Neapolitan Milk Stout | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Neapolitan Milk StoutNeapolitan Milk Stout

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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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Ratings: 931 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 thatoneguymike
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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 crbnfbr
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of do_ob
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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 MasterPenguins
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mlockman
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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 GoodBeerCost
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lightman
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Svingjo
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mhpendleton
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JiminKY
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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 -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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Photo of akopczyk
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fun beer to drink. Light barrel character and then it hits all three Neapolitan notes. It's a touch thick, but it's an excellent sipper.

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Photo of TooGood
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildkiwi
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Mehinaman
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -8.9%
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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Photo of wcu80
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 931 ratings