Milk Chocolate Stout
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #707
Ranked #33,618
3.69 | pDev: 11.11%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Very Good
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droomyster from Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown edges and a tan head with good retention. Yummy aromas of dark chocolate and roastiness. Tastes geat but the flavors are secondary in my book to the silky smooth texture and ultra fine carbonation of the body. Taste is pleasantly sweeter and more milk chocolaty than the nose would suggest, with notes that remind me of the burnt edges of a marshamellow. Good stuff!

Oct 26, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

My notes specifically say that there is a distinction between Rock Bottom's "Milk Chocolate Stout" and their "Chocolate Milk Stout." But for sake of argument, I'll roll with it and assume that one was just a doppelganger of another, although it was the "Chocolate Milk Stout" that I had on the cask, while the "Milk Chocolate" was simply on tap.

Poured black-brown, thick with a dense tan head and decent lacing. Yes, chocolate milk in the aroma, with notes of coffee. Roasty malts and chocolate in the taste, with some coffee bitterness and a hint of vanilla bean. Smooth and yummy, full bodied and quite drinkable.

Jun 02, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the King of Prussia Rock Bottom (King of Prussia, PA) on 12/31/10. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a deep dark brown in the glass, with 1 ½ fingers of light mocha colored head. This retains with a solid finger of rich and creamy froth, which hangs down the sides of the mug in thick swathes of foamy lacing. Just a very robust cask look to this. The aroma has a deep earthy twang to it of cocoa, milky smelling sugars, and hops. This isn't super complex or anything but it really pops on cask and smells delicious.

The taste mirrors the aroma with a mix of chocolate, creamy lactic sugars, and a tingle of earthy hop bitterness that gives this a welcome extra layer of flavor and helps offset some of the sweetness. A little bit of everything lingers in the finish on this, with cocoa, sugars, and a touch of leafy hops all hanging around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth in the mouth with a combo of light sharpness and a whole lot of creaminess which has this drinking effortlessly.

This was pretty great the last time I had this on nitro and the cask conditioning even opened the flavors up a little more this go around. This is one that really earns its name, with no shortage of chocolate flavors and I like that the lactose adds some sharpness to the profile but never comes across as anything near souring. Dessert in a glass all the way with this one!

Jan 03, 2011
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the bar last night:

Chalkboard above bar listed this as "Mocha," with a birthdate of 1-18-2010 and an ABV of 5.3%.

Beer is a warm brown with a sizzling, rambunctious carbonation. Head leaves no lacing and dissipates within moments. This would be the perfect example of a creamy milk stout if the over-carbonation didn't dampen the experience.

Bouquet of aromas prominently featured roasted coffee bean, warm milk and chocolate bar sweetness. Interprets the classic smells of a Young's Double Chocolate perfectly (which is the milk stout that all others are judged by, in my opinion).

The flavor focuses more on the roasted coffee/espresso vibes in the aroma, packing a dry bite with less sweetness than initially expected. Most of the flavor hits the back of the tongue, while the initially flavor merely takes on a generic stout character.

Mouthfeel doesn't strike any false notes, but I have to mention that Rock Bottom always serves their beers at too low of a temperature, taking away from the overall experience.

All in all, I could see this one being very drinkable and enjoyable if a little balance was made between the coffee character and the nearly undetectable chocolate/sweet elements.

Jan 24, 2010
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Ezekiel81923 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap last night for pint night. Wanted to try more of their dark offerings so this was the first beer of the night. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/black beer with a thin tan head that never dissipated much. Let through some light around the edges. Plentiful lacing all around the glass.

Smell: A bit of chocolate, but more of a coffee and creamer aroma. Definitely a strong lactose sweetness with some vanilla mixed in.

Taste: Dark roasted malts on the back end, smooth and creamy milkiness on the front end. Some vanilla in the middle and a nice finish that tastes a lot like milk chocolate. Slight bitterness in the end. Probably the creamiest milk stout I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth up front with some roasted malt and hop bitterness in the end. Lightly carbonated. Coats the tongue and lasts a lifetime.

Drinkability: Dark, full bodied but low ABV which made this one a joy to drink.

Love this places beer offerings. Haven't run into a bad one that I have tried yet.

Jan 08, 2010
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 1-17-09, served in a Mug Club mug.

Poured a deep syrupy dark brownish black with thin creamy light tan head. Great retention and nice lacing. Smells of light cocoa, lactose, and toasted grains. More cocoa and chocolate notes came out as it warmed. Tastes of cocoa powder, lactose, and caramel up front, then some toasted grains and lightly roasted malts with a light earthy hop finish. Medium in body with ok carbonation. A little thin in places but smooth, creamy, and sweet with a lightly dry finish, not too bitter. Nothing too intense, but very easy to drink and enjoyable. Worth grabbing when in the mood for multiple brews at the brewpub, especially with brutal cold conditions outside.

Jan 19, 2009
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom KOP on 12/30/08. Served in a Mug Club mug.

A - Poured a very dark brown body with one-finger creamy tan head that retained quite well and left a wall of thick lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Aroma is a sweet blend of lactose and vanilla notes with a bit of dark roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Not getting a whole lot of chocolate in the nose, unfortunately.

T - Flavor matches the aroma with sweet, milky and vanilla notes up front that segue into a rich dark roasted malt character paired with some earthy bitterness in the finish. A suggestion of chocolate is present, but not as much as I anticipated.

M - Medium body, albeit a little thin and watery, but smooth and slick overall. While a touch of dryness resides in the finish, this is fairly sweet with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Nicely done milk stout. While there isn't a whole lot of chocolate (as the name would imply), there is enough to round out the flavor and sweeten up the pot.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Uh-oh... a little bit of bologna."

Dec 31, 2008
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown, near black with a frothy, light tan head that holds nice retention. Tons of lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell is very light with mild notes of caramel, a touch of cocoa powder, crystal malt, and freshly cracked grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with very light notes that are mild across the board. This is a slight step up from Guinness Foreign Extra with a weird grainy flavor and slightly off bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with brown sugar resounding.

Dec 12, 2007
Milk Chocolate Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 15 ratings