A: As close to black, as a deep brown can be. Even the fizzy, quick to dissipate foam was dark brown.
S: Chocolate sweetness is upfront. Then a good whiff of vanilla, brown sugar, and very faint smoke in the background.
T: A Milk Chocolate taste hit, but the surprise is the lack of any of the anticipated sweetness. I'm surprised at the balance, almost comes off as dry. It has some viscosity but not at all cloying, probably due to the dryness. It's carbonated, and I like it, you'll have not figure out your own bubble ratio. I really like the after taste, no over done sweetness, it would be interest to see the malt bill.
O: I am trying to figure out if I just suckered into the concept of the milk chocolate stout, is it the lactose sugars, or is it possible this brew is not a gimick. This beer has the superb flavor profile of dark bakers chocolate and a smoky, low alcohol whiskey. Then throw in a smooth dryness and muted sweet, and you've got a complex surprise. It competes with the best of american dark beers. I don't get many Terrapin, but I guess I need to work on that. This would be an insane beer if aged for some time in a bourbon barrel. I very much liked this stout.