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In our second Beer Run blog we are going to take a look (and taste) at a group of milk stouts!
Like last weeks Coffee Themed blog, this week we are going to do all Milk Stouts! A couple are carry overs from last week because they are both coffee and milk but there is also a stand out that wasn’t featured last week so be sure to scroll down to see what’s worth running to buy this week!
Milk stouts get their flavor from lactose and will usually give the stout some sweetness. If that sounds like something you are interested in then check out which ones passed our test.
In no particular order!
Merdude Russian Imperial Coffee Milk Stout
Loreleii Brewing Company
From Lorelei Brewing in Corpus Christi, Texas. This Big Lebowski themed stout is a cutesy take on a serious beer. “Brewed in a beautiful collaboration with our very own local Coffee Waves Flour Bluff Coffee. It is breathtaking.”
The one with the cutest can art left me a bit underwhelmed. The flavor again was overwhelmingly strong burnt coffee beans. The high ABV is a strong positive but as a Coen Bros. fanatic I wish I would have enjoyed it more!
Fur Slipper Imperial Milk Stout
“The biggest question we get is “seriously, how can this be 9 percent”? Silky smooth with notes of roasted hazelnut, dark chocolate and toffee; our Fur Slipper is a fusion of the traditional Milk Stout with the rich tones of a Russian Imperial. We use a mash tun busting combination of 8 grains with Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops to balance the additional milk sugars. The first time we brewed it, we sat in silence with our eyes closed just to breathe it all in. We do that a lot… don’t judge us.”
This is an interesting little stout. Huge ABV and some good flavor. The first I’ve had from HopFusion out of Forth Worth, Texas but will not be the last!
The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout
“Va-va-voom! The Temptress is seduction in a glass. Curvy in all the right places, this Imperial Milk Stout pours with a thick, milk chocolate head. Chocolate and caramel malt give it a rich and complex body while the lower carbonation gives the beer a silky mouth feel. She’s voluptuous, with a soft alcohol warmth that grows deeper with every sip. Take your time with her and she’ll reward you.”
So if you want a solid taste to go with that 9% ABV then this Imperial from Lakewood Brewing is the one for you. Incredible taste and easily one of the best milk stouts I’ve ever had. I cannot recommend this one enough!
Moonjumper Milk Stout
“Fasten your space helmet because this stout will quickly have you orbiting the moon. Notes of roasted and chocolate malts round out our milk stout's sweet side, creating a well-balanced beer with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy tan head. One sip of this medium-bodied stout will have you jumping over the moon for another.”
Destihl is from the neck of the woods where I grew up so I had some high expectations for this one and unfortunately they weren’t met. Just another one where the taste is simply not as good as a couple of the others here.
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout
Elysian Brewing Company
Split Shot from Elysian Brewing combines the local talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.
Split Shot was one of my favorite beers that I tried during this session. A wonderful flavor that isn’t too over the top on coffee or lactose. Just a great blend overall!
Negative Space Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout
11 Below Brewing
“Rich, intense, and uncompromising, this Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout is testament to the big, decadent flavors of chocolate and roasted malt. Aged on cacao nibs, cinnamon, and ancho chiles, Negative Space fills a void in your life you never knew you had.”
This Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout from 11Below should have been right up my alley but again it was just middle of the road. The can looks awesome and I’m intrigued enough by this one to try some of their other offerings but for something that was billed as chocolate milk it didn’t have hardly any chocolate and wasn’t very sweet either.
Did you miss last week's blog? Check out Beer Run: Volume 001 (Coffee Stouts) for more craft beer goodness.
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