Lactose can do a couple of things to a stout. It can turn it into a sweet and sticky dessert beer, or it can add a silkiness to the body and provide a gentle sweetness to balance out some of the bolder stout flavours without overpowering them. Brouhaha’s Milk Stout enjoys the latter.
The rich brown head offers up chocolatey aromas, but then quickly gets out of the way to show off the shiny liquid obsidian beneath. The chocolate is joined in the mouth by roastiness, but the edge is taken off the roasty bitterness; there’s a touch of smoke, but any ashiness is softened; there’s coffee, but it’s rounded and smooth.