Three Peak Milk Stout - Blue Hills Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
LOOK: Dark chestnut brown, excellent head retention
SMELL: Brown bread, mild coffee, cocoa powder, sweet, toasted bread, burnt raisins, chalky yeast, spicy alcohol
TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full-ish body, sweet, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark bread, crackers, oak, black currants, yeast, esters, hop bitterness, semi-sweet roasted finish
A damn good offering for a winter seasonal. Has the element of a sweet stout but is much deeper and is also very warming without being too rich.
02-20-2012 04:42:44 | More by Jason
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4/5 rDev +3.1%
Three Peak Holiday Stout opens with a dark malty nose, ripe with coffee, tobacco, and light ash aromas, and joined in these darker tones by chocolate and black malts, as well as touches of fig and black cherry. A heavy shot of coffee cream helps temper the nose somewhat, as well as do hints of caramel and toffee. The aromas as a whole are enticing, but somewhat lighter than expected, and move more towards the sugary side of the palate, as opposed to the dark and ashen, giving the beer a distinct caramel macchiato overtone that seems strange in a stout.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge shot of ash, tobacco, and black coffee grounds, the strange sugars in the nose almost gone the instant they hit the tongue. Black and chocolate malts abound here, and the brew has little hints of sugar, except around the edges, where caramel, cream, and molasses fight to get themselves noticed. In subsequent sips the ashen flavors abate somewhat, having dulled the tastebuds in their initial blast, but still manage decent levels of bitterness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the ashy, tobacco smoke flavors, as well as black and chocolate malts, and lingers--especially the ash and smoke part--for a very long time, creating the sensation of just having smoked a cigarette while drinking creamed coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good fare, but does tend a bit too much towards the ash and tobacco profile. The result is a beer that feels out of balance, needing more sugars to help counter the bitterness. Still, those who like bitter, ashy stouts will find this a welcome addition to their cellars.
01-20-2012 00:53:10 | More by jondeelee
2.33/5 rDev -39.9%
22oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a "pitch brown" color - no light coming through except on the edges where it's a dark amaretto color. Less than one finger off-white head.
Nose is sweet, vanilla-y, buttery, slightly oaky, and roasty. Vanilla is very prominent here. Not sure if diacetyl is responsible for butteriness? We shall see.
Taste is SOUR! Did not expect this from the nose. Does not seem to be intentional... sourness combined with butteriness (likely diacetyl) takes this potentially great beer down a few notches. What is meant to be a holiday stout ends up being a sour and possibly infected beer. Pretty disappointed.
12-18-2011 20:06:19 | More by syrupjoe
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
Not sure how old this beer is, but its not a new release so I assume its from last year, which I found in a hole in the wall liquor store for $5.00
A: This stout pours very dark with a good 1/2 in creme colored head that leaves some lacing.
S: I get aromas of sweet lactose and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit follow.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, sweet lactose, espresso, dark chocolate and some plum or other dark fruit.
M: The taste is very sweet and creamy with a tartness at the end of the mouth. Definitely a sipper!
O: Very good Milk Stout which are my favorites amongst the class. Was going to save this until December, but decided to drink it know I will be able to get at least 1 more. Very good craft by the Blue Hills!
10-29-2012 01:50:53 | More by SouljaSaia17
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Fluffy 1/20 finger slightly darker head, almost pitch black beer, bit of lacing.
Nose is nice, plenty of chocolate, creamy milk choc, cocoa nibs, dutch choc, very rich lush choc, oats, lactose and plenty of, caramel, toffee, creamy malts.
Taste is biscuity malt, more lactose and creamy chocolate milk, bit of bakers choc, creamy mil choc and dutch, cocoa, caramel, toffee, bits of dark choc, chewy bready malts, hint of earthy hops, hint of roast and coffee. Finish is dry and slightly sticky, more oats, choc, and hint of earthy spicy hop bitterness.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy and lush, lower but decent carb.
Overall nice, their best beer yet, nice malts, creamy, choc, lactose, caramel, hint of hops, smooth.
02-15-2012 12:43:24 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a solid dark brown color with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a decent bubbly off white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of sweet and roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, oak, alcohol and tart dark fruits. There's an almost oak and lactic tartness in there that's faint and actually kind of pleasant. Taste is sweet and malty up front with barely enough roast to be considered a stout. Lots of oak and vanilla sent me searching the website to see if this is barrel aged? Tart dark fruits and lactose sweetness come through in the flavor as well. Medium body with a medium to light level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew kind of an oak aged milk almost stout. Very flavorful but could use a bit more roast in the mix.
12-08-2011 23:47:57 | More by johnnnniee
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
22 fl oz brown bottle served in a snifter.
Thin maple in color with tones of oak. Lightly tan, porous head that leaves an intact ring around the snifter's rim and pools of bubbles in the middle. Patchy lacing with decent strength.
Bitter, dark chocolate aroma; the rough, roasted character and dryness is aided by fresh espresso and hazelnut. The fresh vinous fruit: plum, grape, etc., is a bit surprising on account of the sharpness and its contrast to the deep, roasted aromatics.
Young fruity esters: plum, grape, and cherry up front that provide a mild tartness. The roasted, dark chocolate that was foreshadowed in the aroma is almost subdued until mid sip. Rough, floral hops fill the middle with notes of hazelnut and espresso. A dry finish is followed by more of the fresh, vinous fruit.
Full bodied; relatively smooth despite leaning more towards the dry, roasted end of the flavor spectrum.
A pretty confusing offering; the aromas and flavors don't quite match a milk/sweet stout style, but nothing is unpleasant here. Certainly a unique offering that I would have again.
02-09-2012 00:14:17 | More by NEhophead
Three Peak Milk Stout from Blue Hills Brewery
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