Fight Milk Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #574
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,935
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
71
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Fight Milk StoutFight Milk Stout
Notes: This Imperial Milk Stout has flavors of roasted malt and cocoa. Drinks incredibly smooth with a lingering sweetness and mild bitterness. This beer was made with 100% Crowtein to help you fight like a crow.
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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dark tan head, there’s some leakage on the extreme edges to mahogany brown. Such a gorgeous beer. The nose is filled with huge cocoa, dark chocolate, and char notes. Wow.

The taste translates directly from the nose, with gargantuan cocoa, dark chocolate, and especially char notes on the taste. Gadzooks, this is impressive. I’m heading back to the beer store where I acquired this and picking up another 6er.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/29/16; drank 4/9/16 @ the Yarchives.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; nice lace.

Cream, mild dirt & faint peppermint notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream & mild raspberry flavors up front; dry dirt notes on the finish.

Cloying & dry; drinkable but not enjoyable.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, snifter glass. Dark cola brown body, opaque and nearly black, one finger white head, fair retention, not much lacing. Smell, and really, also the palate, is big lactose, milk chocolate and roast. It's a fairly simplistic milk stout, but certainly what you get on both the nose and the palate is fairly substantial. Maybe a touch of espresso, but mostly it's milk chocolate, plenty of roast and a dab of char, sweet lactose to finish things off. Medium bodied, good carbonation, nice body with what ends up being a mildly roasty char on the finish.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Outstanding beer tried on tap at Odd Side Ales. Great black-looking color with just a little head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee and malt. Tastes of dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cream and malt. Perfectly balanced with good amount of sweetness and just a little bitterness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with perfect amount of carbonation. Excellent beer, one of the better stouts I’ve had. High ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic milk stout, and probably one of the best I've had. Pours a dark cola color with several fingers of thick mocha head. Nice aromas of toasted malt, cocoa, slight earthy hops, cream.
Flavor is sweet and has a slight dark cocoa/coffee bitterness. Not cloying at all. Big flavors. Most impressive is the creamy feel. Usually I find Odd Side stouts to be on the thin side but this one hits the creamy, fuller feel on the head. Highly recommended.

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Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Blackop555 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Dark fruits, lactos, roasted malts, hints of cocoa powder.

T- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, lactos, roasted malts, some acidic coffee.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent imperial milk stout, seems like it might be a little past it's prime, but still pretty good. Would have liked to try it fresh, but still better than what I feel like Mac and Charlie made!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NO ingredients per the website. 8% ABV, 61 IBU. 12oz bottle. Unfiltered.
Pours out to a deep ink black, forming a creamy dark tan head with very good retention and lacing. The nose is quite nice, a clean ferment with nice roast character, a dusting of cocoa powder, subtle dark fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium dense body. Not cloying, lightly tart from the hops. The taste is strong with roasted malts, then followed by some definite cola notes, some cola like sweetness, some prune and soy and black walnut, then a lingering sweetness (lactose) sitting on top of some herbal hop bitterness (medium). No off flavors or aromas.

A nice imperial milk stout. Notice I don't say a nice Imperial russian stout. This is not a 12% RIS. It is what they say it is, an imperial milk stout and it pulls this off quite well. Definitely worth trying. A nice brew.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (dated 1/20/16 from Copper Vine $2.49), poured into Stone snifter.

A- A normal pour creates 1-finger of tan-brown head. The body is very near jet black. Considerable carbonation is apparent during the pour and continues to break the surface. The head drops to a sparse film, but nice lace webbing is left on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet chocolate at first, almost like milk chocolate or a malted shake. Some grainy, roasted malts in the background. A deeper inhale,and I get some coffee, a touch of sugar in the raw, and a little vanilla. It gets a little boozy with some warmth, like a nicer, aged rum or cordial.

T- Big roasted malts up front. It becomes quite sweet through the middle and finishes on the sweet side as well with a mix of chocolate and vanilla. Maybe some dark roast coffee around the mid-finish as well. Pretty bold. Hopping gets overshadowed, but I get minty and slightly spicy hints here and there.

M- A medium body with some grainy, chalky qualities. Medium-heavy carbonation stays rather creamy. The sweetness really makes for a full, sticky finish.

O- A different take on an Imperial style stout. I could see buying another one to satisfy the sweet tooth. Having been in the fridge for a time, this may be better suited for a winter nightcap. I could see drinking another in this sitting.

