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El Lechedor - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 131
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 38.34%
Wants: 42
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-26-2014

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.

Previously known as Art #20.
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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 131
Photo of RAlmeida77
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with minimal head. Looks like a stout should! ;)

S: Lots of aroma coming from this one. Some chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla and definitely some cinnamon. This smells so good. Reminded me of tiramisu.

T: Exceptional....I taste everything I got in the nose. Cinnamon is prominent and there's a nice subtle tingle on the back of the tongue from the peppers.

M: Drinks viscous and creamy....for the low abv, the milk stout aspect of this really thickens this up.

O: This beer exceeded my expectations. I've found that NS beers are hit or miss and this one's a big hit. Really would love to get my hands on another bottle and also the AB Barrel Aged version.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark black-brown with a tall soapy head and great retention.

Aroma of milk chocolate malt, vanilla cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A hint of peppers and bourbon. Sweet but not too sweet and quite savory. Spices are very distinct.

Tastes much the same. Milky vanilla chocolate, with spices: definitely kind of like horchata. A very subtle splash of bourbon and pepper spice throughout. So savory, again not too sweet.

Heavy to medium feel with a very light acidity and subtly spicy dryness on the finish. So. Good.

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Photo of Abaz
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great milk stout with subtle heat and bourbon flavors. Very sweet and a bit thinner than I would have liked. Tasty but at $14 a bottle I don't know if I'll be picking up another.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Maxwell
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of ThreeLions
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Hab11

A: Jet black. Black as night, very dark. No head. Great color but little to no residual carbonation. Looks like it's going to be a solid beer.

S: Chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla all like the label says. Great aroma. Lots of stuff going into the nose but it's very balanced. Excited to try.

T: Divine! What a delicious brew. So much going on but all in such great balance. Not really getting any of the barrel but this honestly could have been 100% stainless fermented and I wouldn't like it any less. Very refreshing, serious beer. Very strong Belgian chocolate flavor with waves of flavor from the spices. Super balanced. No one flavor takes center stage. Everything works in harmony. The spice from the peppers is perfectly hidden and balanced out by the rest of the flavors. I don't really know what to say about this. This beer is so great and so balanced. Would have wanted more barrel notes...a lot more barrel notes but this is just superb.

M: Super creamy. Nice carbonation. Low enough that it doesn't ruin the style, big enough to compliment the brew.

This beer is superb. Such a great mix of color, aroma, flavor and feel. No complaints at all about this beer. Extended aging could work wonders for a beer like this. I sort of wish that they would age their beers for a year before releasing them but I love that they have such a wonderful rotation of beer that is ever changing. No real barrel notes which could compliment a beer like this extremely well. No actual complaints though.

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Photo of Hab11
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Reviewed with Three Lionsfrom a 750 ml into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Black as night. Light brown sugar head.
Smell: Chili Peppers, Dark Chocolate, black pepper, light cocoa, whole milk, French vanilla, nutmeg.
Taste: perfect beer in this style. Rich European Cadbury dark chocolate(the stuff you absolutely can't buy here), cayenne pepper, black pepper, vanilla, heavy cream, high quality whip cream, nutmeg, vanilla bean, light cinnamon and ginger, high quality dark roast coffee. All balanced perfectly. This is a great tasting beer. Really just perfection in a glass.
Mouthfeel: smooth, syrupy, creamy! Just right nothing more to say. Like when you find the right woman, you just no and this it.
Overall: if your average drink to get drunk beer is a 3 and a good beer is a six well this beer is a 12! Like the best woman you can imagine well...you found her. Please,please, please Nightshift when youove to the new place brew this all the time. I can't say how much I love this beer.

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El Lechedor from Night Shift Brewing
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.