Holy Cow! Milk Stout
Church Street Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #450
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #17,299
Avg:
4 | pDev: 4.25%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
24
From:
Church Street Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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89
Very Good
Notes: We are proud to offer this traditional English Sweet Stout that’s bursting with chocolate flavor and a hint of coffee. A dark ale, milk stout has just a touch of sweetness provided by the addition of non-fermentable lactose sugar.
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can
No apparent freshness date
Thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try!
L: thick layer of brown foam on a near black stout
S: chocolate, roasted barley, lactose, vanilla
T: milk chocolate, sweet lactose, vanilla, roast, grain
F: thick, smooth, creamy; sweeter
O: Holy Cow, this was good

"I knew the profanity used up and down my street would not go over the air... So I trained myself to say 'Holy Cow' instead."
-- Harry Caray

Jun 15, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

How have I not had this by now? Well here we are, almost 8,000 deep. Midnight black body with a fluffy light brown head. Roasted and earthy malt lead you into baker's dark chocolate aromas. Not complex but sturdy. Taste has similar set up, has more coffee and leather in there, well balanced. Body is creamy, thick but not heavy, and classical. Good all around milk stout

Mar 06, 2020
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TonyAbbate from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice change from my normal Guinness or Boddington. I'm not a fancy review guy. I just know what I like. Smooth "mouthfeel" and nice depth of flavor.

Feb 09, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, toffee and cream. Sweet chocolate and creaminess with a touch of caramel & toffee.

Mar 09, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at The Vine on April 28, 2018. We are proud to offer this traditional English Sweet Stout that’s bursting with chocolate flavor and a hint of coffee. A dark ale, milk stout has just a touch of sweetness provided by the addition of non-fermentable lactose sugar.

May 01, 2018
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AustinWadkins from Iowa

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a lovely fluffy creamy tan head that blankets the beer as it falls

On the nose i find coffee, dark malts, sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight smoke once warmed, maybe vanilla?

Taking a sip i notice roasted coffee and malts, dark chocolate, slightly sweet but balanced by the coffee bitterness

Overall this was a fantastic milk stout! Great medium bodied creamy mouthfeel! Would get again

Dec 30, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is coffee, mild milk sweetness and dark/roasted malts. The flavor is coffee, dark/roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight sweetness and an acidic finish.

Oct 27, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

During a recent trip to Church St, I just happened to notice this beer on the menu. I had not heard that Church St was doing a milk stout so I was pleasantly surprised to see this one up on the wall.

This beer pours a pitch black and opaque hue that has an ultra creamy, tan head that dissipates very slowly. Carbonation is not visible due to the clarity of the beer. 4.25/5 The aroma is quite strong, especially in regards to the malt with notes of roasted grain, heavily toasted wheat bread, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. The aroma is fairly sweet with really no hop profile to speak of. 4.25/5 The flavor is very strong for a milk stout with a heavy lean towards sweet instead of bitter, although the bitterness is present and mild. This bitterness comes across more as coffee bitterness than anything. Toasted wheat bread, lactose, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hazelnuts come through nice and strong. There is a strong mocha flavor with a whole milk type of feel to it. The flavor profile almost comes across as a strong, dark chocolate milkshake. 4.25/5 This is easily a full bodied beer that has faint carbonation that just lightly tickles the tongue. It is very creamy, slick, and mouthcoating, but the finish is very short and disappears from the tongue quite quickly. There is no drying sensation to speak of. 4/5 This is a very well crafted milk stout that might be my favorite milk stout to date. Wonderfully flavorful and works well as either a dessert beer or just a beer to sip on whenever. Very well done Church St. 4.25/5

Apr 04, 2017
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola-colored body, creamy velvet sandy-colored head, no lace. Nose offers aromas of milk chocolate, roasted and chocolate malts, some smoke, caramel, and cream and lactose. The flavor balances all the sweetness with bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of dark cherry rides in in the end. Medium+ body, the fine carbonation fights its way through the viscosity.
Great beer, it offered a good balance between sweetness and bitterness, especially easy to screw up in this style, and even offered extra flavors of cherry and smoke. Outstanding.

Dec 28, 2016
Holy Cow! Milk Stout from Church Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 24 ratings