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Fantastic Voyage - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.62%


Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Milk Stout brewed with real coconut. (Brewed in Collaboration with Jim Leabig)

(Beer added by: TheSarge on 07-15-2012)
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DevilStl

Missouri

4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was my favorite beer at a cask event i went to hosted by @
2nd shift brewery. I normally dont care for beers on the sweet side. It is a very dark. Kinda gritty. But overall the taste is unbelievable. I am patiently waiting for its release this month.

Serving type: cask

04-06-2013 22:48:30 | More by DevilStl
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ZepHead80

Illinois

2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is nothing like the description on the bottle. In fairness it is almost a year old and so the coconut is non existent. Ironically this beer reminded me of a sour. My Dad, brother, and I split this bottle, there's were drain pours. I like sours so I stuck with it. However, it was very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 15:54:54 | More by ZepHead80
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml Bottle from Dawson's while visiting Maryland. Bottled 4/2013,so I really should have paid attention to the dating when I bought this. i assume the coconut will be gone. Pours black with a one finger mocha colored head that looks lightly creamy. Sweet lactose and chocolate aroma, a good bit of roast, don't get much coconut. Flavor is sweet lactose, graham cracker, and again not much coconut to speak of except maybe a hint of sweetness that isn't lactose or chocolate. There seems to be a bit of cardboardy oxidation in this as well. Body is medium with medium plus carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I must say I am a little disappointed here but that may not be fair given the bottle date and known disappearance of coconut in these beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:12:50 | More by BMMillsy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest tan head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; dots of lacing ring the chalice

Smell: Lactic sour tones with black bread and chocolate underneath

Taste: Black bread and chocolate with a growing lactic sourness developing in the middle; vanilla, coconut and soured milk join with the chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer reminds me of Yazoo's soured Sue; unintentional but interesting

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:52:04 | More by brentk56
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC. The bartender did a good job and warned me that this one was sour ahead of time, which I did not think it was supposed to be, but I decided to get it anyway. Not sure if this is infected or intential, but this is basically a sour stout, FYI.

a - Pours a deep brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, some chocolate, coconut, sour dark fruits, toasted malts, currants, and sour red wine. Much like Plan B, smells like a mix of stout and sour dark fruits.

t - Taste of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, a slightly sour twinge to it.

o - Overall I had this right after Plan B by Perennial and it was very, very similar; this one basically just had more sour notes, especially in the taste. Basically the same level of enjoyment, would recommend trying one but passing on both for now. Bit disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 18:17:44 | More by mdfb79
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/2013.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slightly sour fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly sour dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely showing some infection issues but is still fairly drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 22:39:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.39/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

My bottle was one of the many 4/2013 bottles that was infected. I was really looking forward to this one and the infection basically turned this in to a bland sour stout.

The nose indicated the infection as a tart/sour presence dominated and completely detracted from any other aromas in the beer.

The palate was very tart with some roast, chocolate and dark fruit notes but no coconut at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 12:31:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

 

Let’s be clear, this voyage was not so fantastic.  After loving a lot of what Perennial does, this missed the mark.  My thought is an infected bottle, due to the sourness, over carbonation, and lack of smooth sweet flavor others have described.  This was like spoiled milk, with roasted grains and excessive carbonation.  Here’s to hoping it was a fluke and not how this was intended.  For 17 bucks, I was quite disappointed. 

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 18:32:12 | More by taylor714914
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: black, opaque, brownish red head, finger, bubbly and frothy.

Aroma: roast, chocolate, toasted coconut is faint, light sweetness, somewhat acrid.

Taste: chocolate, roast, light toasted coconut, sweetness.

Mouthfeel: very prickly with the carbonation. It's substantial and it really brings the experience down. After an hour of sitting out, it dies down, but we shouldn't have to do as such to somewhat enjoy the feel of this beer.

Overall: its got its strengths, but there's too much that breaks it apart for me to really enjoy it a lot...

