Milk Stout Bell’s Brewery, Inc.


Arabicadabra, a Milk Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Arabicadabra is a Milk Stout brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a bottle.


The ale pours an opaque mahogany hue and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows good retention. Patches of residue coat the sides of the glass following the reduction.


Freshly ground coffee roast is front and center on the nose. Hints of vanilla and chocolate appear in the background.


Robust and roasty, the coffee flavor permeates the entirety of the tasting. Milder at first and transitioning to a stronger bitterness that lingers past the finish. A hint of lactose undercuts the bite and the middle is punched by a sweetness of dark chocolate. That bitter roast and sweet flavors produce a tangy mix.


Its body has a nice density being medium-full. It’s relatively smooth—almost creamy in the middle—with a light grain on the backend. Moderate carbonation.


Arabicadabra is definitely a brew for coffee lovers. Its aroma is lovely and its palate is solid. The tanginess that appears in the finish is a bit odd. Otherwise, this is a fantastic stout. Lots of flavor for a relatively low ABV. Easily quaffed.

Video on the Brewing Process

Want to know more about how Bell’s produced their Arabicadabra Milk Stout? Check out this video from the brewery:

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About the Milk Stout

The Milk Stout originated in England in the early 20th century and was marketed as a tonic for invalids and nursing mothers. The Milk Stout is very similar to the Sweet Stout but makes use of unfermentable sugars, typically lactose. The name is no longer allowed to be used in England but is perfectly fine elsewhere. Like other stouts, its color ranges from dark brown to black and is either opaque or clear. Full body or nearly so with a creamy feel and low carbonation. Roasted grain combined with the sugars give the aroma and palate a coffee and cream or sweet espresso character. Chocolate and fruity esters may be present. Hops typically lend an earthy or floral flavor. The Milk Stout and Sweet Stouts are sweeter than other stouts with a milder roast character. Its balance is similar to that of an Oatmeal Stout.