Noir Milk Stout
ABV / IBU
7.6% / 60
22 ounce bottles
Where I bought it / Format / Price
Jimbo’s Liquors / 22-ounce bottle / $5.99
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