Quicky: Distinctive lactose sugar, followed by cocoa, and faint roast aroma. Who doesn't love a chocolate milk stout?? Really well balanced milk stout, with a solid cocoa overtone. Clean, well balanced, no single note overwhelms the other. At times milk stouts can be overly sweet or thick...this brew in neither. There's a subtle complexity below the surface, with notes of expresso, vanilla, and nuttiness. Very drinkable.
Poured opaque with an inch of brown, thick, frothy, foam. Retention is above average while the lacing is splotchy and loose.
Aroma definitely gives it away as a milk stout. The lactate sugar makes it stand out. The overall aroma is slight but does have some roasted scents that, in my opinion, need to be a little stronger in a stout. Chocolate and some coffee makes there presence known too.
Flavor stands out. Roasted malt with some sweetness from the lactose with dose of chocolate and coffee in the finish. A nice malt centered bitterness in the aftertaste as is the coffee and minor touch of chocolate.
Light end of a big body with ample carbonation. A bit coating and hanging after taste.
Okay, four scratch series beers tonight and this one left a lasting impression. Easily the best beer of the evening while not trying to take away from the rest. I would have this again (good thing I have another). Enjoy!