Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 8, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Milk Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Arriving in a 341ml bottle this is just an awesome idea for a Christmas-themed offering – the label appears to be a hillbilly Conan O’Brien, resplendent in his worst holiday pullover.

This beer pours a deep, dark, darned-near black hue, with sexy ruby cola highlights when duly back-lit, and two solid fingers of broadly bubbly, densely foamy pale beige head, which leaves some limestone strata lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of chalky dry cocoa, mild mid-day coffee, roasted caramel and toasted bready malt, a mild orchard fruitiness, and some tame lactic sourness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, hot chocolate powder, a soft oily nuttiness, some tame milky creaminess, and very faint earthy hops. The bubbles are present, and supportive in an appropriate background way, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth in a decently creamy manner. It finishes on the sweet side, but just barely, the chocolate and cafe au lait notes still large and in charge.

A rather pleasant milk stout, with nicely attendant coffee shop flavours, an easy drinker for when you must navigate the plates of too-available desserts, and even more so, the way-too prevalent unhip sweaters, apparently.

Brady White

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