Milk Stout Nitro America's Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Milk Stout Nitro America's StoutMilk Stout Nitro America's Stout

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Taking America Back. Dark & delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Pouring hard out of the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro cascades beautifully, building a tight, thick head like hard whipped cream. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. The pillowy head coats your upper lip and its creaminess entices your palate. Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop & roast bitterness in the finish. The rest is pure bliss of milk chocolate fullness.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When poured hard, this beer develops a very thick, creamy head that makes the whole thing worth it. It smells of rich coffee but tastes a bit more bitter, like dark chocolate with hints of bourbon. The mouthfeel is a bit underwhelming, though largely standard. This is a good beer, though not one that I think deserves the attention and acclaim it seems to have.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Love the way this one looks how it is flat and then all of the sudden, after a hard pour of course, a smooth tight, creamy, off white colored head appears that reminds me of a proper nitro tap! The cascading is great as well! The lacing is awesome on this dark cola/motor oil black hued Stout and is mildly transparent. Overall the look of this one is a winner and deserves high marks!

S- Aromas of sweet pure vanilla extract, heavy cream.....almost like whipping cream, oat flakes, mild coffee, mocha like chocolate, roasted/mildly burnt malts, and on the finish is a soft hopped bitterness that balances everything out and cleans everything up! If there is anything that could be improved on in this category, it may be the intensity of the overall aroma profile

T- Flavors follow suit quite closely, with pronounced vanilla, milk chocolate/mocha coffee, yeasty, dairy cream, the lactose is noticed well with a finish that is softly bitter and heavily roasted malt. The aftertaste lingers ever so gently and is dessert like....very much like a flapper pie and/or dessert coffee....super yummy!

M/O- Super creamy carbonation is almost 'too' velvety, if one can grasp what I am getting's that smooth, it's unbelievable! The flavors meld so well together, the alcohol is very well hidden, until you get to the bottom of the glass, and the body is medium/full, which is what I like and expect from this kind of style. Highly drinkable, and not a bloating kind of beer, this does well on it's own or could be a great pair to a chocolatey dessert or a secret addition to a beef stew! Forget the Milk Stout monkier....this is a Cream Stout!

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black, with cascading, creamy, tan head. Streak lacing. Aroma is mild, vanilla, coffee, and black walnut. Molasses and anice. The flavor follows suit, with cocoa and hops blended in a bittersweet solution. Dry finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: March, 12, 2017... OCCASION: Having celebrated Bob's birthday, home for a relaxing afternoon... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith tulip pint... "pouring hard," as the label demands, the immediate single-finger head cascades into an extra finger of light muddy brown,caking into a sponge of uniformity... the show isn't long, but its effect is entertaining... its midnight black body allows nothing through... first sniff is lactic, lightly hopped, briny seasalted, cocoa beans, a bit of coffee bean, vanilla, and some trace earthiness... in all, awakens anticipation... at 6% ABV, warms slightly at the finish, but the the lingering effect is peat smoke and chocolate... a medium-bodied stout that displays texture through the mouth--sweetness to pique the tastebuds, but weighty on the back end to keep sips from piling up on themselves... thick, dense brown foam streaks the glass to its finish... creamy and nourishing, housing itself in the cheeks with sweetness... chocolate, coffee, sweet vanilla bean, and that lactic kick expectant in a milk stout makes for an equally sweet draw, one that is more nuanced than the more popular sweet or milk stouts out there... a great mid-afternoon sipper, hearty and flavorful, with holding power to spare... a nice (the best?) part of the mix pack I got from these brewers...

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Photo of Nugget40
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As a stout lover, this to me is the epitome of an everyday drinkable stout. Pouring this is a real treat, watching the bubbles cascade up into a beautiful, thick off-white head, contrasting the jet black body of the beer. Smells of roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a sweet cream. The taste is perfection, again roast coffee, slight chocolate, sweet cream and a hint of vanilla, no one flavor overpowering another, and a very light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and full, like creamy silk gliding across your tongue, but not too heavy. Overall this is just an A++ stout, super smooth, very tasty and creamy, but not too rich either. Insanely crushable for a stout. I'm a huge fan of stouts, especially Nitro Stouts, and I feel this is the benchmark for an everyday stout. Huge plus that it's easily attainable also.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful amber black with a super thick tan head. Smells of coffee and vanilla, bit of French vanilla. Taste is similar, extremely creamy, and very smooth.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Province, Phoenix AZ. Served in a pint glass.

