Milk / Sweet / Cream Stout

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

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There is a lot that goes into this brew.  Holy Water, lactose (milk sugar), smoked malts (ash and hickory wood), and burnt grains.  The brew day was definately interesting as the brewers did their best to ward off evil vampires.  Not joke, I wrote down ‘chocolate milk’ as one of the taste of this beer […] ... [Read more]

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

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Note:  let this beer warm up a little before you pour.  I was impatient and poured it right out of the fridge which did not account for much.  Now, I’m not sure  how they force carbonated the beer (probably the same as CO2), but the head on my beer was anti-climactic.  Seriously, that was the […] ... [Read more]

Surly Four Double Espresso Milk Stout

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After several months of sitting in my fridge and repeated trips to and from my parents ending in unsuccessful sampling, I have finally come to the perfect tasting time. Amidst the feet of snow on the suburban Minnesota lawn out the window, and a long night ahead, a beer brewed with coffee seemed the perfect […] ... [Read more]

Rock Bottom Minooka Milk Stout

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As I sit down to write a couple reviews I poured a thick, motor oil milk stout to enjoy. Naturally, this demanded its own review so here is a quick shout out for a local favorite. Rock Bottom at Yorktown (Lombard, IL.) has a great line up of beers along with some seasonal varieties and […] ... [Read more]

Left Hand Milk Stout

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It was Thursday night and my wife and I had decided to brave the slushy elements and check out a new pub in town, Geneva Ale House. We were torn between the beer joint or a piping cup of coffee to warm us on this snowy evening, but settled at last on the brew joint. […] ... [Read more]

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

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Chocolate and beer? Not only do these two comestibles stand proudly on their own, but My! how they deliver when combined. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is probably the most globally revered of its kind (along with an American counterpart brewed by Rogue Brewery in Oregon). The chocolate flavors are achieved by the use of darker, […] ... [Read more]

August Schell’s Stout

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Two things drew me to this beer on Christmas Eve day. Number 1… It was free. What can I say, I am a cheap beer snob. Make that a beer snob who’s cheap. Either way, August Schell’s Stout was in the fridge that had been prepared for the holidays. Number 2… It was a stout. […] ... [Read more]

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

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A few nights before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, but me with my stout. Bell’s Special Double Cream, to be exact and precise, I hadn’t had it before, it was a roll of the dice Expectations were high, it poured motor oil black And soon, I found out, there […] ... [Read more]