Vanilla Milk Stout
The Schlafly Tap Room

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #458
Ranked #15,879
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Vanilla Milk StoutVanilla Milk Stout
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Photo of bnes09
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Normal looking stout. Some residual head and lacing. Flat, mild roast aroma. Minimal vanilla and lactose palate. Moderate body and descent carbonation. An average beer all around. Nothing really stands out.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is moderate with no lacing left behind. Vanilla bean, lactose, with toasted and biscuit malts form a sweet, light aroma. Flavor profile is vanilla bean and lactose right up front - nice and sweet, and with a good balance. Reminiscent of vanilla bean ice cream. There is a backing of toasted and biscuit malts. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, with an otherwise creamy texture. Thickness is medium. Overall, a fun beer. The vanilla is good, with fair qualities all around.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with minimal light penetration. There's a a quarter inch of dense brown head on top. The aroma is pretty much lactose with a touch of dark malt. I'm tasting vanilla and lactose along with some dark malt. The mouth is creamy and a touch watery.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of chocolate, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Tastes of strong vanilla, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, good blend and feel. Oddly, the vanilla is lacking in aroma but strong in body and the sharpness is too noticeable.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark opaque brown, small ring of foam head
Smell – Coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla. A little weak.
Taste – Coffee & chocolate forward, vanilla finish, with hops mild.
Mouthfeel – Slight burn on tongue. Heavy coating in mouth, reminds me of a thin milk shake.
Overall – A smooth drinking stout. Good, but not outstanding. A limited release as part of the Stout Bout.

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Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown tinged mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Mocha, faint roasty grain, fades as it warms

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness up front. Lactose dryness & cream as this warms, faint cocoa notesas this warms. Finishes dry, with faint cocoa, & a little vanilla

MF: Body seems a bit thin & a little over-carbonated at first, gets a little creamier as it warms

Alright, nothing great here, so far this mixed 12, is a box of meh...

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a deep brown beer, nearly black, with a soapy tan head. The aroma has vanilla and a little chocolate. Sweet, a little malt, it's almost like vanilla ice cream. The taste has a bit of a chocolate...not really sweet...instead, it is a little dryish. The body is full, and the overall experience is quite flavorful. Nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla, coffee and caramel.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Schlafly tap room this evening.

Pours beautiful dark as night with a creamy 1.5 finger head.

The smell is roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and vanilla.

Taste is like the nose, sweet vanilla and chocolate... Bittersweet chocolate and espresso on the finish.

I loved this!! Not to sweet but balanced well... A little sweetness with the rich espresso flavor was perfect! If you are lucky enough to get to the Tap Room to try this before it's gone.. Have a pint!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on tap at Schlafly Taproom.

Was about halfway between a vanilla milkshake and a great shot of vanilla vodka, but without the alcohol. Aroma was sweet and roasty, with milk chocolate and vanilla notes. Taste follows but the vanilla was more pronounced but not overblown. Chocolate notes as well.

Slick and sweet, very true to style. I doubt many will ever have this one, but the ones that do are quite lucky as it's very tasty.

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Photo of DCon
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.25. Tapped from a Non-Labeled Stainless Steel Tap Handle into an Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has tons of roastiness in the aroma but mostly clean and sweet. Chocolate notes come in towards the end that are AWESOME! Telling by this aroma, I'm extremely excited to keep going!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, dark brown head that had average retention. The body was a dark brown, semi-clear color. Left very thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Vanilla was huge in the beginning of the drink. Then nice roast and chocolate comes in towards the middle. Finishes with a light-medium bitterness and very sweet (even though very roasty). Will say it is a bit on the dry side... No worries.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and has the nicest vanilla finish I've ever experienced in a stout! Fantastic!

Overall Impression- I'm immediately buying a Growler of this after enjoying two of these back to back! Can't get much better than this. Surprised how much the vanilla came out in this Sweet Stout. If your in St. Louis and find this on-tap, enjoy this the first chance you get! A+

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at The Royale.

Pours a dark brown with amber edges and a dense but thin head that is light tan.

Aroma is quite true for a Milk Stout. Mild milk chocolate and lactose sweetnes and some nice vanilla. Definitely some nice roast in there as well balancing that sweetness.

Flavors starts with nice malt roasted notes mixed in with a good vanilla spice note. Almost like vanilla wafers. Slight oatmeal and grain notes are present and some toasty bread notes pop up. There is definitely the lactose and milky sweetness. THE vanilla notes are not too overwhelmingly sweet and there is some roast on the back end.

Pretty good offering by Schlafly for a nice approachable and traditional tasting Milk Stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the firkin, I applaude Schlafly for honoring the tried and true English cask ale with this full flavored stout, yet with high drinkability.

Very dark brown and relatively still, the beer failed to pour a meaningful head. But the hue allows for garnet highlights which display beautiful clarity. Any head character at all would have been appreciated.

Vanilla aromas climb first with a follow up of cream, chocolate, and fain coffee. Malty sweetness represents deep toffee and malted milk. Warmer temperatures allows for plumb and grape esters to rise behind the sweet and malt scents.

Full malt sweetness gives the impression of heavy cream, toffee/burnt caramel, nuttiness, medium toast, medium coffee, and bittersweet chocolates. All with the undertow of vanilla that takes the beer from the milk-sweetened start 'til the toasty-bitter finish. Again, plumb and grape fruitiness further reinforce an English-like session.

Lack of carbonation gives a flat feel, but allowing the beer to rest more heavily on the mouth allows for greater appreciation of the milky creaminess and silky vanilla feel. Finishing lightly watery for obvious reasons.

A great opportunity at a cask ale delivered correctly. But any carbonation would have lead to tremendous scores.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived at the table a deep dark brown with two fingers of mocha-colored head.

Aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, coffee and toasted malts.

Tastes of sweet vanilla up front, with weak coffee, toasted malts and dark berry as it warms. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin and wet with a lighter carbonation.

I liked this one but wish it had been a tad creamier.

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Vanilla Milk Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 47 ratings