Chocolate Milk Stout Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0170

A milk stout (brewed with lactose sugar for body and residual sweetness) laced with pure cacao nibs in secondary.

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Let's break it down: a milk stout is a slightly sweeter stout that has lactose, aka milk sugar, added to it. The lactose is unfermentable by yeast, so it adds a milky, creamy, rich sweetness and lots of body. A chocolate milk stout takes the above formula, then adds even more richness with the inclusion of exotic cacao nibs, the seeds that give us chocolate. Unrefined as they are, cacao nibs bring light fruity notes, sumptuous delicate chocolate, and hints of earth.

Look for an opaque ebony pint capped with dark foam and a flavor reminiscent of straight espresso laced with chocolate liqueur and sweetened with turbinado sugar. Very full-bodied, round, and filling with bittersweet hints around the edges. Excellent as a nourishing restorative or as an ice cream topping.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style No
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1051
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

A huge hit Review by GatorGrrrl
I brewed this one in honor of my Guinness-loving brother's birthday. I wanted to do a stout since I know he likes those, and I thought a chocolate milk stout would be an interesting variation. When he tried it, my bro uttered five word's he'd never said before: "This is BETTER than Guinness!"Everyone at the party loved it.

I'd read some of the reviews here before I brewed it and was tempted by accounts of customizations (e.g., adding cocoa and / or vanilla extract), but since it was my first stout brew, I followed the recipe exactly to have a baseline. It's got a lovely subtle chocolate flavor when brewed as directed. I'm not sure I'd change a thing. (Posted on 4/19/15)
Amazing chocolate stout Review by Dustin
This was my third batch of homebrew I have done so far as I just started brewing Christmas Day. I followed the recipe exactly and added nothing extra to it. I figured I wouldn't bother tweaking the recipe if it doesn't need tweaking. I left it in primary for 2 weeks and secondary for 3.5 weeks and it has been in bottles for about 6 weeks. My best advise would be to leave it in the secondary for at least 3 weeks and the longer it is in the bottles the better it gets. I did try a bottle at 2 weeks in and 4 weeks in and it was significantly better but still not to smooth. Now that the bottles have been sitting for about a month and a half the flavor is amazing and it lost all its bitterness. Someone had mentioned before that it tasted similar to a left hand nitro milk stout and I would have to agree. For now I'm going to let it sit in the basement for another couple months and probably leave about a dozen for fall as it seems to keep getting better and better. Will be brewing this again for sure as it was one of the best stouts I have ever had and I made it. Alcohol came out around 4.2% with saddle dry yeast. I have had better luck with alcohol production with the liquid yeast in the Karma Citra IPA I just brewed. I would recommend the liquid yeast as well (Posted on 4/3/15)
Great beer. Subtle chocolate flavor. Review by John
This beer turned out really good. The lactose makes a great mouthfeel and the 4oz of cacao nibs is pretty spot on. I may have been appreciative of another 2oz but honestly, the chocolate flavor is great. Its very subtle and sort of remains with you at the back of your pallet after you take a sip. It's not very pronounced on the front end but I'm not sure I would want it to be. The lactose also keeps some sweetness but not too much. Very good beer. Will order again. (Posted on 2/25/15)
My best batch yet! Review by Casey
I followed the directions but added a couple of cups of steel cut oats (like I do for most of my batches) and it turned out great.

I let it sit in the secondary for and extra 3.5 months and I couldn't believe how fast I went through my 5 gallon keg.

I'd like to make this again, but in a 10 or 15 gallon batch as soon as I can get the equipment.

