Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance- This beer pours a very dark brown with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly. A little thicker head with more staying power would be nice. The lacing is incredible, leaving a gorgeous trail of tan matching the color of the transient head.
Aroma-Strong coffee scent and not much else, though there are hints of the milk sugar as advertised on the bottle. Not a cornucopia by any means, but pleasing for a coffee lover.
Taste- This is where this beer really hits its stride. Initially, the coffee that was evident in the nose hits, though it isn’t as bitter as many coffee stouts are, undoubtedly due to the milk sugar. This ingredient is the key that puts this beer over the top; it imparts a slightly creamy, sweet (though not overly so), and, simply put, delicious flavor that is incredibly drinkable and refreshing thanks to the exceedingly clean finish.
Palate- This beer showers all parts of the mouth in a lively carbonation that is the antithesis of the quickly-departed foam, leaving a pleasant tingling throughout the mouth. The feel is a bit thin, unfortunately; I had expected a creamier texture to accompany the taste. It leaves a stickiness on the lips that some may find off-putting, but this drinker finds quite agreeable.
Overall-For fans of the style, it will be difficult to come up with a better example. This beer makes up for its shortcomings in the nose and eye with its stellar performance in the mouth. As advertised, this is the beer equivalent of a cup of coffee, complete with cream. Perfect for any season thanks to its rich flavor and heavy carbonation, but these go down way too easy, a trait that is certainly only a bad thing for those with a light wallet. 14/20
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2012 21:12:01 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks exactly as you expect a milk stout to. Nice dense head that sticks around for most of the drink; and good, creamy lacing.
Smells of roasted barley and cream, with a touch of caramel sweetness. There's also a slightly sour note.
First taste is rich and roasty with sweet cream on the finish. Just a nice little touch of that lactose tang -- not too much like I've observed in other milk stouts. I really appreciate the roasty bitterness that helps balance the sweetness and provides lasting depth of flavor.
Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Easy drinking, yet luxuriously creamy.
I've had the nitro version of this beer, which I thought was unbeatable, but there's still something deeply satisfying about this original version. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 18:14:05 | More by Mongrel
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a sample-glass. Pour was high and vigorous, got a big head which was a great caramel-coffee color.
Jet black in color.
Taste is of roasted toasted malt. Not as sweet as I expected, I do not drink much dry stout so compared to the imperials and american stouts I normally drink this is dry and well balanced, no alcohol.
Very session-able, I could down a six-pack of these no prob, would enjoy doing it.
Would get this beer again, would consider it for a barbecue option.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 01:35:56 | More by grammodesguapote
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Re-review, because nitro-bottle. 12 oz's poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is beautiful - mocha colored and a finger high, with a stunningly soft texture. Its retention is excellent, and the lacing left behind is plentiful. Nitro'd stouts always look fantastic, this being no exception.
S: Not as bland as I feared it would be. The primary notes are espresso coffee, roasted malts, lactose, and chocolate. The nitro really didn't kill the aroma much, and thank cripes for that.
T: A strong surge of coffee beans, cream, and chocolate opens the palate - fuck, this drinks just like coffee. Dark chocolate lingers right into the finish and onto the aftertaste. Not much complexity, then again this only needs great chocolate, coffee, and lactose notes to succeed. Which it pulls off admirably.
M: This is practically the perfect stout feel: rich enough (and just enough, I might add), yet very dry on the back end. Refreshing, too! An espresso flavor keeps the finish nice and long. Carbonation isn't needed that much due to how dry it is.
O: Here it is. Now that Left Hand comes to MD, I think I've found the perfect Guinness substitute for St. Patrick's Day, and not a moment too soon. Make that the perfect Guinness substitute 365 days a year - this is delicious.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
03-13-2014 22:15:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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