Milk & Cookies
Style: Pale Stout
Grain: Maris Otter
Extra: cacao nibs, vanilla, cookie flavoring
Fermented with English Ale yeast
Tasting notes: Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with vanilla sweet dough
Pair with: childlike wonder, sugar plums
The idea for this beer started quite a while ago as a collaboration between a local cookie company that we just couldn't align our calendars on. There are plenty of pastry stouts - why aren't there more cookie stouts? While I was mulling that over, I started to see attempts by home and professional brewers at the elusive "White Stout".
I say "attempts" because they're almost always neither white nor very roasty. Sure, you can argue that 'stout' as a descriptor doesn't require any roast, but its use in beer originated as "Stout Porter" which was certainly dark and a bit roasty... Semantics aside, if something embodies "stout-ness" through the use of flaked oats or barley or lactose as milk stouts do, maybe we're ok without the roast?
Maybe this isn't a Stout at all - white or otherwise - but there's plenty of flaked oats and lactose here to qualify, just no roast. In lieu of the roast are a mix of baking spices, vanilla, cacao nibs, and some bakery emulsion to certainly make you think of cookies. Maybe cookies enjoyed by a stout man in a red suit perhaps? At least I know what I'll be drinking on the 24th.