Nippletop | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our version of a milk stout, originally named Fresh Powder Milk Stout. A milk stout is simply a stout brewed with an addition of Lactose, a non-fermentable milk sugar, used to create sweetness and a fuller body and mouthfeel in the beer. This is the sweetest stout that we brew, not only because of the addition of lactose, but because of the low hop bitterness, and higher residual sugar content. It is very full bodied beer, often perceived as thick and creamy.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 127
Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - dark brown color with faint tan head

Smell - roasted malt and dark chocolate, hint of coffee

Taste - roasted malt, slight dark chocolate

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth and easy drinking, flavors are not bold

Overall - mediocre stout that lacks in the flavor department

Price Point - $1.50/12 oz single

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark brown, almost pitch black, but there is a thin layer of brown light at the edges of the glass. There is almost not foam or lacing.

Smell: Malted milk ball and chalky chocolate. Very clean.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Flavor is highly malted. Biscuit, chocolate, and plenty of molasses or malt syrup. Mouthfeel is extremely crisp with a great light-medium body. Very bubbly with a smoky finish.

Overall Drinkability: Not a world-class stout, but a very refreshing and above average one.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours jet black with 2.5 fingers thick light brown head. Good retention and good lacing as well.

S- For a beer that "only" comes in at 4.9%/ABV the alcohol hits the nose with surprising assertiveness. A subdued dark roasted note follows, most noticeably that of a pleasing black coffee aroma. A hint of bittersweet chocolate is present as well. Barely noticeable esters.

T- Taste very much like it smells, but is considerably more balanced. Again, for a 4.9%/ABV beer the alcohol is very noticeable, but is mellowed out by a pleasant but not overpowering sweetness provided by the lactose (milk sugar). A roasted black coffee note is more noticeable here, as is the bittersweet chocolate. Their bitterness really balances out the alcohol and residual sugars. Easy-drinking stout.

M- Quite full-bodied and creamy. The residual sugars definitely contribute to the full-bodied character. For me, carbonation was a tad too high, but that's mostly just a personal preference.

O- A very accurate representation of the style. Easy to drink and quite difficult to put down. Just what doctor ordered for cold central NY nights. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Jet black with a brown head that faded fast and leaves a slight lace
S-roasted caramel malt sweetness with a toffee and chocolate aroma
T-roasted caramel malt that goes to a coco type bitterness that stays with you till the end
M-full body and low carbonation
O-I was not expecting much from this beer, but I was surprised it had a great taste.

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Photo of jbenzaia
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Jet Black Pour, no real lacing
S: Vaguely Sweet
T: Light and Malty
M: Dry and somewhat fizzy carbonation
O: Nothing really special or memorable. Basically just alright in the Milk Stout category. I would not seek this beer out again. Lots more to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and specks of lacing in between.
S: Faint aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of lactose and dark malts; these are a little stronger compared to the smell but still rather muted. Faint bits of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little smooth and thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily but really could use stronger aromas and flavors to be a beer that would be worthy of drinking on its own.

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Photo of Brewmaster_Jay
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nose on this beer lends to a roasty, chocolaty, and nutty character. It's a medium to almost full body beer with a rich black color and clear with a dense tan color head. Like it's aroma, the flavor has notes of chocolate, roasty, and nutty, with a very subtle sweetness towards the finish. It finishes drier than I generally would like for a milk stout. It has a moderate to high carbonation, little to no creaminess, and has a bit of an astringency. It's a decent, drinkable milk stout. I prefer milk stouts to have a creamier mouthfeel with a little less carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A very full bodied looking with a deep dark black and a 1/2 inch of mocha head that pulls back to just a mild lace ring. No sticky lacing.
S - Some milk sugars and chocolate highlighting with some roasted malts but it seems to have a hoppy edge even for only 20 ibu's
T - Not a bad milk stout maybe a touch more metallic and less "sweet" than they described. Sweet chocolate malts, then acidic roasted malts, and a sugary malt finish is what you get. Has some harsh hard water undertones I can't ignore.
M - Medium bodied, with only mild creaminess.
Overall only having one of their brews I find this hard to believe it's as sweet as they say. Also it could use more body and maybe a touch creamier rather than hard water edge. These guys should re-make their recipe.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hersey chocolate pour, with a bronze-twany topping that displayed a length retention. Really love the head coloring here as well a nice lenghty topping display. Milky frothy lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, semi-sweet, fresh coffee beans with a hint of sweet lactose and creamer and decent level of awareness.

T: Flavor of sweet chocoalte and lactose. Caramel, a bit dry in the middle but sweet with some dry cocoa rounding things out.

M: Creamy near full body with a good tingle of carbonation and a lengthy fade of dry alcohol and chocolate.

O: Overall decent, dry and sweet, comes in middle of the road per style for me, but it probably wont make you regret a single purchase. Easy drinking, dessert beer.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours cola brown/black in color. Very minimal head produced, however, a thin mocha-colored cap remains throughout the glass. This does provide a good amount of lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, some roasted coffee, and sweet malty base.

T/M - Again, bittersweet milk chocolate with a hint of caramel. Mildly bitter. Fairly thin. Would like to see a little more creaminess in this one.

O - Just seems to be a pretty average stout. Can't say anything really stood out for me.

