Originally Posted by NCBeernut
Brew it. Seriously. Do it. You will not be disappointed. It will be one of the best stouts you have had.
Listen to him! He let me try a couple bottles of this one and it is probably the best stout I've ever had! I'm usually not even a fan of milk stouts but this one was excellent. Like he said, it is not at all cloying, but incredibly rich, thick and delicious. When he poured me a glass I was blown away by the aroma. You could literally pull out rich dark caramel, creamy chocolate and smooth coffee aromas, each completely distinct but blended together perfectly. It is amazing.
The flavor takes what the aroma hints at, and makes it real. The caramel, chocolate and coffee overrun the tongue while the smooth velvety texture give it weight. It actually reminds me of what a cafe mocha milkshake drizzled with caramel sauce would taste like, but in a good way! I'd like to say this beer would be a perfect dessert but to be perfectly honest, I could drink it all day.
This is the only beer I've ever tried that makes me want to go back to extract brewing. The original recipe is so perfect I wouldn't want to upset the balance of anything by trying it all-grain. Having said that, I'm sure the all-grain recipe is fantastic. I'll probably do it all grain when I brew it - and I will brew it - soon! But there is the temptation there to replicate the original exactly.
Having said all that though, my recommendation is that if you're looking for a stout recipe, or even if you're not, brew this beer. You won't be disappointed.