Coffee Milk Stout
Stone Brewing

Coffee Milk StoutCoffee Milk Stout
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #796
Ranked #33,513
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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This milk stout appears stickily cohesive, mimicking viscosity, as it pours; the result is an almost-but-not-quite-impenetrable black beer with no highlights lurking in its bulk, and dark chocolate ones around its edges. It is topped by a large, but brief-lived, pebbly tan head that leaves nice thick rafts and blotches of lacing. The aroma is moderate in intensity and almost disappointingly straightforward, consisting of coffee, a hint of smoke and a surprising amount of booze. The palate is a bit more assertive than the nose, but still somewhat understated; it leads with a bitter smoky flavor that is joined mid-palate by thin coffee notes and hints of molasses. The back of the palate is the least bit sweet; the finish is boozy caramel followed by a fairly bitter malty coffee-chocolate-toffee melange that lingers for a few minutes. This is one of the few stouts I've had that is more complex on the linger than on the palate. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and the pleasantly sticky, creamy texture is enlivened by a bit of pepperiness from some understated fizzy carbonation. Not bad, not great. (12 oz bottle, 41 days after pkg)

Oct 31, 2015
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mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Let's start by saying I love everything else I've ever had from Stone. BUT...this was kind of, well, meh. I had great expectations when that deep brown liquid poured into my glass and raised a 1 finger head the color of brown sugar. It settled down to about 1/8" but didn't leave much lacing behind it. It smelled of coffee and roasted malt, no complexity, no subnotes. The flavor followed that. Dark roast coffee and dark roast malt, not much for hops and not at all sweet. I could get the same effect by adding a little French roast to a glass of Guinness.

It gets decent marks for appearance and mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, not quite full bodied but adequate; and it loses marks for smell and taste.

It's good, maybe a little above average, overall, but not exceptional.

Aug 19, 2014
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01001111 from California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

A: Chestnut or used motor oil but without body.

S: Super roasty and nutty with a fragrant medium-roast coffee scent.

T: Bitter (but not astringent) coffee with a touch of the lactose.

M: Thin, but not surprising given the low abv.

O: Really solid in terms of what they were shooting for. It's refreshing to have a coffee stout that is full in flavor but is neither syrupy or super alcoholic.

Aug 16, 2014
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Nice milk coffee stout from Stone. Ale pours a thick black from the bottle with nice tan head
that dies down to a very thin tan pool with little to no lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, toffee
and roasted grains. Taste is very much like the nose with coffee bitterness coming though on
the back with a pleasant toffee tinged flavor profile. Chocolate is lightly there on the sides
with a very light sweetness from the milk sugars. Compared to many milk stouts this is on
the tamer side of the sweet over the top styles holding more of a rounded profile on the
other parts of the brew. That said, it is highly quaffable, and a very smooth drinking experience
with many parts more than the equal of their sum. Light on the alcohol side. Session brew.


Aug 16, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Enjoy by date of 11/26/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty, smokey, and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with good hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with big upfront hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, burnt toast, cream, milk, caramel, smoke, biscuit, dough, and yeast. Also some hints of vanilla and sugar. Hops are very light. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, smokey, and somewhat sweet dark malt driven taste with good notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with big notes of dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also some notes of lactose, cream, burnt toast, smoke, caramel, biscuit, yeast, and dough. Some sweet notes of vanilla and sugar. More on the roasty side than sweet. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a lighter coffee/cream stout. Not as sweet as typical of the style but the roast and smoke presence is good.

Aug 20, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 11/26/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, earth, char, coffee ground, and slight lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with bitter cocoa powder, char, burnt coffee, and slight lactose flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems more focused on earthy coffee qualities over the lactose used inn the brewing process.

Aug 14, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev 0%

[Appearance: 3.25] This stout is a black one with a bubbly medium-brown head. Retention is average and the lacing is decent, mostly spotting with a few legs.
[Aroma: 4.0] The focus is on the coffee, and the roast forms the backbone but in such a way that it's evident the coffee aspect is separate from the malts, each having its own contribution. It's fresh, more like ground coffee than brewed. Chocolate malts seem to be employed here as well.
[Flavor: 3.5] The coffee is forward, but there's not very much lactose noticeable at all. Roasty notes lead to a charred tang at the end.
[Mouthfeel: 3.5] As an American interpretation it's not as full-bodied as one might expect, but this one is clearly leaning toward its English roots. It's still on the full side of medium, a little too short of the line, perhaps, but fairly rich. There's a gentle bite on the tongue and it's fairly smooth, though not as much as the style can offer. The tang translates to the feel in keeping the smoothness from being fully expressed.

