Wachusett Milk Stout | Wachusett Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
152 Ratings
Wachusett Milk StoutWachusett Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
wachusettbrew.com

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
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with translucent ruby highlights and a short cap of fine tan bubbles. Sticky with decent head retention. Mild aroma with roasty notes, chocolate and sweet malts. Moderate bitterness throughout - starting off with more of a hoppy character and finishing with more of a dark malt/burnt bitterness. Malty sweetness, brown sugar and toffee, semisweet chocolate and roast, nutty with light leafy hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture, faint alcohol lingered. Overall, I enjoyed it and would purchase again.

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Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of BillDon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nate1357
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Pamola
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of codon2004
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of j89de
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark, with a really nice three inches of head on the top of the glass, which all settled down very nicely with some of the best side glass lace I have seen in a very long time, very rich and full and just very nice looking.

The aroma was decent. Rich roasted malts, hints of sweetness rolled in throughout the profile here with a very nice overall presentation to it. Some notes of chocolate as it warms up as well. The flavor was more of the same. Rich roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a light bitter dryness to it, but it lacked the punch of a really good tout, not much complexity here at all. The feel was nice, full bodied with good carbonation

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Photo of BierBliss
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ZacharyJ
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Hawoh
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: lively dark brown, mocha tan head, couple thick rings of lacing.

S: very sweet notes: toffee, cappuccino, chocolate milk. A little roasty.

T: fairly complex, with many sugary flavors swirling around. Follows the nose closely: Heath bar sweetness, toffee and caramel, milk chocolate. A heavy dose of cream, lactose sugar apparent.

M: medium body, well carbonated, gives way to a velvety smoothness. A little sticky.

O/D: one of the better milk stouts I've had. A new favorite, well done. Reminds me of a baby creme brûlée.

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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 far333
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque, nearly black, with a cake batter looking head of dimpled foam of huge bubbles which settles out slowly.

Aroma of floral hops and fruity esters, a bit minerally, some cocoa and cinnamon. Rich flavor of semi-sweet cocoa, hints of coffee, a bit woody with leather and brown sugar, some butter cookie biscuit. Floral hops punctuate with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, finishes somewhat slick but also tannic and dry. Overall a tasty beer with interesting flavors, but could be a bit more viscous and complex.

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Clean milk sugar, some fruity floral notes, light cappucino notes.

L: Very dark brown bordering on black. Dark tan head with ok retention.

T: Semi-sweet cappucino like malt. Slightly fruity malt leads to medium coffee roast. Finishes semi-sweet with a touch of roast. Earthy bitterness cuts through.

M: Medium carbonation, cuts through sweetness. Creamy medium-full body.

There is enough carbonation and bitterness to keep sweetness in check. Very solid milk stout.

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Photo of nhindian
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided by apollokim in the 'You Ain't From Around Here? BIF', thanks Kim!

A - For a milk stout, this is one of the darkest I've seen, teetering on the edge of brown and black, with cola coloring around the edges. The head is a short-lasting affair, consisting of 2.5-fingers worth of ivory-colored foam. The head is actually quite rocky as well, as the edges of the head recede quicker than the middle, leaving something similar to a volcano. What the beer lacks in head retention it makes up for in spades with lacing, as multiple strips of lace which resemble great swatches of beach line the glass.

S - The main component I'm getting from the nose is a ton of malty sweetness. Slightly chocolately and maybe the faintest hint of roast, it smells more like slightly lactic chocolate milk.

T - The taste picks up where the nose leaves off; something resembling chocolate milk with not enough mix and perhaps some leftover coffee grounds. It certainly is sweet, as the malts come through strong up front and last throughout the beer, but the flavors are just not completely there, but rather they stand at a distant after giving you a tantalizing sample. If the flavor profile of this beer could be developed, enhanced, and extended longer, this would be a solid beer, but as it stands now it falls a bit flat.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately-light with good carbonation. The head adds a silky component to the mouthfeel and overall its fairly creamy, if not a bit watery and light in the finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I had no problem drinking this beer, as the alcohol is non-existent and the flavors aren't offensive, but this beer overall isn't going to knock your socks off. It has its moment and lots of promise, but is too reserved in its current form.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to steve8robin for this bottle!

22oz bottle, split with my wife, poured my allotment into a chalice. Pours a lighter than expected deep brown. This sits in the glass darker than it pours though. A small wispy tan head rests on top. The nose is sweet and creamy with notes of cookies, bread, dairy. Smooth mouth matches the style well. Easy-drinker. The flavors on this one are underwhelming. There's some sweet lactose and mild roasted malts at the onset of each sip, but there is nothing lingering and the finish is abrupt. No aftertaste at all. Eh. This is an easy-drinking stout, but I'd like a little more flavor. Glad I had it, and still one of my favorite styles, but this was a bit lacking.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a redish hue and a 1 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: little coffee, toffee, creamy texture

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium / full body

drinkability: a nice stout to sit back and enjoy. it's not a pallet wrecker so you can have another.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a decent cream colored head. No real lacing.

Some coffee grounds and a little earth in the nose. Something astringent as well.

This one just misses. Coffee, some light lactose elements (but never achieves the creamy edge), lightly charred malt, bitter cocoa. Flavors are on the mild side. I want a bit more intensity.

Medium to full bodied. Feels a bit thin but still works.

There are much better versions of the style. Feels like this could be reduced to something more intense/stronger. $5 bombers make this worthy, but not a beer to go out of your way to pursue.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from BennyL1 (thanks Ben!). Poured out of a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. No freshness date marked on bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark ruby brown. Huge 3 inch creamy looking tan head that reduces quickly but leaves a nice foamy coating on top.

S - Very faint smeller. Roasty malt and some chocolate. Not much else.

T - Taste of light chocolate on the tongue. Not overly sweet at all. Subtle taste. Coffee and vanilla flavors. Little bit of a smoky taste.

M - Light bodied. Thinner then I would have guessed. Low carbonation.

D - Yes this is drinkable.

Overall my expectations on this may have been too high. This is a solid stout, not great and certainly not bad. Average.

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Wachusett Milk Stout from Wachusett Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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