Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout (Beer Camp Across America) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout (Beer Camp Across America)Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout (Beer Camp Across America)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the perennial café favorite, Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.

This young-gun brewery has a locomotive charge. A rich conversation at a local bottle shop in 2005 has morphed into a Pacific Northwest staple. Named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi’s first batch of beer was Total Domination IPA and it remains a must for those with a lupulin itch.

Added by BeerAficionadoMCMXC on 07-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Not a coffee fan, but this one is mild enough. Black and slick, small silky beige head. Coffee notes and bitterness are readily apparent, on top of decent roast grain body, semi sweet chocolate. More sweet than bitter at the finish.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep cola brown with no light passing through the glass. A creamy tan head of 2 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer and wispy island floating in the glass. Densely packed lattice clings to the glass after each sip.
The aroma is rich roasted malt and coffee beans with a little sweet milk chocolate in the background.
The first sip reveals a fairly thick body with very fine and prickly carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee with a good dose of sweet chocolate, but the beer rolls back to all roast and coffee notes that linger long after each swallow. I dont get any hops nor any hint of alcohol on this beer but I do feel it to be a little bit of a sipper.
This is a nice roasty stout and im glad to have tried it, but there wasnt as much sweetness coming through as I had anticipated. This is a tasty beer with lots of roast.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The brew is black in color with a mocha head. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass. Smells roasted, earthy with char, coffee and almost a nuttiness. When warm, its all chocolate/coffee. The taste has coffee, bitter earth, lots of roast almost a nutty grain essence and baker cocoa. A mild citrus presence mingles with a mineral feel. This is medium bodied with modest carbonation. A decent brew that im enjoying more now than when it was fresh.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A relatively vigorous pour only gets me about an inch of thick, pillowy caramel colored head. Head has nice retention though. Body is like liquid black ink. Nose mostly shows decently fresh coffee as the highlight to the smell. With first sip you get a nice mix of dark coffee and soft chocolate. Malts are nice and roasty and really carry the flavors quite well. This is an impressive coffee beer, especially after over a year in the cellar. Normally the coffee flavors die down so much in that kind of time. They should make this a regular offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada/ Ninkasi Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout Ale With Coffee And Lactose Added. Alc. by vol. 7.5%, 60 IBU. And it's #11 from the Beer Camp box.

Solid blackness, rich toasted tan head, small, but lasting.

Aroma: ah! Cocoa first, followed by coffee, and along comes the cream. Beautiful blend. Lush and malty loveliness. This is one of those times that I push off the drinking just to enjoy the aromatics all the more.

Now, drink it up! Silky smooth and easy-going. Coffee and cocoa flavors aren't quite as prominent on the tongue at first, as in the nose. The milk is taking over. Rich, smooth, and just a little on the strong side.

Yummy. Ends on a dryish note. Delivers deliciousness right up until the end. Man, this is all right.

What do they say? "Beer Camp Across America Double Latte. This cold press milk stout features roasted grain, artisan coffee and a dose of lactose for a robust body, and sweet coffee-chocolate-like flavor." Also, "Inspired by the perennial cafe favorite, Double Latte combines two great things: coffee and beer. Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat."

Maybe it's another contender for best of the box?

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 30 2014 bottle, opened April 3 2015

A - Nice looking stout. Light brown head pours half a finger high with nice retention and lace. Black body with brown edges and ruby highlights.

S - Cream and super dry, dark roast coffee. Astringent espresso acidity.

T - Opens with the bright astringent espresso acidity from the nose. Dry dark chocolate, Cocoa Puffs cereal milk, and bitter espresso beans round out the profile. The balance is more about a contrast of extremes than a blending or integration of flavors.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Par carbonation.

O - Relatively aggressive for the style, but not bad.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

this has been sitting in my fridge for a WHILE. from the 2014 beer camp variety pack.

A: pours a very dark brown. head is a brownish off-white. frothy, but doesn't last long.

S: aroma is laden with chocolate. coffee is in there too, but not nearly as intense as the

T: flavor follows similar to the aroma, heavy on the dark bittersweet chocolate flavor. a bitter coffee flavor comes into the finish. complex. earthy.