Aug 22, 2014
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours into my glass like a dark malted shake complete with big billowing tan head, the body is pretty damn dark nearly opaque with some ruby highlights coming through when held toward the light. Head retention is excellent looks great with lacing clinging to the glass from all angles so far.

Aroma really popping with dark roasts and a creamy note slight vanilla from the lactose additions…creamed coffee really nice nutty roasted coffee as well. I could smell this for a few minutes, but I’m ready for a sip.

Flavor dark roasted malt and coffee express some acrid acidity on the palate, light creamy finish with bold coffee upfront. This is great, balanced with loads of coffee, it shows that you don’t have to brew extremely alcoholic beers to pack the flavor in the stout. For a sessionable non barrel aged cream stout, this is excellent. I like what Stone did here, it harkens me back to why I love their smoked porter so much. Much better than the last few Stone 12 ounce releases but that’s comparing apples to oranges.

Mouthfeel is akin to iced coffee with the dryness coming from both the dark roasted malts, and the coffee roast additions. Slightly lactic twang but thank God the lactose is used in moderation adds some body to a relatively thin stout. Not watery, but for the sessionable abv I think it’s great and I’m not offended by a stout I don’t have to chew on!

Overall feelings are positive I grabbed a couple bottles to give it a whirl I have a feeling I be reaching for this again…I look forward to seeing it on draft around town.

Sep 10, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer pours a jet black coloring, with hazelnut highlights around the edges, and a foamy, dense, tight, light tan head that settles out into a surface coat fairly quickly. Aromas of fresh ground coffee forward, cut nicely with the lactose for some cream and milk highlights, and a solid roast characteristic. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a somewhat muted coffee character balancing nicely with a semisweet milk undertone. Again, solid roast characteristics help rough up the smooth cream notes, and the bitterness from the coffee helps further the balance. Smooth, slightly dry in mouth, with a bitter roasted aftertaste. Subtle hints of cream sweetness linger on into an otherwise dry, slow finish. The balance and precision of an otherwise "unsexy" style of beer is really impressive. Low ABV keeps the drinkability up. Good beer!

Sep 23, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Where aggression in taste, intimidation in marketing and power in their effects- we're used to being beaten over the head by abusive flavors from Stone brewers. But this somewhat normal stout shows a hand of finesse, decency and understated beauty. "Stone: you're loosing your touch!"

Their medium-full stout is creamy, lush and moderately velvety on the early palate. Lightly milkshake-like, the taste of latte, bitter-roast coffee, cocoa, roasted walnut and whipping cream all align on the mouth with as much dessert-like burnt sugars as it is of more robust stout.

As its creamy darkness dissolves over the middle, its vanillas and caramels are better tasted and felt until the trailing dark-roast coffee steps up and brings with it an earthy bitter chocolate, walnut and light tar flavor.

As the stout continues to lessen in finish, it becomes much more drinkable and palatable than could have anticipated. While a linger of roast and latte linger on, its somber and simple memory leaves the palate wanting more. As a dessert, its not big enough to stand on its own- a slice of peanut butter pie, in accompaniment, would provide the perfect closure to any night out.

Sep 03, 2014
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tempest from New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

I'm very happy to see another session-weight beer from Stone. And while it's lower ABV, it's not low on flavor. The aroma has a cocoa-coffee character better than any mocha and smells like bitter dark chocolate. The flavor has a smooth black roast backed by a strong but balanced bitterness. I'd take this over Left Hand Milk Stout any day, give this a shot.

Sep 16, 2014
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is very dark and not quite completely black (I think) with about a finger of fine, tan head. The nose has some of the coffee promised on the label and I get that slightly roasty, grainy, leathery nose that I seem to detect in just about any milk stout or oatmeal stout.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a rather thin feel (still not bad for a low ABV beer) and a pretty well-balanced flavor. I get some roasty notes and a little bit of milky sweetness, but not much coffee. On the back of the palate, the lack of body takes its toll on the beer. The roast and malt die off and turn into tea-like notes instead of carrying through and lingering.

I was eager to try this because I think coffee would go well with a milk stout. Sadly, this was not a stellar effort from Stone. It's a good beer, but there are far, far better (non-imperial) milk stouts out there that blow this one out of the water. Left Hand and Duck Rabbit spring immediately to mind.

Sep 25, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh. Did Starbucks make a beer? This thang tasted pretty burnt, alà said global conglomerate. Their is a pungent coffee smell, which was nice at first, but digging deeper it is overbearing like your mother-in-law. Taste is sweet and just not pleasant. Oh, and it's also thin like ghandi in his prime.

I'd pass on this one, my peeps.

Oct 19, 2014
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Brewing Co. - Coffee Milk Stout. 5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on 10/24/15

Look: Pours an opaque black color, with fair sized khaki colored head, which dissipates slowly, and leaves sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Has a sweet, roast coffee aroma, along with some malty and vanilla tones.

