Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by ngandhi:
4.18/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Saturated with coffee and half-and-half, the Left Hand Milk Stout would be my idea of a session beer if I was a ploughman. Though hearty, its low alcohol and silky cream texture keeps it very drinkable. It's so clean and pure, I feel like I can taste the very minerals in the brew water--like a great British porter. The chocolate malt is rich and Nestle-like on the palate and profoundly fresh and nutty on the nose. If the beer can be faulted, it finishes a bit dull like a brown ale, which might be more from bottle age than the actual brew. Ultimately, it's both rich and easy-drinking--a quality that too many other American microbeers fail to even consider.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2005 01:27:26 | More by ngandhi
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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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