I'll be brewing this one again! (Posted on 2/14/15)
I keep coming back.... Review by Phillip
After 2 dozen brews or so I still keep making this kit. It's such a crowd pleaser and you can always play around with it a bit. So far I've gotten the best results by soaking the nibs in vodka for two weeks and then adding that plus 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Patience is key, let it secondary for as long as you can to let the flavors meld together before you bottle/keg it. (Posted on 1/13/15)
A New Favorite Review by Christopher
I brewed this in early Sept, bottled in mid Oct, and cracked the first in early Nov. It did not ferment vigorously, so I was a little worried. But after trying the first (and second) wow! This is a new favorite as the cold season sets in. I added 1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa powder to last 20 mins of boil, and 8 oz of cocoa nibs soaked in vodka for 3 days during the last 2 weeks in the fermentor (I was on a real chocolate kick). This is one of the best chocolate stouts I have ever had, (and it is chocolaty) and will definitely be brewing this again! (Posted on 11/5/14)
Chocolate milk stout - very good Review by Paul
First time for this kit, about the only thing I changed was added 3 oz. of Herseys dark chacolate syrup at the end of the boil. I tried a bottle at 5 weeks and there was plenty of carbonation, however I would let it go to at least till the end of six weeks, seems like it even got better, very smooth . Thanks, Paul (Posted on 9/8/14)
Very Good After Adequate Aging Review by Drew
I brewed this beer about 6 months ago, and after 4 months of bottle aging- it tastes fantastic. During the first 2 months of bottle aging, it just wasn't as smooth and satisfying.
I too soaked the nibs in vodka before adding to secondary but didn't make any other changes to the kit. (Posted on 7/22/14)
decent sweet stout Review by shawn
i added an additional oz of 100% cocoa powder to the boil on this one and it turned out really good. nice chocolate flavor. i think my expectations were really high on this. i was hopping for something like sam smiths organic chocolate. it fell short of that, but still a great brew. (Posted on 6/21/14)
Delicious! Review by Cason
I followed the instructions to the letter. The brew spent 3 weeks in secondary. The ABV was a little lower (3.8%) than I expected but I don't really care about that. It may have been because it fermented at the lower end of the desired temperature range for the yeast (dry). Very creamy and roasty, a little bitter, very very silky smooth, and extremely drinkable. I could easily reach for one of these after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day and still be refreshed. There is a little sweetness from the lactose but it's subtle and the chocolate notes are subtle as well but it is very balanced. Some reviews expressed concerns regarding low carbonation but I popped mine after 2 weeks bottle conditioned and it was thick frothy head galore. And as always, Northern Brewer's ingredients are top drawer. (Posted on 6/6/14)
Best Kit Ever!!! Review by Eric
After brewing and tasting this kit, I can honestly say it's the best kit I've made, tasted, or been a part of. I chose the wyeast option and the fermentation process was amazing, it bubbled for a full week and a half!!! Then in secondary fermentation with the cocoa nibs added it still had a hearty fermentation going on. After bottling I couldn't wait to try it and I wasn't disappointed. The taste is full and rich, with just a hint of those cocoa nibs. This is a fantastic beer!!!! (Posted on 5/2/14)
Rich chocolate flavor Review by Ed
Was going to wait until this beer had been fully carbed to write a review, but I couldn't resist. It has only been bottle conditioned for five days, but my curiosity got the best of me.

After 1.5 weeks in the primary I racked to secondary and added the 4 ounces of cacao nibs which I soaked in vanilla flavored vodka the night before. I just threw them in and let it sit in the secondary for three weeks.

On bottling day it smelled outstanding.

Today's taste test was great. It has a deep, rich chocolate taste and medium body. I can't imagine what it'll taste like in a few more week, but man - it's off to a GREAT start. (Posted on 3/28/14)
Pure deliciousness Review by Scott
I'm surprised this doesn't have better reviews. I opted for Wyeast and did 2 weeks in primary and 4 in secondary with addition of vodka soaked nibs after 2 weeks in secondary. Since I couldn't really find a straight answer, I went ahead and dumped the nibs and vodka in together. Kegged and force carbed Monday, pulled the first beer 2 days later. This is possibly the best stout I've ever had...right up there with the Creme Brulee Stout at Kuhnhenn's in Detroit. Try will not regret it. (Posted on 3/25/14)
Turned out great Review by Bruce
Brewed according to instructions. After reading other comments, I poured Smirnoff vodka just over the top of the cocoa nibs. Three days later I had to add more as the nibs soaked up all the vodka. It turned the liquid more into a thin oil like gel.

14 days after boil, I added the soaked nibs to the secondary when transferring from the primary. Once kegged, I let it sit for another week. Poured my first glass tonight and it is smooth and tasty. The end result was lighter than Left Hand or Duck Rabbit, but still very good. Would recommend for milk chocolate stout fans. (Posted on 3/1/14)
Add Raspberry Review by Zach
I added 3 lbs of raspberries to the secondary, made a great dessert beer. Wish I had not of added the lactose though. (Posted on 2/21/14)
Pleasant surprise Review by Jesse
I added a pound of caramel, some vanilla to this kit. As others said, steep the choco in vodka to extract the flavors. Mostly positive reviews, this brew is a great one to drink during the cold winter months! (Posted on 2/16/14)
Amazing Milk Stout Review by Steve
This is my first kit from Northern Brewer and won't be my last. I took the base recipe and added the following (3lbs Briess Dark DME and 1/2lb English Chocolate Malt). This was also my first beer that I tried temperature control (set carboy in plastic tub filled with water with aquarium heater/water pump method) and it worked VERY well. I had a constant temp of 68 degrees and let this one ferment for 2 weeks before adding the cocoa nibs. I added the cocoa nibs straight to the primary and let sit for another week.

