Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 75
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAficionadoMCMXC on 07-02-2014

Inspired by the perennial café favorite, Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.

This young-gun brewery has a locomotive charge. A rich conversation at a local bottle shop in 2005 has morphed into a Pacific Northwest staple. Named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi’s first batch of beer was Total Domination IPA and it remains a must for those with a lupulin itch.
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Photo of Jadjunk
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inspired by the perennial cafe favorite, Double Latte combines two great things: coffee and beer. Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat. Brewed in the style of a milk stout. Available in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 Variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a soft foamy head of a mocha cream color over a near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) The roasted coffee bean aroma comes forward first, generating notes of earth and delicate fruit, with lesser characters of a malt body, light caramel, light roasted malt ,milk chocolate and dark sugars with a touch of lactose sweetness for some cream and sugar. Potency is modest. 3.75

(Taste) The roasted malt is more forward in the flavor, lightly toasted caramel bread, cocoa and soft lactose for a modest coffee base, finishing with a lingering earthy bitterness of coffee bean accented with subtle notes of fruit which accounts for significant enough balance to maintain interest. The depth of flavor may resemble more of a cup of black coffee over a brewed latte, but the balance comes forth better at warmer temperatures, cutting through some of the bitter edge. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly chewy, silky, clean and mildly dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a medium frothiness and a very soft crisp finish for a light creamy mouthfeel overall. The body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even earthy bitter to sweet, although bitterness wins out by a hair. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off characters. 4.5

(Overall) My grand finale of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 Variety pack is a roundly satisfactory stout. A solid and clean-cut malt profile is compensated with a bitterness almost entirely sourced by the usage of coffee beans, generating more delicate flavor characteristics for a fuller coffee flavor. Stouts are becoming increasingly more difficult to distinguish as superior over other quality stouts, and only the truly unique seem to be recognized above the rest. I find it a bit more formulaic than other entries in the Beer Camp collection and have had many coffee stouts before, although I appreciate the balance and range of coffee flavor that Double Latte produces through the bean. Plays nicely for a middle gravity stout, but there is certainly great potential to amplify the malt body for a deserving imperial treatment. I would not be surprised if this beer is many people's choice winner of the entire pack, and it would be a highly popular choice to rebrew this for widespread distribution. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout

Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark cola color with a darker beige creamy head,the aromas are on point with dark roast coffee,sweet lactose,char,and vanilla,to go along with some sweet alcohol,alot going on and it's all good.Creamy with sweet lactose flavors to go along with bitter chocolate and heavy roasted coffee,some char and earth keeps it from being overly sweet.Damn this is a great sweet stout with balls,the best of the Beer Camp Across American pack so far for me by a wide margin.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass, the beer was black with a good-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate. A sweet aroma. Some roasted malt.

Nice taste. Mostly dark roast coffee. Some milk chocolate.

A full-bodied beer. Great to drink for dessert.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate and a lot of roast coffee.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with roast coffee and a slightly harsh bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice coffee beer, I like the lactic chocolate and coffee, the finish is a bit too much harsh bitter roast.

Photo of barhoc11
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark Brown with a nice thick head

S: Sweet coffee and chocolate are what you smell

T: Sweet yet balanced by the bitterness of the coffee and lactose

M: Nice and thick, the lactose really goes well with this by building the body up a bit and mellowing out the coffee

O: This is the best of the Beer Camp series I have had, I wish I could get this beer in my area!

Photo of Beerswag
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

fresh pour into tulip glass. looks inviting, no to bubbly, but lots of head here.. Looks lends to a creamy and bold full bodied beer. smell is definitely not Latte up front, as the label reads double latte, however I do get the coffee bean for sure. milk stout w/lactose. taste is smooth, no too boozy, roasted malts, red malts, carmel malts. some roastiness, and coffee is more apparent on the tongue more than the nose. Hops are present lending some buttering notes to the finish, more of german or english hops than american seems, which keeps the profile on point. I like the character of the beer, and the full body helps pull throughout the strong coffee and roasty flavor. Overall this beer would go well with a blackened piece of fish, bangers and mash, or Lamb stew, desserts will pair very well here.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with decent tan head.

