Horny Goat Stacked | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Horny Goat Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 11-08-2009

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Photo of njmoons
1.28/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bought a sampler becuase it was cheap and their advertising was fun. While the rest of the offerings from Horny Goat were ok, this beer ranks as one of the worst I ever had.

A complete miss on style, tastes like they added some black patent malt to a mild ale. There was no sweetness, I can't imagine how little lactose was put into the beer, no roast flavors which is what makes a stout, just a little black malt bitterness astringency.

They should pull this from their beer list, becuase calling it a milk stout is just wrong.


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Photo of silentjay
1.37/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

pours a mahogany brown with little khaki colored head that disappears quickly and leaves no traces behind. Is this a stout or a brown ale?

faint aroma is of burnt caramel, maybe a tiny bit of coffee, some roastiness. reminds me of Smithwick's. almost. Are they sure this is a stout?

the taste follows the nose as being very faint. caramel, toffee and a bit of roasted coffee can be found if you dig deep enough. not much flavor, and what is there is not entirely pleasing.

light bodied (for a stout) with littler carbonation and no lingering sweetness or bitterness or smokiness, or anything for that matter.

it is hard to drink. for reasons other than what I am used to. This is not entirely repugnant, nor is it unbalanced or too young or oxidized or skunked or anything, its just.... I don't know.

I have had no experience with this brewer before. I picked up a bunch of random singles on a recent trip to Michigan that are unavailable to me in Massachusetts, and this found its way into my cart. Had I never read the bottle, I would have never labeled this as a stout of any kind. Not that every beer has to follow style guidelines precisely, but if you call it a stout, it should atleast be black! Even reviewing this one ignoring the style designation and it falls short. I understand that people's tastes differ, as well as interpretation of styles, but I just cannot find any redeeming qualities for this beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
1.79/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head over sized snifter. This beer pours a light cola brown. The color reminds me more of a Pepsi then a beer. No head, just a thin little off brown ring that hangs around on the outside of the class. No lacing. The aroma reminds me of week coffee with just a little steeped grains. Man this nose is week. Also there is a thin wisp of aspartame. The flavor is really similar plus this odd chalky taste at the finish. This is not a good beer. Chalk, weak coffee and boiled grains. The mouthfeel is light. It reminds me more of a crappy brown ale then a crappy milk stout. This beer is a fail. Not good at all. Definitely do not suggest.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.87/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a very very dark brown with lighter brown highlights. Produced a pure white head that dissipated immediately but left some lacing behind.

(S)- Lots of roasted. . . stuff. Not much here. Maybe some coffee & molasses.

(T)- Pretty much as the smell dictated. Not a ton there. A little raisin-like coffee maybe.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but not much to actually consider this balanced. Smooth, since there isnt much there.

(D)- Definitely not what I would reach for when looking for a good stout to enjoy.

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Photo of bound4er
1.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears reddish brown giving way to light shinning through - not a typical looking stout. Decent light tan head. Smells like a generic beer not a stout - where's the bitter roastiness, coffee and chocolate? Not here. Tastes pretty bland too. A slight amount of roasted malt flavor - not much else. Light bodied in the mouth with decent carbonation. Did I finish this stuff? Yeah, it actually drank okay - kind of like a like a generic pale ale with dye added to it for some color. This brewery must be relying on their clever name and slick marketing for sales - not what's in the bottle. My first and last Horny Goat beer.

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Photo of kim_thayil
1.92/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

well, this one was disappointing.

none of the traits you are used to or may look forward to in a milk stout are here.

you can see right through it, you have to work to smell any chocolate or coffee or anything, it's absurdly thin - bordering on watery, there's no head no matter how you pour it.

it honestly looks like a glass of coca-cola.

as it warms you maybe can smell some cocoa, but again you have to work for it. that's about it for character of any kind.

it doesn't feel like a stout when you drink it and it only tastes like a stout if you're comparing it to a lager or something. actually even then it's hard to say it tastes like a stout. there is just very little taste here at all.

i don't normally want to come here and bash a beer and i'm trying hard not to bash this one but i would not buy this again and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
1.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First one out of the assortment pack…

Pours a deep dark brown and leaves enough head to see that it did have some at one point…before the air clean swiped it away.

