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 JDV
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sampaios restaurant here in town
Poured a nice black, with a frothy lasting tan head. Smells of smooth creamy malt, some vanilla hints, and almost some smoky woodiness after a while even. Taste was mild, but creamy, mostly smooth malt with a milk like mouthfeel and notes of chocolate and vanilla. This was a very nice surprise, and the first time I'd ever seen or even heard of this beer. Good example of the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Almost black faint mahogany highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, finish has a hint of burnt coffee. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark chocolate with little head. Smell is light in the roasted malt as well as chocolate and coffee. Taste is nothing complex, with mainly roasted malts, sweet with light chocolate and coffee with good carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. A good drinkable brew, and not just at one.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drink a six pack of this, and your stomach will feel snowplowed...

Poured into my imperial pint glass with a menacing (yet rich) deep dark chocolate. The light cola colored head loomed over this dark offering with an impressive resilience. The nose had sweet roasted malt tones, with hints of toffee. This stout had dark fruits & roasted malt, with toffee, chocolate and hops all fighting to be noticed on their own. For a 5.5% beer, the mouth feel was very substantial. Rich and creamy like you would expect out of this classification of stout. Pair this beer with a rich chocolate cake, a few chocolate truffles, or even a tiramisu. Enjoy.

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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 dnichols
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was served a mini pitcher from a keg and poured it into a 12 ounce frosted pint glass.

A: It poured an opaque black body with a half finger dark brown head consisting of small sticky bubbles. The head fell fast leaving a lingering collar and supporting a light thin curtain that did not linger long after first appearing.

S: It had an aroma profile that included dark black coffee, earthy grains and dark spices, as well as hints of alcohol.

T: The smell did not support they style but the taste did. The sip began with a creamy chocolaty flavor that had an underlying taste of dark roasted malts that finished with a strong coffee flavor.

M: It was medium bodied, sweet, creamy and smooth with a tingly, lively carbonation and a wet clean aftertaste.

D: This is a brew that sits well as an after dinner treat or a nice substitute for hot chocolate on a cold winter night. The boldness of its flavors limit it to tow or three at a sitting but its a brew than can be enjoyed over and over again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Taste is sweet dark maltiness, with light bitterness to close. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, all you'd expect, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff.

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Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a brewfest 12 pack.

Very dark color with minimal head. Some lacing evident. Big bold flavor with malty sweetness.
Nicely hopped with slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel was very nice. As others have mentioned suggests chocolate and coffee.
Not something I would want every day due to very sweet and rich taste. Nice seasonal though.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled date into a pint glass. The color was black with mahogany edges when up to a light. It had a small tan head that quickly faded to nothing. The aroma was sweet malt with just a hint of roasted and coffee. The taste was pretty good but lacking a little compared to other milks. Mouthfeel was creamy. It's a good beer and worth a try. I could see a 6ixer of this every winter to be rotated with the other milks I enjoy (Winter seasonal)

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Photo of HardTarget
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light roasted malt, a little bready yeast, a mild coffee note

Appearance: Black like it should be, with a thick tan collar that gives up fingers of lace.

Flavor: Gentle flavor overall, the mild coffee is there, very little roasted or burnt flavor going on, and a mild sweetness in the finish that I can only guess is lactose induced.

Mouthfeel: Definitely creamy with a medium heavy body with a light chew. Carbonation level is moderate to low.

Overall Impression: A nice milk stout! Flavors are all fairly mild but of good quality. Nice thick body and black as night. A solid beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code of 7 Oct 07, I'm guessing bottling date.

Pours an effervescent purple-back-tinged mahogany with 4+ fingers of mocha/brown colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight chocolate notes that grow as this warms, plus iron

T: Chocolate & iron up front. Lactose notes & roasted grain show as this warms. Finishes a little dry with a hint of vanilla, great chocolate milk finish with a whisper of hop bitterness & boozey warmth

MF: Very smooth with low carbonation

Drinks pretty dang easy, this seems much better than the last time I had it. I still like lefthand's milkstout a little bit better

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightproof black colored beer with a thin brown head.

The smell is sweet and really full of patent malt aroma. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma but that is about it.

The taste starts out sweet and full of chocolate. A bit more coffee as you drink it but this is very much a chocolate flavored ale. Very smooth and relaxing this is a good winter beer.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and almost milk like.

Super easy to drink is about all you have to know about this ale. I gave a glass of this to a normally not a beer drinking friend and I think I converted them with it. For several days they were still talking about how much they like this. If you see this try it and you will like it, this isn't one of those just OK beers it is quite good.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for around $1.40 ... poured into my trusty red wine glass.

Black with no light escaping (sort of suprising) ... tan head that dissipates very quickly.

Aroma is roasted grains and weak cold coffee. Syrupy malt sweetness is there but not overdone... nice very nice.

Standard and perfect stout taste out of the gate ... chocolate and roasted grain and coffee .... grain bitterness overpowers any noticeable hop flavors... in the middle a little yeast fruitiness ... smoooth palate and carbonation.... silky ... a nice sweetness that pulls everything together... finishes with a slight acidic touch. This is my idea of what a good milk stout is.

