The Original Milkshake Stout
Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #783
Ranked #34,190
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Michigan, United States
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black in the glass with a dark tan head.

S: malty with notes of chocolate, and perhaps a hint of vanilla

T: slightly sweet, nice mellow milk chocolate flavor, as well as some toasted !malt character.

M: medium thick with a creamy feel, and moderate carbonation.

O: a lovely sweet stout, with body that makes it feel a lot bigger than it is. Rich, sweet and tasty.

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Beejay from Virginia, Oct 05, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to foundersasap for this one. Record in NBS BIF #9 Stamped 846-847 07/23/19. I'm guessing a best by date.
Dark brown, fluffy mocha head rises a finger plus, then dissipates to a thin ring.
Smells of chocolate and some gentle roast notes. After a bit, the roast goes in a coffee direction.
Taste is more roast forward. Coffee and malt. Chocolate comes through slowly, a little hint of malt powder peeks in and then disappears. I like malt powder.
Mouthfeel is less than I would expect for style, a tad thin and not much carbonation to add to the feel.
Overall, the nose and the flavor could use more body to carry this forward in my humble opinion.

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2beerdogs from California, Apr 29, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A serviceable milk stout for which I committed a rarity: I bought a 4 pack.
Nicely refreshing in how the milk chocolate sweetness stimulated my salivaries and the bubbles washed it away; leaving a semi-semi-dry finish. (Different than milk chocolate which coats the tongue. So, milk stout is a nice invention!)

It is always gratifying to see that an obscure style can be the cash cow of a micro-brewer; judging that it has twice as many BA ratings as its #2 brew. I went on their website and yet another Michigan brewery moves into an abandoned factory and does its bit to give that community a new life. While that story needs to be repeated repeatedly, OA Hugs to Rochester Mills for doing it quite early.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 10, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich brown that sits near-black in a nonic pint glass. It has a half a finger of khaki-colored head that leaves solid lacing.

Roasted malts and some carbon dioxide stand out in the aroma, much like a dry Irish Stout. There’s also some coffee and light chocolate behind.

It’s definitely creamy tasting, but it’s still very roasted malts forward, with more coffee character than chocolate.

It has a really creamy feel with a nice amount of carbonation.

Definitely nowhere near as sweet as many “milkshake” brews these days, and not as chocolatey as I expected either, but still a really enjoyable, well-crafted beer.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Welcome back to my CANtinuing Happy New CANned Beers From @jkblr Sunday (Week 725)! I have not been doing much trading of beers lately & I stopped purchasing through Tavour since a) I have amassed QUITE a backlog & b) there is SO much available locally that I don't feel CANpelled to trade. @tone77 was by over the holidays to do a drop-off & pick-up + a nice package arrived from @jkblr the other day with his beers being my focus today.

From the CAN: "For best results: Always keep your cool & refrigerate your beer"; "Ale brewed with Lactose (Milk Sugars) & Cocoa Nibs. This velvety smooth, sweet stout stands out in a crowd with a mouthful of rich, roasted flavors."; "Proprietary Malt Blend[:] Pilsner, Chocolate, Crystal, Biscuit, Black, White Wheat, Dark Belgian Caramel"; "Featured Hop: Magnum"; "IBUs: 20".

