Wachusett Milk Stout | Wachusett Brewing Company

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87
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67 Reviews
Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The darkest beer we have ever brewed. A sweet, malty, full bodied, creamy rich flavored stout with coffee and chocolate tones.

Availability: Sep - Mar

Added by Daktyls on 09-19-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 151
Photo of matttttYCE
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a less than a finger sized head, very light tan, and minimal lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown, not quite black.

Sweet roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, pleasant hot chocolate powder (I usually refer to it as cocoa powder), chocolate milk, heavy cream, light sugary sweetness, whoppers, and hints of cola and dark fruits.

Taste is similar to the aroma with sugary sweet lactose predominance, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light roasted malts cocoa powder, heavy cream, chocolate milk.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Light carbonation, light-creamy consistency, light-medium smooth body, and a slightly lingering finish that consists of cream, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and lactose sugar.

Oveall not a bad milk stout at all. One I would drink again given the opportunity, since this is quite drinkable.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured blacked with a thick, light tan head (which I swear had a heart at the top... should have taken a picture). Some carbonation in the head and fair lacing throughout the length of the beer.
S - Light roast/malt smell.
F - Light, smooth feel to the beer. No carb. feel.
T - Slight sweetness.
O - Wow. A nice, easy-drinking beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a slight red hugh. It has a 1 fingers worth of a frothy head. Some lacing from the head. Not too out of the norm for a stout.

S- Roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Sweet. Smells like dessert!

T- Roasted coffee and malty! It has a milky chocolate quality to it! It is somewhat bitter, but the bitterness is not overpowering at all. It gives the beer a slight bite. Some carbination can be felt buzzing on your tongue.

M- I can say it's an incredibly smooth beer. It is a medium, almost full bodied beer. It does a good job of coating the back of the throat. It doesn't have a gigantic amount of drinkability, but that just means you have more time to savor this great brew!

Overall this beer is awesome. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee, tastes like semisweet chocolate with a bitter roasted coffee flavor that hits your taste buds all the way to the back of your throat. I'd drink this anytime I'm in the mood for some more fullbodied! GREAT WITH THE WACHUSETT BLUEBERRY AS A BLACK AND BLUEBERRY!

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Photo of snilsen13
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. This is a sub-par effort. There's no nose, the flavor is okay, the mouthfeel is not that creamy. Generally I find that this is a hard style to do well, but I rate the best I've had quite highly.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a SA Perfect Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a very nice black color with a bit of dark brown. Small but noticeable head that leaves nice lacing on the glass

S - Smells fairly sweet with some chocolate notes. The chocolate along with the malt makes for a very nice scent

T - The roasted malts definitely make their presence known when you start to drink. There is also a sort of creaminess that goes really well with the chocolate.

M - The has a great overall feel with minimal carbonation. Pretty smooth as well

D - Overall a very drinkable beer. I can imagine this would be a really good cold weather brew

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Photo of jman892
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown with some caramel colored highlights around the edges. Lingering 1-2 finger head. Decent lacing

S - Nice smelling beer, very light cocoa, with some lactose. What is there is nice, just not a lot of it.

T - Subtle chocolate taste, a bit smoky, also roasted malts.

M - Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinker

O - A nice solid milk stout. None of the flavors/aromas really stand out, but it all comes together very nicely, leading to a nice simple, solid beer.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out black as a litchfield county night, very dense color no sign of anything black but a few specs of carbonation resembling stars in the night sky. with a roasty carmel colored head.

smells of roasted malts and sweet cream.

Nice balance in the taste of roasted coffee, cream and sweet vanilla....Taste like it could be on the menu at starbucks!
Easy drinking and very refreshing for a stout.

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Photo of madjr80
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 22 ounce bomber of this just to try it out. It poured a nice dark brown color with a espresso like head. The head retention wasn't the greatest, but perfect for the style. Very small bubbles and sweetness of roasted malts and milk chocolate linger on the palate. There is hardly any bitterness, and quite a contrast to what I normally buy. A nice sweet and smooth brew!

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Photo of greenengineer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my Peoples Pint Pied pIPA pint glass.
A - Deep dark black, weak head fades quickly. looks like flat coca cola.
S - sweetness out front, char follows.
T - burnt malt, coffee grounds, pleasing bitterness, mixed with malty sweetness. nice
M - smooth, more fizz than I expected, decent body
O - compares favorably to the macro stouts, extra points for local. I'd get this again, not sure I'm raving about it though.

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Photo of chrisgn
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black, opaque. Small, creamy head and some lacing.

S- milk chocolate aroma comes to mind. Some coffee.

