AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1503) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
I see a stout marketed as being like a liquid dessert, I tend to get my
hopes up. It’s hard to screw up a chocolate beer (though some breweries
have done it); though I’m finding the ones that really knock my socks
off are fewer and further between lately. Rochester Mills Milkshake
Stout is neither under nor overwhelming; it’s perfectly satisfactory.
It’s a solid milk shake with some chocolate flavor – though not quite
the beer milkshake I was hoping for.
I poured a 16oz can into a tumbler glass. It was canned on 10/29/15 and
cost $2.79 ($0.17 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!
Appearance: Dark brown/black color with magenta edges. Pours to a fairly
large, dark tan, foamy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Lactose sugar is prominent, but there seems to be a sweet cherry
scent as well. Seems to be a bit of tang, and I don’t pick up any
chocolate or other candy-like notes.
Taste: As a traditional stout goes, this beer certainly has all the
usual makings of one that really exemplifies the style. Sweet up front
with plenty of dark maltiness. On the back end the roasted malt emerges
and creates for a slight coffee or dark chocolate flavor (though the
addition of cocoa nibs probably has something to do with that as well).
There’s a lingering, almost artificial sweetness that hides in the
background throughout. It doesn’t taste like a milkshake per se, though
there is a bit of a milky quality due to the lactose sugar. Not much in
the way of chocolate candy, though; since there doesn’t seem to be any
vanilla in the beer (vanilla is the prominent flavor component in
chocolate). A slight tang on the back end with some roastiness on the
aftertaste seems to be par for the course.
Drinkability: When I saw that Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout came in a
16oz can I was hoping it might have a nitrogen widget to play up the
name, but there was no widget. The body is pretty standard – there’s a
thickness to it, but there’s also noticeable smoothness as well as some
crisp carbonation. Quite comfortable in the mouth with a lovely
aftertaste. It’s very efficient for a beer that’s only 5% ABV, though
that might also explain why it’s not an intense flavor bomb.