After 3 weeks I bottled. I tried my first a week after bottling and that was too soon. There was a little carbonation but not much (higher abv beers take longer to carb and this one is up there!). I let them sit for another 2 weeks before trying one last night (3 weeks total in bottles at this point). The taste and aroma from this beer will not disappoint. It is a very smooth beer with a complex mix of chocolate/coffee/toffee tastes to it. If you are looking at a milk stout kit this is the one! If you want it a little stronger which I personally like in a milk stout then follow the additions I made and you will be in for a nice, smooth, very drinkable milk stout! (Posted on 2/11/14)
Great breakfast beer! Review by Steve
This is an easy kit to brew if you've done extract with specialty grains brewing before. This beer ages very nicely so be patient. I followed the instructions, but only let it sit in the secondary for 3 weeks, 2 weeks with the cacao nibs before bottling. It came out perfect. The chocolate and coffee notes and creamy taste make the perfect breakfast or dessert stout! (Posted on 1/18/14)
best milk stout Review by vernon
brewed fallowing directions used cacao nibs bottled beer keeps getting better with age good as left hand brewing chocolate milk stout a lot better than duck rabbit to sweet a stout slightly bitter bakers chocolate taste not overpowering wife liked this one and she doesn't like beer
my favorite milk stout ever currently have another milk stout in secondary added1lb soft candi sugar brun leger at flameout soaked nibs in vodka four days going to leave nibs in seven weeks than bottle (Posted on 1/12/14)
great quality Review by francisco javier
I really recommed i buy 3 times , i make one time the normal recipe and 2 with more chocolate and oatmeal great results i recommed 2 portion of safale 4 for best results (Posted on 12/22/13)
Quick delivery.....waiting on secondary Review by Patrick
I can't say too much now, I have it in the secondary. It was an easy brew. It looks and smells great. I will bottle in early January, looking forward to my first taste. (Posted on 12/18/13)
A great Milk Stout Review by Tom
Finished brewing my third batch this is on the list of repeat beers. I have added 2oz of unsweetened bakers chocolate and various amounts of organic cocoa power to this beer for 60 minutes and have not been let down. Friends and family that tell me the don't like dark beers have changed to drinking this vs. the lighter beers I have made. Try it you will be impressed. (Posted on 12/11/13)
Looks great so far Review by Thomas
Brewed it yesterday. Fermentation started within 3 hours of pitching yeast. Made a 1 lt yeast started and applied oxygen via 2 micron stone. Very steady, controlled fermentation. This one should pan out was a five starer! Stay tuned ... (Posted on 12/9/13)
Great Chocolate beer Review by Brian
I just pitched my cacao nibs into my current batch. Will bottle in two weeks. Having brewed this before I and all my friends love it. I brew 5 gal every month so I don't run out. (Posted on 11/2/13)
Promising Review by Michael
This is only my second brew but went off without a hitch. I just bottled it and the aroma and flavor is delicious, even without the carbination and aging. The cocao nibs give it a good chocolate overtone, but not overwhelming. I soaked them in a little vodka overnight to help bring out the flavor. I added a couple tablespoons of vanilla extract to the bottling bucket. Was going to add vanilla beans to the secondary as some did, but took the easy way and it is not too strong, just a bit of vanilla in the finish. Will wait a couple weeks then crack one open to see how well it ages. Should be perfect for Thanksgiving! (Posted on 10/25/13)
real smooth stout Review by dale
very nice smooth tasting beer with a nice chocalate flavor from the cocoa nibs. the grains and malts come together very nicely. (Posted on 10/23/13)
um... not great but...probably my fault :) Review by hoser
2 weeks primary. added cold extracted espresso coffee at flame out. used 2 packs of dry yeast. (maybe I added too much coffee?)

poured enough vodka to cover nibs in a hopsack and allowed to sit for 3 days. racked to secondary on top of nibs.

2 weeks in secondary then bottled in 16 oz bottles (1 carb drop each).

