Milk Stout | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

very good
11 Reviews

Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 16
Photo of gskitt
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I certainly would not say that this is he best milk stout I have had, but it was very good. Almost black, head retention is not long. Smells of sweet milk chocolate yoohoo. Tastes very much the same, like decadent milk chocolate and yoohoo, some char or burnt coffee on the end. Really smooth and creamy. No ABV but I would like to think this is very drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice stout which does not feature the harshness of the dry stouts. Yet, it is not that sweet nor does it have the lactose laden flavors.

It is nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves ample lace on the glass.

The smell is muted; it's missing some of the expected elements of mocha and burnt toast. But it does have a touch of chalkiness to the otherwise dark malt aroma.

This is a very easy to consume stout. It's smooth--it coats the tongue and gullet. It's rich but not thick. The aftertaste has some elements of dark chocolate.

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Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with traces of red and a frothy tan 1 inch head. Little to no spotty lacing but the nice head retention makes up for the difference.
Smell is of light chocolate, creamy caramel, vanilla, and roasted chestnuts.
Taste is of the same delicate smell as mentioned above.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with a creamy texture and a sweet smoothness rippling across the tongue and palate.
Drinkability is nice. Very easy drinking aside from the supposed "around 7% abv" that the bartender claimed.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of Truh
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I saw Mrs. O’Leary’s cow with this one on 9/18/2004. 16-oz. pint at the source in the heart of Harvard Square.

Mocha cream pillow casing at start with absolute tons of stick, though after the pour subsided I noted a good amount of empty space at the top of the glass, which made me sad. Not much to relate about the hue other than black, real black. A touch of roastiness, some sweet lactose, and unsweetened chocolate on nose. To taste, chummy sweet European dark chocolate with just a touch of smoke, flaked bran, and molasses mixed with dark brown sugar. This one had me immediately ordering a second.

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Photo of Billolick
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured black, with a tan head, moderate lacing. Very little aroma noted, pleasant lighter bodied stout, sweet malts up front, supported by healthy amount of roasted malt notes, nice long finish, made this offering a decent, middle of the road selection.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a soapy looking head. Slight lactose in the nose with a little leafy English hop and some yeast. Flavor is very clean with a light milkiness, light body, nice creaminess, nut skin, light caramel, boring yeast (1056?). Overall a very nice, creamy, drinkable, mild version of the style that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This delicious brew poured a smooth brown body with a soft creamy head. The beer was asweet almost sugary stout which had a pleasant finish with hints of chocolate overtones. Harvard's Milk stout is suprisingly non-filling allowing me to drink them all night.

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Photo of aaronh
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pittsburgh Location.

Dark brown with a tan, creamy head. Sweet roasted malt aroma and a touch of hops. Very sweet on the initial taste, with nice roastiness as well. Very nice caramel and chocolate notes appear, folowed by decent bittering on the finish. Good, smooth mouthfeel and very good drinakbility. A fine beer.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The local JHBH now has the milk stout on cask, and I must say, it was much much better just on tap. It was much smoother and less carbonated, yet it seemed to lose much of it complexity. I was not the only one who felt this way, as everyone I was there with preferred it not to be on cask.

The lack of carbonation was quite nice, and a beautiful thick tan head stayed on the beer the entire way through. The flavor was pleasantly bitter, yet seemed to lose the nice aroma and flavor of sweet chocolate and coffee. This was as smooth as could be, but cask conditioning did not seem to make it better.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great, off the beaten path, offering form JH. Nearly-black colour with a sticky, brown head with a heavy lace. Scent of black malts and faint, fruity, maybe hop flower tones. This brew derives its sweetness from milk lactose, says the menu. I just say it is a fine creaminess that is sweet, but not that oaty sweet. Pretty cool. There also shades of chocolate and a mild bitterness. This brew is an ultra smooth and rich medium body that fills the mouth with comfort. Word up.

This is a fine, slick, sweet stout that cries to be followed by another. Appease the stout. John Harvard's brew are always great and interesting. Dig this. Cheers!

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Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Very black with a frothy tan lace. Cask: Very black with a thin ring of lace.

Smell: Creamy sweet of faint alcohol and ripe fruit. Cask: Fruity with roasted overtones.

Taste: Creamy body, sweetness is on top but then comes some chocolate and coffee flavours, mild hop and more mocha lingering in the back. Cask: Creamy chewy body with lots of ripe fruit and a rounded sweetness which are cut by some mocha undertones and a mild hop.

Notes: This brew is on an even keel, just enough lactose ... nice to see a truly good milk stout.

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Milk Stout from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
4.04 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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