M: the lactose adds a really nice creamy mouthfeel to the beer that is perfectly fitting for the style.

D: overall a fine take on the style and tasty brew from the variety pack. i usually don't desire stouts like this until it is colder outside, hence why i waited so long to drink this. some of the coffee might have faded, but the brew is still solid.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inspired by the perennial cafe favorite, Double Latte combines two great things: coffee and beer. Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat. Brewed in the style of a milk stout. Available in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 Variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a soft foamy head of a mocha cream color over a near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) The roasted coffee bean aroma comes forward first, generating notes of earth and delicate fruit, with lesser characters of a malt body, light caramel, light roasted malt ,milk chocolate and dark sugars with a touch of lactose sweetness for some cream and sugar. Potency is modest. 3.75

(Taste) The roasted malt is more forward in the flavor, lightly toasted caramel bread, cocoa and soft lactose for a modest coffee base, finishing with a lingering earthy bitterness of coffee bean accented with subtle notes of fruit which accounts for significant enough balance to maintain interest. The depth of flavor may resemble more of a cup of black coffee over a brewed latte, but the balance comes forth better at warmer temperatures, cutting through some of the bitter edge. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly chewy, silky, clean and mildly dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a medium frothiness and a very soft crisp finish for a light creamy mouthfeel overall. The body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even earthy bitter to sweet, although bitterness wins out by a hair. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off characters. 4.5

(Overall) My grand finale of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 Variety pack is a roundly satisfactory stout. A solid and clean-cut malt profile is compensated with a bitterness almost entirely sourced by the usage of coffee beans, generating more delicate flavor characteristics for a fuller coffee flavor. Stouts are becoming increasingly more difficult to distinguish as superior over other quality stouts, and only the truly unique seem to be recognized above the rest. I find it a bit more formulaic than other entries in the Beer Camp collection and have had many coffee stouts before, although I appreciate the balance and range of coffee flavor that Double Latte produces through the bean. Plays nicely for a middle gravity stout, but there is certainly great potential to amplify the malt body for a deserving imperial treatment. I would not be surprised if this beer is many people's choice winner of the entire pack, and it would be a highly popular choice to rebrew this for widespread distribution. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout

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Photo of RyanK252
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby hue and a creamy brown head that settles and laces well.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of dark fruit.

T: Follows the nose with rich dark chocolate and coffee, nice roasted malt, lactose sweetness, and maybe a touch of earthy hops.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, silky smooth.

O: This is easily my favorite from the case and probably more along the lines of what we expected. Love it!

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Photo of Mitchster
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Caramel, Brown, and Chocolate malts, coffee from Stumptown, and Lactose. Hopped with Nugget.
7.6% ABV, OG=20.4P, FG=6.8, 60 IBUs.

Pours out to a clear black, forming a small light tan head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is medium, ~2.5. Nose is potent with coffee, milk chocolate, black walnut. Cleanly fermented. Taste is quite nice...opens with a brash display of coffee, followed by a chewy malt body and a nicely balanced level of roast, medium bitterness, a little residual sweetness, some mild roast acidity, and a firm hop flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little acidic between the roast and coffee and hops.

This is a nice stout. I've had many beers, however, that taste exactly like this. I think coffee stouts need a big body to stand up to the coffee flavor, and this isn't quite chewy enough for me.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/27/15

A: Nearly black at first glance, more of a deep, dark brown upon inspection, with some dark brown around the edges - pours with a small, light brown head, fades to a few wisps of a cap and leaves some spotty lacing

S: Dark chocolate and roasty coffee - nice range of chocolate, with some dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and brownies - nicely burnt, with some chocolate malts - really nice coffee aroma, very roasty - hints of the lactose underneath the bold chocolate and coffee aromas - lightly nutty with some caramel and caramelized malts

T: Chocolate, coffee, and some nice sweetness for balance - big chocolate flavors, with dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and cocoa - nice dark roast coffee flavor, roasty and lightly burnt - moderate level of burnt overall, with just a hint of char - the milky, lactose sweetness cuts through the darker elements and works well - some caramel, molasses, and toffee sweetness as well