4 weeks later: good color. undercarbed. too coffee forward in taste. chocolate is more of an afterthought and is the bakers chocolate flavor..not milk chocolate. (more bitter). dry yeast imparted a slight fruitiness. next time i'll add less coffee and add it to the secondary with the nibs. give it more time in the secondary... more sugar to carb. next one will be with a liquid yeast.

perhaps in another 2 weeks it will change for the better? it does have a tonic effect for me. enough caffeine to act as an energy boost without the jitters. for my first foray into stouts it wasn't bad... just not great. (Posted on 10/22/13)
One of the best beers I have Brewed! Review by Todd
This is my second batch and I have no complaints. Very active fermentation, definitely recommend soaking the nibs in vodka. (Posted on 9/26/13)
Decent Review by Luke
We added caramel to this beer and so far it's turning out great! Going to legit sit a couple more weeks in bottles before I try another one but carbonating really well. We love Northern Brewer and their product (Posted on 9/7/13)
Excellent dessert beer! Review by Paula
But be patient. It really needs to sit in the bottles for at least six weeks before it reaches full flavor. I'll have to brew up another batch of this magic elixir soon because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, likes it. (Posted on 6/8/13)
Complex Multiple Levels of Flavor Review by Scott
One of my top 3 brews. So much going on in this beer, so many levels of flavor. Served it to guests during a mothers day cook out to rave reviews. Probably a mistake on my part as we ripped through 8 of my 22 oz bottles (less for me). A tip that I saw elsewhere which worked great for me was to soak the cocoa nibs in vodka for a few days prior to adding to the secondary, give it a try. I will brew this again in the fall to have for the holidays. (Posted on 5/22/13)
Really Good Beer! Review by Michael
I bought the extract chocolate milk stout kit, followed the directions and ended up with the best beer i've ever made! This stout is somewhat sweet, rich in flavors (kind of chocolatey/coffee taste), nice head of foam that stays almost to the last drop! This beer will not last long, everyone loves it!! I hope NB keeps this kit in stock because I will be brewing it again! (Posted on 4/14/13)
Fantastic Winter Stout Review by Zandrello
This is a fantastic winter beer.
Pure black in color, beautiful creamy off-white colored head.

It is full of rich malty flavors, has a nice creamy mouthfeel, and a very slight undertone of the hops. It is so flavorful! I would compare it to the Left Hand milk stout as others have, but because of the pure Cacao nibs dumped in secondary (which I soaked in a pint of vodka for 3 days) it has a very nice, yet slight, chocolate after-taste in the finish.

Wonderful Beer. This will definitely be a regular for me every winter. Thanks NB! (Posted on 2/20/13)
Great, smooth beer Review by Peter
I have never brewed a stout before - but really enjoy this one. Very smooth taste, little bitterness. Give it a little time, and it turns out great. (Posted on 1/12/13)
Best Kit I've Made Yet Review by Christan
This is by far the best stout/porter kit I've made yet. The flavor complexity and full mouth feel make this a winner. AND, my family and friends agree: it's my most popular brew to date. In fact, I'm ordering another kit when I finish this review. (Posted on 12/7/12)
Added Fresh Ground Coffee to Secondary Review by Andrew
I was looking for a lower ABV breakfast stout and went to this beer. I added 8oz of fresh ground coffee beans at 2ndary. Allowed to rest for 20 days before kegging. After 2 weeks in keg, the coffee bitterness has smoothed out a bit and is quite sessionable. I call it, Count Javacula. (Posted on 10/19/12)
Aging nicely. definitely a dessert. Review by Dack
2 wk primary
4 wk secondary, nibs added 2 wks

6 wks bottle condition at room temp- sweet but rough. thin mouthfeel. not quite enough carbonation.

