STOUT ・ MILK SHAKE
A milk stout uses sugar made from cows milk to give the beer a sweet, creamy tone. Bristol breweries were once famous for brewing the best milk stouts around. For our take on the traditional recipe we’ve used copius amounts of chocolate malts and vanilla pods to create rich, velvety and satisfying dark beer.
500 ML BOTTLES ・ BOTTLED ON: 27/02/14 ・ BEST BEFORE: 27/08/14 ・ BATCH: 1
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1054 ・ FINAL GRAVITY: 1016 ・ IBU: 25
This beer throws in a handful or two of Chocolate malt, Crystal and Roasted Barley to top up the Maris Otter Pale Ale malt. Sweetness from vanilla and earthiness from the British hops cut through the darker malts which adds heaps of body to this luscious milk stout. As if this wasn't enough, we laced the velvety beer with real vanilla pods which conjours beautiful aromas and flavours of coffee and nuts.
Our Malt comes from Warminster Maltings, a traditional Victorian floor malt house just down the road in Wiltshire. They produce the finest malts available and are a thoroughly nice bunch.
We used Target hops for this beer. Target is from the UK and adds a distinctive earthiness and subtle spice which is present throughout. It is normally used for bittering and so fits in well with the roast characteristics of this stout.
Fermented with S05 Yeast
This beer is bottle conditioned. This means that instead of filtering all the yeast out of the beer and injecting CO2 to make it fizz, we keep the yeast in and let the beer go through a secondary fermentation in the bottle. It's the same process Champagne makers use. It creates it’s own natural carbon dioxide resulting in a light fizz that we think is a more refined texture and mouthfeel. The beer is alive. It is unfiltered, un-fined and unpasteurized.
The process does leave some yeast sediment in the bottom, so pour in one smooth motion if you want to leave it in the bottle.
Vanilla ice cream or some dark chocolate
At Ashley Down Brewery in St Werburghs, BS2 9XT
Store upright in a cool dark place. The beer is ready to drink now but will also age well.
We use the finest ingredients possible and avoid any unnecessary chemicals or processing aids. We do not pasteurize, filter or clear our beers with synthesised chemicals. The result is that they don’t always have perfect clarity, but we feel this is a sacrifice worth making for keeping anything unnatural out of our beer.
Most of our beers are vegan friendly, however the lactose in this beer is a milk derived sugar so isn't suitable for vegans.