Milk Stout | North High Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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North High Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 75
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 10/25/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, lactose, and light herbal hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent milk stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of the North High Milk Stout at Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is milk chocolate and some roast. The taste is nicely balanced with sweet mat and hints of roast. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a very good beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich and chocolatey, with notes of dark fudge and light lactose sweetness dominating roast malt and a hint of coffee grounds.

Flavor is similar, finishing with coffee grounds bitterness that is offset by lactose sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nutty malt notes add depth. There's a hint of dark fruit that detracts a tad.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, no canning date that I could find. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, lactose, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma. It's a mostly sweet chocolately brew with a bit of coffee and burnt/charred malt bitterness to it. Nice and tasty too! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall milk/sweet stout. This is the first North High brew I've tried, but after drinking this one I'll have to make a point to try some of their other ones now! $9.99 a 6-pack.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves some nice lacing.

I get some dark chocolate aroma.

The taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little black coffee in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

I don't really got a lot of sweetness as I have in other milk stouts. It is pretty good.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

North High is one of the better brewers in Columbus. This is a nice little stout that mostly works.

It opens black but doesn't build much head without a vigorous pour, and the head quickly dies. The aroma is a bit funky skunky.

The taste is a mild, balanced stout. It has a nice creamy but thin mouth feel. The aftertaste is mildly bitter but generally clean - a nice aftertaste.

I generally like bigger stouts. This one would be OK when you already had too many! Not recommended.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jim's in a DFH snifter. This delicious milk stout pours a rich blackish brown with a solid brownish tan head of tight beaded bubbles that dissipates to a thin layer, thick ring, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, sweet lactose sugars, and a touch of black coffee. Flavors are exceedingly well balanced with a chocolate milk shake flavor up front and on the sides, moderate black bitter coffee notes to the rear, and an ever so mild hop note smoothing this awesome brew out on all sides. Moderately slick mouth feel and moderate carbonation makes this one of the finest stouts I have had this year. This could win awards. Truly awesome.

First brew from North High Brewing we have tried, and if the rest of their selection is as good as this we will make the journey to Columbus VERY soon.


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Photo of Omnium
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > Tulip Glass
A - Pours black with a massive amoun of head, looks infected, fizzy tan wih medium lacing.
S - Roasted chocolates, some really nice toasted nuts, light hint of a smokey touch, overall good, but a tad bit too restrained
T - Sweet creamy roasted malts with light chocolate and toasted elements, very good flavor.
M - Creamy and very smooth and velvety
O - Good solid Milk Stout, would gladly get again. Aroma could be improved on though.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single can of this from one of my favorite local shops I go to buy craft beers from. Got a single 12 oz. can for a total of $2.07. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark, practically black, color with a silky looking, tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. The head fades pretty quickly indeed to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some big, thin, cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface. Not much lacing here either. Has strong aromas of roasted, caramel malt sweetness along with a nice cocoa smell too. It tastes pretty much like it smells, which is a wonderful thing in this case, with roasted caramel malt sweetness followed by a nice cocoa sweetness and certainly some mil sugars that help to give this beer a nice lactate like quality indeed. Not really any discernible hop flavor here, and that's okay I think. Flavor profile wise, this is one of the best beers of this style I've had in quite along time! Has a slightly crisp and even slightly prickly, mainly smooth and fairly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good was well crafted beer ought to be. I quite enjoyed this one.


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Photo of jp32
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color. Tan creamy head. Appearance is spot-on. Mild, nice malty aroma. Doesnt smell exactly like a milk stout, but the aroma is quality regardless.

Flavor is malty, burnt, chalky, and even slightly sour at moments. This is a nice, basic tasting stout, but I dont see how its a milk stout. The style seems off to me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

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Photo of tastymug
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with 1 to 1 2/2 finger head, retains for a while after the pour.

Smell: Chocolate, toasted, coffee.

Taste: Toasted chocolate with subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lack of strong carbonation typical of cask conditioned beers, light-medium bodied,

Overall: Not bad as a cask ale. Was served at a closer-to-room temperature. For St. Patty's Day they offered the option to have the pour muddled with mint which I'm not sure worked with the beer or not. It did mellow out slightly after letting it sit a little bit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 15282 (October 9, 2015). Pokal.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with some brown glints at the edge when held to the light. Three fingers tan head. No visible carbonation (it's opaque). Lacing is modest. Retention is fair; a tan ring around the edge with some islands of suds in the middle.

Smell: Smells milky, but like spoiled milk or unscented soap. Lightly roasty.

Taste: Arrives with a lightly sweet roasted barley, and turns to that slightly sour milk taste, somewhat fruity, some vanilla, before a roast and hop bittering take over, for a brief, fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of midweight. A little light on the carbonation. Fairly clean finish, with lingering sweetness.

Overall: Man, I really want to like this beer because they are local and I love their Pale Ale, but it's just not doing it for me. I suppose I have been spoiled by Left Hand, but the smell and the finish on this are just not quite right for me. Perhaps it is my mood as I am reviewing this. This is an okay milk stout perhaps a little less sweet than some in the style.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Coffee black hue with an two inch thick brown head. Taste of Roasted Malts and Chocolate, the moderate aroma is similar. It is velvety, silky, light, and lacks carbonation, which combined with the short sweet aftertaste make feel a bit watery. It is still good just light.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a large khaki head. The head quickly dies off too a thin ring, and the brew leaves little lacing behind. I get a lot of roast, chocolate, caramel, and hints of coffee. There is a grassy sweetness that lingers in the background, tinting everything with it's presence. On to the flavors, and wow, am I a fan. Though the lactose makes the beer a sweet one overall, there is a lot of bitter roast here, and right up front. After the initial wave of malt, I get chocolate, more caramel, and a distinct milk like flavor. The after taste is sweet, but also slightly bitter, with the coffee notes finally showing itself, along with more of the malt and chocolate. The feel of the stout is medium. It feels like the lactose is adding a lot of thickness to what would have been a rather thin stout. Carbonation is there at a similarly medium value making for a very drinkable stout. It's good for a sweet tooth, and I'd say good for everyday, even if it's a bit sweet.

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Photo of zao77
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hard pour from can into a pub glass. Nice tan head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves behind some lacing. Trying to find a nose here, but nothing much. Taste of coffee and cocoa but not as bold as the can says. Mouthfeel is prett smooth but very thin. Overall, not a terrible milk stout but not the best. I am left wanting more body, aroma...just more.

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Photo of MMP126
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can. Into a 10oz tulip glass

L - Poured with 1 finger of head which quickly went away to a small ring around the glass. Opaque black. Head was tan before it subsided.

S - upfront is roast. Followed by subtle coffee, milk chocolate and a tiny bit of vanilla.

T - roast, little coffee. Dark chocolate at the back end.

F - a little thin for me. Flavor quickly leaves the mouth. Thin to medium thin mouth feel.

O - not bad. Not the best. Definitely a solid beer. Good milk stout. Average I would say.

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Photo of Ric_Lace
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dude, this is good stuff. So happy they put it in cans to enjoy at home. They nailed it. Their hefe and pale ale are amazing as well. Cool beer folk with a great spot to visit.

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Milk Stout from North High Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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