Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout | Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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3.71/5
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316 Ratings
Rochester Mills Milkshake StoutRochester Mills Milkshake Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mjohn27603 on 11-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,772
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
316
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger foamy tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that eventually disappears. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, cream, herbal, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good dark/roasted malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, herbal, light floral and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid milk stout. Good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can served in a snifter.

Pours is a deep dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has limited size and retention but leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: sweet malts and chocolate

Flavor: lightly and appropriately sweet, with a richer and darker malt base than I would have guessed from the smell alone. Finishes with a hint of spices, then leaves an aftertaste with traces of smoke and coffee. True to style but not quite as robust as I'd like.

Feel: medium-full body; medium-light carbonation.

O: a satisfying milk stout in a can.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, smooth, with a foamy, light, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of rich chocolate, subtle bitter coffee, and creamy highlights. Flavors are rich and creamy chocolate forward, with subtle cream highlights, and subtle roasted coffee notes. Smooth, creamy body, with a subtle coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Smooth, velvety, creamy finish. Good beer.

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3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Milkshake Stout

Pours a very dark brown with a light tan froth. The lacing on the glass left an intricate web of dried bubbles. The glass shows the beer to be clear, without clouds or sediment.

Aroma of deep roasted malt and chocolate. Reminiscent of the powdered malt flavor of Ovaltine. Chocolate and perhaps a bit of cream, I get milkshake from the aroma, but it would not have been readily apparent if not for its name.

Tangy hops and roasted malt stand out at first in the flavor, giving way to creamy lactose sugar with hints of chocolates. There is a slight mineral touch from hard water. The cocoa flavors are pleasant, but a bit faint. As it warms the chocolate and malt flavor pull through stronger, giving off coffee and nutty flavors.

Full bodied feel, smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is a pretty decent stout of local Michigan origin. "It's all about the water" claims the can, but I think the water was the main drawback. Has a mild metallic touch to it, probably iron rich. Still, the actual beer flavors were more than agreeable. I'd have this again whenever it's available to me, but it's not as amazingly sweet or dessert like as the name would suggest.

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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Milkshake Stout looks more like coffee than a chocolate float; its body is opaque, inky, and most definitely black - not brown. Most significantly, there's no frothy foam atop. What gives? I expected at least some whipped cream but this can't even manage lace; it's so flat as to look oily.

The nose is similar to that of Young's Double Chocolate (high praise) and the like, following in the same vein of biscuity malt, lactose sweetness and milk chocolate flavour. There's a splash of vanilla too. It is pretty much void of any kind of harsh roasted qualities, focusing instead on the milk sugars. It's undoubtedly pleasant (provided you have a sweet tooth).

Indeed, Milkshake Stout has enough sweetness to almost pass for a Foreign/Export stout. The palate is exposed to a great amount of raw sugarcane flavour, enough to make this Michigan brewed beer seem as though it were made in the Caribbean. Further notes of molasses, coffee, and subtle dark rum-like nuances reinforce that impression.

I'm not a fan of CO2 widgets in my cans so I never thought I'd say this, but this stout would benefit from a little nitrogen. The mouthfeel is far too thin and flat; its sweetness, as result, borders on cola-like at times. If you're going to put "milkshake" in the name you best ensure a creamy, thick, frothy texture - otherwise what's the point?

Milkshake Stout isn't likely to bring anyone to the yard - damn right, this is an underwhelming offering for something brewed with lactose and cocoa nibs. Don't get me wrong, the chocolate and milky qualities were spot on - I applaud the brewery for not using any "natural" or artificial flavours, they weren't needed - but the base stout is a total letdown. More malt please!

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