If I say summer, what do you instantly think of ? Ice cream? Strawberries? Beer? Chocolate? Dreams of a future when your parents have invested in a sat-nav to avoid navigational based arguments in the South of France? If that list of buzz words and one slightly personal memory have made you nostalgic for neapolitan ice cream, then we’ve got the beer for you – the aptly named Neapolitan. On first sight this beer might appear gimmicky, but even gimmicks can be great. To a standard stout base, lactose is added, leading it to become a milk stout. Lactose, the sugar in milk, is unable to be broken down by yeast, causing it to stay in a beer, giving the beer a bigger body and touch of sweetness on the finish. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla extract are then added to give it that neapolitan flavour we desire. Whilst ice cream rarely smells, the aroma from this beer is exactly what one would imagine you’d receive if a neapolitan ice cream were to have an aroma. Again, when tasting this beer, it does not disappoint. No one could buy this beer in the expectation of it being something different. Dark, with hints of roasted chocolate and sweetness from the vanilla and strawberries, it definitely lives up to its name. For the more adventurous, adding a dollop of real ice cream will let you create a beery twist on the classic Coke float. Summer deserts are now sorted.
If you like this beer try Bristol Beer Factory’s Milk Stout or Wiper & True’s Milk Shake