I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 11/4/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body with no carbonation visible. Pours to an
average sized, dark tan, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Pretty standard sweet pub-style stout aroma with noticeable sweetness. Light on the roasted malt, though.
Taste: Lake Placid Nippletop Milk Stout is a pretty strangely-named
beer. That’s a bit ironic considering everything about it is pretty much
by-the-book otherwise. If you want an example of what a milk stout can
be, this is a good one to go to. It seems to be brewed in the
traditional style of a standard pub-style stout with the addition of
plenty of lactose sugar. It’s quite sweet as that sugar is definitely
the spotlight of the palette. A light sweetness with a slight dairy-like
character to it throughout most of the swig. Mild roasted malt
bitterness on the backend helps balance it out with just a hint of
astringency or acidicy (though I find most of the style have this, too).
I’d describe this as a "no frills" milk stout, but that sounds like a
detriment, which isn’t how it should be taken. It tastes good and it’s
to spec - good enough for me.
Drinkability: There’s two reasons to drink this beer: firstly, for its
sweet, drinker-friendly taste. Secondly, because of its drinker-friendly
drinkability. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and comfortable. Drinking
it down is no challenge whatsoever. My only complaint would be that it
finishes almost completely clean (some residual stout aftertaste would
be nice). At only 4.9% ABV it’s right where it should be in terms of
body and robustness. This is the type of beer you can session in the