10 wks bottle condition at room temp- wow. marked improvement. mouthfeel developed, feels like a milk stout should. still a slight rough aftertaste, but much less pronounced than at 6 wks. carbonation appropriate for the style. A coffee-heavy dark chocolate flavor that is balanced nicely with the malt. The sweetness is what is pronounced, definitely a dessert beer.
(Posted on 10/15/12)
Love It! Review by Jared
I love this beer, and have been told that it is the best home brew many people have had. However I wish I had gone with the wyeast liquid yeast instead of the dry kit as active fermentation only took place for around 15 hours resulting in a very low abv. But all in all a great beer. (Posted on 7/14/12)
Amazing Review by brandon
I was suspect about how good this would actually taste. I left mine 3 weeks in the secondary with 2 split vanilla beans and when sampling it at bottling it still had a lot of bite. Almost 4 weeks in bottles and it is amazing. Pop the top and you get the chocolate milk smell right off the bat. Still has a little bite with it but now it is much more subdued. Mouthfeel is about the same as Left Hand Milk Stout. I will be keeping this one around. (Posted on 4/27/12)
not as good as the old kit Review by Marty
This was my second time to make chocolate milk stout. The first attempt was fantastic. This time, the beer is malty, smooth, and has a taste of caramel, but NO chocolate flavor at all. Next time, and there will be a next time, I'll get the syrup again and not mess with the chocolate nibs. (Posted on 4/13/12)
Lots goin on! Review by HornD
This beer has great flavor - lots going on. The hops are present, but no overpowering. I will buy this one again. (Posted on 4/6/12)
Wonderful dessert beer! Review by Lunatic
I'm an all grain sort....but confess to using this extract kit for CMS. Just too easy to turn out a great beer....with a lot less effort.
I have one secret weapon...I add 1# rice solids at 60 min. Also do a full boil. Moves it from what some have termed 'session beer' to a fantastic evening dessert beer with enough 'ooomph'.
My crowd loves to sit with a book and a CMS in the late PM. Smooth way to end the day! (Posted on 4/4/12)
Not enough chocolate, but will do again Review by Steve
Coffee seems to be more predominant than the chocolate, but still delicious. Will be brewing this one again. (Posted on 3/14/12)
This is how stout should taste. Review by Gerry
Love this brew! I'm usually a big beer brewer because I like lots of flavor and mouth feel in my one beer a night. This one has a nice creamy mouth feel because of the lactose without being super high in alcohol. And flavor? You bet! The chocolate is very subtle but there. I tell people who like Guiness that they won't like this because it has too much flavor and body for them! (Posted on 3/13/12)
Nice Winter Stout Review by Burl
This was the first time I have tried a chocolate stout. I was really impressed with the roasted coffee notes and the slight sweetness. The chocolate is present but not overpowering. I have this kegged and started out serving around 35-38F and am now serving around 50-55F. This tastes much better at cellar temperature. Home run guys, awesome kit! (Posted on 3/5/12)
Taste this often Review by Patrick
This was my first NB kit and I really enjoyed it. I love Milk Stouts and chocolate, so the combination was something I knew I'd like. The only change I would make is that I would keep an eye on how long I aged on the nibs. I just went 2 weeks without really checking the flavor and I wish I had only gone 1 week or so. 2 weeks made it a bit "earthy" for my taste. It's not overpowering, but I was expecting the chocolate to be an aftertaste. Aging it for 2 weeks made it pretty in your face chocolate/espresso tasting. Overall, pretty decent beer and I would make this again. Can't wait to drink this on St. Patrick's day. I can only imagine how awesome this would be on nitro. (Posted on 3/3/12)
Dang good beer! Review by Daniel
This was my first brew and absolutely love this beer. I will probably make this once a year from now on. Give it a try, its awesome. (Posted on 2/19/12)
Flavorful, well balanced beer Review by Jeremy
My kids bought me this kit for a christmas present and I just popped the top to do a tasting (only one week in the bottle). My first thought was how well balanced this beer is. There a nice roasted flavor with light breakfast blend type coffee notes. Along with that is the lactose sweetness and sneaking in is the cocoa flavor. If you dislikes this beer with the chocolate extract I'd give it another try with the nibs. Another home run NB! (Posted on 2/7/12)
So good... Review by Big Buck77
First brew in about 3+ years - Just finished Secondary fermentation - getting ready to bottle. Had a couple of glasses (non-carbonated of course) and not too bad. Definitely "stout-like" but doesn't seem real dry. Pretty smooth. I see they have changed the recipe since I ordered and eliminated the chocolate extract and replaced with nibs...bummed as I am guessing that will make for a more natural chocolate flavor vs the extract. It'll be okay as I am glad it turned out the way it did. "Relax - have a homebrew"... (Posted on 1/17/12)
Very Drinkable Stout Review by Eric
This was my 3rd Brew. I followed the directions and my beer came out very nice. The Alc level is pretty low, a good session beer; I didn't check for OG and FG, mostly because I don't care what % of Alcohol. But the overall taste is a nice smooth milk stout. For some reason I can't really taste the chocolate on some of the bottles, and those that I can its really faint. So far this has been my favorite brew. That might change though when I try my NB Dubbel in another 2 weeks. (Posted on 1/5/12)
Disappointing Review by Snowbird312
This beer was very disappointing. I tried a chocolate stout in a micro brewery in Arizona and wanted to make it for myself. After looking all over I found this kit and decided to try it. I followed the directions exactly and when I opened my first bottle I was shocked to find no chocolate flavor in the beer whatsoever. The beer tastes kind of like a stout, which it should, but overall the beer does not taste like I thought it would. I will not be buying this kit again. (Posted on 11/18/11)
Good call replacing extract w/Cacao Nibs Review by CO Defender
I started brewing again this time last year, and this was my first attempt...undrinkable--the extract was pretty bad, but I think my rusty skills ruined it. This is the 19th beer I've brewed since, and the inclusion of cacao nibs in place of the extract made a GIANT difference. Added a lb of Belgian Candi at 15mins, otherwise brewed as instructed. After 2 weeks primary, 2 secondary, and 2 in's damn good...if you're going for Youngs LDCS...recommend some more lactose in the boil...this one's close though...I'll provide an update after another month in the bottle... (Posted on 10/16/11)
dark chocolate heaven Review by John
Sampled this one after two weeks in the bottle and the chocolate flavor came through very nicely. Very similar to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which is my wife's all time favorite beer and she concurred. It's on my list to brew again. (Posted on 9/9/11)
Delicious Review by Greg
Great beer, smooth, but not quite enough body. Chocolate was a little overpowering at first but really settled in after the 3rd sip. overall very good (Posted on 6/16/11)
fantastic Review by Melody
One of my all time favorites. My husband and I just love this stout. We didn't over do the chocolate tasted as I went till the flavor was just right for us.
we'll be making this again. (Posted on 6/14/11)
Great base beer...go easy on the extract amount Review by Benjamin
This beer has a great roast/coffee/chocolate nose, however I would highly suggest using 1/2-3/4 of the chocolate extract. The extract did not seem to add any chemical/bitter taste like other reviews stated, but kind of just dominates the flavor unless you give it a month or 2 in the bottle before drinking. Mine has been in the bottle for about 2 weeks and the flavor is slowly smoothing out. Nice creamy head, beautiful dark ruby color.

