Milkstachio

Illinois
United States
Milkstachio by Hop Butcher For The World, A Beer Company
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

"Dessert-driven stouts are always fun (and often overly sweet), but this collaboration between Chicago's Hop Butcher For The World (formerly South Loop Brewing Company) and DryHop Brewers managed not to be a novelty; instead, it was as drinkable as it was delicious. Natural pistachio ice cream and milk chocolate engage the nose, while more bitter malts turn that chocolate dark on the tongue. A midpalate surge of milky sweetness is met with pistachio butter in the finish, making every sip of the soft, medium-bodied brew a true treat."

Profile

ABV: 
6%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
50º
Hops: 
Warrior, Willamette
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Weyermann Chocolate wheat, Briess Caramel 120L, Briess Carapils
Judges Review 
Sandy Cockerham's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hop Butcher’s Milkstachio Milk Stout brewed with cacao nibs and natural pistachio flavor has a pretty cool name. Technically I would call this a BJCP category 30A; Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer, but I could also make an argument for Category 30C; Winter Seasonal Beer because the spicing just screamed "holiday" at me.

 The aroma started out moderately malty with a mix of bread, chocolate, nuttiness and light coffee. There was no hop aroma to note. There were some very light grainy tones and light notes of roast. I also perceived a slight note of tobacco in the nose.

This was a deep brown beer, nearing black, and appeared opaque. The low, light tan head fell to a skim of foam that was composed of fine bubbles. The head retention was low. 

Upon the first taste there was medium-high maltiness that was a blend of biscuit, chocolate and coffee. The coffee character came across more like flavored coffee, like one of those light, nutty, holiday blends. The smooth, rounded flavors finished with a slightly dusty huskiness at the finish. The beer was medium-sweet and had a light note of roast at the back. Bitterness was moderate.

Medium body and medium carbonation helped to showcase a medium creaminess. There was just a slight hint of grainy astringency at the finish.

This was an enjoyable pint and would be great for fans of flavored holiday coffees. It had a gentle roastiness blended with cocoa, nuttiness and coffee tones for a pleasant drinking experience.