We want to get the good beer chat flowing and your mouth salivating. In our latest blog series Good Beer Talk, our beer experts will be discussing tasting notes, history and what goes into our beer of the month. It’s not always what we have in the tanks or taps but beer styles handpicked by our brewers that we really love.
This month our beer of choice is a coffee milk stout…
Milk Stout or Sweet Stout, is an English style of stout developed in the early 1900s. The name ‘milk’ stout comes from this style of beer using lactose, or milk sugars, as a sweetner. Traditionally, it’s dark brown to black in colour, with a nice creamy tan head. Flavours of dark roasted malts offer coffee, and aromas of chocolate. It offers low hop bitterness, and the silky sweetness from the lactose is balanced by roasted flavours.
This beer was originally marketed to breast-feeding mothers as it was suggested to promote breast milk production. All of the polysaccharides (natural complex sugars) of this malted barley-heavy beer stimulate the secretion of prolactin, which is the hormone responsible for breast milk production (lacto-genesis).
For this Pilot Batch milk stout, we selected a complex medium roast coffee and added this to the brew, along with milk sugar and organic vanilla bean. These additions play beautifully with the dark malt bill, resulting in a beer that is bittersweet on the palate with a silky mouthfeel and roasted coffee finish. A beer for coffee & cake lovers!
5.7% ABV | 30 IBU
Malt Heroes: Carafa 1 & Carafa 2
*No longer available in our tasting room
Words by our Canadian beer wizard – Jess Flynn