Snowplow Milk Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 103
Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +5%
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 +8.4%
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 +15%
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 +9.4%
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 +3.4%
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 -15.7%
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 +8.9%
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 +1.8%
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 +5.5%
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 +14.7%
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 +8.9%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.9%
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 -1.3%
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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Photo of ccrida
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark brown, with little carbonation. The tan head is small, 1 finger and I had to work for it, as such no lace is present.

The smell is good but faint, kind of roasty. Thats good, Also a milky aroma about it.

The taste is good, I do like this brew. The roast toasty malt is nice.

The mouthfeel is a little off. The body could be a bit fuller and the carbonation is quite weak.

The drinkability is not bad the nice taste goes along way. Prosit, MK

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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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 JohnnyM2002
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this one!!

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby red in the base of the glass. A small tan ring dissipates after a short while, but the color seems to darken as the beer warms; mild carbonation present.

S - Sweet scents of chocolate and vanilla...complex aroma that is difficult to nail down, but it smells very promising.

T - White chocolate with some nuttiness...sweet flavors, no real malty presence. Cinnamon and a sweet spice I can only describe as powdered sugar. Not spicy like other winter selections I've had, but that makes it so much more enjoyable.

M - Medium body and very creamy...carbonation makes for a bubbly mouthfeel that works wonders with the creaminess. Flavors blend very well together right through the finish...wonderful.

D - Very enjoyable selection...probably the best milk stout I've had this year. Definitely recommend getting one if you have the means. Thanks again to JohnGalt1!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to flexabull for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, small creamy tan head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet slightly roasted malts, hops, and chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet/malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee, nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice offering from Widmer Brothers, my first.

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Photo of lpayette
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on my flight with Horizon/Alaskan Airlines from Portland to Klammath Falls, OR. So not only was this beer enjoyable, it was also free

Appearance- Dark opaque color - but the lighting on the plane isn't exactly ideal either. Fairly small head, but some brussels lace.

Smell- Definitely some lactose notes with burnt coffee beans playing a follow-up secondary role. A subtle one-two dose of malt and hops comes next to finish out this beer's bouqet.

Taste- Rather sweet as it should be. Perhaps could be bolder with the "burntness" coffee-like flavors. Some milk chocolatey notes are there... Some suggestions of a fruits coming from the yeast- not sure if I like this characteristic or not. Specifically, banana and near the very end of the beers movement on the palate I get something akin to over-ripe raspberries. Overall, my initial reaction was that this was kind of a mediocore taste, but some concentration revealed some complexities underneath the easy-drinking surface.

Mouthfeel- A silky smooth experience with some carbonation providing for just a bit of texture. Not really thick- probably more porter-like than stout-like, but it makes it easier to drink.

Drinkability- As I mentioned above, the beer's lack of thickness makes this pretty easy drinking. Still, an interesting and worthwhile beer in a style that isn't all that common. I had no problem downing the rest of this as we were preparing to land.


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Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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 flexabull
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Looks like a stout should.

Smells of roasted malts and cocoa, but the aromas are a bit light.

Beer is smooth and sweet tasting. There is a roasted malt character, a bit of chocolate and coffee, then finishes a bit bitter. The hops do a nice job keeping this from being too sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel seems a bit on the lean side for a stout.

While this stout is a bit on the milder side, it is certainly tasty and drinkable. Worthy effort from the Widmer Bros.

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Photo of uabigdaz
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 idResponse
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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