I can’t tell you a lot about the Wiseacre Brewing Company of Memphis, Tennessee, at least not from drinking one can of their beer (Gotta Get Up To Get Down Coffee Milk Stout, that). I can tell you a bit about them from their website, which states they got their name from a term one of their grandmothers used on them, that the brewery tap room only takes credit cards (no cash!), and that I picked up a few cans of their other brews at Wild Hare Beer Company in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
I’ll admit the groovy can and neat name attracted me to Gotta Get Up To Get Down Coffee Milk Stout, so kudos to you Wiseacre for your savvy marketing. I do so love a good milk stout, and before I regale you with tales of what this beer tastes like, I’ll just say this is a good milk stout, and sold in cans to boot.
Wisecare says about Gotta Get Up To Get Down Coffee Milk Stout on their website:
Magical natural process beans from the Konga region of Ethiopia lead the way in this beautiful coffee stout. This rare variety of coffee leads to aromas of sweet roastiness and flavors of blueberry pie. Lactose, or milk sugar, is added along with oats for a silky medium body and a lush finish….. What’s the difference in a milk stout and other stouts? Glad you asked! All stouts use roasted barley, but Milk Stouts use lactose sugar which is unfermentable and provides a residual sweetness. These beers styles are medium bodied ranging from 4-6% ABV….
Ingredients from the website:
Two row malt, roasted barley, rolled oats, lactose sugar, Bravo hops.
Alcohol by volume is 5% with 15 IBUs, the beer sold for $8.99 a six-pack.
Wiseacre Gotta Get Up to Get Down Coffee Milk Stout pours to a jet black color with a fizzy, short-lived head of foam and a vibrant fresh coffee grind nose. Taking a sip, the beer is smooth up front and is a bit thinner in body than I would like, but it sure makes up for that with the aggressive, in your face coffee notes. Coffee grinds and coffee ice cream mixed with chocolate and toffee all dance across the tongue. The beer is only mildly roasty and it finishes balanced but not as bitter as most such beers. I don’t get a lot of hops either, but I am enjoying the hell out of this beer. It’s gently sweet like a milk/sweet stout should be, and while I didn’t get the blueberry pie notes, this beer sure would go great with a slice.
Yeah, I’d buy that again.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.