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Portsmouth Milk StoutPortsmouth Milk Stout

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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 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 dgugliuzza
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass...Big Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this one back from Portsmouth.

A- Pours black with a beautiful cascading effect of light brown head. Great head retention...foamy and bubbly.

S- Smells sweet and roasty. Hints of milk chocolate and even some brown sugar mixed in. Toasty and nutty malts with no hop character.

T- Nutty and sweet. Hints of chocolate, but not as much as I detected in the smell. The brown sugar seems to create the sweetness; however, it is not overly sweet.

M- Creamy and a bit thin. Medium carbonation with a milky smooth consistency.

D- Exceptional drinkability for a milk stout. Not overly sweet or heavy. More on the creamier smooth side. This is one silky smooth milk stout that I'd love to try again if i ever find myself in Portsmouth.

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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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap before KTG 2010.

Pours a moderate to deep brown color with a bit of an off white head. The nose is some slight roast as well as a bit of chocolate and coffee. The taste is nice with a bit of milk sugar and light chocolate and coffee. Moderate feel with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and has a really nice feel from the lactose.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Not much fizzle and sizzle to this one; little to no head. Just a few bubbles on the top. Typical black body here. I'm sure it looks better poured from the tap, but here, a little disappointing.

Smells like sweet maple roasted goodness. Like a not very creamy iced coffee almost. Yum.

The taste starts out with just a hint of roastedness and finishes with a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. No real hop presence is detected.

Average mouthfeel; I've come to expect a nice creaminess from stouts and this does not deliver there. I have high expectations for Portsmouth Brewery stouts here.

All in all a serviceable beer and one that can be definitely enjoyed based on aroma and taste alone. In this incarnation of the brew, however, it cannot be considered among the best. I am slightly curious to try it on tap though.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown color. Poured a thin, wispy head that dissipated to a skim. Laced in thin, inconsistent rings.

S: Sweet toasted malts; chocolate, toffee and coffee. Definite lactose and vanilla aroma.

T - Taste is consistent with aroma. The sweet lactose lingers through a light bitter.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Very sweet with minimal carbonation. A sweet lactose/vanilla lingers long in the finish.

D: Flavorful and good look and feel. Just a little too sweet (maybe not quite balanced).

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Photo of STEG
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Used this to cool off after the mikk chipotle porter.

Appearance - Pitch black sandy colored head. ok retention no real lacing.

Smell - Not much going on, light chocolate, light coffee, skim milk.

Taste - Sweet malt, earthy hops and a skim milk like character to it.

Mouthfeel - Light, slightly creamy, a bit airy

Drinkability - The relatively low abv combined with the taste and mouthfeel

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

A. Pours a dark black with ruby/amber highlights with light shining through. It has a creamy tan head that leaves lots of residual lacing.

S. Lots of dark malt with some coffee and a hint of caramel.

T. Coffee with some milky creaminess and a light roasty bitterness on swallow.

M. Creamy and very smooth with a med body.

D. Looks and tastes wonderful. Smooth and creamy as a milk stout ought to be.

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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 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 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 mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and cream.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice milk stout. Some nice vanilla and chocolate balance. Would try again.

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

Thanks to Kelp for allowing me the chance to get my hands on this as well as a couple of other Portsmouth bottles over the last couple of months. I am a big milk stout fan so was looking forward to trying this one.

A - Pours a rich looking dark brown with a tan/mocha head.

S - Consistent with the style, a nie blend of coffee, chocolate, and malt dominate.

T - A very nice mix that includes rich malt, a pinch of dark chocolate, sweet lactose, and hops. I did not find it over the top sweet and actually had a slight bite from the dark choc and hops but it finishes sweet in the after taste. Very nice blend of flavors in this one.

M - Very nice, tends a bit toward the thin side but a nice rich feel regardless.

D - Very good, could comfortably drink a lot of this.

A really solid effort and very glad I got the chance to try this one out compliments of a greater trader in Kelp.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bottle with my wife; poured ½ of the bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour yielded a small, thin layer of tan foam. The head had little retention and poor lacing qualities. The body is dark brown, borderline black with amber edges.

The nose is mostly roasted malts and coffee with some weak chocolate characters in the background.

Wow...the taste blows the nose away!! You are hit with a heavy cream flavor that gets sweeter toward the center and fades by the finish. The roasted coffee and malt flavors take over and bring the drink to a bitter closing. The aftertaste finds the cream flavor again...sweet and chewy!

Medium mouth feel, watery creaminess with very mild carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer that I would love to keep in stock. If you ever get a chance to have one...I would highly recommend!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michelle for sending this one my way a month or so back. Finally got around to cracking it open.

A: A solid dark brown color with some reddish highlights when the glass is held up to the light. Just a thin ring of tan foam on this one.

S: A nice mix of roast, coffee, and a mild sweetness. Not exactly "creamy", but a bit of that sweet lactose aroma.

T: This one leans a bit towards the dark, slightly bitter, chocolate flavors with less emphasis on the roast and coffee. A mild sweetness comes through on the middle of the tongue and finishes with a faint bitterness.

M: A touch thin in terms of the body with a watery feel at times. The carbonation is spot on and helps give this one a creamy feel.

D: A really nice little milk stout here. I am pleased to have tried this one and would definitely do so again.

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

I had this on tap at Portsmouth Brewery the night before Kate the Great day -served in a standard pint chilled.

