Naughty Sauce
Noble Ale Works

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #33
Ranked #927
4.33 | pDev: 9.01%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
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Notes: 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.
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium light carbonation with about an average body.
Aroma is low acid coffee, milk chocolate, nuts,espresso beans, and what seems like white grapes.
Taste is mildly sweet with a bitter grape seed on the finish. Coffee,milk chocolate and a little bit of nut.
Overall a really well done beer thatvwas very enjoyable

Jan 21, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is Naughty Sauce a pioneer?
Seems so. While I am not a big consumer of blonde stouts, Naughty Sauce is an innovator; primarily by using a bitter coffee instead of heavily roasted malts. It succeeds.

Variation in Looks is always welcome. Smells more of coffee than malt; but it is very fitting, metaphorically, to wake up and smell the coffee. (Wake up, America.) Tastes are nicely balanced; the sweetish lactose never takes over and the coffee becomes more subtle on the palate. In the mouth, the oats are a master-stroke for softness. An amazing semi-dry finish.

Bought from Tavour. As usual, they are great at "distributing" the hard-to-get domestics.

It may be hard for me to find more brews from Noble soon. Yet, I am glad for variety's sake that this IPA shop has at least this stout in its top 8 BA ratings. Noble is over 7 years old and recently expanded their production. I certainly hope they make it thru this Covid Crisis and prosper again. I give them some extra special OA Hugs for helping give continuous life to Anaheim's Platinum Triangle... one of Orange County's more promising Transit Oriented Developments; near the architecturally significant new train station intended to be a key stop in California's High Speed Rail with baseball and hockey and Disneyland nearby. For other reasons, I hope to ride this HSR some day and will include a visit to Noble.

Sep 26, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

Pours clear golden, white film for a head.

Smells of toast, coffee beans, and walnut.

Tastes of roasted coffee, toast, black tea, and bitter nutty and earthy notes.

Medium body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Good flavor and aroma, drinks pretty smooth going down. The coffee is at the forefront of this for sure. Definitely worth trying for fans of coffee flavors in beer.

Sep 17, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A mostly filtered golden hue with thin ivory foam and thin broken lines of lace.

S: What first strikes me is the coffee. It’s good and more on the light roast, with good berry acidity - a great compliment for the sweet stout. Otherwise a middle ground between animal and graham crackers, and a syrupy sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, creamy chocolate milk, and other than the great coffee it’s like most golden stouts I’ve had.

F: Medium weight with little carbonation and a slick syrupy consistently.

O: Never been a go to style for me, but I enjoyed the acidic balance this one had over a handful of priors.

Sep 06, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful milk stout, great flavors and aromas. 6/29/20 canned date printed on can. Pours a deceptive golden color with some fluffy white head that settled to some small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, malt, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness. Great aromas. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and drinkability, light ABV. Smooth rich mouthfeel, great for a sweet milk stout, a little chewy, good carbonation. A great beer.

Aug 21, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasted grain, sugar cookies, roasty coffee, and caramel.

I expected a bit more out of this one. Obviously, a golden stout is never going to taste exactly like an actual stout, but this doesn't really come close at all. It's more of just a blonde ale with a somewhat tepid coffee character. I imagine this is significantly better on nitro tap. Out of the can, it's just forgettable.

This is light bodied, clean, and crisp, with not even close to enough creaminess for what I expected out of this.

I expected a lot more out of this - it's honestly one of the more disappointing beers I've had in a while.

Aug 19, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has notes of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a short head covering the surface and a wide collar around the edge of the glass. The head has very good retention properties.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with hints of graham cracker malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of coffee beans along with hints of graham crackers. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has a lot of coffee aromas and flavors without being roasty.

Serving type: can

Aug 10, 2020
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AshBlackstone from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color. Solid coffee and graham cracker on the smell. Taste follows the nose, really easy drinking and smooth. Bought six 16 oz cans on Tavour.

Looking forward to the other 5.

Jul 28, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. I'm usually not one for golden or white stouts, but this executed the style very well. Dark gold body with a cloud like white head. Smells like a stout latte: big coffee, vanilla, sweet malts, and slight toffee. Taste is very strong with coffee, eventually mixing in vanilla, graham cracker, toffee, malt, candied nuts, and blondie flavors. A little more balance with the coffee could go a long way, but then again if you are making a golden stout you probably don't really care about proper balance anyways. Feel is saturated by the coffee and sweetness, so much of it makes me think stout, but the feel still is thin for style. Probably best golden stout I have had though!

Mar 19, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

September 23rd, 2015 - The Nitro Naughty Sauce was enjoyed at Bottlecraft in Little Italy for my first visit. A frothy beer with a speckled head dragged across the edge of the glass, it has a graham cracker rich smell, and a thinner body. Here I get more of that mashed graham cracker taste again and a thinner body, which let's the taste of a drizzle of honey peep through. But it is a bit too sweet, which might be accentuated by the nitrogen style, which I can't blame the beer for.

Oct 28, 2019
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden stout, what!?! Subtle, yet obvious coffee overtones. Highly enjoyable and really drinkable. Nitro just adds to the creamy...toffee flavor and feel. A new favorite stout for me. If you are trying a slightly different stout then order this next time, it will not disappoint!

Oct 09, 2019
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Szyd44 from California

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Public House in Temecula, CA. Looked great from the pour, smooth and creamy. Excellent flavor, not overly powered by the coffee. I was expecting something heavy in taste but was surprised by the light feel. Highly recommend.

Sep 08, 2019
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No idea what a “golden milk stout” should taste like, just know that I love milk stouts, and have HATED every “golden stout” that I’ve had.... plus, I generally DISLIKE coffee infused beers. Thanks to BA reviews, I gave this one a shot. Glad I did!!

Had this on Nitro at Dog Haus in Belmont CA. Creamy smooth ... or as the kids say, smooth AF. The aroma is actually spot on... IF you can train your brain to ignore the color. (This beer would be well served in a can) ... Flavor has some element of a light roast coffee, but much more emphasis on the milk sugar that I enjoy.

If you come across this, you should close your eyes and give it a go!

Aug 08, 2019
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Mhmmbeer from California

5/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Apr 14, 2019
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TheLVBeerGuy from Nevada

5/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Oct 20, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Jan 04, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Sep 16, 2015
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Ryancthomas7 from California

3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Aug 05, 2015
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SoCalBeerBabe from California

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Jul 23, 2015
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -6%
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.

Jun 30, 2015
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LADaveBN from California

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Apr 05, 2015
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redsoxbrs from California

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Mar 12, 2015
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Absolut from California

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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***

Jan 17, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Dec 15, 2014
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SensorySupernova from California

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Nov 21, 2014
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 311 ratings