Milk & Cookies - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #96
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4.21 | pDev: 6.18%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Milk & Cookies - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMilk & Cookies - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Crafting the ultimate comfort beer was a winter challenge we happily embraced. Our Milk and Cookies Stout is a cold weather classic, and this version cranks up the comfort through barrel aging. We entrusted our Imperial Milk Stout with Golden raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla into the warming embrace of Kentucky Bourbon barrels to carry us home for the holidays.
Relax. Drink up. You’re home.
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a thin beige head that fades to a ringlet; very leggy with dribbles of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of raisin and Bourbon

Taste: The cinnamon and raisin flavors rise quickly and join the milk chocolate; modest Bourbon and vanilla elements, in the middle with a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice sweet stout that could have benefited from a stronger Bourbon profile

Feb 20, 2021
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured a dark brown, almost black body, with good khaki head and some lace left down the glass. Same sugary cookie smell as its predecessor but not much in terms of wood or booze that I was expecting. The beer is a tad boozy but doesn't detract from the woody smoothness and still has that lactic and sugar cookie and chocolate sweetness I remember from the original. Not bad but the bourbon barrels don't really add anything extra to original beer other than some boozy heat at times.

Feb 11, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/26/19, had 9/24/20.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a half inch foamy head and foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, malt, some oak, light char, light raisins. The flavor starts with the cinnamon and vanilla, then malt, oak, some chocolate and cocoa, bourbon as it warms, raisins- mostly on the finish, light char. Smooth, a good full body on the thinner side, appropriately carbonated.

The raisins don’t stand out enough to make this resemble a cookie, but otherwise, this is pretty well balanced. The cinnamon and vanilla star, the barrels are solid. A little thinner than expected, but not bad. Very enjoyable.

Oct 06, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a finger+ of brown head, soon fading to a heavy ring of lacing. Deep black-brown color. Smell is awesome, bourbon and a little sweet cookie. Taste follows the smell, with bourbon forward followed by sweet milk stout, cookie, chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon (I think). Not too sweet at all. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Even better than the regular Milk and Cookies, and one of the best sweet bourbon aged stouts.

May 25, 2020
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Ale_Lover from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark thick black with thin tan head and little lacing.

Aroma - Sweet cinnamon, vanilla, oak and of course bourbon.

Taste - Bourbon forward, followed by vanilla, and then light raisin and cinnamon maybe a hint of oak.

Feel - Heavy to medium body with medium carbonation .

Overall - A little heavy, but overall I like it.

Nov 30, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Pours a very dark reddish-black with a brief,thin tan head. Initial impression is brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and cinnamon. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth and thick. Finish is predominantly cinnamon and chocolate, although the bourbon lingers. A very tasty sipper!

Nov 30, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 5/16/20

Pours a dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has generous vanilla cookie and Bourbon hints
The taste follows the nose with a very generous and well balanced vanilla cookie and Bourbon flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A great Milk Stout

Oct 20, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Faint nose of cream, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate.

Flavor is immediately sharper, richer, sweeter. Sweet red grapes, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon mash up front; cream, vanilla, sugar, dough in the middle; chocolate, sugar, doughy finish.


Not overly sweet, somehow, although sugar is a recurring theme. Nails the intent.

Mar 15, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a whiskey tumbler glass, this beer pours out black and forms a thin, light caramel crown that doesn’t stick around long. 3.75

The nose brings a dark fruit presence of raisins and figs tangling with a present cinnamon before finishing with a touch of vanilla sweetness. Some warming bourbon and alcohol in there as well. Pleasant, with multiple layers, but rather underwhelming. 3.5

The taste delivers a kiss of tingling cinnamon before carrying you to the dark fruit notes of raisins and figs. The background of this beer is layers of bourbon, oak and leather. Vanilla is present, but not prominent. 3.75

The mouthfeel is on the dry side with the notes of oak and leather while being tingly from cinnamon and bringing a balanced bourbon warmness. Medium bodied, well carbonated. 3.75

Overall, this is a solid, balanced brew all the way around but doesn’t bring a prominence of anything to make it really stick out. 3.75

Mar 10, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am getting ready to depart for the weekend, headed to Conshohocken (Conshy)/Gulph Mills for a monthly bottle share, but I also wanted something to prime the pump, so to speak. The weather is supposed to be fairly decent throughout the weekend in anticipation of a coming mid-week weather event, but even if this is warming now, I'm okay with that.

