Beavers Milk
Belching Beaver Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #486
Ranked #11,815
3.93 | pDev: 12.47%
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle traded from Donald poured into Smokestack snifter.

Deep rich black shiny color with brown edging. A beige head of 2 fingers starts and then it recedes to about 1/2 finger and stays. No lacing on the glass.

Slightly nutty aromas with chocolate bar, cocoa nibs, hazelnut, lactose, general dark roasted malt.

Flavor is slightly smokey, quite nutty, with general chocolate milk stout flavors - cheesy cacao nibs, lactose, light infected hazelnut tang.

Feel is a little on the light side, with a tiny bit of creaminess, an electric carbonation. Slight roastiness on the finish.

Overall, an okay stout. Not something I'd probably revisit.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black pour with a small brown head. Aroma of dark malt, chocolate, and light coffee. Taste has powdered chocolate and cream flavors upfront. Can also taste some coffee, vanilla bean, and marshmallow for an overall nice sweet and smooth flavor.

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Photo of LarrySTJ
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth Stout with a milky head that stays around for a while. Kind of sweet in the beginning but milky stouts tend to be that way. Not too heavy of a flavor with a dry finish.

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Photo of TerribleTaste
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another super great milk stout to put down, I absolutely love the milk stout line from Belching Beaver and will continue to grab one of these 3 milk stout offerings =p
Granted its not as good as the peanut butter one (that may be subjected to individual taste)
But its still a great beer! Aromatic, tasteful, and just a perfect campfire beer.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Black in color with fairly thick frothy tan head, it stands for a while with average retention before sinking to some bubble film atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, rich sweet milky sugar, roasted coffee bean, butter, charred nut, vanilla, sweet candy, hint of cinnamon, and dark bread.

The taste is still led by the big sweetness of milky sugar. Then it is followed by roasted malt like a roasted coffee bean, charred nut, vanilla, toffee, the smoothness of oat, also dark and butter bread. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with roasted malt and some residual sweetness.

Medium body with some good crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate, smooth through the mouthfeel, finish is dry. Pretty good Milk Stout with lots of milky sweet portion.

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Photo of Konobrau
1.11/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Sorry guys, but someone f'd up and released a beer instead of dumping it.

As I poured it fizzed up like coca cola, the bubbles were huge, and they dissipated quickly to leave a sickly looking black liquid in the glass. The bubbles kept on coming after the main dissipation, bubbling little splashes out of the glass like soda.

Aroma didn't show signs of infection, but it was not pleasant (no good, no malt, no yeast aroma just odd)

Taste was sweet, not infected in my opinion lacked bitterness and roast, just lactose focused. I think it needs more bittering hop additions and more roasted barley, or even black malt, or some chocolate malt. It was more like a flat unhopped schwarzbier with lactose than a stout.

Mouth feel was horrible, no body at all, and ultra fizzy, it went flat pretty quick, maybe the lactose wasn't dissolved and created nucleation points for all of the co2 to come out quickly?

Overall disappointed, in Australia one bottle cost me 26 dollars, and I tipped it down the drain once it went flat.

That was my first and last belching beaver beer, sorry guys, my wife will kill me if I spend that much and tip it again!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate to use this excuse as a possibility, but I had to have gotten an infected bottle. I don't mean to drive down scores intentionally, but this was exceedingly bad. Huge blast of CO2 when opened, and was way over carbonated. But not like huge sticky head, more like soda. Dissipated quickly but fizzy bubbles the whole time. It tasted like medicine and olive juice. I usually end with Cheers! here, but i'll refrain, cuz this was not a good time.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Belching Beaver's Beavers Milk, milk stout. 5.3% ABV.

A: Black in the glass; root beer brown in the dimple. Almost two fingers of cocoa cereal colored head. Scant lacing; faint sheeting.

S: Powdery dark extra chocolate, bordering on coffee. A touch of dirt and graphite.

T/MF: I didn't really detect the milk sugar on the nose, but it's front and center, if a little light, on the palate. More of the dry dark cocoa and coffee. A tad light in body. A bit of a green note; grassy, or leafy? Subtle creaminess.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (3.75): A dark blackish/brown color. The head is pretty big, about two inches with the initial pour and is a khaki color. Big frothy bubbles, they disipate fairly quickly.

Smell (3.5): Roasted coffee and dark sweet vanilla notes. There's some bittering notes that are pretty prevalent as well.

