Snowplow Milk Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Snowplow Milk StoutSnowplow Milk Stout
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Snowplow Milk StoutSnowplow Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Reidrover on 10-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of IntriqKen
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've now tried 3 bottles of this and am not sure what to compare it to, but whatever I'm not impressed.
Pours a deep mahogany with a small cream head that disappears completely rather quickly.
Aroma is primarily sweet sweet malts...a little toast.
Mouthfeel is only slightly buttery...mostly weak, thin and with little carbonation.
Taste is sweet raisen...a little citrus (very little), slight hop bitters, but mostly very sweet malts with a cloying sweetness I find unpleasant.
Aftertaste of sweet malts, raisens, and milk (a little sour or just starting to turn). Slight warmth going down.
I don't think I'll finish the 6'er....the sweet cream settles poorly in my stomach. I don't want to give it a 1 for drinkability, but can't honestly go over 1.5

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Photo of GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark brown/opaque, thinnish layer of tan foam

Aroma: malty with a roasty edge, chocolate, coffee

Flavor: lactose sweetness, bit of malt, coffee and chocolate, finishes semisweet with an aftertaste of dark chocolate and sweet cream

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, mild carbonation, smooth texture

Other comments: A tad too sweet. Slick on the back of the tongue. Sort of a disappointing Winter seasonal. Glad I only bought one. I guess I'm bucking the trend on this one because my score of this beer is way off from everyone elses. Nonetheless, I'm sticking to it!

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Photo of beertaster13
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark black with ruby highlights, the head was a weak cream that had horrible retention. The smell was of cocao and butter, with hints of oatmeal and brown sugar. This didn't taste like a stout to me, more a brown or copper ale. The taste was lacking any roasted malts and deep roasted character I like. Medium bodied. This definetely isn't a bad stout, but the flavors just didn't come together right, style was way off.

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Photo of loren01
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black color with very little head and lacing.
S: Not much smell to this beer, slight roasted grain smell and a very faint hint of chocolate. Other than that, pretty blah.
T: Taste is pretty sweet with a slight smoky aftertaste.
M: Seems a little overcarbonated.
D: Not a bad stout, just nothing that really stands out too much about it, however I would probably drink this again, as far as good stouts that are bottled go, they are kind of tough to find in this part of the country.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with 2-row pale, caramel 60, wheat malt, flaked oats, torrified barley, carapils, black patent, and roasted barley. Hopped with Centennial and Willamette. Brewed as a result of the collaborator project between the Oregon Brew Crew and Widmer. Despite the addition of oats, this is considered a "milk stout" on the bottle, however there is no note of lactose being added.

28 IBU, 5.5% ABV, OG=17p

Pop open the cap and barely a whoosh, this is near flat. Pours out to a clear very dark mahogany, barely eeking out a soapy light tan head with minimal retention and no lacing. The nose is nasty with caramel and butterscotch, milk chocolate, some light fusels...definitely fermented with an English Yeast strain akin to Newcastle. The mouthfeel is slippery with a medium-dense, syrupy body. The taste isn't as bad as the nose...the butterscotch and caramel are barely offset by the pungency of roasted barley and black patent, the sweetness of some amber malts, and some mild, very woodsy bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and is a bit much for me. Comparable to Mackeson, which used to be drinkable to me in the distant past. Syrupy.

This would do better if it weren't fermented with this yeast strain and had more carbonation. As it stands, it's not something I would care to have again.

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Photo of uabigdaz
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Saw this at a corner store, picked it up as I think Widmer Bro's Hefe is decent.

Pours a dark color, black. Think the color of Guinness (I promise that will be the only way I compare this to Guinness). Smells slightly like Chocolate, slightly malty, with absolutely no hops.

Smooth taste. Very rich tasting beer, slightly bitter. The aftertaste leaves a bad feel for me reguarding this beer.

Thin mouthfeel for what I expected by looking at this beer, but then again, think Guinness (okay, now that's the last one), but this is decidedly thicker.

Very little head, even after I noticed I wasn't getting any and changed my pour, still, nothing. I don't know what the ABV is on this, but it does have a slightly "warming" effect rather quickly.

Worth a try, but I won't be buying more until it goes on sale for half price when it warms up and they have to get rid of it.

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Photo of rye726
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout is a near black color with an average tan head. The nose has lots of burnt and roasted malts with a hint of sweet milk lactose. The taste also has a big toasty malt profile. Possibly some light chcolate flavors. A smooth full body is well carbonated. A good brew to wash down some grub.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was easy to drink. One of those refreshing stouts. Not a rich dark flavor to it but enough to let you know it’s a stout. The lactose takes the bite out of the alcohol to make for and easy finish. I get a little bit of soy flavor to it. Then again all mike kind of taste that way to me. Overall, kind of a run of the mill milk stout.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint from Pizza Port C-Bad.

