El Lechedor | Night Shift Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
nightshiftbrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on a Mexican-style milk stout, El Lechedor is brewed with poblano peppers, and aged with nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla beans in oak barrels.

Previously known as Art #20.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,119
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
199
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
34
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Siggy125:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
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

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Photo of Maxwell
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ccurrid
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BostonBrewRu
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It really tases like horchata. It's almost too good given it's a 7%er and it goes down like sweet milk.

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Photo of Shawner
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schinebd
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of theantihero
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aViewFromTheHOP
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of incubuscience
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of Shaymus
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TWStandley
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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El Lechedor from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 199 ratings