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Stone Coffee Milk Stout

Rating: 3.2

Time for what will be my twelfth beer from Stone now, a milder stout from the brewery which is in contrast to the high alcohol content, imperial Russian stouts that they are well known for. The beer will be my first new one from the brewery this year, the last I tried from them being their Go To IPA that I reviewed just before Christmas now. This beer is one of the lightest alcohol-wise that Stone has brewed in some time, Lee’s Mild which was a one-off release from 1999 was the last to come in weaker than this one. I grabbed this particular bottle whilst in my local bottle shop a couple of weeks ago based on the fact it was a Stone beer I hadn’t tried or seen before but it is one that I’m looking forward to since I enjoy a milk stout (when it’s done well anyway) so hopefully this one fits the bill.

Stone Coffee Milk Stout

Appearance (4/5): This one pours pitch black with a light brown head about quarter of a centimetre tall that slowly recedes to leave a fine lacing that just manages to cover the surface of the beer which itself looks relatively still.
Aroma (6/10): Quite light roasted malts upfront on the nose with some coffee coming through as you would expect plus a slightly milky aroma but not as much as is usual for this style of beer in my experience. Some earthy hops and a little sweetness follow but in truth it’s hard to detect much beyond the roasted notes and the coffee but the nose isn’t a bad one, just a little basic.
Taste (6/10): Starting with the roasted malts and coffee from the nose, there is a nice bitterness to the beer with some faint hops coming through as well alongside a milky flavour that goes nicely with the coffee. Hints of background chocolate come and go with this one and there is plenty of sweetness that accompanies it but like the nose, the taste isn’t the most overly complex and is pretty much what you’d expect from the style.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and really smooth, not quite creamy but it goes down very easily. There is a hint of bitterness and quite a bit of sweetness throughout whilst carbonation was quite light with a slightly watery feel right at the end.

Overall (12/20): This one is an easy drinking sweet stout from Stone that had a good balance and went down easy enough but ultimately failed to excite, it was quite an average beer for me really and not one I’d be likely to go back to again. While it definitely wasn’t a bad one from the brewery, it never really hit the heights of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout or even Left Hand’s Milk Stout that I tried a couple of months ago; a drinkable beer but there are certainly better examples of the style out there to be had.

Brewed In: Escondido, California, United States of America
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Milk/Sweet Stout
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.20

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