Milky Way Stout | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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3.92 w/ 20 ratings

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 04-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had the misfortune of shadowing a pint of Pullman's Brown Ale, a tough act to follow in any day & age. It might have suffered some by comparison.

Unlike the Pullman, this didn't distinguish itself from the many milk stouts/stouts in existence - black, with a nose of malts.

Milky Way is good but not great. A fairly straightforward pairing of malts, with the obligatory nod of chocolate, roastiness, & a follow-through of sweetness.

Good enough stout, but one that falls in the middle of any pack.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black/brown with a thick tan head that holds on fairly well to finally reduce to a thin cap that leaves spotty lace.

S-Deep roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Sweet characteristics are muted but present if you search.

T-Creamy dark chocolate, touch of roasted malt and earthy bitterness. Finishes with a flurry of coffee notes.

M-Medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. The feel is very conducive of the name.

D-Plenty of muted sweet/milky flavours with just the right amount of coffee, dark chocolate and hop bitterness. With a low ABV and a pleasing taste profile this one is easy to drink and a pleasure to the palate.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Flossmoor Station on 8/9/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice flat black, topped with a 1/2 finger of creamy dark mocha colored head. Stays rich, with some frothy bunching that leaves some good looking spotty foam back. The aroma is deep with chocolate roast and coffee, and then a more sacharine underpining of toffee-like sweetness. A light floral feel pulls up the back of the nose, but the overall smell here is quite generous with the darker notes.

The taste just oozes rich dark chocolate, with the sweetness of it seeming to be enhanced by a sugary feeling boost of tangy toffee character. A LOT of coffee and dark roast are present, helping to balance the beefy sweetness of this out. BIG bitter chocolate character ends this, sticking in the mouth for a satisfactory finish. The mouthfeel is a softer medium bodied that possesses a gentle creaminess to it. The thick flavors of this guarantees some presence in the mouth, but this is overall very smooth and easy.

Well this certainly earns its Milky Way name, as it definitely tasted like a candy bar at times. No shortage of chocolate and roasted notes in this at all. I was a little afraid that the sugary sweetness of this was going to overpower the profile, but I was pleased to find that it balanced out nicely as this warmed. I didn't seem to get any lactic notes in this, so I'm assuming that maybe this was reworked a little to just include the added sugars.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flossmoor.

A- Dark brown almost black in color. Nothing really showed up in other colors even when I held it up. Nice 1 finger tan/mocha head that went away after a minute or so. Lacing left behind was little and clung on the glass for dear life. Pretty good looking beer here.

S- The nose upfront was all roasted malts. Big burnt aroma came from this beer. I don't know where the "milk" stout part of this was. Didn't really smell much of any sort of sweetness most associated with this type of stout. All in all it wasn't a bad smelling beer but could have been more like the style in terms of aroma.

T- The first taste of this did indeed set me back with the last remarks of there not being enough "milk" in this. Right off the bat this was a sweeter beer than I expected. The taste made up for the smell. Roasted malts came through this right after the sweet front. There is a distinct coffee flavor in this with a slight cream as well. It does taste a lot different than it smells which is a good thing.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. The carbonation in this helped move the sweet drink past the palate (which left a slight roasted taste in the mouth) down the throat. If this was brewed without the sugars I think it would have been a whole lot lighter.

D- This is a very drinkable beer if you like the sweet stuff. I had no problem throwing this back but I would have a problem throwing more than one of these down. Good beer but they have a lot of stuff that is just a lot better in my opinion.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with absolutely no highlights (in a relatively bright brewpub). The sandalwood colored cap was roughly one finger in height and lasted long enough, fading to a spotty film after several minutes. Thin sheets of tattered lace looked good while they lasted.

The nose was too underpowered. It allowed identification of the stout style, but not the milk stout sub-style. It was primarily roasted malty and a little fruity. Coffee notes were present at the start and became more prominent over time.

The only useful information provided by the bartender was that the brewer used milk sugar and additional sugar (sucrose presumably) to sweeten things even more. Both were fairly obvious after one sip. I actually didn't make the connection between the name and the style until beer made contact with taste buds.

Does Milk Way refer to the constellation or the candy bar? It didn't occur to me until later, when I was mentally reviewing my impressions on the drive home, but MWS did taste like the candy bar, albeit with a few changes. More like Milky Way Dark with coffee nougat instead of chocolate nougat.

There was more roastiness, with a slight char, than in most milk stouts. That positive was able to offset the beer's only negative (too much sweetness) and allow the above flavor score to be granted. Specifics included chocolate wafers, dark caramel, roasted coffee beans, vanilla and a splash of buttermilk. Backing off the added sugar is the only change that I'd suggest.

For what it's worth, the ABV on the chalkboard behind the bar was 5.7%, which seemed more accurate than 4.1%. The mouthfeel was medium in general, with a cheating sort of fullness due to all the sugar. The relatively sedate carbonation worked better than more boisterous bubbles would have.

Even though Milky Way Stout isn't the best sweet stout in the galaxy, it's a pretty good effort that hits its style marks with ease. Given the extensive tap list, I probably won't order this one again on those rare occasions when I make it back to Flossmoor Station.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dukedevil0 for this growler and brew!


Pours a very lightly carbonated black. Not much of a smell but appears to be very sticky. The taste is light but a nice malty, chocolately taste appears. The sticky taste and mouthfeel is there. Overall this is a very drinkable and enjoy session brew!

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Photo of Reneejane
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a milk stout. This wasn't terribly well advertised as a milk stout, well except for the name... So, it came as a small bit of a surprise when it had such a sweet kick at the end. It was a black beer with a brown head. The aroma was definitely of kent Goldings right up front, very apple in character. You could also detect the alcohol flavor. This gives way to a subtle roasty character and finishes quite sweet. It then leaves a hint of coffee.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewpub served in a pint glass. Listed as 5.7% on the board.

