Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by cjoc83:
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I reviewed the original Milk Stout way back in 2008, so I figured it was time to get around to reviewing its nitro sister beer. Bottled on date listed as 11-13-12, and purchased for $10.99 at Wegmans.
Pours black but with a lot of ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Aggressive pour (which is recommended on the bottle) leaves a 2-3 finger champagne colored head that sticks around for a while and leaves about as much lace on a stout as I've ever seen. The nitro leaves a wonderful reverse avalanche of carbonation. Great looking beer.
Lactic sweetness and roasted malts are the dominant note in the nose, with some light, sweet chocolate in the background. The smell is a little subdued.
Taste follows the nose closely, with lactose and roasted malts playing center stage. There's a slight herbal, earthy hop quality in the back end of the beer and, as the beer warms, hints of coffee. As in the original Milk Stout, the flavors pop more in the flavor than in the smell. Actually kind of a nice change of pace since I've had so many beers that smell amazing and seem to disappoint with the taste.
Velvety smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied and more carbonation than usual for the style, most likely attributed to the whole 'nitro' thing. Dry, with a sweet aftertaste.
Overall, a super solid base beer with a nice improvement. This remains one of my favorite milk stouts, and the improvement on the mouthfeel is only making this beer more and more likely my favorite, go-to milk stout. Great lactic sweetness and roasted character with nice interplay between the earthy hops, chocolate and coffee notes.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
12-28-2012 03:01:19 | More by cjoc83
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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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