Archive for the ‘Milk/Sweet Stout’ Category

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

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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

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a milk stout. When I picked this beer up, I’ll be honest, I didn’t care what style it was, but I wanted to try it because it was from Against The Grain. The can art just makes it jump off the shelf at you. I just reviewed another beer from the brewery about a week ago and was quite impressed, so I have high hopes for this one.

35k

ABV: 7%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With this beer, we’re putting in a swimming pool! And if there’s enough left over, we’re gonna fly you all down here to help us dedicate it. Not your typical ‘Jelly of the Month Club’ beer. Dark roasted malt and bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavor and aroma burst from this pitch black milk stout. The full body and sweetness are derived from the addition of lactose (aka milk sugar) which is not fermentable by beer yeast. A healthy dose of Nugget and Crystal hops provides a counterpoint to this ale’s rich and complex maltiness.”

Random: No matter how warm it is outside, my office is like the Arctic Circle.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that took awhile to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, smoke and vanilla. Lactose was present as well. The taste also had strong cocoa powder, milk chocolate and ash. It had some creaminess from the lactose, but not nearly as much sweetness as I’m used to for the style. The smoke, roasted malts and chocolate were dominant, which was actually a nice change. The body was thick, but silky with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with ash and cocoa powder. A can of this was pricey at $3.00 for a single, which came to $.19 per ounce. This beer was really nice, although it could have used some more balance.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I don’t normally seek out the Christmas beers from The Bruery, but if I see one sitting on the shelf, I pick it up since they tend to be quite good. This was the 2015 selection.

8 maids

ABV: 11.3%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “8 Maids-A-Milking is the 8th beer in our ’12 Days of Christmas’ series, and we’d be udderly crazy to release anything but a milk stout. So we made an imperial milk stout to stand up to whatever Old Man Winter throws our way from now through 2019 with the final release of our series. 8 Maids-A-Milking is brewed with lactose, which is commonly referred to as milk sugar. It’s the only type of sugar that is unfermentable by yeast, which adds more perceptible creaminess and sweetness to the finished beer. This mouthfeel and sweetness is complemented by robust layers of milk chocolate, subtle spice accents from our house Belgian yeast and roasty, cafe elements indicative of our take on the style. Celebrate the seasons with the best of both worlds: enjoy some now, and lay a few down for up to 4 years to be enjoyed upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.”

Random: “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” is one of my least favorite Christmas songs.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a dark brown with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had smoke, lactic acid, milk chocolate Hershey kisses and vanilla. I didn’t pick up any spice from the yeast. The taste had a lot of complexity. It started with milk chocolate and lactic acid, but also had a certain tanginess with raisins. Some creamy sweetness came through too with smoke and Belgian yeast. The spice at the end was light but gave it some depth. The body wasn’t as thick as I would have thought, but it did have a lot of carbonation. There was also the expected booze warming at the back of the throat. It had a lengthy finish with cocoa and creaminess. The bottle was $12.99, which came to $.52 per ounce, which isn’t bad for a beer from The Bruery. I enjoyed this beer, as did Val, although I wish it were a bit thicker.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0