Double Latte, a Coffee Milk Stout (Ninkasi Brewing Company)
Coffee stouts are a high risk–high reward game. Done well, the coffee flavors add depth to the stout's rich roasty flavors; done badly and they taste and smell like a glass full of green peppers. Double Latte gets it right and we're guessing that one of the keys to their success lies in cold pressing coffee to extract great roast character. The beer gains some additional sweetness from lactose, but it still finishes with a pleasing dryness. Overall, it's one of our favorites in the pack.