Snowplow Milk Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Snowplow Milk StoutSnowplow Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Reidrover on 10-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
93
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fair black color, the head is 1/2" thick, beige and retention is high. Aroma was lactose and lesser roast. Taste was more lactose, smooth and restrained. The carbonation is lower and appropriate for the style.

A little hint of vanilla extract comes into play in the mouthfeel. A tiny bit of nuttiness too. Whatever is in between complex and simple, that's where this beer lies. Everything was well proportioned here.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoryR
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of RevCraig
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is nearly black but with flaring gem-red highlights. It develops a light brown head to about half a finger, where it retains itself well and manages mostly spotty lacing in slightly more than moderate amounts.
Cocoa is there alongside roast and, while it takes a moment, the creamy lactic note makes its way out. There's a slight minerality of a sort, or a metallic note, that sneaks out as it warms.
Chocolate and roasted grains are first on the tongue with cream quick to follow. The mild steeliness is there but works alongside the overall flavor. There's a bit of nuttiness and it gets sweeter, creamier and more like chocolate milk into the finish.
The body is medium-full with just enough carbonation for the style making it pretty creamy and plenty smooth from the beginning to the end of the first to very last sip.

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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After moving a couple of years ago I thought I had drank all of my stash, but I was cleaning out the garage fridge and found two! These were picked up the last year of release and only in ltd bombers. I was so excited I called up my best bud and we hooked up later that day to drink them and go back down memory lane.

Appearance:

The beer pours almost black with a creamy dark brownish head. There still seems to be carbonation left.

Aroma:

Well happily these seem to have survived, though they were in a cold place. I get a lot of cream, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. The memory of drinking this many years ago almost daily is awakened from the smell of this beer.

Taste:

I'm hit with chocolate, cream, vanilla, and a bit of coffee notes. The sweetness isn't as strong as I remember but this beer has been sitting a while. The mouthfeel is creamy which is exactly as I remember. The flavors linger on the pallet and with every sip. I wait a bit as to savor it, because when this is gone unless a miracle happens I won't have this again.

Overall:

Snowplow to this day is my number one milk stout. A close second would be left hand's nitro stout. Widmere does have a milk stout but it is IMO not even close to snowplow. When it was announced that snowplow would be retired I was deeply saddened, like my dog died or something. For years I eagerly awaited for the stores to get it in and I would get cases of it and then one year it was gone. It was nice to drink this guy one last time and it was almost as good as I remember it to be. The sweetness lowered, the flavors weren't as diverse but overall it was one darn fine brew.

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Photo of Presto82
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color, good long lasting head on it. Aroma was imparting sweet moreso than roast, a tinge of vanilla to it.

Taste, easy drinking, mildly sweet lactose aspect of this stout. Didn't pick up the vanilla like I did in the nose, but it had a little more roast this time, although very hidden and subdued all along. Can't pick up any hop bitterness, which is usually one of the things Widmer has going in almost every beer they make. Slick, mild carbonation enhances drinkability (this is a Bud product now right?).

As the beer warms, the mouthfeel is more and more lactose, which is fine by me, I think creme brulee is awesome, so this is no problem. A good beer for into to milk stouts, but can also be appreciated by the biggest baddest double stout barrel aged in bourbon and nuclear moonshine kind of guy too.

I think Widmer should bring this and Broken Halo back. Cool designs, cool beers.

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Photo of wyldaxe
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm pretty biased towards this beer as it has been my favorite and now like the unicorn will never be found again.

Aroma a nice sweet caramel tone with a hint of smoke in the background.

Pours a nice dark color and the head that is created resembles a beautiful milkshake. This beer taste so good it has such a depth of malt and the style of milk stout produces a richness that would make this beer an amazing desert. It has a slight smoke flavor in it but I believe it is not a smoked beer probably from the malt used.

Like I said before a beer that will be remembered.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of suncrust
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes dated 21/03/08

Fairly fresh sample: bottled Pours as black as a Divorce Lawyer's heart...light sticky mocha cap...low carbonation.

Aroma is lightly sweet with large cocoa tones a whisp of grass. Wonderfully silky smooth and rich mouth feel and texture (lactose) lightly sweet but not cloying, coffee-coca. light but sufficient hop bittering...long finish where the sweet lactose-cocoa give way to a gradual bittering from hops and black patent malt charred astringence...wonderfully approachable stout....very drinkable

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Photo of hawkseven
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black with a 2 inch tan head nice lacing.