From the Bottle: "Crafting the ultimate comfort beer was a winter challenge we happily embraced. Our Milk and Cookies Stout is a cold weather classic, and this version cranks up the comfort through barrel aging. We entrusted our Imperial Milk Stout with golden raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla into the warming embrace of Kentucky Bourbon barrels to carry us home for the holidays. Relax. Drink up. You’re home."; "Drink It Now. Drink It Later."

I began by Pop!ping the cap & starting a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it performed a pseudo-cascade that eventually settled into just under two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, deep-brown head with low retention, quickly falling away to wisps, leaving only marginal lacing behind. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with cola highlights only at the edges. Nose smelled of cinnamon & coconut, the latter undoubtedly from the Bourbon-Bbl. aging. Mouthfeel was thick & full, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste was fairly overwhelmed by the cinnamon, but Bourbon was definitely involved. It was definitely like eating a spiced holiday cookie, but I was kind of missing the value added from the golden raisins & the vanilla. Did they go too heavy on the cinnamon? Might I have been better served by allowing it to age? The latter is kind of unknowable for me since I have enough cellar-aged beer as it is & with my current health situation, I am reluctant/unwilling to age more beers at this point. I liked its spiciness, which really seemed to hold the sweetness in check. Finish actually turned out to be fairly dry as a result. I liked it well enough & now I am curious to try standard Milk & Cookies.

Feb 15, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep, deep brown, with a tan head and lacing
S: whiskey, chocolate sweet malts
T: cinnamon, chocolate, light bourbon
F: creamy, great mouthfeel
I: delicious, very well made

Nov 18, 2018
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(2018, 11.3%)

A: Pours black with a short-lived mocha head.

S: I'm gettin mostly faint cinnamon. Maybe some malt.

T: Superb! The cinnamon mingles in the background the whole time providing a nice holiday spice. In the forefront is vanilla, white chocolate, and raisins. Finishes off with allspice and just a hint of bourbon.

M: Not oily thick but not thin. A good medium.

O: Very glad I bought this! It tastes like a chocolate holiday treat.

Oct 30, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Wall of Beer (Clemson).
Pours clear but nearly opaque reddish-brown.
Smells nearly intoxicating, like a superb chocolate dessert.
Lightly sweet with an excellent mix of flavors. Conservative bourbon barrel effects. Smooth, full body with a good tan head.

Oct 29, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark brown/black color, one finger brown head, minimal carbonation.

S: Raisins, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon. Heaven!!!

T: Raisins, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon. Incredible!!!

F: Medium bodied, ultra flavored.

O: Another masterpiece from Wicked Weed Brewing. World class.

May 19, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


bottle to snifter, with some chocolate chip cookie bars my wife made.

LOOK: dark black, with a healthy beige head. Lacing remains late into drinking.
AROMA: Vanilla , barley, lightest hint of wood/whiskey.
TASTE: Vanilla is prominent. Lactose, malty flavors linger in the background. Cinnamon is very faint. Some Brown Sugar also. Don't taste the barrel character.
FEEL: very smooth. medium to full body.

Nice flavorful stout. Could use to be a bit bolder, but I'm not sure it's meant to be.


Mar 08, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with about a finger of head. The nose is fairly bland - some sugar cookie, maybe. The flavor has sweetness with some cinnamon and a trace of chocolate. I'd have no idea that this was barrel aged if the label did not explicitly state it.

