Archive for the ‘Milk/Sweet Stout’ Category

Since we’re off today, we’ve been binge watching shows. Earlier today, it was “Real Housewives of Potomac.” They were watching cricket in the Bahamas and that is one sport that I just do not understand. It doesn’t even look fun to play.

ABV: 6%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A perfect blend of classic dry stout character with brilliant flavors of Neapolitan Ice Cream. Experience the nostalgic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry all in one glass – because sometimes ice cream just isn’t enough.”

Random: This uses Cluster and Cascade hops.

The beer poured with a thick, half finger of off-white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to how dark the color was. The nose was really, really peculiar. It had the expected lactose and artificial strawberry note, but also had brine and olives which didn’t jive with the other scents. The taste did not have the same brine note, which was greatly appreciated. What it did have was a really artificial strawberry flavor with aspartame and lactose. It had some milk chocolate, but was missing smoke or roasted malt to counter how sweet the beer was. It had a surprisingly light body with moderate carbonation and a finish that was sickeningly sweet and lasted too long. I was hoping that this beer wouldn’t just be a sweet and artificial gimmick, but as you can tell, I just didn’t like this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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So, we just came back from Savor (again, remember I post months in advance). I enjoyed it a lot, but I thought the food was only alright. I did like that they had a lot of goses and pilsners on tap, because I prefer lighter ABV beers at an event like that. I’m glad we got to go. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 8.9%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “SUPER SMOOTH COMBO OF COFFEE AND OUR CREAMY IMPERIAL SWEET STOUT. OUR BIG, AGGRESSIVE Bittersweet stout is made smooth and even creamier with the help of tiny nitrogen bubbles that are released when you poured hard. The coffee’s dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones weave into the rich, imperial milk stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue. Bitter then sweet. Sweet then bitter. It’s Bittersweet.”

Random: We got beer to take home too, which was great, except they didn’t give out bags.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. It also had a small crown that was left behind as well. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with black coffee, roasted malts and a touch of lactose. The taste started with a significant amount of lactose sweetness and cream. It had a lot of sweetness as well. It had some coffee as well. The taste reminded me of a really sweet coffee. It had some ash and smoke, but the taste was just overwhelmed by the sweetness. The body was smooth, but on the lighter side, despite the ABV. The alcohol was hidden and there was light carbonation. It had an almost instant, sweet finish. A bottle of this was $3.25, which broke down to $.27 per ounce. The beer was just too sweet for me, although I think it benefitted from being on nitro.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone that I was really excited to try. It gets some great reviews on blogs and I always want to try stouts with hot peppers.

xocoveza

ABV: 8.1%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A WINTER-SPICED MOCHA STOUT. Harmoniously layered with cocoa, Mostra coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk sugar, this beer is an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate. Thanks entirely to you and fan demand, it has gone from being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition too special to skip. Feel free to enjoy it long into the winter months because this festive beer will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the holidays!”

Random: Val made enchiladas for dinner with a great sauce.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark and black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a jalapeño note to it with some char, smoke and cocoa powder. It also had some lactose with nutmeg. The taste started with cocoa powder, smoke and char. It went into hot pepper with some vanilla and lactose. The booze was well-hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate and hot peppers. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It was a great take on a stout and I’m a sucker for a beer with a good hot pepper presence.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that Val picked out for me. It was a shelf turd in the mixed six-pack area. DuClaw puts out a lot interesting beers and this one sounded like it would be hit or miss, but nowhere in between.

quickstartmyheart

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Strawberry Milk Stout is medium/full-bodied and black in color with a silky mouthfeel, a moderately strong 6.8% ABV, and sweet flavors and aromas of strawberry and chocolate, accented by notes of coffee and caramel, that will ‘quickly’ make it one of your favorites, too.”

