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By Udder MeansBy Udder Means

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To Øl

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 137
Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, an 'American-style stout', made with lactose. And funk, probably funk. Props for the punny name, though.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with spare basal amber edges, and three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly fizzy brown head, which leaves some sea waves crashing on the rocks lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, buttery milk chocolate, cafe-au-lait, brown sugar syrup, an oily nuttiness, and some quickly evolving leafy, woodsy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel/toffee malt, free-range ash, bitter coffee, boiled milk, chalky cocoa powder, singed dark sugar, muddled citrus rind, and a steady earthy, leafy, and piney hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly solid in their structurally supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of roast and hop acridity potentially spoiling the fun. It finishes off-dry, the big malt, chocolate, and milky elements contending with the lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough rendering of this broad style - I guess the biggish hops and the lactose (which would be English, but whatevs) make it so. Anyways, lots and lots of stuff going on here, but it generally works, including the well-obfuscated 14-proof alcohol quotient. And yup, no funk, thankfully!

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown poue with a soft, tall tan head that is slow to rise to the surface. Pine and grapefruit up front, followed by milk chocolate, lactose, cocoa, licorice and a bit of vanilla. A milk stout leaning towards a pine-forward black IPA. Right up my alley.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown, almost black. Rich smell of coffee, chocolate, and slightly sweet. The flavours are rich as well, roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle at the Hy-Vee across the Missouri River 2 weeks ago in Council Bluffs, Iowa for just $1.99, which was $5 off the regular price of $6.99! Of course I had to buy it. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "STORZ" 16 ounce snifter glass.

Brew contains 7% ABV with no date on the label. Nice looking pour which was close to a pitch-black in color with a decent amount of lacing seen. Aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of milk chocolate and maybe even coffee. Taste follows the nose with a smooth creamy finish. Goes down easy and is very pleasant. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very tasty brew!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep dark brown almost black, the head is tan thick, dense and very creamy. Very thick lacing.
Smell: Butter, caramel, mild chocolate
Taste: lightly roasted malts, raisins and roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, light carbonation and finishes semi dry.
Overall: Not bad, smooth and great tasting, this would be great on a cool evening.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown pour with a solid, creamy coffee head. Aroma is curious. I really smell the muscatel, but don't taste it. The aroma also has coffee and chocolate, which comes out more prominently in the taste. There's an undercurrent of sweetness, yet a dry, smoky aspect as well. Texture is relatively thin. An interesting beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

beautiful creamy head.... sweet yet bitter aroma to match the flavor.... some chocolate, some bitterness.... very 'smoky' and lots of 'ash' as others have described..... its best quality is certainly its appearance..... but not bad..... some 'band aid' in there also.....

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Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured almost completely black with only the slightest hint of brown when held up to the light... Creamy tan head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some nice sticky lacing clings throughout..

Aroma - Strong dark chocolate mixed with brown sugar, cocoa, roast malts, coffee and nuts

Taste - Creamy dark chocolate, some light smokiness, good roasted malt bitterness, definite treacle / brown sugar sweetness, strong dark coffee, slight liquorice notes, just the slightest hint of booze...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... Fairly drinkable considering the strength

Overall - An excellent Milk stout and yet another fine brew from Tool... recommended

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Photo of JackieKu
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. In a snifter.

A: Black. 2 fingers high head with nice retention.
S: Roasted coffee. Smoke.
T: Roasted coffee, apricot, slightly coconut, grassy and earthy. Semi-dry to dry. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter.
M: Full bodied. Medium- carbonation.
O: Complex yet well balanced. I liked its hoppy character.

Got a bottle, too. BB 11/2018.

Compare to on-tap, it has less nuts and hops flavors. It bocomes smoother however.

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Photo of interzen
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Pours blacker than Hell at night viewed through a pair of sunglasses. Big, foamy tan head with considerable retention. It recedes, eventually, leaving a ton of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with a heavy dose of fruity, piney hops and an earthy undercurrent of roasted malts. Overall quite a woodsy smell with a hint of pine in the background. Almost un-stoutlike, one could say.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet - there's an absolute car-crash of competing flavours here, with toasted malts, dark chocolate and burnt sugar coming out ahead by a country mile. Perhaps the faintest hint of boozy alcohol, but overall it's well hidden. Finish is long, dry and very sweet.

