Naughty Sauce | Noble Ale Works

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 284

#24 ranked English Sweet / Milk Stout | 5.40% ABV

Noble Ale Works
California, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. Golden Milk Stout infused with 3 pounds per barrel of Guatemalen coffee. Head Brewer Evan Price worked together with Roast Master Jeff Duggan from Portola Coffee Lab to create a truly unique drinking experience. Stout with oats and lactose (milk sugar), coffee instead of roasted grain.

This uses different coffee than Don's Naughty Sauce, which uses Portola Don Pachi Coffee and was a collaboration with Playground DTSA.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 284
Photo of Mhmmbeer
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Cucina Enoteca. Soft creamy hints of toffee, vanilla and obviously coffee. Such an incredibly unique beer. I would recommend to anyone whether they love craft beer or not.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first and maybe only golden stout worth drinking. And being on nitro it’s even better. If I could have this beer every day I would. If you find it, drink it. Then repeat

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BottleCraft – Little Italy San Diego, CA
Had this on 09/25/15 – 8oz pour on Nitro

Dark orange-caramel color amber body with poor clarity and a nice cascading nitro gas effect. Conjures up a creamy smooth stack of pure white snow over top. Impeccable hang time with glossy ribbons of lace riding down the glass. Smells of fresh espresso bean and green earthy hops with some vanilla cookie dough like sweetness. Somewhat sweet overall with the fresh gourmet beans on full display. Very clean, concise, and controlled.
Pure and fresh coffee bean, earthy and green, with some accompanying toasted cereal and milky sweetness. Much like a soft baked cookie with espresso. Again this has a very controlled precision. Nothing too over the top. No bitter astringency whatsoever. The mouthfeel is a creamy delight that stays light and frothy on the palate down to the finish.
Glad to finally get to this one on draught. While it didn’t particularly blow my skirt it is well crafted with a fine balance and some real nice fresh coffee flavor. I would laud Noble for being at the forefront of this sub-style with their Naughty Sauce.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Faint hint of coffee with a very light roast.

A: Bright golden, opaque, thick film of creamy white head.

F: Coffee flavor is huge upfront. Since this beer does not use barley there’s nothing to deter the huge coffee flavor, which is complex. The lactose adds a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: Creamy medium-light bodied, quite smooth, almost slick

O: Super enjoyable – strikes a great balance between coffee and malt character. Moreover, the color is super intriguing. When this beer was first released, I had never seen a golden milk stout, though I still have a little trouble designating this as a stout since it doesn’t use barley. The golden milk stout has been replicated a bit in 2015, but in (humble) opinion, Noble does it best! Having said that, the aroma wasn’t quite as prominent as past batches.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was really looking forward to this, but ended up very disappointed. I really didn't taste very much coffee and it was not what I anticipated for a milk stout. I tasted lots of tobacco flavor and bitterness. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow such an interesting pour. First impression: Unbelievable flavor. The coffee aroma and flavor are warm and mellow. Little fragrance of vanilla, very nice. Light foam over a rich milky golden goodness. This has a cool smooth feel to it, very easy on the carbonation, which made it an interesting milk stout. Kind of pleasantly snuck up on me. I will definitely seek this out again. I was surprised to be impressed by this after drinking Calm Before the Storm by Ballast Point. This might be my 2 new seasonal favorites for the time being. This was a beautiful experience in a glass.

Nitro at Public School 805

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Photo of Tucquan
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-06-29 in Concord, CA at The Hop Grenade

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger firm head and nuce lace

S - Coffee, milk sugar, chocolate. Inviting.

T - Rich coffee with cream and a drizzle of chocolate. A little toasted oat flavor. Roasted bitterness.

M - Thick and very creamy like it was on nitro.

O - Never had this style before. Without barley malt, it doesn't really taste like a stout but it is close. Enjoyable.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Local Peasant in Woodland Hills. Initial reaction: WTF?!??! A golden stout? Strong coffee on the nose. Feel is creamy and smooth. Fantastic all around. A beautifully executed beer.

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Photo of redsoxbrs
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first experience with this one was a coffee themed flight arranged from lightest color to darkest. The lightest being Naughty Sauce had the most flavor. As mentioned already this is a tan colored milk stout with coffee and now one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Absolut
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm so confused. It looks like an ipa. White head, golden brown. Color. Smells like a Starbucks latte. Taste like a coffee stout. Hint of nut and citrus. Perplexing.

Poured 1-17 as a shorty at boneyard.

Great beer and a mind f***

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Photo of breadwinner
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maybe the beer that started the golden stout craze. Still not sure I'd call it a stout -- after all, if a beer has zero roasted barley, can it still be a stout? I'd go more with a coffee blonde ale, I guess? Either way, sans the roast barley, there's nothing to deter the coffee, which is HUGE. Not bitter at all, quite creamy. Interesting...trippy...this is something.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy straw colored with a super creamy head that never quite went away. Left absurd amounts of lacing all the way down.

Smell: Mostly rich coffee smell, not what you’d expect based on the color alone.

Taste: Wow! This tastes like a mix between a stout and a latte. Big time coffee is really distinct up front, into a creamy sweet taste. Slightly bitter and bready throughout. The only complaint I have is that I almost forget that it is beer; the coffee and cream aspects dominate so much.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy! This is what I want in a milk stout. Had it on nitro tap.

