The Nightman Leaveth
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #93
Ranked #3,355
4.2 | pDev: 5.24%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
The Nightman LeavethThe Nightman Leaveth
Notes: We aged this imperial milk stout to perfection in Rye whiskey barrels and added vanilla beans. The result is a slightly sweet, smooth, creamy stout with an underlying rye spiciness and boozy finish.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 88
Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, looks like the stamp on the label says it was packaged on 09/26/18. Thanks to Brutaltruth and Darlene for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, but there's a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like vanilla, rye whiskey, fudge, caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some cream, coffee and dark bread flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a moderate amount of soft carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for being 11%. If you're into sweeter tasting and/or imperial stouts, then you need to try this one. I really liked it!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle and poured in a snifter. This nice imperial
pours a rich blackish brown with a nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thin ring, light layer, and shows subtle lacing. Nose of
coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, cream, and vanilla with char and
booze. Flavors surpass the nose nicely with char and spicy rye
whiskey notes with coffee and dark chocolate on the mid palate
and finishing with vanilla and dark rye bread notes dunked in
boozy warmth and cream. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth,
warming, low carbonation, and a rich warming finish.

Overall a SOLID brew from a solid brewery!


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Photo of beersampler6
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is really amazing. Tried this one on tap at Odd Side Ales. Looks outstanding - dark rich black color, opaque as night, nice thin cap of off-white head and abundant sheets of lacing that just coated the glass. Smells of dark rich mocha fudge, medium roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, malt, nuttiness, a little oak and rye. Taste follows the nose. Very balanced and rich and flavorful yet not too heavy. The high ABV is very well-hidden and this beer isn’t as boozy as I would have expected. Smooth, moderately creamy, luscious mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. Truly an amazing beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam that does not retain long. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts with large chunks of chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee and vanilla bean. There is a touch of heat from the whiskey, but it molds into the beer well with the rye portion absolutely drawing the aroma to a close. Flavor profile is sticky, with notes of cocoa nibs, chocolate, vanilla beans and rye whiskey and roasty, toasty, caramely, bready malts. It starts lightly sweet, then fades into a lightly bitter, malt center, and then closes with a little whiskey heat and sugar. Whiskey is very pleasant, adding a little dry spice to it, and keeps the sugary notes from lingering on the tongue long. Heat is tame, and well suited for the beer. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, creamy texture. Overall, big flavor notes with a pleasant drop of rye whiskey in the mix.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice glass, this beer pours out a dark, coffee like brown. It forms a pinky width of caramel colored crown that holds well. Leaves very slight lacing.

The nose carries notes of milk chocolate, warm bourbon, dry oak, vanilla sweetness with a nice rye presence of bread and spiciness. I really like the rye bread presence. I’m digging that.

The taste brings in a nice char element to rest on top of that milky chocolate. Doughy rye bread comes in somewhere in the middle before finishing with a vanilla sweetness.

It’s creamy and silky, like the style should be. The chocolate notes make it even “milky”. There is a warm bourbon there, without being too much and the rye leaves with a little spiciness on the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is cinnamon, milk chocolate and vanilla.

T - The taste is vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon, lactose, oak and rye.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - Pretty solid BBA sout. The flavors are on the sweet side making this a slow sipper.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark like crude oil. Nose is soft, coffee, chocolate and scrumptious. Head is creamy almost crema like in color. Taste is also sift and chocolatey. Good imperial stout.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into CS tulip; served at fridge tempurature.

Appearance: black bodied stout with light brown colored head.

Smell: Lots of vanilla. Lots of rye spice. musty oak. milk chocolate. All smell authentic; no artificial fakeness here.

Taste: Vanilla is rich and sweet; you taste it from start to finish in this beer. Hint of bourbon, rye, and oak to help offset the sweetness. Light roasted malt and chocolate malt combo that is on point. Finishes with vanilla richness and a hint of bitterness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout; low yet creamy carbonation. Slightly thin body. Very smooth barrel notes; not boozy at all.

Overall: Vanilla bomb; rye & bourbon balance it out. Another fantastic barrel aged offering from Oddsides; they seem to do really well with barrel aging and adjunct brewing in higher abv beer styles.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled in Sep 2018 although date was smudged.

Pour: pitch black with one finger tan head. Slowly dissipates to a thick ring and some clouds. Nice lacing.

Nose: cola, coffee, vanilla.

Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, lactose, upfront with vanilla sweetness and rye spice on backend. Sweetness is well disguised at first and balanced with the cola and rye. Sweetness seemed more pronounced as the drink progressed. Even to the point that I stopped drinking it.

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Pretty thick and milky. Clean finish.

