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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,822 Ratings
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Ratings: 4822
Reviews: 1600
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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smptenor

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did not care too much for the smell but the taste and texture is nearly perfect. I am just starting to get into stouts, porters, and craft beers because Guinness is my favorite beer or was until I had this. This blows Guinness out of the water. I am in love with how easily this beer goes down while still having an amazing texture and taste. My first beer I've had by Left Hand Brewing Company and I defiantly will be trying others.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-07-2013 23:25:31 | More by smptenor
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Dayman766

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark as night with the slightest hint of ruby
S- Rather light smell with faint hints of chocolate
T- Like a smooth, chocolate dessert; not in any way cloying. Light touch of coffee bitterness on the end.
M- Quite smooth & creamy, perhaps a tad under-carbonated for my taste but its absence is not overly distracting.
O- This is a splendid beer with all the right subtle complexities. Enjoy after dinner!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:41:29 | More by Dayman766
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Xalkalinex

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served and poured with recommendations on bottle.

Smell is nothing different, yeasty with a hint of hops.

Look: poured with a beautiful 2 and 1/2 finger head, black, so black light does not pass through it.

Mouth feel: feels like your drinking a thin milk, carbonation goes unnoticed because of the milky texture, but traces are left on your palate when swallowed.

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of hops.

Overall, damn good brew, buy it, and try it. Very pleased I bought this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:33:31 | More by Xalkalinex
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ThoughtPolice

North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It can't get much better than this. I will forego the standard reviewing style to just say this is without a doubt one of my 3 'desert island' beers. I can drink it when it's warm, cold, rainy, sunny, zombie apocalypse, anything.

It looks beautiful, the head gets all up in your mustache throughout the entire glass.
Smell is enticing. A little sweet, a little roasty, a little chocolate.
Taste and mouthfeel are right where they need to be. Smooth, with interesting toasty cocoa notes with just a touch of coffee-like bitterness.
I routinely recommend this at my bar as a Guiness killer. The "I don't like dark beer" crowd is always surprised with a sample of LHMS-N!

Once you're halfway through a 12 oz. serving, it's hard not to quaff the remainder. Just seek some out and buy it.

Now, if we could just increase the supply of this beer to get the price down! I'm tired of dropping $12/sixer for it, but I will most certainly continue keeping it in the fridge.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-29-2013 18:37:07 | More by ThoughtPolice
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours near pitch black with an ample off-white head that slowly falls leaving some quite a bit of splotchy lace and a thin, but solid layer of bubbles. Smells wonderful. Milk chocolate, coffee, a bit a lactic sourness, milky smell. The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry at first, but with a milk chocolate luxuriousness. Coffee and cream sweetness melds with milk chocolate....oh my. Such a luxurious stout. So good.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:19:15 | More by marcobrau
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davey52

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a wonderful stout.Smooth, nice hint of chocolate and coffee. Not a flat stout, it has just enough carbonation to give it a nice finish. This stout is better than the Nitro that is offered by Left Hand. Nitro is OK and a must try but it is not as smooth and does not finish like the Milk Stout. Both are very good but I prefer the Milk overall

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:23:03 | More by davey52
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body that refuses to allow any light to penetrate. Upon pouring hard as the bottle instructs, you're rewarded with a beautiful cascade of foam as the head builds itself effortlessly before your eyes. The light brown head appears incredibly creamy, displaying great retention and lacing.

Aroma:
The aroma is pretty boring, truth be told. Sweet notes of cream and molasses are present with a bit of white chocolate.

Taste:
Sweet cream. Nice notes of bitter cocoa help balance the immediate sweetness. Coffee is noticeable but lighter than expected. Vanilla. A very slight alcohol presence. Has a light burnt oak quality to it that makes me want to sip this with friends surrounding a bonfire or fire pit.

Mouthfeel:
Easily one of the smoothest beers I've ever had - liquid velvet... It's fantastic! Medium-body. Light carbonation. Sweet finish. Easy to drink.

