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Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout

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Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by liamt07 on 09-16-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 34
Photo of Danomeister
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a slickly designed milk stout that succeds in all ways except one: the ABV is too damn high for the style.

This is mostly a matter of opinion, but I think the alcohol is just too present in this beer. There's a conspicuous heat on the nose and in the taste that reminds me of a barley wine or an imperial. It definitely tastes like 7.2%

A milk stout IMO should be smoother and almost quaffable-by-children.

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate Milk Stout must be made with 100% dark-grade cocoa - how else to explain this super black, opaque complexion? It more closely resembles espresso in appearance, right down to the fine brown foam on the surface. It looks like it should be sold by the shot - not the 750ml bottle!

If Wellington's Chocolate Milk Stout is anything like Flying Monkeys' BNL, another Ontario offering brewed with cocoa and lactose, then I'm sure to love it. The aromas are, at least superficially, quite similar. But there is one very important difference: BNL is made with cocoa nibs...

That is actual bits of raw, fermented cacao beans. Chocolate in this purest, most biter and roasty form affords great depth and complexity. This offering, however, is brewed with cocoa powder, which is more refined and thus doesn't provide quite the same intensely rich qualities.

That said, flavours of fudge, brownies, and all kinds of gooey chocolatey confections are present in abundance. Heck, even coffee. This is certainly no lightweight. The creamy, vanilla-tinged lactose can't hold back all the roast; this has traces of sweetness but it's most certainly a bitter beer.

$10/bottle seemed steep at the time of purchase. Then again I'd think nothing of a $10 bottle of wine with dinner - actually I'd think it was *too* cheap - and considering 750ml of Chocolate Milk Stout makes a dessert in and of itself (nevermind an accompaniment) that's not at all unreasonable. Besides, it's the rich, heavy kind of stout a lot of people will prefer to share.

I've never been a huge fan of Wellington's core brands and have often been underwhelmed with their seasonals too. But credit where credit is due - Chocolate Milk Stout is impressive and enjoyable. And this coming from someone with very high standards when it comes to anything chocolatey.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a nice nothing head that has no head! BLACK

S- 4.0- You can actually smell the required milk and such

T- 3.75- A bit less than expected. Not as many solids as expected at this price point

M- 3.50- Bit of a let down here.

O- 4.03. That is all. Not enough milk solids. Not at all

Food Pairing

This Ok milk stout went well with.... Pulled Pork sandwiches!!!


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Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL flip-top bottle equipped with a standard crown cap; best before Nov. 26 2014. I first heard about this beer's existence a little over a year ago, and ever since then I have been hoping Wellington would be able to get it into retail stores. My prayers were answered when I serendipitously discovered it on the shelves of my local LCBO. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, topped with just over one finger's worth of soapy, tan-coloured froth. It gradually seeps away over the next few minutes, eventually culminating in a modest collar and a messy ring of lacing. Nice legs. The aroma is sweet but subdued, comprised mostly of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, mocha coffee, and an unmistakable hint of red licorice candy.

A delicious, rich-tasting stout. Piles of chocolate, both of the milky and dark persuasions, immediately attack the forefront of the palate. Lactose sweetness, toasted malts and coffee also contribute, with a soft, mildly roasty finish that flawlessly masks the 7.2% abv. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively light carbonation that gives this stout an exceedingly silky-smooth feel in the mouth. Very quaffable for the abv; finishing this bottle solo shouldn't be too difficult for any stout or porter-loving BA.

Final Grade: 4.07, an A-. Wellington's Chocolate Milk Stout is a fabulous beer, and probably my favourite offering from this brewery to date. It is a dangerously drinkable sweet stout, with a surprisingly balanced, neutral flavour and soft mouthfeel that combine to form more than the sum of their parts. Awesome stuff, well worth a pick-up if you spot it on the shelves, and the flip-top is a nice addition (for re-sealing, or homebrewing purposes).

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Photo of yabud
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "Welly One Off" series...

Nicely put together, a solid winter beer. Certainly had strong hints of cocoa on pour - no noticeable head - almost black in colour. Mid to low level of bitterness, seemingly masked by the milkyness of the stout. Very little carbonation, easy to drink beer.

Hope they bring this one back for a second tour of duty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent stout, in can at Stouts. Good balance between sweet and bitter, though nothing extraordinary in either, some sweetness and lactose and chocolate - all under control. Modestly bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel, good drinkability.Not so imperial, that can throw people off in expectations.

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Photo of liamt07
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Premium Beer Experience, into a sampler cup.

Dark brown with not head or lacing. Nose has pure cocoa qualities, like putting your nose into a bag of cocoa powder. Some lactose and sweeter malt qualities. Taste has more chocolate milk, cocoa powder and retains some qualities from the base beer (their RIS) in terms of some molasses and light roast subtleties. Powdery mouthfeel, almost chalky. Some alcohol and close to no carbonation. Great nose but the chalky quality of the mouthfeel does nothing for this.

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Chocolate Milk Stout from Wellington County Brewery
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