Bittersweet Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #265
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,353
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
107
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 03:08 AM
Added:
Nov 08, 2016
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  33
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Bittersweet NitroBittersweet Nitro
Notes: Big & bold, Bittersweet Nitro is the ultimate expression of our classic milk stout. A special blend of Indonesian and Ethiopian coffee beans weaves rich berry notes with spicy undertones into our 8.9% imperial milk stout. Combined with the super smooth mouthfeel of nitrogen, the result is like a chocolate-covered espresso bean that melts in your mouth. Rich and robust while staying chocolatey and creamy, it’s a Bittersweet treat.
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Rated: 3.3 by WynnO from Florida

Yesterday at 03:08 AM
 
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Ebony with a 1" creamy, tan head, which lasts. Heavy, glass clinging lace.

Aroma of coffee, cocoa, roast malt.

Taste is strong coffee, dark chocolate, roast malt. Astringent.

Full body, light carbonation. creamy, dry finish.

One of the best coffee stouts.
Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by StoutsAllDay from Iowa

Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Finally got this bring over present from Jamie, it being a big old tallboy crafty craft can from the states
Pours a jet black body with barely controllable tan head
Aroma is macho mocha
Flavour is big bitter coffee
Oct 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can vigorously poured (upended) into a .5L beer glass.
Appearance. Nearly black and opaque in the glass. Originally produced three layers but settled to the usual head over body. The beige head, as expected with a nitro, was creamy and very durable while the body was nearly black and opaque.
Aroma. Black coffee, not fresh. Hops. Dark chocolate.
Flavor. Better than the aroma suggests but bitter for style ... certainly one the most bitter mill stouts I've tried. As promised, it's robust with strong inputs from coffee, hops and dark roasted grains.
Mouthfeel. Full, very smooth body with soft, medium carbonation.
Aug 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz nitro can poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention long after the pour

S- aroma smells of fresh espresso and bitter dark chocolate, with undertones of milk sugar that gives a creamy vanilla note, as well as a hint of charred malt

T- bitter espresso notes are quickly followed by sweet notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and whipping cream. The finish brings out notes of mocha, as well as a bold roasted coffee note and some charred malt. Lingers of coffee and cream

M- medium body with a creamy and velvety mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish, abv hidden well

O- a solid milk stout that drinks just like a cafe mocha, the nitro additional adds to it as well
Jul 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.7 by misteil from Ireland

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by GRhoads from Ohio

May 27, 2021
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on tap at a pour-your-own place, and I was surprised at the large foam head, given that this is a nitro beer. Possibly operator error I suppose... but anyway, it's pretty good, though it took me a few sips to get the bitterness since the coffee dominated. I guess that's what you get when a non-coffee drinker drinks a coffee beer, right? I liked this one but some of their other nitro beers are better.
May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by TheTRUTHSTL

1.25/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
I’ve tasted over 2000 beers and this is by far the worst beer I’ve ever had. I don’t drink coffee and reminded me the smell of straight black coffee. It tasted just like black coffee but cold. To make things worse (1) 12oz. can gave me a headache. However LeftHand makes an awesome Peanut Butter Milk Stout.
May 15, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Lol in my stupor I apparently reviewed the non nitro one so I had to delete that and redo it here since I have the nitro. Going from memory I wasn't mind blown and im still trying to figure out if I even like nitros in general but the coffee flavor was good and overall a solid beer.

Update: so I definitely don't think nitros are for me but this was definitely a littler better than I rated I think. The coffee flavor was really smooth.
Apr 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz nitro-can poured into a pint nonic; pours that textbook-nitro-stout dark-brown-to-black with a cascading dark khaki head. Lots of fresh coffee aromas with a present bitterness and a light-to-medium dusting of cocoa/chocolate. Coffee comes across very fresh and strong with mild berry and earthy characteristics. Very smooth nitro body carries a mild hints of booze. Very easy drinking, a little more than I expected but still good.
Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nitro-can (16 fl oz):

Soft on the palate and creamy as is expected in a well executed nitrobrew. Coffee character is a bit too faint and inexpressive in my view, failing to really showcase a diverse or deep coffee flavour. Chocolate malt and lactose sugar sweetness tempers any coffee bitterness.

Well balanced overall, hiding its ABV well and managing its push-pull between lactose sweetness and coffee/roasted barley bitterness impressively well. Bittersweet indeed...

B- / WORTHY
Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The regular bittersweet is good but it's even better in nitro. Pours dark. Light foam. Big roasted coffee aroma. Rich chocolate and dark roasted coffee body. Finishes sweet with a little bitterness. Silky smooth. Fantastic.
Apr 18, 2021
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nitros are so entertaining, and their even better when they taste good, like this one...

...What a beautiful looking beer, perfectly black with that "Guinness head" on it, the smell is all coffee - bitter with a hint of sweetness, just like the beer itself when you taste it. What I like about this is that you don't really smell or taste the booze. You definitely feel it, like the velvety smoothness of the mouthfeel, it hits you as you enjoy the drink. Overall, a very good nitro, one that is better than most nitros I have had, and that's been very recently as well...
Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by 3/1/21...oops, only a month late

When I saw "Milk Box" mixed pack that Left Hand put a few months ago, I was instantly drawn to this one. Sadly, I never picked up the pack the few times I saw it around, but I was lucky enough to find a single of this to try. A little late getting around to it, but better late than never right?