Smells milky, some coffee notes.

I’ve never had this style before but…very thin. My face grimaced with the first taste. Milky with traces of a stout.

Obviously not an example of the style. Still, I might pour the other one down the drain while opening a Bud Light.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.02/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for biting the bullet and grabbing a sixer of this. Lucky me I get a bottle without technically having to pay for it.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown almost plum purple hue. Light beige head is about two fingers high and falls almost instantly. A smattering of lace covers the rim.

The aroma is sweet grains and burnt rubber. This smells like a bad lager not a milk stout.

The flavor is nothing at first. Then after few more sips I pick out a hint of coffee and I mean a hint. Other then that this beer doesn't have a whole lot going on.

Medium to light body with just a touch of carbonation.

Overall not impressed with horny goat products so far. This beer will not be on my gets list.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Impulse buy at discount liquors... single bottle to tick...

A- Not really oatmeal, not really white... dingy cap sits upon this deep brown milk stout. It is deceptive in its darkness. It actually allows visual inspection of a few inches to discern the columns of carbon dioxide rising. Lots of them actually. Modest lacing around the edges, multiple pillars seen from above of carbonation, and a thin skin of a cap remain after half a minute.

S- Faint hazlenut sweetness here, some biscuit malt. Tinges of ethanol detected on the horizons. Nothing else. Dissappoints.

T- Ugh, awful. Generic... plastic... faint metallic aura... sweetness. I can't even call it milk stout here. It has this wannabe malt presence. The hops are just sharp pointy sticks. Bitter without any flavors to complement it. Acidic character tries to pretend it is a beneficial flavor here.

M- Creamy but thin. The carbonation's benefit is to not be ultra crispy but emulsive and velvety in nature. However, as soon as it sits for a moment, you find out this beer is as thick as water. It pretends to be a stout for all of two seconds. Such a tease.

D- If you can get past the awful flavors, the dissappointing flavors, and the average visual show it isn't the worst thing. It seems to be easy enough to drink if you really really try for it.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours copper brown with a thick off-white head that is nice looking.

Nose is a very simple honeyed coffee.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are short and mild. There is a light flavor of watered coffee with a hint of toffee flavor but very short and quick and one really has to search.

A medium bitter and short watered coffee finish.

Not one to try again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.14/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A bit light for a stout, it pours a clear deep mahogany color. A creamy and rich one-finger, light tan head popped up. Decent retention and bits of lacing. Oh, its also called Stacked. A MILK stout. With a silhouette of a huge-boobed goat-woman on the label. HAHA I get it!

S - I can barely smell a single thing coming from this beer. A teeny roasted malt thing but holy crap. There is no aroma there!

T - A hint at roasted malts but the feel comes out more in he bitter, dry finish from the roasted malts as opposed to any real flavor. There really is almost nothing there.

M - Dry and bitter from the roasted malts with a medium body and a carbonated finish.

D - Hmm...here's the problem. Do I rate it's drinkability based on the actual ability to consume it, or the desire to do so? How about a combination of the two variables: There is no flavor so naturally, it'll go down just fine which leads me to the desire. Man, I feel sorry for the poor souls who'll get the other 5 of these from me in trades. (Yeah, I feel even worse I bought a 6 pack cause there were no singles)

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Photo of q33jeff
2.18/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Aroma is barley, coffee.
Black , dark brown color, almost no head.
Taste is some toast and chocolate flavors, but weak.
Feel is Watery for a stout; I'd call it a porter or even a dark ale.

Started comparing this side-by-side with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout; then quickly realized there is no comparison.


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Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a fizzy tan head that bubbles down fast. Color is a dark brown.

