Elsie The Milk Stout from Batch Brewing Co. is a stout brewed with lactose to make it sweet and creamy.
Firstly, whether served on draft or pouring from a bomber or a can, watch the tiny bubbles rush up the glass to form a velvety head that looks like the crema on top of a well made espresso. It’s a delightful start to this particular beer drinking experience.
The liquid is pitch black and sits heavy in the glass. It’s full bodied and rich in both appearance, mouthfeel and flavour. The viscosity of the liquid is satisfying but thanks to the approachable 4.4% ABV it’s neither sticky nor chewy.
A Crowd Pleaser
It’s a good decision on Batch’s part to brew it to this level of alcohol. There would be a temptation among many brewers to drag this up to 6% and make a more robust export style stout.
But Elsie is perfect just the way she is.
This is one to quaff down at the Batch brewery bar on a winter’s day as you escape the rain. You won’t be the only person with that idea. It’s become a very popular beer for the Marrickville brewery and forms part of their core lineup.
And for good reason. Not only is it incredibly satisfying to drink, it’s also super sessionable. You could nurse a few pints of this of an evening and walk away feeling as good as you did at the start.
Complex Yet Approachable
It’s a mark of a good brewer when a beer combines both approachability and complexity. That’s the case with Elsie The Milk Stout. There’s a touch more bitterness than you might expect for a sweet and chocolatey milk stout but this adds to the interest when it hits your palate.
It’s a characteristic that will please many beer drinkers who would normally prefer bitter styles over sweet, malt-forward beers. Elsie has a wonderful balance between milk sweetness and hop bitterness. Kudos to the brewers at Batch.
From the first time you smell the beer there an aroma of dark roasted coffee grounds. This hovers over sweet milk chocolate folded through double cream.
It’s a similar story on the first few sips (or gulps to which this beer lends itself). There’s a chocolate cereal milk sweetness which, with a satin smooth mouthfeel, elicits child-like delight from the drinker.
It’s the kind of stout that can convert both hop heads and people who claim not to like dark beers.
A Stand Out Local Beer
This is one of Sydney’s stand out beers and easily one of the best stouts being brewed around the city right now.
Drink it by the pint if you can find it served that way or alternatively pair it with any chocolate dessert; cheesecake, melt in the middle dark chocolate pudding, or chocolate and walnut brownies. Each would be delicious.
Alternatively it would make for a brilliant stout float using some rich, luxurious ice cream. Madagascan vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cookies and cream, it doesn’t really matter.
From: Marrickville, NSW
Beer style: Milk Stout
Pair with: Cookies and cream ice cream
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