Today I brewed another beer and took the time afterwards to rescue my milk stout. If you read last weeks post, the beer was a disaster. I could not even pour it and it was flat. I figured that the likely cause was that I had not dissolved my priming lactose in hot water first so it clogged everything up.
I confirmed that theory today when I siphoned it in to a fresh keg leaving behind a thick crust of yeast sediment and lactose. I then force carbonated the beer and left it to settle for a few hours (4 or 5). I now have a drinkable beer and in fact it is rather tasty. It is also very sweet so will not be one to have a session on.
So how is it? Following on from our hosts use of Cyclops I have decided to do the same.
Sight - Black - no light gets through, persistent cream almost white head
Smell - Chocolate, blackcurrant, some spice and a little boozy
Taste - Intense Dark chocolate, fruity in the middle, chocolate milkshake next with booze added in and finishing on a lingering bitter with a hint of lemon?
Sweet - 4/5
Bitter - 3/5
I am fairly happy with the eventual outcome. It is about 4.5% ABV so a little stronger than Als version. Al mentions grape, I might get a hint of that but it is dominated by all the other flavours that I can't say for certain if it's there or if it's just his suggestion so I left it out of my own cyclops.