A - A very dark brown w/ dark red highlights and a whipped tan head w/ microfoam beading- sheets of lace cling to the glass

S - A mild sweet aroma w/ notes of light cream and hints of roasted nuts - the aroma hints at coffee too w/ a mellow yeast ester

M - A sweet moderately light feel w/ slightly roased texture and semi-sweet finish

T - The flavor has a clean yet mild sweet lactose flavor w/ a very slight burnt caramel note and subtle sweetened biscuit taste w/ a hint of lactose and caramel malt w/ blends of dark caramel and roasted barley. The flavor has a mildly sweet residual finish

D - A tasty brew, one of the better milk stouts I have had with plenty of lactose flavor -creamy and feels light probably as a result of the nitro pour - a very qauffable stout.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark brown colored beer with an extremely creamy looking light leather colored head that is somewhat hard to produce.

S-the nose is quite strong, vanilla and an unsweetened dark chocolate start off the aroma. A nice roasted espresso follows in suit with a touch of smoked charcoal and licorice.

T-the taste is slightly watered down with unsweetened dark chocolate and notes of vanilla. A light roasted espresso taste comes in underneath the sweetness laid down up front. Faint hops at the finish bringing some floral estery hops and light notes of citric rind.

M-this is lighter in body, a little too light for my liking, very smooth and creamy throughout. hardly any carbonation, could use a little.

D-this is very light and easy to sip on. the flavors are very big and they are quite basic. nothing really stands out but the sweetness and roastiness does seem to balance well.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Portsmouth on the eve of KTG Day - 2/28/10.

A - Oily dark body bordering black terriroty with deep ruby hues around the edges and about half a finger of silky tan, peanut butter-colored head that reduced to a thin ring and creamy retention, yielding a sheen coat of lace.

S - Aroma is sweet and malt with plenty of lactic notes. Aside from the lactose, there is a hint of roasted malt and chocolate present, albeit rather muted.

T - Flavor is a bit more roasty that the aroma implies, but overall the flavor is still quite sweet with milky lactose and only a mild chocolate character and a faint coffee presence. Finishes with scant hop bitterness suggesting mild tea-like hops.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and slightly oily texture. Finishes with subtle bitterness on the palate.

D - Fine milk stout that is pretty straight and to the point. Not a lot of deviation, although I would have liked a bit more coffee presence or bitterness.

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 3/1 at Portsmouth Brewery

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown with the slightest ruby hues along the edges. 1/2 inch of light brown creamy head. Not much lacing to speak of with this brew.

S: Nose is of cream, chocolate, and roasted malts.

T: Taste is of cream right in the forefront followed by cocoa, and roasted malt. There is a nice layering of vanilla flavoring that mingles in and the finish is of milk chocolate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich creamy body with a dry finish.

D: Nicely balanced, decently blended. Not the best milk stout that I've come across, but a solid brew by Portsmouth.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint. Poured one shade shy of black with ruby highlights around the base when backlit. Head was approximately half an inch in volume and cream-colored. Nose reveals lactose and cocoa. Taste follows nose with the addition of a creamy quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly creamy texture and a low level of carbonation that keeps it both smooth, yet not still. Really easy drinking, perhaps a little too much residual lactose, but really delicious. Try this one with a shot of Stoli Vanilla.

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

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a scent of burnt roast, chocolate, caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, chocolatey, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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Photo of younger35
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from BeerTruth in a recent trade. Milk Stouts are definitely hit or miss for me but done well they can be tasty. Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching Florida vs. Cincinnati.

Appearance- Pours a dark black with a fairly small one finger head tan head with a fairly aggressive pour. Thin spotty cap remains along with a super thin collar and almost no lacing.
Smell- Starts with some nice whiffs of dark chocolate and roasted malts before a stranger sort of scent steps in. I even took a quick sip of it to make sure the beer wasn't infected because it has some sort of weird sourness to it. After a few more whiffs maybe it's not as bad as I originally thought but it's still just sort of weird. A touch of vanilla and maybe a bit of light caramel as well.
Taste- Thankfully it's not infected! Starts with some nice milky cocoa powder and a bit of grainy malt. The lactose isn't all that sweet (thank the lord) but adds a nice light undertone. Like the nose, there is a touch of caramel and vanilla in the taste. The malts are dark and charred and add a sort of dry roasted bitterness. Maybe a touch of hops on the finish as there is a bit of a citric kick in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body that is slightly thinner than I would have liked. The carbonation is fairly aggressive and tingly.
Drinkability- Overall definitely not bad. There's that sort of off note in the nose but the taste is damned good. The chocolate and vanilla aspects in the taste are damned good. Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of Hawthorne
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm too easy on this brewery, but the folks at Portsmouth Brewery make an amazing stout.
This looks as good as it tastes which is to say - amazing!
a straightforward milk stout, this beer is exceptionally drinkable, perfectly balanced and demands that you come back for more. Nice work guys!

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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 Bierman9
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swung by my fave brewpub today with daughter #1, Caitlin, for some Birthday lunch. Opted to start off with an Imperial Pint of their Milk Stout.

The liquid filling my glass was an opaque, oily black concoction. If there was any carbo within I couldn't see it. The head was a fantastic, frothy mound of tan fluff, rising well above the rim. This dollop lasted well, and left top-shelf lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma was a bit mild, with light sweetness evident amongst the choco and roasty notes. The feel of this bier was smooth and creamy all the way, though the body was more on the thin side. That was a bit of a letdown, for a stout.

Flavor? First off, let this one warm up. Served much too cold, the best is yet to come when it comes closer to room temp. Semi-sweet chocolate is abundant in this milky-smooth offering. There's some light coffee with subtle bitterness, but it's mostly the choco which gets your attention. I found some mild florality lurking in the background near the finish. Could have more "oomph" in the body, but this is still a tasty item on the Portsmouth menu.

51? Bring it on!!! Thnx for lunch, Caitlin! I love you!!


look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4


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