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Milk Stout | Mikkeller ApS

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £5.20 for a single.

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black body that when held to the light allows some crimson slivers to be observed near the edges of the glass. A tall, fluffy, three-finger in height, light-tan coloured head with excellent retention reduces slowly to a thick cap, leaving dense rings of sticky lace.

The subtle nose skews slightly closer to sweet rather than bitter, despite primarily consisting of dry, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and bitter cocoa powder. Suggestions of acidic green coffee bean and espresso are noticeable underneath, while hints of smoke and char become apparent towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit, leading initially with light toasted grain sweetness. Dry, darker roasted malts and bitter baking chocolate quickly follow, sweetening around the mid palate with traces of stone fruit and hints of vanilla. Towards the latter half, roasted profiles intensify, bringing freshly ground espresso beans, burnt grains, wood-smoke and char, as well as prevalent pine and woody hop profiles not noted in the aroma. In the mouth, a medium body and modest amounts of soft, fine carbonation feel reasonably smooth, despite being a little thin. On the end, robust lingering roast, bittersweet cocoa and resinous pine profiles dry the palate considerably, finishing with a crisp and clean astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer, and an interesting take on the style. Darker, drier and more intense than traditionally expected, lactose serves solely as a means to soften bitterness, without deviating from the heavily roast-focused structure. Remarkably complex for the relatively low 6% ABV, it is well-balanced, well-crafted and surprisingly quaffable. Recommended.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am trying new beers today because it is New Beer Sunday (Week 599) and I have some new beers to review. I purchased this one recently at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop and I am looking forward to seeing what it brings to the day.

Nothing of note on the bottle, so nothing to do but Pop! the cap. Having done so, an aggro pour brought forth two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was as black as night (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled like liquefied dark chocolate & now my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was thick, heavy and creamy, like a dollop had been spooned onto my tongue. The taste gave the misnomer to "Sweet" because it may have been brewed with lactose, hence "Milk", but it had a fantastic smoky bitterness that reminded me of my morning coffee. I do not ruin it with milk, cream and/or sugar and this had that same taste, just kind of cold. No wonder that this is getting such great ratings! Finish was dry and smoky, leaving me licking my lips and looking even more closely at the label. I find it hard to believe that this is only 6% ABV. This is quite the beer and worth seeking out!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark brown body with 2 fingers of head
S: sweet milk chocolate, has a lacto/milky nose. A slight bitter roasted nose
T: like the nose, starts milky sweet but with a little dark roasted malt to balance it out
F: easy drinking and smooth. Thin body though

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Photo of janubio
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two fingers head that fades soon, leaving good ring and lace. Aroma of herbs, pepper, spices, some citrus notes. Medium body, creamy and harsh palate, great carbonation. Taste of spruce, lemon, herbs, candy, spices.

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Photo of teddibrewski
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth stout with a great mouthfeel, sweet up front with a hop bitterness to finish. This is another really good beer by Mikkeller and i look forward to trying some of the beers in their beer geek series

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Photo of pinyin
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from the 11.8 ounce bottle into a 9 ounce miniature wine glass at 37F.

Excellent lacing texture and color for a milk stout. Not quite pitch black, but the head retention is perfect and it has that really attractive slightly dark tint to it.

Nose aroma is a rosey floral, followed by a very nice balance of marris otter and specialty malts. There is some sort of flowery and carmely sucrose fermentable that is synonymous with the Mikkeller brand as the main component of this milk stout, and whatever it is, it's amazing in a stout. By far the most dialed in session stout recipe in the industry.

The aforementioned floral, caramel, marris maltiness in this stout is so well balanced. The most surprising aspect of this stout though is how well it holds up taste wise, to sitting on the shelf. Granted I didn't purchase a shelf turd, but many of these specialty Mikkeller stouts really age well in their miniscule 11.8 ounce bottles on store shelves, for one reason or another.

Mouthfeel here is superb. Certainly some oats or heavier grains like spelt to really capture a velvety palate explosion. This milk stout is like drinking gourmet liquid Milk Duds if such a thing existed.

So yeah, if you've ever experienced Milk Duds as a kid on Halloween, this is the adult liquified version.

If you have the extra $$ to splurge every so often, then any of these Mikkeller Stouts should fit the bill dependant upon the %ABV range you are looking for. I am really impressed by the marketing structure of these products, as well as the quality. Much better than Evil Twin, as if there was ever aNY comparison.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. This just arrived in my area, label is different than the beer pictured - my label is blue and white, also with the name Milkkeller (MILKkeller) on the front label. Mikkeller Milk Stout 6.00% abv.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Dark thick black pour, two fingers of thick creamy khaki-tan head.

S - A creamy, roasty milk stout aroma - lots of roasted barley malt, chocolate, dark black coffee, notes of cream.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of roast, burnt, char, barley malt, notes of coffee grinds, milk / cream. Typical flavors for the style.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, bitter roasty finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation for the style. Drinkable stuff.

Overall, a nice traditional milk stout from Mikkeller. Recommended.

Mikkeller Milk Stout -----4/5.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle.

