The Bruery 8 Maids-A-Milking

Reviewed by on December 4, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Bruery

  • Origin: Placentia, CA, US

  • Rated On: December 4, 2015

  • Best Before: 4 years hence

  • ABV: 11.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Milk Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Now, this, this is a pleasant recent arrival at the Beer Diaries, and a more or less perfectly timed seasonal offering. SoCal’s The Bruery has been making their way through the well-known carol, and now arrive at the 8th iteration, which means, of course, a beery representation of those 8 maids-a-milking.

This 750ml bottle pours a solid, light-destroying black, with subtly eerie orangish basal edges, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and kind of bubbly brown head, which leaves some approaching sandstorm lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of bittersweet hot chocolate powder, funky yeast, gritty caramel malt, mildly spoiled dairy, indistinct seasonal spices, fruity hard candy, and a swirling, yet not quite alighting metallic booziness. The taste is neutered milk chocolate (the gelding performed by the testy and edgy Belgian yeastiness), sauced apple, pear, sour cherry and plum fruit, wet ash, middling toasted caramel malt, more past their best before date lactic notes, sugary anise, still indeterminate savoury spices, and an alcohol measure that knows how to keep those titular maids happy. The carbonation is fairly low in its present reading on the trusty ol’ froth-o-meter, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, once all those niggling essences are rendered meaningless by cognitive dissonance (aka that well-hidden elevated booze factor).

Overall, a large, very imposing Yuletide-themed brew, that much is certain. The milkiness of the milk stout seems to be all over the spectrum, which aligns with the typical Belgian yeast wanderings, to throw this reporter’s palate into one hell of a loop (whether it’s a feedback one or not, TBD). Another sassy rejoinder from this brewery, in their take on the 12 days of Christmas.

Brady White

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