El Lechedor
Night Shift Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #531
Ranked #1,960
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
El LechedorEl Lechedor
Notes: Horchata-style milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with poblano peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla beans; rich notes of chocolate malt, vanilla cream, and cinnamon rolls; a hint of pepper and a splash of bourbon
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 203 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zonker17 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, translucent brown, small head. Node brings vanilla, coffee. Taste shows more spice, chocolate, vanilla. Body above average with slight carbonation.

Nov 21, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a finger of effervescent tan head. The head hangs around for a bit, leaving a few splotches of lacing before settling into a golden ring.

The aroma comes exactly as advertised: Loads of bourbon, vanilla, and cinnamon followed by a wave of milk chocolate and chili peppers. There's also some cherry cola and a tinge of hops. Very sweet without a ton of balance.

The flavor brings a lot of vanilla, like, a fuckton. There's some milk chocolate and booze before a subtle wave of cinnamon and peppers. Finishes like a flat cherry cola. Not great.

The feel is medium-light bodied with very soft carbonation. A bit flat and thin for the style. Alcohol is present and assertive.

Overall, not a terrible beer, but definitely a huge disappointment. It's very, very sweet, bordering on cloying. The Poblano peppers are barely noticeable, even as the beer warms. I can see how people would enjoy this, but it just isn't for me.

May 08, 2019
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a very dark brown hue with a hint of red held in the light. Off white colored head that fades to a ring. Moderate lacing. Aroma is more cinnamon foward to me, hints of watered down poblano pepper with a little vanilla. Taste follows the nose, with a little more nutmeg present. Still getting cinnamon, but the pepper heat disappears. Was hoping it would come as it warms, but none is detected in the taste. A somewhat sweet creamy malt backbone with a littl vanilla. Mouthfeel is quite thin, nothing too palate coating or complex. Still a good beer, but wish I tasted more apple brandy barrel.

Aug 12, 2016
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aViewFromTheHOP from California

4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look : On point with a head with a harsh pour. Stays around longer than you'd think.

Smell: My favorite part, amazing smell. Really get all the flavors in the nose.

Taste likes its smells. Lots of flavors that seem to really meld well together

Feel- one knock is the mouthfeel, just super thin.

Overall - Great beer, really glad i traded for this. worth the wait.

Jul 20, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this side by side with my black parade and this is weak. What a let down. I couldn't even drink a few ounces.

Nothing works here. All the flavors are off. Thin. No barrels.


May 15, 2016
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Pierre_Pressure from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark pour, inch or so head, great retention. Leaves a solid film and decent lacing
S: Mouth watering pepper, cinnamon, vanilla. Based on aroma I wouldn't even know this was aged in bourbon barrels.
T: Same as the aroma, but I can also taste the nutmeg. Again, this hides the booze very well. I think the pepper is just heavy enough to keep this from being too fast a drinker, which is fine as this should be savored, not slammed.
F: Medium body, slightly sticky. Personally I'd prefer a slightly thicker feel on this but it's still solid.
O: This is one of my favorite beers. The Poblano pepper is definitely one of the stars but it doesn't overpower the beer like you find in so many pepper beers. Outside of the feel, it's only minor nit-picky points that are keeping me from 5s across the board. Thicken this up a touch and add something to compliment the pepper a bit more and I think I'd give out my first perfect score. One disclaimer, I am a huge pepper fan and not much of a coffee drinker. If you are a big coffee fan and less of a pepper fan you may like Xocoveza, Bomb! etc better. But if you want a beer that tastes great and really showcases what a pepper beer can be, well, if there is a beer that does it better I have yet to try it.

Apr 25, 2016
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VetsPackage from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I probably would've enjoyed this beer a lot more a couple years ago before being exposed to the top contenders in the chili-chocolate-vanilla etc. stouts. This one just doesn't come close to stacking up to the likes of Abraxas, Bomb!, Cake, and even xocoveza. The body is dissatisfyingly thin and everything else takes a backseat to the chocolate dominating the palette. I really want to like this brewery given their locality but they make it real hard to warrant a visit with Trillium so close by. They should be making better beer than this 4 years in

Apr 08, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 25.4 fluid ounces bottle purchased at Night Shift Brewing, Everett, MA
Bottled: January 2016
Served in a snifter

Medium brown appearance. Lighter both in color and in body than I anticipated. The liquid was topped by an inch-tall crop of creamy, beige colored froth. Solid retention. The crown fell to a thick, lasting, bubbly film. Patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was rather disappointing. There was an odd, plastic-like note that was really distracting. A subtle metallic quality came through as well. Slightly spicy. Nutmeg was noticeable. Malty. Slightly roasty yet also semisweet. Something about the beer made me think of an English brown ale. Hint of vanilla. More vanilla and sweet cream appeared as the beer sat. Subtle chili notes were detectible as well. With time, the roast, vanilla and spice notes came out much more. All in all, noticeably better from how things started out.

The flavor profile was also somewhat of a letdown. Again, plastic notes were quite apparent from the get go. There was a slight vegetal quality, perhaps from the poblanos. A bit spicy. This reminded me more of winter warmer spice notes than horchata spices. Hint of vanilla. The beer was anchored by a roasted and chocolate malt backbone. The finish was somewhat roasty and contained earthy hop notes. Like in the nose, some of the offputting qualities dissipated as the beer warmed, and the sweet malt, vanilla and spice notes intensified. On the second pour, the poblano heat came out stronger.

The mouthfeel was fairly light. A touch watery. The beer contained a moderate, somewhat bubbly effervescence. Slightly frothy.

Mexican spice beers seem to be all the rage in the craft beer world. While most are pretty enjoyable, El Lechedor was definitely the most disappointing example I have tried thus far. While this beer improved throughout the session, it still fell short in many aspects. I much prefer Stone's Xocoveza milk stout over this.

Mar 30, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty mocha lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Pepper, roasted coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, lactose, nutmeg, light bourbon, and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee, light Poblano pepper heat, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, lactose sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, creamy, medium carbonation, medium bodied, roasted bitterness, lactose sweetness, and delicious.

Overall: I've seemed to miss this beer every year. I made to grab a bottle a month ago. Very tasty and enjoyable. I'll look forward to this every year from now on.

Mar 29, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. Lots of nose cinnamon and vanilla with some chocolate overtones along with some bourbon from the barrel aging. The taste follows the nose with a nice blend of all things that were in the nose. Perhaps a little heavy on the cinnamon in the front but the overall taste is smooth and pleasant. The mouth feel is good with a low amount of carbonation. A really nice take on this type of stout and to me much better than a certain one by Stone.

Mar 18, 2016
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garyloveman from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a mocha frothy one inch head.
Smells sweet, cinnamon, cream.
Taste is awesome layers of cinnamon, vanilla, milky chocolate and a little pepper heat.
Silky mouth feel, medium carbonation.
Really enjoyed this one, kind of a different take on the chili/milk stout. Well done.

Mar 17, 2016
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beantown_hopster from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours dark black with a big foamy tan head that quickly settles to around a finger.

S - Nothing overpowering, faint notes of malty, nutty chocolate and vanilla.

T - Milky, the dairy is definitely strong on the front end, then vanilla bean, cinnamon and faint bourbon kicks.

MF - Velvety and thick though a bit more carbonated than I'd wish.

O - Very nice offering from a brewery I love <3

Mar 04, 2016
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Jul 21, 2015
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Ian_B from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Mar 10, 2015
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Abaz from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Jan 30, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

May 08, 2014
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

May 05, 2014
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

May 03, 2014
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ThreeLions from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Apr 13, 2014
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Hab11 from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Apr 13, 2014
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 203 ratings