Imperial Milkshake Stout | Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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Imperial Milkshake StoutImperial Milkshake Stout

Brewed by:
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 45
Photo of JBowenGeorgia
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
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!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of richj1970
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

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty average mouthfeel for such a title. I did see a great mouthfeel from someone else uses a more understated title (see Beyond the Pale). Pretty basic.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

I prefer this over the original by quite a bit... the mouthfeel on this is crazy creamy, and the flavor is amped up roasted malt with bits of chocolate as well. No metallic off-puttingness in this one either, which I get in the original. Just a well crafted beer by a brewery that doesn't have a tendency to do much of that, unfortunately.

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Imperial Milkshake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 45 ratings