Smell: Espresso, chocolate, molasses and lactose.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with espresso, chocolate, molasses and lactose. The difference is that there is a strong roasted bite when it first hits the tongue and on the finish.

Feel: Full, smooth and creamy body with restrained carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Decadent sipping Stout without resorting to crazy alcohol levels. Great job.

Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%

Fresh roast coffee aromas joined with chocolate, and a touch of sweetness pour from the bottle as the glass fills with a deep dark black coffee colored brew topped with a 2” latte hued, cappuccino creamy foam cap. The foam cap blends beautifully with the beer below as you drink, softening the coffee and chocolate flavors with just the right amount of lactose added to keep it interesting. A hint of fruit appears mid-palate and then the beverage glides to a drying, slightly espresso astringent finish with a touch of tartness and lingering coffee bitterness. This is a very creamy big bodied beer supported with a very fine soft carbonation that is as close as a beer will ever come to a double latte.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - Pours a near black with a khaki 1.5 finger head that lingers for a bit before leaving a little lacing down the rim of the glass.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, molasses, brown sugar

T - Milky coffee and roasted malt. Disappointed from the nose. The taste didn't live up to the great smell.

M - Creamy, a little chewy, medium-full body, coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue for a bit.

O - I am not a big stout fan but this one was very enjoyable. Milk stouts generally have a great mouthfeel and this one is no exception. If the taste mimicked the nose a little closer, this would be top notch.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. 6 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a dark blackish brown. Moderate bubbles. About one finger of creamy beige head.

Smell: A very roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of coffee and chocolate. Upfront dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate along with toasted bread, cream, lactose, caramel, biscuit, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of sugar. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a very roasty and somewhat sweet dark malt forward taste with good notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with big upfront notes of dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also malt notes of burnt toast, caramel, biscuit, yeast, and smoke along with some cream, lactose, and sugar. Subtle background presence of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy and slick with a smooth finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Coffee Stout. Great taste of coffee and chocolate with some nice cream and smokey notes.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body pours so eloquently I’m impressed off the bat with the dark khaki tan head poured thick with creamy texture all day!

Aroma creamed coffee double latte as the label suggests, it’s got a great smelling malt base to it. With evenly dispersed dark fruits, in addition to the dark chocolate and other pleasant malt bases.

Flavor has a wonderful presence of dark malts, including coffee/dark chocolate and what not. Overall I like the creamy textures present with the evident proportion of dark malts. Very rich malt presence minimal hops express even though It’s 60 IBUs and 7.6z% abv I can’t tell that either numbers are that high!

Mouthfeel is creamy textured smooth flowing carbonation with a full bodied presence that I really appreciate. Way too easy to consume velvet smooth texture on the mouthfeel really enlightens me.

Overall, impressive from the first to last sip, I wish every beer in the pack felt like this…what a great beer.

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a packaged date of 30 May 2014.

This dark brown ale looks essentially black and opaque in th glass and is topped by a durable and very creamy tan head.

Aroma: fine mix of coffee and dark roasted grains in nearly equal measure. Only a faint hint of dark fruits and char.

Flavor: Excellent bitter-sweet balance: mildly bitter in keeping with the coffee and dark roasted grains but definitely bitter for a milk stout. Lingering aftertaste of black coffee, light smoke and black bread.

Feel: medium body is creamy smooth despite near medium carbonation. Carbonation is higher than average for style but nicely soft.

O: excellent and certainly one of the best, if not the best, of the dozen 2014 special SN Beer Camp releases.

