Any thoughts on Milk Stout as a style

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by KStark, Feb 10, 2013.

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  1. KStark

    KStark Devotee (422) Jul 13, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    In the past month I have tried two recently released Milk Stouts from BC brewers. First Ugly Sweater from 49th Parallel and then Phillips Leviathan Milk stout.

    Before that I haven"t had a Milk Stout for many years so I can 't really compare them to a bench mark beer like I could with a Pale Ale or an Irish Stout. They where both ok, both had milk sugar (Lactose) as a sweetener both very mildly hopped and had roast and chocolate malt and a sweet finish.

    Because I have no UK milk stouts for comparison is there a good American bench mark for this style? Has the North American Brewer reinvented Milk Stout as a new style and made it their own just like they did with Porter ? Is it just a meek uninteresting style that is not even on the radar of most craft beer drinkers?

    So many questions!

  2. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Devotee (463) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I have been on a milk stout kick lately. Left Hand Nitro, Pipeworks Jones Dog and Hyper Dog, and River horse are just a few. Nice easy drinkers.
  3. FozzieThaBurr

    FozzieThaBurr Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013

    My girlfriend's favorite style. Terrapin's Moo-Hoo sets the standard for both of us, but it does have chocolate in it, too.
  4. Rusel_G

    Rusel_G Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 North Carolina

    Love the Left Hand Nitro. Also, Terrapin Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout is a favorite.
  5. Cdax

    Cdax Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Also on stout kick. Left Hand Nitro is a fave, Bell's Special Double Cream Stout is also enjoyable.
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  6. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Left Hand, Duck-Rabbit have possibly the best (IMO). Widmer just came out with one again. I think the style has gotten a back seat in general. I use to see them all over. Not so much any more. They will be more prevelant in the winter months. I really like the style and wish more breweries made them. Even as a yearly release.
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  7. Mongo65

    Mongo65 Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2012 Minnesota

    Odells Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is one of my recent big likes for this style of beer.
  8. makisupapolice14

    makisupapolice14 Aspirant (212) Jun 5, 2005 New York

    Whatever happened to mackeson xxx? That was a solid uk example and used to be readily available. Never see it anywhere anymore
  9. sixerofelixir

    sixerofelixir Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2009 Ohio

    My favorite so far is 3F Moloko. Excellent beer.
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  10. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Savant (912) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    Left Hand Milk Stout and Moloko are my 2 favorites thus far. Need to try Bell's Double Cream too.
  11. Antikythera

    Antikythera Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 New York

    Is Dragon Stout a milk stout? I've enjoyed that and other sweet stouts but I'm not sure if they're genuine milk stouts.
  12. slentz

    slentz Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Alewerks Cafe Royale.
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  13. Zimm

    Zimm Initiate (0) May 18, 2012 New Jersey
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    +1 for Left Hand Nitro!
  14. IndyDad

    IndyDad Defender (600) Jan 21, 2013 New York
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    The Left Hand, both regular and Nitro, are fantastic! And the Moo Hoo - why did I only get one 4-pack???
    The Butternuts Moo Thunder is good too...
  15. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (355) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    I second that.
    Downed a 4-pack in a night.
  16. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    Left Hand is delicious. Lakewood also makes a fantastic imperial milk stout.
  17. mateuszekxxpl

    mateuszekxxpl Initiate (172) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois
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    I really enjoy milk stouts. My favorite by far would have to be Very Mad Cow.
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  18. comfortablynirm

    comfortablynirm Disciple (360) Aug 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Add me to the Left Hand crowd---tasty
  19. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    keegan's mother's milk and left hand nitro are both delish (taste the same to me)
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  20. rdharrison

    rdharrison Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Alabama

    Mackeson XXX, at least what's available in my local shop, is now brewed by Carib in Trinidad & Tobago. Had one about two weeks ago. Good stuff.
  21. airforbes1

    airforbes1 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2010 California

    It's back! At least it's back where I live, the NYC metropolitan area. It's the version from the Carib Brewery in Trinidad & Tobago. I've never had the English version, so I can't compare the two, but I thought the Caribbean version was tasty.
  22. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (454) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    If I had access to it, I'd have a few cases of Odell's Lugene, to go with the cases of Terrapin Moo Hoo.
  23. AAG

    AAG Disciple (345) Dec 29, 2012 New York

  24. Halcyondays

    Halcyondays Poo-Bah (3,820) Jun 27, 2007 California

    Greatly enjoy Left Hand and Moloko, but can't get either in CA. Beachwood's Udder Love is one I've been enjoying recently.
  25. BenTenison

    BenTenison Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 New Jersey

    My favorite milk stout is 3F's Moloko that may not be the bench mark you seek like Left Hand's Nitro may be, but along with Terrapin's Moo Hoo it is what the style I believe should taste like.
  26. Bear1964

    Bear1964 Zealot (548) Dec 12, 2012 Nebraska

    Of course it should be seen as a STYLE in and of itself, and a tasty one at that!
  27. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    Lefthand is amazing. I recommend sticking to the NOT nitro version, personally. Fuller flavor profile.
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  28. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Three best I've ever had:
    Perennial Fantastic Voyage
    Williamsburg Alewerks Cafe Royale
    CCB Stranahan BBA Imperial Milk Porter
  29. Thads324

    Thads324 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    Left hand both regular and nitro
    Sam Adams creme stout is surprisingly good also
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  30. LouDogg114

    LouDogg114 Aspirant (283) Jan 1, 2012 Georgia

    Terrapin moohoo of course and left hand. But don't sleep on Duck-rabbit milk stout. Definitely an upper tier brew for the style
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  31. fatsnowman22

    fatsnowman22 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Nevada
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    Left hand nitro is top of the class for price . Double cream stout is a delight. Kind of a stretch but Southern tier does awesome what I would call "milkshake stouts".
  32. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    I love a milk stout because it allows me to drink a stout-style brew in high volume. For example, I'd never drink more than 2 Old Rasputin's or KBS's in a sitting, but I could get loaded off of Left Hand milk stout.
  33. wd09601

    wd09601 Initiate (143) Jul 29, 2012 Maryland

    Loving the NITRO
    I can drink it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  34. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,430) Mar 18, 2010 California

    They can be quite tasty, like Moloko and Very Mad Cow.
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  35. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Crusader (703) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina
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    I will echo what others have said so far; the Left Hand Milk Stout (both regualar and Nitro), Terrapin Moo Hoo, FFF Moloko, and to a lesser degree the Butternuts Moo Thunder and Sam Adams Cream Stout are all great examples of the style.

    My favorite though is the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout. Great stuff
  36. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    I really enjoy them, especially the one from Duck Rabbit. I wish more breweries would brew this style.
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  37. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,455) Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    A wonderful style. Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is wonderful, as is Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout.
  38. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (624) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I dig milk stout.

    WHile there are better options, I think Nitro is a pretty good benckmark for the style
  39. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    My thoughts are false advertising.
  40. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,173) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Great easy drinking style; lots of solid recommendations here.

    Drank the first ever bottles of my homebrew tonight - you guessed it, a milk stout. Thrilled to death it came out great, looks beautiful, right on target stylistically.
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