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Strongman Coffee Milk Stout - Hi-Wire Brewing

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Strongman Coffee Milk Stout
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Hi-Wire Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: wedge on 11-25-2013

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 11
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly jet black except for some ruby thru the body when held up to the light,a thinner but well retained beige head atop.Big roasted coffee aromas along with bitter chocolate and mild earth.The coffee is pronounced on the palate but the chocolate and brown sugar and dark fruit flavors hold up to it pretty well.A beer that is coffee forward but has nice" other" flavors.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing

S: tons of robust coffee on the nose bitter chocolate and roasted malts, but mostly coffee.

T: dark roasted, robust coffee dominates here as well. Roasted malts, char, and cacao also come through before a lightly bitter finish.

M: medium body and carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer feels like a bigger beer than it is.

O: a coffee-lover's dream, this beer tastes and feels a lot bigger than its 5.3% (a characteristic that I like since most low abv stouts end up being watery and bland to me). Not complex, but delicious and thoroughly enjoyable.

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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, surprise, with some light penetration when held up to the light that shows a tinge of brown around the edges but overall pretty dark. The head reached about an inch at pour and was made of big rocky bubbles but deflated down to a thin solid layer of foam on top of the beer and leaving a solid line of lace around the edge of the glass made of very tiny bubbles. The head is bone off-white and contrasts nicely with color of the beer. Also upon pouring there was a good amount of sediment that went into the beer at the last second that caught me off guard. Though I have seen this in beers with coffee added post fermentation I wasn't expecting it so hopefully doesn't change the flavor of the beer too much. Looks decent.

Aroma: Strong sweetened black coffee aroma remarkably like a cafe con leche which supposedly inspired this beer. Rich chocolate and cocoa notes blend with caramel and lactose sweetness. Smells as though this would make excellent ice cream. Doesn't have a strong roasted character which cold brewing helps cut down on astringency in coffee but overall a great smelling beer.

Taste: The palate is a different story, black coffee , roasted coffee, dark chocolate are the main points but there is also a hint of vanilla on the finish as well as some bouts of sweetness throughout. Very very balanced and actually has a good amount of complexity. Some sips are more chocolate dominated and others more coffee, roasty character all through the beer as well but again well balanced by its sweetness. Not equally but just enough to ease the very slight astringency from the roast. Alcohol is non apparent and at 5.3% its not surprising with the amount of flavor going on here. No off flavors or undesirables. Honestly a very great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: A bit of fizz to the carbonation not anywhere near displeasing amount , finish is slightly dry but crisp and overall viscosity is perfect for the style. Just light enough to be sessionable and just full enough to not be......boring.

Overall: A wonderful local option, I have had many many worse coffee milk stouts and am searching to think of those that were better. Not a giant killer but a great work horse of a beer with good doses of complexity and flavor without over doing it. If its balance and drinkability you seek you've found it here. A wonderful offering from Hi-Wire. Keep up the good work.

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