Pours an almost opaque black with a thin off white head. The head dissappears very quickley and lfinisheaves no lacing.

Very faint roasted caramel and chocolate malt aroma.

This beer was very light and crisp on the palate at first followed my an unexpected sweetness and finally a light roasted bitter finish.

This beer is good, but a little too sweet for my taste and it was an imitation sweetness, no dry roasted flavor that I like in a stout. Very mild, the body was lacking.


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce (355ml) impressive looking specially produced brown glass bottle. The bottle neck has 3 embossed Widmer Brothers logos whilst the base has a ribbed ring that has the words Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. Neck has a yellow ink jet time/date of “8:14 Dec0204”. No strength listed but the dark purple and white label adds to the impressive ‘stand out form the crowd’ presentation.

Appearance: Black in the glass with a decent looking tan head that sits well for a short time. During the pour the body has a 10,000 mile oil dark brown look about it. Thin but dark with low carbonation levels. Almost no lacing and head after only a few minutes in the glass.

Nose: Dark malts, lightly roasted character mixed with a sugared plum feel, sweet on the nose but in a syrupy way rather than an all out sugar fest.

Taste: Dry start with a sweet malty middle. Some dark fruits and small amount of chewy bonfire toffee. I detected little in the way of the lactose in this one to be honest. More like a thin roasted dry-sweet Stout cum toasty Brown Ale for me.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a little stickiness to it. Nice body with some arse end malty molasses roasted feel. Dry ending in the throat. Label says it’s the ultimate defroster and warming??…..for Penguins in the Antarctic maybe.

Drinkability: Above average, but it cannot raise its head above a 3.5 for my liking.

Overall: Dry-Sweet-Dry sort of brew. I still prefer the Mackesons XXX Stout.

Thanks to Eye-OftenImpersonateGregfromStone-ChartBrew for this one.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark, rubied brown that wants badly to be black. Nice frothy and creamy head sits atop and leaves some thick lacing. Smells really faint of chocolate, toasty malts, a little medicinal-ness, and some earthiness. Taste is just fine to start: with mild licorice, molasses, and roasty malts. It finishes dry and with a hint of a medicinal quality that's a bit off-putting. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but very smooth. This is decent all-around, but the medicinal effect in the finish kind of knocks the drinkability down.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Virtually no head, dark, coffee color, carbonation appears very low, making it look dull

S: Fairly strong roasted coffee aroma.

T: Flavor of mild chocolate, sweet and sugary in the finish, not real bitter, lightly toasty

M: Quite thick, somewhat chewy, it definitely does feel like milk. The beer tastes a little flat, however.

D: Not bad, but lack of carbonation doesn't help. The malt flavor is sweet but doesn't offer enough complexity, nor is there a nice bitter balance in the end.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black with a short lived, tan head. No lacing.
Aroma is sweet, malty, roasty, a little chocolaty.
Flavor was balanced. A little sweet milk chocolate, a little bitter burnt coffee. lactose evident in the finish.
Decent brew. I might pick up again.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad milk stout, but definitely middle of the road in terms of overall character. This brew certainly gets points for style accuracy on the whole but nothing about it really attracts much attention overall.

Pours rather flat deep dark brown nearly black with no appreciable head to speak of. Nose is a bit dry, like a dry stout. Taste is dry on the tongue at first, but fills out in a vanilla ice cream sort of tone, must be the lactose. Mouthfeel is quite milky, per style. Dry roast and malty sweetness.

Not bad at all, but as I said nothing really makes me want another.


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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Even after a vigorous pour, it had very little tan head that quickly dissipated to a small ring.

The aroma is lactic chocolate and a little tobacco.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with an offsetting tar-like bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting milk stout. It's a little on the sweet side but has some balance with the tar bitterness. It's different and I couldn't decide for sure whether or not I liked it.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to waldowin for this sample. Pours a deep,not quite black color. Decent enough head thats gone in a second. Low aroma-traces of burnt malt. Somewhat metallic or rusty smelling. Ok flavor-roasted malt dominates and not much else. not quite enough sweetness for a milk stout. Body could use a boost or two up. An ok beer. Maybe a first milk stout to try and judge others against. Taking it up a few pegs on the flavor and body could help this become quite a nice beer.

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Photo of idResponse
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer I tried REALLY hard to get some head, and I got about half a centimeter of head and it doesn't really leave any lace behind, it tends to settle rather quickly. It's dark. I can't tell if there's any colour. It's just dark. It smells like an average stout with a little more sweetness to it than usual. Hints of roasted something, but it isn't anything distinct. The taste is a sweet smooth smoked flavor but not sticky sickly sweet. It feels pretty average in the mouth with little carbonation. Kind of like drinking sugary motor oil. It's easy to swill down and is fairly pleasing on the tounge which makes it pretty drinkable. I'd grab this again if nothing else better was available. Not bad but it ain't the Hefe!! :D

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Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Bobby Q's in Phoenix, AZ. Pours a dark black with a nice tan head. Faint aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste much like the smell is good but just too faint. Overall, this is just an average stout that does not stand out in anyway.

