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 jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours pitch black with a thin, lasting head that leaves lacing.

It smells like a Neapolitan ice cream - chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. It is strong on the chocolate.

It tastes similar to a Neapolitan ice cream - chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. A rich, slightly roasty, stout character comes through adding to the chocolate character. Sweet- leaning, but enough (lactose?) to keep it from being too sweet.

It has a rich body with something of a velvety texture.

An interesting novelty beer - It is similar to a Neapolitan ice cream. And there is a solid milk stout character as support.

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Photo of GrahamDN
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pretty much just black, showing only faintly brown highlights at the edge. Basically nails the Neapolitan notes on the nose, with strawberry ice cream standing out over an inseparable vanilla-chocolate undercurrent that evokes Irish cream. It doesn't really smell like actual strawberries, vanilla, or chocolate though--it smells like ice cream. Aromatic coffee and subtle licorice notes from the roasted malts underscore the dominant aromas.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, there's a weird side to this beer. Somehow it's easy to overlook, but when you first pour this beer, you can smell black olives if you're thinking about it, and you can miss it just as easily. It seems to disappear as the beer warms though. Strange.

Sweet!--which is, I guess, appropriate--with a smooth texture. The flavor has all the same elements as the smell, but less balanced, dominated by a distorted strawberry character.

An interesting gimmick beer, but nothing to seek out. Not likely to buy again.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours black with tan head, one finger. Quickly fades after aggressive pour.

S - Smells like ice cream initially. Sort of Synthetic smell, flavorings. Roasted chocolate with minor sweet hints of vanilla or strawberry.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt dominant. Hardly any taste of strawberry when cold. Minimum vanilla, smoke notes apparent.

M - Mouthfeel is on par. In the middle of thin vs thick. Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel overall. I think this was good for this style.

Overall its a good brew. It is however a specialty. Does taste slightly artificial, same as smell and it is pretty apparent. Would drink again. But would share.

Share it.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A truly sessionable dessert beer. I could enjoy 1 or 8, either way would be fine. This is almost as if they melted a milkshake and bottled it up. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry all come through surprisingly well.

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Photo of ZombieHead
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

chocolate and strawberry stout! definitely worth trying if you get a chance. nice sweet milk stout that might appeal to even those who don't generally enjoy stouts

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Photo of kevanb
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout tulip glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick, viscous and opaque with a billowy two fingers of light khaki head that has nice retention and leaves huge swatches of lace. The aroma is very unique, neapolitan is the perfect description, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, a touch of roasted grain and raspberry jam, but this is quite interesting, very sweet and definitely has a lactose type aroma that really evokes the sensation of ice cream. The flavors mirror the nose, strawberry at first, a touch sugary and artificial but mildly jammy, long sweeping sensations of milk chocolate, light vanilla bean, rich malted grain with a tinge of roast and chalkiness. The mouthfeel is decent, a bit thin and carbonated, coats moderately well, creamy texture, very smooth and soft finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: Quite the interesting beer, definitely a unique and spot on interpretation of Neapolitan ice cream. It's a bit sweet for me and the oddly roasted quality at the finish doesn't seem to fit, though it helps to balance the beer at least. Lovers of a dessert stout will find this right to their liking.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with nice head retention. Smells of roasted malt aromas with hints of milk. Taste is complex. Starts out sweet and smooth, then the taste of roasted malts and bitterness in the back of the throat. Overall a pretty good milk stout. Recommended for a try.

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Photo of Adam4501
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I guilted my cousin back in Michigan to send me some. I am currently nursing the last of a six pack. Smell this stout. Breathe it in. Then put the cap back on and mail it to me...

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an over-saturated dark brown with a short-lived, dark tan head, more fizzy than foamy. No lace is left behind at all.
Smell is chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, a little wet cardboard. Decently balanced.
Taste is Tootsie Roll(chocolate & vanilla) and toasted malts with a faint cardboard note. Aftertaste has more of the malt, less of the chocolate & vanilla. Still decently sweet and well balanced.
Medium bodied with a lighter effervescence. Come off as more of a porter but that's picking nits, really. Good stuff.

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Photo of interzen
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Opaque black pour with a centimetre or so of bubbly tan head which recedes to a thin foam cap fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Think ice-cream, in particular Neapolitan ice cream. You get hit with chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and malts almost as soon as the cap is off the bottle. This sounds like the sort of aroma profile that shouldn't work, but by golly it does.

Taste: Oh dear $DEITY - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, fruit. You name it, it has it - a veritable taste explosion but in a good way. There's the teeniest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste but that doesn't detract from the fact that this tastes amazing.

