Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -7%
It's a taste-off! Left Hand Milk Stout - regular bottle vs. nitro bottle. Served cool. It won't let me score these as separate beers but it really should be that way. The nitro is different and I think somewhat better. The official scores reflect that one since it's the more charitable.
A - Black, with a tan head of larger bubbles that dissipated pretty quickly. Minimal lacing. 3.5
S - Sweetish grain. A little chocolate later in the glass that teeters on being something vaguely fruity. As it warms, a malty smell comes out. Overall somewhat faint. 3.5
T - Surprisingly a milk taste. I wasn't actually expecting milk flavor notes and didn't get them the last time I had this but there they are. While it ends with nice tang and some tartness and a faint hint of char on the exhale, it's pretty mild before that and a little watery. I want more flavor. I don't get the same chocolate fruit/taste as in the nitro. Everything's kind of muted. 3.5
M - Light-medium body with a whisper of tingle and a slightly tannic tart finish. 3.5
O - 3.5
A - Black, with a cream colored thick creamy head that stuck around. First time I've seen a solid coating of lacing. 4.5
S - More of a coffee note than the regular. That's what sticks out. Not strong, but noticeable. 4.0
T/M - Seemingly thinner taste than the regular. Flatter. Or is that the mouthfeel? Whatever it is it's noticeably distinct from the regular. Guinness has a sort of soft flat unsatisfying feeling that this is not surprisingly similar to. I get a sweetness that reflects the chocolate-but-sort-of-fruit note that I noticed in the aroma of the regular but didn't notice in the aroma of this one. 3.5/3.5
O - 3.75
Comparison Notes - These being my only milk stouts, I can't rate to style, but both disappointed. They lack a back end, like a cute girl with a completely flat butt. You want to like her but there's nothing to hold onto. There's no robustness, nothing hearty on the exhale fumes, nothing to grab you and tell you just had a swallow of stout beer. Give me some roast, some char, some booze, something. Nope. I would not buy either of these again, not because they're bad, but because they don't have enough substance to be satisfying, interesting, or memorable. They make me not want to try other milk stouts but I'll try a few others just in case.
Note: I tried the regular once earlier this year and got a better impression that time. Got more head, more lacing, better smell of mocha and mild roasty and leather. Got a roundness and a smoothness with a bit of a tart finish. Got mocha/roast on the palate with pipe tobacco and bit of sweet and flash of sour. Last time I thought it was interesting and good. Hmm.
05-28-2012 23:34:25 | More by BrownNut
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
A - Beautiful head and lacing, poured from the bottle just like a Nitro tap, thoroughly impressed.
S - Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Sweet smelling (like brown sugar), hint of vanilla
T - Same as the nose, chocalate and roast, vanilla, toffee, delicious!
M - Ultra smooth, perfect nitro carbonation, medium body.
O - VERY impressed with this stout, an excellent brew from the LHB crew!
05-28-2012 21:36:45 | More by xybreeder
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours fairly identical looking to a Guinness. Frothy milkshake with nitro bubbles frothing up as the khaki head slowly dissipates into more drinkable beer.
Aromas are fairly mellow considering the extremely dark thick appearance of this stout. Light cocoa with a little toastiness and brown sugar sweetness.
The taste topples the nose and delivers delicious amounts of sweet and lightly toasted (wanted to emphasize this over roasted) malts. Light cocoa and espresso but quite quite smooth and velvety.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect amount of medium-light carbonation. The lactose makes it presence known as well adding the smooth and velvety creamy texture which is spectacular.
Overall this is one of the top 3 Milk Stouts I have ever had; perfect example of the style. Perfect harmony for your taste buds and a nice/substantial upgrade nitro stout over Guinness.
05-26-2012 15:34:20 | More by claspada
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
12oz bottle into pint glass
Look is dark brown with a small mocha head. Smell is sweet dark chocolate malt. Creamy medium mouthfeel delivers bitter roasted dark chocolate at first, followed by a slightly sweet milky coffee, finishing with bread crust/malt. Not as sweet as some milk stouts, but not a problem here.
This is a perfect stout to start out on, great flavors and easy to drink.
05-26-2012 00:59:32 | More by jimmah120
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
I could drink three to four more, easy, but today isn’t that day. Today I’m craving something robust and this one drinks more like a 2% milk stout than it should.
STYLE: Milk Stout
LOOK: It must be the way I pour a pint. Another two-finger head, only this one dissolves quickly and the lacing recedes to nothing within a minute. A shame, really, because it’s an interesting topper. More brown than black, cinnamon sugar with rich coffee dimples. The many air pockets also provide an attractive side view — the side boob of beers, I suppose.
NOSE: Style-limiting nose here. Roasted coffee beans, to be sure. Smoky too.
MOUTH: This is where it gets…complicated. By which I mean the way I feel about this tasty but underwhelming brew. Mild-roast coffee beans, brown sugar, a touch of cake batter. The finish is short, good bitter, well balanced. A little crumb of sugary sweetness lingers on the lips. Lacks robustness–probably its fatal flaw.
BA Rating: 88
Hayward Abbey Rating: 83
05-25-2012 23:14:09 | More by viverlee
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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