Pilot Series: Mocha Milk Stout

Pilot Series: Mocha Milk Stout

Mocha Milk Stout

Inspired by the coffee culture of the Pacific Northwest,this sweet stout has an added chocolaty creaminess. Sweet Stouts have lactose added to provide residual sweetness and body because beer yeasts cannot ferment lactose. The cacao nibs added to this beer bring a hint of chocolate. The Guatemalan Huehuetenango was chosen for its mellow and earthy roast character.

Flavor

This is a very dark brown, opaque sweet stout with a creamy tan head. The flavor and aroma of this beer are very similar: dark roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and vanilla notes. Medium to high sweetness balances out the roasted character and hop bitterness and lasts into the finish. It has a moderately full body with a full, sweet finish.

Ingredients

Specialty: Coffee [Guatemala Huehuetenango], Cacao nibs, vanilla, lactose
Hops: The 3 C’s—Citra, Centennial and Cascade
Malts: Pale, 4 kinds of Crystal and 3 dark malts (Light Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, Black)

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.0729  
  • Bitterness: 29 IBUs
  • Alcohol (by vol): 7%  
  • Color: 104 SRM

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Inspired by the coffee culture of the Pacific Northwest,this sweet stout has an added chocolaty creaminess.

History

Developed in England in the early 1900s, the sweet stout was historically known as a “milk” or “cream”stout. The “milk” or “cream” name is derived from the use of lactose — milk sugar — as a sweetener. The flavor and aroma are often reminiscent of coffee and cream or sweetened espresso; adding cacao nibs and Heritage Coffee to complement these flavors was a natural choice for this style and was a way for us to incorporate a locally-produced ingredient into this beer.

The Story Behind the Label

As the temperature dips in Alaska, we reflexively reach for dark, full-bodied beers and our warmest winter coats. The muskox, depicted bracing itself against blizzard-like conditions, is an Arctic icon, easily recognized by its sloping horns and thick, long coat. The long guard hairs define its appearance, but the soft wool beneath is prized for its warmth and softness. Muskoxen are so unique that they are placed in their own genus, Ovibos, which means “sheep-ox” in Latin – they are actually more closely related to sheep or goats than to oxen. Muskoxen are again abundant in Alaska since being reintroduced from Greenland after years of declining numbers; in the northern reaches of the state, the population has rebounded, with thousands roaming and rutting. So get inspired by these hearty creatures and grab a silky, smooth Mocha Milk Stout.