Lacto-Matic Milk Stout | Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Lacto-Matic Milk StoutLacto-Matic Milk Stout

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Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by JamesS on 03-14-2011

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Up front - not quite a gusher, but opens with an awfully big "pfft". Then it pours out as an entire glassful of tan foam...this can't possibly be a good sign. It finally settles into a dark, nearly opaque brown...but it settles ver, very slowly.

S: I don't get any aromas suggesting infection, which at this point (given the pour) is surprising. Rather, there's chocolate and lactose and some coffee. But not a huge nose.

T: Coffee - burnt and dark roasted. A touch of milk sweetness, and some remnants of cacao nibs. Deeply roasted malt body, and some residual roasty bitterness in the hang. It ends up finishing pretty dry.

M: A rather thin body with low alcohol presence. Some tingly, active, biting carbonation sensation.

O: Not a very good milk stout, but aside from a touch of biting acerbic quality that I think largely derives from the carbonation, it's not terrible. At least it didn't end up being infected. Still not particularly good.

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Photo of dleigh
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with minimal off-white head. Nice, roasty, milky smell. Good taste--primarily roasty malts, but a little sweet creaminess as well. Charred taste lingers. Mouthfeel is average--could stand to be thicker. Overall, a very solid stout.

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Photo of BWED
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Very deep brown. Light brown head retains at a 1/4 inch. A bit of lacing lines the glass.

S- Coffee roast. A little bit of chocolate, brown sugar.

T- Chocolate and coffee. Bittersweet roast.

M- Full, but lacking that creaminess that comes with milk stouts. Bittersweet feel lingers, with emphasis on the bitterness.

O- The feel was a little off. Not creamy enough, and a bit too bitter. The roasty sweetness was really nice, though.

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Photo of wiseguywood
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours an awesome amount of frothy goodness, almost too much, it's a good idea to be near a sink due to glass overfill. Black as night in the glass.
S: Rather unremarkable, you can smell the sweetness
T: Might be the sweetest beer I've tasted.
F: After the initial froth, there doesn't seem to be much carbonation left.
O: A solid milk stout, looking for sweetness, this is it. I wish there were more residual carbonation after pour. I took a swig out of the bottle-WAY overcarbonated, maybe it was just my bottle.

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Photo of zdk9
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours just like I would expect. Complete and impenetrable black. A full finger of the creamiest looking head every. Lacing is thick and complete on the glass. The finger of head doesn't dissipate- just stays like a cloud, impressively.

S- Pretty weak aroma. A little mineralness, maybe bread.

T- Meaty, roasty, some nuttiness. It's much more towards the imperial stout end of the spectrum than the milk stout- i don't really get much sweet flavors or chocolate.

M- Ok. The roasty flavors do stick around in the back of the mouth.

O- Beautiful looking beer. Not my favorite tasting- it's not bad, but nothing that pops out.

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Photo of udfan07
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I have had better milk stouts. This is not that great. A very bitter taste. I didn't really taste any flavor at all. There is just a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Very dark brown almost black. Impenetrable by light. Nice foamy 2 finger head. Very little lacing.

S. Roasted malts fill the nose with a milk chocolate aroma almost like chocolate milk.

T. Roasted malts, hazelnut, hop resin and bakers chocolate fill the palate. Slight bitterness. Flavor really cones on after about 3 seconds. Kinda weird. But once it kicks in its nice.

M. Little light for a stout. Also a bit much carbonation for a stout. I don't dislike it. But it is different. Finishes slightly dry.

O. A different milk stout. But still enjoyable. I would pick a couple up in a mix and match six pack. But I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin black body with a minimal mocha colored head which dissippated in about a minute. The tiniest bit of light shines through.

Immediate aroma is dark fruits, followed by roasted malts and a sweet caramel and chocolate malts.

Taste is dominated by roasted malts, espresso, and chocolate with a hint of dark fruits in the background.

The mouth feel us by far the most disappointing aspect of this beer. Very thin for the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cocoa and nutty malt dominate, along with lacto sweetness and a hit of roast malt. Flavor is fairly roasty initially, along with a touch of an acrid character, with lactose hitting mid palate for a touch of sweetness, finishing fairly bitter and a touch charred. A bit too burnt for my liking.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

The beer pours a deep mahogany with a monster tan head that recedes slowly leaving behind a generous amount of lacing. The overabundance of head when pouring this beer is almost annoying, it took about 10 minutes just to get the whole beer poured.