Pours a rich dark brown with 2 fingers of light tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

It's a bit understated in the nose, likely from the nitro, but what's here is really nice and balanced. I'm picking up on aromas of dark acidic coffee, milk chocolate, dark berry, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla

Sadly, this falls apart a bit when it comes to taste, but it's very likely from the age of the can, so I will not mark it too hard. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting milk chocolate, creamy coffee, and a touch of toast. The swallow brings notes of creamy coffee, sweet red grape, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of earthy hops

A medium full body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick and creamy beer. Finishes off dry with an interesting balance of earthy and fruity notes

This was good, but would have been much better fresh. I'll seek it out again and update my review
Apr 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Mar 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a Nitro can into a pint glass

Appearance – Being a nitro brew, the brew pours a light brown color with a stream of nitro bubbles charging up through the solution. As the nitro bubbles worked their way to the top of the vessel, they revealed a deep brown colored brew with a head of tan foam. The nitro bubble formed head had a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of ring lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew was lighter overall, being strongest of a sweet coffee smell mixed with other aromas of a light cocoa and a bit of roasted and toasted bread. With these aromas came some sweet smells of milk and crème, which combined with the coffee and cocoa to produce milk chocolate latte like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth and rich toasted malt and expresso flavor mixed with lots of crème and vanilla sweetness as well as a decent showing of a milk chocolate flavor. As the flavors advance the chocolate goes to a more bittersweet like chocolate flavor as the name would suggest. At the same time however the crème and coffee seem to meld more, and produce a more latte like taste. A touch of char comes at the end, while a bit of caramel and molasses join in on the sweetness, with the mix of flavors leaving one with a nice robust bittersweet-cocoa-latte like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is creamy and smooth due to the nitro pour. For the dark, rich, bittersweet latte like flavors of the brew the feel is nice and makes for a nice smooth sipper.

Overall – A nice robust and very flavorful brew. Very tasty and highly enjoyable. Definitely one of my favorites in the Left Hand milk stout line.
Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Mar 25, 2021
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured a black-brown opaque color with a half finger cream nitro head. Nose of fresh brewed coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is not that complex and follows the nose with a hint of vanilla cream and a lingering light bitterness on the finish. This has a very smooth and creamy body with light carbonation. I like the fact that the lactose is enough to give it that creaminess while not taking center stage. Very well balanced.
Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Mar 23, 2021
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Chocolate covered espresso bean is the perfect description of this beer. Nose is all bitter coffee with undertones of chocolate. Taste follows suit with the initial profile being sweet chocolate syrup followed up by that awesome bitterness freshly ground espresso. This beer isn’t terribly complex but the flavors it includes are done incredibly well. The nitro adds an amazing creamy feel to it that compliments the style very well. I would definitely try again and recommend to fans of the style.
Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'BEST BY: 09/01/2021'.
Dark brown, with large mahogany brown back lit edge. Big cascade effect from the nitrogen when poured into the glass. Result is a thick finger of light tan, tight bubble head. Leaves behind an oily sheen and scattered spots.
Aroma is dark roast coffee, and some dark chocolate.
Taste is sweet dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Very slight berry notes. Taste profile does not vary much from start to after taste.
Mouth feel is smooth and creamy from the nitrogen treatment. Rather coating in the mouth. Okay carbonation after the initial cascade effect. Higher ABV% is well hidden.
One should like espresso before trying this beer. I would think one per session is sufficient.
Mar 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by mpk2020 from Illinois

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours dark dark opaque brown with a great nitro creamy head that lingers well.

Aromas of semi sweet chocolate, coffee, anise, blackberry, cherry, smoke, vanilla.

Sweet as heck on the palate, yet balanced. Coffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, a touch of earthy hop maybe. And barely detectable booze.'

Smoooooooth. A understand with nitro brews that's the point---but this one is the definition of "smooth and creamy."

Another tasty beverage from LHB
Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Can dated "best by 9/2/21" into pint glass. Initial effervescence results in a light milk chocolate that fades to black, with a solid light tan head. Chocolate up front, quickly followed by coffee bitterness. (Quite aptly named!) Mouthfeeel is silky-smooth and fairly thick. Finish is coffee bitterness, somewhat offset by milk chocolate. Overall, I think they pretty much nailed it with this one!
Mar 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Rainintheface from Florida

Mar 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Agriverbear from Texas

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a drip coffee lovers beer. Heavy coffee on the taste and nose and as the name implies, bittersweet. Heavy lactose and roast malt. The finish has a proper coffee bitterness and lingering aftertaste that satisfies. Very nice.
Feb 22, 2021
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Smooth, slick. A nitro almost always appears perfect. This one tastes of roasted coffee and has a very pleasant bitter finish.
Nothing much complex, however I don’t known if it’s my mind mistaking the cans color for a raspberry description, which this beer doesn’t have printed, there’s a SLIGHT hint of that berry (somehow) picked up while tasting this. Simply a coffee stout, bittersweet as the name indicates, and tasty enough to interest me in further sipping the creamy beverage.
Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Feb 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Feb 17, 2021
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an effervescent chestnut tinged mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Loads of coffee, a little vanilla

T: Vanilla, caramel & coffee & dryness upfront. A little roastyness as this warms, plus dryness, plenty of vanilla latte going on. Finishes dry, roasty with a nice advertised bitter sweetness

MF: Medium body, smooth carbonation

I am not a huge fan of Nitro beers, but it works very well for this, no way I would've guessed this was near this potent
Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Feb 13, 2021
Bittersweet Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 165 ratings