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Photo of nathanho
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black espresso to the eye; ruby tones shine through; mysterious carbonation; head requires effort; monolithic

Smell: Clean, malty smoke; citrus tang

Taste: Watery campfire; a campfire that burned fruitwood and cooked simple food

Mouthfeel: Acidic; too much carbonation; overwhelming

Drinkability: Decent, but not compelling

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first milk stout, so this review will be from the gut - a kneejerk reaction, if you will. Please note - as this is my first milk stout, I am not necessarily reviewing for style.

A friend of mine (who is getting in better beer) bought a sixer of this and left a few bottles at my place. This isn't too bad, and I didn't have many expectations for this brew to be as good as it is.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brownish black, almost opaque, but light can still just barely pass through. It produced a thin 1/2 finger tan head and dissipated to halo around the glass. There is minimal amount of lacing left behind.

Smell - I can smell chocolate malts, and a bit of roastiness. There is a sweetness in the scent as well, but I don't know where in the scent it is coming from.

Taste - I can primarily taste chocolate, somewhere between a milk and dark chocolate flavor. There is a bit of roastiness in the flavor, which reminds me of coffee, but doesn't quite have the coffee flavor - just the roastiness. There is a sweetness that shows up at the end of flavor. I can't detect any hops at all, really.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. It has a really creamy mouthfeel, very milky. It doesn't have enough carbonation to really keep my interest - I wish that there was a little more. It is, however, silky smooth and goes down amazingly well.

Drinkability - This isn't a bad brew. I don't know if I would reach for this one all the time, but I guess that it is why it is a winter release. It was better than I originally thought that it would be, so I am going to have to give other milk stouts a try. Pick it up if it is in your area, it is worth a try, just don't cross any state lines for it.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a thin dark tan ring of a head. The aroma is quite moderate -- slightly bitter with a light roasted malt character and a kind of ice-cream topping syrupy chocolate sweetness. Fairly sweet in flavor as well. A bit overly-so, for my tastes, but hey, I suppose that's the style. slightly fruity in the mid-palate with hints of toffee. A lightly toasted malt character at the finish helps get close to balance, but not quite there. The biggest defect of this beer is in its mouthfeel -- it's a bit thin and struck me as a bit sticky in the throat after a while. Still, it's a drinkable beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is pitch black, with a creamy, 2-finger, dark tan head that quickly subsides to a thick collar with slight skim and thick lace.
The aroma is slight, roasted grain and a touch of chocolate and alcohol.
The taste is much more robust, lot of roasted malt and coffee, and also some chocolate and milk sugar. Quite nice, starting burnt, gaining in sweetness, and fading to a bitter finish that I think is more from the malt then hops, with a touch of alcohol, misleading for a pretty low ABV at 5.5%.
The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious, if you weren't sure what they mean by milk stout, this where it really shines. The body is not as heavy as it looks, but certainly not light.
The drinkability on this one is moderate. It's tasty and not very strong, but a bit rich to session.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, quickly disappearing, creamy, brown head. The beer itself is a rich black color, and as I pour it I can see that it is quite clear. The aroma is of rich dark malts, with roasted coffee, espresso, and a hint of roasted grain husks being the dominant notes. The beer has a definite sweetness to it that belies the light bodiedness of this beer, which would be the lactose contribution, if this was a traditional milk stout. The sweetness is definitely the dominant characteristic, and it really mellows out the roast flavor notes that were evident in the nose.

There is a certain amount of astringency in the finish that is certainly attributed to the roast malts, there is also a noticeable chocolate note to this beer, that is perhaps enhanced a bit because of the sweetness. I also get a fruitiness in this beer that is reminiscent of dried plums, and raisins.

I should note that this is not an overly sweet beer, certainly not on par with the overbearing sweetness found in Lindeman's or New Glarus' fruit concoctions. It is quite a bit more mellow, but I must admit that I might subjectively enjoy this beer more if it were not as sweet, but then it would not be a milk stout now would it. As it is though, this could certainly use a bit more body to it. This is a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Reidrover
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok saw this for the first time in the stores today , served from a 12 oz Widmer brown bottle
Very nice looking beer ,poured into my mug. Dark, dark brown almost black..with a good sized creamy head that doesnt last alas..though luxuriant lacing remains.
The aroma is rather average..same ole roasty, burnt oat stout thing.
The flavour is very pleasant and silky smooth, milky indeed..with dark chocolate undertones, slightly carbonated.
Nice mouthfeel though it does seem to break down near the end.
I found this to be a pleasant stout and quite drinkable. Better than most Widmer bottled offerings.

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Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 103 ratings