The beer smells of roasted malt and chocolate, not overpowering but pleasant.

The taste consists of roasted malts and is slightly bitter, not much sweetness from the lactose, and just a hint of chocolate. The body is a little thinner than I like in a milk stout, it seems as though they skimped on the lactose and were just a little heavy handed with the roasted barley.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, if I didn't know that they were going for a milk stout I would think that this was a solid offering for a standard stout, but it is definitely missing something for a milk stout

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Flat 12, this milk "stout" pours a dark amber/brown---not black. HUGE tan head that keeps going and going with clinging lacing. Aromas of chocolate and sweet roasted malts. Taste is slightly bitter up front, almost burnt with some hop bitterness intertwined. Sweet malts coming through on the back round this one out. A solid milk stout, but lacking in a lot of depth.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to perfection on the nitro tap at The Pint in West Lafayette. Huge creamy tan head that tasted almost like vanilla ice cream. Smell was deep and roasty. Taste was creamy, chocolatey, and had a bit of roast. Really well balanced and drinkable milk stout. Not sure how it would be without the nitro tap, but it was fantastic on nitro. At 5% ABV, this would be a go-to for me if it was local. Definitely a beer that you could suggest to a person that enjoys Guinness.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber when pouring, black in the glass but clear around the edges. Not much carbonation or head.

S-Roasted malt, some smoke, very slight oats, tad chocolate. Not getting the sweet lactose smell I'd expect.

T-Roasted malt, some sweetness via the lactose but not much. Some chocolate. Not much else. For a sweet stout this isn't that sweet.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and almost watery.

O-Was expecting more. Doesn't have the sweet flavor of a milk stout but the rest of the beer doesn't hold up that well either.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown (nearly black) with ruby highlights into my Founders Breakfast Stout glassware. Carbonation is nonexistent. No head, no lace, no happy.

Aroma is pleasing, though. I get chocolate. Certainly no problem there.

Taste is, at first, bittersweet chocolate. There's an undercurrent of char in there, as well as a tinge of dark fruit underneath it all. Drinks very smoothly, and this is a solid milk stout, but not exceptional.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks Zach!). It's hard to read but I think it was bottled in 10/2013. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours dark like black tea with an eighth finger cream hued head. Not much retention but a good bit of lace.

Smells of lactose, cocoa and dark malts.

Taste follows the nose. Lactose sweetness, milk chocolate, creamed coffee and roasty malt.

Light feel but just enough body to come across as creamy. Very little carbonation. Roasty malts and chocolate milk linger in the aftertaste.

A no frills, straight forward milk stout. Solid but nothing ground breaking.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An Indianapolis beer before the Colts game – cheers!

A: Dark, dark brown, like black coffee. Slight dusting of tan head: very little retention and lacing.

S: A nose of alluring cookies and cream: milk chocolate, creamy vanilla, and fresh-ground coffee. Smells decadent and delicious.

T: Chalky mineral water and chocolate milk? Yeah, it tastes a bit strange. Besides that oddity, though, there are tastes of vanilla, Hershey’s chocolate, char, and a hint of herbal, minty hops. The finish is lightly metallic, along with that undeniable lactose aftertaste: buttery, with a creamy banana sweetness.

M: Low carbonation with a milky texture, a feel that’s just about pub-style.

O: This is a good beer in small amounts, but finishing the bottle is not happening. It’s cloyingly sweet with some odd tastes, but overall, this is a tasty beer. That said, though, I doubt I’ll be drinking it again anytime soon.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black color, spotty lace and a thin layer of foam that doesn't last long.

Subdued aromas of chocolate, banana, and a light sweetness.

Smooth and creamy with a light, easy drinking feel, chocolatey and roasty without being overly sweet. Aftertaste is slightly dry and roasty. Overall a nice little milk stout.

Thanks to Howard for this one!

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Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler lugged over by CWBlues, into a tulip. Thanks again Cy!

