8 Maids-A-Milking | The Bruery

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3.82/5
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361 Ratings
8 Maids-A-Milking8 Maids-A-Milking
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-06-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
76
Ratings:
361
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

3/26/18 draft @ Appalachian Vintner (2015 vintage)

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color. Thin white to off white foamy head quickly dissipated. The smell started off with sweet and spicy Belgian notes. Dark fruits with some milk chocolate. And then the dark chocolate. The flavor brings together all of the previously mentioned aromas about to blend. Sweet Belgian chocolate leads dryly into the aftertaste and slides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body (guessing the age probably lowered the body). Carbonation felt really smoothed out. Overall, Belgian imperial milk stout, well, I never heard of one until I had this. Great stuff.

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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really nice a sweet from the chocolate and lactose. I enjoyed this one.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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8 Maids-A-Milking from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 361 ratings