Chai Milk Stout - Nitro | Left Hand Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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53 Ratings
Chai Milk Stout - NitroChai Milk Stout - Nitro
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by DanGeo on 02-16-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,451
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
53
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Diura
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Captain69
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour and looks good with nice head can taste the chai in it - good tasting stout but hand better from left hand

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Photo of secondtooth
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black, with a slight ruby highlight. Little head of khaki suds and no lace noted.

Aroma: Curious mix of spices. I get the chai way up front. Nice.

Taste: Smooth and very very chai-spiced. The nitro and oats make this one ultra-smooth with cocoa and mocha malts playing a back seat to the chai tea spice. If you like chai at all, this is a must-try. Left Hand doesn’t falter often, and this is a sure winner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro can filled a pint glass to the brim. The black, opaque body was topped with a very creamy and durable tan head.
Aroma: chai
Flavor: chai spices and dark bread, but the spicing is too strong and nearly masks the stout. Also a touch too sweet.
Feel: smooth near medium body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CAN
Nitro black; cinnamon stick; hints of cocoa, a bunch more cinnamon and… fade to black. Pillowy.

4 3.75 3.75 4 3.5

So nitro-smooth as to be feathery and ineffectual. Might be something there if the full chai spice range was there - where’s the clove + black pepper? Like drinking a scented candle.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_42
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard poured out of a can

Pours really dark with some slight light penetration around the edges and a dense nitro head that was about an inch thick

Smell is cinnamon and ginger wit hsome slight roasted barley

Taste follows the nose. Heavy on chai spice.

Thinner than I would expect but still smooth.

Overall a good winter stout that I wish I had found when the weather was colder.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprised to find the ABV on this variant lower than the regular milk stout (6%)
A - Pours hazy dark black amber with a rocking two inches of creamy froth.
S - Smells of cinnamon, spiced ginger and sweet tea leaves.
T - Very much like the smell with the addition of lactose sugars and a touch of coffee roasts.
M - A bit light and thin but ow so creamy with the nitro.

Overall it's an interesting take on the regular milk stout but I would take the regular over this any day.

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Photo of B_B
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a couple/few days it has been for me and for The CANQuest (tm)! I had just completed a Hooker horizontal, finishing with a Sweet Stout & I decided to CANcentrate on Stouts, which are outside of my hophead CANfort zone. I then segued into Flemish Reds & now I am finishing up with another Milk Stout.

From the CAN: "Stout with Spices Addeed"; "Super smooth Milk Stout Nitro with aromatic spices"; "Good to go from the CAN[,] Like a pro in a glass"; "22 IBU"; "Ingredients[:] Rocky Mountain water, Malted Barley, Lactose, Flaked Oats, Hops, Spices, Yeast"; "Employee Owned. Righteously Independent (tm)"; "Caution: Contents under pressure. Keep cold. Avoid shaking. Point away from self and others when opening."; Brewed on the banks of the might St. Vrain/Est. 1993".

The Crack! of the vent was met with a loud Psssshhh! as the N2 energized from within. This always strikes me as a tad disCANcerting, but I pressed on with an inverted Glug to ensure both a cascade & a nice head. It worked & settled into a finger of dense, foamy, creamy, light-tan head with very good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose struck me as very spicy, especially with cinnamon, ginger and allspice, but I have not had Chai Tea in a while so I have lost that point of reference. Still, it smelled quite pleasant, especially since I am more into spicy and bitter than sour, tart or sweet. It was not as intensely spicy as either a Pumpkin Beer or many Christmas/Winter Beers, but it was still quite spicy. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, almost certainly having to do with the N2 charge. The taste was really pleasant! It was easy to identify it as a Sweet/Milk Stout, but the spices really brought an added dimension that elevated it above the norm. That makes it tough to rate to style, though & it might do better as the more general Herbed/Spiced Beer style. Just sayin'. Warming, the spices seemed to become more assertive, especially the cinnamon/ginger one-two CANbination. Wow! Finish was dry, which may seem CANterintuitive, but when spices are included in a beer's production, they tend to dry things out. The spiciness seemed to linger in my sinuses and I stand with reclassifying it as an Herbed/Spiced Beer.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours close to pitch black, oodles of foam and lacing that you'd expect from a nitro.

Smells of chai tea, bits of lemon and ginger, maybe coffee but not sure on that.

Taste is sweet tea, ginger, lemon, interesting. One pint is enough but enjoyable for the one pint. Not a big fan of nitro so take that into account.

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienI
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cunning_stunt
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big ups to this offering for truth in advertising - this smells and tastes like chai.

The larger question, however, may be "do I want chai in my beer?"

A bit thinner and slightly less creamy than the standard Milk Stout.

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Photo of Roy1586
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftWeb
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Looks great with the tiny nitro bubbles making a frothy milk-like Head with good retention.
Smell is the best thing going for this beer - like delicious sweet milk chai latte. Really, smells amazing.
Taste is much more muted than the smell. Light roastiness and ginger spice there, but the chai flavor is a bit fleeting and muted. I feel the nitro is detrimental to this brew as it makes the body too thin and watery. More carbonation of co2 would give it a thicker feel to follow the taste/body of an actual chai latte. Potential was there but it lacks the punch to make it a great beer in my opinion. That being said, I like my chai strong like espresso with lots of milk or coconut milk (not watery).

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Chai Milk Stout - Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 53 ratings