Nov 13, 2015

Burley Oak Fair Trade

Along with a couple of Crowlers reviewed this week, I also received a traditional growler full of Fair Trade from Burley Oak Brewing. Their Secret Sauce was a decent brew, but this 7% ABV milk stout blew it out of the water. Not only is this just a solid milk stout, but Fair Trade also has a unique twist.

The addition of rye to this beer’s dark depths really make it a treat to drink. The spicy rye adds an edge to a beer that is otherwise simply a decent stout. An earthy character accompanies a moderate sweetness and lactose to make a drinking experience that is more unique and invites you back for more with each sip.


A dense, pillowy cap of mocha-colored foam rests atop the nearly opaque brew.


Plenty of cocoa, a soft roast, a touch of cream and a hint of coffee, but no rye presents themselves.


The cocoa and milk are certainly in the mix, but it’s that rye that really makes this beer. The spicy bite adds a nice touch to the soft char, making for a robust edge that I particularly enjoyed. The beer is medium bodied with a moderate level of sweetness that fades to a lasting, drying finish.


I don’t believe that I’ve encountered a milk stout that uses rye in its recipe so this was a new experience. And I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed the character that the ingredient brought to the table. Many milk stouts can come across as too sweet or too milky, but the rye here gives off an earthy trait that made me refill my glass over and over… until, sadly, there was nothing left.

Rating: 4/5

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