Portsmouth Milk Stout | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Milk StoutPortsmouth Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium-bodied and black in color, this unique stout is brewed with thirty pounds of lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar that imparts a very smooth, roasty character in this “sweet” stout.

Added by lordofthewiens on 02-15-2006

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

Per tradition, the family, naproxen, and I hit up Portsmouth the day after Thanksgiving. This was my favorite on tap that day, so I had to take a bottle home.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute jet black with a quick one finger light brown head that falls to a thin layer of small bubbles. Some stick, but not a whole lot. Aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee beans, some sweet creamer...me likey. Taste is very similar. Lots of roasted malt and grains with some cane sugar and sweet lactose. Some cocoa powder with a bit of earthy hops towards the end. I wish the coffee smell was on the tongue as well, but unfortunately that's not the case. So silky smooth, just like Duke's victory against UConn that day. Light to medium body with a very subtle carbonation. Very solid milk stout for sure, probably one of the better ones I've had. Another successful post turkey day Portsmouth trip :)

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes, it's made with milk. No, it's not light. It is a very dark brown, with a thick white head that remains. Lacing is very impressive. It has a toasty/grainy odor, and a sweet grainy taste. Very smooth and mild, not at all aggressive. A drinkable beer for those who want a stout without the heaviness.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark black/brown with light ruby hints. Nose is sweet an malty and coffee. Quite nice.

Taste is malty, but dry and quite toasty with a light finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with light carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Tim – thanks!

Pours black with a tan head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and lactic sweetness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately roasted malts up front are quickly smoothed by the addition of semi-sweet chocolate and lighter sugars. The sweetness subsides near the end of the sip, ending with a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, a well done example of the style. I wouldn’t mind having this again in the cooler months, certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks beachbum1975 for sharing this beer.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours nearly pitch black. Short head, little retention and decent lacing.

S: Big cream and vanilla icing aroma. Very sweet, tons of lactose.

T/M: More of the big cream and vanilla icing. Tons of milk and lactose. Big time sweetness, a bit too much. A bit of milky chocolate but struggles. Lactose is very sharp. Medium body with good smoothness.

D: Easily drinkable. Not too bad.

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

22oz bomber bought at the brewpub. Into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. Finger width of tan, creamy head that peters down into a silky covering that retains well and leaves some good lacing. Aroma posesses deep notes chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and just overall sweetness.

Taste matches the aroma almost perfectly with milky sweetness the whole way through and notes of rich chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee bitterness mixed in. Mouthfeel is a light medium and imparts a creamy and sleek feel. Pretty similar to a mouthfull of milk.

Nice. An all around good Milk Stout with easy drinkibility from Portsmouth. I'm glad I got this bomber to go, as I skipped it on draft at the brewpub.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one in a fantastic trade with CooperEllis... John hooks it up!! Shared this bottle with the usual supects a few weeks back.

Pours with a dark tan head.. short lasting with a nice cap above the expected black brew.

Nose is pretty mild up front... the malts show as lite French Roast and a bit of lesser milk chocolate... hoppiness is low, but still discernible and relevant... good with warmth.

Flavor is about spot-on for style.. a bit of sweetness brings the dark malts to the front.. the roastiness is mild and has a nice cocoa and a slight coffee presence... nice sweetness on the finish helps tie things together.

lite/medium body and still digging it.. a few pours later are still damn good.


Thanks again John.. We need to do this again soon ;-)

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

a classic light stout i was thrilled to be able to try this one tonight.

A very, very nice pour here. Pitch dark, with a really nice three inches of head on the top of the glass, which all settled down very nicely with some of the best side glass lace I have seen in a very long time, very rich and full and just very nice looking.

The aroma was decent. Rich roasted malts, hints of sweetness rolled in throughout the profile here with a very nice overall presentation to it. Some notes of chocolate as it warms up as well. The flavor was more of the same. Rich roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a light bitter dryness to it, but it lacked the punch of a really good tout, not much complexity here at all. The feel was nice, full bodied with good carbonation kept it alive, and light enough to be thrown down fairly easily, in fact, rather nicel.

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Photo of jmilo64
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of andylipp
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The color was a completely opaque black with a 1 finger foamy chocolaty head. The head lessened to milky white lacings around the glass. Smell reminded me of a bottled frappachino. It had prominent milky smells. Taste was similar to coffee milk but had a bit of bitterness towards the end. Felt very good in the mouth, almost identical to how milk feels. Very easy to drink, wishing I had more.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra by 6daysbottomocean

22 oz bomber poured into my snifter glass

A - Super dark brown with very minimal head. Nice lacing left on my glass.

S - Sweet smelling. Condensed milk, maybe, along with mlik chocolate, butter, toffee, maybe buttered popcorn. I'd be concerned with diacytel on this, but it's a milk stout...so I think it's correct. We'll see what happens in the taste.

T - Taste is of condensed milk, butter, toffee, and milk chocolate. There's some minimal roast from the malt, but not a whole lot. The milk qualities definitely dominate. it's kind of almost too sweet for a stout.

M - Fairly medium body with minimal carbonation. A sweet finish left after each sip.

D - It's good. I kind of wish I had a few others to split this with though.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TakeTheMonyNrun
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, almost black color - little to no head

S - A very malty scent, some alcohol

T - Delicious taste, sweet malts and slight milky flavor

M - Very creamy, slight carbonation

D - Goes down very smooth, about ready to hit the second half of the 20 or so oz. bottle.

Overall a great beer, though not the best I've had from the Portsmouth Brewery, this one definitely doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours brown in color with some noticeable ruby highlights. Just a little bit of short lived froth forming on the pour.
Smell is a bit of vanilla and a bit of cocoa. Taste reaffirms the smell. Not as much dominant, stale lactic flavors as most milk stouts, which turn me off the style. This is one of the better milk stouts that I've had. Incredibly smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel this one begs to be drank. Nice clean, good beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful milk stout exspecially on tap. It is a dark mocha color. It has flavors of light chocolate in the background. While I didn't get a lot of notes on this I just wanted to make sure that I updated what a nice refreshing easy drinking stout this is and would definately have again.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Milk is for babies, Arnold drinks bier!" - Arnold Schwarzenagger

Opaque black with a soft, cocoa colored, pillowy head. Smells great: dark fruit and roast esspresso with sugary chocolate milk.

Chewy roast mocha with esspresso. Thin dark fruit swallow. Kinda like light roast iced coffee with that chocolate flavored creamer one finds at gas stations.

Mouthfeel became very oily towards the end. Blah.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, which was purchased at the brewpub on 6/25/07 and consumed on 7/7/07, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with almost no head and a very thin lace left on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate and dark roasted malts.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy as you would expect from the style, with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee. There’s very little hops presence but such is normal from a Milk Stout. The after-tasty has a dry dark chocolate bitter-sweet flavor.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, very light carbonation, dry and sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this one might appeal to Guinness fans and I’m going to hope that such was the target when this beer was brewed. Since I really enjoyed the other 5 beers I’ve had from Portsmouth Brewery, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, as much as I can appreciate the craftsmanship of the beer, I didn’t really like it very much.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Gingerfart
3.92/5  rDev -2%

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