Milk Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 38
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is espresso bean black with barely the faintest of brown hue on the edges. A nice foamy, frothy mocha head settles to a wisp of bubbles with a ring around the edges. A sort of wet, webbed lacing clings to the sides of the glass before disappearing.

The aroma is really pure and sweet, loads of sweet milky cocoa powder, but balanced out on the back end with bitter coffee.

This is probably the sweetest milk stout I’ve ever experienced. My taste buds are immediately coated with a sugary milkiness. It has a faint, saccharine-packet burn on the throat, not unlike that feeling I get when i eat a fudge brownie. Underneath the milkiness, I get bitter chocolate ultimately filling out the profile. The finish is slightly hoppy and dry, giving this beer a good balance from the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, sweet, and slightly dry.

This beer is extremely, extremely sweet. Loads of milky, sugary overload. Almost too sweet ...

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle in a pick-your-sixer from the local liquor store.

A - The beer pours a deep brown almost black color with an offwhite creamy head. Not much retention but a fair amount of lacing.

S - An average blend of dark roasted malts: chocolate, dark caramel, licorice, and a sloght fruity aroma. I wish there was more character here though, very very subtle.

T - The beer starts very smooth. A nice malty, creamy, dark roasted grain flavor on the palette imediately. The middle of the beer brings a mild bitterness and a nice creamy nature. The beer finishes clean and smooth.

M - Silky smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good drinkability.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I would buy it again and recommend. Nothing spectacular but solid.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-20-2011 04:55:11

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.22/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very plain and boring beer. Not much here to write home about. I am a huge lover of stouts and this is AVERAGE! OK to try once or twice, but I wouldn't recommend spending money on a 6 pack. Try sampling a single bottle before you buy a whole 6er or 12er.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized snifter.

Pours opaque dark brown/black with a nice creamy medium brown head. Very carbonated. The carbonation builds up a wall of symmetrical bubbles, kinda reminds me of an Atari game. There is a ring of creamy foam that remains on the glass with some continent-looking cling. The head keeps coming back when the beer is swirled.

Very woody, black licorice, dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, flan, dark malt, but everything is under the cover of a barrel aged soaking with some dark fruits like prunes. When swirled a wafting of dairy sweetness, condensed milk, and cocoa powder. Some dark

Very malty, dark and creamy with a woody, bitter cocoa, sweet dairy, burnt but balanced with a sweetness of caramel.

Silky, silky mouthfeel but a little watery could be fuller bodied. That is the only thing keeping it from excellent. Smooth, carbonation-free slickness. Goes down easy.

This is a truly a "working class milk stout". A fine offering from Ska Brewing. Truly a fine mild stout, try it!

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Photo of patobandito
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, almost solid black with a small head that dissipated quickly. Smells lactic with a strong chocolate note. Tastes immediately of chocolate, with a smokey finish. Very good flavor. It was a bit thin in my opinion, but it is a milk stout, so maybe that's to style. Goes down smooth, but its a little too sweet to be sessionable.

As ska brewing co. is near my home town, I will be reviewing more of their beers this month. My overall impression after two of their brews, is a bit sweet.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, moving towards black with some highlighting. Tan head has lots of big bubbles and a tall appearance, but recedes beyond quickly. Hightails it, really. Lacing is spotty.

Lactic nose backing up the chocolate malts..some sweetness and some bitterness but not too strong. Earthy, touch of DMS.

Overall body is medium, not great but not too bad. Carbonation is a lot high, keeps the sweet milk component from mucking up the palate but really doesn't allow the flavors to properly satiate the taste buds. Faint notes of coffee but more on the chocolate side here, with what's there.

Finish is pretty dry, as mentioned tons of carbonation. The aftertaste is more of mineral water than anything, mildly acidic but not really very bitter.

Not my cup of tea..or milk stout.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this rich one was dark brown/black with mahogany highlights. The head was foamy and tan but receded fairly quickly to a thin ring. Decent lacing however. The aromas were milk chocolate, coffee and sweet malt. The flavors were similar though more towards the roasted coffee side which helped balance some of the sweetness. Good mouthfeel though not quite as rich as I was expecting and more like a porter in this regard.

