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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #820
Ranked #27,557
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
903 Brewers
Texas, United States
Very Good
Notes: A big beer with a big name. This stout is rich and creamy thanks to the addition of milk sugar. It is brewed with chocolate malt and has a heavy dose of cocoa nibs for a chocolate finish and rich aroma.
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Pegasus from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Stunning, massive and dense tan head crowns a dark amber body. The head retention is utterly superb, with little diminishment, even after several minutes. thick, dense and absolutely unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Massive waves of bittersweet chocolate present, followed by fresh ground coffee, bourbon, and wood. Overall, the alcohol notes are rather subtle.

Taste: The opening of the taste offers a brief punch of milk sweetness, caramel, and brown sugar, soon followed by bitter chocolate and cold coffee. There is a pronounced undercurrent of bourbon and wood. In light of the high ABV, the alcohol presence seems quite mild and subtle, and is only mildly warming. In the middle of the taste, waves of sweet and tart flavors vie for dominance. Finally there is a bit of char at the close of the taste, bringing it to a gracious close.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and soft, exquisitely full, with a very slight string of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, would serve as an excellent dessert pairing with a rich chocolate cake, or peanut butter cups.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Save the World Brewing Teku.

May 03, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep cola color with a small tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a roasted malt smell mixed with a big milk chocolate smell. Along with these nice dark and roasty aromas comes some molasses and brown sugar sweetness as well as a little bit of char smell. Overall rich and inviting.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and roasty flavor with the sweet being a mix of brown sugar, caramel and the roastiness coming from a toasted malt and a dark chocolate flavor. There is a light level of a milky latte like taste upfront, with this flavor getting stronger and stronger as the taste advances. At the same time more caramel and some molasses comes to the taste to sweeten it up even more. A little bit of an almost rum like booziness (spice and boozy heat) comes at the end of the taste and mixes with the roasty, sweet, and milk chocolate flavors rather well to create a nice big warming taste.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is average. For the style and the tastes the feel is wonderful and makes this brew a nice slow sipper.
Overall – A hearty and flavorful stout with a nice sweet, but not cloying, milk chocolate and warming taste. Rather well done!!

Jan 19, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 3.40(Including tax and discount)/12 oz can ($ 0.283/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/22/19.
“20118” on bottom of the can. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.8 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a complete thin layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, translucent.
Aroma – 4 – Very heavy roasted malt, much weaker milk chocolate.
Flavor – 3 – No chocolate, no coffee, just a semi-sweet innocuous drink. No Alcohol (10.7% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – Looks good, smells great, flavor totally missed the mark as a chocolatey coffee stout. Some diacetyl would have been a distinct improvement. One and done.

Mar 22, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with one finger of mocha colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & lactic sourness

T: Chocolate, a little iron, lactic notes up front along with dryness up front. Cocoa sweetness, bitterness & dryness as this warms. Finishes with cocoa & lactic sourness/dryness

MF Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, smooths out a little as it warms

Hard to believe this almost 11% ABV, drinks like a beer half that strength, a nice Chocolate accented Imperial Stout

Feb 20, 2019
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours black. No light shines through. Head is tan with little to no retention. No lacing.
The nose is milky and velvety. Chocolate and toasted wheat come to mind. Ends grainy.
Dark chocolate upfront with some sour bitter coffee. Could stand to be a bit sweeter.
Mouthfeel is full bodies with high carbonation.

Jun 08, 2018
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jhebda from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at their tap room

Look: Very dark brown/black, completely impenetrable to light. reasonable head and ok retention for such a high ABV beer.

Smell: Mild, notes of light roast and chocolate. Smells better as it warms.

Taste: The alcohol is well hidden behind pleasant chocolate and roasty notes. Hops play a supporting role here, not overly aggressive. Sweet but not cloyingly so, clean finish. Drinks dangerously easily for a 10% stout.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick like some big stouts, adding to the drinkability. Almost surprisingly thin for a milk stout.

Overall: Solid milk stout that drinks easily by itself or paired with food.

