What’s better than beer and
espresso coffee on Valentine’s Day?
espresso black coffee served separately.
Remembering LA OC Foodie’s twitter a few days back, I stopped by LA Mill for a brewski after a jaunt on the Brutale. After a long ass wait and zero explanation from the server, I finally asked for the alcohol menu. Again, with no explanation, since the server was apparently too busy, the black & black was ordered instead of the tea champagne cuz it matched the leather jacket better.
A full glass was served and the 1/2 bottle of remaining Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout was set aside. This really presents a problem. What you’re getting, at the end, is thinned
espresso coffee and hence thinned black & black. What I assumed to be a double espresso, should’ve been split into 2 demitasses, for a constant ratio of black & black. Whatevers though, it’s beyond difficult to tell. Everyone agrees Old Rasputin’s RIS already speaks of chocolate, toffee and coffee mixed with strong malt aroma & big body. The beer straight killed any remnants of espresso. A bit of a waste since Old Rasputin can be found for $8/4 pack. Worst yet, Hitachino’s Espresso stout is already a very successful version of what La Mill’s black & black is trying to do.
Bottom line, next time, just get the espresso.
errata: just read the PR pieces: there is no espresso in the Black & Black. This makes so much more sense now. The drink is even less convincing as “beer and coffee”. Maybe they SHOULD use espresso instead?
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