Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk StoutNarragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a unique collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island companies. A custom blend of Narragansett’s bittersweet milk Stout with dark, delicious Autocrat Coffee makes for a delightful beer that is more Rhode Island than Roger Williams himself. Since the 1890’s, Narragansett Beer and Autocrat Coffee have been home-grown Rhode Island favorites.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can pours very dark brown with a sizable, frothy tan head. Good retention.
Very promising aroma that's lightly sweet and has good balance between dark roasted grains and fine coffee. Both of these longer on in the mildly bitter aftertaste.
Medium+ body and carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once more, we have a CAN courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77, who CAN show up on my porch whenever it is CANvenient for him. He brings such great beers and is outstanding about returning the empty CANs for further transfer to Jeff Lebo. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Made On Honor [-] Sold On Merit"; "A Rhode Island Tradition Since 1890";
"Hi-Neighbor!"; "When Autocrat was started in 1895, founder Frank O. Field was drawn to the word Autocrat, one who rules with undisputed sway. It was then that their most delicious flagship product, Autocrat Coffee, got its name. Throughout the 1900s, 'Gansett and Autocrat were the beverages of choice in New England. We present here our collaborative Coffee Milk Stout, a flavorful and smooth dark ale that pays homage to our shared heritage, while celebrating the art of craft brewing. A swallow will tell you!"

A swallow is likewise depicted on the CAN, but I have better things to CANsider, like Crack!ing it open and CANducting a Glug. The former was loud & the latter was inverted, leading to a pseudo-cascade and three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. I watched in fascination as it slowly fell, leaving wonderful lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing precisely ZERO light penetration. Nose was not sweet at all! It smelled of coffee, all right - espresso! Rich, smoky, bitter, just the way I like my coffee as a retired sailor. Milk?!? That is if you are having a hot (or warm) mocha milkshake! Me? I'm drinking coffee! Hot & black, just like my women. Ha! Mouthfeel was dense, thick & as if a dollop had been ladled onto my tongue. The taste was very bitter, very much like espresso, with a smoky, coffee-like bite. Milk/Sweet Stout? Hardly. This was more like coffee infused with alcohol, rather than vice versa. Man, it got me to sit up, my heart began racing and my attention was now fully engaged. Phew. It drank much bigger than its ABV would suggest. Finish was dry, bitter and very reminiscent of mess decks coffee. Forget 5-Hour Energy Drink, just have one of these with lunch and see what happens!

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Photo of MacMalt
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stout glass. It pours virtually black, with a thick, fluffy, cafe au lait-colored head and thick lacing. The smell features burnt coffee and tobacco smoke, like pouring coffee into an ashtray. The taste is very burnt: burnt coffee grounds, burnt tobacco, and just a hint of burnt caramel. There's nothing sweet about it. It's also fairly metallic. It's rather light for a stout - more like a porter, with moderate carbonation. For a stout, it's ABV is a relatively low 5.3%. For someone who likes really burnt tastes, this stout is perfect. To me, it's rather bland and could use some other tastes.

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Photo of Omnium
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pounder can into a pint glass.
A. Pitch black with a two finger foamy tan head thick lacing
S. Aroma Is roasted malt and slight hints of coffee and burnt caramel
T. Creamy and smooth but kinda metallic not enough coffee or sweet malt.
M. Incredibly chalky and kind of bitter dry lingering feel. Goes down easy enough but wash it down with something else.
O. Pretty decent but needs more coffee and sweetness

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Photo of Brew_42
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a big fluffy tan head as all stouts should be.

Smells like coffee but not in the way most coffee beers do. This smells like coffee from a coffee maker in the break room. It doesn't have the chocolate or espresso notes that most coffee beers do. This smells like coffee grounds being loaded into my dad's coffee maker. I dig it.

Taste follows the nose in that the taste is heavily coffee-centric. Not getting much in the way of milk or chocolate. Tastes like roasted barley and an Americano. I really like this beer and it's making me rethink the role that Narragansett could play in my beer drinking life.

Mouth feel- creamy, thick, with slight carbonation.

I don't know if my rating is colored by my assumptions about Narragansett but this is a really good coffee stout that brings something unique to the table. T doesn't pack the sweetness of a normal milk stout and the coffee flavor us more Dunks than Starbucks but I really like it.

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Photo of BrownNut
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell was immediately familiar but I couldn't place it. Then I tasted it and it became clear. It's that gross smell/taste of pure liquid smoke, like when you spill it on your hand and it stains you for the rest of the day. Liquid smoke isn't all smoke, there are other gross flavors in it. This is that. Gross. Do not want.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a wheat glass.

