Coffee Milk Stout. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Coffee. Milk. Stout.
The combination of those words together soothe the soul, conjuring images of relaxing in a comfy chair beside a warm fire.
They’re in sharp contrast to the three words that make up the jarring name of one of our local liquor stores — “Liquor Wine Discount.” I guess you have to give them credit (“or debit?”) for cutting-to-the-chase with that name. But that’s just a terrible name for a store. Dreadful. But I digress.
Coffee. Milk. Stout. Ah, now we’re back on track.
Stone’s take on this sweet stout impressed our panel from the initial pour. It’s black as night and super thick, with a nice light tan head with decent lacing. The head dissipated quickly, causing one panelist to dock it a point on appearance. I guess when you’ve been doing this as long as we have, you start to get picky.
Smell was also judged very high, with strong notes of smoke, cream and molasses.
Taste was very good, with a strong flavor of coffee with smoky overtones coupled with a smooth, coating mouthfeel.
The panelists were slightly less impressed with the beer’s aftertaste, though. While the flavors of smoke intensified after the coffee taste trailed off, a couple of panelists noted the flavor as bitter and somewhat ashy. Still, the panel overall felt the aftertaste was good.
Stone’s offering is not a session drinker due to its rich body and intense flavor. But while some may classify it as a “one-and-done,” it is a smooth sipper that you’ll enjoy to the bottom of your glass. Because of this, our panel judged drinkability favorably.
So kick your feet up, relax by a cozy fire, take a deep breath and a long sip, then repeat after me.
Coffee. Milk. Stout. Ahhhhhhhhhh.
(Appearance 8.86, Smell 8.29, Taste 25., Aftertaste 15.29, Drinkability 24.43)