Coffee Milk Stout
Stone Brewing

Coffee Milk StoutCoffee Milk Stout
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #869
Ranked #35,187
3.75 | pDev: 11.73%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Coffee Milk StoutCoffee Milk Stout
Notes: A bittersweet, creamy, coffee-laced stout
First Release: August 2014
From imperial stouts to IPAs, we’ve discovered the tantalizingly roasty lift that comes from adding coffee beans to just about any kind of beer. This English-style milk stout, originally a limited-edition offering at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, proved the perfect foil for beans from San Diego-based Ryan Bros Coffee. The bitterness of the coffee is balanced out brilliantly by the milk sugar we used to add a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the stout’s smooth, easy-drinking texture. Cheers to the coalescence of two highly artisanal (and delectable) mediums.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Pitch black colour, small beige head. Moderate aroma of chocolate and mild coffee. Slightly sweet roasty flavour, distinct notes of coffee, also notes of lactose, chocolate, liquorice and wood. Moderate bittering hops in the finish.

May 08, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

De XXXII. Embotellada 26/12/2015. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 6. La lactosa no la encuentro, el cafe agradable pero demasiado suave, y la carbonatacion algo alta. Le falta intensidad en sabores. Quizas fresca mejore bastante

Nov 09, 2018
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle an opaque dark brown with a tan head.
The aroma is roast coffee and chocolate with a bit of sweetness.
The taste is coffee, chocolate, sweetness, nice bit of bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Jul 08, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date is there. Wow! this does taste like a cup of coffee with a splash of milk added to it. This would be a great pairing with some breakfast food like bacon, eggs, & toast. Stone Brewing you have done it again.Cheers! A-

Apr 02, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a nice brown medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral coffee notes with some light sweet notes. Taste is a mix of floral coffee notes with light sweet notes, some lactose with some light black chocolate notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Superb example of the style.

Dec 11, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a coffee black with a luscious cap of cocoa colored cream. There's a wonderful aroma with a pleasing coffee roast character. Fantastic sipper, with a creamy coffee stout character. All around excellent beer.

Aug 31, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 9/15/16, so about 11 months old.

Black as black body allowing no light to enter in. Good creamy thick head to begin with, dissipating to a solid covering with a ring, before disappearing completely about halfway through. Head is coffee with a dash of cream coloring. decent lacing at first.

roasted coffee aroma, however, it appears a little on the stale coffee side.

Medium roasted coffee on taste, nothing else.

Below medium on the mouth, stale roasted coffee on the finish.

Overall, while not a bad drink, I'd guess consuming it closer to bottling date might yield a better drink, even though bottle says can cellar up to 12 months.

Aug 12, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


Dark black, small tan head. Nose is Light coffee. Taste is typical of a sweet stout, added coffee gives it a little bite. Easy drinking, smooth feel. No one category jumps out as outstanding, but the higher overall score reflects a nice balance of all.


Aug 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was jet black color with a slight bubbly to light foamy off white to tan head. Lacing was mostly obscure but lightly speckled here and there. The smell has a super nice graceful blend of coffee to milk chocolate. There’s a nice roastiness roaming all around. The coffee seems to be leaning towards the espresso side of the house on this one. The taste is pretty sweet but roasty with the coffee and the chocolate blending pretty well. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about this one. There’s a long dry sweet coffee/chocolate aftertaste with a quick sticky dry finish. Overall, this was a really nice sweet stout that I would like to have again.

Jun 05, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, half finger brown head, amazing lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, milk, coffee. Smells wonderful!

T: Roasted coffee, sweet, malty. Slightly bitter on the back end. Nice :)

F: Light bodied, yet good flavored.

O: Very good milk stout. Would happily drink on any occasion.

May 27, 2017
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pattysykes from Australia

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a tulip. Pours a completely opaque black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates into a thin tan lacing. Nose is sweet and milky, bit of coffee aroma. Taste is sugary sweet and creamy, with toasty coffee beans and a hint of vanilla. Lingering acidity. Medium body and mild carbonisation. Quite an enjoyable beer but I found that it was a little too sugary sweet and a little too tart for my liking.

May 05, 2017
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RabbleRouserRye from California

4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has that nice roasty flavor that comes from adding coffee beans. This English-style milk stout, has its bitterness of the coffee balanced out nicely by the milk sugar which adds a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the smooth texture of this stout. I have had nothing but great brews from Stone and this is no exception.

Apr 29, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap and in a pint glass

Dark liquid , thin taupe ring that quickly fades

Aroma of coffee

Taste of coffee , sweet , milk , roast malts

Low sudsing

Good beer

Apr 07, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Stone Coffee Milk Stout, 5% ABV, 40 IBU. Pours thin and black, with not much head, so no lacing. Nose is milk, taste is coffee, some milk, a slight bitter close. Thin and a bit overcarbonated, so mouthfeel is just OK. Overall excellent.