T- Tastes of sweet roasted malt...coffee, chocolate, cola. A little bitterness on the end, overall very sweet.

M- Could be a little richer and creamy. it would go better with the sweet flavor.

D- This is a nice beer to end the night, but I would probably not have more than one glass. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of timfelix
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a a wonderful surprise. Got it in a growler at the local beverage center in Marcy.
It looks good, smell is a mix of malty sweetness, hint of hop bite in the background.
Overall it meets my "if I only had this beer this rest of my life, not a bad deal" test for a great product.
I would rate this as a stout that is tough to improve on. Has the deep flavor of a smooth stout, with just the right touch of a hop tang.

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Photo of JaredKent
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The dark, cocoa colored pour is accompanied by a thin layer of tan head. The initial head isn’t too strong, but that small head has strong staying power. The body of the beer is very dark, near black, and although clear, impossible to see though. 40+ SRM.

Scent: Chocolate hits your nose the minute you stick it into the glass. The creaminess that accompanies the lactose comes through on the aroma. Blindfolded I would have assumed this was chocolate milk. There is a hint of coffee on the back of the nose along with the rich, roasted malt of a stout. As it warms up a bit, the maltiness, and a slight touch of hops, starts to shine through the chocolate aromas.

Taste: The malt is front and center on the mouth. I once again get the chocolate flavors, but this time the coffee is a bit stronger. The coffee is right up front with the malt where as the chocolate takes a back seat to push these flavors forward. A slight hint of floral hoppiness on the finish with a bit of bitterness that comes mainly from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is heavy. That’s where the lactose really comes out and shines. There is a perfectly smooth, rich, creaminess that comes through on the body that is only associated with a milk stout. Very easy to drink.

Overall: The bottle states that this is “the perfect cold weather beer.” I agree. The aroma brings back memories of the other perfect cold weather drink; hot chocolate. The rich chocolate smell is very close to the smell of hot chocolate and that immediately brought a sense of warmth. The strong, malty flavors also fill you with a sense of warmth that is ideal in winter. This may not be “the perfect cold weather beer,” but it is definitely something you will enjoy after coming in from a cold winter day.

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Photo of pfrdaly
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, almost black throughout, deep ruby red on the edges when held to a bright light.

S- Coffee, as if with a good deal of cream in it. Also a little bit spiced, can't place which one.

T- Sweet and maltly. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Decent for a stout, but not quite sweet enough for me. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Not bad at all. Full bodied and fairly thick.

O- I like this as a stout. Far from the best I've had, but definately something I would buy again, especially in the Wachusett sampler it comes in.

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Photo of malthegal
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark rich black, slight tones of deep brown. Nice head, almost a caramel color, which lasted a decent amount of time. A nice sticky lacing was left behind.

S: Very sweet aroma. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominated the smell for me.

T: Lots of sweet upfront milky/creamy taste, followed by roasted malts, intertwined with a dark/bitter chocolate taste towards the end of a sip.

M: Creamy deliciousness! Very smooth, slightly carbonated, smooth, smooth, smooth!

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Brooks44
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A. Poured from the bottle a near black and small light tan head. No real lacing was on the glass.

S. Roasted malt with notes of chocolate and an almost burnt smell.

T. Taste follows the smell where it has almost a burnt flavor to it especially at the end. Had roasted coffee notes and wasnt very creamy at all from what u expect from the style. Was just avg to me.

M. I rated this very low because it isnt at all what i expected and love from the style just no creaminess was there.

D. I didnt hate it but i didnt really like it either. The slight burnt flavor towards the end kind of turned me off and the fact its a milk stout but not creamy.
All in all was an avg stout that didnt every think about drain pooring and finished it, but dont think i would buy it again. Although it was a good priced bomber at only $4

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Photo of DrinkingAaron
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was really dark in color. The lacing was a nice tan, and seemed to form nicely after a slow pour. Instantly I was hit with dark chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste did not disappoint either. Again, dark chocolate was very present. The coffee flavor was a little less prevalent than on the nose. The texture was very soft, but not overly creamy. I never felt like I was drinking a milk shake (a common criticism I have with many stouts). I was expecting to be overwhelmed by malt, but the malts were very under control. Very Well Balanced Drink! Perfect for a mid-winter New England evening.

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Photo of PatMacDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark with a Mocha color head.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Milky stout with strong chocolate and molasses flavor with malt body.

Other: Cooking - broth for beef stews and meat pies... Dessert - Ice Cream Float...

Overall this is great stout. One of my favorites! Enjoy...

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