Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I have had this beer before, but wasn't impressed. Jake, when we were at Jungle Jim's, bought a six pack of the Nitro. He drank it room temperature and said it was incredible. I doubted him until I saw a single bottle at the store. I grabbed the Nitro and it was… incredible. It has been a long time since I have tried the Milk Stout, but I am excited to see if my impressions have changed since having the Nitro.
In the Glass: The beer is black as night in the glass. I expect that from any stout. Until I did some research on this one, I didn't realize this beer didn't have dairy in it. Being called a "milk" stout, I figured it had some dairy in it. Learn something new every day!
Nose: It smells like a sweet, chocolaty stout should. We are drinking this right out of the fridge, which like most beers is a mistake, but I am letting it sit there and warm up a little before tasting it. Beers like this, depending on the ABV and the overall thickness of the beer, can easily be served as a dessert.
Flavor: Having had the Nitro a few weeks ago, I am glad that this one came later. Now it gives me a whole new respect for what a good stout should taste like. From what I remember, this beer wasn't that good. It didn't have a lot of flavor and was very weak in terms of the aroma and the overall taste. I was wrong. Whoa. This beer is loaded with sweets that end with the expected dryness of an Irish stout.
Mouthfeel: It has a little bit of carbonation up front, but then smooths out and leaves a velvety mouthfeel as you swallow. The beer also opens up as you swish it around in your mouth begging for those additional flavors. I can imagine this beer tastes better warm. Good call Jake!
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is weak compared to the flavors you get when drinking… but the dryness that takes over is worth it. The dryness was unexpected, and while I want the sweetness to stick around, the dryness is a nice change of pace. I like it!
This beer rocks. I have to admit, I went in thinking this beer would suck. It doesn't. It is loaded with flavor. I almost think it has more flavor than the Nitro. The Nitro is better, in terms of mouthfeel and just the overall experience that you get… but this one isn't far behind. I like it, and while I walk around the house saying, "Moo"… bottoms up!
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2012 02:54:27 | More by rickyleepotts
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