Milk Stout
Mikkeller ApS

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #142
Ranked #4,419
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellar temp 11.2 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Bottle cap stamped 24/09/18, which I assume is bottled on date.
The bottle has been in my cellar since I got it in a trade about 1.5 years ago.
The beer pours a deep, rich cola brown color with no light passing through my glass when I hold it to the light.
A dense creamy beige head of 3.5 cm foams up and fades slowly as I sample the beer. This foam leaves dense lattice as it fades and after each sip.
The aroma is rich and malty with dark chocolate, roasted malt notes, coffee grounds, and a bit of brown sugar and chocolate milk character. No hint of any hop character, and a lot more roasted notes than I expected from the nose.

First sip reveals a medium body with smooth creamy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. The beer drinks pretty easy as I was expecting when I selected it for the evening.
Flavor is a lot more coffee ground and roasted than I expected, and almost has a charred wood character to it. There is a good mix of milk chocolate and brown sugar too but the coffee grounds flavor lingers and is clearly a dominant player. Hops are absent and the booze is hidden.
If I didnt know, I would swear this was a coffee stout based on the flavor profile. I think it is a solid flavor profile, but the beer isnt as sweet as I anticipated for the style and the coffee flavor is much more starbucks black than light and sweet profile.

Jun 15, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black liquid.

Dark khaki head; nice lacing.

Great chocolate and milk nose. Enticing.

Thick mouthfeel.

A creamy, viscous milk chocolate explosion. A great representation of the style.

May 15, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, messy lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, chocolate.

T: Sweet, chocolate, slightly bitter, hint of roasted coffee. Nice.

F: Light to medium bodied, nicely flavored.

O: Pretty good beer. Not a standout though.

Nov 02, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, cocoa, a hint of coffee and light lactose. Flavor follows, with mildly sweet dark toasted malt, lactose, cocoa and a slight bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee. Smooth. Medium bodied with light creaminess. One of the problems of having tasted so many big imperial stouts is that regular strength stouts seem lacking on first taste and it takes some perspective to review them for what they are and not compare them to the larger models. So it is a pleasant surprise every time I run into a standard strength stout that is both full of flavor and balanced into the finish and this is one of them. It breaks no ground in milk stouts, and is a pretty classic example of one, but all the flavors are integrated and the finish is full with lingering cocoa and malt. Nicely done from a reliable brewer of stouts.

Sep 06, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From miguel. In Teku glass. After dinner. Creamy, reminding coffee with milk. At first it seem pretty tasty, but as it warms up some torrefact notes appear spoiling it a bit

Feb 23, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at home. Dark brown pour with a medium height tan head. Roasted malts, burnt caramel, lactose, light smoke. Medium body and carbonation and a roasty sweet finish.

Dec 20, 2016
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911CROFT from England

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Oct 07, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Aug 14, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Jul 30, 2016
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janubio from Spain

4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Jun 14, 2016
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teddibrewski from England

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Apr 27, 2016
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pinyin from New York

4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Mar 27, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Mar 14, 2016
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Mar 04, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Jan 28, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jan 23, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jan 10, 2016
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.18/5  rDev +2%
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...

Dec 29, 2015
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Dec 25, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Dec 15, 2015
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pkalix from California

4.18/5  rDev +2%
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....

Nov 29, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 31, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Oct 23, 2015
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OmahaKF from Nebraska

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Jul 04, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

May 22, 2015
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