Six Wives by Southsea Brewing

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Beer Name: Six Wives Chocolate Milk Stout

Brewer: Southsea Brewing Co., Southsea, Hampshire, England

Date Sampled:  12th March 2017

ABV: 7.2%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I've made no secret in the past of my appreciation of Southsea Brewing Co. Located almost on my doorstep they are a small company making high quality ales that are a lovely mix of old and new; their Heavy Artillery Double IPA came close to being my beer of 2016.

I first tried Six Wives back in November 2016 when taking some bottle shots for the brewery. Back then it was still very fresh and brewer Dave Eastwood was very honest when saying that it wasn't quite as carbonated yet as he was aiming for. However I was blown away by the depth of flavour that he'd crammed in and thoroughly enjoyed that first tasting. But now, almost four months later, I thought it was an ideal time to crack open this bottle from the same batch and see how the extra aging had affected it.

Well the first thing that was very noticeable is the beer is now much more carbonated. Although it doesn't hang around long, the jet black liquid has a lovely 'red tinged' head when it's first poured.

The nose is dominated by cherry, with vanilla and dark chocolate rounding it out nicely.

The flavour has definitely matured; where I remember six wives having that ubiquitous milk stout sweetness, four months on it has a dark chocolate bitterness. This, along with the cherry and vanilla that follows through strongly from the nose (and some welcome booziness) makes it feel very well balanced. And it's here that the extra carbonation help to make Six Wives feel even more luxurious.

This was a cracking milk stout on first tasting but four months later it really is something special. If you get the chance to pick some of this make sure you grab at least two bottles, one to enjoy now and one to save for later. You'll thank me for it.

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