Overall:
Simply Incredible - 5,000 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets have nothing on the soft, smooth body this beer exhibits. Light enough to enough multiple in one sitting, however, I highly recommend savoring this one if you come across it. Bravo Left Hand!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:40:07 | More by alphagnome
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magictacosinus

California

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured as a dessert option after a long session of drinking IPAs. Served in a small tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is listed as "06/18/13," but I'm not anticipating too many issues perhaps 4 months past its prime, to be honest.

Pours a dark chocolate brownish color with a nice off-khaki mocha head - slightly viscous in body, with the appearance of freshly brewed espresso. Given the age, I'm actually impressed that there is a head after all this time, and indeed, it never completely gave up during consumption. The lacing is pretty awesome on thing, taking the form of tiny shrapnel-like blasts of foam that coat the sides of the glass. Definitely "creamy" in texture for an otherwise relatively low gravity and simple stout. Gotta thank lactic sugars for making any beer look better, I suppose!

The aroma is a nice blast of roasted spices and dark fruit, with the lactic notes taking a brief back seat at this point. I'd imagine it probably tasted sweeter and creamier when fresh, but it's still held up quite well at this point. Notes of roasted cocoa nibs, fudge, brown sugar, coffee, and dark ripe cherries all make their way towards showcasing a flavorful and well balanced stout. There's a slight stale flavor at the finish, as well as signs of oxidation (funky prunes), but it's otherwise very breezy, refreshing, and knows exactly what it wants to be. Well done.

The flavor is definitely the same as the aroma, with a little bit more sweetness present from the lactic sugars. Notes of fudge, cocoa powder, semi-dark chocolate, caramel, light dark cherries, and a little bit of toasted vanilla immediately hit the palate, and finish with a bittered roasted coffee-like flavor as well as some light sweetness. Quite balanced, and far more roasted and chocolate-forward than anticipated. I'd imagine this is far richer fresh, and it definitely isn't in the beer's favor that the sugars have faded so much this far in. A little thin at the finish, and some of the oxidized notes (prunes, soy sauce) are a little distracting, but they don't prevent me from enjoying this. Crisp and clean, and light as a traditional stout should be.

Excellent stuff, but I pity I could only obtain a bottle this old - I would love to try this on tap, or better yet, in the nitro bottles that they've been distributing. The lactic sugars, even at this point, provide a stout that is less on the sweet, chocolate syrupy side, and far more on actual fresh chocolate, which is pretty much unimaginable without its vanilla sweet counterpart. I would gladly have more!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 20:57:27 | More by magictacosinus
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Oz. Bottle Poured into a Pub Glass.

Appearance: A heavy dark brown much like any other stout. The head is around 1-2 fingers deep and dissipates too quickly for this very underrated beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate and sweetness fill the nose in this pour. There are many aromas that also come out: coffee, mocha, and slight roasted malt.

Taste: Coffee, Dark Chocolate are the most significant tastes that are immediate. This sweet start finishes with a traditional stout taste. The beer is perfectly balanced, and a wonderful example of a what a great American Stout should be. This one is always in my fridge.

Mouthfeel: Dark and a little heavy, but not chewy. It is balanced just right and is great on a cold night. If compared to Guinness, it is heavier and has the stout to back it up. The folks at Left Hand know what they are doing.

Overall: Draft Magazine called this "America's best stout" at one point, and I would recommend it to any stout lover. Or anyone who is looking for something different. In my opinion Draft Magazine was right, this stout is better than most imports and other American Crafts. Pick it up if you are able!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:02:35 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very well made beer and a great exemplar of the style. Smooth and slightly sweet, it looks very nice in the glass although the head zipped away pretty quick. A very deep brown color promises depth and substance. the nose is surprisingly unstoutlike and reflects more sweet than malt notes. The taste is very robust with nice chocolate roasty tones. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:11:46 | More by BeerIsland
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davecavemaster

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hard pour into a pint glass gives you an inch of creamy beige foam that settles from the bottom up, kind of like a Guinness. The foam gives the glass heavy lacing. The beer itself is pitch black in the glass.

