Snowplow Milk Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Snowplow Milk StoutSnowplow Milk Stout

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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 feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Utter darkness in the color, ruby edges, with a small cocoa ring as the head.
Aroma is roasty, yet creamy, sweet, notes of chocolate, cola, and sweet cream..nutty, and nice.
Taste: lovely, smooth, slightly roasted, nice bittersweet coffee notes, but altogether immaculately integrated... gorgeous blend of deep, dark flavor, and well-received drinkability. "Silky" indeed, smooth as it gets... a winter brew I could really get into, and down more than a handful.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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 beertaster13
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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 GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
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 RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is super-dark brown in color with a moderate head that showed some good retention on the way down.

Smell – The big, burnt malt here is enormous. There’s a milky-sweet cream flavor that compliments the nice malts.

Taste – The notes from the smells make it straight to the taste. This one is almost like a Brown Ale in character and is especially refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium in the body with a good combination of flavors that provide a terrific sensation in the mouth.

Drinkability – Milk Stouts can be rough, but this one is an easy-drinker and avoids the common pitfalls of a lot of efforts at this style.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/09/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a born on date of Nov 3, 2004. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch head which quickly dissipated. Dark brown to black coloring with average lacing.

Smell- Traditional coffee scents and dark chocolate.

Taste- Mostly dark chocolate. On the lighter side of the taste spectrum. I guess that is the milk. Not much coffee flavor. Still a good taste.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation. but still goes down nicely.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Kinda like a Guiness with a bit more flavor and more carbonation. Worth a try.

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

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's for $1.19 recently.

Appearance is black, pours a small tan head that dissapated pretty quickly. Nose is light in the way of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Taste begins with coffee and chocolate toasted grains, is creamy in the middle, and finishes with a nice dry hop. Mouthfeel is creamy and reasonably full. Overall drinkability is good, probably the best brew to come from the Widmer Brothers.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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 BeerManDan
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout was at a point you could call it very dark brown to light black? Thick when poured with a little foam around the rim of the glass and no lace. The smell of roasted malts and coffee filled the nose. The taste was thick and creamy, with a lot of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a hint of fruit. So, malty with a chocolate and coffee, with a hint of fruit flavor and a thick creamy silky smooth finish. Not to tart and not overly sweet. Nice winter warmer to be held in my christmas and beyond stock!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out opaque black with dark cola colors at the edges. Small but dense, creamy head. Decent lace.
Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, red fruit, a hint of coffee and a mildly tart nuance.
Taste is much more than the smell advertised. Rich roasted chocolaty malt, red fruit, a smidge of coffee and a creamy lactic tang in the finish. The mild tartness did a good job of balancing the sweetness but it still came across as a bit cloying.
A little light bodied but with a full, creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.
Great flavors and mouthfeel. The sweetness hurts the drinkability a bit but still the best Widmer product I've tasted.
Reminded me of a less intense Mackesons XXX. Good Milk Stout.

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

The beer after its removal from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in my glass a pitch-black color with a moderate sized creamy tan head and after its decomposition, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Nose has a pleasant toasted grain aroma, sweet malt and a nice sniffing brew, start is sweet with a nice malt presence, the top is medium to almost full in feel. Finish has a nice acidity and the hops gentle on the taste buds, dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, when you are not into a Guinness.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. Poured into a pint glass, the body is murky black with dark brown edges when held to the light. The head resembles milk with a squirt of chocolate syrup stirred in, but there's not much of a head here. No lacing to mention.


Wood smoke toastiness, light caramel sweetness.


Tart bitterness on the tip of my tongue, becomes juicy in its meatiness -- the meatiness of the roasted malts -- in the middle. The finish is a nice stretch of gentle sweetness (milky!) with just an edge of toasty bitterness.

Middling carbonation. Mouthfeel's like, well, whole milk!

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Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer bottles are pretty stupid. I guess I'm just not a big fan of all the grooved/engraved emblems at the bottom of the neck. The neck label boasts that Snowplow is "the ultimate defroster." We'll see about that...
Pours a dark charcoal with dark brown edges and a nice, tan head. Good lacing.
Nose is made up of clean, roasted malts, some lactoo-sweetness, and a light tinny/bitter edge. Rather meager for a winter far.
Taste starts out with some tinny roastiness, but then moves to doughy, sweet, milk chocolatey malts. The lacto sweetness dominates into the finish, with light roasted flavors playing fifth fiddle. Not bad. Mouthfeel starts out creamy, but then moves to syrupy in this full-bodied--almost cloying--stout. I don't think I would drink this often, but would be nice to change things up [from all the normal hoppy, high alcohol beers] at times.

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Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

Poured a virtually black color, though it showed a little ruby when held up to the light. Minimal, tan head that disappeared quickly. Lace appeared whenever the glass was tipped, but it ran down the sides very quickly and soon rejoined the beer, leaving little sign that there had been any lace at all.

Smell was of dark, roasted malts. Seemed sweeter smelling than most stouts. I assume that's the effect of it being a milk stout.

Taste was similar to the smell, though maybe a tad more complex. The coffeeish roasted malt taste is in the forefront, along with a noticeable chocolaty flavor. There are also elements of raisins and cherries, but they are outweighed by the chocolate, making for a rather sweet tasting stout.once the initial bitter roasted malt blast has passed.

This is a little thin for a stout. Perhaps that's another hallmark of the style. Nevertheless, I think it could use a little bit more body.

This is rather drinkable. It's not as heavy as many stouts out there. It is a little too sweet for repeated pints, however.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 germaniac
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Widmer's new winter seasonal. Pours a dark brown that just sort of hints at black along the edges. Not much head to speak of . Smells like stout. Nothing special, could have been any number of beers. Tastes of chocolate, just a hint of roasted maltiness. Smooth, smooth, smooth! Not a clue what the abv% is, but it sure is easy to drink. Finishes up with a slight sweetness. One of the few Widmer beers available in central california, and a welcome addition to the lineup.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.81 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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