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Feb142014

THIRSTY CROW BREWING CO VANILLA MILK STOUT

Thirsty Crow Brewing Vanilla Milk Stout. February 2011, a cricket plague infests Wagga, Wagga NSW. Soon they were flying through the doors of the Thirsty Crow Brewing Co and into punter’s beers. They responded by deciding to brew a dark beer so punters wouldn’t see the crickets swimming in their beer.

Having determined a stout was best for the job they wanted to create one to address the aversion average drinkers have to the strong, often bitter flavours associated with this style. They would come to love stout, the thinking went, if they incorporated flavours already familiar to the punters. Chocolate and coffee from malts, sweetness from lactose and vanilla from Madagascar. Hopped with East Kent Goldings it’s a mild 25 IUB and 5.2% ABV. It won a trophy for Best Specialty Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2011.

Very dark brown, it blocks out most of the light. Sweet, vanilla lolly aroma. Thin mouthfeel for a stout with low carbonation. Mild dark malt flavour followed by an overpowering artificial vanilla flavour. It tastes like someone has dissolved milk bottle lollies and white marshmallows into mild brown ale.

Q: What insect can never walk straight?

A: A Cricket

 

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