
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Looks good; black with a litttle lacing. Smells good too; chocolate and malt. Solid taste. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries. Mouthfeel is great; super-smooth and creamy. Overall, a great brew that I'll definitely be buying more of in the future.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown with two fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves some good lacing behind.

S - Strawberry is the first aroma to jump out at me, quickly followed by vanilla and then a big chocolate presence. Chocolate has some semi-sett and bittersweet elements to it. Definitely seems like they got what they were going for here.

T - Chocolate leads of the taste, with an interesting hop presence and a bite of carbonation. Strawberry and vanilla are more in the background of the taste compared to the smell, but they are there. Finishes with a bitter chocolate taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some creaminess, some lively carbonation and finishing with some dry bitterness.

O - This was pretty enjoyable, all of the neapolitan elements come together pretty well. Not something I would want very often, but I would have this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this bottle.

Appearance - It's tough for a stout to fail to look good, but this one manages it. Almost no head as it pours. No lacing. No bubbles. Mostly dark body and... nothing else.

Smell - Lactose aroma, a bit of chocolate, and some faint strawberry. I don't get the vanilla, but otherwise it's not bad.

Taste - Quite nice, actually. Chocolate malt, a hint of lactose, and then a nice taste of strawberry that I think integrates nicely. The finish is a bitter burnt chocolate, but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel - Well it's damn near flat, but I didn't notice until I started thinking about it. I have about 1/2 inch left in my glass as I get to mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the lack of carbonation, so I won't peg it back.

Overall - I was hesitant about this one. A neapolitan milk stout sounds about as bad as it could get, but this tastes pretty damn good. Quite enjoyable and something I would definitely like to drink again.

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Photo of MIBeerRanger4
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to have this beer on nitro-tap at Butch's in Holland,MI.
A = Great, deep, dark brown color with really nice thick head on top of the glass. Beer laced the pint glass like none I've ever seen as it was drank.
S = The smell of the beer was exactly as advertised! Smelled like chocolate mostly but the strawberry and vanilla came through much nicer in this nitro version. The strawberry was very pronoune up front and the vanilla was a rich creamy note just hidden a bit by the other two aromas.
T = The beer tasted like a bowl of Neapolitan ice cream! Enough said. For an experimental style done as a winter seasonal it tastes like the great ice cream it's named after.
M = Mouthfeel was big, creamy, rich. Stayed nice and thick on the mouthfeel after the beer was swallowed.
O = Keeping the stout style in mind is evident as the beer finishes like a nice traditional sweet stout... A real treat! Really like this beer a lot. One of the best winter seasonal beers available anywhere! Got to drink it while it lasts.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - pours dark brown with a thin cap of tan head that calms to a film pretty fast. leaves a few legs of lacing in this glass.

s - mostly milk chocolate, but there is a hint of artificial strawberry and vanilla.

t - artificial strawberry flavor over a chocolate malt base. has a bitterness like burnt coffee on the back of the tongue and a weird chemical aftertaste.

m - medium in body and very creamy. adequate carbonation.

o - would be great, but the chemical flavors kinda ruined this one for me. i wish they had brewed this with real strawberries and aged it on vanilla beans instead of using a bunch of flavorings. probably not returning to this one.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neapolitan pours a very dark brown with a medium tan head. The head fades quite quickly, but it does leave fairly nice lace.

The aroma is rich and roasty with plenty of cocoa and milky sweetness. It smells just like a rich milk stout should, but it is also spiked with a nice strawberry aroma that does not smell like it could have come from actual fruit, but is pleasant none the less.

The flavor is just as rich as the aroma with bitter cocoa, coffee, vanilla and a subtle strawberry flavor. The stout is nice and sweet, making it seem even more rich.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a rich smoothness to it. Carbonation is good for style and the finish is roasty with notes of vanilla.

Overall this is a pretty tasty beer and a nice twist on the style. It loses some points for the use of artificial flavorings, but they worked fairly well in this beer. I would definitely think about getting this brew again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saugatuck's Neapolitan Milk Stout looks like a stout should, with a dark brown body and tightly packed bubbles that form a nicely sized brown head.

The aroma is surprisingly sweet, with cream, strawberry and chocolate all included. It didn't even occur to me that this stuff was modeled after the ice cream until I smelled it, but I definitely realized it after my first whiff. Maybe I'm a little slow, but unexpected surprises are always nice.

This beer tastes like the ice cream. It's good. I don't really pick up any vanilla flavor, it is more of a creamy or milk flavor. The middle has a pronounced strawberry flavor, and dark chocolate rounds things out. I think the components are about equal, but the strawberry is probably a little more pronounced than the other two. It's pretty sweet, and there is almost a little bit of tartness to it, but that might be going too far.

The mouthfeel is a little light, but the carbonation is well done.