A: Beautiful opaque black body with a huge brown head from the nitro.

S: Chocolate, mocha and coffee, roast and creamy milk character.

T: Follows the nose, hints of chocolate of mocha with plenty of roasted malt and suggestions of milk sugars.

MF: Very creamy, medium bodied.

O: Really good, this is one I could drink a lot of, the nitro doesn't detract from the milk stout characteristics. Roast is present but not overwhelming, milk stout sweetness comes and goes throughout.

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Photo of TheBearfish
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am usually very weary when it comes to nitro because they can be very hit or miss, but Left Hand does a great job here. the color is a nice flat black with a creamy of white head. The smell is quiet pleasent but is really a focal point of the beverage the taste however is great you get the the nice classic stout taste up front, followed by that creamy accent as it follows through the rest of the mouth. Overall great beer, for an afternoon over a buddies house. (pour hard into a glass).

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Photo of coleheideman
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful upon pouring, I could watch the head form over and over, a beautiful chocolate brown creeping up the glass to transform into a creamy two finger head that makes a clean line between itself and the black beer, looking amazing. The head sticks around, getting slowly smaller but never going away.

It smells like chocolate and iced coffee, very appealing.

The initial taste is creamy, and then tastes like a better guinness. Sometimes I felt as though the taste and aroma was muted but the first time I drank it I didn't get that impression at all. I also had it paired with a garlic sauce chicken jalepeno pizza, that really brought out the chocolate goodness and blew me away.

Smoothest beer I have had, a real pleasure to drink. Overall very nice and not a bad price either!

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Photo of Holderness
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from the nitro side of this beer: yes, it produces a nice two-finger medium tan head, but it dissipates quickly, and there's not much carbonation whatsoever. Smells of milk chocolate, barley, and peaches. Tastes much the same -- nice and sweet, very drinkable. Lack of effervescence and a slightly watery body make the mouthfeel subpart.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Freshness date of April 1st 2017 lol April Fools! JK.

L: Deep dark brown with ruby edges. Dense finger width beige head with excellent retention but noting less expected from a Nitro Stout. Beautiful lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, cream, and cold coffee.

T: Very much a milk stout. Lots of milk and cream flavor with a hint of coffee. Not very complex yet tasty.

F: Suuuuperrrrr smooooth. Light bodied.

O: First brew from this brewery and it was good enough that I will look for more from them.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. A gift from my brother Brian.
The beer pours a deep chocolate brown color with a cream tan head of 1 cm that slowly recedes to a very sturdy edge layer and surface foam.
The aroma is some sweet malt and a lot of roasted notes with hints of milk chocolate. No hops here.
The first sip of this beer reveals a very creamy textured beer with very mild and spacious, almost non-existent carbonation. The body of the beer is average to a little thick, yet the beer still drinks very easy.
Flavor is sweet chocolate malt and some sweet brown sugar notes mix with a good dose of roasted malt hit. THe finish is a lingering roast almost like a cafe mocha beverage. I dont get any hops nor any booze on this relatively sweet easy drinking stout. A tasty beverage for a cool winter snowstorm night.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh my! A very good dark beer. Pours dark as motor oil with a creamy tan head. Smells and taste of chocolate and cold coffee. It has a creamy feel with a super smooth swallow. One of my favorite dark beers.

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Photo of jpro
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I like the "traditional" LH Milk Stout better... Nitro adds the cool look and velvety texture, but I think that the aroma is muted and the taste isn't quite as full / rounded.

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Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just prior to the holidays I was in the mood for a Stout, so I snapped up some of "America's Stout." (really?) Anyway, I almost rated this under the LH Milk Stout, but caught the mis-cue.

Poured into my imperial pint glass, following the instructions on the label.

L -- Dark, inky black with ruby highlights via flashlight. One inch of dense, creamy, light tan head that settles slowly as the beer waits for some warming.

S -- Light roasted malt, cream and chocolate notes.

T -- Roasted malt up front with sweet cream and chocolate following through. Roasted malt and earthy, herbal hop bitterness in the finish through the aftertaste. Some light lactic sourness finishes off the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light robust body. Goes down very smooth.

