236 of the Best Milk Stouts, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Siberian Night (83)

“Our Siberian Night Russian imperial stout aged for 11 months in fresh bourbon barrels. The dark chocolate malt yields a milk chocolate flavor that blends perfectly with the vanilla flavor from the barrel.”

Tallgrass Brewing Company Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat (85)

“Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is a combination of our award-winning oatmeal cream stout, Buffalo Sweat, with whole Ugandan vanilla beans. The result is the natural espresso-chocolate flavors of Buffalo Sweat infused with the sweetness of vanilla. It’s an exceptional treat on a cold winter’s night.”

Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery, LLC Oatmeal Stout (85)

"This classic, British-style stout is dark, smooth and slightly sweet, with just enough bitterness and hops to balance out the richness of the roasted malt’s nutty character and the creaminess of the oatmeal flakes. Freshly roasted coffee beans, cocoa and touches of raisin and dried fruit dominate the aroma of this super dark ale."

Stone Brewing Co. Milk Coffee Stout (86)

“With lactose and coffee from ACME Coffee Roasting Co., Brian Gallagher put together a delicious stout that can be considered a hybrid between Irish, sweet, and a milk stout.”

Summit Brewing Co Summit Oatmeal Stout (86)

"Summit Oatmeal Stout in bottles offers notes of hazelnut, caramel and chocolate. Full and sweet with a robust body, it finishes bright and crisp."

Stone Brewing Mint Coffee Milk Stout (87)

“We decided to take our classic brewhouse Stone Coffee Milk Stout and make our own riff by adding fresh chocolate mint and peppermint. The bright, intoxicating aromatics of the chocolate and mint emanating from this smooth-drinking, caffeinated libation are palpable.”

Three Taverns Brewery Cocoa Cafe (87)

"Inspired by the cafes of Latin America, Cocoa Café is a chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon coffee milk stout."

Roaring Table Brewing Sunburnt Mirth 2020 (87)

"Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mole Milk Stout."

Springdale Beer BRIG Mocha Stout (87)

"Brazilian coffee, chocolate, oats, and milk sugar bring their best to this delightful, decadent beer."

Springdale Beer Brigadeiro (87)

Brazilian coffee, cacao, oats, and milk sugar are all parts of this complete breakfast stout. Roasty, rich, and smooth!

Main & Mill Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Jifforia (87)

Brewed with peanut butter and cacao nibs. Aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels.

Reuben's Brews Barrel Aged Stout (88)

“This brew is a rich, big imperial stout deliberately brewed to age in bourbon barrels for many months. It has a rich body, vanilla notes, bourbon, light oak, and an underlying flavor profile of smooth milk chocolate.”

Garage Brewing Marshmallow Milk Stout (90)

"Pure decadence with none of the gooey mess."

Mikerphone Brewing BA One Man Wrecking Machine (90)

"Barrel-aged double milk stout with vanilla, toasted coconut, and cocoa nibs."

The Brewery LBK Social Justice Warrior (90)

"Whiskey milk stout made with natural flavors."

Ska Brewing Co. Steel Toe Milk Stout (91)

This traditional English cream stout is brewed with actual milk sugar to create a creamy and sweet brew that will make you mooo for more.

Hi-Wire Brewing Strongman Coffee Stout (91)

“Inspired by our head brewer’s café con leche-fueled travels in Key West, this is a milk stout with some kick. Local coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. is cold-extracted and added post fermentation to this sweet, creamy beer.”

Urban Chestnut Cocoa CowTao (91)

“Tao: Chinese for ‘path’ or ‘way’. Should you follow the Cocoa CowTao of UCBC, it will guide you to a place of confectionary, bovinic, and zymurgic fusion, where you will find fulfillment through the exquisite wisdom of Chocolate Milk Stout.”

Hop Butcher/Solemn Oath Hobson (91)

A massively rich imperial milk stout, full of chocolate, that has a smooth warming finish with just a hint of smoke.

New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk (91)

"Bourbon Barrel-Aged stout aged for 90 days in a blend of first use and second use bourbon barrels."

Stone Brewing Fyodor (91)

Rich coffee, bitter and milk chocolate, dark charred oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Left Hand Brewing Company Bittersweet Imperial Milk Stout (92)

“Allegro Coffee’s exotic Mocha Java blend’s dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones weave into the milky sweet stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue.”