Random: Strawberry jam is my favorite, with raspberry being a close second. I just don’t like when the seeds get caught in my teeth.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of bitter chocolate with strawberry syrup. The strawberry syrup was incredibly artificial. The taste was also filled with bitter chocolate and lactose. There was also smoke along with the same strawberry extract note. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and bitter finish with chocolate. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I could see where this beer was trying to go, but the artificial fruit notes took away from the beer. I wouldn’t have this beer again unless they changed the recipe.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

When I saw a single of this beer on the shelf, I had to pick it up if only for the name. Val’s nickname for me is “bunny,” so this was coming home with me. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Stillwater beer and their packaging keeps evolving, which I’m a fan of. Let’s crack this one open.

stillwaterbigbunny

ABV: 8%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big Bunny is everything. An Arizona Wilderness collab that we may regret.”

Random: I have something like a 100 post backlog. This is the only issue with posting so far in advance. When I got busy at work, I kept reviewing, just not typing the reviews.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but a small crown on top. The body was dark brown and wouldn’t let any light through. As a result, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was roasty with smoke and instant coffee. After a few sniffs, I picked up some cocoa powder. The taste had even more smoke than the nose with milk chocolate. It had a milk powder taste as well from the lactose. The instant coffee note was there, but wasn’t as prevalent as the nose. It didn’t have much bitterness and the booze was well-hidden. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was quick, yet had some milk chocolate and lactose. A can of this was $1.75, which came to $.15 per ounce. This was a good price, and a good name for a beer, but the flavor didn’t deliver.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

We’re back to another beer that Val picked out, so I waited for a night where we could both sample it. She wasn’t a huge fan, and as for me? Well, read on…

rockyroad

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Remember when you were first introduced to Rocky Road ice cream? Remember how you couldn’t believe some magical genius had mixed those amazing flavors into one ice cream? We sure do. That’s the feeling we’ve recreated with Rocky Road, Smutty’s first dessert stout. An indulgent blend of ooey-gooey Fluff™ amazingness and the rich goodness of cacao nibs are blended into a full bodied sweet, stout beer. Before bottling, we age this elixir on amaretto soaked oak chips to impart an amazing flavor harmony. Don’t worry if you spill a drop of Rocky Road – we know you’ll lick it right up. Cheers!”

Random: I want to get my hands on Off Color Dino Smores and compare this to it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It went away quickly, and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with no carbonation visible. The nose had milk chocolate up front and quickly went into coffee and smoke. I didn’t get any marshmallow on the nose. The taste had a lot more roastiness and smoke than I expected. It was quite bitter and was lacking the sweetness that I wanted. There wasn’t any lactose in the taste to speak of. Espresso was there as well with vanilla. What was lacking here was the marshmallow and the milk chocolate sweetness from the nose. It had a medium thick body with just enough carbonation. A bomber was $7.99, which came to $.36 per ounce. The finish was quick with coffee and vanilla. To me, this was incorrectly advertised. I wanted a stout with a significant marshmallow note, and this just didn’t deliver.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s selection is a beer that would go great with Sunday mornings, at least because of the coffee and chocolate notes. Although I dare say that this beer would be good at any time of day.

coffeemilk

ABV: 5%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From imperial stouts to IPAs, we’ve discovered the tantalizingly roasty lift that comes from adding coffee beans to just about any kind of beer. This English-style milk stout, originally a limited-edition offering at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, proved the perfect foil for beans from San Diego-based Ryan Bros Coffee. The bitterness of the coffee is balanced out brilliantly by the milk sugar we used to add a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the stout’s smooth, easy-drinking texture. Cheers to the coalescence of two highly artisanal (and delectable) mediums.”

Random: This beer uses Magnum hops and was first released on October 5, 2015.

This beer poured with a half finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight crown was left on top of the dark brown body. There was light carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of espresso and dark chocolate. I didn’t get milk or lactose. The taste had a bit more creaminess than the nose, but it still has a lot more espresso and dark chocolate notes. What added some depth was a touch of ash and smoke from the roasted malts. It had a thick, chewy body with high carbonation, complemented by a long finish with espresso beans. A single bottle of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.152 per ounce. This drank like a much bigger beer than it was. I will be picking a few more of these up, that’s for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0