Let’s talk decadence. Let’s talk dessert-before-dinner, rich, velvety decadence. Let’s talk about the forgoing of calorie-counting and the watching of one’s weight. Let’s talk pure, sensory stimulus and instant gratification. Let’s talk Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout (8.5% ABV) from Odell Brewing Co., a beer among the most devilishly delicious one could hope to drink.
Color: Lugene is ink-black with nary a highlight in sight save for a touch of brown near the foam. The foam itself is thin and fleeting but, when given a vigorous swirl, a red-brown head momentarily appears.
Aroma: This beer is rich and chocolate-y with underlying whiffs of potent alcohol.
Taste: There’s a reason Lugene is classified as a “Chocolate Milk Stout,” it tastes like the adult version of that ubiquitous beverage from school cafeterias across the nation. It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s milky, and chocolate swoops in near the end of the taste to give it that extra edge of self-indulgence. There’s no harsh bitterness from either hops or roasted barley and the aftertaste of alcohol warmth—not alcohol burn—is just enough to remind beer geeks that, as enchanting as Lugene may be, it would be wise to pace one’s self.
Mouthfeel: Lugene is about as thick as a milkshake and finishes with much moisture.
Go on a jog later; for now, forget all worries, kick one’s feet up, and enjoy this hedonistic delight. Pick up Lugene in four-packs wherever Odell beers are sold.