Aroma: A sharp metallic flavor. Kind of reminds me of dust. Some lactose and creaminess. Hint of chocolate.

Taste: A little more flavor here. Kind of reminds me of Guinness. Chocolate and some cocoa powder. Creamy. Milky.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I wasn't a big fan of this one. Everything was pretty off. The taste was the closest part to being to style.

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Photo of climax
2.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The prior reviews don't seem to be too flattering, I'll do my best to remain uninfluenced...

The color isn't as dark as I anticipated for a stout (hopefully not a glimpse of whats to come), it is merely brown with ruby red highlights. The fizzy head is decent size, however fades quickly.

The aroma isn't bad, despite being rather tame. There's ample nut, coffee, cocoa and chocolate flavors. It does have that cheap thin smell (that I've grown to expect from this brewery) lurking within.

The flavors are caramel, vanilla, and cocoa but there's no grunt to them and all signs that indicate this is a true stout are out the window. The bold flavors that were present in the nose are nowhere to be found, and when all is said and done; it's nothing more than a mainstream Irish red or amber. Disappointing.

Perhaps the worst part about this beer is how thin it is. It drinks like a lager. Horny Goat, if you care at all about being true to style, add some body to this. After all, it does not say Dark Lager, or Bock on the label!

I drank it all, and frankly it was quaffable, there is nothing offensive to it and the flavors were fine. But it misfires on every cylinder. I would give it to a friend who needs to expand his/her horizons, but in no way, shape, or form could I say this is a good beer/stout. Back to the drawing board.

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Photo of Brenden
2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is okay, but the color really isn't. While the whole of it is a dark brown color, it pours out lighter and, even in the glass, has red hues and plenty of light shining through while I can almost see through it. The head, small, creamy and tan, keeps a tight foam after it drops and leaves reasonable, if not pretty good, lacing.
The aroma only gives me roasted malts and it's possible from the smell of it that there is, in fact, some lactose here.
The roast comes out in the flavor more as an almost astringent charred note, while it gets a little tangy and sour beside. It doesn't have the strength, really, to pass as a porter (even one that isn't American), much less a stout.
The body and feel is also where there's either a bit of failure on the brewer's part to understand the style or "gateway" gone too far. It's far too light, far too thin, far too much on the crisp side than smooth. If anything, one of the strong suits of a milk stout is that the lactose gives it a smooth, creamy feel. This beer severely lacks that.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beer #4 from sampler pack, and things continue to speed up down a slippery slope.

A: Caramel cola highlights the pour which comes off charcoal black in the glass. A khaki head is patchy and quick to dissipate without much fanfare or lace with is a sparse broken ring.

S: Dry chocolate, sweet black liquor, which quickly fades and loses its strength, even when constantly agitated.

T: Watery, after sampling 3 of their beers this one continues to fall in line with low expectations. How hard is it to mess up a stout/porter style? Well evidently a lot easier then I thought. Sweet but for a brief moment with no real strength for chocolate. Complete watery mess. Slight signs of watery schwarz like malting, not really sweet, a bit dry with no real chocolate base or flavor or milky quality, just a watery run off. oh did i mention watery?

M: Light bodied and a bit watery, once again unimpressed and not gonna mince words or feelings.

D: Overall drank like a watered down scharwz, rather a sweet and creamy milk stout. Disappointing from the get-go and surprised how well they managed to screw up an fairly simple style to execute. No sweet chocolate malts, milky lactose, just a disappointment. 4 down 2 to go.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - dark brown color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet aroma, roasted coffee and cream.

T - I'm from NY and the taste reminds me of a chocolate egg cream with too much seltzer.

F - fizzy and light.

O - aside from the initial whiff it doesn't represent the style well.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Served slightly chilled.

A) Looked thin on the pour. Cola brown in color. A finger of khaki colored head fizzled to a collar. Lots of carbonation noted.

S) Not much... Light coffee, roasted malt, faint cream.

