Giving a stray cat some milk is a nice thing to do, and giving yourself this delicious porter is also a nice thing to do. Be nice to yourself, get some milk.
Brewed in Lymestone Brewery by the head brewer's daughter Sarah, the Stray Cat range of beers demonstrate that brewing can be hereditory. Some Stray Cat brews have already won awards alongside other Lymestone beers and i'll certainly be keeping an eye out for more of them.
Milk is a light porter that has notes of chocolate and malt, and won a gold award in the 2019 SIBA in the British dark beers category, the first award for Sarah and surely one of many.
Fresh and clean aroma, lots of malt with a touch of chocolate sweetness. The pour is thin but it has a much richer body, with a creamy texture that makes it feel much bigger in the mouth than the glass.
The flavour is quite subtle, with a mainly malty flavour with a little bitterness. It's balanced throughout with a light chocolate flavour that runs through the beer from start to finish.
The finish is crisp and clean, ending smoothly with a slight bitterness that's reminiscent of dark chocolate and malt.
A simple label with a wonderfully designed geometric cat head which adorns the main part of the label with a white, smoky effect and is scattered around the black label to striking effect.
The simple black label is well placed with the brown bottle to make the cat design stand out a lot more, marking it out as a beer from the Stray Cat range at a glance.
The beer name appears simply underneath the cat along with the percentage and the nod to Lymestone Brewery, it's brewing home. There's some information on the can including a little bit about Sarah, which is a very nice touch.