Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Vigorous pour as prescribed by bottle yieds a decadent, frothy tan head atop an ebony body. Tiny nitrous bubbles cascade continuously upward along the glass, precipitating massive bubbles and craters atop the foamy foundation of the head. This beer sets the gold standard for what the head of a stout should look like (at least coming from a bottle). Substantial swaths of lacing linger for the duration of the glass, leaving a mocha veldt along one face from nearly top to bottom. Impressive.
Aroma is a delectable blend of toasted malt and dark chocolate, with a hint of caramel sweetness as well. The flavor is very similar to the smell, but augmented by a little more bitterness than the aroma would suggest. The roasted malt provides a nice backbone, but there's also an astrigency, be it from the roast or the hops, that sets things slightly askew. Dark chocolate flavors keep me coming back for more in spite of the astringency. Lactose helps offset the bitterness to an extent (someone else referenced whipped cream, which isn't too far off, as strange as it may sound). As the beer warms, some alcohol heat and dark fruit make an appearance as well. Pretty good complexity for what I'd consider to be a session stout.
The taste doesn't quite live up to the presentation, but it's certainly solid nonetheless. What could really have set this beer over the top for me is a fuller body. As is, the body feels loose and thin, not thick and substantive like I look for in a stout. Maybe milk stout is not the place to look for fuller body, but I would have quite enjoyed if there were something more to sink my teeth into here. On the other hand, it sure does go down easy, as my glass was finished in no time flat. Definitely a step above your generic nitro-gimmicked dry stout.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
04-18-2012 01:55:53 | More by MaximalC
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