The Warden
Lift Bridge Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #381
Ranked #11,459
3.98 | pDev: 6.78%
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Dark as a locked cell at midnight, yet delightfully smooth. This rich stout is full bodied with roasted barley and chocolaty overtones, finishing with a slight sweetness that is your key to freedom and satisfaction. While the historic prison of Stillwater’s past is all but memory and lore, The Warden lives on to honor the rich colorful past and open new gates of handcrafted quality for you.
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tulip

Pours nearly black dark brown and pretty much opaque with limited head but good lacing.

The aromas are moderate and down the middle for the style. Coffee, semi-sweet and milk chocolate with some roasted malts.

The taste has some unique character while still hitting the right notes. Hallmark roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, and coffee are greeted in midstream by some faint hops and a pleasing offsetting acidic sourness that balances things well. That acidity in turn opens up some subtle dark fruit notes as well.

Medium full bodied it's still very drinkable. The acidity isn't just a flavor, it's a welcome note on the finish as well.

Easily my favorite brew by this Minnesota Brewer. It delivers on everything a milk stout should while slipping in a couple of twists that don't pull it outside the style.

Apr 05, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a moderate, spotted, medium-tan head. SRM of 24. (3.75)

Aroma: Medium aromas of cocoa and coffee. A dark roast mocha. Some nice roastiness that is countered by the chocolate mocha. Then a smooth and milky finish.

Flavor: Moderate roast upfront. Some creamy, slightly bitter cocoa and roast in the middle that is tamed. A nice balance of cream, chocolate, and then some hints of a smokey & greasy (slightly sour) bowling alley.

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Flat and watery. Finishes with a watery, cream flavor with hints of sourness.

Compared to Fort Road Porter: Similar in color. More creamy, milky, and sour. Less coffee, cocoa, and roasty. Slightly less bitter, but similar in sweetness.

Overall: An interesting beer. Starts off as a nice balance of cocoa and coffee. Then on the flavor develops a cream and sour note that finishes with a dark, sour bowling alley or arcade type of greasy finish. Not offputting, believe it or not, because it's subtle. Body is lacking though. Maybe it's appropriate for the style, but it's not clicking with me. Mostly a nice roasty balance of cocoa and coffee. Slightly roastier than I was expecting. Might be worth trying again at some point. (Final Rating: 3.59)

Feb 08, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric.
This was poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a small eggshell white to almost tan foamy head softly dissipating. Some lace, lightly speckled.
The aroma had some dark chocolate and milk chocolate meshings up front then some coffee beans sliding in underneath. Mellow ash/char and a stiff semi-sweet vanilla bean came in far underneath.
The flavor slightly leaned towards an ashy sweet to chocolatey quality while slightly bringing in some bitterness. Fairly dry bittersweet dark chocolate aftertaste with a touch of coffee beans.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation. Some dryness in the finish with coffee beans and dark chocolate.
Overall, pretty good English milk/sweet stout, seemed like it was brewed with some American ingenuity. It's one I would have again if I could get it.

Jun 12, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. No canning date information found.
Dark cola colored body, with brown highlights when back lit. Half a finger of light tan head. Each sip leaves a pattern of small lacing spots.
Aroma is roasted malts, with whiffs of coffee and chocolate. Slight char.
Taste of sweet roasted malts, with flavors of chocolate and coffee (that are somewhat indistinct). No bitterness.
Medium mouth feel, a little chalky. Good carbonation.
An easy to drink milk stout, that does not display any real distinction. Not much excitement here.

Dec 04, 2018
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BreadandBeer from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant black with a smooth tan head with solid retention and minimal lacing. A smooth roasted aroma, coffee flavored with hints of caramel. A smooth mouthfeel with a lingering caramel aftertaste.

Nov 23, 2017
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darkpreferred from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled 16 oz beer glass. Pours black. Not much of a head on my pour. Smooth, low carbonation. Thin body. Sweet, creamy, milk stout. Not bad but didn't overly impress me.

