Strongman Coffee Milk Stout | Hi-Wire Brewing

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Strongman Coffee Milk StoutStrongman Coffee Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 102
Photo of tlema1
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: deep deep brown, with a thin tan lacing head
S: lots of coffee, cream and roasted malts
T: more toasty malt than coffee or milk
F: not as full bodied as I wanted
O: started out good, but ended up disappointing

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic appearance and pour for the style, one finger tan head with a pitch black body. The aroma is a HUGE punch of roasted coffee bitterness, with the emphasis on bitter. Burnt toast, dark unsweetened chocolate... Heavenly. Taste follows the nose, but with a slight sweetness to balance out the bitterness of everything else. The stout itself is very full-bodied for a 5.3% beer, almost like the consistency of milk itself. Overall a fantastic representation of the style.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours jet opaque black, light tan head dissipates to nothing.

Aroma of coffee beans, toast, cocoa, and earthy undertones.

Flavor is of cocoa, coffee bean, lactose, roast and biscuit.

Medium to full body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Tasty milk stout with some good flavor and body at a drinkable abv. Worth a try, very enjoyable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Aubrey's Knoxville Strawberry Plains. This one leans heavy toward the coffee side. Not sure if there is coffee in this one but it is deeply ingrained in this one. Coffee aromas and full coffee flavor. Well balanced and an easy drinker. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark beer with a roasty sweet coffee and cream aroma. The taste is pleasantly sweet up front with with a roasted coffee flavor in the middle and a bitter coffee finish. There is a lingering bitterness and sweetness. The mouthfeel felt a bit thin for a milk stout but this is otherwise a very tasty beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12/30....pours dark black brown with light foam. Sweet coffee creamer nose. Strong coffee burst. Medium bitter smooth creamy mouthfeel. The coffee pushes and the lactose keeps it smooth.

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Photo of SFNC
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look; Dark brown to black with some reddish brown along the edges, A thin head that is gone quickly.
Smell; Dark roast coffee up front with sweet carmalized malts, but there is a sour (in a bad way) undertone. Vomit?
Taste; Much better than the smell. Again coffee is up front, with a slight sweetness from the malts acting as a good counter balance.
Feel; Thin and a bit fizzy for a Stout, more of a Porter in feel.
Overall; The unpleasant smell did not affect eh taste and the feel, while not ideal, is not a deal breaker. This is an easy drinking Coffee Stout that is light and enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter

A very dark brown colored body with a short head that soon reduces to a ring but does leave some coating lace

Aroma: strong coffee notes, with some roasted grain and a hint of chocolate.

Flavor: medium-dark roasted coffee with some dark bread. Quality coffee flavors. Lightly sweet up front with transition to a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: smooth; medium+ body; light carbonation; semi-dry finish that is also a touch powdery.

Overall: an enjoyable, coffee-forward ale with low bitterness.

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Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lactose, coffee grounds, and roast malt dominate the aroma.

Flavor is very coffee forward, with just a hint of sweetness initially that fades to roasty, lightly bitter malt and toasted notes in the finish.

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Photo of dbell23
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Nice fluffy head with good lacing. Black like a stout should be.

Smell is subdued. Roasted malts, coffee (duh) and maybe some vanilla sweetness but pretty subdued none the less.

Taste is the big hit. As one might imagine it tastes like a milk stout with a really nice coffee flavor. The sweetness of the milk stout and the bitterness of the coffee are very nicely balanced. The finish is a really nice coffee bitterness. Its almost like a dark roasted malt but it taste like coffee to me.

Mouth feel is maybe a tad thin but not bad at all. Super smooth like a milk stout should be.

Overall a keeper. I drink a lot of imperial Russian stouts so this is like a session stout but a really good one. I will buy again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

pours jet black, off-white head that fades soon. smells like black coffee. taste is fairly bitter, a touch acidic, fairly strong coffee flavor. medium bodied. overall - okay, but as a milk stout I expected a little sweeter of a beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle picked up in Asheville, 10.31.15

L - Pitch black, with 1/2 a finger of head and a creamy top

S - Freshly brewed coffee, and fresh coffee beans. Its overwhelming so thats all you get, but thats not a bad thing

T - Dark roasted coffee with a vanilla finish.

F - Full body and creamy, lower carbonation

O - An extremely tasty coffee stout with low ABV. This is a breakfast beer. Tasty!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a dark brown, near black body with a modestly-sized, light beige head.

Smell: Well-roasted coffee and equally well-roasted malt in the nose with background accents of smooth chocolate, dark fruits and vanilla cream.

Taste: Roasted malts adjoined to a strong, forward coffee flavor with a quieting boldness. Lactose rounded tastes of dark chocolate, some dark fruitiness. Moderate sweetness. Malty, coffee-toned finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Mmm-MM! That's delicious coffee milk stout.

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

Pours nearly jet black except for some ruby thru the body when held up to the light,a thinner but well retained beige head atop.Big roasted coffee aromas along with bitter chocolate and mild earth.The coffee is pronounced on the palate but the chocolate and brown sugar and dark fruit flavors hold up to it pretty well.A beer that is coffee forward but has nice" other" flavors.

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Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing

S: tons of robust coffee on the nose bitter chocolate and roasted malts, but mostly coffee.

T: dark roasted, robust coffee dominates here as well. Roasted malts, char, and cacao also come through before a lightly bitter finish.

M: medium body and carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer feels like a bigger beer than it is.

