Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by AAG:
3.38/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass; fresh according to date on bottle ("best before May 2013"). Realized after purchasing that I should have purchased the nitro-bottle as I am a fan of a smooth nitro beer...oh well...still looking forward to this one!
Appearance - Dark, opaque in color; very limited head (possibly due to a weak pour given that most others report at least a finger's worth of head); the minimal head that did form dissipated very quickly but still laced decently around the edges of the glass as I drank it.
Smell - Coffee, chocolate, malt, almost candy-like odor. Very enjoyable...I can only smell it for a few seconds before I am obligated to take a big gulp...
Taste - Tastes like it smells...coffee, chocolate, candy-like. Malt-taste, sweet.
Mouthfeel - Very easy on the palate...probably even easier from a nitro bottle. Limited carbonation; an easy drink; soothing, creamy.
Overall - A nice milk-stout that is tasty, smooth, and easy on the palate. I probably wouldn't seek it out but I would drink one of these again if available. NOTE: I drank a Nitro version a few months later...very similar review, overall...
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2013 04:46:35 | More by AAG
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4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
07-29-2014 02:09:41 | More by thehyperduck
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,217 ratings.