The Land of Milk and Honey Stout by 903 Brewers Taste Test
The Land of Milk and Honey by 903 Brewers
I saw this beer at the Total Wine & More where I do a significant amount of my beer shopping. To be totally honest, I hadn’t really done any research on it before my purchase, but I had the Sasquatch Chocolate Milk Stout by 903 Brewers and it is unbelievably good.
If you are looking for a typical stout, this beer is not a good option. If you are looking at a completely unique take on what a stout can be then look no further.
Here is what 903 Brewers has to say about The Land of Milk and Honey:
“The Land of Milk and Honey Stout
Our stout has been set free from the restraints of traditional style guidelines. It is a honey stout brewed with roasted malt and lactose for smoothness. Local honey from Crouse Farms gives it a light crispness with just a touch of sweetness. All this goodness make in a land flowing with milk and honey. 6.5% ABV Pairs Well With:Grilled Meat, Chili, Freedom”
There aren’t a lot of style guides for “golden stouts,” so I can’t post my usual style guide from CraftBeer.com. I was able to dig out this article what I presume to be the original golden stout from LAMag.com. Here is an excerpt:
Land of Milk and Honey Can
“It started with a joke. When Stone Brewing Company released a black IPA in 2007, an employee quipped, “What’s next, a golden stout?” And thus the gears started turning Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s head.
Seven years later, the joke’s on us all (in a good way). Stone unleashed Master of Disguise this week, an imperial golden stout released under the Stone Stochasticity Project line of beers.
Steele says the beer keeps the creamy mouthfeel of traditional stouts by using flaked oats. And the signature stout flavors come from sheets of cocoa and coffee. So far, so traditional. But Steele dropped roasted barley and black malts from the brewing process to achieve the color. For stout enthusiasts, encountering a stout with the golden hue of a lager is a bit like coming upon a shark with wings: disconcerting and deeply awesome.”
Kind of a cool back story on this new style, but back to the 903 Brewers version.
There wasn’t a lot of head on my pour of this beer, and being lazy (and not reading the description on the side of the can until later) I was really surprised to see how brown this beer is. You picture a stout and typically they’re so dark that you can’t see into them at all. This beer pours out maybe a couple shades darker than Newcastle Brown Ale.
The Land of Milk and Honey in Glass
The smell follows the color, and it’s much lighter than I was expecting. The aroma is almost more like a porter than a stout, but there is a lot of sweetness to the smell because of all the lactose sugar and honey. There are some malt driven smells to Milk and Honey, but it’s really dominated by the sweetness.
This beer tastes dark and sweet. The malts are considerably lighter than a typical stout, but they are very present.
The taste like the smell is really driven by the sweetness. I taste more honey in this beer than I did on Local Buzz by Four Corners.
I think that Milk and Honey is actually a stout that could work well in the heat of the Texas summer because all of the really heavy stout qualities have been toned down. Despite the 6.5% ABV, this beer is super drinkable and pretty refreshing.
I plan to hit the two Blonde Ale styles from 903 Brewers next. One is more of a standard Blonde Ale and the other is a coconut version. Stay tuned for those posts.
Thanks for the read.