Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrownNut:
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
It's a taste-off! Left Hand Milk Stout - regular bottle vs. nitro bottle. Served cool. It won't let me score these as separate beers but it really should be that way. The nitro is different and I think somewhat better. The official scores reflect that one since it's the more charitable.
A - Black, with a tan head of larger bubbles that dissipated pretty quickly. Minimal lacing. 3.5
S - Sweetish grain. A little chocolate later in the glass that teeters on being something vaguely fruity. As it warms, a malty smell comes out. Overall somewhat faint. 3.5
T - Surprisingly a milk taste. I wasn't actually expecting milk flavor notes and didn't get them the last time I had this but there they are. While it ends with nice tang and some tartness and a faint hint of char on the exhale, it's pretty mild before that and a little watery. I want more flavor. I don't get the same chocolate fruit/taste as in the nitro. Everything's kind of muted. 3.5
M - Light-medium body with a whisper of tingle and a slightly tannic tart finish. 3.5
O - 3.5
A - Black, with a cream colored thick creamy head that stuck around. First time I've seen a solid coating of lacing. 4.5
S - More of a coffee note than the regular. That's what sticks out. Not strong, but noticeable. 4.0
T/M - Seemingly thinner taste than the regular. Flatter. Or is that the mouthfeel? Whatever it is it's noticeably distinct from the regular. Guinness has a sort of soft flat unsatisfying feeling that this is not surprisingly similar to. I get a sweetness that reflects the chocolate-but-sort-of-fruit note that I noticed in the aroma of the regular but didn't notice in the aroma of this one. 3.5/3.5
O - 3.75
Comparison Notes - These being my only milk stouts, I can't rate to style, but both disappointed. They lack a back end, like a cute girl with a completely flat butt. You want to like her but there's nothing to hold onto. There's no robustness, nothing hearty on the exhale fumes, nothing to grab you and tell you just had a swallow of stout beer. Give me some roast, some char, some booze, something. Nope. I would not buy either of these again, not because they're bad, but because they don't have enough substance to be satisfying, interesting, or memorable. They make me not want to try other milk stouts but I'll try a few others just in case.
Note: I tried the regular once earlier this year and got a better impression that time. Got more head, more lacing, better smell of mocha and mild roasty and leather. Got a roundness and a smoothness with a bit of a tart finish. Got mocha/roast on the palate with pipe tobacco and bit of sweet and flash of sour. Last time I thought it was interesting and good. Hmm.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
05-28-2012 23:34:25 | More by BrownNut
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3.46/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Good beer. Imagine Guinness or Murphy's with a little sugar added and you have this beer. Personally I'm not a fan sweets. This beer's sweetness is mild but it is too sweet for my liking. If Guinness is black coffee, this is a latte. Great for those who like the texture of nitro beers without the roasted flavor.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 03:02:08 | More by yardkl
3.81/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
A-The pours was definitely fun. Just throwing it out of the glass. It cascades and everything. Nice creamy, nitrogen infused head. Dark body, not much light penetration.
S-Aroma is roasty first and foremost. Milk chocolate. Coffee with cream. A pleasant, textbook stout aroma.
T-The flavor is roasty again but I also get a somewhat noticeable grassy hoppiness in the back end. In between is coffee and milk chocolate or even mocha. A little chalky. Light, dark fruitiness.
M-The body is creamy but the carbonation isn't up to par. It's nearly flat and it really doesn't retain it's carbonation well.
O/D-Bought a single. Glad I didn't go for a full sixer. It was a cool beer to pour, and the flavors were pretty on point however, the carbonation was very flat. Still happy I tried this.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
03-09-2014 17:12:41 | More by VelvetExtract
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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