Knee Deep Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #455
Ranked #11,643
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Chocolate Hazelnut Milk Stout
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 192
Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of hazelnut. Roasted grain and coffee scents are slightly less than the nuts. Patent malt but the Hazelnut is really strong.

Starts out mildly sweet and nutty with some coffee after taste. Tastes strongly of hazelnut. Does it taste like Nutella? Not really needs more chocolate. Chocolate is in here but the nut is just way stronger. After it warms up it is still a hazelnut beer before it is a stout.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a nut beer more than a stout.

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours black with a fluffy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of hazelnuts along with some peanut butter. Subtle hints of vanilla and cocoa. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More hazelnut leading the way. More peanut butter. Some dark chocolate. More subtle hints of vanilla. Some roasted characteristics. It's bittersweet. Solid bitterness and it's not overly sweet. The lactose is noticeable in the finish. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great stout. I'm a sucker for hazelnut beers, and they deliver. The hazelnuts shine. Nice aromas and flavors. Well done.

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Photo of hreb
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can served in can glass. Opaque brown, nearly black, with a healthy amount of rapidly settling brown head. Aroma is somewhat traditional for a chocolate stout, with roasted barley and cocoa leading, but flavor is very much something else. Not overly sweet, or milky, but definitely those things, pluz hazelnut, dark chocolate, whole milk. Authentic malt / stout flavors are unfortunately somewhat lost on the palate, in favor of all those adjuncts. But it makes for a delicious dessert beer, if not necessarily one that I can easily finish a whole pint of.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy hazelnuts! They advertise this as a chocolate hazelnut milk stout, but all I got was the hazelnut. That's still a very good beer, so I'm not complaining, just saying I didn't get the other notes at all because the one flavor dominated. So if you like that, you'll like this beer. I could see barrel-aging this to pump up the ABV and bring out some of the other notes.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate and hazelnut with some coffee.

The flavor is sweet grainy bakers chocolate with a little fruit and nutty hazelnut comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, nice, but a little too sweet and not as good as it smelled.

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Photo of kitch
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a two finger mocha brown head that had pretty good retention while leaving behind some lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, nutty, hazelnut, chocolate and mocha.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, chocolate, light roasted malts, coffee, hazelnut, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: Aromas were great while taste was decent. I think that if the roastiness and nuttiness could have been stronger, it would have been even better.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still relatively clear very dark cola brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint chestnut brown + garent red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer (95%+) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and hazelnuts. Lighter aromas of caramel malts and a moderate amount of caramel + lactose sweetness. Hints of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of chocolate + caramel + roasted malts with a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of caramel + lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of cocoa powder and hazelnuts. Light flavors of earthy hops. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving a lingering lactose + chocolate + hazelnut sweetness..

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very much a dessert beer and due to the strength and sweetness more of a slow sipper from my perspective. Enjoyable flavors and aromas which is a bit surprising since I think that Nutella is very overrated.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/02/2018

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla, hazelnut. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with a pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee, hazelnut, vanilla. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew, the best for me from this brewery. I would buy this again.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour with thick foamy tannish head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Sweet roasted sugars, cocoa, and hazelnut.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet up front with chocolate and nutella flavors. Vanilla and lactose. Bitterness from the roasted grains provides some balance but as expected this is definitely on the sweeter side. Light bodied and drinkable.

O: A really solid milk stout... delivers the nutella/hazelnut flavor without being obnoxious or overpowering. An enjoyable beer that I'm glad I had a chance to try.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from undated can into pint glass. It pours almost ink black with dark walnut hues when held to the light, and a thin, light khaki-colored cap and a thin film of lacing inside the glass. The nose features roasted malt, hazelnut, freshly-brewed coffee, and a whiff of caramel. The taste is decidedly hazelnut-forward with roasted malt, cocoa, and burnt coffee grounds at the finish. The after taste is moderately bitter. It has standard viscosity for a milk stout with mild carbonation. With a temperate ABV of 6% it's an easy drinker and is appropriate for casual drinking or to accompany pub fare. I'd like to try this stout on draught.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 16 oz can is poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with minimal creamy tan head of 3 cm that fades to nothing after a few seconds.
The aroma is some sweet chocolate and a bit of a hazelnut coffee note. I also get some roasted hits and there are no hops to be found here, nor is there any booze. The nose is a bit more mild than I had expected, but it is appealing.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and a bit of watery texture.
Flavor is all malt with some sweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt and brown sugar. Not very complex or robust and the hops and booze are also hidden here.
While I enjoy the beer I find the flavor a little muddled and overall not as robust as I had hoped for when I opened the can.
Decent but not worth chasing down.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/4" head that breaks down to a thin surface covering.

Smell: hazelnut and chocolate is detectable.

Taste: roasted malt profile with some hazelnuts, dark chocolate, prunes, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: an enjoyable stout that has a nice balance of chocolate and hazelnuts.