Where did the pint rating system go????

\_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ <------4/5 Pints!! (Posted on 6/7/11)
Disappointed Review by Chaluk Brewing Co
Let me begin by saving that I love Northern's extract kits. I have brewed 28 kits and will do number 29 next week. I think I'm in a minority on this review. This is the only brew I've done that I will not share with any of my beer drinking friends and I'm looking forward to the day when I have drunk the last bottle ( I never pour beer down the drain). The Stout in just fine but was ruined when I added the chocolate extract. The extract does not taste like chocolate, but a poor imitation, and is very bitter. It has a decent after taste but that may be because I know I have one less to drink. I think the recipe could be improved by leaving the artificial tasting extract out and concentrate of developing the chocolate flavor through specialty grains. I would suggest that if you do try the kit you may want to cut the amount of extract in half. (Posted on 5/25/11)
Excellent beer Review by Mike
This beer is one of the best that I have brewed so far and I have brewed several batches now. The longer you let it age in the bottle, the better it tastes. It tasted good after a couple weeks or so and then as it aged, it tastes even better. I just had some over the weekend that have aged for over 4 months in the bottle and it was excellent. I highly recommend this beer. (Posted on 5/16/11)
Good Beer Review by Ron
I finally got to taste this beer out of the keg and I have to say it is a very good beer if you like "cream" stouts that have a little coffee and chocolate taste to your beer. If you do not then you will not like this beer. This beer is very smooth and very drinkable. I had to tame the C02 down to around 3lbs to pour this because it was about a 4 finger head of chocolate milk tasting head (which is good by the way). I had this beer in primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 2 weeks, and in the keg for one week before I tried it. Once I officially tapped the keg I had a couple of buddies from work come over and give it a try, one was not a stout lover but both really like this beer. When the dust settled we drank around 30 pints that night. Bad news...about out , but will make this again soon. Chug a lug...
I noticed one more thing, I can drink it a whole lot faster than i can make it...LOL
Next up...Nut Brown...mmmm cant wait....thanks Northern Brewer (Posted on 4/12/11)
Very tasty Review by Joe M
Despite some hiccups due to my inexperience this came out beautifully. Kegged it and served it at a party to rave reviews.

