Elsie's Irish Coffee Milk Stout | Papago Brewing

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Papago Brewing
Arizona, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Irish car bomb in a glass. A rich milk stout with 1 pound of Irish Cream flavored coffee beans added per barrel.

Added by Stoneman78 on 06-25-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a ash-gray/tan head. Highly carbonated, especially the first few pours. Nose is muted significantly by the head, but roasted malt notes and hints toward coffee and molasses are overwhelmed by a cocoa-powder aroma that lasts into the tasting. The flavors are mostly the same, with a metallic hint that does further harm to my ability to want to drink another glass. Just a little to sweet for my taste, although the mouthfeel is spot-on for style and size.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The second of three, and ranked accordingly, of Papago contracted out stouts and porters. This one is opaque black with a brown head. There is roasted aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Very coffee, and still some coconut in here, lactose and the three may not go so great together for me.

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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe AZ,
P: pours a creamy dark roast coffee color with a thin white head that leaves a good lacing

S: brown sugar, malt, coffee very sweet nose on this one

T: very chocolatey, some nice toasted brown sugar, and a smooth creamy finish.

MF: had it on nitro tap, went down cool and clean

OA. Not to bad, pretty sweet though so you could only prob have 2 in a session.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown to nearly black with brown head. Nose was chocolatey sweet with some roasty elements. Palate was very sweet, almost like a Young's Double Chocolate stout - there was a clear presence of milk chocolate, perhaps with some nougat filling in there as well. Gateway beer for the ladies... perhaps best with a dessert.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had this on tap over the new years holiday.

Poured into a standard Pint glass. Pour is black, with a small dark tan head. The beer was not on nitro tap, nor was it overly carbonated, which was a nice change for the style since it allowed the subtle flavors to come through more.

The aroma is of Irish cream, roasted coffee, toast, as well as chocolate.

The taste matched what the aroma's previewed. Sweet cream, roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, and a milky creaminess. Not overly sweet. Drinks quite nice.

The mouth feel is a bit thin for a milk stout (from experience, milk stouts shine when on nitro tap) but it did not detract from this one. Lightly carbonated, but still present. Light to medium body overall. Not sure on the ABV, even the site has a "?" but whatever it is, it is well masked, and I would venture a guess at about 6.5% or so.

Of the three beers I tried form Papago while there, this one was the highlight. Brought home a Growler off it, which was shared amongst friends at a recent gathering, and was liked by all. The Growler was sealed well, and lasted a month. Flavors matched the above notes.

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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours pitch black as a stout should.
S- Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate
T- Taste is very creamy with strong coffee flavor. Tastes milky, could definitely be lactose infused. Not terribly complex but very sweet and tasty
M- Mouthfeel is average. Carbonation is appropriately medium. Very thin for a stout IMO. Lacking that viscosity that I really like in stouts
D- Drinkability is off the charts on this one. Alcohol isn't even remotely detectable. Coffee washes out most of the flavor, but still ends up very sweet and very light tasting for a stout.
Overall, a good beer, not earth shatteringly good, but good enough to drink on a regular basis. Pity they don't bottle it.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, on to the beer:

Served at 50 F, this beer is pitch black in color, the head retention is okay. The smell is a dream come true for my sweet tooth. Cream, coffee, chocolate syrup. Very pleasing. Taste-wise, it still pretty sweet, but astringent roasted coffee is more intense and balances out the sweet creaminess and syrupy chocolate. Medium bodied, but with too much carbonation.

This is a good flavored beer. Coffee and cream, the drink you would normally have for breakfast, but this one is beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer just sounded tasty and it definitely was. The beer is dark with a rich chocolate colored head, which did dissipate pretty quickly. Lots of roasted coffee and chocolate aromas to be found. The beer's name is fitting as it has a milky consistency, lacking a bit of the thickness I come to expect with a stout. The coffee and dark chocolate flavors blend well with the malt. It's not really that sweet, which is good. You'll get a little bit of bitterness at first, but then it mellows out pretty quickly. No aftertaste to speak of...the beer sorta "cleans" itself and leaves a fresh palate. A pretty solid beer, so if you like stouts, I would suggest you give it a try!

Appearance - 4.5/5.0 - dark with chocolate colored head, head lost quickly
Smell- 4.0/5.0 - rich coffee and chocolate aromas
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - roasted coffee and malt flavor, hint of chocolate, more bitter up front then mellows out, beer isn't as thick as I would expect with the style
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Good mouth feel, no funny aftertaste - sorta cleans your mouth after itself
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - Solid beer

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to update my ticking stats, and even though I've ticked many AZ beers, looks like I was missing any reviews on this site. Busted out my notes for this one to fix that. Consumed on tap in 2009. This stout was really, really good. Nice surprise.

Darkest brown in color with a small tan head and some lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roast.

Flavor is amazing and fairly sweet with coffee, Irish cream, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon or rum.

Palate is smooth and creamy with medium-full body.

Excellent beer! Tiiick!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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