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, somewhat opaque, with not very much of a head or lacing. Smell brings roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, some hazelnut. Taste also leads with roasted malts- not as strong as the nose, chocolate, some cocoa, vanilla, some lactose, a little coffee, some bitterness on the finish. Smooth, full bodied for the style, somewhat creamy, the taste lingers a bit.

This is surprisingly good, at least to me. Big aroma, good flavor, full bodied, good price point for what you get. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Oddside's Fight Milk Stout for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Oddside's, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little weird and just a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't really let any light come through and it had a little over half a fingers worth of slightly creamy darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice roasted and charred malt aromas with some sweet malt and chocolate aromas with the chocolate seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight alcohol aroma with a little bit of a yeast and dark fruit aroma along with some nice creamy aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, it's just what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the dark chocolate still sticking out the most. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavor that goes into some yeast which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time it's a little lighter. Towards the end comes the hops which impart a medium amount of bitterness with a little bit of lingering bitterness that goes into some nice dark chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was a little less bitter.

M- A little smooth, fairly crisp, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example, it was pretty close to how I thought an Imperial Milk Stout would turn out, but I was expecting more of a sweet and boozy finish, but instead it had more of a bitter finish that hurt it just a little. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass is enough for me, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it's good and the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the bitterness, and drinkability, those two aspects could use a little work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not bad, but it's not fully what I'm looking for when it comes to a Imperial Milk Stout. I can't highly recommend, but if you don't mind a little hops in you Stout than this might be worth checking out. All in all I liked this one, but I didn't love it and I think with a little more work this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Oddsides beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Imperial Milk Stout.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice milk stout. Drinks lighter than it is. Great balance of milk chocolate flavor, slight roast and sweetness. Fairly creamy. With just a bit more velvety mouthfeel this would be great.

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Photo of justinp444
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it has a inch thick foamy slight beige off-white head with a black body. Smell of lactose, roasted barley, lots of milk chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is much the same with a large amount of lactose, milk chocolate, some roasted barley, slight citrus, and a good amount of coffee. Mouth feel is rich and full with a full body as well, carbonation is moderate. A great straight forward milk stout, not too complex, a little bit too sweet, but very good overall.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from @superspak from NBS BIF #3
Bottle dated MFG 01/20/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of roasted malt, with some sweet overtones (Lactose?). Roasted malt aroma lasts but the sweet odor fades away
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, rocky, diminishing to seven mm ring of tiny bubbles and a partial scum of tiny bubbles with a lump of rocks at one edge
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence
Flavor – starts with roasted malt, slightly sweet, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black. Tan head. Nice chocolate and coffee nose. Does become overly sweet when warm. Taste is sugary with coffee. Sweetness balances the bitterness for an easy drinking imperial stout. Good, but not very complex. Better when it's on the cool side.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and sweet lactose.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet lactose and milk chocolate with some light roasted malts in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice Milk Stout. The flavors are on the sweet side, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Vogie
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a milky black with 1 finger java colored head. Aromas of dark chocolate bars, roasted malts, and maybe a hint of lactose. Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate, roasted malts, and ends bitter with a hint of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium body and creamy.

My first imperial milk stout. Reminds me more of a russian imperial stout with a hint of lactose. Another solid offering from a brewery on the rise.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/20/2016. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, herbal, light pepper, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, moderate earthy hop, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, herbal, light pepper, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, smoke, char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, moderate earthy hop, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, moderate earthy hop, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This felt hoppy for the style, but it wasn’t overdone. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rypkr
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks dark and chocolately. Tons of alcohol is visible. Thin head.

Smells slightly burnt. Lots of charred malt. Tons of alcohol. Literally way too much abv on the nose for just an 8% beer. Very Chalky and bittersweet chocolate smelling.

Tastes much to my surprise like semi sweet /milk chocolate. Still a very bitter element from all the charred malt but finishes ridiculously sweet for the up front burnt chocolate you get hit with.

Mouthfeel is very thin liquid with heavy carbonation if you can inside that. In you mouth there is little viscous volume to it, but as it goes down it leaves you with a frothy full leftover mouthfeel.

Overall unique. "Imperial milk stout" could not be more accurate. It's literally an extremely bitter imperial stout offset by sweet lactose

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves virtually no lacing.

