Beer 

Noir Milk Stout

Brewery

Ninkasi Brewing

Style

Milk Stout

ABV / IBU

7.6% / 60

Availability 

22 ounce bottles

Where I bought it / Format / Price

Jimbo’s Liquors / 22-ounce bottle / $5.99

Ninkasi Noir 2

Company Beer Description

“Special Release Series. Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable.”

Pouring / Tasting / Reflection

The last several milk stouts I’ve imbibed finished as cloying messes so I’m hoping for something else with this beer. With the addition of lactose, milk stouts test the sugar mettle of the brewer. Cold brewed coffee might be just the antidote to keeping this drinkable and flowing.

Noir pours a beautiful creamy head, much darker head than expected from a milk stout. The palate is a hosannah balance dead-on sugar with a liltingly bitter, burnt-up backdrop. Even though the finish is candied, a light coffee presence stops the brew from becoming sticky. Noir is a drinkable treatise on everything wonderful about sugar. High praise!

Words I would use to describe this beer

malted milk, coffee candy, Sugar Daddy pops, sorghum molasses, sassafras, rock candy, espresso with lemon rind

Pair with these foods

beer float with vanilla, coffee, or Meyer lemon ice cream; shoofly pie; bacon-wrapped dates

Weather

nebula

a treatise on everything wonderful about sugar The palate is a hosannah balance dead-on sugar with a liltingly bitter, burnt-up backdrop.
Crafts(wo)manship94
Flavor/Aroma83
True-to-Style / Unique Stamp 92
Drinkability92

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