Taste (4): This is one of the best part about this brew. Big toasty coffee flavors that remind me of campfires and smoke. There's a nice sweetening flavor though that just screams "Milk Stout".

Mouthfeel (4.25): Another part of this brew that's fantastic. Medium to medium plus body, more on the sweet side rather then dry, and the taste lingers on the tongue for quite a while. It's also silky smooth and creamy!

Overall (3.75): Less cofree and roasted flavors and a bit more sweetness please and this would be perfect!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours with no head. Beer is inky black. Nose is very mild, chocolaty and not much burnt coffee. Taste is veeeery mild chocolate and is slightly sweet. Really nice job of keeping any astringent or harsh flavors out.

One of, if not the best, milk stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
2.04/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I bought the peanut butter stout, horchata stout, and milk stout from Belching Beaver to get a feel for the brewery. All three offerings were pretty atrocious, nothing close to a passable as far a style guidelines. This particular beer however, I felt had a promising opaque brown appearance. Smell is artificial flavoring, fake fake fake. Taste is cloyingly sweet stout-esque flavor with watery thin body completely going against any milk stout character. Overall, I feel that this beer and the peanut butter stout offering taste identical and could possibly be the same beer in different bottles. Maybe they brewed the same horrible base beer and squirted in some different flavors before bottling. I would like to visit the brewery and try the rest of the lineup to determine what is going on. The bottle claimed that IPAs were their deal and that they never intended to brew a stout. Maybe they should stick to their initial hopes and dreams.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- dark brown, almost black, 2-3 fingers tan head
S- light chocolate smell
T- milky chocolate, tiny hint of bitterness
F- nice & thick like a milk stout should be. Very smooth.

Pretty good

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really nice example of the style here. many thanks to my mom for bringing this one back from one of her work trips. a little more drinkable than the peanut butter version, i liked it quite a lot, and have to compare it to left hand, which i think is the gold standard for the style, at least on a national level. its not nearly as viscous or sweet, which i think helps it be quite a bit more drinkable, i dont think i would want a bomber of left hand, but this was no problem at all to get through. i like the lesser body, and the higher degree of malty bitterness that allows the lactose to not totally take over in terms of it being a sugar bomb. still plenty of body, but its not quite at teeth and throat coating, and it has a nice rich chocolate flavor to it as well. i love the carbonation, it feels alive instead of heavy ad stagnant, and i could see this going well with a slice of pumpkin pie in the fall, a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the summer, or as a companion to braised beef short ribs mid winter. very well done from these guys, a classic interpretation of the milk stout.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black colored beer with a tiny brown colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt and coffee. Toasted grain and chocolate but this is more coffee forward.

Starts out Neutral and slightly metallic on the tongue. Gets sweeter as you drink it. Still this is a coffee flavored stout.

Mouthfeel is average.

An OK stout, just don't spend too much for it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark color with brown head. Aroma has sweet, roasty notes and also a hint of chocolate. Taste is also roasty and bittersweet with some cacao in the background. Carbonation is a bit high for the style. Pretty nice overall but not one of the best.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black with a brown head, leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted and caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet malt up front, fading into roasted malt and coffee. Coffee flavors are strong without being overpowering. Mild bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Despite the thickness, it leaves no residual feel.

Overall: Very flavorful stout with a great feel. It is good to have a thick stout without the requirement of 10% ABV. If have tried their Peanut Butter Milk Stout, imagine replacing the nut flavor with coffee.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

Appearance: Opaque black-brown with a durable tan head that leaves patterned, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts with coffee and dark chocolate. Some complexity.

Flavor: Moderately rich. A bit too sweet but otherwise quite good, and some bitterness (and faint smoke) kick in for the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium+ body with good light carbonation.

O: True to style, albeit with a touch of smoke, and worth trying.