A: Opaque black. Poured with a lot of foam, medium retention.
S: Woody. Roasted coffee.
T: Intense woody flavor. Roasted coffee. Mildly sourness. A little butter. Dry. Medium bitterness. Long and bitter finish.
M: Medium body. High carbonation.
O: Pretty nice low alcohol content stout. The flavor is solid and delicious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is sweet, milky and chocolaty, even a bit hoppy. Taste starts slightly sweet, lactic and roasty on the finish. Body is medium, smooth with medium carbonation. Quite nice overall, not overly sweet, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of superspak
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/3/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass. Amazing appearance! Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Medium roast/char and herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and spicy hop balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding milk stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A bit on the dry side for the style; but it is still very rich and robust for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious milk stout. I would consider this a prototype for the style. Dark color with rich, creamy head which creates mysteriously shaped lace patches on the glass. Aroma is intoxicating with a gentle roastiness coupled with lactose sweetness. It actually smells like milk! Flavor is much the same with delicate roasted malt, perfectly balanced, creamy lactose. Suggests a white Russian flavor in the finish. Awesome stuff. So flavorful, savory, sweet and refreshing all at the same time.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought online from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant, raisin and black grape fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted milky chocolate notes, toasted malt loaf, caramel and molasses sweetness, again some dark berry fruits, light nutmeg traces, quite a lot of sweet nutty hints, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely drinkable even at 6%...

Overall - A very enjoyable stout - might be a little sweet for some though... recommended...

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of an aroma, slight anise. Roasted flavors and a creamy mouthfeel make for a medium bitter coffee roast flavor. Quality follow through, great taste for such a quiet beer aroma-wise.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque black with creamy tan 2-finger head, good retention.
Smell is excellent. Radically coffee and chocolate, lactose hues.
Taste - chocolate, coffee. Excessively sweet, smooth and even slightly hoppy.
Thin, with moderate carbonation. Taste and mouthfeel make some mess.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

apparently not retired, unless the 100312 number on the cap is the date it was bottled and, hence, sitting on the shelf at Hacienda Beverages for the last few years?
beautiful, creamy chocolate-milk topper..... smell is mocha and espresso.
some pine and bitterness in the creamy lactose-flavored liquid. a little thin. some mocha in the flavoring and little sweet.
overall, decent and typical of what i know Mikkeller to be....

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty milk stout. Very smooth. Sweet start to beer. Not too strong of a stout flavor. Exactly what I want in this style of beer. Very good. Would buy again.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of pine, and a lactose sweetness. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong lactose sweetness, roasted malt, alcohol, slight hops, and a hint of pine. Overall, a more balanced Milk Stout than I'm accustomed to having, but the hops and pine did not distract from the style.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick head. Smells of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is very similar to smell with additional sweetness from lactose. Finish is slightly bitter.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 5/21/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured in to a "STORZ" 12 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours a pitch black in color with a good 2+-finger foamy beige head that lasted a bit before settling down to around to about 3-4mm. LOTS of sticky lacing was seen after each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste is close to the aroma with a very light hint of chocolate, unlike many other Milk Stouts. Also present is a hint of coffee. Does have a bitter finish unlike many of the other same style brews I have had in the past. Not as thick as others also. When it warmed up from the cooler it was actually better but still had a bit of a harsh finish, but still wasn't bad overall. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fine milk stout. Great black pour, much like espresso, with lots of lacing. I was thrown off by a heavy hop aroma, but the sweet taste covers the hop well until a little bitterness at the finish. I don't find the chocolate that many do, especially when compared to other stouts. Some coffee and roasted oat balances out the lactose. While nice and complex, I'm finding something about milk stouts is off putting to me.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours dark black with a very nice chocolate colored head and medium lacing.

Smell – Very malty, with chocolate milk. A little weak, but nice!

Taste – Malt with lowfat chocolate milk. It’s tasty!

Mouthfeel – A little watery, and a little low in alcohol. It’s tasty, but could be turned up a notch (needs more alcohol, in my opinion).

Drinkability – A very good stout. A bit light, but very easy drinking.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

A- Coal black, with pillowy tan head
S- Ummmm. Rich, but soft roasted malts. Chocolate milk.
T- Sweet, rich malt. Dark chocolate milk
M- Medium, could be a bit thicker

O- Smell and taste are spot on! Could be a tad thicker, but this is a pretty awesome milk stout

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours black with a light brown wispy head.

On first smell, I feel like something is not quite right with this beer. It starts with some cocoa and bitter coffee, but then the roast kicks in and brings with it a very resin-like note that dominates the lactose and the overall fragrance of the beer. It turns me off a bit, but I prefer my milk stouts closer to the chocolate milk type.

However, when you get to the flavor, it is quite more balanced. It is still more roasty than a typical milk stout, but good lactose remains with balanced sweetness. Lots of chocolate, roasted oats, and a sweet velvet finish.

Maybe I just don't like something in the smell, but taste wise, this is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left a little bit of lace ring. Aroma is pleasant java/stout as I get some roasted malts, close to coffee, some vanilla/milkey lactic notes, touch of chocolate even. Beer is well balanced and tastes like it smells as a light sweetness, more milk than vanilla or hint of vanilla chocolate, has subtle roasted and coffee malts behind it for a great beer. Basically, a sweet beer that isn't overly sweet and has a dry edge.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with a thick thin caramel had with short retention, but keeping a constant plate.
Initially intense aroma of coffee, licorice, light earthy hops and a muffed lemon.
Bold flavor of roasted malt with notes of coffee, decent amounts of lactic acid, earthy hops, vanilla bean, some dark fruits and chocolate cookies. Dry aftertaste with a bitterness from roasted notes.
Creamy and velvet body with appropriate carbonation.
Creamy milk and coffee brew, similar to a “pingado” concentrate or even a coffee flavored Yakult. If you like Milk Stouts, it is a good option from a brewer that masters dark tasty beers. And it could be a dessert beer as well.

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