The Milk Stout smells heavy with chocolate and coffee. A very nice dark roasted malt aroma.

The brew tastes like it smells, a nice blend of chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is smooth and creamy, not at all like some of the stouts I have had where the chocolate taste is sickenly sweet. It has nice coffee and roasted malt flavors. I found all of the flavors of this stout to be very well balanced and very tasty.

The feel of this beer is a bit heavier than a Guinness, but not too heavy. You can easily put down a few of these with no problem. There is light carbonation, and the head sticks to the glass as you empty it.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. I wasn't sure what to expect with the word "milk" in front of it...but the lactose adds a nice creaminess to the beer, without distracting from the rest of the flavors. I would love to try this beer out on draft! If you are a stout fan, I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 21:04:01 | More by davecavemaster
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Powerturn11

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is simply fantastic. If you are a fan of stouts this is your beer. The coffee and chocolate really come through in both taste and smell. I will say if you really want the sweetness to come through drink the beer a little warmer than fridge temps. As the beer warmed up the sweetness came through.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 18:44:07 | More by Powerturn11
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CHickman

New York

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and as instructed on the bottle, I poured hard and admired as the black brew sent waves of brown bubbles cascading up the glass to a creamy 1 finger latte looking light tan head; it looked like a Guinness as it was formulating and then settled into a drink that resembled something that a snob would order at Starbucks, leaving good lacing coating the sides.

Smells like a roasted chocolate malted, with a mix of cocoa powder, roasted grains, charcoal, vanilla milkshake, a milk chocolate bar, coffee, light citrus hops, caramel and light herbal notes; it is sweet and enjoyable, like a nice frozen coffee drink with just enough burnt or roasted notes to tame the sweet cream-like aroma and pull together in a complimentary way.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted chocolate malts, cocoa powder, milk chocolate bar, roasted grains, charcoal, vanilla, coffee, light citrus hops, Coca Cola, caramel and light herbal notes; there are elements of bitterness mixed with sweet chocolate and cream notes, both combined with roasty grainy flavors that come together nicely and flow smoothly. Drinks like a very sweet coffee drink left in the fridge and goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, velvet-like, with almost no carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter and very sweet coffee/chocolate/vanilla finish that trails off like a shake that had herbs and extra coffee in it.

I found this extremely easy to dink and overall enjoyed it very much. I’ve had the regular Milk Stout in the past, but this Nitro version was better and easier to drink. I could session this like a Guinness, and think that this may be easier to drink and better tasting.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-06-2013 04:10:31 | More by CHickman
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 2/26/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - very black with a thin, creamy, tan head. Rings of lace up and down the glass.
Smell - some cocoa and coffee.
Taste - a bit creamy, some bitter chocolate and hops. Tasty, but not very complex.
Feel - an initial wave of bitterness that fades to a milky finish.
Overall - an enjoyable stout at a good price point!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:37:31 | More by DenverHopHead
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black opaque body with a sizeable foamy caramel colored head. Leaves a blanket of lasting lace. Waves of carbonation twist and twirl in every direction- mesmerizing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cream overtones, some coffee in the background. Dark but sweet, nothing sour to make it an in-the-mood-for-it beer, love it.

T: Sweet cream, dark malts, mocha aftertaste. Sweetly sippable. To be very picky, it could use just a bit more complexity, and the finish could be just a bit longer; I want to savor this.

M: Creamy, smooth, velvety... just fantastic. Even chilled, it gives you a nice warming effect. Just a tad flat. If it were just a bit more viscous/carbonated it would be near perfect.