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:49:01 | More by EgadBananas
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t420o

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perennial Artisan Ales Fantastic Voyage

4-13 Batch

A- pour produces a two finger mocha head receding after about 30 seconds leaving no real lacing to speak of. Beer is very dark brown/black in color 3.75

S- really nice big roasted coffee and nuts, toasted Black malts. Awesome smelling. Not much in the way of coconut on the nose. 4.25

T- big roasted coffee and nuts again which is excellent tasting. Light toasted coconut that is very nice. Smooth 4.25

M- smooth lighter carbonation and medium body. 4

O- excellent beer that was a pleasure to have. Was a gift, so not 100% sure on the price tag, but from what I've heard these are about $17-$18. A bit high of a price for this in my opinion. 4

A-

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 16:27:02 | More by t420o
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Brown Derby in Springfield MO, bottled 4/13

Pours ebony with a thumb of caramel head. A bit of a viscious look to this, near zero head retention & only slightly more lacing

S: Coffee, cocoa & some coconut in the background, all fade after a while

T: Coffee, coconut husk, a touch of lactic sourness & cocoa up front. Lactic sourness, a touch of coconut & coffee as this warms. Finishes sour, with a touch of coffee, coconut & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation . Weird play between lactic sour, sweet & dryness fighting for balance

An interesting & fairly drinkable milk stout; drinks fairly despite the heft & complexity

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:28:18 | More by russpowell
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, looks like a stout to me. Pours like spent motor oil, with a nice, albeit small tan head that has nice staying power. 4.75

Smell: Coconut, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, mocha, marshmellow. Amazing. 4.75

Taste: Pretty sweet. Front of the tongue brings bittersweet caramel and chocolate and subtle coconut. Middle is sweet dark fruit. End finishes with a lingering bitter chocolate. 4.00

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and on the heavier side, but this is silky smooth; doesn't get much better. 4.50

Overall: Didn't have as much coconut as I expected, but like most of there other offerings; this is a solid beer. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 21:00:46 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station out of a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a pitch black, with a chocolate mousse colored head that is a mix of big, rocky suds and smaller, denser foamy bubbles. Stands about two-fingers tall and takes quite awhile to dissipate, leaving sticky lacing.

Smell - Surprised I don't get more coconut milk characteristic here, but smells like a pretty standard stout--seems to lack the sweetness that I typically detect from the smell in milk stouts. Bittersweet burnt caramel and charred chocolate nibs are the dominant characteristics.

Taste - Again, more towards the bitter than the sweet--again with cocoa nibs and now elements of fresh-brewed cappucino with an herbal, green characteristic that does impart the sensation of fresh coconut milk. Interesting and not quite like any stout I've had before.

Mouthfeel - Heavy of body, like most stouts with ample carbonation. The coconut milk seems to impart a bit of a slick, almost slimy feel to the beer. Lingers a bit after the beer has been swallowed.

Overall, there are just better milk stouts out there than this one. Worth a try if you have the opportunity, since there aren't a lot of beers that infuse coconut in this way, but keep in mind that coconut milk is not impart the same sweet-tasting element that coconut flesh does. Certainly not a bad beer, but it's really the first offering I've had from Perennial that I haven't loved. I'm not likely to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 22:47:48 | More by LambicPentameter
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal tan head that died quick and not much lace to speak of. First picked up some roasted malts in the aroma, then some sweet malts and I really didn't pick up the coconut that much in the aroma. Beer is really smooth, really sweet as well giving off a milk chocolate and hint of cocunut flavor throughout. Beer isn't overly sweet or sugary thanks to good balance from roasted and bread malts that gives it a slight javalike espresso feel. Slightly sticky at times, beer is easy to drink and does not get painfully sweet or full after awhile, and has a good finish. A little pricey but very enjoyable and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 13:27:20 | More by clayrock81
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at TJ's
Nice to see Perennial making its way into SEPA.

My bartender warned me that this one was a bit disappointing, and there was just about no coconut to be detected, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway. I'm not really a fan of coconut anyway...though I do like it in beer.