Apr 07, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous ebony with ruby highlights + a tower of sepia foam. 4.25
Powdered milk, caramelized sugar, + cocoa powder. 4
Sweet licorice, treacle, coffee candies, a little vanilla hit, then some bark to end. 4
Tingly hop linger.
Medium, round, chewy. 4

Looks great, with a candy bar nose. Sweet + surprisingly heavy on the palate, thought never too slick . I was looking for roast to clean it up, but instead here comes some (not quite to style) Stone late hops. Ultimately it doesn’t really deserve to have “coffee” on the label - even Calm Before The Storm has more - but it is a very crushable milk stout. 4

Mar 27, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin slightly tan head.

Lots of sweet milk sugars on the aroma with a light roasted malt and coffee note.

Lots more roasted malt and coffee in the flavor with a slight lactose sweetness at the end.

Excellent start to a snow day.

Mar 14, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is pitch black having a small beige head that shows some retention, no lacing.
S: The aroma is filled with coffee and cow milk tones. Lots of roastiness, both from coffee and malts.
T: The taste is exactly Nescafé with a bit of milk. You have that diluted coffee taste of Nescafé when you pour hot water to it, getting also the milk tones coming from lactose. It's weird but cool. Although I'd prefer to taste real coffee in it.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is mildly perfect. Bitterness is very low as expected.
O: Nice coffee stout but I'd prefer it to be more coffee-y instead of this Nescafé thing.

Feb 22, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am astounded at what is surfacing as I winnow through the accursed Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! I had a recent purchase of the 2016 vintage of this one & as I was moving some things around, I also came across a 2014 bottle. My initial review will be for the 2016 since it was on-deck & ready to go, but I will follow up with the 2014 bottle soonest.

From the 2016 bottle: "A bittersweet, creamy, coffee-laced Stout"; "Mild, worldly & delectably roasty"; "We've discovered through delicious trial and no error the awesome roasty character that comes from adding coffee beans to just about any beer style. Instead of going for an Imperial, we set out to brew a mellow java beer that would allow all of us to enjoy sip after sip, pour after pour, of a traditional, tasty English-style milk stout. The mild bitterness of the roasted coffee is balanced brilliantly by milk sugar for a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the stout's smooth, easy-drinking texture. Cheers to the artful coalescence of two highly artisanal (and delectable) mediums."; "Contains lactose".

I was not really paying full attention to what I was doing after I Pop!ped the cap. My pour was rather indiscriminate until I realized that it was foaming up very quickly following a pseudo-cascade. Eeeek! I backed down & off as quickly as I could, but it still came right up to the edge of the lip of the glass. The mound of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head resembled a scoop of chocolate ice cream before it slowly fell to a dense cap. The beer itself was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled like Café con Leche, but I prefer my coffee in an unadulterated state, so I was not terribly enthused by the prospect. Mouthfeel was surprisingly (and disappointingly) thin & watery. The taste had the bitterness of both coffee and stout, but offset by the milky sweetness of the lactose. I cannot dun them for truth in advertising, but at the same time, it was a bit sweet for my taste. Finish was semi-sweet, kind of like bittersweet chocolate. I have to agree that it was "good", but I draw the line at "very good". Perhaps some aging will have helped. I shall return with a 2014 bottle.

As promised, my 2014 vintage review on M, 13 Feb 2017:

From the 2014 bottle: "Ale brewed with roasted coffee beans"; "A bittersweet, creamy, coffee-laced Stout"; "There's no shortage of talented people at Stone, and each makes their presence known in their own unique way. Brian Gallagher, a brewer who learned the art of fermentation in the UK, used the beer you now hold, a New World take on a traditional English milk stout, as his vehicle for personal expression. Originally brewed as a limited-edition offering at Stone World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, this coffee-laced milk stout quickly became a favorite among Gallagher's peers. Made bittersweet and creamy while remaining smooth and easy-drinking, thanks to the addition of milk sugar, it's clear in one sip why this is a brew we needed to share with fans everywhere."; "Contains lactose".

