Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.45/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottled on 9/20/2012.
Appearance: Pours a thin black color that is honey brown when held up to the light. Fluffy one finger tan head that dissipates into a thin cap.
Aroma: Nice lightly roasted malt surrounded by sweet cream.
Taste: Starts with a nice balance between bitter and sweet, perhaps a touch of grassy hops in there but hard to notice. Hits a sweet note near the finish with a nice cream flavor. Finish transitions into moderately bitter charred dark malt and an interesting burnt matchstick flavor that is actually pleasing. Tastes lighter than 6% ABV. No off-flavors and a very clean palate overall.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation. This is the one area where the beer falls short. Having tried Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro-tap before it is hard to enjoy this version as much. Decent drinkability.
Final Thoughts: The stout style is a classic and the modern milk stout is a sweet twist on that style. While the nitro version is quite good, the carbonated Milk Stout is just average. Still I like seeing breweries making this style of beer. I was starting to think brewers forgot how to make a stout without the word 'Imperial' in the name. Would I drink it again? Yes, but only on nitro.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 22:04:23 | More by JamesMN
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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 5,227 ratings.