Feel: You'd expect something with such a rich taste and smell to have the mouthfeel of treacle. Not so - it actually has a fairly light body for a stout and not a massive amount of carbonation going on. Very easy to drink as a result.

Overall: Denmark probably isn't the first place that comes to mind when someone mentions stouts, but on the strength of this maybe that should change. This is certainly different - it's a bit hoppier than a lot of stouts, particularly in the nose, but there are plenty of big, ballsy flavours which are crying out for attention. I'd go so far as to say that this has probably displaced Left Hand as my 'go to' milk stout. Udderly fantastic.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at P Macs, Dublin.
Charcoal with tan crust that sheets. 4
Chocolate, ash and sweet roast on the nose. 4
Sweet brown sugar, 80% chocolate, oak smoke, some toasty, and clean roasty char to end. 4
Creamy, almost medium. 3.75

It sure has balls - lots of big flavors. But where I’d expect creamy smoothness from something with lactose *and* oats, instead this has lots of raisiny dryness and cutting roast. Nice, but not as advertised. 3.75

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

been waiting a long time to try this one, finally found it in the discount bin at hazels in boulder. super cheap. very cool beer, not sure why their stuff never sells. this is almost like a wild milk stout. not in that its sour or has a funky yeast to it, beyond the cool danish stuff that ferments most of their beer, but in that it literally has a farmy, barny, dare i say cow-like character to it, really milky in a way well beyond lactose sugar. dark matte finished cocoa colored brew, short but persistent mocha head. aroma and flavor of a stout all the way, nice barley roast, middle of the road there not too bitter, and pretty rich in feel, with some lingering sweetness as the style asks for. that weird, seriously udder character is so strange though, like unpasteurized milk, which normally would kind of gross me out, but it works incredibly well here, and its not way over the top. its an accent flavor, but a very unique one that makes this totally original and new to my palate. only the cream ale from former future here locally had a similar flavor. nicely carbonated, chocolate notes in the finish, and a very satisfying night cap. not sure why this didnt sell well, its pretty awesome stuff. i might go back and see if they have any left. these guys have really taken off in some interesting directions.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tool 'By Udder Means' @ 7.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5
A-pour is dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a medium size tan head leaving a streaaky lace along the pint
S-chocolate , hints of booze
T-ok start , not to sweet , decent finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels big bodied
Ov-ok milk/sweet stout
prost LampertLand

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Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown, two fingers of light brown foam, settles slowly to a half inch, spray of sticky lace halfway down the glass. Smell: milk chocolate, musty grain, roasty, earthy. Taste: molasses, fudge-light, toasted wholegrain bread, mildly roasty, quite earthy. Substantial hop balance is earthy and otherwise nondescript bittering hops. Body is a little lighter than expected then overly aggressive carbonation hits... it's not dialed in. Seems like a miss.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful black/brown with thick foamy brown head.

Smell is semi-sour, hoppy, coffee chocolate - simply put - very weird and not integrated. Does not invite a taste.

Taste is hoppy sweet chocolate that is not integrated and finish is a simple bitter. Not one of the most pleasant

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured a blackish body with decent head and little bits of lace.
An aroma that mixes dark, roasted malts and sweetness like chocolate.
Beer is light and smooth and remind of milk chocolate in terms of sweetness and some milkiness to beer.
Also a balance with roasted malt flavors and finishes more dry than sweeet.
A very simple yet well-crafted milk stout that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice deep brown almost black with 2 fingers of head, moderate dissipation. Smells of dark roast coffee with milk chocolate sweetness. A bit of licorice in the nose as well. The flavor is roasted grains mostly, Chocolatey, lots of coffee.. Reminds me of founders breakfast stout (aged for a year, the way I prefer to have it). Medium body with modest amount of carbonation.. Nice and creamy drinks like a lighter full body stout.
This is a great beer, a lot like some of the better American stouts. This brewery knows what it's doing.

