Chocolate Milk Stout | Wellington County Brewery

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Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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 by TheHammer:
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4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of andrewdanks
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 Danomeister
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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 DaveBar
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 real_human_bean
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AussieAbroad
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of btg95
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip. Purchased for $2.50 as part of a retro pack. This version advertised as 7.1% ABV.

Appearance - pours a dark brown, virtually black beer with a finger or so of tan head. A fine curtain of lacing clings to the side of the glass. Medium head retention.

Smell - fairly aromatic with hints of dark chocolate and coffee grounds, a certain earthy hoppiness to the aroma too.

Taste - sweet with plenty of chocolate, hints of vanilla, some smokiness and plenty of coffee. Rather nice and great blend of multiple flavors. Pepper and a touch of heat to close.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth and velvety, good carbonation and the heat at the end lends itself to a tingling on the tongue. Body is substantial too.

Overall - a damn good milk stout with coffee, smoke and chocolate a tiny bit of heat and a fine body to go with it. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am generally a big fan of stouts, oatmeal stouts, sweet stouts, not so much imperial stouts. This beer is better than a Coors Light, but misses the mark as a stout. It pours dark brown, almost black as expected, but the head is overly foamy, looking more like a coke float than a stout. The head fades ridiculously quickly for the style. Aroma is not bad with some light coffee & chocolate but nothing special. The taste offers some almost sickly sweet chocolate along with vanilla, coffee & burnt malt but the flavours seem separated as opposed to blending together well. Carbonation is too light after exhausting itself on the pour & the mouthfeel offers some smoothness but is too light & not full like a stout should be. I would drink this again if the only other options were macrolagers but I will not seek it out. Sadly (since I live within an hour of Wellington) it may be the worst stout I've tried & these days there are plenty of good ones readily available to me when I'm looking for a stout.

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Photo of Pmicdee
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I understand its the style, but way too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Jlefa
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one from hopsolutely this past summer. Cheers guys!

Froma 75cl bottle into a snifter
IBU: 18
OG: 16.3*P
FG: 4.5*P
SRM: 47

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, very loose and bubbly tan head with horrible retention. Really bubbly. Almost like I blew bubbles in my chocolate milk. Terrible. Black body with no carbonation evident. “Head” quickly pops down to nothing and looks completely flat by the end. Lousy looking.

SMELL: Decent aroma of roasted barley, chocolate, sweet cream, lactose and hints of coffee on the nose. Surprisingly decent.

TASTE: Roasted barley and milk chocolate up front. Lactose sugars as well. Sweet cream at the finish with lactose sugars, chocolate and some cardboard flavors lingering on the palate. Light leather is there as well with some stale coffee. Perhaps a bit of oxidization here, as the stale flavors and cardboard seem to suggest.

PALATE: Not great here either. Medium body and medium carbonation. A little creamy on the palate but mostly airy and watery going down, finishing a bit mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Relatively poor overall and didn’t bother finishing it. There seems to be a degree of oxidization here, as the stale coffee and slight cardboard qualities are pretty obvious. The nose was alight here, but the flavor didn’t follow suit and the head was just a disaster. Watery in the feel as well. Another lack-luster Wellington beer. Thanks again guys!

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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