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 xoqx
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with garnet and root beery edges. It sports a tan head that barely even forms over the whole surface and has no lacing. The smell is rooty with mocha and cocoa. The taste exhibits a nice hop bitterness out front for a second, then the malt comes in behind and swells with subtle licorice and roasty malt taste. The finish has slight sweet lingering affect, a slight detraction. Very creamy, rich mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 winter release. Black pour with a small latte head that drops back into the brew quicky and quietly. Roasty beer nose with chocolate. Sweetness of lactose bumps ahead to coast your tongue then settles in with the roast.

It's sweet, easy to drink and neither overwhelming nor gut busting. A great 'not big' stout. This year is tasty.

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Photo of charlesw
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout? Get out of here! Where's the chocolate or coffee hiding? Looks like a stout (dark with a short, thick, creamy head). Smells like a stout (very faintly of not much at all). Tastes/fee;s thick and sweet - with a huge bit of sweet caramel in there. Hops? What are hops?

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My Snowplow arrived with a creamy tan head on top of a chocolatey color. Very sweet and smooth, more like the texture of a brown ale not gritty like a stout. Pronounced chocolate flavor finishing smoothly with a roasted flavor. I enjoyed a few and would definitely drink again. A nice surprise found at the bar waiting for my wife bowling in the national bowling tourny.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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 mentor
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife ordered this at, of all places, a chinese resturant. I was so tasty that I picked up a whole 6er when I saw it in the store. It's *very* rare that I buy other than single bottles and rare that I purchase a beer a second time. This bottle was dated Sep29 05. Pours a half finger brown head over a stark black liquid. No edges, even when held to light. Smells rich deep caramel/toffee. Dark roast. Milky coffee (is this called a laite?). Coffee-cake ice cream (if such a thing exists).

Tastes chocolate and toffee syrup smathered over coffee ice cream. Some grassy flat that could be either hops or roasted grains. Although wet tasting, it's dry on the tongue. Hint of cherry sourish, likely from black malt. Body is smooth, but not oatmeal silky. Thick syrup on the tongue mouthfeel. Very yummy here this winter evening, but a second one tonight might get to be too sweet.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
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 msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of several Widmer beers and this one's no exception.
Picked up a 6-pack of this recently and had my first taste last night (in a 'Widmer'-logo pint glass).

Pours a deep mahogany brown with almost no head. SHows little to no carbonation. Smell and taste are both of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate; the sugar from the lactose (milk) is evident. It's not a syrupy sweet beer but there's definitely a 'dessert' quality to it. Feels a little thin in the mouth but very smooth due to less carbonation. Flavor is good but doesn't linger longer. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to enjoying the rest - would buy again, too.


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Photo of DESTRO
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok ive had this in a bottle a few times and i really enjoy it so i was pretty hyped to see it on tap at old buffalo wild wings for lunch. pours black yet has a deep red tint when held to light. big frothy head. smells a bit subdued (it was pretty cold) but the usual suspects were there. taste was like the bottle but a touch sweeter, roastier and creamier. so in a word...better. felt full yet not overwhelming, it really went dont great. if i didnt have to return to work i would have had a few more. it was the snacks.

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Photo of DFN
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmers Brothers Snow Plow is a bit off the beaten path. It's thick, dark, sweet, and has almost no carbonation. Color is a DARK brown, about like concentrated Coca-Cola. When you pour it into a glass, there's a medium-thick tan colored head that dissipates very quickly. Taste is malty, with overtones of coffee. No discernable hop taste. An interesting brew, but not one I'd drink every day!

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Photo of descartes
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle.

Appearance: Dark black with a quater inch tan head which quickly dissipated,
Smell: Toasted grain with a slight hint of coffee.
Taste: Very smooth, with sweet grain flavor in the middle and hints of coffee. A bit syrupy. Overall a nice sweet smooth beer but nothing mindboggling.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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 RJLarse
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer from a pint tumbler.

This beer is black in color and opaque. The head is a light brown/beige, but was gone quickly and did not lace the side of the glass.

The smell is rich and robust. It smells sweet and malty. Very nice.

The taste is smoky, sweet and smooth. The beer is mild but full flavored, with a taste of smoky, coffee and chocolate malts. No hop taste at all. The aftertaste lingers and is also smoky, sweet and smooth.

This is a very nice winter warmer. It has a sweet smooth and warm flavor. A good choice for a cold winter night. I bought a six pack at the store today, two down and I’m looking forward to the other four.

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Photo of loren01
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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 SteveO1231
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 Mitchster
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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 HochFliegen
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stout color with a redish hue and light brown head.
Smell is very light with chocolate and roasted malt scents. Taste is sour as expected also very sweet. Light on the roasted malt taste due to the extra sweetness from the lactose. Aftertaste is light chocolate.
A nice flavor and ok mouthfeel. Could be a little more chewey for my taste. Overall a great flavored beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another decent brew from the Pacific Northwest, and my first true milk stout.

This pours as expected: a typical stout appearance. Ruby hue that is almost black with a thin brown head. It smells good, but rather subdued. Notes of chocolate and roasted malt topped by a milky sweetness. This tastes alright, but is a little more on the sour side than I had expected and would have anticipated based on the smell. Roasted malts, with faint hints of coffee and chocolate with a sort of sour milk taste mixed in. Despite this, this goes down like velvet: smooth, soft and silky. No hints of alcohol in here. A definite buy again.

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Photo of redteg02
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark dark dark brown almost black, just like a stout should be. pours smooth with little to no head.

Smell very faint sweetness, not much there at all.

Taste is a little sweet at first but counter acted by a bitterness, but not too bitter. finishes nicely and leaves a warm sweet tingle in your mouth.

Drinkability, this is a winter favorite of mine and i could personally drink it all night long.

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Photo of nathanho
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 1whiskey
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pors out pitch black with a small light tan head. Leaves only minimal lacing.

Smells like a milk stout all right. Roasted malts, sweet buttercream. Mmmm....

Taste is initially quite refreshing, simple with lactose sweetness as the most dominant feature. Some toffee and oatmeal notes as well. Timid hops in the background. As I slowly sip this and allow it to warm up to room tempurature, this starts to take on a little bit of an unpleasant astringent quality, as well as some burnt robusto coffee notes.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a medium to heavy body. Finishes rather clean for a stout.

Normally I like my stouts at nearly room temperature, but this was much better right out of the fridge. Keep it cold and pair it with some cookies and youv'e got a nice snack.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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 lackenhauser
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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 waldowin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick roasty black, with a dark tan head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing or ring. No light gets through this.

Smells of milk (not surprisingly), and dark malts. Not much there, pretty faint.

Tastes pretty damn good for a Widmer brew (wasn't a big fan of some of their other offerings). A little smoke and dark fruits, with some lactose throughout. Slightly tart finish. Overall a very simple brew, but definitely tasty.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as big as I'd like, but it's certainly not a thin beer. A little thicker than you'd get from a macro, say.

Simple flavor, not very harsh, pleasant to taste, and very smooth. I could knock these back all night!

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with the normal Widmer W's on the bottle. The label has a rough stenciled look to it. Freshness date on the neck.

Appearance: Poured very dark brown with a thin tan colored head.

Smell: Aroma is sweet and chocolaty. Definitely has a creamy smell that I have come to associate with milk stouts.

Taste: Very smooth and drinkable. Taste is similar to the aroma - slightly sweet and some milk chocloate flavors.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable milk stout. It may not be the best example of the style out there, but it is certainly a solid one. I could definitely drink a lot of these.

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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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