- Style: Milk Stout
- ABV: 8.20%
- Season: Rotating. But it's Pipeworks, what did you expect? My batch number was #128 which according to Pipeworks was bottled on 5/2/13
- Color: Dark chocolate brown with no light even around the edges
- Head: Not quite 1 finger beige head that settled almost immediately. Miniscule lacing
- Aroma: Strong chocolate notes, a bit of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee as well. Sort of like a Mexican hot chocolate that will get you buzzed
- Mouthfeel: Medium with lots of carbonation. Not as lush or creamy as I was expecting, but still worked with the flavor profile.
- Finish: Short-ish. The beer flavor fades very quickly on the tongue, but the spice note lingers like the last guy at a party who wants to go home, but feels like he should stay to repair the damage
- Food friendly: Eh? Like many milk stouts, not particularly. The spice note in the flavor profile doesn't help with main dish pairing, but would make an interesting addition to a summer desert. I'd serve it with a dish of creamy ice cream (try Dulce De Leche or Raspberry), with a a plate of strawberry shortcake or even a simple bowl of fresh berries.
A year ago Mayans were the new Nostradamus (I know that the Mayans predated some bearded Euro dude by almost thirteen hundred years. Don't get technical on me.) Everyone was speculating/ scaring themselves silly like a midnight screening of Paranormal Activity. You couldn't go any where (and by anywhere I mean Facebook) without hearing about the coming End of Days that was supposedly predicted on the Mayan calendar for December 2012. Personally, I felt that if the umpteenth renewal for Two and a Half Men wasn't enough of an indicator that the end was coming, nothing could be. Some people actually believed that we might fall into a black hole at the center of the galaxy (I suspect that Walmart might have been in on this scheme.) Or that Earth would collide with a planet named Nibiru (which I sort of support because it would at least definitely put an end to Two and a Half Men for once and for all. I understand that they don't have Neilson boxes on Nibiru.)
Pipeworks brewed a version of a classic milk stout with a bit of a Mayan twist in honor of our new neighbors/overlords on planet Nibiru. Imagine a typical milk stout with the expected flavors of chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but kicked up a notch by the addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Mexican hot chocolate beer. Genius.
|Very little head. A similar look to what the radioactive mutants will sport after the world ends. Although they may have two.|
|Minute 1:20. When it's over, it's over.|
Milk stouts aren't easy to pair with most main meal foods. They do, however, go wonderfully with many deserts. I would serve Pipeworks End of Days alongside a bittersweet chocolate cherry sorbet with fresh cherry compote . The tartness of the cherries, the sweetness of the milk stout and the heat from the chili peppers would just make your mouth sing (most likely something like this. Maybe not.) You could also serve it with a simple desert such as grilled pound cake with mixed berry hobo packs. Sliced pound cake, fresh berries and tinfoil. What could be easier? The end of the world may still be coming (someday. Everything ends eventually. My best guess is it'll happen the same time as the Simpsons goes off the air.) But until it does, at least we have some tasty beers to wile away our days with. Well played, Mayans.