Note: If you happen to ever see Sasquatch barrel aged go out of your way to pick one up. This beer goes from a 4 to a 5 for me when it gets a taste of bourbon barrels. My father was visiting from New England and tried one of their bourbon barrel releases and proclaimed it the best stout he has ever had. Goes for me to.

Jan 25, 2018
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TheLVBeerGuy from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look around this room and I see potential...

You’ve got potential
You’ve got potential
You’ve got potential

This beer caught my eye on the menu. It poured a dark thick brown with very little head that dissipated quickly. Decent mouthfeel but way too sweet. Overwhelmed by chocolate and sugar. Tweak it a little and it could be a winner. Needs balance

Nov 28, 2017
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a sample pack from 903 brewery it has this beer, Texoma Blonde, Land of Milk and Honey and Coconut Cream Ale the best thing about this sample pack NO IPA! This beer was the best of the four pours as dark as motor oil with a deep tan head. Smell is coffee and chocolate that comes through in the flavor. Not quite as smooth as I like but at over 10% you can't beat it.

Jul 30, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really beautiful beer, with a jet black pour and a medium tan head. Heavy char and dark chocolate aromas, with some black licorice at the end.

Taste is loads of dark chocolate and stone fruit, with a bit of the black licorice. Surprised there isn't a cocoa or milk chocolate component to this, and that's reflected in the feel, which isn't nearly as creamy as I'd expect in an imperial milk stout.

Jul 11, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cellared dark and cool for a bit.

Shiny black and a thin layer of tan froth. Milk chocolate and faint dark fruit to the nose. The aroma is not complex, but it is inviting. Tastes of grain, faint chocolate, black grape and wood. Medium in body and thin. Not as flavorful as hoped, but not bad either. Kind of like your buddy gave you his new home brew and you see potential, but it's just not there yet.

Mar 08, 2017
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ksimons from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pour is almost black with a dark tan head that leaves a small ring around the top

S-milk chocolate and light roasted malt

T-lightly roasted malt, some coffee bitterness, and chocolate

M-medium body and light to moderate carbonation

Overall not super complex, but a good enough milk stout

Feb 26, 2017
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60sFolks from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed within 5 miles of my house. I buy it locally. A fresh stout.
Chocolate and coffee dominate, some bitter notes. Aroma of its near 11ABV. A BIG beer, demanding attention.

May 16, 2016
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Tommo from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft this weekend at noble rey. Surprised people dont rate this higher. Very full bodied stout with lots of chocolate notes. A bit ashy and bitter, but i like that. Very good

Apr 17, 2016
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enrique_m from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: pitch black
smell: coffee and chocolate
taste: coffee and smoke
feel creamy and full bodied
overall its alright but hard to drink more than one can.

Feb 28, 2016
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JohnDee from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Taste is thinner than expected—not bad, but there's a hint of ashiness that detracts from it. Not as thick or as robust as I feel it should be despite its appearance, which is rather lovely.

Jan 17, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black from can, looks creamy. Negligible, dark chocolate head dissipates quickly into thin film.

Smells of chocolate and roasty malts, not overwhelming on the nose. Light carbonation and milky feel on the mouth. Feels pretty chewy actually. Taste is all malts and chocolate, with some bitterness. Actually the bitterness is probably too severe and I'm getting some leftover astringency, kind of alkaline? Probably just a little green, some aging might do this well.

Overall I didn't get a ton of complexity out of this, but its nice to drink and pretty good bang for your buck... paid $9.99/4pk and I think thats fair.

Jan 16, 2016
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Realbeerguy from Oklahoma

2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled at GABF 2015

Pours black with a thick caramel colored head. The head is like a thick shake and stays on as you drink. Nose is a hint of chocolate milk. Tastes of chocolate malt followed by a slight burnt malt flavor. Thinner feel than it looks. I thought this would be chewy but it is not. Another surprise is that it wasn't very carbonated just like the milk and honey stout. Interesting, after several sips, the nose turns to a burnt smell. I don't think this beer is GABF silver medal material even if it was aged.

