Naughty Sauce
Noble Ale Works

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #29
Ranked #843
4.34 | pDev: 9.22%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
Naughty SauceNaughty Sauce
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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metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
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

Monday at 02:33 AM
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AshBlackstone from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -26%
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 +11.8%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.5%
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 +15.2%
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 +15.2%
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 -4.6%
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 -1.2%
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 -21.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -6.2%
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 +4.1%
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 +10.8%
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 +1.2%
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 -7.1%
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%
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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Oct 09, 2014
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mig100 from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Sep 20, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Aug 07, 2014
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

May 11, 2014
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kojevergas from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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-

Jun 10, 2013
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RaulMondesi from California

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

May 18, 2013
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