Narragansett Brewing Co.

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #737
Ranked #23,294
3.82 | pDev: 12.04%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
Notes: Since the 1890's, Narragansett Beer and Autocrat Coffee have been home-grown Rhode Island favorites. This beer is a unique collaboration that brings together Narragansett's bittersweet Milk Stout with dark, delicious Autocrat Coffee. A smooth stout with robust roasted coffee aroma and bittersweet coffee flavor. Notes of toffee, dark chocolate, and roasted barley.
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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can stamped K229 1315:23 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours dense black with light mocha colored head. The head recedes to a 3/8" cap and sticks. The aroma is faint coffee and lactose. The taste is semisweet, somewhat watery, roasted malt with hints of coffee. Minimal bitterness on a mineral finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, not great & likely old. Date your cans please!!!! I had this years ago and loved it, so I would still drink it if I knew it was fresh.

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jkblr from Indiana, Apr 23, 2020
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3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The look of this beer is great like a stout should look, extremely dark to black. The smell has the aroma you would expect coming from a milk stout, that beautiful scent sort of “desert is here”.
The taste is not on the level of the look or aroma, the added coffee seems to have ramped down the flavor a bit even though it adds that unique corner taste.
The feel of the beer on the tongue is almost flat, like some of the body of the beer was removed by adding the liquid of the coffee.

Altogether, this is a pretty good beer, despite my findings of its shortcomings. I enjoyed it with my dinner.

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louiebianchi from New York, Feb 22, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(16 oz can; purchased cold, split between two snifters)

Medium-dark brown liquid; loose fizzy tan foam... rather basic roasted barley scent dominating the nose, with hints of medium-roast coffee perhaps... roasty, slightly caramelized cereal grain front and center; subtle nutty tone from the coffee; rather clean and light, with only a little accompanying sweetness... again, clean and relatively light-bodied; almost lager-like delicate smoothness... love the label design and branding, glad to finally get around to trying this - it's really rather basic; best swilled from the can? (1628)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Dec 15, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was my first coffee stout, and first dive into dark beers(minus Guinness). Had tried this beer roughly a year ago and wasn’t a huge fan, and still hate Guinness. In a years time, I have turner myself on to darker beers, so I choose to give this beer a shot again, due to my love of ‘gansett.
Look is as you would expect, motor oil black. Thick white head, that dissipates a bit quicker than one would expect. Smell is dominated by coffee. In regards to taste, I prefer this beer much more as opposed to other of it’s styles. Other “ coffee milk stouts” are a little sweet for my taste, and the coffee resembles a cup of black coffee just a little more. Cofffee doesn’t dominate the palate, and roaster malts are identifiable, but not incredible strong. Bitterness is low, but balances the beer. I’m intrigued as to what hops, if any, were used. Beer isnt disappointingly watery like a Guinness, but mouth feel isn't motor oil thick either. Really a great winter beverage, and incredibly drinkable. Neighbor, i’d recommend you give this brew a shot. Would probably go well with a shot of wild turkey.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.21 (Including tax and deposit)/16 oz can ($ 0.138/oz) at Alkies, Massena, NY. Reviewed 7/24/19.
Bottom of can stamped “Hi Neighbor 11/01/18”. Refrigerated overnight in hotel refrigerator then served in a shaker. Stored in cooler in store.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – medium brown, clear.
Body – Brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, some translucence at the meniscus.
Head – Large (Maximum 10.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, low density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to fourteen mm lacy crown and a dense partial layer. Much torn curtain lacing remains as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! As the level drops, multiple unconnected irregular bands of extremely tiny to small bubbles remain. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Coffee, coffee, coffee!
Flavor – 4.25 – Mildly bitter and markedly coffee-flavored. No alcohol taste or aroma (5.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Not bad considering this is made with “coffee flavoring” rather than coffee. It definitely smells and tastes like real diner coffee and not that fake designer stuff. The “milk stout” portion makes this almost creamy and smooths things out. The price is right.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jul 24, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from pint can, gift from friend, into faceted mug.

This is two different beers in one: a smooth and creamy milk stout to start, and to finish a coffee porter absolutely loaded with roasted coffee.