Dark brown/black with minimal tan-brown head. Mild retention and a bit of lace. Nose of cold coffee, darker chocolate and good roast notes. Taste had more roast and coffee but on the lighter nicer side of things. Light sourness from the roast and roast bitterness into the finish slightly lighter medium body and lower carb. A solid milk stout, would be fantastic on nitro.

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Photo of dustinness22
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick with a moist luxurious head. The smells is sweet and creamy. Very good mouth feel adding to the creaminess. Very subtle alcohol flavor. Had on nitro-tap at the brewery. Very impressed with the overall character of this sweet-stout. I would suggest getting this on nitro if possible. A meal of a beer that will satisfy any stout lover or any beer lover for that matter.

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Photo of rangel2
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into CBS 22 oz. snifter.

Not completely black, almost soda-like in color. Cream tan head, with OK retention but stellar lacing.

Aroma of sweet milk, warming caramel. Nothing too over the top but very fantastic.

Tastes is caramel/toffee popcorn, milk chocolate, faint butterscotch that is permissible with the toffee popcorn taste.

Goes down super smooth. Not cloying but certainly sweeter, yet more alcoholy, than other milk stouts I've tried. Too drinkable! AHH! Lingering sweetness that pulls me back in in an elusive search for that Flat 12 hopping I'm used to.

Overall, pretty effin' solid. Will Try again.

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Photo of robboyd
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stout. It's extremely well balanced. Good maltiness and a slight bitterness but it had a nice balance of sweetness to it that make it a good sipper. I got a decent amount of coffee on this one both in the nose and the palate. Chocolate came through the taste as well. The mouth feel is great, it is a hearty beer with a good body to it.

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Photo of HosP
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at Britton Tavern in Noblesville.

Poured a dark, almost black opaque color. Quarter inch tan head on top. Left some good lacing on the glass. Nose didn't detect a lot of aromas. Some roasted malts, maybe a subtle hint of coffee but little from the nose.

Taste is better than the nose. As it warmed a bit, flavors came out more. Slight coffee, roasted malt flavors throughout. Sweeter taste though. Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Very smooth drink.

Overall a good milk stout. Not to sweet, with good flavors present. Would love to go back and have some more of these some night.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint poured fresh at the brewery.

Pours nice, 90% opaque ruby with a small brown head.

Smells like a *ton* of sweet sugar. Aromawise, this is the milkiest milk stout I've ever come across. Not all that much balance--I can't tell if the dark barley is exceptionally unbitter, or if the sweetness is just that overwhelming.

First taste is boffo. The sweetness is large and in charge but backed up decently by bitter malt. As I kept sipping, however, the sweetness just got to be too much; it overwhelmed the barley, then my tongue, and by the time I was 3/4ths through my lips were sticky. It was weird.

Two words to describe this beer: Cloyingly maltodextrous. Real good in small doses, but not the best beer to try and down a pint of.

Recent vintages have improved significantly.

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Photo of jhp40219
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stopped by after a trip to Indy last Sunday (7-3-11). After running through the gammit of beer samples that they had on tap, this was my absolute favorite. I'm a huge fan of heavy beers and milk stouts are near the top of my favorites list. And I have to say that this was the best milk stout I have ever had the privilege of drinking! Ordered a pint and enjoyed with a few slices of the grilled pizza being served out back of the place.

Since it was served in a plastic cup, which definitely isn't the ideal drinking vessel, I can't really go on about the lacing. Poured a deep, dark brown with a slight deep tan head. Smell was that of rich milk chocolate, sweet creme, toasted malts. Taste was everything I just mentioned with slight coffee, caramel, and toffee in the background. Everything a good milk stout should be!

Seriously, this is the new gold standard for milk stouts! I just hope they start bottling this and get it out to distributers so I don't have to drive all the way to Indianapolis to get more!

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Photo of ModemMisuser
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milk stouts are either my favorite or second favorite style, depending on what day you talk to me. Flat 12's was the second I'd ever had - the first being Left Hand.

Color, aroma, and mouthfeel are right on target for a milk stout. Dark in color, nearly black. Smells of dark roasted malts, a little coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is very creamy.

I'm not sure which I like better. Flat 12 is a local brewery, so it's nice to be supporting the "Local Guy." Left Hand makes good beer, but they're a larger more commercial operation, located in CO - far away from me.

So... I'm going to drink Flat 12's when I want a milk stout. :D

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