Black with 1 finger of tan head. Slight ruby highlights.

Coffee grounds, medium roast coffee & cream, milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Medium roast coffee & cream, and milk chocolate. Caramel and roasted barley.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and sweet.

This is exactly what it should be. An easy drinking Milk Stout with plenty of coffee flavor.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious coffee flavor combined with chocolate in very drinkable stout. Not very sweet or rich milk stout, but at 5.3% ABV, an exceptional winner. In these days of strong beers, this brew is a welcome derivative of the style. If only Narragansett varieties were more readily available in PA, they would be hugely popular.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this pounder for $2.75 at the House of 1,000 beers. Into my goblet

A - What a deep dark roast! Very pitch black in color with an impressive inch plus of mocha tinted head.
S - Has the good qualities I want in a coffee stout a sort of roast like espresso and a bit of milk sugars for sweetness. Not the best smelling coffee beer but its not offensive.
T - Not bad no metallic taste and some bitter coffee notes rounded with some lactic like sugar and hops in the finish. Balanced enough with some lingering bitterness each sip.
M - for 5% the body is decent enough not heavy but not as creamy as I wanted.

Overall a pretty standard coffee stout that gets merits for being cheap and in a pounder form. Still not sure if I would get a second...

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Photo of caesius
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours very dark brown, looks almost like coffee. Has an enormous foamy head that dissipates slowly and ultimately sticks around.
S: I haven't quite trained up my nose so all I can smell is alcohol. My b
T: Very pronounced yet tame coffee flavor, in fact I'd say the taste is 50/50 coffee/stout. Lacks bitterness or acidity providing a very pleasant, easy drink.
F: Very thin and watery. Disappointing especially considering the impressive head.
O: Coffee fiends will fall in love with this, and aside from the feel there's nothing offensive about this beer. Use this to get your coffee-addicted friends hooked onto beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I pretty much completely agree with the previous reviewer here. The flavor is very milky coffee. It's a bit sweet, but in more of a creamy way than a sugary or malty way. The coffee flavor is pretty mild and not bitter or acidic at all, with the lactose really taking over both in taste, smell, and texture. It's creamy, but also rather thin and light-bodied, which to me is weird for a stout. Not a negative, just took some getting used to. But overall, perfectly enjoyable if you want a light, mild, simple stout.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I immediately pick up a lot of lactose sugar on the nose. Coffee takes a back seat, but shows up subtly with some vanilla and dark chocolate. Kind of wish the aroma was a little roastier, though. The flavor profile starts off with mild coffee flavor, while finishing with some vanilla and lactose sugar. Simple, but the taste works. What doesn't work is the super thin mouthfeel. It literally feels like almost nothing - on the plus side, it's extremely easy to drink. Carbonation is medium. A decent coffee stout, it just needs to be beefed up about 25%.

3.32/5: A bit dinky, but I could drink it all day if inclined

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pounder into a nonic:

Appearance: dark, deep brown, bordering on black in body, with a nice, fluffy mocha-colored head. Body is visibly slightly viscous.

Aroma: nice notes of sweetness and lactose to start, with a tiny bit of bitterness in the middle. Finishes slightly roasty. It could've packed a little more coffee punch, but as far as canned stouts go, its pretty damn nice smelling.

Taste: surprised by how much I liked this one. The coffee flavor has lots of depth, and the light notes of fruit and bitterness in the coffee actually come through. This is buoyed by a solid foundation of roasty malt and lots of smooth, creamy sweetness from the lactose. Really nice from Narragansett.

Feel: thought it was more porter than stout, but it was solid. Very creamy and smooth, and the carbonation was perfect. Just a little lighter-bodied than I would have wanted.

Overall: I'd drink these any time. One of my favorite brews from Narragansett thus far. A very solid milk stout.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark, near-black pour with a finger of mocha head. Aroma is the best part for me - excellent balance of roasted malt, coffee and sweet lactose. That sweetness doesn't come through as much in the flavor - this actually leans a little more bitter with a black-coffee finish that lingers dry. A little over-carbonated for me. Not bad by any means, but I do enjoy the sweetness of milk stouts to be more pronounced.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer puts Narragansett on the map. The beer is full of flavor and feels a lot fuller than what you would expect from a 5.30 ABV. The beer has a nice coffee smell and has a great balance of milk chocolate flavor. The 16 oz bottles in the 6 pack offering at an affordable price makes this my staple beer in December and January. Let's hear it for Narragansett. Hip Hip, Horray; Hip, Hip, Horray!

