About a year ago I was in a random bottle shop in Colorado and came across a pastry stout in a can that was a collaboration between Angry Chair Brewing and a brewery I had never heard of called Untitled Art. But a $5 can for a beer with the Angry Chair logo was all the convincing I needed, so I bought six cans. I flew home and opened one up and immediately wished I had bought six more. Since that trip, I have come across several other Untitled Art collaboration beers and have picked up a few of them and have not been disappointed.
I have since come to learn that Untitled Art is an interesting brewery out of Wisconsin and the more I read about its operation the more interested I was in finding more of its beers. I could go off on a huge tangent about there brewery concept and what they are doing to fight the crooked distribution system we have in this country but I will demonstrate a little self-control and stick to the topic at hand, the beer in front of me.
Untitled Art and Mikerphone Brewery of Chicago teamed up to make Horchata Milk Stout. The bottle has very little information about the beer itself and a trip to both breweries’ websites produced nothing as well so I will have to open this up and figure it out for myself. But based on the name I am anticipating a sweet creamy stout with cinnamon and lactose.
Horchata Milk Stout pours somewhere between incredibly dark brown and black with a finger of cola-colored head that dissipates to a halo of tiny bubble within a few seconds. The nose is much more delicate than I anticipated but after burying my nose in the glass a few times I get cinnamon and milk chocolate along with notes of roasted malts, crumb doughnuts, vanilla and a touch of sweet dark rum. I get virtually no alcohol on the nose which is impressive as this beer clocks in at 10 percent ABV. The aroma is not overpowering but still pleasant and inviting.
My first sip brings a lot of the characteristics of the bouquet in the form of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. The beer is sweet but not diabetes-inducing pastry stout sweet. The flavors are much more delicate and while they are there and very noticeable you aren’t hit over the head with syrupy sweetness. Obviously being a horchata inspired beer the cinnamon is going to play a big part and it is very well executed in this beer. More times than not beers with cinnamon come off as way too heavy-handed for my palette but this one has a very enjoyable cinnamon quality throughout the sip and into the finish but avoids overpowering the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is exactly what I would want in the style, silky, rich with a burst of fluffy carbonation that is almost reminiscent of a nitro beer. The beer finishes with lingering cinnamon and more of the sweet rum note along with just a hint of drying bitterness.