This second post on my Florida beer experience looks at a pair beers from the South Eastern part of the country that I just don’t get up here in Massachusetts. Again, these were both picked up from the wonderful folks at Maggie’s Attic in Mount Dora.
Beer Name: Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
Brewer: Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Milk Stout
Description: Advertised by Terrapin as a sweet stout brewed with cocoa nibs and shells for an added chocolate taste.
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by date on the bottle was 3/18/2015 so I drank this in its prime on 11/17/2014.
Appearance: Pours black with some bubble lacing up the sides. No head to speak of this one but perhaps I poured it too gently.
Smell: Sweet creamy aroma paired with hints of the chocolate goodness to follow.
Taste: Good milk stout base with chocolate up front. I was pleasantly surprised by how chocolately this tasted as I wasn’t expecting more than a hint or two when I picked it up.
Mouth Feel: Thick yet very smooth to drink. Low carbonation despite the bubbles I mentioned above, just about right on for the style.
Hype Factor: Moderate. I really liked the last Terrapin beer I tried (Hopsecutioner) so I decided to give another one of their offerings a try. I can really get into a good stout and they had me with the chocolate milk name.
Overall: I enjoyed this beer. It was the perfect dessert at the end of the day and for very smooth and easy drinking. I’d pick this up again if I had a chance.
Beer Name: Wide Open Red
Brewer: Aviator Brewing Company
Style: Red Ale
Description: Described as a “feisty and hoppy” take on an Irish red ale per the company website. Ingredients include Cascade and East Kent Goldings hops, crystal malt, and roasted barley.
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated 12 oz. can into a pint glass. No best by or canning date visible.
Appearance: Pours a reddish body with a thin and foamy white head.
Smell: Dominated by sweet malts and to a lesser extent a kind of wheaty grainy smell.
Taste: Primary taste is caramel malts with a mild to moderate hop presence in the background and finish. Probably could have used a bit more hops to be truly “feisty.”
Mouth Feel: Medium to light bodied and very smooth to drink. Moderate amount of carbonation, suitable to the style.
Hype Factor: I picked this up with somewhat high hopes since hoppy red ales are one of my favorite styles. I like them so much that this style is my first (and currently only) home brew go to recipe. As such I’m always on the lookout for new examples to try, though I can’t say that I’d ever heard of this one before.
Overall: While this was by no means a bad beer I did find it to be somewhat average. Since I don’t have a canning date to go off of I’m not sure if this is what the beer is or if it wasn’t entirely as fresh as intended (neither answer would surprise me). I also might have just had my hopes up too high for something amazing. I tried and don’t regret having done so but I probably wouldn’t pick this up again.
This wraps up the second installment from Florida. I will have the finale up in the next couple of days and then after that it’s back to drinking in the cold.
Cheers and happy Saturday!