M: Medium body, maybe on the thin side, nicely carbonated, some residual stickiness from the lactose, would be better if it were slightly maltier

O: Like an iced mocha latte... except actually worth drinking

I saved this Beer Camp beer for last with hopes that it would be a proper goodbye to camp. I am happy to find that it is. I am a sucker for beers that manage to taste like dessert without tasting like they are going to cause some form of rapid-onset diabetes. Other than some issues with the mouthfeel, this is one of my favorites from the Beer Camp pack.

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Photo of fx20736
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

from the Beer Camp box, poured into a pint at cellar temp.

Look: Lignite Brown only when backlit, otherwise seemingly black with a thick mocha head and impressive lacing.

Smell: Hershey's chocolate bars with a moderate dark roast coffee

Taste: chocolate syrup sweetness with coffee grounds bitterness

Feel: decent body

Overall: very good stout

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Photo of HalfFull
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a wine glass. The Doubl Latte pours nearly black in color with deep mahogany brown highlights. Offers good clarity and a thin cap of bubbly mocha foam. Settles out to a thing surface ring bit too swiftly.

Aromas of roasted malts dominate along with some cold brewed coffee and a touch of chocolate with some warming. Taste notes are similar and finish with a coarse spice character then a lingering roast coffee flavor. More cold coffee notes after settling but a return to rich roasted malts with some agitation. Overall better than I feared, that being too much on the coffee side of the equation, which is why I hesitated till now. Actually straddles the beer/coffee line nicely, and hides its ABV like a ninja.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was really impressed with this beer - definitely the stand-out from the 2014 Beer Camp collection. I had one fresh and another one at over a year old and I think the aged version was better. This was too good to be a one-off.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, black color with a tan head and decent lacing. Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light cream sweetness, and milk chocolate. Taste follows the nose with big coffee and roasted malt flavors, touch of creamy sweetness balances mid palate and finishes mildly bitter with dark and milk chocolate flavors. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Overall I enjoyed this one, nice coffee flavored milk stout.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

SIERRA NEVADA BCAA Double Latte Coffee Stout 1/4/15

Last soldier from my SN BCAA 12 pack, this one a collab with Ninkasi

a: Opaque black with a 3 inch thick dark tan head which receded slowly to heavy even surface foam and dense lacing

s: Mild coffee

t: Coffee with milk up front, slight dark malt notes and mild hop bite. ABV well covered most of the way.

m: Medium, good carbonation tingle

o: A tasty, easy drinking coffee stout with a well-chosen name.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a packaged date of 30 May 2014.

This dark brown ale looks essentially black and opaque in th glass and is topped by a durable and very creamy tan head.

Aroma: fine mix of coffee and dark roasted grains in nearly equal measure. Only a faint hint of dark fruits and char.

Flavor: Excellent bitter-sweet balance: mildly bitter in keeping with the coffee and dark roasted grains but definitely bitter for a milk stout. Lingering aftertaste of black coffee, light smoke and black bread.

Feel: medium body is creamy smooth despite near medium carbonation. Carbonation is higher than average for style but nicely soft.

O: excellent and certainly one of the best, if not the best, of the dozen 2014 special SN Beer Camp releases.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger caramel colored head. Dark beer with some nice lacing.

Aroma is a major hit of coffee. This is totally the dominate aroma. The coffee is dark very toasty almost burnt. Minor smell of hops, vanilla, and tobacco.

I disagree that this is a sweet stout... It's not. Good carbonation up front makes the beer drinkable. Definitely coffee forward. Dark, roasty, almost burnt espresso. Wet oak, tobacco flavor, and that bitterness associated with such burnt ingredients. Hop bitterness is also present at the end. I don't get a creamy mouthfeel or any milk flavor at all. The beer is dry with really no sweetness. I think this would be an excellent barrel aged beer!!!