I'm surprised how much I liked this beer, it's pretty good. I might have to help myself to a couple more from my buddy's fridge when I am over there next. Whether you like this beer or not, it will be both unique and memorable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Garnet-tinged dark brown body. Pinkie finger of creamy, dark khaki head. Nice lacing. Smells pretty Neapolitan to me! Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and even some fruity berries (strawberries, sure, why not?).

Flash of roasted malt up front. Sweet mix of dark fruits, caramel, and milk chocolate quickly follow. Definitely shows some berry/strawberry flavors (but they aren't cloyingly sweet). Hints of vanilla, tobacco, and peat as well. Light coffee bitterness gets a bit lost in the fruity, chocolatey sweetness. Lingering berry in the finish. Medium-full body with a slightly chewy feel. Very well executed and it is what it says it is! Very impressed!

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours near black, no head or lacing.

Chocolate and dark roasted coffee in the smell.

There is a lot of chocolate up front with small hints of vanilla and strawberry. A nice coffee like bitterness comes in at the end.

Fairly smooth in the mouth but not as much as some other milk stouts.

This is a solid offering and was worth the try.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Neopolitan Stout a week ago for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer before at The World Expo of beer and it was one of the most memorable ones I tried that weekend, so when I saw some it on the shelf I just had to get it and see if the bottled version is as good as the draft, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottling into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks OK and has a picture of the ice cream on it to let you know that this should taste like the ice cream. It poured a very dark brown color that was close to being black and it had a nice two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a pretty good looking Milk Stout.

S- The aroma is really nice and unique, it smells like a combination of all the flavors in the ice cream which makes it pretty complex. I pick up some nicely roasted malts and some chocolate then comes some strawberry's that mix with the vanilla to give it a cream and strawberry aroma. It smells pretty sweet, but it should. A very nice and complex aroma that is what it's suppose to be.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma. It starts of with some nice dark roasty malts and chocolate, next come some vanilla, then comes the strawberry's, and there is some more chocolate on the finish and into the aftertaste. Ir's not nearly as sweet as the aroma was and it has a slightly bitter finish. I really like the taste of this beer, but I wish the strawberry's would stick out as much as they did in the aroma.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the thick side of being medium bodied and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation that suited it well. The mouthfeel is pretty good and is a good match for this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good experimental beer, this is the kind of beer that if I tasted it blindly I would think that only Short's can produce a beer that tastes so similar to the food it is based off of, but Saugatuck shows that Short's isn't the only Michigan brewery who knows how to make a damn good experimental beer. This beer has good drinkability for what it is and I would drink another if I had one, it wend down smoothly and it also makes for a perfect dessert beer. What I liked most about this beer was pretty much everything, this beer is pretty much exactly what it says it is and that's how an experimental beer should be, it also look and felt really good. The only thing I would change would be to add a little more strawberry flavor but it does show up a little more when it warms up so it's nothing to complain about. I will for sure buy this beer again and will be going back for some more. I highly recommend this beer if these kinds of experimental beers are your thing, it really does taste like the ice cream. I am really glad that Saugatuck decided to bottle this beer, when I had it at the beer expo I was told it was draft only so I was really surprised and happy to see this beer at the store. I did think the daft version was just a little better, the flavors seemed to pop a little more. This is my favorite beer from Saugatuck and is up there as one of my favorite experimental beers. Saugatuck really did a great job at making this taste like the ice cream while still keeping it drinkable and not to overdone, this shows that you guys have some serious talent when it comes to experimental beers and I would like to see what other crazy beers you guys can make, good job.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- A sloppy pour created a 2-finger brown head that sustained near a finger throughout. The body was the darkest brown, just a shade short of black. Nice rings left on the glass.

S- Wow! I didn't expect it to be so accurate. Right after popping the cap, it's chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. After pouring, it gets a little roasty in the glass.

T- At first sip, it's just like the ice cream. It goes in stages from chocolate to vanilla to strawberry and back to chocolate in the finish. That's actually the opposite of how I ate it as a kid. I'd plow through the strawberry and vanilla to savor the last of the chocolate. Like the aroma, it started to get a little roasty after a couple sips. However, the neopolitan components never really go away completely. Sweetness is fairly present, yet it certainly doesn't overwhelm.

M- Nice, full body. Moderate carbonation.

O- It's a fun beer, as these experimentals should be. It's a good reminder that you can enjoy something creative and outside of style guidelines. The strawberry takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate and vanilla after a while, but it's still really cool that they could get all 3 components to come together so clearly.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist and for bringing this back from MI!

A: Pours a dark cola hue with some ruby at the edges. Immediately, three thick and creamy fingers of light brown head form on top and hang around for a bit before melting down to a thin ring. Some ropey lace was left behind.

S: Unbelievably, this smells just like its' name. Roasty chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Seriously.

T: See above but with maybe a tad too much emphasis on the chocolate when cold. Balances out as it warms up.

M: Full and creamy with a subtle dry roastiness that comes on stronger as it warms. Leaves a nice prickle on the tongue after the sweetness in the beginning.

O: This was such a surprise. Thanks Heath!

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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