12 October 2019

Wild Beer Millionaire (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

I'm sure Delboy and Rodney Trotter, from Only Fools and Horses, would want to have tried this milk stout once they became "Millionaires"! Brewed with lactose, caramel malt, Vairhona cacao nibs, and Cornish Sea Salt, Millionaire is a mix of sweet chocolate and salted caramel. This is a dessert stout that "wraps in you in a velvety cocoon, dresses you in a smart suit and takes you out for a special night on the tiles."

… Having quoted that from the bottle, I'm staying in to watch Strictly Come Dancing tonight. It's such a bright, happy and sparkly TV programme that you feel like you should treat yourself to something special to drink whilst watching it.

On opening the 330ml bottle of this 4.7% volume Millionaire I could smell the sweet roasted chocolate malt, and also slightly worryingly the sea salt at the back of the aroma. I couldn't pick up on the hops in the smell so much, though I presumed them to be more of the herbal variety, but the sea salt was definitely present. On taste the caramel seemed to be completely drowned out by the strong bitter coffee flavour from the chocolate malt, there were some herbal hops, and then the sea salt mixed in overshadowing the other flavours for a pretty odd aftertaste.

It reminded me of the time when my mom through absent mindedness mixed salt in the sugar bowl. My dad and I couldn't work out for ages why our Weetabix tasted so odd every morning. We kept looking at each other saying; "why does this taste so weird!?"

Unfortunately I didn't feel like a Millionaire drinking this beer, it was one of those very rare, almost unheard-of occasions that I tipped a beer away!

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