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English-Style Sweet Stout (Milk Stout)

Sweet stout, also referred to as cream stout or milk stout, is black in color. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel should dominate the flavor profile and contribute to the aroma. It also should have a low to medium-low roasted malt/barley-derived bitterness. Milk sugar (lactose) lends the style more body. This beer does use lactose sugar, so people with an intolerance should probably avoid this style.

Category: Stouts

Food Pairings

  • Mexican Mole, Spicy BBQ
  • Buttery Cheddar
  • Chocolate Cake, Ice Cream

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Black

Clarity

Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low and serves to balance and suppress some of the sweetness without contributing apparent flavor nor aroma

Malt

Malt sweetness, chocolate, and caramel should dominate the flavor profile. Malt bitterness is low to medium-low and derived from roasted malt or barley

Esters

Fruity ester flavors are low, if present

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Medium

Attenuation

Medi

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings

Malt

British Pale Ale, Black Patent, Pale Chocolate, Crystal

Water

High carbonate water

Yeast

Ale

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