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Art #20 (El Lechedor) - Night Shift Brewing

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Art #20 (El Lechedor)
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our take on a Mexican-style milk stout, El Lechedor is brewed with poblano peppers, and aged with nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla beans in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-26-2014)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review from notes, 4/12/14

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, almost black - pours with a medium-sized, light beige head - small cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Hard to describe, so I'll just start with "unique" and "interesting" - some nice chili pepper aromas - lightly vegetal, with some dried pepper-like aromas - vanilla and nutmeg, with a bold and intriguing amount of cinnamon - chocolate malty aromas - chocolate malts and semisweet chocolate - some lactose sugar, on the light side

Taste: Somewhat of a kitchen sink approach, but it works - roasty and lightly sweet chocolate - lactose legitimately combines with the malt profile to be very reminiscent of milk chocolate - semisweet chocolate chips and cocoa - pepper flavors, mild but nice - big spice component with nutmeg but mostly cinnamon - finishes with roast and vanilla

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, very smooth, nicely carbonated, surprisingly clean finish

Overall: Me gusta

This is probably the best non-sour beer I've had from Night Shift. There's a ton going on here, and somehow it all works together. This is really unique and worth seeking out.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep and muddy brown, sitting in the glass as near-black. The beer forms a nice big, light tan head that does not last at all, and falls away to a ring on the glass. The beer’s body is dark and murky, making it totally opaque. On the nose, the beer smells of fleshy pepper, slight oak, and bright metal. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then lightly spicy on the finish. Slight acidity works its way in on the finish as well, as very subtle oak tannin works in bitterness. In flavor, the beer begins as fleshy pepper, moving into smooth coffee with strong vanilla creamer, and then finishing with nice, very soft pablano heat. As it warms, I do start to sense cinnamon just on the crest of the finish, though it is quickly lost to the other flavors. The aftertaste is where I start to get milk-covered oak flavors, which is interesting and rather pleasant. In the mouth, the beer feels above medium in body, with a silky creaminess, and little to no carbonation. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left wet in the middle, yet dry and slightly astringent on the sides. The roof of the mouth also feels rather sticky. Overall, I’m a little on the fence with this beer. It does not taste like a ‘creamy cinnamon roll,’ as Night Shift’s website suggested, but it does have a nice slight pepper kick, as well as some fleshy vegetable flavors. I do wish the cinnamon was a little more dominant, and a little more oak character wouldn’t hurt it either. In fact, many of the flavors could use an extra jolt here to help make this mellow brew stand a bit bolder on the tongue. This is not a bad beer by any means, but for what it was billed as I had high hopes that weren’t achieved.

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The beer pours a fairly bubbly and vigorous head that dissipates moderately. The head is a brown color. The beer itself is an opaque brown that is very brown with no black. It appears as if I am actually drinking something with chocolate. The beer smell has strong hints of pepper with Mexican chocolate hit by a bit of oak. The oak notes are fairly subtle and act more to accentuate the chocolate and push back against the pepper. The nutmeg is a fairly strong note that manages to make room between the pepper and the chocolate. The cinnamon notes get lost with the nutmeg smell and the vanilla notes barely register. The taste is fairly unique. The pepper taste is present but not strong. The peppers give enough of a unique taste that contrasts well with the Mexican chocolate. Unlike the smell, the nutmeg is a bit weaker and you can distinguish it from the cinnamon. The vanilla beans also make an appearance and are much stronger in the aftertaste. The taste appears to be more diverse and better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth with biting carbonation and heavy bodied but to the point where it feels more medium bodied. Overall, a fantastic beer and one that I hope they make again.

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Art #20 (El Lechedor) from Night Shift Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.