Another pounder CAN! Well, the best course of action is to Crack! open the vent & simply CANduct a slow, gentle C-Line Glug to ensure that it does not result in a mess. I did exactly this & it resulted in just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with good retention that left behind a load of sticky lacing. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was rich with bittersweet chocolate & a light smokiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was not as sweet as the style may suggest. Instead, it had a slightly smoky, coffee, toffee & bittersweet chocolate flavor. Our local Arby's went OOB at the now-soulless mall, but they used to make a Jamocha shake of which this beer was entirely reminiscent. Finish was semi-sweet, about as sweet as I like beers to be. It was quite tasty, but I could not help but think of it as anything other than a dessert beer.I have a light lactose intolerance, but this beer did not have any adverse effect on me. It was a nice interlude, but I think that one was satiating. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jan 13, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this one so much...I'm a big fan of stouts, and imperial stouts, and though this was classified as a sweet/milk stout I thought the chocolate and coffee description on the beer would power through with enough flavor to pack a punch. I'm also always excited to try an offering from any local brewery whose beers I'm sampling for the first time.
So I was excited to try this one. Sadly, I was disappointed. Looks great initially, nice very dark brown, almost black color with some light tan head and spotty lacing. But then everything faded relatively quickly, leaving me with a more flat-appearing beer. Smells decent, lots of medium-roast coffee and some mild chocolate. But then the taste - even thought there were notes of that coffee and chocolate, in addition to some caramel, vanilla and malt, the whole beer tasted more watery and thin than I was expecting. It was smooth enough, and had a nice light mild mouthfeel with some decent carbonation. But why oh why couldn't it have been more flavorful? Maybe I expected too much. Maybe I should stick to the higher-ABV stouts and imperial stouts.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Oct 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer all the way around but will never compete with the likes of BS or KBS. This gives a different flavor profile to the stout series but still stays in the pocket with the sweetness factor. This has a more caramel and milky flavor to it rather than anything else.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Oct 08, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Rich, sweet, chocolate, lactose, creamy velvet mouthfeel. Toasted sweet milk, malted aroma. Black /Brown hue, opaque, large thick tan head and sticky lace. Medium to full body. Dessert ale. 20 IBUs

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3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep black color, massive initial head of creamy-chocolatey brown. Head slowly fades to a ring that has almost no lacing. Mouthfeel has a very curious "2 level" kind of thing going on. There's a creamy sensation floating (for lack of better description) on a watery base feel. Doesn't make sense, but that's what I got out of it. Modest carbonation, little hops that mostly show in the finish. Mild roasty chocolate stout. Enjoyable.

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EHopkinsi from South Carolina, Aug 02, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Shiny and completely opaque.Thin tan color head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of velvety foam on top of the beer.

Aroma hs notes of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and light coffee cream. Not a ton going on in the nose, but its a very pleasing aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of roasted malts, cocoa, sweet milk chocolate, cream and lactose. Slight hint of bitterness on the finish cuts any sweetness.

Feel is light and drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a very nice milk stout - nice balance with a lovely roasted malt and cocoa flavor. Ill certainly pick this one up again.

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FBarber from Illinois, Jun 01, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Snorkel glass. Canned on date 01/12/18.

Appearance: Dark brown to black body; light khaki tan head which dissipates quickly to a thin cap.

Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa nibs.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffe with milk upfront and a nice roasty bitterness on the end. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A delicious beer that is too easy to drink and is almost too easy to drink. Nothing wrong with this beer at all and I would really love to down this one again.

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jhartley from Florida, May 20, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tall can poured into a snifter

Dark coffee brown, pencil thin taupe foam cap quickly settles

Aroma of roast malts, whiff of chocolate

Taste cocoa nibs, roasted malts

Fizzy mouthfeel,

Nice beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Jan 15, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Practically black with a tan, soft head of visible, but small bubbles. Head did not linger too long.
Smell: If you stick your nose in your glass, you get some chocolate graham cracker, roasted coffee and a sweet cream kind of smell.
Taste: First thing I get is a sweet chocolate, followed up by bitter coffee beans and roasted cacao nibs.
Feel: Smooth, but only a medium body, not very thick on the tongue but that changes going down the back of my throat. I've had more "milkshake" like non-milkshake stouts. Not very lively carbonation.
Overall: Bonus points for the cool can that the whole center of the lid comes off. Overall beer wise though, it is kind of average, not bad, and very drinkable.

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erk0607 from Colorado, Dec 29, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown, almost black like dark chocolate, with a light tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt, roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Deep, toasty, bitter coffee and chocolate flavors dominate along with a maltiness on the back end. Hops are practically nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as other milk stouts and more carbonated.

