Bench Creek Duce Irish Coffee Milk Stout

Reviewed by on March 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 23, 2018

  • Best Before: canned March 12, 2018

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Milk Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Duce is the latest in Bench Creek’s Villainous Series. Not quite certain as to the pop culture reference in this one – they can’t be referencing Benito Mussolini, can they?

This 473ml can pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of amber basal edges, and three pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some thick EKG pattern lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of rich artisanal coffee, milk solids, a hint of free-range ashiness, bready and doughy caramel malt, some generic earthy nuttiness, and fairly tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is semi-sweet, bready and grainy caramel malt, dense vanilla-flecked cafe-au-lait, medium dark chocolate, faint wet char, oily bar-top nuts, a suggestion of mildly boozy woodiness, ethereal anise spice, and more well-understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.
The carbonation is fairly restrained in its palate-cuddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a smidge of smokiness maybe taking things down a notch or so here.  It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, milky coffee, and vanilla-forward wood presiding.

Overall – this comes across as a rather pleasantly-rendered java-fied version of the style, nice and balanced in its drinkability, and with a capably integrated 15-proof booze factor.  Totally worth checking out, even if I still have no idea what the label is talking about.

Brady White

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