Any thoughts on Milk Stout as a style

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

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  1. russwbeck

    russwbeck Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    I really dislike Milk Stouts, and typically regret convincing myself that the next one will be better. Moohoo, Left Hand, Duck Rabbit...just don't do it for me. However, recently I've come across a few I not only could palate, but actually really enjoyed. They are:

    Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
    Cigar City Moat Water
    Williamsburg AleWerks Cafe Royale
  2. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Milk stouts, along with Cream Stouts and Oatmeal stouts and normal (not Barrel aged or Imperial) stouts are my kind of stouts. I like drinking beers that I don't have to struggle with.
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  3. beastmammoth

    beastmammoth Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 New York

    I think they have no balls
  4. sommersb

    sommersb Initiate (0) May 25, 2010 Tennessee

    Love both milk and sweet stouts...Moloko is so far my favorite milk stout, and Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate my favorite sweet stout.
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  5. basscram

    basscram Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2006 Maine

    does adding lactic acid or acidulated malt to a stout make it a milk stout? those are the only thoughts that come to mind. I like this style but don't know all the ins and outs of it or had a handful of this style.
  6. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    My thoughts are they should make more of it and Moloko is top notch and a must try!
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  7. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Voodoo Cowbell has not been mentioned yet. For shame. So damn good.
  8. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (628) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    No, adding lactose makes it a milk stout.
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  9. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    um, they're delicious.
  10. aboucher0319

    aboucher0319 Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Yup, this one is excellent. Also, the Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Milk Stout is absolutely fantastic; the Sam Smith's is possibly my favorite.
  11. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,326) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    There's no lactose in Sam Adams Cream Stout, according to emails from the brewery. Bell's website says "...Completely dairy-free..." for Special Double Cream Stout.
  12. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    This thread is making me crave some Moloko (and it's barrel-aged incarnations).
  13. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,335) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    If you can get one, ccb imperial sweet stout
  14. LarryAppleton

    LarryAppleton Aspirant (270) Dec 1, 2012 Quebec (Canada)
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    My only problem with milk stouts is that it's so hard not to just chug 3 or more in a row.
  15. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    not a fan of most milk stouts as the lactose tends to add a funky sweetness I don't care for, Duck Rabbits Milk Stout and Terrapin MooHoo being prime examples.

    love the Alewerks Cafe Royale and Hardywood Gingerbread though
  16. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

  17. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Texas

    There's a new brewery in TX that has been blowing it up with their The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout. Tasty, tasty beer. They add vanilla to it as well. I've got plenty for trading in case anyone was interested.
  18. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Devotee (463) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Good call indeed. I have also liked the Dieu Aphrodite as well. But good call on Cowbell. The Cowbell on nitro is a real treat as is the Aphrodite on nitro. I have had both at Capones and enjoyed them as after meal beers.
  19. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Devotee (493) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    Lancaster Brewing Company's Milk Stout is really good, one of my favorites.
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  20. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,256) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Left Hand's Milk Stout, like has been mentioned a million times, is great. From the bottle, I actually prefer the original version to the nitro. On tap, I will take it via nitro.

    Odell's Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout and Ska's Steel Toe Milk Stout are two other nice Colorado milk stouts.
  21. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    If you like this style, Cigar City is tough to beat. Moat Water was particularly good if you like the style.
  22. Rutager

    Rutager Poo-Bah (2,188) Oct 18, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)
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    Minneapolis Town Hall's Three Hour Tour. I could drink that stuff for weeks on end.
  23. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,162) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Left Hand Nitro is excellent!

  24. Cdax

    Cdax Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I wish to thank all the contributors to this thread for helping me fill out my wants/wish list of stouts. Can't wait to get started.
  25. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Aspirant (275) Jan 19, 2012 New York
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    I'm a big fan of Southern Tier 2X, Keegan Ales Mother's Milk and Left Hand for sure. If I had to pick on, I'd probably choose Mother's Milk.
  26. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Zealot (530) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Been a fan of it for that bit of sweet smoothness in there. Left hand was a very nice drinkable one. Pipeworks End of Days is excellent. Read my review for more notes. Revolution Mad Cow and it's various representations of state for it have been solid, worth spending some time with to figure out. Get a homebrew of the brewers best milkstout (1.068 og) a week into fermentation using a wyeast 1084. Be checking it for an sg soon enough to see what it's getting into.
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  27. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Washington
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    That Odell Chocolate Milk Stout sounds good, but I'm not typically a fan of the style. I think they lack the depth and robustness I expect from a good stout
  28. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    ZZZZZZ!!!! Meh
    Just my thought on milk stouts.
  29. DaKur

    DaKur Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    Ravenous Brewing in RI has a delicious CoffeeMilk Stout.
  30. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Echoing everyone else on Left Hand. I prefer the Nitro personally, but it all really depends on your carbonation desire. Revolution's Mad Cow is an easy to drink and very tasty milk stout.
    I don't think that New Holland's Dragons Milk is considered a milk stout. The NH site lists it as using beet sugar, not lactose. They list the style as "stout aged in oak barrels" for whatever that's worth.
  31. Svendozen

    Svendozen Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 New Hampshire

    Duck Rabbit is good. It is the first milk stout I've ever had. Though it wasn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Samuel Smiths Oatmeal was waaaay sweeter, in my opinion.
  32. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (895) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    Bah, forgot to mention Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate stout, which is classified as a milk stout here. I don't like the flavor quite as much as Left Hand, but it smells of delicious chocolate cake. Best smelling beer I've ever enjoyed.

    I also tried Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck, and I found that to be quite good as well.
  33. Antikythera

    Antikythera Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 New York

    I forgot about the Southern Tier 2x. Got hold of that this week and love it. Dragon is sweeter but the milk stout definitely has a different flavour.
  34. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I suspect left hand nitro is the american benchmark. Keegan's ale's mother's milk is also quite nice.
  35. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Texas

    You guys need to try The Temptress Milk Stout from Lakewood Brewing in TX. BM me if anyone wants any, it's really really good. Really.
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  36. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

  37. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Dark Horse Too Cream wasnt bad either, but the three you mentioned are the cream. I dont mind a sweeter, thicker mouthfeel stout (which is Zhukov to a T).
  38. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    It can be awfully damn good when done well. One of my favorite stout styles.
  39. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I think that Milk stouts are super approachable and great for giving to friends who are new to stouts.

    Myself? I still enjoy them from time to time, but not half as often as big Imp or BA Imp stouts
  40. jakeaustin

    jakeaustin Aspirant (260) Dec 23, 2007 Maine
    Industry Beer Trader

    Duck rabbit, left hand, repeat as needed
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