I will end this review by saying I've always liked this brew.... so does my cat... Shiva loves yogurt, ice cream, and SnowPlow. I look forward to this brew every year and ultimately end up only having it 3-4 times per season; I need to rethink my winter priorites.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up dark black. Opaque. Thick off-white head falls to a thin creamy layer that sits atop the beer.

S - Very faint roasted malt, some malt sweetness. No hops detected

T - Starts sweet with a hint of roast malts, which fades to a light cream flavor in the finish. This is really good.

M - Thick and silky

D - This is an excellent stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SargeC
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black with a lumpy tan head.

Smell: Rich roast malt, coffee, an undertone of sweetness.

Taste: Excellent combo of sweet and bitter provides a hearty and enjoyable mix.

Mouthfeel: Full body. The creaminess of this brew allows the flavors to linger and evolve.

Drinkability: Good stout. I am always a bit skeptical of a bottled stout, but this one delivered.

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Photo of largadeer
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with slight translucency around the edges. An aggressive pour yields a fairly small head, which quickly disappears.

Smell: Milk chocolate and tons of lactose are about all I can pick up from this. It's fairly pleasant, though.

Taste: Milk chocolate again. Actually, more like chocolate milk. This is intensely creamy stuff - they must have used a ton of lactose. It's actually pretty damn good, though. I can understand why some people might be put off by the flavor, because it's not subtle; it pretty much beats you over the head with its milk flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with fairly minimal carbonation. It's not still by any means, but it's not very effervescent either.

Notes: This is really pretty tasty. It's over-the-top on the lactose, but I don't mind, it's kind of a novelty.

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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 tayner
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer was dark brown.. looked black until held to the light and then a slittle peeked through around the edges.

It smelled of roasted malt, although not strong aroma at all.

It had a roasted malt profile, very little hops to speak of. not a very complicated beer, but very smooth and creamy which i would expect from a milk stout.

sorta thin mouthfeel for a stout, but it was a milk stout and not an imperial...

This beer went down like black water for me. I think i could easily session this beverage over and over again. even though it was not a complicated, overly complex brew i enjoyed it. would make a good brew for someone just trying to get started into darker beers.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice glass, this beer is jet-black, even when held up to the light, with a tannish head. Only moderate lacing along the glass. Aroma consists of very lightly roasted, and sweet cocoa, malt. Flavor is sweet and balanced malt, with light caramel, sweetened cocoa, moderately toasted. Bitterness is low, just enough to provide balance, and the yeast character is clean and neutral.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hollingshead,

A: Dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan/brown head, with average retention.

S: Milk chocolate predominately, with some roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of smoke.

T: Very chocolately and sweet, you can feel the lactose flavor, quite rich for a milk stout, coffee and cappuccino also abound in this cornucopia of flavor.

M: Smooth, rich, quite robust actually, and very creamy.

D: An excellent, drinkable winter seasonal from Widmer, I was quite surprised that it would be this good, a definite buy this winter when it is more readily available. A big thanks to the guys down at Hollingshead for having this little gem available in July.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this seasonal out-of-season (on 13th July 07), a 355ml bottle with NOV0306 on the neck (production date?).

This poured a murky black brew with a thin tan head with yeastie accumulations.
The smell to me was slightly liquorice and smoky.
Tasted slightly sweet coffee, dark chocolate, roast malts (possibly a blackcurrant tinge), but this was so so smooth!
Fantastic mouthfeel helping to make this a truly drinkable brew. An excellent milk stout.

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Photo of alephilmac
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Average for a stout, dark, but very little head when it was poured into an imperial.
S: Not overly impressive, roasted malt, chocalate, (burnt milk?)
T: Superb, I really enjoyed the creamy, thick, almost chewable flavor of this stout
M: Chewy, thick, but very smooth
D: Definite reccomendation, heavy and probably wouldn't drink it if the temperature rose too much, but it's a great winter stout

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Photo of July2Nov
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night...and that's how I like my stout! Poured into pint glass and created a small head that quickly disappeared.
S: Deep, rich and sweet smells that are reminiscent of chocolate.
T&M: Much like the smell would indicate, the taste had all the above mentioned qualities with a deep roasted mouthfeel.
D: Loved it! Could drink this all day, anyday and anytime of the season.

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

Appearance- Dark brown/black color with a decent tannish head and some lacing.

Smell- A roasty / toasty smell that is quite complex with coffee and lactose notes.

Taste- Yummy! Milk, chocolate, a bit of spice, raspberries (?), a bit of coffee-like roasted bitterness, not too much just right. Very smooth flavor balance, nice. A much more solid product than the Widmer hefeweisen.

Mouthfeel- Medium/ slick-smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very drinkable beer. I kept stealing sips out of my girlfriends mug.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle in the brew fest 12pack. Poured into a pounder glass aggressively it barely makes a head to note here. No retention or lacing. Dark brown to black towards the core.

Pretty smooth up front with very little bitterness although enough to keep this from getting too onsided. Malts are heavily roasted and short of being charred. Bakers chocolate is everpresent and if I dig deep enough there is a slight coffee bean presence but its ever so slight. Chocolate tends to dry this up a bit and it maintains a good drinkability level.

Notes: This one grew on me. First few drinks I was taking a shit on it but on through the second bottle now I find it enjoyable. Easily consumed and much to fast. I would have loved it had it shown more depth and complexity. This was run of the mill but well worth a try and revisit.

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