Chocolate Milk Stout – Hearthstone Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Chocolate Milk Stout – Hearthstone Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 19 IBUs, 500 ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

-My 1st tasting from this newish brewery up in North Vancouver.


printed on the back of the can:

“A dark and broody milk stout, full bodied and perfect to cuddle up next to a fire with. We age this stout on cacao nibs from the East Van Roasting Company, a non-profit enterprise supporting women on Vancouver’s downtown east side. Notes of coffee, chocolate and a hint of sweetness from the milk sugar, this stout pairs perfectly with desert [sic], red meat and rich cheeses. Enjoy.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – cacao nibs, milk sugar) Stout
  • Taste: Roasted barley background sour cacao nib nutty coffee roasty exhale
  • Where I got it : High Point / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $4.15 CAD – 500ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not that spectacular

Visual: Pours blackish-brown without a siginificant head, ringed retention with large islands, lots of micro streams.

Nose: deep roasted coffee malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light crisp-half slick, light tingly

Mid-palate: background sour, nutty coffee, (lvl-5-sweetness), roasted barley malt

Finish: chocolate mixed with sweet barley, coffee bitterness, deep roasted barley exhale

Summary: More of a nutty cacao nib flavour than actual chocolate, nevertheless it’s still quite good with decent depth and length. Not quite enough ‘milk’ character and a touch thin in the finish.