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Photo of Popp24
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At first I was getting a slight woody smell or perhaps a smokiness. As it warmed this went away. The smell overall is pretty nice but the flavor is better. Dark cacao with a slight roastiness. The chocolate flavor was more of a bitter than sweet. The mouthfeel and flavor were full considering the ABV. Overall a pretty good milk stout.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: its a rich, silky black color with a 1 finger tan head that fades pretty quick and looks like something on top like a coca cola

s: tons of toasted malts, a nice sweet milky creaminess. milk chocolate powder, and some nice woody notes

t: right away i'm thinking this tastes like a cola. there is a definite milky sweetness in here, as well as like a sweet vanilla too. malts play their role in in providing the caramel-syrup flavor. it an extremely smooth tasting beer, and fizzy - like a cola

m: its a light mouthfeel, that i might expect from a porter. but the carbonation is such that it (as mentioned) is almost fizzy in the mouth. like soda. very drinkable due to the lightness of the mouthfeel

o: its very sweet and fizzy - not something i was necessarily expecting. its sweet like a milk stout. i'd like a little more of the roasted notes. the sweetness and carbonation do make it feel like a cola to me, not decided if i'm down with that yet

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Photo of pkalix
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

awesome stout-like look, thin topping of creamy head.
amateurish kind of aroma, but decent. smells of dark malts.
tastes like milkshake. lots of vanilla. smooth. creamy. very easy to drink and without the additives the peanut butter has. this is straight up milk stout and very decent. better than the peanut butter in my opinion. not sure I like lactose in my beer, but this still tastes decent....

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and much better than the peanut butter version in my opinion.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and solid,
Laid in a chalice glass with a thick cocoa head, which dissipated quickly but stubbornly held on to glass for the duration of enjoyment. Very dark, muddy stout.

Delightful smell, vanilla-chocolate milkshake. Unmistakable roasted malt on the nose is very pleasant. Nothing else matters, simple and straightforward on the nose.

Rich toasted chocolate right away on the tongue, a little sharp and slightly burnt on the edges. Milky lingering taste is unusual, I personally like this a lot but it may not be for everyone at this point the lasted aftertaste has the slightest hint of cola. Strong urge to gulp this.... Phenomenal

Thick and luscious mouthfeel, great after meal beer or last beer of the day

This is my first time drinking from bottle, have also enjoyed on tap.

Hell of a bargain at the price, will buy again and again. Will insist friends try it when they visit ;)

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Remarkably good brew that blurs the styles in the best possible way. All the dark flavor with just enough sweetness to mellow it out. Pleasant spritzy and velvety mouthfeel.

Attractive beige foam on the dark, dark brown beer with nice lacing in the Crooked Line tulip. Aromas of iced coffee and some cocoa. Rich grainy taste with some hints of charred malt and burnt sugar. Some sweetness but not in the usual realm of sugary Milk stouts. Modest bitter aftertaste with the dark roasted malt lingering.

Great balance and highly drinkable. This may be the brew that keeps this brewery on the map. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz brought back from San Diego.

A- Poured from the bomber to a snifter with a pitch black body. Light tan head builds to about a finger high and has decent retention and a creamy texture. Thick, frothy ring leaves some nice clouds of lace at the top of the glass.

S- Impressive blast of dark roast malts for a 5.3% brew, stacks up with the higher ABV stouts as far as richness of dark grains. Notes of chocolate, coffee beans and toasted cracked cereal grains. Some yeast hints.

T- Follows an inviting aroma with a roast malt decadence on par with other great Milk Stouts I have tried. The yeast opens up a bit more here with some fruity, apple and bread hints but the dark grains dominate. Coffee, chocolate, toasted nuts, cracked grain mash and some sweetness comes to mind.

MF- Silky support from the use of lactose in the brew to a nice creamy thick body. Moderately high carbonation. Drinks bigger than 5.3% in a good way. Finishes with some roasty bitterness lingering.

Random grab in San Diego bottle shop that payed off. I enjoy a stout that drinks easily but also brings a ton of roast malt flavors to the table. Not quite Left Hand Milk Stout good but worth trying for any fan of stouts.

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Photo of rawfish
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a nice finger high khaki head. Retention is brief leaving rings of suds on the glass.

Blackened malts, chewy cereal grains, and some coffee. A very roasty aroma for a milk stout. Notes of lacto and some dampened honey bread.

Roasted malt is husky and even a bit ashy before a hint of bready sweetness comes in to balance. I get some nuttiness, dried fruit and herbal hop bitterness adding some complexity but largely the dark malt dominates the palate. Finish is also somewhat burnt with a lingering lactic acidity.

Body has some supportive heft and the carbonation is smooth. No detectable alcohol and while I found the aftertaste a bit unpleasant this one goes down easy.

I was expecting a sweeter stout than this one but it is well balanced and for those that enjoy roasted malt this stout definitely highlights it.

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