Feel: Kind of anaemic compared to some stouts, but the flavour makes up for it - feels full bodied, even with relatively little carbonation. Fairly light ABV-wise too, so drinkable with it.

Overall: If it were feasible to have my blood replaced with this then I probably would - it's absolutely amazing. Sadly, it was a 'chance' inclusion in a mixed case of American beers that I bought recently, and the folks that I got this from don't list any Saugatuck ales at all, which is a pity. I suspect that this is going to take some hunting down, but given the chance I'll have it again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/30/14:
Pours quite dark, with an ok head, which fades to minimal rim lacing. There is a hint of lacing here and there. The nose is a bit chocolately, with a hint of fruitiness, berry in nature. I get some smokiness when its (too) cold. My GF says she loves the smell, so maybe I'm missing something tonight.

The taste starts with a bit chocolate, and is very smooth from the get go. The berry (I get raspberry more than strawberry) comes through next, adding a tartness to the taste. This taste never takes over the beer, but comes close. If I search, I can sense some vanilla as the berry flavor fades, but more I like the smooth feel at that point. The "smokey" notes I get in the smell might be the bitter tastes I get in the end, which are a bit green wood in nature.

Overall, the more the beer warms, the more I enjoy it, and the feel becomes silkier. An interesting beer you should definitely try once for yourself (warm).

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Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I like this beer and it does smell and taste like Neapolitan ice cream, but artificial flavor and color added? Really? I guess the ice cream is probably artificially flavored also, but this is supposed to be craft beer and this just feels like a shortcut. Scores would be way higher if they could make this naturally.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up another bottle for a review from Vintage Estate. $2.99 retail

A - Good looking stout very dark with a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - AGAIN best part of this novelty beer is the smell like straight up Strawberry/Vanilla ice cream.
T - Guess its achieved by additives since the taste is mostly stout with an artificial berry flavor. Still sweet and tasty.
M - Medium bodied and chewy it does drink like a full stout.

Overall I grabbed two of these since I remember how I loved it but my review is taken back again since most revisits tend to be lacking. Still it's a gimmicky different milk stout worth trying!

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

Bottle to snifter

A - Off color head nice lacing, dark black beer

S - Strawberry, vanilla, toasted

T - sweetness to start then some bittersweet chocolate and roasty coffee nice berry finish

M - Silky smooth.creamy. Medium body. Lower carb

O - a great dessert beer,prob couldn't have more than 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of Chaz
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep-ruby red in color -- black to the eye, and topped with a decent enough lookin' medium-to-darkish tan head. Good lacing, good head retention.

BUT THAT NOSE! ZOMG, dood! It smells like an ice cream truck filled with Twizzlers overturned after hittin' a dairy cow! Even though I avoid chick flicks, am not lactose intolerant in the least, but this will still be brutal goin' down.

First sip and BAM! Over-powering sweetness and confectioners sugar, fake-ass strawberry jam and weird, citrus off-notes all bombarding my puny mortal palate. Even the aromas are there in the nasal passages, sawing and hacking at what was left of my finely-tuned nose. As far as sampling goes for tonight, this is a "one and done" affair.

Underneath the strawberriness there's the lactose sugar, sure enough, so it is on style to that degree. There's something like a silky-smooth texture as well, also par for the course for your run of the mill milk stout when properly executed. Top marks for that, alone.

No real vanilla goin' on (probably a good thing...) and chocolate notes are minimal, aside from some traditional (porter) roast character.

There's some bitterness to counterbalance the sweetness, but not too much.

"Natural and artificial flavors. Caramel colors added." - UH OH! Don't look now, but the 'Food Babe' is 'bout ready to pitch a fit! But aside from her (or anyone with lactose issues -- don't go near this, please) I believe that this would make for a most excellent 'chick beer', my brothers and sisters. So when you are curled up on the couch watching "Mean Girls" for the fifteenth time with your newest Millennial sweetie, you might want to slip her a couple of these, if ya know what I mean. And you enjoy yo' 40 and 420. Ahem.

Overall this is well-done for what it is, but it just ain't my bag, baby.

Pretty fresh (12/01/14 if I'm reading the second line of the code correctly.)

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

I purchased a 4 pack of this on kind of a whim, after drinking it, I am glad I did!

Poured into a shaker, the beer is a dark brown bordering a black. There is a decent tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, coco and a bit of strawberry.

The taste leads with toasty malts & a bit of chocolate. There are some vanilla notes and the strawberry is really only noticeable in the finish. I’m impressed that they were able to get all the elements of a Neapolitan in a beer.

