Episode 62: Blaker Brewing’s Vanilla Bean Milk Stout
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I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure.
Vanilla Bean Milk Stout is reportedly just what it advertises—a Milk Stout base with Vanilla Beans added. It pours predictably black into the glass and smells of chocolate, vanilla and milk—again, just what you would expect based on the label.
But what about the taste? It’s not as sweet as I anticipated based on the title and the scent. It hits right up front with a good coffee bitterness that wraps around the tongue and then resolves into a kind of a tangy sensation with that nice aromatic vanilla pervasive in the aftertaste. The tiny bit of sweetness on the back end of the swallow is all milk sweetness and no sugar so it doesn’t throw the beer out of balance with that nice bitterness from the beginning of the sip. It’s a little thin on the palate for a milk stout, which is worth noting but it loses no points for all that.
Vanilla Bean Milk Stout is not an overly complex beer, but it performs perfectly in terms of being what it claims to be. It’s likeable and very easy to drink. And at a 5.5% Alcohol by Volume it’s not going to knock you out after a single serving, either. If the name sounds at all enticing, I can definitely recommend this beer to you! And you don’t just have to take my word for it—Vanilla Bean Milk Stout comes in with an average 3.91 out of 5 on Untappd. You can check out the link in the show notes for more reviews.
Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Orange County IPA from Left Coast Brewing in San Clemente California. Is this one worthy of the OC label? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes.
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