Imperial Milkshake Stout
Rochester Mills Beer Co.

Imperial Milkshake StoutImperial Milkshake Stout
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Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Michigan, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #518
Ranked #19,381
3.83 | pDev: 8.88%
Mar 16, 2022
Jan 07, 2015
Very Good
Imperial Milkshake StoutImperial Milkshake Stout
Notes: 12 Days of Milkshake Stout – The addition of even more of the seven different malts we use,; along with cocoa nibs a low hop level creates a deep dark beer featuring rich, sweet roasted flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture to this full-flavored and now full bodied brew.

45 IBU
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This fridge lurker pours a dark brownish black
with a moderate head of kahki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin dusty layer,
and shows faint lacing. Nose of Chocolate, cream, char, roast, and coffee
hints. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with dark chocolate, cream, vanilla,
medium char, dark roast, dark coffee notes, light brulee, and subtle dark
fruit hints with faint herbal hops. Mouth feel is medium full, medium light
verging on light carbonation, and a sweet but lightly thin finish.

Overall, decent but could use a better mouth feel

Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 4 by TP2MSU from Michigan

May 01, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by BigIronH from Michigan

Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by heysuz from Indiana

Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16 ounce can, best by date of 07/01/21 stamped on the bottom of the can, 7.5% ABV on label, part of the 2020 12 Days of Milkshake Stout sampler pack. Served in a Spiegelau stout glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cocoa, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, cream and caramel flavors. It's more roasty/bitter tasting than sweet to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good enough brew, worth a try if you get the chance to!
Nov 18, 2020
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Reviewed by TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Kind of a one note wonder. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate happening, but not much else, besides sweet malt, maybe a wee bit of coffee. Unremittingly sweet on the follow through and as the beer warms up. Drinkable, but not a lot of dimension.
Apr 22, 2020
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 10, 2020
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Reviewed by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown/ borderline black with two fingers of rocky mocha head.
Smells of roasty malts, dark chocolate, vanilla pops up.
Taste follows, predominantly roasty malts and cocoa as advertised. A touch a villa sweetness comes through as well.
Full side of medium body, good carb level, creamy texture.
Overall solid milk stout, I'd have it again if available.
Apr 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Got this from the Duvel guy in Utrecht. Cheers!

From a 16oz can into a pint glass
IBU: 45
ABV: 8%
Best Before 2 June 2019
Ale with milk sugars and cacao nibs

APPEARNCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy looking, light tan head with okay retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes with milk chocolate, lactose sugar, vanilla cream, butterscotch aromas and some light hints of coffee as well.

TASTE: Roasted flavors, milk chocolate, lactose sugars and vanilla up front. Some more roasted and burnt flavors at the swallow. Big, roasted finish of burnt malts, lactose and vanilla cream, milk chocolate and caramel sweetness, as well as a bitter, roasted coffee character as well. Aftertaste is big, roasted and persistent. Flavorful for sure.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes stickier on the palate, Lots of roasted bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is certainly an imperial version of the others. It’s bigger, more roasted, and more bitter-sweet than the rest of the series. This is the one to put in a freshly emptied bourbon barrel. Good stuff and enjoyable. Cheers!
Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by psmith161 from Indiana

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Jan 25, 2019
Rated: 3 by boszormeny from Canada (ON)

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
473 ml can served cold as part of the mixed six pack. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark brown, eliminates light topped with a finger of tan head. Some streaky lacing left behind,

Smell - dark chocolate mostly hints of coffee and possible some cocoa nibs and milk chocolate, not a lot else, but does the chocolate dimension quite nicely.

Taste - bittersweet chocolate, never ranching too sweet or unbalanced. List bits of other chocolates and faint suggestion of coffee but tasty across the board.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, pretty smooth and booze is well hidden. Thick and milkshake like.

Overall - a pretty damn good imperial milk stout that is flavourful, disguises the booze nicely. Worth a try and likely one of the better beers in the pack although I'm only done beer 2 of 6.
Dec 19, 2018
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a brown color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet with the chocolate, caramel, and a vanilla up front and a hint of coffee throughout. Creamy and smooth.
Dec 05, 2018
Rated: 5 by cyanemi6690 from Michigan

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Explosion72 from Michigan

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Ssitron from Michigan

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Nov 29, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by tmcarter23 from Michigan

Nov 24, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep black with a decent head that breaks somewhat quickly leaving a small cap and collar. Lacing is moderate.

Smell is roasty and sweet from what I assume is the lactose. A tiny bit woody and perhaps a bit of treacle.

Taste is really nice, roasts dominate, but the the lactose sneaks in and I get some elements of tobacco and treacle.

Feel is nice and full, with a slick coating feel. Carbonation is good, and the finish leaves roasts lingering.

Well, I had to go through 5 other milkshake stouts from this brewer to get to this gem. Just a really smooth nice drinking beer that is enjoyable from beginning to end.
Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by Giggy from Michigan

Nov 15, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Coho11 from Ohio

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by richj1970 from Alabama

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 16 oz can dated 5/28/2018 which I assume is a best by date.

A: Pitch black with 1-2 finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap with light lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, coffee with cream and sugar, and baking chocolate. Smells like the aisle in the grocery store where they grind the coffee beans. Just makes me want to take repeated deep breaths.

T: Smooth blend of rich roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cream, and caramel. Reads more like a quality coffee drink than a milkshake, but I dig it.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. Subtle creaminess to the texture but not completely milkshake quality. Very easy drinking for the ABV.

O: Excellent stout. Looking forward to trying the other variants that @superspak sent my way
Apr 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from pint can to tulip glass. Deep cola color with a thin collar of head that's here and gone. Aromas of roast coffee and dark cocoa, dark crusty bread. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, cocoa and cream, bittersweet baker's chocolate. Booze is hidden well. Balanced. Drying finish.
Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Calraven from Michigan

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Nov 15, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 4 by Timc32 from Michigan

Mar 02, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Deep dark black color with a nice frothy beige head. Starts at 2 fingers and gradually fades to 1/2 finger, tons of retention and tons of lace.

Aromas of vanilla and coffee beans, some roasty and spiced flavors, much like a coffee shop. Good nose.

Flavor is roasty to start, with some toasted dark bread, then some sour coffee bean...then chalk, clay, and blood. Some bitter tea notes flutter in and out. Quite a let down here.

Feel is again somewhat thin and stays within medium body territory, flirting with the heavier side of it. Roasty finish, and a chalky residue.

Overall I wasn't expecting much, given the rest of their lineup. I was still let down. Boo.
Feb 24, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16 ounce can into snifter, best before 5/18/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, and toasted dark bread; light notes of nuttiness, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/lactose, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, and toasted dark bread; light notes of nuttiness, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly drying from roast/hop bitterness, but pretty minimal. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is a very nice imperial milk stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Well rounded stout complexity with nice lactose/cocoa nib balance. Tastes very similar to the base beer; bigger flavors and fuller/creamier bodied. A very enjoyable offering.
Jan 19, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by mcrawford from Michigan

Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by DanGeo from Michigan

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 4 by HardyA from Michigan

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by tommy5 from Michigan

Dec 05, 2016
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