Tuesday, January 11, 2011
La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
This was my first beer of 2011, and my first beer from the Microbrasserie (microbrewery) Charlevoix.
The head is large and fast-forming. It's lumpy, creamy, and dimpled. The impressive head forces a pour done in stages. It's very dark in the glass... pitch black/dark brown. No light gets through. As the beer goes down, the lacing is sparse.
In the smell is chocolate, milk, oranges, and alcohol. Perhaps even some wet/musty wood.
The taste is very fruity and alcoholic - not quite what I expected. It's bright and light in some ways, but strong. You can taste cherries, chocolate cream wafers / mousse. There's also a chocolate liqueur flavour... almost like chocolate Grand Marnier. Just a hint of coffee, as any roasted flavour comes out later (and in he aftertaste).
The carbonation is OK. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or thin. There is a sharpness of the alcohol (& fruit flavour). I don't like what I taste/feel as an imbalance in alcohol / tartness / bitterness / sweetness.
Overall, for me, this beer is decent. It's too sweet / strong for my liking. It's not quite medicinal... more like the syrup of a really sugary drink. A bit much to want to finish.