Solid black pour with a thick tan ringlet that left some lacing on the glass. In the nose, dark malts, cream, light notes of shaved coconut; overall a bit muted, with a tone of bitterness. While I don't doubt the bartender's taste, I definitely picked up some coconut in the taste right away, not overblown, but it was definitely there, chocolaty sweetness, milkiness, bready malts, a touch of earthy bitterness. I wasn't too impressed by this, but honestly I think it was served on the cold side, and I didn't give it the proper time to come down to a more appropriate temperature to let the full flavors present themselves. Body was about medium, though the mouthfeel was smooth. Overall not bad. I'd like to try it again to get a second opinion. I also have a bottle at home that might get opened soon.

*Edit: opened that bottle...it was a drain pour. And a pricey one at that. Smelled and tasted like sour milk. Nasty infection.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 08:47:08 | More by Rifugium
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours very black, seems thin. Has a dark tan head that fades quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Light roasted malts and milk chocolate. Definitely a slightly sour lactic smell. Faint coconut? I'm not sure actually.

T - Whoa! Coconut makes an appearance throughout the whole taste. Sweet, honey, chocolate, slight woodiness and vanilla. I know this is not usual to most milk stouts, but there's a sour essence after the beer is swallowed.

M - About what you'd expect from a milk stout... Low carb and low bodied but very smooth and easily drinkable.

O - Very unique and the coconut adds that extra nuance. I wouldn't drink it regularly, but it's an interest combo and deserves some attention.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:46:32 | More by cvm4
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Glass: Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Appearance: Mostly opaque black with the tiniest amount of reddish-brown showing through around the edges when held up to the light. An aggressive pour produced less than half a finger of khaki head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, a tiny bit of milk chocolate, perhaps a bit of the mentioned coconut. Not getting much of the lactose / metallic smell found in other milk stouts. Smells slightly sweet and delicious.

Taste: I didn't think the coconut would come through too much based on the smell, but it is definitely found in the taste! That unique nutty sweetness can lies on the back of my tongue during the entire sip, however, I find it a bit overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low-medium carbonation.

Overall: I prefer my milk stouts to have a definite roasted chocolaty bitterness to offset the sweet milkiness. This one is just a bit weird with the coconut flavor and milk stout sweetness working together. The flavor profiles of these two ingredients are too similar, and create a beer that is just a bit too sweet for me. I rank this between good and outstanding ... it's certainly not a bad beer, but I am definitely disappointed given the price and expectations that I had for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:14:05 | More by ChrisKayler
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for all the great beers rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep dark brown with a thin, dark tan head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate and coffee, lactose ...does lactose have a smell? Hmm. Well, it's that slightly sour lactic smell that's similar in most milk stouts. Some sweet fresh coconut as well.

Taste. Sweet coconut (but that nice fresh taste as well, not like the sweet dried stuff), light coffee and chocolate, and a little bit of unroasted almond.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, slightly syrupy, lowish carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer, great for after dinner which is when I happen to be drinking this. I'm afraid it doesn't hold a candle to Three Hour Tour, which is what I was hoping for, but good stuff nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:50:20 | More by Rutager
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Grinders in KC.
A- Dark brown, not quite black with a persistent 1.5 finger khaki head. Lacing is no slouch either.

S- Nose is sweet as can be. Notes of coconut, molasses, caramelized sugars. Some earthy/woodsy character also comes through.

T- Taste follows nose with the big sweetness to get things started. Some diacetyl and alcohol present. Lactose and dextrose. Some wood and vanilla character also makes its way. Yeast present. Sweetness borders on cloying without going overboard.

M- Not a real thick, heavy stout. Understandable that it's available in June. Very easy drinkability because of it. Low body. Good carbonation. Not dry at all. Alcohol present as expected at 8.8

O- a very interesting beer unlike any that I have had before. It took me a minute to warm up to the flavor profile, but it seems to work. A sugary sweet stout. Not one I would have often, but one I would recommend trying due to the uniqueness of it. I could really see a coconut lover enjoying this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 02:37:39 | More by Bosoxfan20
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vfgccp

New York

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Stellar pour; dark milk chocolate explodes up the sides of the glass, then inverts on itself forming a coffee colored twister in the center of the head. Once the fireworks are over though, what's left hangs around with ok retention and poor lace. Almost a solid black body with thin caramel colored highlights.