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BigGold from Mississippi, Apr 13, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown but in the glass it’s more of a cola color. Pretty good amount of light tan head on top that has great retention. A sniff brings dark coffee and roasted malts to the nose. Taste is more of the same. Mouthfeel is creamy silky medium with a dry finish. Overall this is in the low 4s due to my partiality to coffee. Digging it!

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just above average body with light carbonation. Aroma isn't overpowering but still pleasing. Roasted malts, black coffee and some chocolate are the only things I can pick up but that's not a bad thing
Taste really follows the aroma with roasted malted, black coffee, mildly bitter dry chocolate. It's really not sweet,maybe just a bit with minimal bitterness in equal parts
A nice coffee stout that's definitely worth a try. When barrel aged stouts are so common I found this to be a straightforward, in a good way, coffee stout.

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Feb 20, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it into a glass. Looks great, smells ok, the taste is full of coffee, dark chocolate, some bitters (not a very bitter beer though) and the feel is a bit light. A decent milk stout!

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Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania, Feb 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Guinness stout glass.

Look is a dark reddish brown with ruby highlights and a cafe au lait head.

Aroma is sweet milky coffee.

Taste is really good. No fake coffee flavor, it just comes across as a sweet roasty milk stout.

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3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark stout color but not much of a head. Great coffee flavor and aroma but does masks the maltiness a bit. The mouth feel is watery for a stout but the flavor and aroma make up for that... Caffeine kick is substantial- it will give you heart palpitations :)

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Tybokobes from Massachusetts, Dec 30, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 5

Thick bubbly light tan head that lasts and laces well but irregularly; Dark ruby black, nearly opaque

Smells of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, slight alcohol and slight sweet note.

Roasted grains and slight sweetness fades to dark roast coffee. finishes like a strong cup of coffee. Not as sweet and malty as a typical milk stout.

Medium, bordering on light. Too thin for the style. Light to moderate CO2. No alcohol burn or astringency.

As a beer to drink for fun, it is a pleasure, hence the high overall score. A great beer to have when you want a coffee flavored beer. Speaking from the perspective of the BJCP, it deviates from style in that is lacks the level of thickness of mouthfeel and sweetness of aroma and taste of a sweet/milk stout. More like a porter in that department. If I did not know better I would have guessed it to be a coffee porter.

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BrewAskew from Oklahoma, Dec 11, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice coffee stout. Drank from can, the roast coffee and cream aroma comes through. Nice balanced flavor between the bitter ground coffee, roast malt, cocoa, and sweet lactose. Smooth, refreshing, and worth a try.

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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium brown with a one inch tan head that left a few spots of lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and a bit of lactose sweetness. Light bodied for the style, medium carbonation, mouth feel is on the watery side, slightly dry and bitter finish.

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EMH73 from New York, Nov 25, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A short simple review for a simple and delicious beer.

Pours a touch thin looking for a milk stout, and has less sweet, so I would label it in the American Stout area of thickness and sweetness. Has a yummy dark roast coffee flavor and a wonderful burnt caramel and dark coffee nose. Easy drinking, not sweet as expected, not thin but very light viscosity for a milk stout, with a clean linger. Tasty. Get some, best beer value out there.

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cavedave from New York, Nov 20, 2018
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1.06/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This may be a big nostalgic feel-good hit in Rhode Island, but let's be honest, it's in no way a stout. It's thin malt water. And the "coffee" is coffee flavoring, a confection made primarily out of corn syrup.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Nov 17, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Pours a rich brown that's dark but stays translucent. A thin tan head with decent retention, but ultimately subsides to a ring of foam, and a good amount of visible carbonation for style.

S: Coffee and roasted malts. Mild vanilla within the lactose sweetness, and some dark chocolate notes as well. Reasonably appealing nose with a medium-roast coffee character.

T: Coffee that's maybe sat just a little too long on the warmer. Roasted malts with a fair amount of bitterness. Mild lactose and vanilla sweetness, and a milder bitter baker’s chocolate. Some tobacco with the roasted malts. The burnt coffee flavor lasts through the hang with minimal sweetness to balance it.

