8 Maids-A-Milking
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Jan 08, 2022
Aug 06, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: 8 Maids-a-Milking is the 8th beer in our "12 Days of Christmas" series, and we'd be udderly crazy to release anything but a milk stout. So we made an imperial milk stout to stand up to whatever Old Man Winter throws our way from now through 2019 with the final release of our series. 8 Maids-a-Milking is brewed with lactose, which is commonly referred to as milk sugar. It's the only type of sugar that is unfermentable by yeast, which adds more perceptible creaminess and sweetness to the finished beer. This mouthfeel and sweetness is complemented by robust layers of milk chocolate, subtle spice accents from our house Belgian yeast and roasty, cafe elements indicative of our take on the style. Celebrate the seasons with the best of both worlds: enjoy some now, and lay a few down for up to 4 years to be enjoyed upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.
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Rated: 3.77 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by RMW66 from Australia

Oct 15, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Bottled 9/11/15.

LOOK: Deep dark black, small light brown head, very good retention.
AROMA: prune, plum, cocoa, raisin.
TASTE: milk chocolate, brandy and/or bourbon even though this is not barrel aged--must just be the 11.3% breaking down and concentrating over 5+ years in the bottle. Creates a nice bite in the finish and cuts the sweet chocolate.
FEEL: mostly flat, but with a underlying bubbly character. smooth, but there is a chalky texture in the finish. medium-to-full body.

Not bad for a 5 year old milk stout.

Interesting and great to try these old Bruery Christmas beers that are different each year. I've now tried 8-12 as well as this years partridge in a pear tree.

Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a nice brown and creamy head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown with a shiny and oily texture that looks nice.

The smell has a nice mix of different dark notes. The main seems to be a roasted malt note mixed with a latte note created by the lactose and milk chocolate. The sweet note from the lactose also seems to come out on its own without the roasted notes.

The taste is great and really shows off how well the different notes mix together to create a chocolate latte note. The taste consists of a roasted malt and chocolate note alongside the sweet lactose note, which completely changes the taste from what could have been a chocolate heavy beer.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body with a tingling carbonation note and creamy texture.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the best so far of all of the other beers. The different mix and work well together. Also, it feels fresh despite being aged for a year.
Jan 04, 2021
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by michiganmatt from California

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by brocktune from Virginia

Dec 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Can't read the bottle date. Purchased in December 2019 in Northbrook, IL. From glancing at the reviews below, I got one from the bad batch. Really sour. Not enjoyable.
Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by beerjerk666 from Florida

May 27, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Lupulo's in Santa Cruz and split with my son in law. Poured dark brown with an average sized tan head into an oversized wine glass. Aroma was nicely sweet with milk chocolate having an undefined spice tinge. Flavor was chocolate cream with the alcohol well hidden. Mouthfeel retained the flavors nicely while still being light and refreshing. An exemplary milk stout that is right in the Bruery's wheelhouse and an excellent addition to their Christmas series.
Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 3.35 by eppie82 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by kmoen from California

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Budlum from Maryland

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

2.64/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5
Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a good thick head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of infected lactose and dark fruits. There are some dark fruits oddly enough.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of creamy sweet malts, hops there are nice soft barrel notes. Really terrible trash notes as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, little slick.

O - Overall this was a very terrible very sweet and get infected beer.

Serving Type: bottle
Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

2.52/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Split with rudzud
Pours a nice thick foamy creamy head and big lacing, great retention, decent legs too, very dark molasses brown basically black color

Nose is awful, sour dark malts like, weird acidity and sourness, candy funk and acrid roast notes, powdered cocoa, quite infected

Taste what the fucking fuck is this, one of the worst things I've had in a long time, semi sour and flemmy, acidic notes, little powdered cocoa, little bitterness and sad everything combined, slight metallic, soured caramel, some bitterness late

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fizzy carb, a little alcohol, creamy notes

Overall just bad, so many bad things combined
Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by cd34 from Illinois

May 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by Marvicsin from California

Apr 29, 2018
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
3/26/18 draft @ Appalachian Vintner (2015 vintage)
Mar 26, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Griphon from Florida

Feb 15, 2018
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass. This beer yields no crown whatsoever and sits pitch black in the glass. Very sweet with the amount of chocolate that comes through and also brings a creaminess. The body for the style doesn't let down and that's why I tend to like these imperial milk stouts better than regular milk stouts. Bigger bodies.
Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 22, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Imperial Milk Stout aged 2 years in my cellar. Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. The pour is very dark, not quite black, and sports an impressive 2 finger crown of fine tan foam with very good retention. Odd nose with a lot of maltiness, a little roast, and a spice that I can't quite place. I want to say marzipan, but that's not it.

Full body with a creamy feel. The flavor is a little on the sweet side for my tastes. Lots of sweet malt, toffee, and a little cola up front. I can almost taste raw malt extract (not saying they use it, just that this is the flavor that springs to mind). The cola flavors intensify a bit towards the back of the palate. The finish is rich with lingering flavors of malt and cola.

A little unbalanced for my liking. Tons of malt, but could really use more roast to balance it out. I probably wouldn't buy this again.
Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by Kurmaraja from California

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 3.16 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Dec 23, 2017
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Wades Wines 12 Days of Christmas Tasting. 12/22/17. Agoura Hills, CA. This bottle was a 2015 release.

Pours a deep brown color with no head and minimal lace retention.

A pretty weak nose, even after warming bit. Some of the Belgian spice and yeast characterstics I’m interpreting more as tart wine notes. Not getting any chocolate or coffee as would be expected.

A mild flavor profile as well, however definitely more complex. Bitter coffee and just hints of milk chocolate..slightly bitter with some nice malt qualities... subtle booziness in the finish.

Smooth and sticky, medium bodied, and with a lingering molasses flavor and even feel.

A good addition to the series but nothing that stands out. A very mild Imperial in my opinion, and although it was tasty, I was begging for more.
Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.87 by Bajdog from Maryland

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 28, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by Shortbox81 from Washington

Sep 03, 2017
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