Trung Latte Milk Stout
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Trung Latte Milk StoutTrung Latte Milk Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #401
ABV:
3%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,789
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
82
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Duvel tulip

L: Dark, dark mahogany brown pour. Nearly black with massive foamy brown head. Great retention and crazy lacing.

S: Roasted sugars, coffee, and cocoa. Sweet and roasty. Smell is out of this world good.

T/F: Bittersweet roast... charred sugars, espresso, and dark chocolate. Sweetness and bitterness nicely mixed. Great flavor.. really hides the low ABV... would have expected a much bigger beer. Zesty carbonation... light bodied. The finish is bittersweet roast and cocoa.

O: Absolutely outstanding beer... especially given the super low ABV. You could drink this all day and barely feel it... and the flavor drinks much bigger than the beer. Love the chocolate, coffee, and milkshake character. Just what I want in the style. A++

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a recent gft from a fellow member of the FGBS Drinking Team in support & furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). I find that it behooves me to drink & review these gifts quickly so that people don't think that I am trading them away or some other reason to stop getting beer for me.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted in Enola, PA"; "Pizza. Beer. Happy."; "Milk Stout with Vietnamese Coffee"; "Proudly brewed in Pennsylvania".

The Crack! of a CAN is music to my ears & when I get a spritz across my fingers, as in this case, it usually means a brimful craft CAN, which it was. This, coupled with it being a pint CAN, meant that I would be employing a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Following the Glug, an in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with cola highlights at its edges. Nose smelled strongly of coffee, but with a cream & sugar aspect, two things that I eschew in my cup. I remember Gerry Wargo asking me if I was having coffee or a hot milkshake & soon after that, I weaned myself off of cream & sugar. Onward! Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, especially for the style. The taste was not as pronounced as I remember it as being on-tap/draft & I have had it that way twice, although without reviewing it. There was a coffee flavor, sure, but it seemed toned down and/or dialed back, either by/because of the lactose sugar or by dint of not using enough coffee in the beer's production. The person who gifted me this CAN said the same thing so it may have simply been this batch of CANs or perhaps it just does better on-tap. I just kept thinking that it did not really remind me so much of Vietnamese coffee as just regular coffee with cream & sugar and even then, it was kind of lagging behind. Finish was semi-dry, but tending towards sweet. Since we are asked to rate to style & not to taste, my scores will be higher than what I really thought of this beer. Just sayin'.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great effort from Pizza Boy. They manage to balance big flavor and mouthfeel with low abv. This was a tasty beer to line share in the morning. Nice notes of coffee and chocolate, along with some creaminess.

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bl00 from Pennsylvania, Dec 06, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Valley Road Enterprises / Pizza Boy Brewing Co. "Trung Latte"
Sampled from what seems like a 16 fl. oz. can but which is not labeled as such. "TASTE # BEANS 11/8/17 18:06"
$3 at the brewery

Notes via stream of consciousness: The sticker on the can reads "3% ALC. BY VOL." It pours an opaque black body beneath a two-finger thick head of dark tan. The aroma is distinctly coffee-like with a nuttiness, some underlying chocolate, and a soft roastiness. It smells like fresh, oily coffee beans. Very nice! In fact I think it's one of the best coffee aromas I've ever found in a beer. The flavor follows but it's not quite as authentically coffee-like, and there's an additional note that I'm not exactly sure of, something earthy, or even lightly vegetal. I know it has to be coming from the coffee beans but I'm not used to it. I was expecting some chocolate and there's a light touch, mainly appearing in the finish, giving it a kind of mocha coffee feel. The nuttiness that I found in the aroma doesn't quite come through as fully either. The roastiness remains the same: softly roasty. It's not very bitter, nor is there any acidic bite, but it's perfectly balanced. For coffee lovers this has got to be a great treat. For stout lovers it seems a little light though. It's light-medium in body and just lightly crisp. As a low alcohol beer though it's hard to complain about. Given that, yeah, there's a lot of flavor there.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Nov 20, 2017
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz draft pour. Black with straw colored head that disapates quickly. Smells of black coffee and caramel. Taste is similar with a smokey finish. Reasonably sessionable stout.

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sposter4 from Pennsylvania, Oct 20, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fourth St BBQ in Charleroi PA poured into a pint glass:

Look: Pours a jet black color with about an inch of head. Lacing is present with some retention.

