Beavers Milk Stout Nitro | Belching Beaver Brewery

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3.86/5
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23 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States
belchingbeaver.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Milk Stout Nitro. This is the first beer we made; we can finally bring you in its original Nitro version to go. No one in San Diego made a Milk Stout so Troy wanted to come out with something unique. Tastes of chocolate and roasted coffee and silky smooth, don't let the color fool you this is an easy drinking style. The mother of our PB stout. Welcome to the Beaver family, good times to you my friend!

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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,610
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
23
pDev:
6.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Howlader:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 6 of the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. I suppose I'll take the label's advice and just dump this sucker straight in!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and a nice cascading effervescence effect, eventually rendering two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet creamy brown head, which leaves but a low-lying berm of lace around the glass as it slowly evaporates.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, rich cafe-au-lait, a subtle dark orchard fruitiness, vanilla beans, and very plain earthy, weedy, and floral noble hops. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of free-range char, lactose, some oily nuttiness, fading artisanal coffee, medium baker's chocolate, and more weak earthy, floral, and musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is barely there, for obvious reasons, the nitro manifesting a very wan-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a thin airy creaminess pretty much there from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, with a retreating chocolate, milk, and malt sweetness.

Overall - while the opening theatrics are nice, they don't make up for the lack of palate-supporting bubbles in this offering. Tasty enough, I suppose, but it gets kind of cloying after a spell, and it makes me crave an IPA (what doesn't?) or something of the ilk.

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Photo of dertyd
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a black color, with a thin chocolate milk colored head------------------- the aromas are of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee------------ the flavors are of sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts, the beer has a creamy full mouthfeel with a super smooth finish----------------- overall this beer was delicious, it's not some mind blowing super thick crazy imperial stout but what it is is a damn tasty milk stout on nitro--

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Photo of Captain69
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours great - great head retention, I enjoy all the beeers from this brewery - this is a great smooth tasting milk stout

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Photo of lzd366
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shortbox81
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ginge530
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful cascade that creates a creamy tan head, and is completely black. Strong smells of chocolate and coffee. Notes of chocolate, coffee, no bitterness. Some creamy texture but thinner than a typical nitro stout. Overall an exceptional stout, would buy again.

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cascading black with a creamy tan head. Smells of chocolate, cream, and roasted malts. Tastes of sweet lactose, cream, light espresso, rich chocolate, and lightly roasted malts. Medium in body with a great nitro carbonation. Overall, a great milk stout, which is saying something because I don't ever really care for milk stouts.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful cascading head, but it’s interupted by chunks of yeast. I should’ve decanted, despite their instructions.

A fairly easy drinker, though a bit heavy on the roasted malt.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 10/12/17 into a shaker pint with vigorous pour.

L: Pours light black with brown edges and 1 finger of medium density tan head with moderate retention and left no lacing.

S: Nose is mostly one-dimensional semi-sweet chocolate. Wondering if the absence of coffee is due to the age...

T: Taste mostly follows the nose, sweetness is definitely present but not overwhelming. Finishes slightly sweet with minimal bitterness, clears palate quickly.

F: Thin bodied, lower carbonation, slick on the tongue. Almost non-existent creaminess for a nitro milk stout.

O: Wondering if age is limiting the dynamic aspects of this beer. Right now it's OK, but nothing I'd repeat.

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Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbom
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IROC85
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAB
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice stout, from the Advent calendar 2017. Day 6, I think it was?
The head disappeared immediately but the overall flavor profile was nice. Roasty and almost smoky, with a hint of vanilla and some residual sweetness.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.88 (because of 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: March 28, 2018
Consumed: March 29, 2018
Reviewed as: Milk / Sweet Stout
Misc.: No bottled on date; Poured a tad too warm

Picked this up with five others at Bine & Vine to get the 10 percent off, and a 6-pack of Firestone Lager. Had seen this many times in stores, but opted not to pick it up for some reason. Thought I had reviewed the basic Beavers Milk Stout, but no proof of that except on Untappd when I wrote on March 24, 2016 that, “Reviewed as 4.11 in Aug. 2013, but seems so much better now. This is awesome.” Anyway, would be reviewing this nitro one from scratch. Bottle description read, “Our Milk Stout Nitro. This is the first beer we made; we can finally bring you in its original Nitro version to go. No one in San Diego made a Milk Stout so Troy wanted to come out with something unique. Tastes of chocolate and roasted coffee and silky smooth, don't let the color fool you this is an easy drinking style. The mother of our PB stout. Welcome to the Beaver family, good times to you my friend!”

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki head. Could not see any bubbles underneath head. Very good spotty lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled black coffee, dark chocolate, char wood, ashtray, cacao, vanilla and caramel malt. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted roasted black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, char wood, cacao, lactose, nutty malts, baker’s chocolate and caramel malt. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, smoky finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was very solid. Guess I’ll have to go review the original as well. (Overall - 4.00)

4.06 | 91 | A-

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Photo of gspeer711
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz into Spiegelau Stout Glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Opaque black. Half finger of head (Yeah I know small for a Nitro) that is a khaki color and sticks around forever.

S: Chocolate, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and lactose.

T: Nice chocolate and coffee flavors augmented by the lactose.

F: Light, light nitrogenation. Clean finish.

O: Not a huge fan of Milk Stouts but this isn't bad, not particularly great but I would drink this again.

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Beavers Milk Stout Nitro from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 23 ratings