Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Brown Bag Milk Stout

For me, a trip to the White Mountains wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub. They pretty have it all for a night out. They have a good selection of local craft beer, good food, friendly atomosphere, fun staff, and music from local bands.

I primarily go for the beer and the ribs, but the bartenders make a mean cocktail and the steaks are outstanding.

New on tap for me for my last trip was Long Trail Brown Bag Milk Stout.

In short, the brown bag series are small batches brewed to test new recipes with "generic" labeling to minimize cost - read more here.  Others in this series included an American Pale Ale, Smoked Brown Ale and a Maple Maibock.

Milk Stout (5.40% ABV) is #3 in the series. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it.

Poured from a tap into a pint sized mason jar, the Brown Bag Milk Stout was a very dark brown with a smallish, quickly disappinting head that left behind loose but clingy lace.

The aroma was quite nice. Roasty malt, fresh ground coffee, and sweet chocolate prevail.

The taste is much the same.  The malts are roasty but not bitter. They are complimented a fresh coffee and milk chocolate flavors. There are hints of caramel and vanilla that come through towards the end leaving behind a nice tasty aftertaste.

The mouth feel is creamy but thin; I expect a richer texture from a milk stout.

Brown Bag Milk Stout isn't the best milk stout I've had, but it's not bad by any stretch of the imaginate. Good and drinkable.

Overall, good.

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