Snowplow Milk Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 Mitchster
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.9%
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 -8.5%
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 -5.8%
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 -19.1%
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 -11.1%
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 +8.8%
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 +8.8%
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.

Overall impression:

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -7.7%
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 -16.4%
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 -25.7%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 +5.3%
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 +2.1%
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 -12.5%
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 +17.2%
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 +7.4%
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 -2.1%
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 +2.9%
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 -6.4%
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 -1.1%
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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Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54.4% out of 100 with 103 ratings
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