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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Photo of Pjev11
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jhartley
3.04/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on July 4, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. No date or abv listed on label or on bottle.
Poured a thin reddish brown see through body, looks watered down. Thin head formed and quickly disappeared, no lacing either?! Smelled good; roasty'toasty malts, cocoa, coffee. Tastes thin and watered down, but still has light flavors of coffee and chocolate and a subtle sweetness. Not one I would look for again as there are plenty more Stouts out there that are more flavorful than this one.

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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 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 Dual45s
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of TippySelenoid
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Grebdioz
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Profane
1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of keethrax
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice warm brown color. Not much head though.

Smell: Sweet. Malty and other sweet notes. Not much (any) in the way of hops or any other aromas.

Taste: Sweet, a little chocolatey. But mostly sweet without enough going on to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Way thinner that it should be.

Overall: Pretty disappointing. More like a weak brown ale + lactose than a stout, milk or otherwise.

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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 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 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 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 richkrull
3.28/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this from a mixed 12-pack.

Poured a very dark brown almost black color with a tan head. Sweet smell with some chocolate and a little coffee. Flavor is very light, sweet with some malt to it. Chocolate flavor with a bitter finish. Smooth drinking beer. I liked it, but I probably couldn't drink too many of them in an evening.

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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 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 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 EwaldEichstaett
3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with some amber tones. Poor head and almost no lacing.

Not much smell is present at all... Sweetness, chocolate and malt notes

Sweet malty taste with very little hops. Tastes a bit like caramel and chocolate. Not overly flavourful, but good.

Feels a bit light in the mouth, but it has a nice smooth velvety carbonation.

For some reason it seems quite drinkable. You could bring it to a party and people who don't like good beer would drink it. Only problem is that, for the taste, it should only cost half as much.

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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 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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Horny Goat Stacked from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
2.6 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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