Overall: A nice malty stout, good for sipping or pairing with some steak or chocolates.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Dec 27, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 pack in pint cans. Poured a dark brown, black color. Smelled hints of espresso and chocolate. Tasted with same nods, possibility a little vanilla. Very creamy and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black color with a minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. Creamy mouth feel.

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dd53grif from Michigan, May 30, 2017
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2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very dark brown with a light caramel head on top. Smells very sweet, hints of chocolate. Can taste the roasted malts with sugar added to it. Very creamy.

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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of pint cans.

Look: very dark brown, a little bit of tan head
Smell: espresso, milky chocolate, roasted malt
Taste: espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hint of vanilla. a subtle bitter undertone as well. very good.
Feel: medium to full body (a little on the light side for a stout), lightly carbonated, smooth

Overall: a more complex beer than I was expecting. All the parts of this beer complement each other very well.

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NateDyk47 from Michigan, Jul 17, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap

A - Beer arrived at the table with a very thin head that is off white in color and dissipates to a very thin lacing very quickly. The beer itself is black and opaque in color with a reddish golden ring around the very edges of the bottom of the glass. No carbonation is visible in the beer. 3.5/5

S - Very dark and deep with notes of espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, with a milky sweetness underlying all of this. Dark roasted malt and heavy on the nose. Very deep and appealing. 3.75/5

T - Espresso, vanilla, and dark roasted malt all come out together at the very front of the beer. This beer is surprisingly bitter and only somewhat sweet, which is not what I expected in the slightest. There is some lactic, milky flavor that acts as an undertone along with dark chocolate. Herbal hops begin to come out in the final third of the flavor with a light bitterness that lingers somewhat. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied and heavy with a light carbonation tickle up front that lead into a slightly creamy mouthfeel for the remainder of the sip. No drying and the beer disappears from the palate quickly after swallowing. 4/5

O - Unexpected is not necessarily a bad thing. That is what I mostly take away from this beer due to the unexpected bitterness when I was really expected a deep, dark, sweet beer. The bitterness is not overwhelming or unpleasant in the slightest, it was just unexpected. The milk shake flavors are still there along with some espresso and vanilla, creating an interesting, and entirely different, experience than the normal milk shake stout. 3.75/5

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bwood06 from Wisconsin, Jun 19, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A non-threatening, drinkable stout. Dark brown with mild carbonation. Burnt malts, smooth finish, but not very complicated. Almost a porter. More coffee flavors as it warms. Tried it at Buffalo Bill's Brew BQ.

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jeffdr123 from Florida, May 04, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer and apparently vastly underrated and under appreciated. While this is not KBS, it is well crafted with solid flavors lent from bourbon barrel aging. Rich and malty with wonderful cocoa notes. I'm not a huge milk stout fan but will easily make exception for this crafted brew.

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Big_Neezy from Michigan, May 01, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, raw cocoa, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with sweetness and some roast.

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Aubree's pizza in Grand Blanc Mi.
This could have been my meal..ha ha....

Had again from can 4 pack...... still same rating.
I think it a great milkshake stout... remember it a milkshake stout, it will be a little thin and not as heavy...oh just my opinion. Hell im lactose intolerant....uh oh

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gulli from Michigan, Feb 20, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours (from a tall boy can) a nice dark black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar, with a slightly thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Overall, solid if unspectacular stout. Don't really pick up creamy/milk feel or taste, but the can is about 6mos old.

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vitamin_g from Tennessee, Jan 11, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a 12 ounce mug
Pours a thick dense 2.5 finger dark tan head, nearly jet black in color.
Smell is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate but I'm getting some tinny metallic smell in there as well, which is disappointing.
Taste is of deep chocolate fading quickly to metal and then to coffee, that metallic flavor irks me.
A rather full and creamy mouthfeel for a milder stout.
Overall impressive flavor for the abv and simplicity of ingredients but somewhat let down by the metal smell and flavor from the can.

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The Original Milkshake Stout from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 358 ratings