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 | website

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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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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Photo of azkkr
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Quite weird. I think this is actually what they intended, but it truly tastes like icecream. Not convinced I like it, but it's definitely something to try.

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

A - Pours black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Aroma of strawberry milk, vanilla, and chocolate.

T - Folows the aroma. Sweet strawberry milk, dark chocolate, and vanilla in the front. Roasted malts produce a light bitterness in the finish that help balance the sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is the adult version of neopolitan ice cream. While it leans heavy on the strawberry there is enough balance to make this an above average milk stout.

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

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured black with a mocha-colored soapy head that left light splashy lace.

S- Artificial strawberry ice cream, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt notes.

T- Lots of that artificial strawberry ice cream flavor, milk chocolate, and vanilla. It finishes with just enough roasted malt and bitterness to keep the sweetness in check.

M- Smooth, medium body, and finishes dry.

O- Sure it is gimmicky idea for a beer, but this beer exceeded my expectations, It tastes exactly like a neapolitan beer milkshake. The strawberry flavor is definitely reminiscent of the the little ice cream cups with the wooden spoons, but in this case I don't mind that artificial taste.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for this one, a pitch black pour with a finger or so of creamy dark tan head. Aroma is indeed as advertised, milk chocolate, vanilla, red berries, and caramel with a whiff of ash. The sweet cream and berry notes become more prominent as one sips, although the opposite is true on the palate, with the chocolate and roasted barley notes increasing in salience. This crossover effect between nose and palate added to the experience to me ... Perhaps the strawberry is overdone, although the sweet cream, vanilla, coffee, and caramel elements gave me something else on which to focus and there was a robust charred barley note poking out that prevented things from becoming too sweet. I am reminded of dehydrated astronaut ice cream rather than the stuff in the big yellow bucket. Wonderful mouthfeel, silky smooth and rich but not overly thick. Finishes with faint grassy hops and light ash. Quite tasty all told, with some childhood nostalgia thrown in for good measure.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Smells like if you mixed together all the flavors in the carton of ice cream, dominated by the strawberry. Artificial strawberry up front, with a lingering chocolate bitterness in back. This is just ok. Couldn't drink a lot of this.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received as an extra in a trade.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a monstrous 4 inch head. It's incredibly fluffy and inviting looking. Bit ridiculous, though. There's a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells exactly like neapolitan ice cream, it's crazy. Huge amount of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry cream.

And, it tastes exactly like neapolitan. They got the sugary creaminess down pat. It's not too sweet, luckily, though- the bitterness of the roasted malt, and the bitterness of the chocolate itself kept it in check. The strawberry flavor is slightly artificial- but so is the strawberry flavor in Neapolitan ice cream, so I'll let it slide. Without being told it was a "neapolitan milk stout," I would have been able to clearly tell.

This one is just about the creamiest beer I've ever had, rich, creamy, and silky, with a slightly higher-than-I'd-like amount of carbonation, contributing to the monster head.

A most excellent effort.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9.23.14 and enjoyed from a snifter

A pretty fantastic approximation of neapolitan ice cream, with some nice twists on the three traditional flavors.

On the nose there's roasted coffee, roasty chocolate malts, tart strawberries, and faint vanilla. The strawberry tends to dominate the nose, but not always: there's a healthy dose of coffee and roasty chocolate. The taste follows the nose perfectly, though there's no coffee flavors here (it's not a coffee stout, so no worries). Nice rich dark chocolate, sweet and tart berries, and sweet cream. There's lots of sweet notes here, but they're played off perfectly against the roasted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, more like a porter than a stout. Not thin by any stretch.

I love this beer, and am glad to see it back in distribution in Toledo.

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Photo of Arty_Man
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

This beer is great. Enjoyed it at Whole Foods while shopping a while back served on Nitro. Can't wait for it to be back in distribution this fall.

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Photo of StoutGeek
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Had this beer at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp in Chicago and was extremely surprised at how complex the flavors were in this beer. It tasted just like the ice cream... had to get a few refills on this one!

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Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 12 oz. undated bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The super dark brown body had a solid, tan head that lasted a good while.

The smell was strawberries and chocolate! The aromas intensified as it warmed.

The taste was perfectly captured in the name of the beer. Neapolitan ice cream flavors. Cocoa nibs and strawberries. Vanilla too. Cherries, big fruity flavors. However, a strange artificial flavor character overcame the beer as it warmed. That was disappointing.

The body was medium density and creamy. Adequate carbonation.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A heavily dark, shining though almost completely black brew pours from the tap into the glass and settles with a firm, thick medium brown head that retains itself well and leaves behind strong patching.
From the get-go, it's pretty impressive how close to the mark this beer is. Strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, it's all there from the first sniff to the last sip, and consistently. There's a light roast, and the malts let you know it's still a stout, though it isn't especially roasty or heavy. The sweetness of the strawberry and vanilla aren't cloying, either, and the chocolate in particular is curbed to make the other elements as (or more) noticeable, but all in all the brewers pretty much nailed it. I haven't been particularly impressed with Saugatuck until now.
Smooth and well carbonated but not too crisp, this beer has a nice body, a certain robustness without being huge, and a great creamy feel.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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