Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev +2.8%
Nitro bottle, bottled 11/01/2012, poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Poured hard, I really enjoyed the cascades and the prolonged settle period. Ends up very black with small hints of dark brown, and a tan one-finer head. Great retention on the head, not much lacing, save a few chunks here and there.
Smells sweet and roasty, with a bit mocha and coffee as well. Light aromas, nothing too overwhelming, but definitely very enjoyable.
Taste is amazing. Perfect blend of the abovementioned characteristics. Super smooth and drinkable, I could drink this all day in the pub watching sports. It's sweet, but not too sweet. It's got coffee and chocolate but it's not too bitter. I would buy a case of this.
Overall this is fantastic. I'll repeat very balance and very drinkable, and at 6%, it's tempting to want more and more.
12-18-2012 00:52:32 | More by rodlavers
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
First off, I should say that the 'Milk Stout' and 'Milk Stout Nitro' should be categorized separately. Having tried both, they are two totally different experiences. I understand that there is a categorization system already in place for "nitro bottles" of brews, but it will skew the rAverage and rDeviation as well as the qualitative experiential narratives.
With that being said, this review will reflect nitro-bottle to standard pint glass. Poured hard.
A - Wow. Beautiful. Looks somewhat like Guinness. The head is a darker tan, and less creamy (more frothy) than Guinness. Bubbles race up the glass in an array of dark-dark brown (bottom body), middle-brown (most bubble action just below the head), and middle-tan (the head, separated by a distinct line).
S - Not much here. Malts. Maybe some coffee.
T - Wonderful. It tastes like I am drinking chocolate milk with a little coffee flavoring. Desert in a glass.
M - Nitro bottle makes this brew not only go down easy, but an absolute pleasure to the palate. Carbonated perfectly. Not too much of any flavor or ingredient.
O - This is a brew that I will continue to go back to.
12-17-2012 17:33:50 | More by allenson21
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
First off, this is a review for the NITRO milk stout, not the original. This beer is not an alias for Left Hand Milk Stout but Beer Advocate is being dumb and calling it one.
Second, this beer needs to be dumped into the glass, not poured, but dumped as in completely inverted in one motion. It's critical to getting the most out of it. I poured one hard and my wife dumped one in (both into Sammy Smith tulip pint glasses) her's was much, much better than mine. It was thicker, creamier and came across as sweeter too.
A: black; opaque with just a shot of dark red-brown light getting through if you hold it up to a really bright light capped with a thick, tan, creamy head
S: roasty cocoa/mocha
T: like a melted chocolate shake with a touch of roast in the finish
M: thick and creamy with a low carbonation (I realize this is a nitro beer); oily; decadent (like it's gonna make you fat)
O: this beer kicks ass! It's luscious and creamy and everything it's supposed to be. I would have scored this beer even higher if they would have made the pouring instructions more prevalent and obvious because it makes that much of a difference. in fact if you wanted a slightly thinner beer with more roast and coffee notes you can just pour a little slower (still real hard, just not as violently), you should experiment. Also, I would have included chocolate in the description on the packaging also (i.e. chocolate milk stout) because this IS a great chocolate milk stout. Unless Terrapin releases Moo-Hoo on nitro, this is probably my new favorite. Now I'm a sucker for milk stouts, especially on nitro, but I didn't think they'd pull it off in the bottle. I was wrong. Thank You, Left Hand.
12-17-2012 17:14:00 | More by AilidoBrew
3.9/5 rDev -2%
A- Poured into pint glass with standard vigor. Dark with some brown highlights. Not very much head at all, maybe half fingers worth that quickly subsided.
S- Smelled of dark roasted malt, slight chocolate, and coffee.
T- Notes of chocolate and creamy coffee though not overpowering. Slightly sweet with
M- Creamy mouthfeel, medium body
O- I found this beer to be my favorite of the night. A nice standard milk stout, not overly complex, and nice to finish off the evening.
12-16-2012 23:24:53 | More by Marq18
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured it aggressively into an Imperial Pint glass. Big thick head thats and inch or so thick. Smells so nice like fresh brew coffee and slight chocolate smell. Taste just like it smells. Flavors became more pronounced as the stout warmed. Nice and very drinkable. I liked it!
12-16-2012 04:14:35 | More by Behrhunter
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,391 ratings.