A must try. Tastes similar to a tootsie roll. (Posted on 4/7/11)
delicious beer Review by adam
I liked this kit, i added some extra sugar to make it a little more alcohol but other then that it was good. All my friends loved drinking it! (Posted on 3/30/11)
great flavor Review by monkeybrew
I love this brew. One of my all time favorite kits. I like that I can control the amount of chocolate flavor. I add just a hint of chocolate to mine. I'll be making more of this! (Posted on 3/29/11)
Pleases beer and non-beer drinkers alike Review by Shoe
I tweaked the recipe a bit (Added cocoa powder, candi sugar then coffee and vanilla at bottling; I also re-yeasted with Eau De Vie after fractional freezing and at bottling with S-04)

I have yet to receive one mediocre review from this, and more than satisfied with the results.

As my brother put it, "Its flavorful, but not overwhelming" - Its very balanced in all respects, and the only surprise is how good it is, even for whiskey and chick drinkers. (Posted on 3/9/11)
Pretty good stout Review by Eric
I can't really give this stout any dings because I didn't actually follow the recipe. I didn't think that 6lbs of LME was enough, so I bumped it up to 9lbs. I also left out the chocolate flavoring by accident, but I was not disappointed in doing so. It didn't smell terribly enticing to me. With the extra 3lbs LME, the OG was 1.064 and FG was 1.023. Not surprising with all the maltose in this recipe. I am surprised that it finished as dry as it is. I've had this in the bottle for about five weeks and it has matured nicely. I'm more of a porter drinker, so the dryness is a bit off-putting. Steeping grains were a good fit proportionally. A bit hoppier that I hoped also. Bottom line-probably a good kit as is. I tinkered with it and it was still a bit dry for a milk stout. I was hoping for something closer to Young's Double Chocolate. (Posted on 3/3/11)
Awesome beer! Review by Citking
This was my third batch of homebrew and my first stout.

I brewed as directed, primary for two weeks and secondary for four. I was a bit concerned because I had the fermenters in an area of the house where the temperature, though stable, was cooler than I wanted. On bottling day, I became concerned again because the chocolate extract mixed with the beer smelled, well, like tootsie rolls. I was afraid that my beer would taste like a blow-pop. I moved past it though, adding KreamyX as the primer.

After bottling and the standard two weeks I put one in the fridge. The next day I pulled out my frosty mug and poured.

The first thing I noticed was the head - perhaps using KreamyX in a stout was a bit much, as the head was very very full. The beer smelled good though, with very subtle hints of chocolate (nowhere near as strong as it was while bottling).

The first taste was foam, and more foam, and a bit more. I couldn't help but notice that the taste was almost exactly that of a chocolate malt, offset nicely by the hops. The aftertaste is minimal, almost non-existent. It finishes clean and smooth.

This is a damned good beer. I just popped two more while typing this and have a sixer cooling now! Buy this kit - you will NOT be disappointed! (Posted on 2/25/11)
Good but better with time Review by Richard
I tried it two weeks after bottling and it was not very good. It was too sweet and the chocolate extract gave it a kind of chemically taste. Then I gave it another week and the sweetness had lessened substantially. The chocolate extract had mellowed and that chemically taste was gone. It has a good stout finish, a creamy mouthfeel and the sweetness doesn't linger. Overall a good beer. (Posted on 2/19/11)
kick ass Review by richie
Man I made this brew and it was GREAT everyone who tried it loved it, I will surely make this one again. Thanks NB! (Posted on 2/2/11)
fairly good stout Review by JG
Tasted after 2wk primary 2wk secondary and 2wk in bottles and it wasn't quite up to par. let it set in bottles for another wk and it was a lot better. added the entire bottle of chocolate and don't really taste much chocolate at all. the coffee overpowers it and leaves a strong coffee taste in the back of your mouth! have had several friends try and they like, but don't love it! (Posted on 1/1/11)
Nice Milk Stout - Extract could be better flavor Review by raspsu1
Overall a nice Milk Stout. Maybe a little than expected, but still a good sweet stout. The gravity came in at 1.055 even though the recipe said it would be 1.051 (maybe the reason for extra sweetness if designer expected 1.051). The 1.055 was seen both in recipe programs as well as what i measured with a hydrometer, so I feel confident with that number. I may also cut back the lactose slightly to ease up the sweetness (maybe 1/2lb to 3/4lb vs a full pound).

The chocolate extract flavor is like a Tootsie Roll. The flavor is not as potent as the extract smell would lead one to believe. I would like to see a more real chocolate flavor. I may do this patch again but find a way to add real chocolate vs. an extract.