The mouth is fine and a touch coating.

I can see having one of these every so often as a nice alternative to a desert.

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Photo of gollem
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise this is. I'm not the biggest fan of stouts, but my buddy brought some of this down from Michigan (in a 12oz bottle), and so we had second dessert after the dirt cake.

It's relatively light, in taste and body (I have no idea how to rate "look"--it looks like stout, duh). Not a lot of head. Anyway, yes--I thought the label (which is gorgeously retro) and the name were a joke, but no, it really does taste and smell like Neapolitan. It has a chocolatey-strawberryy taste and a feel in the mouth of dairy/vanilla, and it is fun, really fun to drink. I don't think I've ever had a Milk Stout before, and I suppose I expected something stronger and heavier, but this was fine and I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of Kansas
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased on draft at Bar Louie in Detroit.

It looks like a stout with a nice thick head that laces the glass as you drink. This truly smells like neopolitan ice cream! The taste follows with a light strawberry creaminess blending perfectly with the roasted malt/"textbook" stout flavor that dominates but doesn't overpower. Smoother and less bitter than most stouts. Mouthfeel is very creamy, and balance is perfect. Wow! Is this my new favorite stout? Very well done!

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Photo of aussieyank
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, full bodied stout with hints of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla - just like the label says! There is a slight bitterness to the flavor but it's not enough to detract from richness of the stout itself.

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

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Arrived in a snifter.

A: Arrived in the snifter a deep brown-black with a thin tan head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing was patchy.

S: Oh, the sweetness that rolled out of that snifter! This was not unlike the aroma of heavy whipping cream, with some strawberries and chocolate syrup mixed in.

T: Creamy and sweet indeed, this actually tastes not unlike what I would imagine a mouthful of Neapolitan ice cream would, if taken with a hefty swig of sweetened medium-roast coffee. The malt profile is present, but the lactose, vanilla, and chocolate flavors are the stars, with hints of berry rolling around the edges.

M: Smooth, thick, and creamy, this makes for quite an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: For a dessert beer, or as a stout refuge away from the relentless and unending array of hop-forward beers out there, this is quite tasty. Will repeat.

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Photo of daddycard
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with minimal head. Aroma fits the spirit of the beer perfectly although the stawberry is a little on the artificial side. Tastes of a wonderful mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Again the stawberry reminded me of freeze dried stawberry ice cream instead of fresh strawberries but i think this plays into the neapolitan theme. Wonderful beer that lives up to its name.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow....great beer saugatuck! Pours an opaque with ecru head and no lace. The scent carried hints of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. The taste was a nice medium bodied stout with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pretty opaque black. Small brown head.

S- Mostly strawberries and coffee. Some vanilla like sweetness.

T- Strawberry, coffee, small amount of chocolate and vanilla. More roasty than expected. A touch too sweet but it is a dessert beer.

M- Nice, full, viscous.

O- Not too bad, the strawberry comes through the most and the chocolate is more of a coffee but pretty decent.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut color with a minimal khaki head. Aroma smells of coffee grounds with hints of salted caramel and lactose.

The taste features a strident, chemical bitterness that exceeds black coffee along with some lactose up front, followed by one of the most off-putting finishes I’ve ever encountered. After the initial barrage subsides, the palate is assaulted by a crescendo of pure aspirin. I was leary about the label’s touting of “artificial flavors added”, and unfortunately those words rang truer than I would have liked. The moderately high carbonation and medium body afford a smooth enjoyable mouthfeel; it’s just a shame it has not the taste to match.

Overall, this is a bitter, synthetic mess that isn’t worth the time to try.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/21/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown, almost black with light getting through. This one has ruby red hues and a small off-white head that disappears quick and doesn't leave much lacing or retention. The aromas have a sweet strawberry fragrance. The chocolate malts are there. Some blueberry. Some vanilla. It kind of smells artificial, but it still smells nice and is pretty unique. The flavors are definitely bittersweet. It starts off tart with the first few sips, but the tartness vanishes quickly. More strawberry and blueberry. Lots of roasty dark chocolate notes. Vanilla bean is there. Subtle coffee notes, especially in the finish. It has a nice bitterness in the finish as well. It borderlines having an artificial taste up front, but this one has a nice finish to it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms.

This starts off rough around the edges at first, but everything basically comes together at the end. This is a unique beer to say the least. I went into this thinking I would love it, but I ended up just liking it. It even had moments when I was questioning it, but I give them credit for this one. They basically deliver exactly what they advertised. It ultimately reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 836 ratings.
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