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By Udder Means Muscat Barrel AgedBy Udder Means Muscat Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
To Øl

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
BA Milk Stout
Malts:Pale, Flaked Oats, Special B, Roasted Barley, Cara Munich, Black Malt, Munich, Chocolate, lactose
Hops:Hallertauer, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin

Muscat Wine Barrel Aged. We bring to you an black thick milk stout called By Udder Means. We wanted to do a stout, that had a thick mouth feel and still a low alcohol percentage. We obtained this by adding a solid amount of lactose in the beer. The yeast strain we used is not capable of fermenting lactose, so when the beer stops fermenting all lactose still remains in the beer. At the same time lactose doesn’t leave this sweet touch to the beer, so you can obtain a thick mouth feel without having an overly sweet or overly strong stout. We hope you enjoy.

Added by ADZA on 01-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chocolate brown, but is black in the glass, with a two-inch, creamy, dark-chestnut head that quickly turns rocky before lingering and depositing thick patches of lace on a Dogfish Head snifter.

The aroma includes notes of chocolate fudge, cedar, milk, and light vanilla.

For a Milk Stout, this is surprisingly bitter, with deep roasted malt. Chocolate is present with a faint background of tartness. The middle is occupied by iced espresso, while the finish is long, lingering, and bitter. The bitterness includes equal qualities of roasted malt and fresh hops.

The body is medium to full and surprisingly astringent. The texture is sharp with ample carbonation. Alcohol is as anticipated, while a substantial residual sugar is deposited on the lips.

This lacks the essential characteristics of a Milk Stout, and I was unable to discern any influence from the Muscat barrel. Nevertheless, this was enjoyable and bold in its own right. I suspect it would require reformation to meet my understanding of the brewer's intent.

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet milk chocolate with a solid roast backbone. Malted milk balls probably from the lactose.

T- Flavor doesn't really follow suit as nuttiness is the main flavor and isn't detected in the aroma. There's certainly a sweet milk chocolate finish though. Slight bitter char in the aftertaste. Tastes good but nothing extraordinary. The sweetness, which I assume is from the Muscatel barrel, starts to come out more as it warms which adds an extra layer of complexity. I also detect a bit of wood graininess.

M- Semi-creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This is good but definitely not worth the outrageous $14 price tag for a 375 mL. I won't dock points for it but beware: this is not by any means an outstanding BA beer.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MalibuKenny
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agent1
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Impressive lacing. Solid retention. Nice beige/tan head with tiny, creamy bubbles. Very dark ale. Black and opaque.

Smell - Great overall smell, although strangely hard to detect. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, all the standards when it comes to a stout. Nothing new.

Taste - Well-balanced sugar. Burnt chocolate, roasted barely, vanilla undertones, cocoa butter, with subtle bitter notes of coffee. Nice and simple bready finish.

Mouthfeel - Incredible feel. This is the strongest characteristic of this stout. Super creamy and thick. Literally milk-like. Excellent carbonation, too. Poppy and strong. VERY nice!

Overall - Not much out of the ordinary. A great beer, but not something I would go out of my way to hunt down per se. All the classic elements of a stout with AWESOME mouthfeel. To quote To Øl : "lactose doesn’t leave this sweet touch to the beer, so you can obtain a thick mouth feel without having an overly sweet or overly strong stout." Very true, and they certainly accomplished that. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Drunk after a 33cl bottle of the regular milk stout

APPEARANCE: Same as the base beer. A clear and very dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap that sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good look for a 7% stout.

SMELL: Same milk sugar as the base beer, with sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate and burnt malt aromas as well. Not much in terms of wood from the barrel aging. Very similar to the base here.

TASTE: Milder and a bit of an oxidized character as well. Milk sugar, sweet cream and burnt espresso at the finish. Wet cardboard notes as well, with an aftertaste of sweet milk, vanilla, burnt notes and some black malts. Little wood and it seems it’s started to oxidize already.

PALATE: Medium body and very creamy on the palate. Lighter than the base beer and a touch foamier. Goes down fine and finishes rather dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Not that great, unfortunately. Definitely a lighter body here, and the flavor and aroma are showing signs of oxidization already. In any case, there certainly isn’t much in terms of the wood here, of if it is here, it definitely hasn’t imparted anything positive on the experience. The base beer is a much more enjoyable drink in my view. Been very impressed with Te Øl so far, so a little blip like this isn’t going to stop me from drinking lots of their beer in the future.

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Photo of Anze
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ZachT
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Draper
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Chico1985
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 this aged in an oak barrel with muscat grapes? Wine barrel?

Appearance - Pours just about black, no translucence here. Huge tan head slowly dissolves to about a finger and retains as such. Some lace. Like the regular, excellent looks.

Smell - Muscat comes through pretty nicely here. Big dark grape/dark fruit well-integrated onto a chocolate/caramel/lactose base with just a bit of roast. Dessert-like without being overly sweet or over the top in any way.

Taste - A bit of a red wine vibe here, but mostly still just getting dark wine grape/general dark fruit with some slight tartness. The sweet stout base (chocolate, caramel, a touch of sweetened & lightened coffee and roasted malt) is maybe a little diluted feeling, but it melds well enough that it's not an issue. Some light grassy hoppage. Follows the nose pretty closely.

Mouthfeel - Slick, body is appropriate for the ABV, medium-low carbonation, some alcohol peeking through.

Overall - Wound up liking this way more than the regular version - the muscat adds alot and smooths it out nicely. Maybe would've liked more 'stout' presence but the balance here is appreciated, the flavor melding is great.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, light grassy hops and a hint of caramel. Flavor is dark toasted malt, chocolate and an unusual light fruit component that adds a hint of tartness that cuts the heavier malt flavors in an interesting way; light lactose. Fnishes with toasted malt, light char and light grassy hop bitterness. Nice creamy medium body that hints at oatmeal, although I don't know if any was used to brew this. A very nice sweet stout with just enough influence of the muscatel barrels to give it the unusual fruit notes, but nicely integrated to let the dark malts shine through. I liked this quite a bit. Hope I can find the non-barrel version someday to compare; the basic dark malt component looks like it would be great on its own, too.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of leitmotif
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BartMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ADZA
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed the non BA version so when I saw this couldn't resist as only thought it could get better and on pour it looks the part the head is khaki in colour two fingers and creamy with lacing everywhere,the smell is red wine,muscat,dark malts,vanilla and piney hops it's a nice interesting smell which I can't wait to taste and it doesn't dissapoint with hints firstly of the muscat barrel ageing and followed with a milky chocolate sweetness and neutralised with a piney hop bitterness that really compliments the sweet tastes first encountered and the full bodied lightly carbonated feel only enhances the taste,overall it's definitely a have to try and ill definitely buy/drink this again cheers.

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By Udder Means Muscat Barrel Aged from To Øl
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 21 ratings