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Photo of arizcards
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in late August for $1.59.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with a smallish tan head. Nose is of roasted malts and sweet mik chocolate. Taste is of the roasted malts, chocolate, with a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and is not lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This is a fairly tasty beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice roasty/chocolate-coffee aroma. Dark brown to black with no head at all just a wispy white rosharch test looking thing. Nice roasted/coffee flavor profile with some chocolate and malt sweetness. Tastes pretty good really, but feels more porterish than stout and that loses points when you call it a stout. Still tastes good though.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.8/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dark ruby color. Big fizzy light brown head. The head fizzes away rather quickly. (This isn't very inviting for a Milk Stout.) Aroma is chocolatey and lactic. Not a lot of complexity on the nose though and there seems to be something a little weird there as well. Mouthfeel is awful. Totally charged up and way to gaseous. The taste isn't that much better. Something is off with this one. Through a sea of eletrical fires, wet cardboard and plastic, some faint chocolate comes through...for an instant, then it's gone. This one is drainpour.

Thanks, but no thanks MJR.

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Photo of maxpower
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear dark reddish-brown, small light tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Coffee and chocolate flavors, finishes with a lingering sweetness.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with a ruby highlight and a very low off-white head which lasted barely to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly vegetal with a earthy component. Following that was a coffee expresso character and a roastiness. The beer was lightly fruity with the earthiness.

The flavor was acrid with a slightly burnt flavor, chocolate and coffee. The acidity in the grains was not balanced at all by any lactose. The flavor was immediately dry and the beer very acidic.

The finish was dry, bone dry with a lasting acidity from the roasted grains. The body was medium, but no more. Skip this one, not worth the effort.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks mentor!

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boddy: Reddish brown can catch a lot of light, would thoght to be much darker.

Head: Tannish brown hold up well.

Smell: Great malty nose

Taste: Some lactose, tons of malt & almost like a yo hoo in respect, sits well on the tounge & should've had dessert with it.

Can certainally have more than one...

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Photo of mentor
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber obtained from a Total Beverage and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one finger yellow-brown head over a crystal clear dark dark dark ruby mahogeny liquid. Smells coffee roast. Like freshly ground coffee that's got a sharp and clean coffee profile (ie, not phenolic or roasty burn). Beneath is a hint of creamy sweet and may be some chocolate, but it's really mild. Taste starts roasty in the pull, then the roast settles to allow chocolate and a black patent sour to rise up. The chocolate is quickly dominated and the sour hangs around as the mainstay for the rest of the time. It's almost got a tang to it that's unpleasant, like a the sour fibers that hang on a nectarine stone. Carbonation is moderate, but sharp around the edge of my tongue. Mouthfeel is md-light and not as smooth creamy as I was expecting.

This beer is not what I was expecting. The main flavor is phenolic black patent and it constrasts, actually it dominates, the subtle lactose sweetness leaving me wishing I'd chosen a different beer to end the evening. I guess I thought milk stouts were suppose to ahve wet sweet dominate roast and sour.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The stout pours from the bomber a pitch black with minimal head. The aroma is delightful and it almost makes me want to put the beer down and go get some choclate cake. Definatley a sweet beer. Almost a desert beer, but not quite. There is alot going on down there. I have only had a handfull of milk stouts, but this is the best. Out of Ska's four limted edition brews this year, it is the show stealer I think.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer belches forth from the 22-ounce brown bottle a soot black with a moderate sized semi-creamy light chocolate head that erodes rather quickly leaving a thick and glutinous sheet of lace to circumnavigate the glass. Nose has a rich milk chocolate and nice roasted grain aroma, sweet and fresh, start is somewhat sweet with a delectable malt presence and the top moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish has a determined acidity and the hops purposeful in their spiciness, the aftertaste continues the milk chocolate taste and is quite dry, a decent stout and worthy of a sample.

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Milk Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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