O: a coffee-lover's dream, this beer tastes and feels a lot bigger than its 5.3% (a characteristic that I like since most low abv stouts end up being watery and bland to me). Not complex, but delicious and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, surprise, with some light penetration when held up to the light that shows a tinge of brown around the edges but overall pretty dark. The head reached about an inch at pour and was made of big rocky bubbles but deflated down to a thin solid layer of foam on top of the beer and leaving a solid line of lace around the edge of the glass made of very tiny bubbles. The head is bone off-white and contrasts nicely with color of the beer. Also upon pouring there was a good amount of sediment that went into the beer at the last second that caught me off guard. Though I have seen this in beers with coffee added post fermentation I wasn't expecting it so hopefully doesn't change the flavor of the beer too much. Looks decent.

Aroma: Strong sweetened black coffee aroma remarkably like a cafe con leche which supposedly inspired this beer. Rich chocolate and cocoa notes blend with caramel and lactose sweetness. Smells as though this would make excellent ice cream. Doesn't have a strong roasted character which cold brewing helps cut down on astringency in coffee but overall a great smelling beer.

Taste: The palate is a different story, black coffee , roasted coffee, dark chocolate are the main points but there is also a hint of vanilla on the finish as well as some bouts of sweetness throughout. Very very balanced and actually has a good amount of complexity. Some sips are more chocolate dominated and others more coffee, roasty character all through the beer as well but again well balanced by its sweetness. Not equally but just enough to ease the very slight astringency from the roast. Alcohol is non apparent and at 5.3% its not surprising with the amount of flavor going on here. No off flavors or undesirables. Honestly a very great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: A bit of fizz to the carbonation not anywhere near displeasing amount , finish is slightly dry but crisp and overall viscosity is perfect for the style. Just light enough to be sessionable and just full enough to not be......boring.

Overall: A wonderful local option, I have had many many worse coffee milk stouts and am searching to think of those that were better. Not a giant killer but a great work horse of a beer with good doses of complexity and flavor without over doing it. If its balance and drinkability you seek you've found it here. A wonderful offering from Hi-Wire. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours near black with about a finger of rich chocolate colored head, decent retention, mostly just a medium outer ring remains ~10 minutes later.

S - roasty espresso, roch cocoa nibs/chocolate milk.

T - tons of roasty bitters balance with a rich milk chocolate flavor. Pretty much it but fantastically balanced.

M - not super heavy but somewhat thick and wonderfully smooth. Mouthfeel is incredible

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Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a thin mocha white head. Nose is full, fresh coffee, nice roast, light cocoa. Nice flavor too, not incredibly complex, but the coffee notes are full and tasty. No off flavors. Not a lot of lactose is present and it is a somewhat thin on the backend. Nicely done basic coffee stout.

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Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Duckworths Balantyne. Dark cola pour, thin layer of off white head. Laced the glass just a bit.

Aroma, a hefty dark roast coffee. Some dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste, coffee is strong up front. Minimal latte presence. Just accenting my and chocolate presence. Cocoa and coffee bean finish it.

Mid body, good carbonation level. Drinks just fine. Weakness is that it is nearly a carbonated coffee beverage, I just couldn't find the milk stout behind it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light wispy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Rich, sweet coffee and milk chocolate at the forefront. Undertones of vanilla and caramel.

T- More toasty in the flavor with the coffee becoming more espresso-like and the milk chocolate turning to dark chocolate. Sweet caramel aftertaste which counterbalances the lingering bitterness from the coffee.

M- The lactose provides a nice creaminess but the body is still somehow thin in a way. Carbonation's a bit too low as well but these detriments are easily overlooked.

O- A great example of a coffee beer. I'll have to look out for more of this brewery's offerings in the future.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear opaque jet black in color with a light to moderate amount of gentle visible carbonation at the surface of the beer and some cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has an eighth finger fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans over the top of sweet roasted malts and milk chocolate.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and slightly charred malts with moderate to strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee. That is followed by moderate amounts of lactose sweetness and a light amount of milk chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: I really enjoyed this one but the flavors/aromas of coffee are very strong... The aroma of this beer reminds me of opening a brand new bag of coffee beans.

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Photo of feedmechili
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The coffee aroma and flavor were what I have always wanted a coffee stout to taste like--coffee. Not burnt or watered down coffee or kerosene, but perfectly-brewed fresh coffee. It was like the beer was filtered through coffee beans right before it was served. As for the base beer, it was a bit thin in both flavor and feel for my taste. The perfect coffee stout would be the coffee component of this beer with the stout base of Founders Breakfast Stout. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of mntlover
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black but when held to the light you can see deep ruby/brown though out the whole goblet. Head is brown and small even with an aggressive pour that falls fast to a ring no real lace left behind.

Aroma is nice I like the big coffee notes on my sweet milk stout. Coffee defiantly dominate but you can smell the sweet lactose mingled through out underneath, even light smokiness.

Taste is coffee with light roasty notes, good lactose sweetness, some light anise notes. Some smoky notes maybe a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is big medium seems fuller then the 5.3% would indicate. Carbonation is lower side of medium.

Overall this is a good milk stout with a big coffee kick, makes for a god brew in m opinion.

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Bottle Revolution

Nearly black in color with not much head to speak of. Super fresh roasted coffee bean aroma, like sticking your face into a newly opened bag of beans. Sweetened coffee, some roasted malt, maybe a little vanilla. This is ALL about the java absolutely must love coffee to enjoy this beer, it is not subtle. To be honest, I couldn't tell you anything about the quality of the base beer because of this, but I really don't care. I love when a brewer successfully harnesses the fresh bean aromatics. Medium bodied with a slight bitterness. Straightforward, but nicely done.

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Strongman Coffee Milk Stout from Hi-Wire Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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