Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

I've only had one Terrapin beer before, and it was not spectacular. That doesn't mean that they will all be bad, so I'm giving them a darn good chance by selecting a chocolate milk stout. I've enjoyed pretty much every milk stout I've had so far, and I expect no less from this one.

The color is pitch black. The minimal brown head has teeny tiny little bubbles and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the sides as it goes down to a fairly minimal ring and a few scattered bubbles bobbing across the oil slick top. The aroma is bitter chocolate and burnt malt.

A sip reveals a bit of a mess. There is the chocolate, a hint of sweetness ensconced in the bitterness, a heap of coffee grounds, and the whole thing is just so compressed and heavy that a sip is just magnifying the incongruities that should be making this beer stand out. It's a good bet that this beer has a better chance of getting a good rating if I drink it in a proper fashion, so I'm going to swig it.

Tip-in is bitter chocolate and smoke. The smoke is presumably coming from the malt, and the carbonation bite is pretty minimal, but it is letting me know that this is a live beer, and I should take notice that it is fresh. Duly noted, carbonation. The middle of the beer is actually a very nice sort of smooth and milky flow that goes down without a hitch. As the finish starts to gather itself, a wave of coffee hits the tongue with a slight hint of smoked cherries. I can't say the finish is my favorite, but it's the only part that is letting this beer down.

Bottom Line: Sometimes trying too hard is still pretty good.



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