Udderly Milk Stout
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Udderly Milk StoutUdderly Milk Stout
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #418
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3.98 | pDev: 8.79%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Udderly Milk StoutUdderly Milk Stout
Notes: Take a sip of this utterly luscious and creamy stout brewed with flaked oats and lactose. Don't forget to wipe off the 'stache...or keep it!
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this as an extra in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark black with a massive billowing head that was well over 4 fingers. If I didn't know any better I'd say it was infected.

S - Aromas of chalky chocolate, some lighter lactose, dark malts, some subtle sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a fair amount of metallic twinge. Gets in the way of the chocolate and dark malts. There is some sweetness but this is just really messy.

M - Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated, really gets in the way.

O - Overall this beer was a downright mess. The nickel/metallic flavour and incredibly aggressive carbonation turned this beer into a quick drainpour. A shame...

Serving Type: Bottle

Dec 09, 2016
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911CROFT from England

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £5.00 for a single bottle.
Bottled: 11/11/15

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black body that when held to the light shows some red glimmers near the edges of the glass. A large, fluffy, four-finger in height, light tan coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to a thin cap, leaving behind small specks of soapy lace.

The relatively subtle nose is led primarily by a mixture of lightly roasted dark and chocolate malts. Lesser notes of milk chocolate and a very faint generic fruitiness are both perceptible underneath. Taste roughly follows suit, leading upfront with a bittersweet combination of earthy, powdered baking chocolate, lightly roasted dark malts and sweet, toasty grains. Mid palate, fleeting hints of sweet, creamy lactose and milk chocolate transition quickly into mildly bitter, darker roasted malts and slightly acidic, espresso-like coffee profiles. In the mouth, a light to medium body and aggressive carbonation give a thin but smooth and faintly creamy feel. Bitter baking chocolate, cocoa powder, earthy roast and dark espresso comprise the majority of the beers back end, drying the palate to finish quick and clean despite some lightly chalky astringency.

Overall this is a very good beer. It's an uncomplicated, well-balanced and hugely session-able offering, but just a little lacking in the sweet milk chocolate profiles and creamy texture I’ve enjoyed in other examples of the style. At 9 months old my bottle was probably a little past its prime. If I manage to come across a fresher version in the future I’ll certainly look to re-review. Recommended.

Aug 14, 2016
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AdamAlway from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L: Typical dark brown/black body. I poured a little too aggressively so got a much larger head than normal. The head is a very dark tan that is thicker in the center, light and bubbly around the edge. Retention is decent and didn't leave as much lacing as I expected

S: Minimal sweet milk, but mostly dominated by sweet malt and earthy notes.

T: Dark chocolate with a quick splash of sweet milk. The initial sips had a strong coffee finish, but that seems to have disappeared entirely. Now finishes with moderate to strong vanilla and malt.

F: One the lighter side of a medium body with too much carbonation in my opinion that takes away from the taste potential. The combination feels too light for the flavors.

O: I wasn't overly impressed in the beginning and I think the feel hurts the taste badly in the end. Unfortunately my least favorite beer so far from Westbrook.

Mar 19, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving lots of wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of malted milkshake are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate and malted milk.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The flaked oats lend a bit of smoothness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't have as much lactose compared to other beers in the style. It's more like a malted milkshake.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 01, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a thick jet black with a massive, thick, frothy light mocha head. The retention is decent and there are some thick chunks of lacing. Smell is mostly chocolate with some coffee, roasted malts and lactose. Taste is similar, but with a stronger roasted malt presence than in the aroma. Feel is light side of medium, slick and kind of creamy. Overall good not great, but I prefer fuller, bigger bodied stouts.

