Neapolitan Milk Stout is a Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Co. that blends sweet strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate with roast malt.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout is a Milk Stout that’s brewed by Saugatuck Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

The name of the beer says it all. Named for the triple-flavored ice cream combo, this Milk Stout combines strawberry, vanilla, chocolate. But is it too much? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Milk Stout pours an opaque dark brown and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.

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Aroma

The aroma really does smell like Neapolitan ice cream. You can distinctly pick up strawberry and sugary vanilla. And if you try hard enough, you can pick up a note of dark chocolate in the background.

Flavor

The palate begins innocently enough with a neutral taste of browned bread and a touch of coffee bean. The tasting then climaxes with sweet strawberry, sugary vanilla, and then is balanced out with a mild roast and dark chocolate.

Label art for the Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Co.

Label art for the Neapolitan Milk Stout by Saugatuck Brewing Co.

Mouthfeel

The palate has a soft draw and is creamy through the middle with a relatively dry finish. The body is a medium-full with just under moderate carbonation. The sweetness lightly coats the back of the tongue.

Overall

The Neapolitan Milk Stout is an example of well-executed concept. Its appearance isn’t anything special but that’s nitpicking. While the chocolaty element in the aroma is all but missing, it is otherwise strong and enticing. The feel is smooth and almost creamy, which suits this beer quite well. But it’s the palate that’s the winner here. One might be concerned that such a beer would be overly sweet but in fact, there’s a nice balance in the finish.

Overall, you can skip dessert tonight and enjoy a Neapolitan Milk Stout instead.

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