Cowcatcher

Virginia
United States
Cowcatcher Smartmouth Beer Stout
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Named after the device on a locomotive that clears the way, Cowcatcher always runs smooth. This milk stout is as black as night with a thick tan head. One whiff and you’ll notice the aromas of rich cocoa and dark-roasted coffee beans. Swish it around your palate to savor its full-body and smooth mouthfeel. It boasts a warm pumpernickel-bready flavor and finishes with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Enjoy this beer with dessert - brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or any rich, sweet treat.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
33
Hops: 
Palisade
Malts: 
Black, Carapils, Crystal 60, Munich, Oats, Pilsner, Roasted Barley
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Milk stouts are sweeter than their Irish and American brethren, often resulting from a combination of lactose additions and lower hopping rates. This example smells pleasantly sweet and roasty – like coffee or cream. It pours an opaque, very dark brown color with a low tan head that does not rouse well. This beer's flavor has some richness and roasted grain and is appropriately sweet but never cloying. It has a drying, roasty finish. Bitterness is moderately low and seems to come mostly from roasted malts. Despite the low head, this beer feels well-carbonated. Still, it is somewhat creamy from the medium-full body, but it is missing the fruitiness often found in the best examples. Still, this milk stout is nothing but enjoyable.