Review: Brock Street Chocolate Milk Stout (Blayne's Tank 5 Series)

It's been a while since I did a review on anything by Brock Street Brewing out of Whitby, Ontario. Today I'm checking out their Chocolate Milk Stout.

According to their website: This milk stout departs from the typical bitter roasted flavours associated with the style to leave a delicate beer with a creamy mouthfeel, a rich milk chocolate flavour dominating the palate, and a slightly sweet finish. 5.5% ABV

Appearance: Sorry for the potato photo, I could only do with what I could do in such short notice - so you see more of a reflection of me than you see of the beer itself. The beer pours a thick and pitch black body with a bit of a cola brown hue in spots. The head is nice and a yellowish cookie dough in appearance, the head diminishes fairly gradually, leaving behind 1/4 worth of head on top of the beer, and a moderate amount of lacing on the glass itself.

Aroma: Mildly rich and roasted with notes of coffee to it, a bit of cocoa, a bit of caramel and a slight earthiness to it. For this being a Chocolate Milk stout, the roasted maltiness is more prevalent than anything else. Somewhat sweet.

Taste: The roasted malt gives off a bit of a roasted coffee-like taste to it.. while it's not quite overpowering like many everyday stouts, I'm finding that the roasted notes of the malt make up most of what I'm getting in this beer. There's a mild amount of cocoa in there, not really much of a "milkiness" in this beer at all compared to most Milk Stouts I've ever had.. this doesn't have a velvety creaminess to it at all, it's more dry than creamy. Chocolatey? Kinda, a bit.. but I get more of caramel/toffee than chocolate. The aftertaste is a combination of caramel and an earthy bitterness.

Overall Thoughts: I was giddy about seeing a "Chocolate Milk Stout!" But this didn't live up to its expectations. I've had peanut butter Milk Stouts that tasted exactly like Reese Peanut Butter Cups in liquid form but this needed a lot of heavenly milk chocolate in every sip. Ah well, just sad that it wasn't as chocolatey as I was hoping.

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