Photo of timontheroad
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, almost black and opaque, fluffy light brown two finger head that receded to a half inch that stayed to the end. Aroma is very nice, big coffee and chocolate notes very prominent, with some dark fruits in the background. Taste was very coffee forward, with some sweet caramel notes that reminded me of a cola. Also got some light chocolate and hazelnut notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thick and creamy, really nice. Carbonation was pretty light, true to style. Overall this was an outstanding beer, the gem of the Beer Camp pack!

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely, classic deep black with reddish brown highlights when held to light and two fingers of wonderfully fluffy tan head. A gorgeous looking beer, true to form for a good stout. Scents of milk chocolate, coffee with cream, roast malt, hints of black coffee, and a low, slight perception of grassy hops. A good, rich, milk stout aroma profile that is very appealing. Flavor begins with a rich, roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate flavor, balanced by a cream-like sweetness and milk chocolate notes. This moves into a middle dominated by notes of strong coffee with a bit of cream and chocolate keeping it from becoming too dry. Finish is low-dry with notes of rich black coffee, roast malt and a bit of cream-like sweetness balancing the dry flavors. Aftertaste is dry with notes of rich black coffee and roast malt. A wonderful flavor profile that highlights the flavors of a milk stout and enhances them with the use of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate-light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink hiding its high ABV wonderfully. Overall this is a fantastic milk stout that has a rich, robust aroma and flavor and a smoothly drinkable mouthfeel. The coffee addition is detectable in both aroma and flavor and enhances the base qualities of the beer. A wonderful beer.

Photo of rdilauro
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here is the time I get on my soapbox wishing that the 'point' system for rating beers was more flexible and with a wider range. Looking at the beers that I have rated, there is not much that identifies a beer from being a 3.8 or 4.2, yet, for some beers that spread is not enough. I think a 10 point system would help things

But, I was surprised and happy about this beer. I have been a big fan of Sierra Nevada over the years. Honestly, this years's Beercamp sounded too good to be true, and the more I read about it, its NOT exactly what each brewery has produced over the years.

I've never had a beer from Ninkasi but I did enjoy this. Typical jet black stout pour with a semi-dirty head. The nose was not as full in terms of coffee or chocolate, but one I tasted it, I realized how incredibly smooth this was. Its like taking a nice stout, couple of pieces of good rich chocolate, one or two aromatic coffee beans start to digest all of them and then slowly have a small glass of rich creamy milk (for me it would be vanilla almond mik)...

Photo of azorie
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

best of the bunch hands down.

A: black as night with a large creamy tan head. LOT so lacing even 10 minutes after the pour.

s: sweet milk, cream, coffee, chocolate....lots and lots of coffee.

t: ahh very nice, rich dark malt, laced with COFFEE, milk sugar, etc. like drinking cold coffee. with a kick of ABV.

m: thick, rich, low carb, medium to heavy body, rich after taste of coffee

o: nice milk stout with coffee. should be a type of beer all to itself...
no hops, over whelming the beer. again best one of the 12 pack, which was NOT worth it IMHO.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter with a vigorous pour, it produces two fingers of dark khaki-colored head. It's a foamy, fluffy head with some persistence and lots of lace left behind. The body is pitch black with light bubbles bisible. 4.25

Smells like a dark roast coffee. Hints of sweet caramel and some lactose, plus chocolate are there. Nothing is particularly forceful, these are all mellow. Mild piney hop presence is there. 4

A bitter stout, this has a lot of that dry stout characteristics. Caramel, chocolate and coffee all interplay here. Some floral flavors from the hops make a subtle visit towards the finish. 4

Like I said, this is bitter. And dry. The sweetness and lactose aren't as apparent here, which should please those that hate the sweet stouts. It's got a medium body and a pleasant creaminess, so it's still easy to drink. Finally, the finish is a long dry dose of butter coffee. 4

Another gem from the pack. 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours opaque black with a tan colored finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a thin layer of suds on the surface. Lacing is thin but with decent abundance and fair stick.

Smell - Predominant roasted coffee aroma backed by complementary notes of sweet milk chocolate and a trace of caramel.