O: Awesome, awesome beer, and not even a rarity or a special-occasion-only due to its price. Delicious, milkshake-like in body, and widely available- this is now my go-to winter beer. Spend the extra buck for the nitro-bottled version.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-05-2013 05:16:54 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a very popular beer in my area and I was expecting a lot from this. It came in a nitro bottle and was served into a pint glass. The color appeared to be pitch black (but others will argue it is just very dark brown). The head recedes to a sliver and holds. The beer smells of coffee, chocolate, and molasses, smelling more bitter than sweet. The taste is bittersweet, starting sweet but finishing with the coffee notes. The mouthfeel is very creamy but finishes flat as other reviewers have noted, and increased carbonation may have benefited the beer in this area although a thicker and creamier mouthfeel should be expected. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with some good flavors that just didn't match all that well for me. It's easy to find this beer (at least the non-nitro version) but there are better stouts out there.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-05-2013 01:55:42 | More by DeFaz
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours black with a slight reddish tint with a small off white head. Smells of chocolate and slight coffee, nice strong aroma. Tastes of coffee with slight chocolate aftertaste, slight milky taste. Beer is medium bodied that has a creamy feel and goes down nicely. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:06:41 | More by cyclonece09
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tabhill

New York

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured down the middle of the glass but only produced a .25 in head..was expecting much more. Head was a nice creamy brown chocolate color and body was dark coffee.

S- Aroma was malty with light roasted coffee and vanilla

T- taste is sweet, full of dark chocolate and roasted coffee with a slight bitterness at the end. It leaves a nice choco-coffee taste in your mouth that lasts for minutes after swallowing the beer.

M- Expected more body..a heavier "stoutier" feel, but initial feel is light with a slight bitterness that cleanses your palate. The finish falls off quickly - maybe more carbonation would help.

O- I really liked the chocolate/coffee taste but the flat finish was disappointing.

Will definfitely buy again

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:25:52 | More by tabhill
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding milk stout. Pours nice and dark, with a good brown creamy head, the head didn't last though. smells of chocolate and coffee. taste is so creamy and smooth, nice and sweet, the smells come though on the palate, chocolate is was I tasted the most of, with a nice hint of coffee. This milk stout is a must have

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 16:36:24 | More by dillon_1005
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CarlosDanger

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When you're in the mood for a stout, this is the one to get.

Beautiful tiny bubbles, looked amazing in the glass if you follow their instructions to "Pour Hard."

Wonderful aroma, chocolaty, coffee, sweet, almost dessert-like.

Creamy mouthfeel as it should be. A delicious beer.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-01-2013 19:15:32 | More by CarlosDanger
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Pyrosixer9

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I always said that Odell's Cutthroat Porter could use a full body. This beer has a lot of the same roasty notes, with an added bonus of being sweet and silky smooth. But not cloyingly sweet. The smell is so inviting that you can't help but down the entire bottle in no time. This is a dangerously drinkable, and eminently pleasant, brew. It could use a bit more carbonation to liven things up, and the taste isn't anything that will blow your pants off. Regardless, this will become a permanent resident in my fridge.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-30-2013 00:10:15 | More by Pyrosixer9
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. nitro-bottle, with best by date 12/29/2013 printed on the bottleneck. I had a moment of confusion for a minute when I realized that this beer is the same as Left Hand Milk Stout, only with a nitro conditioned bottle. Or something. Anyway, this review is for the black labeled bottle Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, and I've never had the regular bottled version.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a deep opaque black colored body with about a quarter inch of creamy mocha suds for a head. I have to admit, this looks pretty awesome.

S - Smell has a smooth, creamy, clean feel to it, clearly from the nitro. Chocolate, vanilla, cream, and malt roast are all fresh-smelling and apparent.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth velvety chocolate, malt roast, some coffee bean bitterness, cream, vanilla.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, but in all honesty, the flat texture to the beer is off-putting for me. I'd prefer it to have a tad bit more carbonation.