S- Light roasted malt, a mild coffee note,

T- malty with hints of coffee and cream. A hint of chocolate

M-very smooth,silky and full

D- I look forward to this brew every year since moving to the PNW, I think its a great session beer and have not been disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty milk stout.

Black, it has a small, dense light brown head that steadily dissipates to a foamy ring and wisps and leaves only a hint of lace.

The aroma is sweet, roasty, and caramelly with chocolate, toast, caramel, coffee.

The taste is sweet and silky, a bit oily. It is similar to the smell, with a thick, toasty-caramelized character with caramel, sweet dark chocolate, a little coffee. Compared to Mackeson's, it's a little more mellow, simple, and less pungent, but still very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown/mahogany color, light tan head fades slowly leaving a thin lace. Aroma has faintly sweet vanilla and coffee notes, a bit of roasted malt. Taste is surprisingly light, sweet, not overly roasty like a coffee stout. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth, not heavy but still with some nice body. Low ABV make this a great session stout. I'll have to definitely seek out more of this style. Well done

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

A- Very dark brown, almost black, but looks black in the glass. The tan head is frothy with a mix of chunky large bubbles and small bubbles. Nice lacing, very clingy.

S- There is a nice sweetness of chocolate that can be smelled. I'm also smelling coffee vanilla and strong roasted malt smells.

T- The sweetness is nice, and goes well with the roasted taste. There is a good chocolate taste, perhaps its the combination of the roasted tastes and the sweetness help elevate the chocolate taste in this beer. There is a slight hop taste mixed in there as well.

M- There is a good mouthfeel, nice and thick like a beer of this style should be IMO. I think if something sweet like this is too thin it looses something.

D- Pretty drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see Snowplow is still being bottled in bombers... As much as I'm enjoying Brrr, the thought of a winter without snowplow is tragic.

a. pours a thick near-black mahogany color with some golden and ruby notes around the edges. Light barely makes it through. A rich red-mocha head grows beautifully to a finger-and-a-half before deflating leaving a heavy ring and some lacing dancing across the top. Beautiful creamy lacing is left all the way down the glass.

s. rich roasted malt, cream, vanilla pudding, coffee and burnt toast. On the whole, a fairly strong roasty and sweet aroma.

t. sweet malt, roasty and full. Hints of cream and vanilla come through in the taste. A bit of milk chocolate comes through, and hints of nutty malt round it out. Hop presence is negligible, as is any trace of bitterness. Nothing overwhelmingly complex, but solid.

m. Creamy and full, especially given the relatively low abv. Carbonation is full and well-suited. A hint of slick sweetness is there, but isn't offputting given the flavor.

d. mmm. I could drink this again and again (and have in the past). While full and fairly heavy, it's fairly sessionable for a stout. It's a solid example of a milk stout (even if not overwhelmingly complex) and definitely worth giving it a shot.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color, nice carbonation, small creamy tan head. Nose is of roasteiness dash of hops, and chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet/malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee, nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Very milky and smooth on the mouthfeel. I like.

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Photo of rye726
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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 SPLITGRIN
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a half inch of dark tan head that fades to just a skim in a minute. Body comes off thin but still black as can be. Nose has some toasty smokey malt tones which are soft but remind me greatly of liquid smoke. The taste holds pertty true as the first sip brings some smokey, meaty, malt tones. Malty richness shines and does show some nice even sweetness as the palate develops. This stout really drinks like a smoked porter and is a very filling stout. I would guess the alchol around 5% as it is nowhere in the taste. Mouthfeel is sweet and smokey and a bit sticky. Decently drinkable.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the cellar for the last couple of months or so. Milk stouts aren't really ageable due to the high lactose content (?) I guess, so I am finishing off a case of this now (over the next week or so).

Pours jet black with very nice foamy head. Head dissipates to lots of lacing.

Mild aroma of sweet malt.

Tastes of coffee and sweet malty flavor. Very nice.

Very thick just like a stout should be.

I could (and am) going to drink this late into the evening. Not really outstanding or anything, but a really nice session beer.

I really look forward to the Widmer Bros release of the Snowplow Stout every year. It is best drank fresh, for sure.

This bottle being in my cellar for a couple of months has lost some character.

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Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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