Parallel 49 Brewing Co. N2 Nitrogenated Milk Stout Review
Parallel 49 Brewing Company has upped their ante with a nitrogenated milk stout. This beer originates from the Ugly Sweater Milk Stout but is different as rather than using carbonation this beer holds nitrogen in solution. The most common nitrogenated beer out there is Guinness which uses a widget to release the nitrogen. Because this bottle does not hold the same little gadget you are advised to pour extremely aggressively. inverting the bottle you will see a cascading brown rise up the glass settling with 2 fingers of thick and extremely creamy head atop a near black in colour stout. From the N2 comes an aroma of chocolate, coffee and a creaminess that causes copious amounts of salivation. The taste is similar to that of the Ugly Sweater but is significantly smoother, creamier and seemingly lighter. These are all caused by the less sharp, nitrogen charged beer. Notes of chocolate, coffee and toasted malts come through in a creamy and delicious package. While I may have questioned the nitrogen-charged process in a standard bottle the Parallel 49 team seems to have pulled it off in this delicious and unique twist on a brewery favorite beer.
Alcohol – 5%
IBU – 30
Size – 6 x 341ml
Price – $14.25 (Craft Retailer)
Released December 2013
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