Dec 27, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized quarter finger tall cap towards the center of the glass and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of chocolate malts with moderate aromas of vanilla and cream/lactose. Moderately sweet with a light hint of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavors of chocolate malts with light to moderate flavors of roasted malts. That is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of cream/lactose with a moderate to strong amount of sweetness. Moderate flavors of milk chocolate and light flavors of vanilla in the finish. Minimal amounts of roasty bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, and in a style that is one of my favorites. The addition of the oatmeal to a milk stout made the body/mouthfeel even more smooth and enjoyable. Definitely sweet and in my case was dessert after dinner.

Dec 24, 2015
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Invinciblejets from South Carolina

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

A: Pours jet black not super motor oil thick but thick enough ..huge 2 and a half finger head..

S: Very sweet of the bat with some slight roasty chocolatey bitterness.

T: Like the smell in hit with a smoth sweetness, definitely a milk like character ..creamy oats..bitter dark chocolate

F: Probaly my favorite thing about this beer soooo creamy and smoth with that thick head that stuck around

O: Not my favorite style in general but always give Westbrook stuff a try..overall it seemed to be pretty true to the style.

Nov 23, 2015
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Extol from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark in color, almost black. Smell - chocolate and coffee smell. Taste - chocolate mostly. Nice and smooth. Overall - I aged the bottle a year. I know it's low abv. No regrets though.

Sep 27, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A serious gusher that took a while to settle down; when it did, it poured fudge brown with a big beige head; once the show was over, the head faded and not much lacing hung around

Smell: Sweetened chocolate, cream and vanilla tones

Taste: Milk chocolate, oats, vanilla and cream, with slightly acrid tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: At first it was foamy and overcarbonated but as the beer settled down it became much creamier with moderate carbonation

Overall: There were clearly some problems with this bottle but I could tell that the beer itself is a good one

Thanks, stevensond, for the opportunity

Jun 09, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very dark brown to almost black in color with a giant head. The head is very frothy and dense and is a medium tan in color. Retention and lacing is tremendous.

S- Big, roasted malts hit the nose first and provide the base for this beer. The lactose kicks in next and balances the relative bitterness of the roasts with a good dose of sweetness. There is just a touch of coffee and chocolate mixed in the scent as well. This is really just a delicious smelling beer.

T- The taste follows the scent bang on, with a big dose of semi-bitter roasts right off the bat. The roasts and dark malts give the taste the same great base as the scent before the sweetness kicks in again. The end of the drink is a beautiful combo of dark malts and sweetness.

M- This beer is very smooth, yet highly carbonated. It is easy to drink and doesn't sit heavy in the stomach.

Forgive me for lack of more descriptions, but this beer is just great, and I don't know exactly why. It is simple, delicious, and straight forward. There is simply nothing wrong with either the smell or taste of this beer, and it's a great looking pour too. If you're on the fence about getting this, just do it; you won't regret it.

May 22, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The aroma hits of milk chocolate, a touch of anise and licorice, medium roasted malt, a bit of sugary sweetness.

The flavor continues with a great flavor throughout. Milk chocolate, a touch of creaminess, some oatmeal, cocoa powder, some bitterness from anise and balances the sweetness in this.

A medium plus mouthfeel for its ABV.

Apr 06, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is black with a small amount of fairly tight caramel head. Nose is heavily roasted and assertive lactose, gets a bit acrid and burnt. Taste is similar, extremely burnt malts really dominate, the creamy lactose is overpowered. Medium bodied and very creamy, assertive carb, moderately dry finish.

Mar 20, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. A steal at $6.50. Thanks, Preston.

A: Rich dark brown with a mocha-colored one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Mmmm. Like sniffing a Yoo Hoo. Lactose tolerant. Chocolate milk. Some espresso notes.

T: So rich and creamy. Like drinking chocolate milk with a scoop of vanilla ice cream thrown in. Chocolate malts and molasses with some coffee bitterness on the finish. A "take your time" drink that begs to be slurped quickly. Sweet, sensual. Well done, Westbrook.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to heavy carbonation. Rich, thick.

O: At this price, I gotta get more. A terrific milk stout. Recom-moo-nded.

Jan 05, 2015
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swedishmailman from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass.