Burnt City Brewing Freight Handler (92)

“Our milk stout is full-bodied and smooth, with rich chocolate flavors and complex maltiness, along with a touch of subtle lactose sweetness.”

Deep Ellum Local Legend (92)

“Local Legend, a sessionable sweet milk stout, is the perfect balance of roasted barley and milk sugar for a subtly sweet, silky brew. Legends aren’t born, they’re brewed!”

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout (92)

“Noted by a strikingly vigorous cascade and thick foam head, nitro beers are known for their rich and smooth texture. With Nitro Project, we explored recipes that held the integrity of the style while being gassed with nitrogen. The result, in our humble opinion, is awesome.”

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout (92)

“Brewed with well water, the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa impart a delicious, smooth, and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors and a delightful finish.”

The Brew Kettle Kitka (92)

"We take a traditional milk stout and add chocolate, coconut, and vanilla."

Perennial Artisan Ales Shake the Frost (92)

"Session coffee stout with Sump Coffee."

Cellarmaker Brewing Company Best Fiends (92)

"This is a big chewy Porter that focuses on quality malts. This luscious brew has the nose and flavor intensity of an imperial stout but comes in at a reasonable ABV. Best Fiends contains no adjuncts yet is packed with aromas of freshly baked chocolate croissant, graham cracker, cigar tobacco, high percentage cacao, and malted milk ball."

Main & Mill Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel–Aged Carpathian 2019 (92)

Imperial stout base aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

Hardywood Park Cassowary (93)

“Cloaked in black and crowned with vibrant color, the cassowary is the embodiment of prehistoric grace and primal ferocity. Our imperial milk stout is equally bold and unapologetically rich, presenting a balanced aroma of chocolate truffle and dark fruits followed by leather, toffee, and almond that linger on the palate and earn the name Hardywood Cassowary; a graceful behemoth in the beer world.”

Tallgrass Brewing Company Buffalo Sweat (93)

“The creamy sweetness of milk sugar complements the dark-roasted barley to create a medium-bodied beer that is rich, complex, and delicious with a definite espresso-chocolate aroma and flavor.”

Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout (94)

Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment. Udderly delightful.

East Brother Beer Oatmeal Stout (94)

"English-inspired with notes of rich milk chocolate, dark fruit—soft, comforting finish."

Main & Mill Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Imperial Breakfast Stout 2019 (94)

Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, Mississippi Mud Espresso, cacao nibs, and maple syrup. Aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels.

Highland Brewing Company Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout (95)

“Stout brewed with cacao nibs with natural flavor added.”

Schlafly Vanilla Milk Stout (95)

“Vanilla Milk Stout is a rich black stout enhanced by the addition of lactose and fresh Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans for a unique drinking experience.”

Terrapin Beer Company Moo-Hoo (95)

“Cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company give this beer its great taste! An appetizing cold-weather treat, this sweet stout is rich creamy and uniquely satisfying.”

Starr Hill Brewery Little Red Roostarr (96)

"A full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters."

2nd Shift Brewing Chico's Revenge (96)

"Big milk stout brewed with oats, lactose, and love."

Finback Brewery Grazing on the Ordinary (96)

"An imperial snack stout brewed with coconut, hazelnut, and milk sugar."

Wicked Weed Brewing Milk & Cookies (97)

“Hints of cold milk, sweet vanilla, and hearty oatmeal remind us that our memories are forever led by our senses. In this case, we are led home.”

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Moscatel Barrel Magellan (97)

"Imperial Maple Stout aged in imported Moscatel wine puncheons for 18 months. Flavors of maple and chocolate marry with French oak, mild citrus, toffee, and raisin from the cask."

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout (98)

"When Velvet Merlin is brewed with milk sugar to create Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, the effect is similar to adding cream to your dark roasted coffee. The result is a stout that is still dark and roasty, but now with a mellow sweetness and added roundness of body."

Pinthouse Brewing The First 6 Black Sabbath Records (99)

"Imperial Stout aged in Balcones Cask Strength Rye Whisky Barrel. We're getting notes of cocoa puffs and sweet chocolate milk with a mild rye spiciness from the rye whiskey barrel."