Overall, aside from being pretty flat with hardly any carbonation, this was a great beer. I would like to see how this fares when compared to the regular bottled version of Left Hand Milk Stout, and to the nitro-tap version. An all around curious beer that has me intrigued.

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro ---4/5.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-28-2013 23:38:08 | More by mfnmbvp
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of late to develop rich thick creamy dark khaki to light brown colored frothy goodness... Slight retention... The lacing is a bit splotchy yet rather inviting... There is also a slight collar... The color is really more of a deep dark brown though at times it appears to teeter on flat black... Regardless, a bit of lit leaks in around the edges... Still with no discernible carbonation... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A wonderful rich and complex aroma... Nothing dominates... Equal parts coffee, sweet rich milk chocolate and roasted malts... There are also some mild vanilla undertones... Heavy cream... A hint of coconut as well... Rich with lots of depth... Each aroma compliments one another in perfect fashion... Stellar...

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma, but the roasted malt is dialed up a bit and takes the fore front... The flavors blend together and don't really quite stand on their own... Not as exquisite as the aroma, but still very good...

M - Teetering on the edge between fuller side of medium bodied and lighter side of full bodied... Smooth... Surprisingly fluffy and delicate... Not very dense... Limited carbonation... A bit chalky...

D - Ridiculously good... This a world class example of the Milk / Sweet Stout category... I don't buy many cases in a year, but this one is definitely case worthy... The aroma and mouthfeel are exceptional and I'm not afraid to say world class... A few minor tweaks to enhance appearance and taste and this one would be one of the best beers going... My best experience with Left Hand by a mile (and more)...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:58:27 | More by philbe311
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Beric

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Nitro-tap
Served: 16 September 2013

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Love the cascading bubbles as the pint comes off the tap. Builds a majestically creamy white head at the top that sticks around forever. Some lacing, though nothing intense. Looks outstanding.

Smell: Some faint roastiness, some bitter smokiness, and some chocolate notes. Smells like a stout, not much more to say here.

Taste: Great balance between the roasty malt bitterness and a touch of chocolaty sweetness. This milk stout is not too sweet, probably because it does not have the addition of actual chocolate or other brewing adjuncts. This one has a right amount of sweetness to compliment, but not overpower, the roastiness, and makes this one drink somewhat like dessert coffee or dark chocolate mousse. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Creamy due to the nitro bubbles. Felt smooth as silk on the palate.

Overall: Exquisite smoothness from the nitro makes this balanced milk stout fantastically easy and pleasurable drinking. Would certainly buy again, especially when looking for a nice, easy-drinking stout. This beer is fantastic on-tap, and is a vast improvement over an already good bottled product.

Note: Re-reviewing due to change in serving format from nitro-bottle to nitro-tap. Makes a world of difference.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-17-2013 01:18:04 | More by Beric
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: holds its light tan head well and long, though it forms messy (the "hard" pour...).... the liquid is the darkest brown, almost translucent... pretty great lace, thick drapes of it

S: milk chocolate... creamy coffee mousse.... mild (non-"piney") evergreen needles?!.... very inviting, though at a moderate intensity

T: liquid dark-chocolate bar.... mild-moderate roasty-bitter and burnt flavors, tempered and balanced well with the collective sweetness - lightly bittersweet then.... is that a vague note of black licorice?... nil alcohol factoring in.... its sweetness, hardly cloying, is the one thing that sets this apart from say a Murphy's (what I find it most similar to).... not much follow-through or delectable aftertaste

M: porcelain-smooth up front.... a hint of powdery-ashy, burnt graininess midway.... creeps into the darkness dry.... little-to-no slick or viscous feel from lactose, et al.... very dangerously poundable

O: flavor-wise, it could pop a bit more, but this is an insanely drinkable, smooth stout.... a shame I hadn't hit this up sooner

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:49:43 | More by Bouleboubier
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,822 ratings.