The Bruery 8 Maids-A-Milking – Imperial Milk Stout at 11.3% ABV

The Bruery 8 Maids-A-Milking Imperial Milk Stout at 11.3% ABV (C$13.90 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, bottle date 11-Sep-2015, reviewed 27-Dec-2015)

Appearance: nearly opaque black with a hint of brown around the margins, one finger of pillowy beige head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: muted, chocolate, raisins, roasty malts. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, mild bitter, moderate alcohol. (6/10) Palate: full slick body, moderate carbonation, lingering boozy finish. (3/5)

Pretty sweet, even for a milk stout. On the other hand, it’s an imperial milk stout (I think maybe the first I’ve ever tried) so there’s lots of booziness there too. Might be worth cellaring to see if it settles down, but as it stands it’s a big hot sticky mess. (13/20)

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