Overall: I’m not a big milk stout fan and, after liking this at first, it quickly went downhill. Not sure it’s the beers fault. Maybe just my dislike of milk stouts.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, snifter glass. Dark cola brown body, fairly opaque, one finger offwhite head, good retention, light lacing. Smell is a mild vanilla and lactose combination giving off a marshmallow sweetness, a bit of spicy rye, milk chocolate, touch of fudge, light oak, a bit of roast and touch of espresso. Flavour follows, a nice milk chocolate, lactose and vanilla giving off a mild marshmallow sugary sweetness. It's good, and well balanced in terms of the vanilla and barrel. The base milk stout stands up well, and everything integrates nicely. There is even a bit of spicy rye on the backend that lingers, making the vanilla sweetness a bit more potent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a touch on the lighter side for the style. Good carbonation, a bit of mild spicy rye heat, slightly earthy oak, marshmallow sweetness lingering on the finish.

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Photo of Lahey
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is dark with a light khaki head that disappears relatively quickly. Smell is strong rye and oak. This beer has a wonderful balance between the lactose sweetness and hot rye and oak flavors. The vanilla, lactose and rye play off each other nicely. I'm enjoying this a lot, well worth a try.

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Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and shiny. Thin fizzy mocha colored head dissipates steadily until there is no residual head remaining on the beer. Thinnish in appearance.

Aroma has notes of roasted malts, lactose sugar, chocolate, slight vanilla hints and some oaky notes. The barrel character on the nose is incredibly subtle and only come out to play once the beer warms up.

Taste has notes of lightly roasted malts, chocolate, oak, rye whiskey with some light vanilla notes and lactose sugar. The rye provides really nice kick to the flavor profile. For as subtle as the barrel was on the nose, its expertly woven into the flavor profile here. The lactose and vanilla here provides a light sweetness, but its not overwhelming. A touch of lingering spiciness from the rye barrels lingers to the finish.

Feel is light and thin - even for milk stout its on the thin side. Mild carbonation.

Overall this beer really stands out when it comes to the favor profile. The rye barrel really shines in this while remaining balanced overall. Outside of that it doesn't really differentiate itself from other solid stouts.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite fantastic! Served on tap. Dark, light-capturing. Aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, cream, coffee, rich cocoa, and whiskey. Flavor is absolutely amazing, with the rich cocoa and vanilla playing against the boozy Rye. This one doesn't try to hide its ABV, the warm, boozy finish smacks up against the sweet, roasty start.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is crazy good. odd side always has impressed me most with their dark stuff, and this is a real continuation of that trend. this is cool because of the rye barrels instead of bourbon, i can really appreciate the earthy almost harshness of rye here, which is a great counterpoint to the lactose in the base milk stout and the sweeter vanilla complexion in here, i think bourbon would exacerbate rather than balance these, so i really love the rye barrels. the oak mellows everything, the spice and burn of the rye, the diabetic nature of the malt base and the lactose, and the booziness, it all seems so congruent and well integrated and natural for how robustly flavorful it is. strong vanilla in the taste, but right behind it i immediately appreciate notes of dark chocolate, raisin, tobacco, and coffee, mild campfire smoke. this is complex but it lines up well, vanilla balanced in the finish by dark roasted grain, and extended by the silky whiskey and lactose. this is brilliant beer, just really thoughtful and well built, and of course the always sunny reference is near and dear to me! they should do a coffee edition!

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/4/2017. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, fudge, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, oak, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, coconut, smoke, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/rye/bready malt, vanilla, lactose, and rye whiskey barrel notes; with good strength. A bit of booze as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, fudge, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, oak, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, coconut, smoke, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, fudge, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, oak, toasted dark/brown bread, coffee, coconut, marshmallow, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/rye/bready malt, vanilla, lactose, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with an nice roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, slick, and velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Mildly increasing warmth of 11%, with a touch of booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA imperial milk stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/rye/bready malt, vanilla, lactose, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Extremely rich malt complexity with perfect barrel integration. Never boozy, tannic, or drying. A very thick and dense pouring beer from the rye and lactose. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Not too roasty.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Odd Side has made more of an impression on me with every beer I've tried - their barrel-aging seems to be exceptionally on point. Nightman Leaveth is quite sweet, but very easy on the palate - the barrel and alcohol notes are there, but not overpowering. I sure hope Odd Side can eventually teach New Holland how to properly age a beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really pretty brown lacing on top and on glass, compliments black body. Smell brightens as it warms up, with roasted malt, rye whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit and sneaky breadiness. Taste has the vanilla blossom on the finish, with semi-sweet chocolate, rye whiskey, tobacco, dark fruits, and smoke all present. Feel is a touch thin, but for the vanilla to thrive so much I can live with it.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/6/17; drank 11/3/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small khaki head; nice lace.

Oak, milk chocolate & vanilla notes in the nose; whiskey emerged as this warmed.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Rich cream & whiskey flavors up front; chocolate syrup notes on the finish.

Sweet & a bit boozy, but enjoyable for dessert freaks. I'd have another...

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The Nightman Leaveth from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 88 ratings