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Photo of RIbeerdrinking
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Narragansett Brewery. This is a very nice milk stout. The lactose sugars are very nice on the tongue. The viscosity of the beer is excellent. It only comes in pint cans and it is a very good idea because 12 Ozs just isn't enough, with a great beer like this.

Pours a nice black chocolate color. A beautiful coffee aroma is there as soon as it is poured. This milk stout is very similar to Left Hand Milk Stout, but with a better flavor and aroma. It is so smooth and a delightful aftertaste that leaves you wanting to drink more.

This is a perfectly balanced quaff I would highly recommend. There is nothing I don't like about this 5.5% stout. It is very easy drinking, let me tell you.

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Photo of DoctorD
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love stouts and I love Autocrat coffee syrup so I was very excited to try this one. When poured it was extremely carbonated and had a beautiful, lingering tan head. The smell was all coffee and had me salivating. But the taste was very lacking - it was as if someone had poured old stale coffee into a thin stout. The stout was watery with zero body and the acidic coffee taste was overbearing. I couldn't detect any subtle flavors or the alcohol at all, just a bitter coffee aftertaste. This would be so much better if it had been brewed with lactose to make a sweeter milk stout.

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Photo of Frank_TX
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hi-Neighbor! This is brew is unique to Rhode Island. It combines Autocrat coffee milk with stout beer. This variety is a great coffee stout that is not too overpowering. Pick up a sixer when you are in the Ocean State.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark opaque brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and roasted coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with coffee.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, milk, tasty. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very carbonated head, fizzy and dissipates.
lots of coffee and milk aroma.
nice coffee flavor. nice, run-of-the-mill coffee brew. very consistent. great flavor.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Milk chocolate, mild roasted coffee and a bit a of a glassy aroma. Grainy, nutty, somewhat stale.

T- More milk chocolate with some mild coffee and a bit of nuttiness. Very tame flavor that goes down easily. Roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Tinge of vanilla sweetness. After a while, all the flavors become quite muted as the palate acclimates. Also, once it warms, the staleness detected in the aroma starts coming through more strongly and you can start to see that either the coffee they used in this was low-quality, the base beer wasn't done well or both.

M- Pretty thin and lifeless with medium carbonation but still maintains a fullish body.

O- For the money, it's decent. But, once it warms, this beer becomes near undrinkable. My advice is to drink this beer cold and, considering it's Narragansett, it isn't all that surprising. Could be worse, but could also be a whole lot better.

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Photo of predikit
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown, settles in the glass super dark brown, leaves a small tan head with lots of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely amazing, sweet coffee notes, molasses, oat.

Taste does not quite match up to the smell but it's not bad by any means, coffee flavor dominates the profile, maybe touch too dark roasted. For that, there's no bitterness, takes on a sweet tone for the middle, finish is dry with a nice coffee aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy though the carbonation gets in the way slightly, but not too bad. Alcohol is hidden well.

An excellent beer for the price.

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Photo of pinyin
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I searched for a while to find this seasonal milk stout. Wasn't able to score any while in RI during X-Mas break. Finally found a sixer local to me in NY by chance.

Served from the can into a goblet at 36F.

Nice coloring and lacing. Immense thick creamy tan colored head.
Smell is kind of pungent, which is normal for a coffee milk stout.

This beer is thick. If I were to guess it's abv just looking at the appearance and thickness, i would say it's closer to 9 or 10 % abv. Fortunately it's a session beer and only 5.30%.

Taste wise it was more or less what one would except from Narragansett. Kind of like roasted syrupy half a day old coffee. The coffee flavor is sort of overpowering and not that well balanced with the malts and hops.

You can sort of taste the cheaper malt profile behind the strong coffee flavorings. Not many hops can be tasted through the powerful coffee syrup extract.

Overall not bad, but I would not buy it again. Definitely cool marketing, but remember, it's trying to mask the quality of Narragansett beer. Rhode Island's equivalent of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Great if your an ironic hipster that likes to spark conversation about your bargain buy beer, but not that great if your a fanatic of coffee milk stouts.

Not even in the same league as Carton Regular Coffee or Keegan Mothers Milk.
More in line with Stone Coffee Milk Stout.

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Photo of bluehende
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This stout has everything it should. Nice roastiness along with a good bit of Coffee flavor. The milk stout feel was a bit low possibly being a little overpowered by the coffee. Poured black with a nice head. This is a very enjoyable lower alcohol stout that borders on great.

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