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Milk Stout Nitro - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 96
Gots: 673 | FT: 1
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Petey_the_Quiet on 03-08-2014

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Reviews by DannyS:
Photo of DannyS
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Going against my beer instincts, I poured this one hard into my Magic Hat keg glass.

A - It's a remarkable thing to slosh this beer out into the glass and see the nitro foam bubble up like a perfectly tapped guinness, forming a 2 finger hat of nitro head on top of the jet black stout. I must marvel at how Left Hand pulled this off.

S - Smells like a tapped guinness, which is to say, pretty meh. Mild coffee and roasted malt with the overtone of something milky and metallic. It might just be that my sense of smell is terrible, but this is a fairly limp and uninteresting aroma.

T - I should probably refrain from continuing to compare this to a tapped Guinness, but that's exactly the impression I continue to get. Roasty yet mild, subtly milky sweet, and that nitro head makes it oh so creamy.

M - Obviously no carbonation fizz here, but the rich nitro foam turns this from a watery sweet stout to a thick, creamy, ethereal delight. It's not quite as supremely foamy as a perfect nitro stout on tap, but it does the job better than I thought a bottled beer could.

Overall - I never thought a bottled beer could ever replicate the experience of nitro beer on tap this well. It's not every day I'm jonesing for a nitro stout, but it's heartening to know I don't even need to hit up the pub anymore if the craving hits me. Highly recommended, even if for the novelty alone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a thin lacing of oatmeal-colored foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and lactose up front, giving off notes of coffee and cream, freshly baked dark bread, vanilla and caramel.

Taste: Very roasty up front, with some nice coffee and burnt sugar flavors, followed by some vanilla, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. There’s no coffee-like bitterness to speak of which pleases me greatly. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Creamy as hell, and very, very, very smooth, as there’s no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good milk stout! Great flavors of roasted malt and some subtle coffee, accented with some nice caramel, brown sugar and vanilla-like sweetness, all wrapped up in an extremely smooth quaff. I’ll certainly be getting more of this!

Photo of sheeley
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I love the dark black color of this beer. One of the darkest colors I have seen, even for a stout. Probably just me not pouring it hard enough into the glass, but there was little to no head, which I found disappointing. Smell: Wonderful. Notes of milk and mocha/espresso. Taste/mouthfeel: Exceptional. I personally love milk stouts, and this reminded me of my all-time favorite beer, Odell Lugene. Very smooth taste with strong coffee notes. In general, the taste is lacking a bit for me, I found myself wanting more flavor than I got. The aftertaste is quite pleasant; I could easily drink this beer all night long with no problem. Occasionally, I taste a sharp alcohol note (usually upon the initial sip), but it disappears quickly. Overall, a wonderful milk stout that I will purchase again.

Photo of bwood06
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Thick, creamy, khaki colored head, about 1 finger. Remember to pour hard or there will be very little head to this beer.

S - First thing that hits my nose is milk/lactose. Then a bit of chocolate comes in followed by oats. There is a creaminess to the nose.

T - Milk is the first tasting note to come out. A bit of coffee flavor to the malt without any real bitterness. Slight hint of oats. A bit of toffee as well.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Very viscous. The beer lingers on the back of the tongue (not necessarily the flavor, but the beer itself).

O - Very good. Flavors are a bit challenging to find, other than the lactose, but they are there. Very good feel in the mouth. Seems to cover every square inch of the mouth which results in a nice creamy finish. Not dry at all.

Photo of GreatHornedEwl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very light stout aroma; coffee/dark choc./milk; still a large degree of sweetness; mouthfeel out of this world- very smooth but the light carbonation is playful and sits on the tongue. appearance is also a highlight w/ the nitrogen providing a tight, white head that stays throughout

Photo of boogieman
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from my local liquor store who just started stocking it, and poured into my beer glass.
Very dark, non-translucent black color. Poured very thick and smooth. Almost no head, just a faint cover of foam that didn't really dissipate at all, but hung around, lacing the top of the stout.
Delicious smell of chocolate, with tones of toffee, coffee, and malt
Taste- rich and creamy dark and milk chocolate. An almost cola-like undertone, along with some toffee essences. It's a lightly sweet bitterness. Not much aftertaste, it disappears from your mouth fairly quickly. I wish it would have hung around a little longer.
Mouthfeel- fabulous. Very rich and thick and creamy, while at the same time feeling light enough that I could drink a lot of this. Very light carbonation.
This is one of my favorite beers, and I'm so glad I was able to find it this weekend. Planning on drinking this one many more times!

Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

a: a solid, dark black color. almost like motor oil. 1/2 finger tan solid head. almost looks like a coin could rest on there

s: smells like silky chocolate with some bitter roasted malts. very smooth smelling with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and caramel

t: taste follows the nose pretty well. i'm definitely noticing that milky lactose sweetness right away in here. that rolls into some mildly bitter roasted malts and a nice rich milk chocolate flavor. nothing too complex but incredibly smooth

m: very silky and creamy. very smooth

o: one of the most milk-sweetness forward milk stouts i've had. its nothing crazy, but is delicious and has a wonderful mouthfeel. real nice balance of sweet and roasty bitterness in here. definite recommend

Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; no apparent freshness info. Served slightly chilled.

An aggressive pour yields a glass filled with an opaque, black-coloured liquid, topped with just over one finger's worth of dense, creamy, light beige-coloured head. Very nice retention, with gobs of sticky lacing - an attractive stout for sure. The aroma is rich and enticing, with notes of roasted malt, cocoa, mocha coffee and toffee. Nothing too fancy, but miles ahead of most of the nitro beers I've tried previously, which typically have very bland, subdued aromas.

Rich and creamy are the words of the day as far as this beer goes. The sip is initially dominated by a combination of milk chocolate, mocha and lactose sweetness, with a touch of roasted malts and toffee/caramel. Bittersweet finish, with a lingering milk sugar sweetness. Medium-bodied, with the sort of silky-smooth mouthfeel you'd expect from a nitro beer. The taste is definitely approachable, but it's so god damn sweet that I can't see myself wanting more than a bottle of this at a time.

Final Grade: 4.08, a solid A-. Left Hand has produced an exceptionally high-quality milk stout here. It's a little too saccharine to be something I'd consume on a regular basis, but to be fair this is not one of my preferred styles to begin with. It's still a tasty little beer that is well worth a try if you're curious, although I doubt it's very popular amongst the diabetic demographic.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, earth and charcoal. The taste is sweet milk chocolate, almost like a chocolate milk shake. Some roasted malts with a hint of smoke. Earthy notes. Finishes with mor of the roasted malts and milk chocolate. Velvety, slick mouthfeel from the nitro. Overall, very well done. I still prefer the draft but I will be buying more of this again. Glad it is now available in CT.

Photo of FFreak
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass after a two course campground meal. This is a nearly black stout with almost zero head and minimal lace. There's lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste is nice - sweet smooth malt with tons of coffee flavor and some chocolate, just a hint of roast, but nothing brisk or sharp at all. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a chocolate milk-like texture. This is overall a good after dinner dessert beer that would also stand up fairly well on it's own.

Photo of Joeltok
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great drink ability. No bad after taste. Similar to Guinness but with more alcohol.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours jet black, very thick and creamy with a two finger head that dissipates to a one finger head. Nice thick solid lacing.
S - Mocha coffee, no hidden flavors here, just malts and delicious rich mocha coffee.
T - Rich warm roasted mocha coffee, malts and a touch of Irish cream. Can't taste the alcohol.
O - An amazing 5 star stout, quite sessionable for a stout as it isn't bitter, easy to drink and would be a perfect stater stout for introduction to the world of dark stouts.
V - A little pricy, locally 10 dollars a six pack, but worth trying, will be a repeat stout for me.

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er of this since I couldn't find a new oatmeal stout.
A: Definitely a stout.
Disregard the instructions and the head may be thin. Follow them and this has the appearance of an iconic stout; dark, dark brackish opaque with a thick creamy tan head. Almost looked like little chocolate flakes sprinkled on top. Beautiful.
Also, after the instructional pour get ready for some vortex movements within the glass until it settles.

S: Soft scents of roasted oats and a whif of something coffee?, dark chocolate? Very straightforward.

T: Not very complex in flavor; some slight cocoa-like flavor without the bite.

M: Solid medium fullness/thickness and s..m..o..o..t..h..Easy, easy drinkin'. As it warms, there is a slight bitterness in the finish, but not much.

O: Solid stout, very creamy and smooth. Not a lot of flavor, but very true to the style. This would make a fantastic stout float.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.