The smell is sweet and sugary. I get roasted malt and burnt toast.

The taste is very similar to what I expected from the smell. It is sweet with the roasted malt giving off a burnt flavor in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

I'm a big fan of Odd Side. This one isn't there best offering. It is worth a try, but I would not purchase a six pack of it.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first imperial "milk" stout, and it was what I was expecting.
Dark black with a deep mocha head that turns to lace.
black coffee forward with lactose on the tongue, smoke/char on the nose.
some vanilla and diacetyl in there too.
not quite imperial enough for me.
the taste is strong, the body is slightly heavy, but the fun and drinkability is a bit off.
it's a mildly unique milk stout. worth a try if that's up you're alley.
if you've never had a strong stout before, you will think this tastes like ash (or ass) ...whichever.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$2.99 bottle. Bottled 1/20, poured 2/14.

Better than I was expecting, just because I've had so many average-ish imperial milk stouts or regular milk stouts with lactose added over the past several months. I'd say Fight stands out a bit. The aroma is reminiscent of black coffee and milk -- the alcohol is basically invisible as far as i can tell. The taste is more roasted malt than coffee, with heavy roasty flavors -- almost char -- from beginning to end. The finish rounds out with a sweetness due to the lactose, which balances the roasty bitterness. Too many milk stouts I've had are already sweet bases made sweeter because of the lactose, and are a little unbalanced -- this is balanced very well. Obviously slightly on the sweet side, but the malts are awesome in this.

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect -- almost feels like it has nitro carbonation, but with the prickly aspects I love about CO2. This has a medium-full body with an excellent, silky smooth feel.

Totally delicious. Reminds me of a more balanced Swirl Stout by Short's, which I just had a week or so ago with a better mouth feel. This isn't my favorite style because milk stouts tend to be a little too sweet for my liking, but this is a great, very well-balanced beer.

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Photo of Raime
2.56/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OddSide Fight Milk.

New beers from OddSide are always welcomed in my glass. An imperial milk stout huh? Really not sure what to expect here since my stout experience with them has been quite limited since they seem to focus more on hop forward beers. Sounds good though.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a moderate shade of black though still impenetrable by the rays of light. Head amounts to a solid two fingers in height before dying down to a thick ring amongst the glass and froth amongst the top. Carbonation is unreadable. Remaining lace and stick is about moderate.

Smell - The nose is so small it would be comparable to your wife's cup size. Bits and pieces of them across here and there with a touch of butter. Otherwise nothing.

Taste - Freshly grounded black coffee starts things off along side some enhanced lactose. Starts nice, but unfortunately things quickly go south. The flavor profile becomes very dirt like the more you drink the beer. Almost like a bitter root pulled straight out of the ground and placed directly on your tongue. This is not a good tasting beer to say the least.

Feel - The feel luckily does better than the flavor profile, providing a moderate, ultra slick ans buttery body along side a very tame level of carbonation. Do not let this one sit around for long unless the like the dirty flavor as it grow a more intense here.

Overall - Had high hopes and was immensely let down. I have no idea what could be portraying that dirt flavoring but whatever it is really needs to take a hike. Alcohol isn't very well hidden either. Maybe you should drink this thing super cold to make it more manageable. I love OddSide....but I do NOT like this beer at all. Definitely their worst next to Paranoia.

Edit : Feel I should also state that I love black coffee and the dirt esque flavor definitely doesn't come from that. Maybe I have a bad bottle? Who knows.

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Photo of GRMule
4.91/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sat down with a pair of stouts and an Irish Ale. After a mediocre stout, I was hoping for a blowout, and this delivered. Very appealing taste, at once smooth and sweet, a smokiness with an almost fruity undertone. Buttery smooth, yet a great mouthfeel. Perfect bubbles for me, aggressive for a stout and I'm a fan. I'll be heading back to pick up a six-pack, this is a new favorite.

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Photo of 98green
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter. Looks is motor oil black and opaque. Smell is roasty malts and some coffee. Taste is rather flat, not a lot going on for me. Feel is buttery smooth though, with the lactose doing wonders. The alcohol is well hidden, almost too well. I like my imperials to be a bit hot. Overall this is a bit one note. I would like something else to make it interesting. Either a flavor adjunct or more buttering hops. It is a fine brew, just nothing spectacular.

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Fight Milk Stout from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 71 ratings