Brazos Valley Brewing’s (Brenham, Texas) milk stout Big Spoon is deceptively complex; the tendency for milk or sweet stouts to largely hit on one note and repeat that flavor ad nauseum over the course of the beer is great. Rather, as one continues to drink Big Spoon additional tastes play in the periphery. What is initially a sweet chocolate and lightly toasted malt affair changes when one starts to discern the vanilla, coffee, and cognac flavors in subsequent pulls.
No two sips of Big Spoon will be exactly the same, something that ensures that one will complete their glass with as much aplomb as they initially began it. Big Spoon has a medium body which may make it amenable for fans of porters and schwarzbier but the velvety aspects of Big Spoon are something that should be eagerly devoured by imbibers. The 6.0% ABV of Big Spoon provides just enough warmth to the effort; the different facets of the beer are balanced well in the creation of something eminently drinkable.
The beer continues to shift and change as it warms with greater bitter aspects owing to the decent amount of hops that have been included into the beer. Brazos Valley’s Big Spoon is the best milk stout that we have reviewed so far in February and while the month is still in play, we are sure that this designation as the best milk stout will continue through the first quarter of the year, if not longer. Big Spoon is available in 16 ounce cans and as a four pack. For more information about the entire run of Brazos Valley Brewing offerings go to the company’s website or social media profiles.