Four - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75
A: Huge, frothy camel colored head atop a dark brown, just barely transparent body. Great retention that eventually results in a goopy collar.
S: Unique. Sweet, with espresso, milk chocolate, a little roasted barley and the strongest lactose smell I have experienced in a milk stout. Smells a little like heated milk before you add the cocoa mix.
T: Roasted malt and sweet milk sugars are the big players. Lactose is a little overbearing at first, but malt and espresso really come together as the beer warms. Flavor is little bitter, but chocolate comes through more as powdered cocoa than dark chocolate. Slight alcohol bite.
M: Light and a little sticky, with moderate carbonation. A little dead for such a big beer, but this is pretty standard for the style.
Nice for something different and definitely worthy of the Surly label. In comparison to Depth Charge, the other big coffee sweet stout I've had, this one is much sweeter with less coffee character. If you're sitting on a bottle of this and are a big fan of espresso, I wouldn't wait too much longer to drink this.
Thanks for the bottle Meagan and Nick!
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2010 04:42:46 | More by GeezLynn
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