Taste - Starts off with roasted coffee character but is quickly met by an equal amount of milk chocolate sweetness that strengthens by mid-taste. Faint caramel undertone. Light notes of earthy coffee ground bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low to moderate carbonation and a nice, creamy texture. Goes down smooth and easy, like slipping into a hot bath, right Dr. Lector?

Overall - Delicious beer all-around. Thus far the prize of the SNBCAA 12-pack. Of course when you love stouts like I do, they'll almost always be my fave in a mixed pack.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from beer camp box poured into pint glass

A- Dark black with very thin tan head. Looks great.
S- Coffee grounds and coco. Coffee really takes the nose
T - Sweet roasted malt and probably the lacto sugars. Then the coffee comes in on the back end. A really good use of coffee here. Doesn't taste freeze dried like some coffee stouts do for me. Not quite getting the milk stout vibe, but still very good
M- I would like it a bit thicker, but it is smooth

O- One of the better uses of coffee I have had in a stout. Very tasty

Photo of secondtooth
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - A deep, impenetrable opaque blackness, with no discernible highlights, even. Gorgeous and heavy-duty lacing on the glass.

Aroma - I get a heap of coffee. Iced, delicious, roasty black coffee, with a definite note of dark chocolate in there, as well. This is intense.

Taste - Definitely strong, sturdy, and COFFEE. Some chocolate/cocoa notes are most definitely there, but this is far and away a beer for coffee lovers. Serious and world-class.

Photo of Roguer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive center pour yields a big, firm creamy brown head. Retention and lacing are both excellent, the latter thick and clingy. Brew is a nice, solid black with a purplish hue.

Big aroma of bitter chocolate, dark, overripe fruit, dark coffee, and hints of vanilla and cream.

Flavor is about what you would expect, focusing on black coffee, with just a hint of cream, sweetness, and tart, overripe dark fruit. Coffee up front, and coffee again washing over the palate on the back-end. Dark cacao makes a nice appearance, and roasted barley occasionally joins in the fun.

Smooth and thick mouthfeel, even at refrigerator temperature. Lively with little sting and no foaming. Nice, long finish.

The consensus best of the Beer Camp, and I whole-heartedly agree. This is a delicious beer perfect for dessert or breakfast.

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is dark coffee, chocolate and burnt malt.
The taste is creamy, coffee, chocolate and a bitter bite at the end.
The texture is quite smooth and soft with low carbonation.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Roasted malt is more prominent than the coffee. Coffee still packs a punch, though. Has that milk stout aroma. Does lactose have a smell?

Taste - Coffee is stronger here. Then an equal balance of caramel and milk chocolate. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I don't really love milk stouts, so this one is tough. The flavors are rich, I just don't like that sweetness.

Photo of HalfFull
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a wine glass. The Doubl Latte pours nearly black in color with deep mahogany brown highlights. Offers good clarity and a thin cap of bubbly mocha foam. Settles out to a thing surface ring bit too swiftly.

Aromas of roasted malts dominate along with some cold brewed coffee and a touch of chocolate with some warming. Taste notes are similar and finish with a coarse spice character then a lingering roast coffee flavor. More cold coffee notes after settling but a return to rich roasted malts with some agitation. Overall better than I feared, that being too much on the coffee side of the equation, which is why I hesitated till now. Actually straddles the beer/coffee line nicely, and hides its ABV like a ninja.

Photo of larryarms847
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a silky and lush pitch black with a light brown/off-white two finger head.

Smells like a cafe! Sweet milk/cream, coffee, and roasted nuts.

Meh, smells much better than it tastes. Tastes exactly how it smells, cream/sweet milk, coffee, and a roasted nuttiness, but much more dull in flavor than the aromas present.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not thick enough for my taste.

Overall a decent coffee milk stout. There are better, cheaper options available year round here in the Chicagoland area, so I'll stick with something else.

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Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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