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Photo of MarkSmithBBA
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Robert "The SA Beer Guy" in San Antonio suggested I give this a try. I'm glad he did as this brew was pretty tasty. I poured the beer into an oversize tulip and took only minutes to take it down. This fine brew pours smooth with a moderate cappuccino head and intricate lacing. It smells slightly sharp and mildly bitter-sweet with notes of milk, cream, coffee, and lightly toasted malt. The mouth feel is smooth for a stout, not heavy at all but still slightly staying. It's a tasty treat that I would be happy to share with friends and a dessert pairing, but unremarkable otherwise.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Bottled 8 October 2013

APPEARANCE: 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: Good milk sugars and vanilla on the nose. Milk chocolate, caramel notes and some slightly roasted coffee beans. Lots of caramel and milk chocolate here. Pretty good really.

TASTE: Vanilla and milk sugars, caramel and milk chocolate up front. A solid and lingering finish of lactose, caramel sweetness, chocolate bitterness and some roasted, burnt espresso beans as well. Coffee, with lots of sweet cream and caramel lingers on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Silky on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Pretty decent feel.

OVERALL: This is pretty good. It's only a 7% stout, but the look is on par with some of the big boys, and the feel is not as sticky as some of the more extravagant stouts out there. A solid milk stout that is definitely worth checking out if you can. Recommended.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a healthy half-inch of coarse, semi-rocky mocha colored foam. The retention of the head is highly respectable. Thick bands of lacing remain caked to the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma smells of bright, resinous hops with some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and lactose.

Flavor is balanced to semi-sweet on the front end, allowing mild lactose, chocolate, and roasted malt to show their presence before being usurped by piney hops and charred coffee beans on the back end. A nice cocoa character reemerges in the finish as well once the bitterness subsides. It's a rather intriguing evolution on the palate, as the progression from neutral fore to astringent middle to complex, tasteful finish is consistent and pronounced. It's almost as if it refuses to reveal itself until it leaves the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, and well suited to the style.

Overall, this is an engaging and flavorful stout that features a little something for everyone. Stout fans will appreciate the roasted chocolate/coffee flavors, while hop-heads can enjoy a bitter kick as well. If you're a fan of both sides of the spectrum, then this brew should be especially delightful.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour is pitch black, crazy cascading brown head. A thick bubbly finger of head remains after some time, great lacing.

Smells like bitter dark chocolate, coffee with sugar and cream, roast, chocolate cake. Some piny hoppage there as well. Gets sweeter with warmth, but quite heavy and bold for a milk stout.

Taste amps up the lactose sweetness, a bit overpowering for me, seems to clash with the rest of the beer. Less chocolate, still big roast and coffee, more hop flavor/bitterness as well, kind of a pine+grapefruit punch much like their Black Malts & Body Salts.

Nice mouthfeel for the style, oily and smooth rather than hefty with medium carbonation. Some warming alcohol.

A decent stout, but the nearly confectionary-level of sweetness, heavy roast and big hops didn't make for the best combo, scent was pretty nice but the taste not so much.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, burnt chocolate cake, soft spicy hops and sultanas.
Decadent flavours. Lots of roasted malt, some dark chocolate, soft lactose sweetness underneath. The booze is a bit aggressive in the finish especially when accompanied by the full-on roasty and hoppy bitterness.
Nice creamy carbonation and syrupy body.

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Photo of ADZA
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark black as night hue with a chocolate laced two finger head that stays and nice sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is surprisingly hoppy for a sweet stout and is a combination of dark chocolate,coffee,grapefruit and citrus very interesting,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and on taste I know they say its a sweet stout but man this is just like a nice hoppy black ale it starts off with a touch of cocoa,vanilla and coffee then the Jaffa and citrus take over followed by a hoppy tangerine bitterness which really finishes it off and overall what a tasty drop that borderlines on a sweet stout and black ale and I'd drink again cheers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and black licorice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and licorice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with somewhat intense aromas and flavors for a milk stout.

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By Udder Means from To Øl
3.95 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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