My roommate brought a growler of Hollister’s Chocolate Milk Stout home with him the last time he went up to visit his girlfriend’s mom and I was more than willing to help him finish it. Chocolate Milk Stout is, you guessed it, a Milk/Sweet Stout from Goleta, California’s Hollister Brewing Company. This rotating-selection beer has a 6.2% ABV.
Rich and chocolaty, this full flavored stout is brewed with 30 lbs. of milk sugar and 20 lbs. of TCHO cacao nibs.
CMS pours a deep black with a huge chocolate head. The head never fully leaves, it just fades to a mocha-like crown that leaves splashes of lacing around the glass.
To make it quick and to the point, this beer smells like a chocolate malt with almonds. Simple as that.
And sticking with the above notes, the beer itself tastes like malted chocolate (similar to Yoohoo). A slight earthy/root-like quality appears in the backend, with a finish similar to a Dry Irish Stout.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and sticky, but creamy. Leftover beery goodness clings to your gums like a paste.
Chocolate Milk Stout definitely tastes like chocolate, but I wish there was more sweetness. All in all, it’s an easy drinking milk stout and a beer that definitely lives up to its name.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As a MILK STOUT: 6.5 out of 10
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