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Saint Arnold Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout

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Saint Arnold Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Houston, just North of Downtown

Milk Stout with Chocolate

ABV: 5.6%

IBUs: 39

Packaging: Draft, 6 pack 12 ounce bottles

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This Icon’s a collaboration, but not in the way that makes us beer nerds start chomping at the bits, rounding up mules. It’s a collab with Chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s, a James Beard Best Chef Southwest 2017 winner. The chocolate in the milk stout came from the restaurant rather than two brewers working together on the recipe.

All awards aside, when I poured it I said to myself, “self, this is pretty thin.” To which I immediately replied to myself, “Yeah. It’s thin AF!” I don’t lean towards stouts as a go-to, but when I drink them, I like them to be full-bodied. It’s not watery thin, but it’s definitely lighter than I expected.

Second offense? I couldn’t find any in the label art. This Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout’s art looks just like all the others that came before it, but this one’s blue. Duh. They always feature black background with blue, yellow, green, or red art of the Saint. He’s illustrated differently on the Icons, though. He looks more like a literal painting of a saint.

It pours a dark, dark brown that’s nearly as black as the packaging. There’s a light tan head that’s airy and effervescent for a stout, but it melts down fairly quickly into a solid ring that laces down the glass.

Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout smells of nothing but dark chocolate and a little bit of booze. The alcohol intensifies as it warms.

The taste is what turned it all around for me. Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout makes up for being light-bodied with a mouthful of roasty chocolate notes that are far from overly sweet. In fact, there’s a pronounced bitter finish that lingers with the roastiness like a cup of black coffee. A mild hint of cinnamon is somewhere in there too, but it’s faint, and you won’t notice it if you’re drinking it cold. I didn’t notice it the first time I had one. The carbonation’s a bit more lively than most stouts too, adding to that clean finish. It’s almost… crisp and refreshing? These are adjectives I wouldn’t often use to describe a stout, but it fits for this one.

Saint Arnold Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout reminds me a little bit of Southern Star Buried Hatchet simply because it’s a really great beer that I wish was a little bit thicker. Although this one came out long after we did the taste test and wrote the post, I wonder how it would’ve stacked up against all the other great stouts in in our blind tasting of the best stouts in Houston.

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You can find Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout in bottles pretty much everywhere good beer’s sold. But, since it’s in bottles, be careful on your way home not to expose them to the sunlight. Here are 4 lies you may have been told about skunked beer. Hop Scholar, Pacific Yard House, Flying Saucer Sugar Land, and Conservatory have all had it on tap. If you’re into chocolatey beers, I’d find it around town before it’s all gone.

  • My Overall Rating
3

Saint Arnold Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout

Although it was a little bit thin, I still think it was a good beer. Great? Naah. Would I drink it again? Yup, and I already have. Saint Arnold creates some amazing beer, and sometimes they make something that’s simply good and reliable. Like a PBJ sandwich. Put that up against some tacos or a nice steak dinner, and you’ve got good on one hand and great on the other. But sometimes a PBJ is just easier sometimes (most times) I want to try something new, but other times I just wanna get something I know will be good. This Icon is the latter, although to be clear, it doesn’t taste anything like PBJ to me.

What’d you think of Saint Arnold Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout? Was it the chocolatey dessert beer you’d hoped it was, or did it melt your hopes like a chocolate bar you left in the car? Let us know by rating with a single click below, or share your thoughts in the comments section. Beers to you, Houston!

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a Creative Strategist at https://ledgeloungers.com/, an adjunct instructor of Visual Communication at Lone Star College, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. Anthony lives to help others and that's found a home helping some of the coolest breweries on earth with creative and marketing projects that can be seen on our Portfolio page. Fueled by hoppy lagers, sessionable IPAs, and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or very patiently rooting for the Rockets.

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