I will likely do this recipe again as the base is really nice. But may make some tweaks for personal preference. (Posted on 12/1/10)
Really Good Review by MikeK
I wasn't a fan of this with only two weeks in the bottle. I didn't care for the chocolate extract flavor. However, after a month in the bottles this beer tastes awesome. We get a lot of compliments on it from our friends. This will be put on the brewing rotation. (Posted on 11/26/10)
Would have liked it a bit more chocolatey Review by Sneekysneeky
Maybe next time I'll buy more chocolate extract. Quite happy with the final results, but really wish the chocolate taste would pop a bit more. (Posted on 11/18/10)
dang !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Review by fat n happy brewing
boiled grains 20 min longer, used 3 oz flavoring,4 weeks in 2ndary, kegged- in 5 days. just like the 10dollar 6pak stuff. will always keep around! totaly rocks! (Posted on 10/13/10)
me no likee Review by mthrt
I hated the extract flavor! Gawdawful! Yuck! I tasted the stout prior to bottling (of course) and it was fine, but the extract ruined this one... blegh! And YUCK! (Posted on 10/5/10)
Its chocolate milk alcohol Review by Eric
Do not underestimate the "Chocolate Milk" in the title. It really tastes like a chocolate milk shake. It tastes great and kinda fools you because you feel like you're actually having a chocolate milk but then you feel buzzed. Like how I am now. Brew this, you'll like it. I kegged this and it turned out fantastic with a nice tan head. I didn't used co2 to carbonate and it still turned out great! I'm sure nitrogen would have been even better. (Posted on 9/24/10)
Wonderful Review by John
Brewed this up with plain old Safale because I always have great luck with it. Wonderful stuff. One of the tastiest batches I've ever brewed. (Posted on 9/17/10)
lowsy additive Review by mthrt
I used all of the chocolate flavoring at bottling and HATE the flavor of the brew. I brewed the NB dark cherry stout about a year ago and used all the flavoring and loved how it turned out so naturally I assumed I should use all of the chocolate flavoring with this one. Big mistake! It tastes like a stale and/or freezer burned fudgesicle... no, it doesn't even taste that good! I can tell there's a nice stout beneath the flavoring, but where is it? I would highly recommend not using more than half of the flavoring or making your own sweet/milk stout and adding some baking chocolate instead at either 15 or 10 min before flameout. I tried this ale at two weeks conditioning, again at a month and again at a month and a half and have not liked one of them. Fake chocolate flavor is gross! Bummer... (Posted on 9/11/10)
Black nectar! Review by Adam
I brewed this last Christmas and had it on tap for Snowmaggedon 2010. I added extra organic cocoa powder to the wort at 15min. This ale was a treat to drink. The chocolate flavor coats your mouth. It was fantastic to start the morning with a pint and then grab another to drink while shoveling snow for a week! This one made me many new neighborhood friends. (Posted on 8/3/10)
Ok but easy to over carbonate Review by Mark
I made this with the intention of using all of the corn sugar, all of the chocolate extract, and a package of heading agent. I guess this was a large error because half of a Tap-A-Draft keg pushed its way out and into a large container I had stored it in. Also one of the glass bottles I had filled exploded like a bomb. I kinda think the whole thing is pretty funny. The Beer itself is decent but I can't taste the chocolate at all. Final opinion? Good beer...the heading agent allows a very good head...but beware overcarbonation. (Posted on 7/31/10)
Really love it Review by Joanne
This is our third brew. We used the liquid yeast. 11 days in primary, 19 days in secondary. Put it in a Corny keg along with the chocolate extract. Still working on getting the carbonation perfected, we are using CO2. I couldn't wait, I was drinking it in 2 days. I think it even got better over time in the keg. It is sad to see the keg is almost empty. I will be brewing another batch tonight. I highly recommend this beer if you like chocolate stout. (Posted on 6/8/10)
Loved by all who tasted this brew. Review by Ron's Triple B
After figuring out the proper CO2 carbonation procedure, this kit was a BIG HIT! As this was my first beer brew, I enlisted the help of a local Brew Master. All went well, but sadly, this Chocolate Milk Stout stopped pouring from the tap sooner than expected. Must make more Chocolate Milk Stout very soon! (Posted on 5/31/10)
Good Review by Physics Guy
I was worried at first that the Chocolate extract would overpower the flavor but after two weeks the bottles it was perfect. It has a more dark chocolate flavor and a nice roasted hint to it than Young's Double Chocolate stout. I think this should age well. (Posted on 4/19/10)

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