Smell: Heavy coffee on the nose which smells fantastic! Also hints of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and creaminess.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me! Getting a nice touch of coffee up front mellowed out by the vanilla, chocolate, and milky lactose which adds a bit of sweetness.

Feel: Medium bodied. Wish it was a tad thicker which is one of my only complaints!

Overall: This is a solid coffee milk stout! Can't wait to try Sunny Side Up! Second beer I have had from these guys since they have became available in the Pittsburgh market. Looking forward to other offerings from these guys!

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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania, Aug 26, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was listed at 5.2% on the board at the Bulls Head. Regardless of the abv, this was an extremely satisfying small. Sweet milky-ness complimented wonderfully by a subdued, lightly roasty coffee note. Very nicely executed by Pizza Boy, what a treat on a warm summer evening.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Aug 09, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. The nose has a little roast and a little chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate can also be found in the flavor profile. The body is surprisingly hearty for an offering with such a low ABV. Light roast profile but decent roasted bitterness on the finish.

This is truly a masterpiece. To be able to fashion a full bodied stout at such a light ABV is nothing short of spectacular. This blows any sub-5% stout completely out of the water!

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57md from Pennsylvania, Apr 30, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a big fan of Vietnamese food as well as coffee I was excited to try this.

The beer pours as black as crude oil and carries a thin (but stubborn) creamy beige head that laces the glass throughout its short-lived life in my snifter.

Right away I'm hit the welcomed smell of sweet cream, vanilla, and a bit of fresh roasted coffee.

With the first sip, and not surprisingly, I'm met with deep and obvious notes of dark roast coffee then followed by hints of toffee, caramel, cocoa powder and cream.

I was left wanting for body and mouthfeel. This stout was too lightweight, almost like a porter. I was also disappointed in the lack of presence when it came to that oh so essential flavor of condensed milk. This stout should be sweet and laden with cream, but it wasn't, there was only notes of it throughout.

Still, I enjoyed this brew. If there was double the helping of that sticky sweet condensed milk you find in Vietnamese coffee this beer would be close to perfect.

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Resonant from New Hampshire, Apr 14, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a matching Pizza Boy can glass. The brew appears black in color with lighter ruby clarity around the edges. A firm two fingers of mocha head slowly fades leaving some spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with a milky sort of chocolate cream appeal. A light touch of mineral aspect is present which is familiar and recognizeable to varying degrees in other milk stout examples. Only as it warms does the roasty coffee make itself known.

The taste is sweet with almost a bitter roasty cola thing going on. Faint herbal hops mingle with the roasted grain. There is an ever-present sweet milk chocolate flavoring with a little bit of coffee towards the finish. At times the feel of this brew seems like watery coffee with artifical sweetener added.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It has a smooth feel and is easy drinking. The coffee is a little lighter than expected and the sweetness in this is at times a little much for my taste. The cola sort of flavoring is strange, im not sure if thats the product of the lactose, coffee or combination but its weird. Worth trying but 9 times out of 10 id rather drink sunny side up for my coffee stout fix.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not at the level of Vietnamese Coffee Sunny Side Up. Could use a bit more coffee presence and a thicker milk stout presence. Recommended, but maybe my hopes were too high after having my socks knocked off by Vietnamese SSU.

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lurpy1 from Minnesota, Nov 18, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latest version is only 2.7% abv. big coffee aroma and taste. Super drinkable, if you enjoy coffee like I do. Almost more coffee than beer. A breakfast beer for sure

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DrBier from Pennsylvania, Nov 07, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours pitch black with a creamy one finger tall off white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving very little lace on the glass.

S - Smells of strong dark roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, malted milk, molasses and lots of dark roasted malt.

T - Starts off with tons of deeply roasted Vietnamese coffee slowly being joined by the chocolate, vanilla and molasses sweetness and plenty of dark roasted malt. Finish is a bit sweet with some bitter coffee, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Creamy, roasty feel from start to finish.

O - I really like this one. It is kind of like a cross between bean dream and sunny side up. Definitely give it a try if you get the chance.

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orangesol from Pennsylvania, Nov 01, 2014
Trung Latte Milk Stout from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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