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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Garage Brewing Co.

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Garage Brewing Co. best fits into the BJCP 2015 Spice/Herb/Vegetable 30A substyle.  It pours a very dark brown with a moderate head of tiny dark tan bubbles that fades quickly - possibly an indication of oil from peanuts.  Initially, the aroma is a big sweet cacao nib chocolate, with moderate vanilla notes and medium high peanut butter.  There's a bit of roasty character hiding behind all that peanut butter and chocolate.  Tasting follows the aroma with big sweet chocolate, medium vanilla, moderate peanut butter, and some interesting woody and oaky character and light whiskey-like notes (possibly from the vanilla/chocolate combination).  There a moderate creamy taste and smooth mouthfeel from lactose.  No hops flavor or aroma, and a light bitterness, more like from some bitter chocolate than from hops.  Give this beer time to warm up as you drink it.  There's a lot more complexity with a bourbon-like character coming out as it warms (although the beer was not declared as bourbon or barrel aged).  A very full body with roasty chocolate, peanut butter and creaminess dominating the underlying beer and lingering into a long finish.  With all the lactose creaminess, this beer is just begging for a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream, or apple pie with fresh made whipped cream - definitely a dessert beer.