At last, I am ready to Pop! the cap on this vintage bottle. As I worked the cap loose with the opener, I heard a fizzing noise, indicating that it was still highly carbonated & that I should employ a gentle pour as a result. Indeed, it was quite active in the transfer from bottle to glass, forcing me to stop, allow it to settle & then continue until I had finally emptied the contents. It rose up to two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, fizzy, deep-brown head that finally settled into a seemingly impenetrable cap. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with garnet highlights. Nose had a pronounced roastiness, as though the coffee had begun to overpower the lactose during the interim in the bottle. Mouthfeel was thin & watery, but highly carbonated. The taste was semi-sweet, not as sweet as with the 2016 version, but more like milk chocolate, caramel & coffee, ala one of those Starbucks or McDonald's McCafe confections. I guess that if you like that sort of thing, it was fine, but I prefer coffee - hot, black, steaming right out of the pot. Finish remained semi-sweet and I suppose that I have to agree with Stone B.C. on this one - fresher was better.

Feb 14, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip, under 1 finger tan head, little retention, nice lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, slight coffee/espresso. Taste is initially acrid bitterness from the malt, lactose smooths it out and some coffee coming thru on the back. Lingering aftertaste is the coffee. Nice one, but there are better. Feels a little fuller than 5% so nice job there

Feb 08, 2017
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Coolguy_chris from Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Very dark, basically black with a dark tan thin head that vanished quickly. Very nice coffee smell. Tasted of slightly bitter cold brew coffee. Almost felt like a Coke in your mouth before the flavors hit you. I enjoyed this beer, will for sure buy again. If you're looking for a coffee stout that has a full coffee taste, this is a beer for you.

Feb 07, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up to share with my dad since my wife and I were traveling to my parents for that holiday. He's a big lover of stouts and other dark and darker beers so I thought this would be a good choice to go with.

This beer pours a black and opaque color with no carbonation visible. The head is a dark tan color that is creamy and dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is exactly what I expected with coffee leading the way (imagine that) with lactose and dark chocolate providing a sweeter punch. A bit of char, tobacco, and herbal hops make their way to the fore as well. 4/5 The flavor leads off with a blast of sweet caramel and sugary sweetness (not as cloying as candi sugar, but sugary nonetheless). Roasted malt, dark wheat bread, coffee, chocolate and lactose all seem to come out together and make for a very flavorful blending. Coffee bitterness along with herbal hops enter on the back end and linger for a while after swallowing. 4.25/5 This is a heavy bodied beer with a light carbonation tickle up front that becomes wet and coating after the tickle subsides. There is no drying and no lingering dryness. 4.25/5 This is really an awesome milk stout. I throughly enjoyed every sip and would gladly purchase this again. The coffee and milk balances to make somewhat of a mocha latte flavor which makes it awesome for a dessert beer, which is how I treated it. 4.25/5

Feb 03, 2017
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cbenson from California

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Look: Sludge black with a half inch thick foam head of thickly laced dark burnt orange. Head dissipates quickly culminating in a very handsome stout.
Smell: Sweet notes of coffee and caramel as well as notes of licorice that resemble the smell of cider. The aroma is sweet and welcoming.
Taste: Prominent notes of coffee and caramel with a thin, watery consistency. Mild notes of toasted bready malts and sweet bourbon whiskey.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a very subtle amount of carbonation and a subtle mouth-coating finish. The aftertaste has decent retention. It is a bit thin for a heavy stout, however.
Overall: Fall aroma and inviting flavors are followed by a disappointing mouthfeel and the taste is just barely above a Guinness draft.

Jan 27, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown/black, good 1/2" lighter brown head. Aroma of lactose, mild roast and coffee.

Taste is pretty smooth, light lactose sugary sweetness just like you would add to your coffee. Pretty easy drinker. Creamy. Not overly strong coffee or bitterness. Doesn't try and be an overly viscous stout that you have to Chicago pour between 24 people. Very good, sessionable, can be drank in almost any weather but the dog days of summer.

Did I mention chocolate? Just chocolate malt, but the non excessive roasting helps pair well with this milk stout.

Jan 26, 2017
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one, which is a mix-up of two traditional stout styles. But it works, because the bitterness of the coffee is nicely counteracted by the sweetness of the milk, just as the description implies. So they didn't lie! At 5% ABV, you can have a few of these without trying too hard, and it would be a good one to have in the fridge for a cold night.

Jan 26, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Surprisingly black and nearly opaque with very dark brown head. There was a touch of sediment in my bottle, which surprised me as well.

S: Fairly big roasted malt presence with a good dose of fresh coffee, hints of lactose and bready malts..there is also a faint sweetness that could be interpreted as caramel or vanilla.

T: Coffee character shines along with a twang of lactose acid, blending with a creamy and roasty body that also carries a touch of sweetness, caramel breadiness and some fruity esters. Small suggestions of smoke/char on the dryer finish.

MF: Creamy lighter body with adequate carbonation and a somewhat drying finish.

O: A good offering overall, with enough coffee and roast character as well as other nuances. Even though its 5% I wouldn't drink more than one of these before moving on.

Jan 25, 2017
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