Maker: Rochester Mills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
Style: Milk stout brewed with cocoa nibs.
Price: $8 for 4 pint cans
Appearance: Chocolate brown with a light tan head.
Nose: Chocolate milk, roasted malt.
Palate: Medium bodied. Chocolate egg cream, but with enough bitterness to hold the sweetness in check and bring the two together seamlessly.
Finish: Rich dark hot chocolate. A little sticky on the lips like a good milkshake, but not gooey. Fades slowly.
Parting words: I was surprised to see that I hadn’t reviewed this beer before, but I hadn’t. It’s one of Michigan’s best milk stouts but not, to my knowledge, distributed outside the state. It’s well worth seeking out, though. It’s creamy, chocolaty and delicious without being cloying or tasting too much like a flavored beer. The chocolate and lactose integrate perfectly into the flavors of the stout. The price is fair for such a tasty beer and I’m a big fan of pint cans. According to the internet it’s even better on tap. Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout is recommended.