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Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
 
Style Information
Sweet Stouts may also be called "Milk Stouts" or "Cream Stouts". This is a stout style that contains lactose, which is a sugar in milk. This sugar adds sweetness to the beer, along with a slightly thicker body.

The color should be the same as other stouts - very dark, usually dark brown or black with minimal or no light getting through. The aroma should have a malt sweetness, with hints of cocoa powder, chocolate and caramel apparent. Hops may be noted, but should not dominate and is usually not even apparent. The taste has a much less roasted bitter taste than other stout styles. As with the aroma, there should also be notes of cocoa powder, chocolate and caramel.The feel should be full bodied. ABV should range from 3% to 6%. IBUs should be low, from 15 to 25.

Some history from Wikipedia:

"Milk stout was supposed to be very nutritious, and was given to nursing mothers. In 1875, John Henry Johnson first sought a patent for a milk beer, based on whey, lactose, and hops."

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Goblet A goblet (or chalice) is a large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glass. The distinction between goblet and chalice is typically in the glass thickness. Goblets tend to be more delicate and thin, while the ... [more]
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Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]

Top Consumed Milk / Sweet Stout
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Three Hour Tour by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery78
2. Lacto-Matic Milk Stout by Flat12 Bierwerks50
3. Special Double Cream Stout by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe37
4. Four by Surly Brewing Company25
5. Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing Company25
6. Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout by Terrapin Beer Company21
7. Kalamazoo Stout by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe17
8. Very Mad Cow by Revolution Brewing15
9. Buffalo Sweat by Tallgrass Brewing Company14
10. Moloko Plus by Three Floyds Brewing LLC14

Top Reviews Milk / Sweet Stout
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Imperial Sweet Stout by Cigar City Brewing90
2. Vanilla Infused Coconut Milk Stout by Rock Bottom Brewery (Minneapolis, MN)90
3. Four by Surly Brewing Company90
4. Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Co.88
5. Midnight Brewing Project II - Depth Charge by Terrapin Beer Company86
6. Three Hour Tour by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery85
7. Yodo Con Leche by 5 Rabbit Cerveceria84
8. Cocoa Stout by The Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery84
9. Kalamazoo Stout by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe83
10. Two Stall Chocolate Milk Stout by Ahnapee Brewery82