20 May 2017
Wiper and True Milk Shake Stout By @SpectreUK
This Milk Shake Stout was produced by Wiper and True, in Bristol. It's called a milk stout due to the fact that it was brewed using sugar from cow's milk to give it a sweet and creamy flavour. Brewing stout in this way has been undertaken for generations in Bristol. Wiper and True have added oodles of Chocolate malt laced with vanilla, as well as Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley and Flaked Malted Oats, for their individual spin on this traditional stout. The hop utilised was Bramling Cross, with Surebrew yeast left fermenting in the bottom of the bottle. Leaving as late as I could to the 'best before' date for the fermentation to have the fullest effect, I couldn't wait to pop the bottle cap and dig right in…
I could see what they meant by "copious amounts of chocolate malt" as that was the first smell that accosted my nostrils on opening. I half expected this almost black stout to pour out milky white considering the name. This 4.9% volume Milk Shake stout has a unique creaminess to it, I suspect this is from the cow's sugar it was brewed with and also the added vanilla. Strong sweet Chocolate and Crystal malts hit my tastebuds first, followed by the Roasted Barley smoothed out by the milk vanilla creaminess, with a hint of bitter hops and Pale malt into the aftertaste. If this type of stout has been around for generations, then where has it been all my life?