Irish Cream Coffee Milk Stout
Black Hog Brewing Co.

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
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5.5%
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Black Hog Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black Hog tends to make some rather interesting stuff, and, even though they're not always extremely high-quality, I do like to give their beers a shot now and then because I have been surprised on more than one occasion. Enter their newly-released Irish Cream stout, based on their original Coffee Milk Stout. The website says that the difference is that this has a "hint of Irish cream," which seems... odd. I mean, did they literally put Irish cream in here? Sounds illegal, probably. I assume it is just some flavor wizardry, or perhaps it won't really matter. Let's find out.

The pour is a deep, dark brown color with very slight clarity/translucence around the edges, and the body itself carries a solid ring of light khaki-colored foam that leaves behind a very consistent sheet of lacing. Pretty impressive appearance overall, with some decent legs, to boot. Re-rousing the head leads to it assuming a slightly-darker color, but not much different than the original.

The nose is definitely somewhat Irish cream-influenced. I pick up some whiskey (even though this wasn't aged in those barrels) and almond or some other nuttiness, along with English toffee, roasted coffee beans, light notes of dark chocolate, and toasted bread crusts. Husky dark grains and more milky-sweetness collide, giving off a surprisingly nice and well-rounded sweet stout scent. Honestly does actually remind me of Irish coffee. Good show.

The flavor is along the same lines with a lot of roasted malts, toasted brown bread, coffee, light earthy spice, and a creamy, slightly-sweet lactose addition taking up the rear, toward the finish. The dedication to flavoring this has is actually very impressive to me. I'm not sure how they did it, but it does taste like what they set out to make it taste like. It's also quite different from their normal Coffee Milk Stout (and not only due to the prickly mouthfeel, which is quite different from the nitro pour present in the original), with more prominent adjunct flavors. Despite the wide array of dark flavors here, however, it's not tough to drink. It's actually kinda refreshing, in a milk stout type of way, anyway. I'd drink it again if I were in the mood for a flavored lower ABV stout. Give it a try!

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Irish Cream Coffee Milk Stout from Black Hog Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2 ratings