M: A fairly thin body for a milk stout – not the richness you’d expect with the lactose. Average carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: The thin body hurts this; and while I’m not a fan of overly sweet milk stouts, I think this swung too hard the other way. It’s not "palate wrecker" levels of bitterness or anything, but not the rich sweetness you want to see balance the bitter coffee notes. Not terrible, but nothing I’d drink again.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can I have is yellow with a red band across the middle. The bottom area on the front says "ALC 5.5% BY VOL" and the bottom says: "Hi Neighbor! 10/02/18 10:00"

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and it has a minimal off-white ring. Despite the lack of any head it does form some lacing from the ring.

Aroma: There is a very light coffee and chocolate aroma.

Taste: Right off the bat there is a prominent charred sugar flavor. It has a bit of a earthy tea flavor to it. Towards the back of the mouth right as the beer finishes there is a touch of coffee that pops ups as the beer fades out.

Mouthfeel: It is full bodied with a lighter finish. Carbonation is light as expected.

Overall: It is a pretty average coffee stout that doesn't lean for or against any particular category. It is decent enough to pick up if you are going on a fishing trip or something but there are other coffee beers (even in cans) that are preferable. It is worth picking up so you can decide whether or not you would drink it again, because although it really straddles the line of "average" I would still drink it.

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teromous from Virginia, Oct 27, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is mostly black with some dark brown edges. Topped by a creamy beige head. Retention is fairly good, with sheets of lacing left behind.

Smells like nutty medium-roast coffee, leaning towards burnt black coffee. Musty and grainy like old coffee grounds. Hints of toast, roasted barley, and dark chocolate in there as well.

Tastes like nutty medium-roast coffee, some acrid burnt coffee, dark chocolate, hints of milk chocolate, almond milk creamy sweetness, burnt toast, roasted grains. Smooth and well-balanced, neither bitter nor too sweet.

Feels medium, well-carbonated, smooth. A bit light, but not watery. Easily drinkable and refreshing.

A nice, easy-drinking coffee milk stout. Nice coffee aroma. Nothing inspiring, but a nice, solid, easy-drinking coffee stout. Good.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a cup of fresh brewed coffee. Tastes like a stout beer mixed with iced coffee. I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I’d probably buy this more often if it was easier to find.

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TBDave from Florida, Dec 28, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a recent 16 oz can into the test glass.
A - Cup of coffee dark, gently carbonated, leads to a small frothy cap.
S - Coffee forward, then some bakers chocolate, and milk sugar.
T - Follows the nose perfectly, add a bit of bitter dark roast
M - A bit on the thin side, like a good cup of Joe. The start is semi sweet then a quick move toward the bitter side and nice coffee linger closes the experience
O - A very nice coffee milk stout. The feel is very muck in the cup of coffee scale, and thankfully not to muck milk sugar.

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Dec 25, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a translucent dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is two fingers, creamy and light mocha colored. Retention is great for the style and there are many sticky patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is bitter black coffee, coffee grounds, smokiness and some roasted malts.

Taste is similar, but the coffee grounds are overwhelming. I love my coffee black, but this is more like chewing on grinds than drinking black coffee.

Feel is light with fairly high carbonation. The finish is bitter and very dry, which makes it almost feel as though you are licking spent coffee grinds.

Overall this beer is a miss for me. The coffee flavor is burnt and too bitter. Maybe a little more lactose sugar would have rounded this out.

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CNoj012 from New York, Dec 24, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black with a one finger offwhite head, good retention and a bit of lacing. Smell is lactose, roasted grain, milk chocolate and black coffee; the milk chocolate dominates here which is nice, with coffee providing a bit of balance. Flavour is a smooth lactose and milk chocolate tempered a fair bit by black coffee bitterness; it is more of a roasted coffee bean flavour. Not terribly complex but it is exactly as advertised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with a nice lactose-laden front cleaned up by a smooth, mildly earthy coffee finish.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Dec 10, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up as part of a mixed six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell. Unable to decipher canned-on date. Pretty solid smell and taste. I like 'Gansett beers, for taste & nostalgia reasons, would get again.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Mar 12, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark brown. Light tan head.

Smell: Typical lower end stout. Not much to it.

Taste: Fairly smooth. Getting a bit of the cold coffee. Cheap coffee though. Little sweet which is nice. Finishes easy. Not terrible for a cheap beer.

Feel: Light mouth feel.

Overall: Sessionable stout that's good and cheap. There are better alternatives in my opinion. 5/10.

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Dakin from Utah, Feb 06, 2017
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