Feel: Thick and creamy, with some carbonation to balance it out.

Taste: Up front is the bitter roast coffee flavor, but is balanced by the sweet milky flavor, with a hint of vanilla. Finishes on the back end, with sweet coffee flavor. No alcohol flavor at all.

Overall: Not the first Milk Stout I've had; I enjoyed the first one, and saw this on the shelf, and had to try it. I was not disappointed either. This is a really good beer, with nice flavors, and is incredibly easy to drink.

Nov 16, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

A Stone beer....that DOESN'T focus in hops?!? When was the last time this happened. Thanks to my cousin for the 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A half-inch of tanned head rests on top this obsidian colored beer. It calls itself a coffee milk stout, and at least with the aroma, the beer delivers with coffee, some smokiness, and some vague lactose even though milk wasn't used in the process. Although the beer is just 4.2% ABV, the flavor is more than adequate with a pleasing roastiness and sweetness, enhanced by a pinch of hops. Despite the style, it is easy to drink and remains somewhat light in the body.

Stone has a real alternative to Levitation among sub 5% ABV beers. Stone Coffee Milk Stout is a great alternative to that, and also a lighter breakaway from their strong and hopped-up offerings.

Sep 06, 2014
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3/5  rDev -20%

Pours a deep ebony color with a frothy, mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of burnt coffee and a bit of dark chocolate.

Tastes of the deep roasted malt notes. Dark roast coffee leads off with a bit of an acrid feel to it. More roasted notes of dark chocolate and molasses come through next. Not much sweetness to it. Has a smoky and burnt feel to it as well. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but I can't say that I am a fan. The burnt notes and dryness detract from what could've been a better beer.

Sep 03, 2014
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This milk stout pours a pitch black color (if possible even darker than your average stout) with a big foamy tan head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is a little bit sweet with some roasted grains and a mild, but very appealing coffee scent. The flavor is primarily of roast coffee with some added sugary sweetness and some mild milk chocolate elements. This stout is exceptionally smooth and creamy as any good milk stout should be. Its body is fairly heavy, however it is still a little light for a stout in my opinion. This is an interesting stout with some excellent aspects, but also a couple of flaws. The flavors are delicious and very clean, albeit a bit muted, and it has a great mouthfeel, but it lacks a little bit in regards to complexity and body. Overall it is a solid stout though.

Oct 19, 2016
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of this beer. I think if it was advertised properly I wouldn't have been so disappointed. The coffee is non existent, it's not sweet at all and the body is thin. I definitely taste a lot of the English malt stout flavor. They should call this their English Style Stout. Then, I wouldn't have wasted my time with it because I don't really like English stouts.

Sep 25, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boy this looks much bigger than it is. I pours like it is heavy. The head is a smallish dark head and it is black with virtually no hints of color on the edges.
Now the body is smallish and thinnish, but what do you expect for 4.2%.
The coffee is bigger than the milk, although there are hints of it and it seems to hang on the tongue for awhile. A firm streak of bitterness and lingers briefly and nicely. It is a nice coffee flavor with a slight freshly ground texture/flavor. Just a touch of sweetness.
This is a nicely done session beer that I will buy again.

Nov 09, 2014
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Pegasus from Texas

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

Appearance: Dark amber body, completely impenetrable to light, with a modest tan head, with good retention, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Deep aroma of dark-roasted coffee with cream and a whiff of bitter cocoa.

Taste: Opens with strong roasted coffee notes, a bit acidic. Later in the taste, milk presents, as well as roasted walnuts. Notes of vanilla and caramel drift in and out of the taste. Late in the taste, rich espresso notes present. Finishes with a long, lingering cold coffee and bitter cocoa note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example, which nicely melds the worlds of artisanal beer and artisanal coffee.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom enameled twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Nov 11, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/10/14

A almost black, more of a dark cola, two fingers of light mocha foam falls fairly quickly leaving just a few dots of lace

S cold coffee, bakers chocolate, faint smoke and some raisin, fairly tame really

T earthy notes, coffee, some milk chocolate, nothing too crazy going on, some burnt cream and char

M fairly light bodied, bubbles foam it up a little, slick on the palate, a little sticky on the lips, cold coffee lingers

O pretty basic stuff, not what I was expecting from Stone, its drinkable no doubt but lacking intensity

OK beer but a little disappointing, way over priced at 20$ a 6er here in Alberta, this might be a hard sell beside their IPA on the same shelf for the same price

Oct 22, 2014
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BigBry from Canada

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 12, 2015
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MickeyHops from California

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 24, 2015
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PEIhop from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Aug 14, 2014
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vma from California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Aug 11, 2014
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