T) The flavor is not offensive, because there is so little of it to try and describe. It's watery coffee with light roast and a little hops on the backend. Lackluster aftertaste...

M) It looked thin, and it was. There is quite a bit of carbonation. There is not much to this. It's drinkable from a mouthfeel standpoint, but with each passing sip, your kind of thinking to yourself, why am doing this???

O) This was not very good. I cannot recommend this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
2.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Most stouts are black or at least a really dark brown, but not this one. It was just brown - not a good start. It had a small, light brown head of foam.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate and fairly sweet. Some caramel and toffee. So it smells like a Milk Stout but it wasn't a strong presence.

T - It had a chocolate malt flavor with some bitter hops. However, it also was a little weak/watery.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied stout(?).

D - This really seems more like a brown ale, but not a very good one. One of the most perplexing beers I've ever had.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours a cola brown hue with creamy tan head of about 1.5 cm that fades gradually to an edge layer with some clingy tight lattice. Not sure about milk stout with this light of a brown color.
Aroma is fairly mild with some grainy malt and a bit of roasted notes. I also get hints of chocolate and a little bit of grassy hop. Overall nose is mild and not very clear.

First sip reveals a light body that is slightly watery textured, no smooth creamy stout qualities, furthering my doubt of this milk stout.
Carbonation is fine and a little tingly, all in all the beer is very easy to drink.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate but not much else, finishes a little empty with just a hint of sweetness on my palate.
The beer is certainly not very milk stouty, but isnt flawed or bad. Just very mild and uninteresting IMO.
Im disappointed and wont be buying this one again.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.42/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a plain black color with a reasonably sized tan head.

Smell is weak--lactose, cardboard, not much else.

Taste is similar but even worse. This is borderline undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is better than the taste but still nothing to write home about.


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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.48/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ok foam on the glass. Motor oil brown/black. The consistency of this is definitely thin.

Smell: Some faint coffee chocolate. Really nothing overall. There should definitely be stronger notes in a milk stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Some sour coffee notes and that's about it. Mouthfeel is extremely watered down and off-putting.

Overall Drinkability: I can safely say this is not one of my favorite stouts. I don't recommend it. A below average stout. Nothing terrible overall, but nothing good. I'd say everything is bad-to-average.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

It is St. Patrick's Day and I am drinking stouts of every stripe before heading off to an annual party. My local in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped off a huge box o' beer and this is another of that batch.

I saw no reason not pull out the stops and went with an almost-inverted pour. This always results in a huge head and this was no exception. Two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head sat atop the beer and I awaited my chance to move in. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was chocolaty sweet as milk stouts are wont to be. Yes, Virginia, there was a smell to this one. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was really thin for the style. It had a mild tartness to go along with the light sweetness of the malt. Finish was equally bland and uninspired. This was not outright bad so much as just disappointing, It lacked Ooomph, flavor, anything to redeem it. How sad!

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Photo of garymuchow
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm hoping since this is a newer batch than the previous ones reviewed it will be better. I picked this up not knowing how low the scores were.
Stout like aroma with mild roast, some sweetness, mild stout yeast quality. Not offensive and getting close to as it should be.
Dark and very clear with deep red and brown in light. Smallish tan head that is creamy looking at first, but settles out quickly.
A non-offensive start, but the flavor is where it goes poorly. I'd say again, not offensive, but only touching on the best aspects of this style. What about this makes it a milk stout. It's not even a starter for the style, cuz' it doesn't hit it at all.
Body is full because of the carbonation, but no creaminess or smoothness from the body. Kinda' watery - a word that shouldn't be used in describing a stout.
It's a beer that can be consumed, but I don't know what to call it. I can't recommend this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Remember that old Pam Anderson show? VIP? Me, neither. This stuff pours a clear ruby-garnet topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises pretzel, dried maple syrup, and a touch of lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of old Oreos in the aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty sad little stout, one that's far too thin and even more lacking in character.

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