What You Need to Know
The name of the beer says it all. Named for the triple-flavored ice cream combo, this Milk Stout combines strawberry, vanilla, chocolate. But is it too much? Let’s get to the review.
The Milk Stout pours an opaque dark brown and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.
The aroma really does smell like Neapolitan ice cream. You can distinctly pick up strawberry and sugary vanilla. And if you try hard enough, you can pick up a note of dark chocolate in the background.
The palate begins innocently enough with a neutral taste of browned bread and a touch of coffee bean. The tasting then climaxes with sweet strawberry, sugary vanilla, and then is balanced out with a mild roast and dark chocolate.
The palate has a soft draw and is creamy through the middle with a relatively dry finish. The body is a medium-full with just under moderate carbonation. The sweetness lightly coats the back of the tongue.
The Neapolitan Milk Stout is an example of well-executed concept. Its appearance isn’t anything special but that’s nitpicking. While the chocolaty element in the aroma is all but missing, it is otherwise strong and enticing. The feel is smooth and almost creamy, which suits this beer quite well. But it’s the palate that’s the winner here. One might be concerned that such a beer would be overly sweet but in fact, there’s a nice balance in the finish.
Overall, you can skip dessert tonight and enjoy a Neapolitan Milk Stout instead.