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Cowcatcher Milk Stout - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Cowcatcher Milk Stout
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Smartmouth Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MistaRyte on 10-21-2013

We welcome the re-release of Cowcatcher Milk Stout, named in tribute to the railroads that surround our brewery. Originally brewed as a limited edition 10-barrel batch, resounding appeals convinced us to offer it from January through April. This surprisingly sessionable brew is as black as night. With one deep whiff of its thick tan head, you’ll immediately catch the aromas of rich cocoa and dark-roasted coffee beans. Swish it around your palate to savor its full-body and smooth mouthfeel. It boasts a warm pumpernickel-bready flavor and finishes with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Enjoy this beer with dessert - brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or any rich, sweet treat.
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 3
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A: Deep walnut brown, nearly black (although the bar was dim, making this assessment difficult). Head was a finger of tan foam -- it faded quickly, but left nice lacing.

S: Pretty typical for the style, with sweet, dark fruit aromas dominating. Toasted grain is definitely there, as well as a hint of maple syrup.

T: A lot of sweetness, both from the malt and the lactose, bordering on cloying. The sweetness gradually melds into faintly acrid, burnt grain mixed with coffee; and then stronger, tart fruit takes over, including plum and maybe a hint of bitter orange. Finish was a little bitter and acrid, giving some balance to the initial sweetness.

M: Somewhat chewy, fair carbonation, smooth/creamy; just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A very solid milk stout, one that can stand up to any of the style and hold its own. Perhaps a touch too sweet for my liking, and not the epitome of its class, but one I'd definitely order again.

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Cowcatcher Milk Stout from Smartmouth Brewing Company
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