pretty common knowledge by now that the Narragansett brand of beers are
contract brewed by Genesee and most of them are deliberately mild and
pedestrian. When I heard they had made a coffee stout I didn’t have high
hopes. Thankfully, my fears were quickly dashed after the first sip as
this beer tastes like something you’d encounter from a high end craft
brewery (sorry, but Genny is not craft beer). This is definitely the
best beer to bear the ‘Gansett logo.
I poured a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass. It was canned on 10/28/14 and cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark black color with a tall, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Strong iced coffee/roasted malt aroma as well as standard dairy scent found in a milk stout.
Taste: The palette is quite familiar for a coffee stout, though I mean
that as a compliment. An immediate sensation of coffee right away, as
well as dark roasted malt and dry bitterness. Through the middle I
detect some milky sweetness, possibly chocolate-like as well. It’s not
quite a mocha flavor, but it’s close. The coffee re-emerges on the
finish, even roastier and bitterer than at the beginning. The flavor
lingers just as it does when drinking hot coffee, only without the heat.
I was quite surprised there’s no tang or off-flavor of any kind here.
This is a fine coffee stout, and the addition of lactose sugar gives it
an added sweetness to give it a coffee & cream taste.
Drinkability: It seems like most coffee stouts tend to be higher gravity
brews, but Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout is quite lithe at
only 5.3% ABV. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with consistent
carbonation. It’s not quite velvety, but it’s far from the usual light,
watery texture often found in beers of the ‘Gansett variety. It goes
down smooth and the aftertaste, though bitter, is between tolerable and
pleasant. This would pair well with any chocolate or vanilla dessert.