O -- Adding nitrogen to this Stout certainly makes it smooth and creamy, but I also pick up a little bite in the mouthfeel that detracts from the smoothness and fights with the roasted malt character a little. Nevertheless, a decent quaffer that satisfies the need for a smooth, roasty Stout.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. Mild aroma with minimal taste and too carbonation. I am not sure the nitro element was enough to help this beer. Nice but it could be better.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my FW Nonic Glass
Notes from 08/08/15

Dark as motor oil collected in the glass. Moderate viscosity to it and more of a cola brown around the edges. A dense layer of khaki tan cream settles over. Super smooth and velvety looking.
Dark roasted malts, milk chocolates, brown sugar/molasses, and a light earthy char - of brewed coffee grounds.
Loads of milk chocolate flavor with a vanilla sugar cream sweetness. Dark and roasty but never too sharp. Mild dark berry/fruit and a soft earthy bitterness in the background. Somewhat thin and low in carbonation. The Nitro definitely adds in the mouthfeel. Keeps it silky on the palate. A real classy joint.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ink black pour, even with a heavy pour, the head faded fast from a light start. Anyway....milk chocolate, expresso bean aromas, light roasted malt aromas. Palate is much lighter than you'd expect, almost thin. Compared to other stouts available during these cold months, we feel a bit let down. Nothing wrong with the brew, mind you, it just comes out with a "participant" plaque and no trophy.

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Photo of Stout_Hunter
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured 12oz bottle hard into signature Left Hand Stout Glass. Cascades absolutely beautiful...truly wonderful to watch. After it settles it is jet black with a light tan almost white head, thick and creamy.
S: Heavy coffee smells dominate this beer.
T: Nice and sweet. Super smooth...0 bite to it. 0 bitterness.
F: Goes down very easily nice and velvety feel to it...gulpable stout for sure.
O: I really like this beer but there is something missing I like a little bit of bitterness and bite in my stout...lefthand milk stout nitro is wonderful but the original version is my favorite hands down.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Small,thick,creamy,khaki colored head,with a nice cascade.Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.Dark black in color,with just a smidge of light coming through the bottom.

The nose is milk chocolate,with some dark roasted malts,and dark roasted coffee.The milk chocolate dominates.Small amount of toffee.

The palate is most milk chocolate,with some coffee,and dark malts.

The body is thin,with a wet,smooth finish...Just the slightest hint of carbonation in the mouth feel.

This is a good stout,just a hair beneath their Russian imperial,but still good.

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Photo of KEH
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I love this beer!

I remember the first time I tried it... I went into a liquor store that has a great beer selection, wanting to try something new. This had just arrived. There was a display set up, and it really stood out. All black box with white text saying "America's Stout." I was thinking to myself "who the hell are these guys putting that on their beer?!" Well, after making my rounds a few times, nothing else stood jumped out at me, so I bought a cold 6-pack. I cracked the first one as soon as I got home and had a lot of fun pouring it (follow the directions!) My initial impression was decent. It poured a lot like and looked a lot like Guinness. The smell was sweeter. I enjoyed the first few sips, but wasn't blown away (yet.) By the time I finished the first bottle, I was opening the second... and the third... eventually the whole 6-pack was gone. I went to the store and bought a whole case after that. And it disappeared quick!


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Photo of dsa7783
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a jet black, ebony hue with very minimal frothing. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of chocolate. Similar taste profile.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black once it settles with a tan head that hangs around for the duration = great retention.

Smells of fresh cream, malt bread, coffee, and herbal hop.

It has an excellent creamy, milky mouth feel. Bitter notes of coffee and chocolate backed by sweet bread malt notes reminiscent of a fine whiskey. Full bodied with a nutty earthy finish with a herbal hop bite.

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Photo of JBDE16
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the stout to buy in the case loads.
Extremely drinkable and delicious.

Poured it hard in a stout glass (amazing design for any nitro beer with its shape)
Pours a black with little bits of a dark mahogany reddish color in the right light.
But dont look at that!! Watch that nitrogen work its magic!!

Taste is so sweet, roasted malts, cream, coffee and chocolate
smoooooooooooooth mouth feel.
With a milder finish than most stouts, as they tend to give you that naturally bitter after taste.


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Photo of justintcoons
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz nitro-bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Apparently I poured it too hard and missed any cascading effect since I was cleaning up 1/4 of the beer from my counter. Pours near black with garnet highlights. Leaves behind 3+ fingers of creamy head that doesn't quit.

Milk chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, and medium roast coffee.

Milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. Medium roast coffee and raisin. Hints of black plum, tobacco, and a touch of clove.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and lightly sweet.

Left Hand makes a damn fine Sweet Stout. However I'd be more impressed by this is the nitro didn't blow up in my face.

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