Thursday, March 28, 2013

Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (838) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. There was no freshness date, though it’s clearly marked as a 2012 [winter] seasonal leading me to believe it was 4-6 months old.

Appearance: Dark black hue, completely opaque, no visible carbonation. Forms a small, light brown, foamy head which almost completely disappears and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Similar to a chocolate candy bar and a hint of dairy.

Taste: Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout purports to be a classier chocolate stout using cocoa nibs and shells and not just chocolate flavoring. And while it’s indeed a good beer, it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near gourmet quality. If you like chocolate candy bar flavor you’ll get it in this beer.

A light sweetness up front followed by a strong surge of familiar supermarket chocolate candy plus an underlying bitterness. A short, dry, bitterness at the crest of the palate followed by a slight tang or sourness (due to an old bottle?). There’s additional chocolate flavor on the finish, but it’s quite mild with almost no aftertaste, unfortunately. So while this beer may not be a mind-blower, it’s definitely tasty while in the mouth and fun to drink.

Drinkability: Sometimes chocolate stouts can be so rich they’re sippers, but Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout is on the milder side so it’s easy to drink quickly (maybe a little too quickly). The mouthfeel is on the thinner end, mostly tepid, and is really easy going down. At 6% ABV it seems a bit inefficient - like it doesn’t take full advantage of its strength. Though that makes it much easier to quaff and all the more tempting to drink multiple servings. 
Grade: 7/10