Oct 01, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head, very viscous as well. Roasted malt and chocolates on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a dark raw cocoa note.

Apr 29, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE review.

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded copper colour pry-off cap. Boring label art.

Reviewed as an imperial milk stout per the label. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are average; this is my second beer from 903 and I wasn't big on the first one (Sugar on Top IPA), but this sounds good.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger in width. Light tan colour. Creamy, smooth, full and soft-looking. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it's appealing for a milk stout but has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Milk sugar. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Faint roast. A kiss of burnt character. Muted generic coffee.

It doesn't seem too sweet, and I do find it seemingly balanced for the style. But it could use some more roasted barley presence, and could be more evocative and rich overall.

Aromatic intensity is average. This is pretty reticent overall, and I'm not sure what's "imperial" about it (aside from the ABV). The malt presence seems standard for a milk stout.

No yeast character, booze, or hop notes are detectable.

TASTE: There's some rough roast. What really strikes me from the first sip is how brief the duration of flavour is; this seems quite fleeting, and has one act at most. Naturally, its brevity is accompanied by dire simplicity; this checks all the boxes needed for a milk stout and offers nothing more. There's sweet milk/lactose sugar, some dark and chocolate malt induced sweetness, that bit of rough roast, and...that's about it. The faint coffee from the aroma is absent here, and there's no additional complexity at all. Easily the shallowest milk stout I've tried this year.

To style, there's no yeast character, hop profile, or overt booze. Come to think of it, one of the best aspects of this beer is how well it hides its ABV; this drinks like it's about 6% ABV. Has average flavour intensity.

There's not much to say about this because there's so little going on. I do like it in a general sense, but it just doesn't bring much to the table.

TEXTURE: Has some rough coarse and dry patches where that ill-handled roast comes in, but otherwise it's creamy and smooth. Medium to full-bodied, with a somewhat high thickness but no off-putting syrupy, oily, or sticky characteristics. This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer, and the overall presence on the palate is decent at best, but there are no egregious flaws. Slightly overcarbonated.

Not scratchy, gushed, hot, or boozy.

OVERALL: Might make a good beginner's milk stout. There're no frills, and its simplicity will disappoint the discerning drinker. That said, it's surprisingly drinkable for its high ABV. If it were better priced (i.e. in 6 packs for $9.00 or less) I might pick it up again, but in a world in which Left Hand's Milk Stout is far superior and more widely available - and in a state in which Lakewood's The Temptress can be had readily - why would anyone continually buy this? I continue to be underwhelmed by 903, but this does grow on me as it warms, and I've certainly had worse. I'll grant that it's above average, but world class? Nah.

Low C+

Feb 17, 2015
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal black pour with a dark brown one-finger head. Aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Nice light chocolate and cocoa taste upfront. Very smooth and creamy. Can also taste roasted malt and a mild coffee bitterness. There’s a slight tough of alcohol combined with cocoa in the finish.

Feb 13, 2015
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VineToHopConvert from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Probably my favorite beer 903 does .L: Dark black with very little khaki head.
S: I got faint notes of chocolate but it doesn't really have much of an aroma.
T: Bitter chocolate and burnt toffee notes on the nose which transitions to a very enjoyable very creamy milk chocolate and faint coffee finish.
F: Very Very Creamy and slightly carbonated. I was glad to see they had the bottling issue fixed as there was a decent amount of carbonation compared to the first time I tried this stout.
O: Overall a decent stout, for me its local and I like to support local breweries but that's not to say there aren't better stouts out there for the same or even cheaper price.

Dec 23, 2014
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pint is oil black with barely a head. Milk chocolate up front, then bitter coffee. Alcohol well hidden. Nice coffee scent while sipping, and lingering coffee taste. Medium, smooth feel. Not complex, not harboring dark fruit notes I'm used to enjoying in these styles, but well made nonetheless.

Nov 01, 2014
Sasquatch from 903 Brewers
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 130 ratings