Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Milk Stout Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company

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Chocolate Banana Milkshake, a Milk Stout by Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company

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Chocolate Banana Milkshake is a Milk Stout brewed by Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this review, was served in a snifter from bottle.

Appearance

Pours an opaque black with a thick cap of dense brown foam that offers fine retention. An aggressive pour yields the best head. A soapy ring gathers at the collar during reduction and a smattering of droplets clings to the glass.

Aroma

Sweet aroma softly wafts a scent of lactose, chocolate, and banana. Hearty coffee roast and alcohol appear as the beer warms.

Flavor

Tasting begins with toasty banana bread followed by a mild hopping and roast malt that adds enough balance. Finishes dry and sweet with a lingering taste of chocolate.

The palate changes as the beer begins to warm. Flavors of dark fruit, toffee, and molasses appear along with the heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel

A sextet of malts contributes to a feel that’s silky smooth with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Many milk stouts have a strong presence of lactose but its use here is managed well. The taste of chocolate and banana is lovely without being overpowering. Roast malt, hops, and alcohol contribute to a balanced palate.

This is a beer to share as its sweet flavors, rich feel, and alcohol weigh heavily upon the taste buds through the session. That being said, the Chocolate Banana Milkshake is a really well-made brew.

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About the Milk Stout

The Milk Stout originated in England in the early 20th century and was marketed as a tonic for invalids and nursing mothers. The Milk Stout is very similar to the Sweet Stout but makes use of unfermentable sugars, typically lactose. The name is no longer allowed to be used in England but is perfectly fine elsewhere. Like other stouts, its color ranges from dark brown to black and is either opaque or clear. Full body or nearly so with a creamy feel and low carbonation. Roasted grain combined with the sugars give the aroma and palate a coffee and cream or sweet espresso character. Chocolate and fruity esters may be present. Hops typically lend an earthy or floral flavor. The Milk Stout and Sweet Stouts are sweeter than other stouts with a milder roast character. Its balance is similar to that of an Oatmeal Stout.