Total Score: 8.75/10
Fact: Milk Stouts are awesome [said in my best Dwight K Schrute voice]. I wish more brewers made them… oh well, I did ask for a decent example of a Milk Stout from the red-bearded one called Jamie at Plonk. He directed my attention to Exit’s #003 (terrible name, but “meh, as long as it’s good” I say) as I lamented the lack of Milk Stouts out there in the beer world. Fact: If every brewer had one Milk Stout on offer in their year-round range the world would be a better place. Fact: Bears eat beets.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Rich dark cola-coloured body with a billowy khaki head. Looks delicious, but then again most Stouts do to the Stout drinking monster that is me. 8/10.
S: Intriguing ripe red coffee bean nose upfront, with a nutty and earthy coffee middle capped off with golden syrup goodness. It’s one of those aromas, if you love coffee (which I certainly do), you could breathe it in all day… possibly with some sort of self-contained breathing apparatus filled with this brew. 9/10.
T: Earthy, and nutty to the point of being one of the nuttiest beers I’ve ever tried (in a good way). There is a bold coffee note that isn’t OTT roasted, more like a smooth cold drip Brazilian blend, followed by cacao nibs and sweet cocoa. Wow! This is close to one of the best Stouts I’ve had flavour-wise and if you know of my previous forays into Stout-land that is saying a great deal. The finish is more dry than bitter and in balance loses out to the sweetness a touch. 9/10.
M: Medium bodied with a hint of wateriness found in some sips and a tight-almost-nitro carbonation. The only thing holding this brew back is that hint of wateriness, otherwise a stellar effort. 7/10.
D: An earthy cacao and coffee taste sensation in a bottle. I must admit that from the label and name of this brew I wasn’t expecting much [don’t judge a book by its cover Doc!] yeah, yeah, I get it, but I still think the name is terrible and the label is the face of the beer – get it changed, because what’s inside the bottle is liquid gold waiting to be drunk by beer aficionados like me… oh yeah and Frank… don’t forget Bill either – he loves a good brew. I’m just going to have to get my hands on more of this stuff *drives to Plonk* 9/10.
Food match: Jamie Oliver’s grilled fillet steak with the creamiest white beans & leeks sounds good, or if you want a dessert (something chocolatey) with this it will certainly match well with the low bitterness/medium sweetness of this Stout.