Style: Milk Stout
Brewing Company: Flying Dog
Location: Frederick, MD
The beer’s page on Flying Dog’s Web site
This Holiday Milk Stout is a game changer. Leave this out with plate of cookies and Santa will hook your ass up.
And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.
Milk Stouts are one of my favorite types of stouts, the sweetness balances out some of the bitterness inherit in a traditional stout. The sweetness comes from the lactose sugars, which lends the name Milk Stout, probably because it sounds better than “Lactose Stout.”
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Like most stouts, it gets better as it sits and settles closer to room temperature, but I wouldn’t want to drink this too warm. Some stouts you want to just linger over and sip over the course of a half hour, but this one is smooth enough that having a couple would be nice.
Despite the relatively high ABV for a Milk Stout at 7.2%, I didn’t feel it too much. I was able to have 2 of these plus another lower ABV beer and not really feel it. However, I imagine after 3 or 4 of these the ABV might catch up with you.
I also appreciated the lack of bitter aftertaste that accompanies some stouts.
All of that said, I’m not sure what makes this one a Holiday Milk Stout. There aren’t any spices like nutmeg or cinnamon most often associated with Holiday/Christmas beers, so I could see this becoming a year round Milk Stout along the lines of a Lancaster Milk Stout.
Overall, a very drinkable Milk Stout and one I can conceivably see myself enjoying multiple bottles over the course of a holiday celebration. Well, I did enjoy two (as well as one other beer) during a Dungeons and Dragons gaming session.
Recommended, link to Untappd where I gave it a 4-star rating.