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into Tulip glass. Very smooth and silky milk stout. Nice head and appearance.
Could not taste the 6% alcohol. This one got better as I drank it. Could have had another.
My third brew from Knee Deep Brewing and I have not been disappointed.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.79
Purchased: April 27, 2018
Consumed: May 10, 2018
Reviewed as: Milk / Sweet Stout
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 11, 2017

Picked this up with five others at Windmill Farms. Knee Deep always kills it with their hoppy stuff, so was looking forward to trying a milk stout from them. Brief description online read, “Stout brewed with cacao nibs and natural flavor added. Contains lactose.”

Poured a pitch black color with four fingers of khaki tan rocky head. Slow bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled hazelnut, chocolate, roasty nuts, chocolate milk, Nutella, fudge brownies with walnuts and semi-char wood. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than the nose. Hazelnut dominates. Also Nutella, chocolate, cacao, roasty nuts, pecan, chocolate milk, cocoa powder, semi-char wood and caramel malt. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Roasty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A pretty good milk stout overall. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.72 | 84 | B

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Photo of jdhilt
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazelnut nose and flavor is sweet hazelnut, some cocoa. $3.45 for a 16oz can from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clever take on the name Stoutello---Nutella both feature hazelnut. The Jackie O Brewery had already taken the name Stoutella!!!! Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this beer features a huge dark tan head (as dark as Ten Fidy) with good retention and some lacing. The aroma is typical good Milk Stout. Malt, lactose and chocolate. The difference is the hazelnuts. They add another dimension to what is usually a sweet, smooth taste. The hazelnuts cut the sweetness and the chocolate is more semi-sweet than milk chocolate. The hazelnut flavor does not overpower, but it is equal to the typical Milk Stout flavors. Mouthfeel is rich. Not quite as smooth as most milk stouts but the lactose/malt combination is still pretty smooth, even with a strong nutty/slightly bitter addition. Good stout!!!!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with almost no head and the aroma is basically nutty and boozy with some sweetness underneath. Overall, this reminds me a little of hazelnut liquer in that you get sweetness from vanilla/booze (and for the beer some chocolate) but mostly a nutty flavor with a bit of a dry, heated finish. Not bad but definitely not for everyone.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Victor's in York, PA. Pours a very dark opaque blackish-brown with a nice tan head. Initial impression is roasted malts, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and maybe a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Finish is smooth and slightly sweet. Excellent Stout!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Frothy and rich cascading mocha to tan dark head. Easily making three fingers tall of swiss cheese bubbly head, and settling slowly. Very dark body, nearly black, with touches of red and very opaque. Good aggressive looking stout.

Delicious aroma. Big rich whiffs of nut an tannic skin. Small hints of char with a big husky roast backbone it seems. Sweetness is very non apparent, which is a big plus for me in this style. Bold large but not overboard, even the chocolate angle is considerably muted, but shows classic dark bitterness. Good stuff so far.

Excellent palate. Creamy sensing, but with classic light body milk qualities. Small touches of lactose sweetness, but a bigger nutty hazelnut and roast character that coats on first sip. Touches even a little bit of cola like body, but more nut and cream qualites pull out a rich waffer/vanilla and Whoppers like malt candy. Real nice bitter char finish, bringing some edge to the beer with flavors of light charcoal and classic dark roasted malt.

This is a milk stout I can really get into. Great job on this one.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – One finger head atop a clear dark brown body.

Aroma – Bitter coffee, cacao nibs, dark chocolate, slightly sweet.

Taste – Roasted malts, bitter cacao nibs, bitter coffee, yet slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel – Full and rich, coats the tongue.

Overall – Very good. My wife also enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 11/9/17, consumed 3/2/18

Poured dark brown/black with a small thin head that left very little lacing.

Aroma is roasted hazelnuts & malts, rich and full.

Taste is more chocolate and coffee, then the roasted hazelnuts & malts, not as rich as the aroma but still nice and unique.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a bit thinner than expected from the aroma and taste. Low bitterness. Easy drinking for sure.

Overall, a nice switch-up to all the similar stouts out there with the hazelnuts. Not a taste I'd have all the time, but will keep it in periodic rotation with peanut butter milk stout and the like.

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

Dark and a little thick with a tan head that fades and leaves a few random globs of lacing behind. Really big hazelnut with coffee aroma. Sweet with chocolate, coffee and a big taste of hazelnut. Really tasty stout.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark in color and rich in taste. Dark brown to blackish color. tastes very chocolaty with a tad taste of hazlenut. Very creamy and goes down super smooth

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Photo of citizencane
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with moderate foam. Smell is cocoa and some hazelnut. Taste is malt, cocoa, and some dry nuttiness. Not at al like Nutella, but...interesting taste. Feels dry yet a bit thin. Meh.

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Photo of superspak
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/9/2017. Pours hazy opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big hazelnut, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brown sugar, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, pepper, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnut, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of hazelnut, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brown sugar, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, pepper, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/peppery hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of hazelnut, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnut, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good roast/hop bitter/sweet balance. Light lingering acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very nice flavored milk stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnut, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; smooth and easy to drink, though a bit rough on the finish from bitterness. Very rich and complex for the ABV. Well balanced hazelnuts and classic milk stout flavors. Just a bit too bitter/hoppy than I'd prefer. A very enjoyable offering, and nice style example.

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