Bittersweet - Nitro | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Bittersweet - NitroBittersweet - Nitro

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Winter

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by May 21, 2017) into a snifter.

A-The hard pour suggested by the bottle produces a nice, cascading mocha head that starts at about two fingers tall. The foam is dense and creamy as you would expect from a "nitro" beer. The liquid below is nearly black and opaque. Head retention is pretty good, but I don't get much lacing.

S-The aroma is milky sweet suggesting a Milky Way candy bar at times. Layered into the sweet chocolate and caramel notes is a healthy dose of coffee and a mild bitterness. Very smooth.

T-This is one of those rare (for me, anyway) beers that tastes better than it smells. The chocolate is smooth and creamy, the roasted coffee suggests good drip coffee instead of espresso bitterness, and the sweetness from the lactose notes integrates nicely. As the beer warms, I pick up some dried fruit like raisins or prunes, and just a light hit of fusel alcohol notes.

M-The body is medium to heavy on the palate with smooth fine, nitro carbonation. It doesn't quite match a true keg-poured nitro beer, but this is a pretty good approximation.

O-Not every beer needs to be jacked up to 9% or 10% ABV and I wouldn't think a milk stout would respond well to the "Imperial" treatment, but this beer proves me wrong. It is tasty and the added flavors from the coffee and extra ABV make it quite enjoyable. I can take or leave the nitro, but otherwise, nice stuff.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L) Pours like a dark espresso with a khaki, pudding-like head.

S) Has an intoxicating, coffee forward aroma that is just a pleasure to sniff. Sweet caramels and toffees can be noted among the intense roastiness.

T) Everything on the nose is on the palate. The coffee dominates the palate, and it comes across as a very dark roast, so be ready for the extremes of bitter roastiness that coffee can offer. It is very well balanced with the lactose and malts in this brew, so nothing comes across as astringent.

F) The beer has a very smooth and refreshing feel, but I do wish it had just a bit more silkiness for being a nitro imperial stout.

O) This is a must try for anyone who likes coffee stouts, anyone who likes milk stouts, and anyone who likes nitro stouts. Absolutely lovely.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs tulip snifter best before 4/19/17. Pours a very attractive almost completely black, with a solid 2 inch light tan head that coats the glass with lace and takes for ever to settle into a thick layer of foam.

Smell is roasty coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate, and toffee.

Taste follows roastyness from start to finish, vanilla beans, dark chocolate, and heath bar.

Mouthfeel is above medium, creamy as hell with little carbonation, pretty dry from the roastyness, and drinks like a coffee drink with alcohol and you don't taste it at all.

Overall Holy coffee beer, this thing stands out as the most potent coffee beer I have had. Coffee front to back and creamy ass hell. Well done!

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by date of 4/13/17. Pours somewhat transparent dark reddish brown with a small nitro head; lots of little carbonation bubbles are present too. Smells of roasted malt, medium roast coffee, sweet lactose, bright earthy/herbal hops, and cocoa. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, coffee, lactose, hops, and cocoa. Some undesirable grassy/herbal flavor and alcohol comes though. Below average smell and taste intensity. Mild bitterness and sweetness. Below average body, but very nice smoothness from the lactose and nitro; some carbonation is still present. Overall, it's a pretty rounded stout, but the grassy flavor and lack of intensity makes this a one-time buy for me.

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Photo of chossboss
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT - glad to see this Colorado brewery's offerings available up here in Alberta, and at not overly insane US import prices.

This beer appears a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with some beautiful cascading effects, which eventually result in one thick finger of puffy, and essentially just creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid wall of London Fog lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, sharp artisanal coffee, warm milk, bittersweet cocoa powder, some muddled black orchard fruitiness, a hint of anise spice, and some weak leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is well-creamed coffee, grainy and bready caramel malt, a touch of free-range wet char, chocolate wafers, some bruised plum and cherry black fruit, vanilla extract, and more understated earthy, leafy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its very cozy frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and dead smooth, baby, with an obvious creaminess in there from the get-go. It finishes well off-dry, the coffee contending with a strongly lingering caramel malt and robust vanilla sweetness.

Overall, this is one heck of an enjoyable and slick Nitro Imperial Coffee Milk Stout - everything in near-perfect balance. And those near 9 points of booze? Damned near invisible. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid light tan nitro head. Clear dark body with garnet highlights.

Muted coffee, roast, and dark fruits on the nose. Toffee and brown sugar.

Chocolate, coffee, cream, pecans, grapes, prunes, plums. Wonderfully smooth profile. Very bitter rind finish.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmorris15
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like most nitro stouts, dark and nice lingering head. Smells like coffee and roast. Taste is balanced between the lactose sweetness and the coffee. Excellent nitro feel, super smooth and drinkable. Overall, excellent coffee stout!

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fubudu187
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Beautiful cascade on the pour,leaves a thin creamy khaki colored head.Dark black,with no carbonation after the cascade.Looks like a typical nitro stout.

On the nose I get mostly bitter sweet chocolate,and roasted coffee.Some dark malt and caramel notes as well.

The palate follows the nose.Bittersweet chocolate,roasted coffee,dark malts,and caramel.Small alcohol bite in the finish,nothing overboard.

Thick silky body,smooth on the way down.

I usually don't like sweet stouts,but this on is decent...Solid imperial.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a creamy off white head. Smells of coffee, dark fruit, and roasted malts. Tastes of lactose, bittersweet chocolate, medium roast coffee, and semi-sweet dark fruits. Medium creamy nitro body. Overall a pretty good milk stout.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a nitro beer, so I adore the appearance before pouring.

Pours pitch black with a 2-finger cream-colored head that sticks around forever because nitro is awesome.

The aroma is full of milk chocolate and lactose, with a touch of roastiness. Coffee aroma comes through on the back end.

The taste starts off with lots of chocolate, followed by some brown sugar and vanilla. The finish is balanced by some bitter roasted coffee and toasted oats. There's a faint hop bite on the aftertaste.

The feel is light bodied, creamy, smooth, with minimal dryness. Lots of coffee lingering after each sip.

Overall, a great nitro stout that is far more flavorful than expected. This beer is very well balanced and very easy drinking. The 8.9% ABV is present but subtle and welcomed. Great beer.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkazemi
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bittersweet - Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 116 ratings