I love Cigar City beers and this one sounded right up my alley. Let’s see how it was.
Style: Milk/Sweet Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sweet, roasty and always invigorating, traditional Latin American cafe con leche coffee can be found nearly everywhere in our hometown of Tampa, Florida and serves as the inspiration for our Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout. The beer is made with bold, strong coffee beans to emulate the most characterful Cuban espresso and lactose, a milk sugar that adds sweetness, body and flavors reminscent of scalded milk. Despite it’s assertive flavors and full body, our sweet stout is deceptively low in alcohol, making it the perfect accompaniment to a late-morning plate of eggs, bacon and tostatas.”
Random: I never thought about pairing a beer with bacon and eggs, but I think that needs to be rectified.
The beer poured with a three finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts and chocolate. I picked up espresso and lactose next. The taste started with a significant lactose sweetness. It quickly transitioned into milk chocolate and espresso. Smoke came through at the end of the sip. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lactose. I picked this up for $12.99, which came to $.59 per ounce. I thought this beer was good, but definitely on the more expensive side.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0