A Round On the House
_____ (Blank) Brewing

A Round On the HouseA Round On the House
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #481
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #48,699
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 5.14%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
10
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New York, United States
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A Round On the HouseA Round On the House
Notes: Imperial milk stout with cacao nibs.
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 10
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I traded for this ages ago but never heard of this brewery, nor could I remember where and when I obtained this. It's even funnier that my garage in Brooklyn is near where this place is but they seem as anonymous as could be. That was the case with this beer as well as it was an English Sweet / Milk Stout through and through but there wasn't anything particular noteworthy or memorable about this textbook example of the style...

Of course, this poured jet black with a rapidly and loudly settling head that settled as a fine layer of tan bubbles on top of the liquid. Only a few vertical splotches of lacing could be seen on the side of my pint glass as those too, slid and settled quickly. Not a strong nose but there were hints of coffee, milk chocolate, and vanilla extract in it as they came through to a slightly larger degree in the taste. Brown sugar sweetness, roasted malt, and cacao nibs came through but none of them were quite strong or overpowering as the beer ended up feeling like a bitter coffee, but not on the level of Starbucks!

Plenty of booze here but it was hard to discern on the palate and I was hoping that a bit more sugar and lactose would have kicked in before I finished it off. That wasn't the case but the lingering coffee bean tingle that lingered on my teeth was a reminder of this beer's true nature. Canned on 8/29/1 with "SNAP CRACKLE POP" written underneath it, this was worth a go once for an enjoyable take on this style that came across as unoffensive as could be!

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan colored head that left a large, thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with hints of cocoa nibs.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite chocolatey with notes of cocoa nibs and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a strong dose of chocolatey malts in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches with nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, lactose, milk and dark chocolate and a little nuts. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, milk and mild dark chocolate, nuts and a touch of molasses. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A full flavored milk stout with great chocolate character and good supporting nuttiness. Slightly sweet as appropriate for the style, but not overdone. Flavor holds up throughout the tasted and leaves a pleasant chocolatey and lightly nutty aftertaste. Really liked this one. Had at least one collaboration ale with these guys and look forward to see what else they brew that might meander out our way.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter glass; no can dating, but was just released locally. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa nibs, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and roast/charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa nibs, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a fantastic imperial milk stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa nibs, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; awesomely soft feel. Amazing balance of rich malts, cocoa nibs, and lactose flavors; with nice earthy hop presence/balance, and restrained English yeast fruitiness. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on English style example.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I am sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep cola brown color with a short lived fizzy tan head of 1 cm foaming up. The foam is gone about 30 seconds after the can empties. The aroma is a nice mix of malts, some roasted malt, some milk chocolate, and a good dose of brown sugar.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with fine soft carbonation. I get a bit of sweet coating across my palate with each sip.
The flavor is roasted malt, some sweet chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar again. The beer doesnt reveal any hops and the booze is incredibly well hidden throughout the finish of the beer.
This is an easy drinking sweet and smooth stout with no hits of booze and no hops to note either. No flaws on a straightforward sweet stout.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 10 ratings