Jan 02, 2017
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown-black with 1-2 inch head with excellent retention. Decent lacing too.
S: Very nice sweet roasty chocolate note with hints of cream, anise, leather, and tobacco.
T: Smooth sweet chocolate, anise, leather, tobacco...not quite up the aroma, but very close.
M: Light body. Roasted and darkly sweet.
D: A solid milk stout. Nice complexity with excellent drinkability.

Oct 02, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop beer glass. It poured a very nice 1 1/2 finger head. The beer was very dark, but not murky. The taste was outstanding! I think it's now my favorite stout.

Feb 27, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single into a cervoise. pours a viscous dark brownish black, with a ring of khaki on top that subsides after a minute and leaves little to no lacing. The nose is nice -- some milk chocolate, caramel, slightly sweet and roasted barley, toasty notes, and some milk and cream.

Feb 21, 2016
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: A deep rich pitch black color with light to moderate carbonation. Settles into a thin brown head.

S: Earthy dark kilned malt aromas with some caramel and nut notes.

T: A full bodied stout with malty roasted malt that was indicated in the aroma. It also some sweetness that definitely evident at the finish. Also picking up the caramel, nut, and some chocolate charaterstics The mild earthy hop flavor accentuates the dark rich malt flavors.

M: A middle of the road malt presence that's not as heavy as an imperial stout but provides much better mouth feel than some weak stouts. It also has a pleasing creaminess and sweetness.

O: A solid well brewed stout that may not best the best in category but it is certainly a worthy contender.

Feb 20, 2016
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Malted milk, coffee note.

Taste: Coffee with a little sweetener and cream, very smooth. On the lighter side for feel.

Overall: Milk stouts are one of my favorite styles, and Lift Bridge's version is a pretty good one. Seems much lighter than 8% abv for drinkability and smoothness. I'll have to grab a few more for this winter.

Jan 10, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Warden pours a black color with a big long lasting creamy lacing head. Nice creamy coffee aroma. Taste has nice creamy roasted flavors, hints of coffee, noticeable lactose. Nice creamy body, good flavors. Overall no frills and top notch milk stout.

Jan 09, 2016
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep opaque black with one finger of creamy hazelnut head. Solid retention and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, cream, nuts, caramel, and milk. Smells slightly similar to a cappuccino, nice aroma but very faint.

T: Flavors of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and milk initially, then you find some flavors of caramel, coffee, cream, a slight smokiness, and some very slight earthy hops on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy just like a milk stout should be. Goes down very easy.

O: A solid offering from Lift Bridge. A very easy to enjoy milk stout, while I was not blown away I did find it thoroughly enjoyable and at its excellent price point I plan indulge again. Overall a very nice brew that is worth a try.

Dec 14, 2015
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best milk stouts on the market so far. It has a nicely roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and creamy milk. Upfront presence of dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, nuts, grains, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar, cream, and milk. Slight background hop bitterness. A very mellow and easy to drink milk stout. Thumbs up and will grab plenty for winter!!!

Dec 11, 2015
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just a short note based on memory. I consider this to be one of my favorite stouts, and second only to Darkness as far as Minnesotan stouts goes. It combines the smoothness, drinkability and delightful sweetness one would expect from a milk stout, with the ABV and substance of something significantly heavier.

An absolute delight. I never had a beer from Lift Bridge that disappointed me before, yet this is my favorite. A great beer from a brewery that deserves to be talked about more.

Dec 02, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt forward aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and milk. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, smoke, toast, caramel, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of lactose sugar, milk, and cream. Very subtle hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and creamy milk. Upfront presence of dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, nuts, grains, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar, cream, and milk. Slight background hop bitterness. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Milk/Sweet Stout. Solid roasty malt flavor with a nice creamy body.

Nov 11, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle L: Brilliant deep black with very thin light tan foam cap. S: Light roast, faint coffee and chocolate. T: A blend of light roast flavors and a light sweetness that gives it a cappuccino or creamy light chocolate character. No harsh or burnt flavors. Mild hop bitterness. Balance to the malt. F: Very soft creamy palate, medium body and carbonation. O: A very mellow and easy to drink milk stout.

Oct 29, 2015
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