I don’t often discuss the cost of beer on this blog, I try to focus on taste alone. I am lucky, I have a good job and an understanding wife who knows that trying new beer and writing about it is my hobby. Other hobbies could be much more expensive, so she rarely complains when I drop $100 or more at the bottle shop or a brewery. I have a friend whose hobby is collecting and restoring antique lamps and he spends way more money than I do on beer. All of that being said, I realize that cost is a major factor when many people make their selections at the beer store. The reason I bring this up is because I am writing about Narragansett today, and I think their seasonal beers are one of the best values locally. While Narragansett is probably best known for their flagship lager, they also make a series of flavorful seasonal brews, many with tie-ins to Rhode Island businesses. Narragansett’s winter seasonal is Autocrat Coffee Mile Stout, an American stout brewed with the coffee milk syrup that Autocrat is known for. Both companies were excited to collaborate on a beverage that pays homage to two of the oldest and most famous drink brands in Rhode Island. Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout is available during the winter months on draft and in their 16 oz. tall boy cans.
Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout pours dark chocolate brown with a solid tan head. The smell is dominated by the scents of freshly ground coffee. The coffee leads off the flavor, smooth and dark. The malts are also well represented, hints of roasted barley and milk chocolate. There is also just a touch of hoppiness in the finish which adds a perfect complement to the natural bitterness of the coffee. The beer is light bodied for a darker beer, and goes down smooth at 5.3% ABV. This is really good, although I wouldn’t say it’s the best stout I’ve ever had, but at that price point it is a tremendous value. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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