Pours black in color with a one inch tan head that falls to a thin cap. It holds up until the end but a good swirl brings it back. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma has some chocolate and coffee with a creamy aspect obviously from some lactose sugar.

Taste was sweet up front with a bit of caramel but a lot of chocolate and some creamy lactose in there before some more roasty characteristics come out. There was also a weird taste in it that I did not like, kind of medicinal, no idea what it was.

Mouthfeel was medium, creamy texture with a soft carbonation. Fairly drinkable except for the weird flavor.

Not a bad Milk Stout but I remember last years version being better and not having the strange flavor I tasted.

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Photo of beertooth
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewpub in a shaped pint glass.

This is one of the first beers I tried when I first started going to Flossmoor and I fell in love with it.

This beer is a dark, dark brown. Almost black with a finger of khaki head that deflates fast and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

I smell chocolate, heavy cream, a little coffee and maybe some stone fruit.

The first sip gives me chocolate malt, sweet and tangy lactose and maybe a little oaked cherry towards the end.

The mouthfeel is extremely slick and oily. It's perfect for a milk stout for me.

This beer is insanely drinkable. The abv is low enough combined with the slick mouthfeel to make this a dangerous beer.

This is without a doubt my favorite sweet/milk stout. I'm sorry Moloko, but you have to bow down to Milky Way.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one fingers of tan head.

Scent of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and gain. A nice balanced scent, with a nice mild strength.

Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. A good balanced flavor makes for one tasty sessionable stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a thick creamy tan head that is perfectly smooth and last a good bit of the beer. There is no sign of carbonation in the dense body.

S- The mellow smell of roasted black malt has a faint dark chocolate malt note that comes through when it warms a bit.

T- The taste of creamy black malt has a nice bitter black roasted finish that is still smooth. There is a faint note of dark nougat that comes through as it warms and a green hoppy bitterness that lingers after the finish just briefly.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture.

D- This beer is smooth with a nice roasted malt quality and some soft sweetness to it. It is not really complex or overwhelming with big flavors, instead it is just a nice quafting stout made for sessions. It is a bit filling though.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and almost black. Smell is milky, roasty malt, and chocolate. Taste is dry roastiness with light lactic milk like flavor. Flavor is surprisingly dry rather than creamy and is nice, but again the body is a bit light on this one. Decent beer however.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in a shaker. This stout poured a near black with a one-finger thick head of creamy tan foam that lingered around for a while. Some nice lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, along with a very smooth roasted note. The flavor stayed true to the aroma. Sticky and sweet with a superb, creamy smooth mouthfeel. A candy bar in a glass. Well done.

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler
Flossmoor Station


Milky Way was on tap for St. Patrick's Day weekend so I picked up a growler. Gurgles from the growler and into my glass a solid shimmering black, if that's possible. A very faint caramel brown highlight shows up at the bottom of the glass when backlit. A fingers worth of mocha head grew on the pour and quickly became creamy before fading to a skimming and a solid ring around the glass. The head leaves patchy thin lacing after each sip.

I'm really diggin' the aroma! A touch of light roastiness starts things off but falls to the background letting brown sugar, caramel, and dark chocolate all in that order of intensity. The brown sugar really sets things off and makes the nose extremely inviting.

The flavor possesses the same characteristics but mixes them up a bit. The light roastiness lays the groundwork but the caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate lead the charge. Caramel is more pronounced than the nose suggested and finishes strong. The brown sugar is sprinkled lightly throughout and there's just a hint of dark chocolate. Good stout!

Medium bodied with a nice smoothness. Leaves a touch of bitterness on the swallow. Mid-palate through the swallow a mellow creaminess takes over.

This is a highly drinkable stout. Weighing in at 4.1% and with the medium body this makes for a great session stout. Easy enjoyable drinker!

Another good beer from Flossmoor! This place never disappoints. I never catch many types of stout on tap at Flossmoor and I'm glad I caught this one.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Flossmoor Station 5/5/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Listed on the beer menu as 5.5% abv.

A: Pitch black. Opaque. One finger, khaki-colored head. No lace panties on this one (thanks Heather!).

S: Very nice aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Toasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with hints of caramel, dark roast coffee, and lactose sweetness.

M: Smooth and very creamy. Slick and sticky. This sure goes down easy!

D: Dangerously sessionable!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color, with some faint mahogany edges. Thin tan foamy head disappeared rather quick. Disappointing.

Milk chocolate aroma, along with hints of caramel, and vanilla.

Nice milk chocolate flavor, with some bits of caramel thrown in. So far, seems just like the candy bar. A bit roasty, but still full of sweetness.

Nice full body, creamy, and low carbonation. This is very nice. Lots of great flavors, and alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of mcallister
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, mahagony, russet, with ruby highlights. Head is miniscule and lacking. What is present is a tan ring around the collar (or rim for this matter).

The name says it all. Milk chcolate in your face with caramel trailing closely behind. Vanilla with dark fruits backing things up. Black cherry is notable. Lactose is present as well and leaning towards sour power.

A nice roast is unexpected after the aroma but very welcome and adds depth and complexity to this beer. A mix of dark and milk chocolate flavors. Charred stovetop caramel that was let cook an hour too long, vanilla is somewhat artificial tasting. Fruits are present and leading more toward currant. Little cherry and anise are detectable.

Creamy and full. A nice semi dry milk stout.

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Milky Way Stout from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 70% out of 100 with 20 ratings
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