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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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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Photo of tedvr
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a caramel head. Smells of vanilla and raspberry. Malt taste with a nice blend of raspberry and vanilla. Mild carbonation. Nice stout with very interesting tastes, very complex.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice head.
S: A confectionery-like strawberry smell.
T: It's like a smokey stout with a quite agreeable strawberry milkshake flavour. It's slightly sweet and very earthy indeed. Quite bitter actually. Just a bit metallic.
O: A very interesting combination. A sound stout, if not a bit girly.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Well, a lot of people seem to like this one so I was hopeful. However, I found the flavours in the beer to be unbearably artificial. There was the familiar ashy flavour of a stout mixed with sickly artificial flavour.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice milk stout pours a muddy blackish brown with a nice head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of strawberry syrup, milk chocolate, and vanilla....yup....neapolitan. Flavors follow the nose with strawberry and slight vanilla on all sides, chocolate fades in with deep roasted notes and finishes with a roasted cocoa malt note. Smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel with light carbonation. An interesting twist on a milk stout.

Hey, at least ya' can't say it's "rather singular"---it definitely has all three flavors present. The strawberry tastes on the artificial side. Other than that decent.


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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a solid, very dark brown color that has zero interest in letting in any light at all. has a very tan/light brown head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/4 inch with good retention and pretty nice lacing. Aromas of strawberry, vanilla, and roasted chocolate are all present here on the nose. Flavors of big roasted chocolate and caramel malt sweetness are present followed by the aforementioned strawberry and vanilla, which seem to occur simultaneously and linger on the back end of the tongue. The roasted chocolate and caramel sweet notes are much more present on the front end of the tongue. Has a slight hop presence too. Also has a crisp, slightly prickly, also smooth and lactic like, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. Quite nice and easy to drink. An interesting take on this style that is certainly worth a try.


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Photo of Reneejane
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is pretty amazing. A really great nitro beer. Very smooth. Truly reminiscent of neopolitan ice cream. Tastes like chocolate vanillaand strawberry. Slightly dry finish. I'm surprised at how the strawberry comes through. Sign me up for more strawberry stouts. A great idea and well executed.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 09/29/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like Neapolitan ice cream. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are all noticeable, along with some roasted malt and nuttiness. The flavor is just like the aroma. I do have to say that at first the strawberry wasn't very strong until the beer warmed up and sat around a little while, so you probably shouldn't drink this one cold at all. It just got better and better the longer I drank it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this a lot, glad I bought a 4-pack of it!

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Photo of macher0
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Dark, dark, but not completely black. Sort of thin.

S. Domestic yeast and roasted malts.

T. Dark malts, creamed coffee, and a little hop bitterness.

M. This really takes a great turn here. Very silky and full body.

O. The feel is way more silky than the appearance. A good milk stout.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on 08/19/2015

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 2 finger tall off white colored head. Good staying power on the head eventually dropping down to no head and a thin ring. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass as well. A gentle swirl brings back a thick cap of head.

Smell: lightly roasty stout aroma. Vanilla and chocolate are very evident adjuncts in the aroma. Also smelling a nutty aroma almost like peanut butter. Not much of a hint of strawberry in the nose.

Taste: Light bitterness and roasted and nutty malt profile balanced with light sweetness; this stout is not overtly sweet. Light chocolate flavor and light vanilla is present as well. I do actually taste a hint of strawberry in the flavor and you do not have to look hard to find it. All adjunct are present and all well balanced and integrated into the stout. Strawberry comes out even more as the beer warms up and you also start to taste the lactose as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low yet adequate carbonation. Very drinkable stout; drinks true to the 6% ABV. Not boozey at all.

Overall: A nicely balanced stout. One consideration that I have is that the adjuncts may have faded a bit since this was bottled back in august. I would like to see another version of this that is really over the top sweet with big aroma and flavor from the adjuncts. That would be very interesting to try. I would still consider picking up a 4 pack of this on a year basis.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours brown with a medium sized khaki head. Smells strongly of strawberry and vanilla with some roasted malt and cocoa. The taste is pretty standard with more roasted malt, but has added flavors of strawberry, cocoa, vanilla, and lactose. Below average body and medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but not as much as other milk stouts. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and it reminded me of the ice cream.

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Photo of Raime
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Neapolitan Milk Stout.

Saw this for the first time today at my local craft shop and thought it sounded different enough to warrant a purchase. Usually not the biggest fan of milk stouts, but they do have a large variance in terms of what exactly can be done with it. Enough philosophy, let's drink.

Look - From a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Poura a nearly pitch black with a finger and a half off khaki colored head that sticks around for about a minute or so before going away into a thick cloud formation around the top of what appears to be fresh motor oil. Carbonation is virtually impossible to read due to the depth of the coloration.

Smell - Well I'll be fucked. The Neapolitan aspect is certainly the dominating factor on tge nose. Strawberry makes itself most noticable with chocolate and vanilla on the back ends. It smells exactly as the lable would lead you to believe. Cannot wait to dive into this one.

Taste - More of the typical stout flavors come out in the taste. The chocolate at first is different than an ice cream bar and is more Crunch bar esque, BUT the ice cream sandwich characteristics do come through mid palate once again headed by the strawberry, lending the way to chocolate and slight amounts of vanilla upon swallow. Alcohol is oddly noticable despite the low amounts present in the beer.

Feel - Body is very full and substantialy creamy despite the fact the head is completely gone at this point. Lactoae becomes more noticable as the beer sits and drinking it cold gives off the whole ice cream sandwich vibe ever more. Carbonation is pretty high and if you've enjoyed the beer so far it gives you the illusion of melting ice cream in your mouth.

Overall - This is a stout you should drink cold to really feel the nostalgia of being a kid on a hot summer day, minus the creepy ice cream man who turned out to be on a sex offenders list. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it is still a beer I think everybody should definitely try. Would also make a good beer for your girlfriend/wife/fiance/your mom. Banged 'em all so I would know..ya know. Anyway, very solid stout, and probably my favorite milk/sweet stout to date. Don't give a shit if the old timers consider this one a gimmick, as it was a gimmick well played and precisely executed.

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Photo of Savan
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours BLAQ with a frothy cream head that leaves only a thin lacing. Smells of Neopolitan ice cream (got figure right). Taste is mostly chocolate with underbite of Strawberry and ever so subtle of Vanilla. Has a heavy feel about it though light on carbonation.Over all A D*MN fine brew indeed! not one for the masses that only enjoy hops! But he whom ist worthy of the like ...

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - low head. Dark opaque. 3.5

S - smells very much like ice cream. Hints of roasted barley. 4.25

T - burnt paper. Faint hints of strawberry stems. 2.5

M - decent creamy milk stout 3

O - smells and tastes didn't match. An oddity. 2.75

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Photo of emyers
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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'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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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth beer, but all the extra flavors (vanilla, raspberry) taste very artificial. Leaves a bad aftertaste so while the smoothness is fun, the rest makes me want to pass.

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

The strawberry and vanilla tastes definitely come through. The chocolate gets lost, however you pick up hints of it at the end. Nice beer, though. I'd drink it again.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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