Milkstachio

Image courtesy of Hop Butcher for the World

Image courtesy of Hop Butcher for the World

Hop Butcher (Chicago, IL) makes some pretty wonderful beers, and the Dan Grzeca label art makes each one that much better.  Milkstachio (6.0% ABV) is a milk stout brewed with cacao nibs and supplemented with natural pistachio flavor.  It’s deep, deep brown but it pours like its just deep brown.  Milkstachio sports a luscious chocolate milk-colored head.  Whiffs of chocolate and vanilla in equal amounts greet the nose, with just a hint of earthiness.  Smooth-bodied with a full mouthfeel, not heavy and not thick, Milkstachio is an absolute pleasure.  Cocoa flavor, mild sweetness and a touch of hop dryness are all present, but not overly assertive.  Well-balanced and well-crafted, Milkstacho makes a nice dessert beer, but hell, have one for breakfast, it’ll be just as tasty.

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