ACBW Day 1 Featured Beer: Milk Stout

Remember High Fidelity (NOT the Lifetime BS version they play now and then)? I’ve owned something like 5 copies of that movie. It’s by far my favorite flick and I keep giving away copies because I literally want the whole country to see it. I’m also fairly confident that some of my ex-girlfriends destroyed a copy here or there because I watched it too much.

Near the end of the movie the main character, Rob, explains the dynamic of creating a mixtape:

The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.

So we’re starting off with a killer. The Bev Lab Proudly Presents: its (incredibly amateur) take on the Portsmouth Brewery’s Milk Stout.

As we had previously tweeted we’re nuts about this beer.

The first thing you’ll notice when you get your first Milk Steak Stout is how close to black the beer pours and how beautifully it contrasts with the slightly brown head that lingers in your glass for what seems like only a hot second.

For me personally my infatuation for the Milk Stout comes from what it offers up front: very creamy, sweet tones. If there were ever a competition where the party who consumed the largest volume of beer was deemed the winner (never heard of such a thing) the Milk Stout would be my beer of choice for that creaminess. Fortunately this guy doesn’t pack a Holyfield-esque punch (currently pouring at 5.5% ABV, slightly higher than some offerings earlier in the year) so I can get to work the next day after enjoying a few.

On the backend this is fairly traditional Stout with its chocolate and caramel tones complimenting the frontend and balancing this beer out perfectly. The Milk Stout admittedly runs a little less heavy than some other Stouts, but being a fan of the more traditional English-style Stout (Shipard’s Blue Fin is a great offering in this arena) I’m a big fan. Any beer I can drink a few of and not feel like I need to hit the gym is fine by me.

The Milk Stout is back on tap at the Brewery, and I highly suggest that you start your night off with something else and ease your way into this beer. As it does have some very powerful flavors it might make your Star Island or Blonde Ale taste a little blander than usual if you jump right into this Stout. It’s also a beer that comes and goes at the Brewery so get one while they’re on tap. If my memory serves me last time we saw this guy was around February-ish.

Rob Gordon endorses this adult beverage.

Stay tuned for some more brews and reviews! Cheers!

– Johnnie P