Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Day 12 - Beer 15 - La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout

The Crazy Cow Imperial Milk Stout. I'm happy to state that this beer is a bit more tasty than the name implies. (I know, with a name like Crazy Cow Imperial Milk Stout, it has to be good, right?)

In an effort to make this blog more fun and educational, (that's right, funucational.) let's explain what I also had to look up, what a "milk stout" is. Milk stout uses lactose to sweeten the beer, though where that sweetness came up in this stout was lost on me, and it came across much like any other fine stout, strong, bold, and all with a dancing googly-eyed cow on the label.

Back in the old days, milk stout was actually given to nursing mothers as one of those early 20th century "fix-all" tonics. Pep up your children with Vitamin Beer. I could get on board with this. (DO NOT READ THIS AS ENDORSEMENT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DURING PREGNANCY. READ IT AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION BEFORE PREGNANCY.)

The sweetness in La Vache Folle was more Belgian than vanilla, that odd lollipop sweetness that accompanies most Belgian brews. It's a decent stout, less bitter than Guinness and recommended for those who like their stouts without a strong coffee taste.

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
Microbrasserie Charlevoix, Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, Canada
Alcohol Rating: 9%
Class: Stout
Rating: 6 out of 10
Quote: "I'm sure I'm getting some calcium or vitamin D or something healthy out of this."

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