Stone Brewing Company is most well-known for interesting, off-the-wall (and often massively ABV'd) beer concepts. Sometimes though, a creamy Sweet Stout is just the ticket -- especially in the upcoming colder months.
San Diego's Stone has announced its Coffee Milk Stout brewed with roasted coffee beans and milk sugar. A little heavier than most sweet stouts (as you would expect from Stone), this pitch-black brew is available now wherever Stone beers are sold.
Here is the press release from Stone:
Escondido, CA (Oct. 6, 2015) – Back for the cold(er) weather months, Stone Brewing Co. is releasing freshly brewed batches of Stone Coffee Milk Stout. While the recipe remains essentially the same, this year the bittersweet, creamy, coffee-laced stout has a slightly elevated alcohol content, ringing in at 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Beginning this week, the beer starts arriving in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft at retailers, restaurants and bars where Stone beers are sold.
Mild ale malt was used as a base grain to help create a rich, roasty character, and other specialty grains contribute cocoa, licorice and subdued coffee flavors. Magnum hops bring a clean bitterness, gently contrasting with the beer's malt-forward qualities. Brewed with whole coffee beans from San Diego-based roaster Ryan Bros Coffee, the bitterness of the coffee is balanced out brilliantly by the addition of milk sugar, which provides sweetness and creaminess to the stout's smooth, easy-drinking texture. Those inviting flavors are supported by a bumped-up malt bill, giving this year's version more body and a bit more oomph in the ABV department (from 4.2 to 5 percent).
"The recipe for this beer was originally brewed on the 10-barrel pilot system at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station as an experimental, one-time offering," said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. "Since we were really pleased with the original brew of Stone Coffee Milk Stout and how well received it was among our fans, we decided to make it available nationwide as an annual release, making only minor adjustments to this year's recipe. Fans should still expect to enjoy the same roasty malt character but now with a richer mouthfeel and slightly fuller body. "
Stone Coffee Milk Stout is a smooth combination of sweet and bitter coffee flavors that work well with a diverse selection of foods. For the purpose of maximizing enjoyment or exhibiting appreciation for the beer, fans are encouraged to share photos of their favorite Stone Coffee Milk Stout food pairings on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest using #PairedWith.
This beer will only be available during fall and winter, the ideal seasons for savoring rich, coffee-accented ales. Enjoy Stone Coffee Milk Stout fresh or store it at proper cellaring temperatures (55°F or lower) for up to one year after its "bottled on" date, which can be found on the shoulder of the bottle.