When it comes to beer, few things really make me happier than a solid milk stout. Once brewers start to pile on top of that beer as a base, wonderful things can happen.
One of my favorite milk stouts, and one that is now being distributed throughout Central and South Florida in cans, is SaltWater Brewery’s Sea Cow.
They’ve done a few treatments with the beer before, and only a few weeks ago did they release their next one: Vanilla Coffee Sea Cow (Milk Stout, 6% ABV).
It’s so delicious. They do a great job when it comes to blending their milk stout with locally roasted coffee. Sea Cow features a light, smooth roasted malt quality that is peppered with light notes of toasted bread and molasses.
Those notes are amplified somewhat by a generous addition of a mild roast coffee robustness. It’s slightly biting and only moderately aggressive, notable more for a mature robustness that rides on the coattails of the bready malt sweetness.
It’s not overly lactose sweet, and it’s not milkshake creamy, but it is smooth and velvety, and incredibly soft on the palate. Add some vanilla to this, and it’s deliciously drinkable and moderately dessert-like.
SaltWater does a lot of really wonderful things with Sea Cow, and this is a good example of such.
Plus it’s a milk stout. Can’t go wrong with that.
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