Friday, November 27, 2015

Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1503) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Whenever 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.

RATING: 7/10