Overall pretty decent beer. Not worth buying the pack for it ( or really any of the beers in the collection). I would pair it with Korean BBQ short ribs or cola braised pork chops.I give it 87/100.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle a part of a mixed 12 pack Beer Camp 2014. Bottled on date of 5.30.14

L - Pitch black, 1/2 finger of head

S - Wow....HUGE delicious coffee aroma. So much so it dominates. Nothing else but roasted coffee grains

T - Coffee and chocolate. Sweet, and tons of roasted coffee grains. Excellent! 7.6% ABV is totally hidden

F - Full body and well carbonated.

O - An awesome coffee stout, with chocolate on the side. Well done!

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Photo of brewale4me
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark blackish/brown with a thick creamy tan head. Burnt toast, coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Dark coffee and malt stand in the front. While dark chocolate rounds out the finish. Medium mouth feel and mild bitterness completes this beer.

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Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma and Taste is sweet cacao and dark roasted malt, a bit of sweet milk chocolate flavor. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation, a bit of a sticky mouth feel. Finish is sweet bitter dark roasted cacao, moderate milk choco with moderate roasted mocha espresso bitter notes, mildly dry ending with a good bit of alcohol kick. A good tasty full flavored latte.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy, dark tan head that collapses into a resiny puff that laces wildly. Acidic, toasted malt and coffee aroma. Black. Starts with a bright acidity and a medium bitterness. Smooth, silky coffee notes. Finish is more silky coffee.

This is phenomenal. There is a richness to the coffee and toasted malt, which is perfectly acidic. Not too bitter; perfectly balanced. Very well done.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/7...pours dark brown/black, thick 1/4 inch tan fluffy foam packed. Heavy burnt aroma and roasting too. Espresso beans. Hearty bitter coffee flavor, huge flavor. Light lactose, modest carbonation. Excellent.

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Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours pitch black color but brown comes through at the edges where light hits the glass; head is a big thick creamy 2 finger tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving moguls as it faded and excellent foam lacing coating the sides as well as rings as it went down.

Smells of espresso, very burnt French Roast coffee, vanilla beans, licorice, burnt grains, charred wood, half and half, and toffee or caramel; a great nose, it smells exactly like a cold coffee made with very rich coffee beans – think Starbucks bold coffee of the day mixed with a Guinness and a handful of fire roasted coffee beans dropped in it.

Flavor is like a very burnt coffee and every roasted or smoked grain you’ve ever had shaken up with cocoa powder, vanilla, espresso, licorice, charred wood, half and half, dark rum without the booze bite, toffee, caramel, molasses, piney hops, pepper and chocolate flavored whipped cream. There are a lot of coffee and roasted flavors going in all directions making for a very complex taste that was full of all the roasted stout and coffee notes that I love. There is a slight touch of sweetness that blends well with the coffee bitterness and grains that trail off just like a great coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin with just enough grainy body to keep it stout-like, mild carbonation and a nice bitterness that is tasty with a smoky aftertaste that is on the dry side with just the right amount of bitter zest to confirm that the Stumptown coffee beans used in this brew were some of the finest beans being ground up today. This beer completely hid the 7.6% ABV and was outstanding, I did not want it to end. If Sierra Nevada or Ninkasi want to produce this beer again then I would seek it out and buy as much as possible, it was that good. Best beer by far in the Beer Camp Across America series, this was everything I hoped for in a milk/sweet stout.

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Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last Beer Camp Across America offering... A vigorous pour yields a fingers worth of late to develop medium brown densely packed froth... Modest retention... The color walks a fine line between deep dark brown and flat black... In either case a bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... Still with no discernible carbonation... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is dominated by dark roast gourmet coffee as it should be... Next in line are whiffs of vanilla... There are also some light roasted malt notes as well... The flavors that materialize on the palate are a mirror image of the aromas described above... There is a slight addition of black licorice on the deep finish... Very pleasing... On the lighter side of full bodied... Chewy and viscous... A light carbonated bite... A rock star Milk Stout... Packs a bit of a punch, but that's not necessarily a bad thing... This would be a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada line-up, at least in my humble opinion...

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Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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