Monday, July 1, 2013

Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout

Today I'm drinking Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout brewed by Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. This beer was part of a trade I did as the brewery doesn't distribute to South Florida. The label shows the snout of a cow eating a few blocks of milk chocolate, while the side panel explains what is going on. Lugene is the name of the guy who takes the spent grain from Odell to feed it to his dairy cattle. So this dude gets the grain and a beer named after him, lucky dog!

Um, there was a bunch of floaties in my beer. That doesn't really bother me, but I wasn't expecting it. Anyway, the aroma is full of rich, luscious, milky chocolate with a light roast and alcohol component there. Not an overly sweet aroma, though.

You start with a big dose of chocolate, duh. And this beer is quite milky. The 8.5% alcohol really makes the chocolate pop out, too. Beyond the chocolate, some definite fruity cherry and prune flavors stand out. There are also nuances of coffee, vanilla and allspice.

Creamy body, not too thick. Low carbonation. Lugene is on the sweet side but there is just enough roasted bitterness to balance things out. That roasted malty balance comes mostly at the end and lasts into a pleasant aftertaste. I enjoyed the beer and would drink another given the opportunity.

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