Overall: Excellent and unique! All aspects are enjoyable on their own, and they come together perfectly.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

not too many beers like this one out there, wow. a white stout, coffee heavy, and as full bodied as any dark example of the style. it looks golden in color, nothing stout about it in the traditional sense. the nose smells like a stout though, with deeply roasted coffee filling in for the dark unmalted roasted barley. oats give it body and combined with the lactose, a nice sweetness that runs through it to balance the coffee out. the coffee is cool in the flavor, sweetened up by the lactose its almost like a shot of cream in a cup of drip, except the beer is blonde. i get bakers chocolate and vanilla in here, even a touch of honey in the finish. eyes closed it would be hard to tell this was pale. the coffee is more earthy and bitter than we normally think of coffee as a flavor, which works really well here, a unique substitute for dark grain. there is a ton of body and a very creamy mouthfeel, but enough carbonation to make it drinkable. this is one of the most interesting beers ive ever had, and i absolutely love it. as good as any of the hoppy stuff from noble, what a rare treat this is. unlike anything else out there that i am aware of, and an absolute must try.

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Photo of mig100
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most aromatic, tasty and by far, smoothest milk stouts ever brewed. The best way to describe the taste is it's kind of like the milk still left in the bowl after cinnamon toast crunch, but with coffee added. Even better on nitro.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. On nitro @ the source.

A: Pours a clear golden with a half-inch thick finely carbonated white head which fades slowly and yields splotches and semi-rings.

N: Creamy earthy coffee with a mild sweetness, faint roasted malts.

T: Follows nose with a delicate and soft non-astringent coffee and lactose sweetness. Well balanced flavors.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Creamy and soft finish.

O: Really wonderful for coffee and mik stout lovers.

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Photo of DVMin98
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Bruery Sucreversary party at the Phoenix Club.

Man, this thing is a pure coffee bomb. The nose on this thing is like sticking your face into a bag of fresh ground coffee. Being a coffee freak, it was awesome.

The taste is the same. Coffee goodness. I really enjoyed it. I went back for seconds and then the keg blew.

If you 'like' coffee, this isn't for you. If you are a coffee freak, this is for you.

This was for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-draught into a 4.5oz taster at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Reviewed from notes. 5.4% ABV confirmed. Cost was $2.50 USD. "Blonde milk stout."

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous blonde colour - quite vibrant - with an impressive bubble show as the blonde bubbles move upward, giving way to an appealing translucent copper. Head is a fantastic nitro-smooth creamy head of fantastic thickness and good (~4-5+ minute) retention. No yeast particles are visible. The benefits of putting this on nitro are immediately apparent. Fantastic. A unique appearance for a milk stout. Wow.

Sm: Rich lovely coffee. Pale and blonde malts. Maybe some munich malts. Amazing fresh coffee roast; very evocative. Fresh and attractive. Damned incredible - especially when compared to the appearance. Flat-out brilliant. No yeast, alcohol, or hop character is detectable. Light subtle sweetness. An aroma of moderate strength.

T: Wow. Smooth, creamy mocha notes, freshley brewed coffee with brilliant accompanying roast, some milky sweetness, and great creamy notes and a creamy texture aided well by the nitro-draught serving choice. Obscenely delicious. Malting is clean and complementary, keeping it refreshing. No overt hop character is noticeable. Perfectly balanced. Complex, subtle, and exciting. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Texture is near perfect. Perfect carbonation. Wonderfully creamy - just like beers in the style ought to be. Smooth, wet, clean, refreshing. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Amazing execution. Really well done.

Dr: Impressive. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Excellent justified use of nitro. I'd definitely get this again; I could down this all night happily. Well priced. An amazing, unique, special brew from Noble Ale Works. Bravo. I'll have to give their other offerings more attention going forward.

High A-

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Are you feeling naughty? Well, yeah, kind of. So if you are a freak, this lil minx will hit the spot. Creamy and sexi like a Boddingtons, but tasty and satisfying like Blake Lively when she is feeling lively.

Get on this, my babies. Get on this hard and now.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A blonde stout with vanilla and coffee beans. Golden amber color with a nice creamy head. More amusing than most brewing jokes. It's actually quite tasty, and seems to please the ladies. It starts out with an aroma that is simply sticking your nose in the bag of freshly ground coffee. Astoundingly flavorful with a sweet and bitter profile.

This is quite sweet with that Milk Stout sensation, as long as you close your eyes. The coffee flavor is really strong, but quite mellow and rounded and goes nicely with the vanilla. This is one for a short after dinner glass. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazed and cloudy dark, burnt golden with a thick, incredibly persistent, creamy head. Leaves the glass messy with rings of stick. Very pretty, and I've never had a golden milk stout before--this is a first.

Lots of freshly ground coffee in the aroma, some nut elements, and a honey sweetness. Usually, I'm a big critic of mixing coffee and honey aromas/flavors/elements, but it works really nicely here.

The flavor follows the aroma, with lots of freshly-ground coffee flavors, honey sweetness, mild assorted roast, and a bit of citrus/honey hop character as well. Incredibly drinkable. Very impressive.

Medium bodied with creamy carbonation--no surprise given the serving style.

A fantastically surprising beer. Will drink again!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nitro at Urge. Described as a Golden Milk Stout with Portola Don Pachi coffee. Dark gold with a big creamy nitro head that leaves rings of lace as it recedes. It smells like an iced coffee with toasted nuts and earthy notes. Maybe a little citrus and honey. Complex and inviting. The taste is great, like a smooth iced coffee with a little cream, lactose, nuttiness, and cocoa. No astringency or alcohol. Just crushable. This goes down too easy on nitro. More coffee than beer.

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