Beer of the Weekend #632: Stone Coffee Milk Stout

One of my work email systems is experiencing technically difficulties, so I guess I get the afternoon off (or at least until the problem is resolved). Now is an opportune time for a brown bag lunch.

The beer today is Coffee Milk Stout, brewed by the Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, California.

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. Stone bottles usually feature a freshness date, but this one does not. Weird.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color into a pint glass. A finger of light brown-colored head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving spots of bubbles, a skim, a ring around the edge, and short trails of lacing.

Smell: The roasted malt and chocolate are noticeable at an arm’s length away. Up close, there are scents of roasted malt, which imparts a coffee-like aroma, chocolate (both dark and milk varieties), caramel, and a touch of smokiness. There are also hints of vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste: The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, and the flavor is reminiscent of coffee. The roasted malt and coffee are the most prominent flavors, and the coffee bitterness lingers on the taste buds after each sip. Neither are overpowering, though, and seem balanced by the milk stout qualities. Flavors of chocolate, burnt sugar, skim milk, caramel, some smokiness (perhaps that is from the burnt sugar), black licorice, and maybe a touch of fruit are also present.

Drinkability: This is a solid stout with a very pleasing coffee and roasted malt presence.

Fun facts about CMS:

-Style: Milk stout, I guess.

-Price: $1.99/bottle at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

-Alcohol content: 4.2 percent ABV.

-IBU: 40.

-A video with all you ever wanted to know about Stone Coffee Milk Stout:

The Quiet Man’s grade: B+.

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