S - Great nose. Dry cocoa, dark toasted grains, espresso, ash, light booze, with a soft well balanced sweetness of toasted coconut and honey.

T - Honey, caramel, flat chocolate soda, brazil nut, cinnamon, pumpernickel. The backend fades outs into a oddly sour note.

M - Smooth with a medium frame. Strong acidity. Dry finish leaves a nice coating on your mouth.

O - Sweet to style with a nice mouthfeel on the finish. The sour edge is the only thing that hurts the brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:12:40 | More by vfgccp
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Tone

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, hint of yeast, and chocolate. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a rich, sweet, thick, and complex beer. Good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 13:56:01 | More by Tone
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors a while back. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip at Jason's place.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Near-black, opaque body.

S - The taste is a nice mix of shaved, roasted coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, and light caramel. There's a yeasty, dark bread flavor supporting the sweeter flavors, and this is very much on the 'sweet' stout side of things.

T - Taste is similar, with toasted coconut, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and some nebulous dark fruit and nutty characters in the periphery.

M - Smooth texture that is lightly tannic in the finish. Medium body with pleasant carbonation, and a dry finish. No alcohol presence.

D - A nice beer, particularly if you like coconut. Perhaps a tad too expensive, but I'd happily drink a glass if I saw it on-tap somewhere. Perennial makes some great stouts, and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 21:30:33 | More by MasterSki
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark chocolate brown, not a huge head but a thin layer of dark creamy coffee foam sticks around until the beer's done.

Smell is sweet, milk chocolate maybe, vanilla, a bit nutty, only mild roast.

Taste is very good, big on sweet vanilla and milk chocolate but not syrupy or cloying, definitely a nutty character but I probably wouldn't have identified coconut (granted this bottle is not exactly fresh). I like this a lot.

Mouthfeel is amazing, extremely soft and creamy, not super carbonated but doesn't need to be. Very easy to drink, gentle, belies the fact that it has alcohol. Wonderful.

Great beer, would love to try a bottle fresh.

8.3/10

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 21:16:37 | More by AlexFields
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours pitch black with a very thin dark mocha head with poor retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with little cling. Thin legs. Average.

Sharing during a cellar stout clean out by my friend.

Pours black with a small off-white head. Decent lacing.

Nose contains lots of coconut and milk chocolate with some roasted malts. Can definitely smell the lactose in this.

Flavor starts with more milk chocolate (chocolate and lactose). Coconut then comes on pretty strong (too strong in my opinion). There is a touch of roasted malt, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Lots of coconut on the aftertaste.

Lighter bodied for a stout. Finishes sweet and got a little cloying by the bottom of the glass. A little overcarbed.

This one failed for me as a beer. Did not like the coconut interplay and did not contain enough roast to rein in the lactose. It succeeded for me as a way to integrate my 90's rap playlist into the night's events so slight bonus for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 20:52:45 | More by jmarsh123
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours pitch black with a very thin dark mocha head with poor retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with little cling. Thin legs. Average.

Nose is toasted almond and coconut, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and lactose. Robust, aromatic, and deep with nice complexity.

Opens lactose, cocoa, toasted coconut and chocolate. Some roasted malt bitterness and tartness in the middle. Espresso too. More lactose sweetness and toasted almond in the end with a milky, sweet chocolate finish and a bittersweet chocolate and coconut aftertaste. I really like the coconut and lactose presence in this one but it could be a touch sweeter.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily, slick and silky in the mouth and smooth going down. Finishes messy with a lingering and sticky aftertaste. Solid.

Overall, a decent milk stout but for the price point, not one worth revisiting. A touch over-carbonated with a complex flavor profile that just seems to have something missing. Definitely worth trying but there are better beers in the style besides this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:24:07 | More by SpeedwayJim
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