It pours a very dark brown. I don't want to say black because I could see through it slightly while pouring. Once in the glass, it's opaque, with a nice, khaki, tightly carbonated head that dissipates slighty but is sticking around.

Aroma is more roasty than I was expecting. Dark chocolate, slight coffee, and a touch of sweetness from the lactose. It's got a great aroma for being a low ABV stout.

Taste follows the nose perfectly. The roast definitely stands out the most in this beer, but it's not overly bitter and is balanced by the lactose sweetness on the finish. Coffee comes to mind as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but is deliciously creamy. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer so far.

Overall this a highly drinkable milk stout. Definitely enjoying drinking this one, although it's probably not my favorite example of the style. A bit too roast heavy for my preferences. I like my milk stouts on the sweeter side. Either way, nice offering from Westbrook once again.

Jan 04, 2015
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JohnnyI from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a signature Westbrook Snifter, the pitch black liquid fills the glass with an audible glug. Slow carbonation gives rise to a one-finger cappuccino colored head that makes a brief appearance before retreating in to the murky depths. Big soapy bubbles remain in patches across the surface and around the collar. This is one badass looking milk stout. The deep darkness of the beer lets you know that you are in for something far from ordinary. A rich, porter-like aroma gives way to milk chocolate, molasses and dark roasted coffee. The flavors are equally enticing. Dark cocoa fudge and sweet brown sugar up front, followed by burnt coffee bitterness on the back of the tongue. Herbal hops play off the charred malts, accentuating the acrid aftertaste and attempting to keep the beer in balance. The full flavor and feel is achieved with subtle carbonation, producing a silky, slick mouthfeel. This is a damn good milk stout. One that packs tons of flavor with a tame ABV and a satisfying gulp. Yet another example of how udderly awesome Westbrook Brewing is.

Jan 01, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with me yesterday.

Pours a very dark brown, basically black, with a foamy mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like vanilla cream, rich creamy fudge, roasted coffee, etc.

This has a really rich flavor for only 5.5%. So creamy, tons of vanilla and lactose sugar, condensed milk, vanilla creamer, fudgy, creamy chocolate, a little bit of lightly roasted coffee, and a small amount of roasted malt.

Though this is slightly thin, as you'd expect, it's still quite creamy and full in the mouthfeel- I just wish the body was a little bigger. There's a moderate level of carbonation. It's really quite drinkable.

This is one of the best straight up milk stouts I've had, really quite tasty.

Dec 19, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man. Black body with a thin, tan head. Chocolate, cocoa powder, lactose. A tad chalky with a fairly dry finish. Decent but not great.

Dec 01, 2014
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Essentially black and opaque, with a thin light tan head and fairly low visible carbonation. It does have a fair amount of light colored sinking flecks suspended - not sure what they are.

S: Smells like chocolate milk – cacao and lactose - with roasted malts, sweet vanilla, and a bit of lightly roasted coffee.

T: Chocolate malts, dry and mildly bitter roast bitterness, lactose creamy sweetness and vanilla condensed milk sweetness. The hang is chocolate and milky sweet and just a touch of roast bitterness.

M: Full-bodied though mouthfeel is a little on the light side. Low alcohol presence, fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: A very solid milk stout. Easy to drink, and has a natural sweetness without being cloying at all. Very well done.

Apr 15, 2014
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koutkid41 from Illinois

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

A: A nice black darkness. Bubbly dark creme head that lingers nicely.

S: Really nice roasted chocolate upfront with hints of the lactose. Slight roasted coffee as well. There was some cider like smell too.

T: Really nice chocolate/coco, hot chocolate like. Nice sweetness from the lactose. There was some cider taste on the back end.

M. Creamy and full bodied. Sweet but not overbearing.

O: This was a really nice milk stout, this was the first one I had that was sweet with citrus but i was nice with the creamy lactose background.

Mar 30, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased on our way through Georgia. Poured into wine glass.

