My favourite beer of all time is one that is really hard to find. In fact, I haven't seen it anywhere above the Mason-Dixon Line. But, in my humble opinion, it is the best. Beer. Ever.
Or, possibly, was.
Since I had The Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, I have been in search of a milk stout to either match or rival that fine beverage.
This weekend, I think I've found it.
The Chocolate ManifestoAppearance: deep walnut with a creamy, deep-taupe head that settles to a thin cap.
Triple Chocolate Milk Stout (10% ABV)
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewing
Beer O'Clock rating: 5
Nose: an incredible, intense chocolate, like a malted milkshake, with a hint of sweet chocolate syrup.
Palate: rich, malted chocolate and a light touch of licorice. A full finish with a definite taste of alcohol that does not overpower the other flavours.
Overall impression: I am in love! This is an incredible, creamy, chocolate treat. Where I felt I could eat chocolate-chip cookies and wash them down with The Duck Rabbit, this creamy-smooth stout has the chocolate-chip cookies in the milk.
Brewed with chocolate nibs, cacao powder, and chocolate malt, this is a decadent treat. It's rich without being sickeningly rich; sweet without being cloyingly sweet; and high in alcohol without being boozy. It's well-balanced.
Because it comes in a 750ml bottle, it's also perfect for sharing, especially at this time of year.
This is a seasonal that I hope the folks at Flying Monkeys brings back, and brings back often. With so few truly exceptional milk stouts, it would be a shame to make people search.
Cheers! And Merry Christmas!