I’m not sure whether dusty miller is a description of someone who works in a mill, or if it’s the name of an all-American guy living the American dream.
Whatever it relates to, it’s delicious. Overtone reckon this is supposed to be an ice cream sundae in can, with plenty of chocolate, vanilla and malt flavours to mimic the flavours you get in diners throughout the States.
It’s not the usual inspiration for stouts, but the stout lends itself nicely to such flavours and in this case it’s a real winner.
Dusty Miller Stout: Taste Test
The aroma is slightly sweet with the slightest hint of chocolate and vanilla, very tantalising. The body of this is properly thick, reminding me of smoothies in a way that’s probably due to the suggestion of sundaes on the can.
Initially the flavour is quite boozy, with the 11% strength making itself known right off the bat. This soon fades though and is replaced by the sweet flavours of chocolate, which is the predominant flavour, and vanilla which is more subtle.
The maltiness comes more into the aftertaste, where the sweet flavours subside a little and the flavour of the stout itself comes to the fore.
Dusty Miller Stout: Can Notes
Then can design looks like the top of a milkshake, with lots of brown and cream shades swirling around in a circle.
It’s very effective in reminding me of an ice cream sundae, and to look at it without reading the description you’d probably guess chocolate and vanilla were involved somehow.
As with all of Overtone’s can designs, the name of the beer and brewery is in large bold print along with side of the can, which is a very effective way of making it stand out.
Buy Dusty Miller Stout
We got ours from Beer Central, but you can get yours online from various vendors including The Beer Haul (£7.00), The Beer Emporium (£6.50) and Cork & Cask (£6.95).