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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 7 13 4 6 2010
22oz Bomber

This is yet another Portsmouth brew I've been looking forward to courtesy of joepais, thanks Joe! Their milk stout pours solid black with a faint mahogany highlights when backlit that my eyes strain to see. A minimal beige head of a finger was all I could muster on a hard pour which quickly to a solid cap with a thicker collar. Spots of mountain peak foam remained behind after each drink.

When I first stuck my nose in this glass of beer all I could smell was the lactose, sugary and sweet. I didn't much care for it. Now after some more warming and deeper pulls things come together much better. This beer smells to me like a cup of coffee where someone went heavy on the cream and sugar. The coffee beans come out pretty solid while the heavy cream and sugar bring it pretty good too. As this beer gets close to room temp the roastiness comes out and the aroma improves dramatically.

The flavor is very similar to what the aroma suggested. It can be summed up as freshly brewed coffee with someone going a little heavy on the cream and sugar. The lactose doesn't run away with this beer but it's on the verge of doing just that. Just like the nose, as this beer warmed the roastiness made more of an appearance and added to the overall enjoyment of this brew. When this beer is around 50-55 I'm not a big fan but as it warms beyond that point the roastiness comes forward and makes it much better but the sweetness is still a little big for my liking.

The mouthfeel on this beer is silky smooth to the core. A medium heavy body combines with the mellow carbonation to create a velvety mouthfeel. Some of that sugar is left behind on the tongue with a little stickiness.

A bomber of this is easy enough to finish but all that lactose sugariness get's in the way of drinking much more. The roastiness tends to mellow out the sugar somewhat over time but it's still there and noticeable.

This is a solid brew from Portsmouth although I would have been more of a fan if less lactose was used. The coffee and roastiness of the brew really fit well and it's worth a try if you like your milk stouts a little sweeter than the usual.

Reviewed: 11/17/08

Served In: Pint Glass

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