Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Spider889 gave me one of those new nitro bottles of this that Left Hand just debuted. "Poured hard" into a Perfect Pint. Bottle dated 09/20/11.
I poured hard, and at first I thought I wasn't going to get the typical nitro cascading effect. It started out looking very lackluster. The act of pouring created a bunch of loose air bubbles that sat on top, but then came the nitro froth. I got a really good, albeit quick, cascade effect that concluded into a thick, dense, creme colored cake of froth. It lost some height fairly quickly, but wants to hold at about a half finger. Lacing is mostly only on the side of the glass from which I am sipping.
It seems to start off suffering from the muted effects of the nitro serving, but eventually the foam recedes and the beer warms and things open up nicely. Lots of bittersweet chocolate mixed with sweeter milk chocolate and tons of cappuccino. There is the faintest bittering roast that keeps things in check.
Very chocolatey. Its damn close to Young's Double Chocolate, which is something of a benchmark for beers like this. Lots of milk chocolate and cappuccino. On the back end notions of grassier hops are called fourth but this is mostly a milky, chocolatey, sweeter stout.
I'd say the nitro serving suits this beer very, very well. The carbonation feels very low, but there is still plenty of life that dances on the tongue, keeping this beer from feeling flat. It has a really good creamy feeling that slides around the mouth. It makes me take much larger sips than I should be.
Quite well done. I was skeptical at first, but I really enjoy this very much. Lets hope that the prices on this stuff are going to remain low once it rolls out into the rest of Left Hand's markets. I'll likely visit this again at that time, or order up a nitro poured pint at a bar.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
10-09-2011 05:47:25 | More by MbpBugeye
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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
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