Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout: Beer Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan

Some beers are weird. Some beers are so weird that the entire time you drink them you’re pondering and wondering “what the hell am I drinking?” Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes not. Neapolitan Milk Stout is certainly unique and could easily fall in that weird category.  For better or worse this beer is exactly as advertised.  It pours jet black with minimal head and immediately hits you in the face with the intensity of 57 cartons of Neapolitan ice cream.  This isn’t a bad thing but it’s certainly different, the aroma of the strawberry is really what throws it off from a lot of other milk stouts.  And that becomes a theme of the beer, strawberry, it’s the one flavor that is very identifiable and change a pace throughout a pint of Neapolitan Milk Stout .  Of course vanilla and chocolate are present in this fascinating stout and it’s creamy body hits all three Neapolitan  flavor notes and all three are identifiable in the beer.  Sometimes it tastes like you have a mouth full of all three flavors at the same time, but then strangely it also goes through phases in which you might only pull out one of the 3 themed flavors at once.  The stout is a creamy assault on the pallet and will keep you pondering it over the entire time you’re sipping on this curious beverage.  The alcohol content is on the lower side with this beer, it comes in at 6.3% ABV which is almost entirely overshadowed with the rich and creamy sweetness of this stout.  Neapolitan Milk Stout finishes slightly dry with one last final strawberry burst, almost as if it want’s to remind you of how complex the flavor profile is of the beer then begging you to crack open another bottle so you can go through the experience and confusion all over again.

In all honesty I really don’t know that a review can truly do this beer justice in expressing just how unique this beer is.  I have family members that had spent months talking this beer up to me using a lot of the same adjectives that I used to describe this stout so I went into it feeling like I knew what to expect.  The Neapolitan experience could be described as many things but “expected” really is not an appropriate word for this beer.  Depending on the flavors you like in stouts I could see, and understand, people saying this is the best stout they ever had or the worst thing they ever had.  There’s so much going on in this beer that there’s no way it wouldn’t have a pretty wide range of opinions, but that’s not a bad thing.  Craft beers that really make you stop and ponder them should be celebrated; being different in an ever expanding industry is becoming increasingly harder and harder to do.  I don’t think Neapolitan Milk Stout is a beer that will be universally loved by stout fans, but I do think that any stout fan should try it.  It might take you back on a trip down memory land and remind you of desert as a kid, or remind you why you don’t really get into desert in the first place.  Either way you’d be hard pressed to find a milk stout experience similar to this in any other bottle or on a different tap.

Overall Beer Rating: 3.5/5

John Fahrner
Twitter: @fahrn13


John Fahrner Bio:

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

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4 thoughts on “Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout: Beer Review”

  1. John, great job on this blog. Your review was dead on balls accurate (industry term From ‘My Cousin Vinny’) I found myself nodding in agreement as I was reading it. I love this Stout. This was the first Stout that made me say, “I really love craft beer”. I had it on tap, Nitro. I couldn’t get enough. I had the same experience you did when I drank it for the first time. I couldn’t wait to celebrate its return. Great choice & great piece.

  2. I was on the fence about buying this beer John. Now I want to try it just for the experience. Having watched the Oscars last night has got me thinking. A good movie leaves an impression that make me think and reflect on it the next day. Some of my really unique beers are the same way. I love Dogfish 120 but wouldn’t want it every day for example. I enjoy vanilla porter from Mill St because its flavor mystifies me (taste like a milkshake). Here too its a beer to ponder but maybe not too often.


    1. I think the experience is the best reason I could give to try this. I like a beer that makes me ponder it for a week after drinking it.


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