A- Pours an opaque midnight black, a very thin mocha head forms slowly after pouring and recedes slowly to a perfectly flat top.

S- Bakers chocolate, leather, a bit of lactose, nice dark fruits come out as it warms. Complex, nice aroma strength, nice balance, better as it warms.

T- Dark fruits, bitter chocolate, lactose sugars, hint of leather. Dark fruits really come out nicely on the finish especially as it warms.

M- Creamy, leathery, smooth, slightly bitter on the finish, very drinkable.

O- For a lower abv milk stout this is absolutely fantastic and probably the best under 7% milk stout I've had. It was incredibly complex with the dark fruits and the body was very silky and smooth to complement. Very well done Westbrook, I wish I could buy this off the shelf regularly in MA.

Jan 18, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And another Westbrook bottle courtesy of AtlCarl. 22 oz. bottle with an 11/13/13 bottled date split with my wife.

Pour has more life than most 2013 Twins games, jumps up & stays up off the top of a beer…only one guess what color this stout is. Nose is covered in milk so rich it strays into cream, no, actually it smells just like ice cream. That CAN'T be bad. Mix in some nice roast & that's an ice cream I'd use the big wooden spoon on.

Udderly Milk Stout is one of those clever names I actually think is clever. As for the beer, it doesn't taste like liquid ice cream, sadly, but that component still comes on strong, & the roast is far more assertive than in the nose. Some malty chocolate. Smooth & I'll give it props, I could drink it by the rain barrel full.

If there was a standard issue milk stout, this would be it: a pretty good, solid beer. On the other hand, if one wanted to drink a stout for four or five hours straight & still be human, this would be a fine choice.

Jan 18, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/13/13 notes. Had on tap in Brooklyn at High Dive. 16oz pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, light coffee, chalk, and light earthy notes and clay. Nice nose with loads of chocolate and vanilla, I like it quite a bit.

t - Taste follows the nose. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, cream, roasted malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, milk, and light coffee and espresso. Taste has more cream and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice milk stout; I liked it a lot. Lots of cream and chocolate to it and easy to drink. Would have it again.

Dec 16, 2013
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QuentinCall from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Milk Stouts find an appropriate corollary in SunChips due primarily to the fact that I don't know anyone who doesn't appreciate them. At least in my small sphere, they are universally enjoyed. That is not, however, to deny a hierarchy -- one could not readily make the statement that there is parity amongst SunChips flavors. Udderly Milk Stout is never going to be Harvest Cheddar or Garden Salsa but it could make a strong run for the French Onion slot and it should be admired accordingly.

Dec 13, 2013
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Very dark brown, almost completely opaque. Fat chocolate mocha head on the pour that mostly sticks around. Messy lacing coats the sides of the glass. Quite a looker.
smell: Semi-sweet cocoa, some vanilla.
taste: nails a milk stout. Drinks like a milkshake. Not complex by any means but nails it.
mouthfeel: quite silky, creamy. Exceptional.
overall: Very tasty and well done. I'm a little spoiled by the imp barrel aged monsters, so this just feels a little light. That said, it's a stand-out, no alcohol detectible at all. Smooth milkshake.

Dec 07, 2013
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Craigory from South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Green's Piney Grove, poured into a Conquest Snifter.

A: Pours an opaque brown/black, with barely a tinge of ruby when held to the light. Two fingers mocha head that eventually settles to a cap; this cap lasts throughout the beer. Honestly, this looks like an RIS. Fantastic.

S: Smells like an Imperial Stout, too. Big roasted grain, bitter chocolate, and hint of dark fruit.

T: Classic sweet stout. Roastiness up front, which quickly fades into a lingering sweet chocolate. Long, sweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied, initially prickly carbonation that dies down after a while. Not as thick as I'd hoped from the addition of oatmeal and lactose, but a little bit of creaminess.

O: A very nice sweet stout. Westbrook rarely disappoints, and this is definitely one to pick up each year.

Dec 07, 2013
Udderly Milk Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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