Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout: Brew Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan

With the holiday season upon us the weather is changing and all around I’m hearing people talk about holidays and holiday foods.  One of the things that caps off holiday meals is some kind of rich desert, usually a pie or a cake.  Granted a good cup of coffee is a nice pair for pretty much any desert but for the craft beer drinker sometimes a good brew can be just as (if not more) satisfying as a desert option.  There’s no shortage of beers out there that could arguably work their way into the desert category, but when I’m looking for a desert I typically look for a stout to cap off a meal.  As a fan of stouts I tend to gravitate to the stronger and more robust stouts for the most part, however Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout is a delightful stout that breaks that mold and brings something a little different to my pint glass.   Milkshake Stout is a sweet milk stout brewed with lactose giving this dark beauty a fully sweet flavor that is not only enjoyable but also satisfying.

There’s a lot of things I really enjoy about this stout, the aroma off it is nice and malty with noticeable notes of chocolate and pours silky and dark with a cream colored head.  With a name like Milkshake Stout those qualities are likely to be expected.  What’s surprising is that the stout is not at all overpowering.  I don’t want to call the sweetness toned down, but it’s definitely subtle while remaining noticeable.  The beer gives a very full bodied flavor without feeling heavy like a lot of stouts in general are prone to.  It makes for a very enjoyable stout experience that fits in well especially after having plenty of other things that are likely filling and heavy on the stomach.  Milkshake Stout’s ABV is only 5.5% so it’s not something that’s going to sugar you up and put you directly into next day headaches, its a beautiful silky stout that is a great craft beer alternative, or maybe solution if you’re like me, to the desert conundrum.

I think Milkshake Stout would be a really good choice for a beer to have the Nitro treatment given too, I can only imagine how much smoother Nitro would make this already smooth beer.  Until that happens though Milkshake Stout is a really solid option if you want a sweet stout to work into your brew rotation.  I think this would be a great stout to introduce people who might be a little gun shy about stouts in general.  The character of this beer is just sweet enough and still complex enough that I could see it being a great introduction to the world of stout, especially if Guinness is your only other exposure to this wonderful style.  Milkshake Stout is sold year round in 16 oz.  cans and is very affordable, normally $7-10 for a 4 pack.

Beer Rating: 4/5 stars


John Fahrner

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John resides in Wolverine Lake, MI and is interested in craft beer, the Detroit Red Wings and MSU.

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