Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by nrs207:
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Fairly dark. Can see light through it on the edges of the glass. No head at first, but it starts bubbling up after a couple of seconds as I'd expect with a nitro pour. Off-white head.
S - Sweet sugary smell mixed with roasted malt. Some chocolate and a hint of coffee flavor.
T - Lives up to the smell. Light roasted malt and sweetness. Very small amount of chocolate and a coffee bitterness more than anything. It's like a very weak coffee mixed with some creamer.
M - This is where the beer really makes its name. I wasn't a big fan of the original, but the mouthfeel with the nitro is significantly improved. So velvety smooth. This reminds me of an improved Guinness.
O - Solid beer. Nothing spectacular, but the mouthfeel is very nice. It'd be a nice alternative to a Guinness draft or a good beer for someone newer into craft or into stouts.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
12-03-2012 00:30:04 | More by nrs207
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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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