Draft Pick: Schlafly's Milk Chocolate Stout

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Schlafly Milk Chocolate Stout | Richard Haegele

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

Initially touted as nutritious beer in the early 20th Century, milk stouts are brewed with lactose -- a milk sugar. Yeast generally loves sugar, which drives fermentation, but it doesn't particularly care for lactose. As a result, the lactose makes it into the final product, and imparts sweetness and creaminess to the beer.

See also: Draft Pick: Perennial's IPA #8

The British government eventually wised up on the nutrition claim and prohibited brewers from using "milk" in the name, so the brewers started calling them sweet stouts, cream stouts, and other names that evoked milk or dairy. While modern U.S. brewers do not face such restrictions, some still use these alternate names.

Schlafly bills their milk chocolate stout as a sweet stout aged on cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. They tapped it at both locations last week, just in time for Valentine's Day, so Gut Check stopped in at the Tap Room to partake of this "highly nutritious" beer.

As the bartender handed over our pint, we caught a whiff of rich, chocolatey aroma. Whereas most chocolate stouts tend to occupy the darker side of the chocolate spectrum, this one definitely lives up to its name, tasting almost like a milk chocolate bar. The beer has an incredibly smooth, creamy texture and a well-hidden 6.6 percent ABV. Be careful with this one.

The milk chocolate stout is a draft-only release available at both the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) and the Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) for a limited time.

Box Score
Beer: Milk Chocolate Stout
Brewery: The Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly)
ABV: 6.6 percent
IBUs: 29

Follow Richard Haegele on Twitter at @RtodaizH. E-mail the author at stlouisbeergeek@gmail.com.





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18 comments
Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

delicious but totally tore up my stomach, I must be lactose intolerant, but I still got the growler down :>

Julia A Emery
Julia A Emery

Yum! I here it's really good! Fatting as hell! Wonder if they have light? Haha

Rebecca K. Edens
Rebecca K. Edens

I may bring some of this back from Spring Break, Drew Whitney...maybe check to see if you'd like to try any other Schlafly brew and let me know. I'll pick some up since it's local! :-)

Rick Piles
Rick Piles

How does it compare to Makesons Triple Stout?

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

That's just what I want a beer to taste like chic milk.. not wtf

Manuel Avila Jr
Manuel Avila Jr

No THANKS I already know what milk chocolate taste like plus I spent 2 yrs in Germany I know what beer is ok I still like Schlafly's

Jason Lash
Jason Lash

don't knock it till you try it.. and then you be thinking about coco puffs

Manuel Avila Jr
Manuel Avila Jr

Sounds like a gimick to sell more beer, i my self prefer not to drink milk chocolate if i want to do that i'll go to DQ...

Jason Welch
Jason Welch

Looks like I'll be making a trip down to the Tap Room very soon.

Ron Courto
Ron Courto

I picked up a growler this weekend. I love Schlafly beer.

Joe Bizelli
Joe Bizelli

I tried that down in Soulard and it was very very good

enFuego
enFuego

this is a delicious fucking beer.

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