Almanac Horchata Almond Milk Stout

Posted: February 4, 2016 in Almanac Beer Co., Oatmeal Stout, Reviews

Val and I went out for some Mexican food in Pennsylvania and they had this beer on tap. I figured it was worth a try.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This spiced dark beer is inspired by 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, also known as El Corazon de las Mision (the heart of the Mission). This vibrant street is full of color, energy, and life. A small, family-run taqueria dots every corner, each serving their family’s version of Horchata – a traditional Mexican rice drink spiced with cinnamon and vanilla that’s the perfect match for street tacos. We took the classic ingredients of Horchata and put them into a milk stout, brewed with a blend of dark malts, oats, lactose, and almonds from GL Alfieri Farms and finished with whole vanilla beans and Vietnamese Saigon cinnamon. The result is an inky, dark ale with hints of spice and sweetness that’s the perfect match for an Al Pastor or Carne Asada taco from your favorite taqueria.”

Random: One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Carne Asada.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with almonds and sweet condensed milk. I didn’t pick up any cinnamon or other spice. There also wasn’t a lot of roasted malts in the nose. The taste was really creamy, and again, the sweet condensed milk note came through. Almonds were there as well, and finally, the cinnamon note came through. The spice was really mild and it needed more to cut through the creamy flavor. Roasted malts and a hint of smoke were at the end of the sip. The body was thick with low carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty. I thought this beer was going to be outstanding, but it was just alright and it didn’t leave me wanting more.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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