Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by portia99:
2.6/5 rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
12oz nitro bottle, bottled 1/27/12 poured into a Guinness pint glass.
A - As the bottle recommends, this was poured hard down the center of the glass. A light cascade of foamy bubbles rises steadily from the bottom of the glass, ultimately forming a dense whipped creamy head at least a finger tall exhibiting all of the staying power expected out of a nitro beer. Body is jet black and nearly opaque, only showing faint ruby highlights at the very edges when in a bright light.
S – Mildly fruity with yeasty esters. Plenty of roasty malt, touch of anise, chocolate and coffee. Really not much there for hops.
T – Roasty malt, an underlying sweetness that is a bit off-putting and unusual…I’m guessing this is the lactose. Burnt malt behind this that really doesn’t do enough to fight off the initial flavor. Finish if a bit off too…sweet, creamy, earthy that really doesn’t mesh well and leaves an undesirable flavor behind. Doesn’t work well for me.
M – Silky smooth and creamy…super thick and almost milkshake like. Probably the highlight of the beer, but really doesn’t compensate for the odd flavor.
O – Overall doesn’t work for me. Interesting idea with the nitro bottle, just wishing the beer was more impressive to my palate. Very different from what I was expecting and hoping for. The visuals are good, the aroma has promise, mouthfeel is silky smooth, but the flavor is unimpressive at best. Overall a fail…definitely a one and done for me.
Serving type: nitro-bottle
04-10-2012 23:41:56 | More by portia99
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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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