When I was growing up I really enjoyed chocolate ice cream, and when my parents bought me ice cream that was what I always got. We frequently visited my grandma down in Lincoln Park and she always had Neapolitan ice cream in the freezer, so everyone had something they liked. I wasn’t a big fan back then, but Sagatuck’s Neapolitan Milk Stout has me questioning whether I should go back and try some multi-flavored scoops of ice cream.
The beer pours with a thin tan head with very little lacing. It’s definitely a darker beer, but also has some translucence when held up to the light. It feels very creamy in your mouth with a lower amount of carbonation, which a pretty defining feature of milk stouts. The aroma has a bit of roasted malt, chocolate, and strawberries. The flavor is very smooth and a little sweet. It hits all the notes of a traditional milk stout, but is also wonderfully accentuated with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. None of these flavors is overpowering or fighting with one another for your palate’s attention.
I was very impressed with the flavor of this Neapolitan Milk Stout. With so many competing flavors, and memories of just not enjoying the ice cream in my youth, I was quite skeptical. It’s on the sweeter side, so I don’t think this pairs well with any particular food. Best to just sit back and sip it with some friends.