Friends & Enemies
Sideward Brewing

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
ABV:
7%
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Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
4
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Notes: Coffee Milk Stout with cocoa nibs and vanilla.
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TheBrewsky from California

3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

No canning date on the can. No big concern, but I have a feeling this is at least a couple of months old. Since coffee is a noted adjunct, I wonder how much it will have faded. Anyways, let's get to it.
Look: Pours a deep cola brown and settles near black. Less than a finger of a khaki-colored head forms on top and dissipates rather quickly. Tracing is on the lower end of moderate, but a tight ring consisting of uniform bubbles retains around the perimeter.
Smell: Very roasty on the nose. Funny enough, I get malts more than anything, with aromas of coffee coming in as a close second. Cacao and vanilla is not noticeable, but I am picking up an underlying sweet character from the lactose.
Taste: As the nose lends, it is very malt-forward with an emphasis on coffee. The malt flavor and coffee mingle to create a bitter, roasty flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweetness from the lactose. Admittedly, I am not tasting any vanilla on this. I've let it come darn near room temperature at this point, and while coffee and roasted malts still dominate, the cacao nibs flavor is very mild. In short, roasty coffee flavor at first with a lingering trace of lactose at the finish. After taste is straight coffee.
Feel: Light in terms of weight and body. Feel is a tad thinner than I would prefer, but I don't have much to gripe given the abv. Carbonation is on the upper end of moderate, perhaps creating the perception that the feel is thinner than it actually is. Booze is not detectible.
Overall: For what it's worth, I am enjoying it. It is the first offering I've yet to try from Sideward, so I don't have a great reference point as to what else they create. At the end of the day, it isn't reinventing the wheel, but it's simple and straight-forward. The abv range is something that I can enjoy during the week, which is another added bonus. I will say, I wish the other adjuncts, namely cacao nibs and vanilla, were more pronounced. At any rate, I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Feb 14, 2020
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of molasses, toffee, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of molasses, toffee, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, light dark fruit/smoke/char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. A hair thin for the ABV. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent flavored milk stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel. Awesome balanced rich malts, lactose, cocoa, vanilla, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on English style example.

Sep 05, 2019
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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 4 ratings