Feb 19, 2018
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bob_roberts from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Up front, i'm not sure how this doesn't have a higher rating than a 4.2. it's dark, lingering lacing, cinnamon cookie spice, what more could you want from a milk cookie stout? I am not a milk stout fan. infact I abhor them, however this truly pulls it off. it is exceptional on all fronts and I would recommend you buy multiples of this of you see it on a shelf.

Jan 31, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle from Hops & Vines (Asheville, NC). 9.99. Bottled 11/8/17. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter. Enjoyed 12/6/17.

Pours dark brown, essentially black with a two and a half finger cap of pale tan froth. The head shrinks to a dense surface film which spreads to a fluffy ring, leaving several small splotches of lacing all over the empty glass.

The nose comes across more muted than expected yet remains pleasant. Milk sugar, baking spices, faint barrel and a subtle but distinctive stout character.

Tastes rich and warming from the first sip. Replete with notes of cinnamon, snickerdoodle cookies, smooth bourbon, oatmeal raisin, lactose, burnt sugar, vague bittersweet chocolate and a kiss of alcohol. Delicious bourbon, milk stout and cookies all the way.

Creamy, fullish feel with lightly fizzing carbonation. Almost as foretold in the name, the aftertaste is like bourbon glazed snickerdoodle raisin cookies with a milk stouty kiss of lactose.

I may not care to admit it but Wicked Weed is still brewing some excellent beer, even after being picked up by "the enemy". Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk & Cookies is head and shoulders above the base version and serves to reinforce the fact that I occasionally drop ten bucks on Wicked Weed’s tiny little bottles.

Jan 22, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with thin tan cola like head not much lacing.

Aroma - Cinnamon, sugar cookie, vanilla, oak and a healthy does of bourbon.

Taste - Pretty bourbon forward, vanilla, light raisin and cinnamon and oak.

Feel - Medium bodied good carbonation heat from the alcohol.

Overall - Just bottled 2 weeks ago bourbon is a little heavy, the other flavors are there would like to see how it does with a month on it.

Nov 25, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

WW Barrel Aged Milk and Cookies
On tap at the Funkatorium, NYE 2016

A: Jet black, small tan head, decent retention and lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is huge cinnamon, sugary sweetness, and Bourbon notes. It really does smell like a cookie, like a snicker doodle. Subtle cocoa, charred oak, Bourbon vanilla. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Taste follows the nose, it does resemble a cookie. Lots of cinnamon, sugar cookie batter, subtle cocoa. Roastiness to balance the sweet. Decent strength Barrel notes with charred oak and an almost scotch like peat character. 4.25

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is average. A touch thin but overall decent. 3.75

O: This is an excellent beer, may have rated higher if I didn't indulge in the miraculousness that is Dark Arts 2016 right before this. 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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WesHowl from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I was bummed when they posted they had to dump the bottles of this one, so I was excited when I saw it on draft at the Funkatorium. This was like drinking a bourbon dipped oatmeal raisin cookie. All the flavors you would expect were present and the bourbon didn't overwhelm the base flavors at all. A bit thin, but otherwise superb. This is probably the best non-sour Wicked Weed has put out.

Feb 19, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft at the Funkatorium.

I absolutely love the regular Milk and Cookies stout, so when I saw this was being released, I was anxious to try. Kind of forgot about it until I showed up to the Funkatorium on a random Friday night and they had it, score! Getting alot of bourbon in the nose, but still smelling the oatmeal raisin nuance of the original.

Yes! Taste follows the nose, and all fears that the bourbon might kill the nuances of this beer are dimished, absolutely perfect balance of quality bourbon barrel, mixed with oatmeal raisin cookie (and roasty stout) . Nearly had an orgasm. Just like WW ba French Toast stout, if I could drink this every night, I definitely would. Not sure what the story is with why this wasn't released in bottles, but it's a damn shame (maybe this keg is aged?). First beer that's knocked my socks off in a while! Awesome!

Jan 21, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the half filled bottle, it pours a very dark brown with little to no head, most likely due to this being the last growler fill from a keg. Milky, sweet cookie scents abound -- in the mouth as well. This one is an experience! Yum?

Jan 02, 2017
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 105 ratings