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Photo of plaid75
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted barley and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a sharp roasted malt softened by a touch of lactose sweetness. Excellent residual dry coffee and dark chocolate detected.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and extremely quaffable stout.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a massive light mocha head with sticky lacing and spiderwebs the entire way down.

S: Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, lactose, black malt.

T: Very well rounded milk stout. I was completely amazed when looking on here at what the abv was as it was so flavorful. For a milk stout, this has done very good in terms of flavor. Light chocolate malt flavors, patent and chalk flavors from the lactose and a dry finish. Not much hopping in here intentionally and it is additionally sweet because of this.

M: Dry and well carbonated.

O: Overall this is a very good milk / sweet stout. It is not a high octane beer and it is extremely drinkable. I would love to have this available locally as it could be a regular in the rotation because of the low abv and enjoyable taste profiles... Recommended

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Photo of Gmann
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very very deep brown color, almost black. The toasted khaki head is small but dense and settles into a light ring and sparse cap.

The aroma is of a tin like roasted barley, similar to a Guinness. Some char and a general sweetness from the lactose. Quite faint.

The taste has an overall roasted barley flavor but nothing too distinct. Some wood notes and light char. The lactose smooths out the flavor and provides some sweetness and helps bring out some caramel notes. A touch of metal/rust. Not all that sweet for a milk stout, just not very bitter.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks quite well, though not very stout like. Good balance between sweet and bitter with a hint of tea like sourness.

A decent brew, nothing outstanding but no off flavors. Better milk stouts are out there.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lake Placid Nippletop Milk Stout is like any milk stout in many respects. It pours to a very dark brown/black color with a decent amount of foam that starts out nice but falls apart quickly. The nose on this beer is roasty and a little chocolaty.

The flavor of this milk stout combines tart and sweet elements with flavors of roasted malt, a little bit of toffee, a touch of coffee, caramel, and some lactose, as expected. There are some oat enhancements and a little less sweetness than other milk stouts. It is reasonably smooth, too, and medium to light in body.

This milk stout seems like the typical milk stout in many ways and the flavors do seem to blend together quite nicely. The stout stands out a little bit from others due to the flavor contributions from the oats. It is creamy and good- tasting overall and while I don’t consider it anything amazing, it is certainly good enough to try again if the opportunity comes my way.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice black color, with a tan head that disappears all too quickly. Not much in the node except dark bread and smoked malts.

The taste makes up for the deficiencies in the nose. Definitely tastes like a milk stout. It's nice to drink a stout that is full in flavor and mouthfeel that doesn't bludgeon you with alcohol.

It's not an outstanding brew, but I'll be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours extremely black with virtually no foam. Nothing remains on top. Light chocoloately smell, some coffee notes. Milky smooth taste, very even, with an oaty background. Lactose finish. Good, not a huge fan of milk stoits that are too sweet, but this one balanced nicely.

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Photo of atr2605
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a tan colored head with decent retention
S-roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate
T-roasted coffee and chocolate with sweetness coming in the finish. Low hop bitterness and soft chocolate flavor lingers on the palate
M-medium-full bodied with high carbonation
O-Carbonation does seem a touch high, but overall a nice drinking milking stout with great roasted characteristic

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Photo of ZachKelly
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poored from 12 oz bottle. Very dark, almost black, pour. Head maintained throughout the duration and had a nice foaminess that presented the smell and flavor well. Very chocolatey and coffee flavor that was not overpowering as many other milk stouts. No bitter aftertaste that lingers well after the drink which is very pleasant. Recommend highly if you like sweet stouts, but it is not one I would sit and drink a lot of in one sitting, but a very pleasant desert style beer.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 3 finger mocha head. Black body, some lacing and retention.
Smells sweet, fruity English like yeast, some coffee and light roast.
Medium thin body. Quite drinkable once the carbonation dies down.
Tasty good priced solid new offering.
$2 a single

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Photo of riversider76
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest of browns with a mice tan head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of chocolate,and coffee. Body is on the lighter side of medium and carbonated. Taste is roasted coffee up front with hints of chocolate. Very sugary. Decent,but nothing special.

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Photo of GotWad629
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with about an inch of tan head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Tastes fairly similar. Roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Nothing is too overpowering and everything blends well together. Also its not too sweet which you can find sometimes with milk stouts. It is a tad bit over carbonated..The bite of the carbonation takes away some of the taste and cuts into the smoothness.

Overall an easy drinking Milk stout. Nothing too crazy and definitely worth revisiting.

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Photo of adamridge
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would like to note that this is my first review on this site, long time reader first time reviewer.

A- Black with hints of red, The head was thin with light lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and sugars

T- It starts off with the normal stout taste roasty, with coffee and chocolate notes, but very light for a stout and possibly a little too much carbonation, then comes the oats and light creamy water down taste to finish it off.

M- light medium body,very carbonated

O- Average cream/milk stout I have definitly have had better. It is on the very light side of stouts. Not to my liking, but worth a try.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger light khaki head. Head is a thin film after a minute or two, doesnt leave much lacing.

S: Sweet lactose and chocolate malts really highlight the aroma. There is some dark fruitiness in the background as well.

T: Has a roasty chocolate malt combined with the sweetness of the lactose. Hops are suppressed. Some coffee notes too.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Pretty dry and refreshing, very drinkable.

Overall I'm impressed with this new bottle from Lake Placid. Great for the winter time.

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