Naughty Sauce
Noble Ale Works

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Noble Ale Works
California, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #40
Ranked #1,166
4.32 | pDev: 9.03%
Aug 12, 2021
Jan 14, 2013
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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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Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Aug 12, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by asaboss from California

Feb 01, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
09/14/20 can @ home
Sep 14, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Rated: 4.11 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by BarrelAgedG from California

Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
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
Rated: 3.88 by Bandi from New York

Aug 10, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
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
Rated: 4.14 by WDJersey from Colorado

Aug 08, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 29, 2020
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Reviewed by AshBlackstone from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
strong coffee flavor could have used more malt - good beer to drink
Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Jul 26, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Rated: 4.43 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Feb 03, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.21/5  rDev -25.7%
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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Reviewed by WilliamGustin from Nevada

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Rated: 4.9 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Szyd44 from California

4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Reviewed by BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Rated: 3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jul 11, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by sjjn from California

May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Mhmmbeer from California

5/5  rDev +15.7%
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
Rated: 3 by PprBurke from Virginia

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by Manswellz from California

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by sokol_1993 from California

Nov 05, 2018
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Rated by Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
7/25/2018 - 3.53

8/14/2020 - 4.25
Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by Eychung from New York

Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by DamienI from Washington

May 29, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by mnine from California

May 13, 2018
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