Chai Milk Stout Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

Chai Milk Stout NitroChai Milk Stout Nitro
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #497
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,653
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
112
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Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Winter
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of CTHomer
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; dark brown in color with ruby highlights if held to the light; 1 finger creamy tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: cinnamon and ginger;

T: follows the nose from start to finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; moderately dry finish; soft;

O: went really well with a piece of pumpkin pie;

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Photo of bbtkd
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro, 5% ABV. Pours thick and black with a 1+ finger nitro head. Nose is spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and lactose. Taste follows, plus vanilla, slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy. Overall outstanding. It wouldn't take much to make this a pumpkin spice stout, many might call it that already.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz nitro can poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a three-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention and lasts long after the pour

S- spices on the nose are similar to that of a pumpkin ale; nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Undertones of allspice, clove and cardamon. Roasted barley, chocolate and milk sugars close it out

T- spice notes lead the way up front with flavors of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cardamon. Mid-palate brings out notes of chocolate, vanilla cream and milk sugars, The finish adds more spice, with an emphasis on cardamon and allspice. Lingers of chocolate and vanilla cream

M- medium body leads to a creamy and velvety mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish

O- I'm a fan of chai spices and this is works very well with an already solid nitro milk stout

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Photo of WilliamGustin
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

What a cool idea! If you like chai you should try this stout! Look is a beautiful dark stout with tight, firm head. Awesome smell and drinkable, spice but not much stout flavor? I was expecting more of a mouth feel but not pulling off the milk stout+nitro fullness really at all! Worth trying, but wouldn’t buy it off the shelf for home. Great one for a taster party or to share among your Starbucks-loving Chai Tea friends. Doesn’t break above 4 for me, but fun to try it out.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with light tan head. Smells of moderately strong chai masala and coffee-like roast. Flavor follows, the spice is pretty strong, especially with the cinnamon. Really not a lot of stout flavor shows through distinctively as it's mostly drowned out, but it makes a decent backdrop. There's a little too much dry astringency that gets in the way of the smooth nitro feel.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16 oz can
Best by 6/25/20
Old Rasputin Nonic Pint

With a tectonic hiss from the nitro ball in the can, this beer is off and a-pourin'. Deep muddy browns segue into darker tones and finally a black-as-night body. Head is creamy as a barista's top-off and stable at 1 finger.

Aroma is wet stale coffee and slight chai spice, perhaps like the entrance to your local Target store in mid-October. I can smell the milk too. Very latte-ish. Nutty.

Flavor brings metallic pumpkin spice and some odd chocolate almond milk, with hints of peanut butter and earthy notes. It comes off weird - and also too sweet.

Feel is creamy and thin, watery even, not surprising for nitro but this even seems a little thinner than it should be. Mild alcohol warmth, roasty dryness, smooth finish, slight bite from the spice.

Overall, not quite what I'd hoped, even though I hadn't set my expectations too high to begin with. I'll pass next time and always.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark cola brown color with 2 fingers of creamy khaki head. Typical lacing and retention for a nitro beer. Always gorgeous to look at.

The aroma is a chai tea extravaganza, with very subtle underlying notes of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk chocolate.

The flavor is a bit more restrained, but it follows the nose with notes of chai tea, nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate. Subtly nutty throughout. Odd, but somehow good.

The feel is light bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Spices linger on the tongue.

Overall, idgaf I like this beer. It's odd, it's different, but it smells and tastes good so whatever. Perhaps it would be better categorized as an Herb/Spiced beer, but regardless I enjoy it so fight me.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz stemless Snulip glass, best before 5/21/20. Pours dark brown with a 1 inch light tan head that leaves thin wisps of lace as it slowly settles with solid retention. 4

Smell chai, vanilla, almonds, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. 3.5

Taste follows chai, almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 3.5

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, not dry, creamy, watery, and obviously no carbonation. 3.5

Overall I always expect big things from Left Hand dark beers, nope this one was a huge let down. 3.5

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour resulted in a finger or so of tan head while the nitro bubbles settled beneath the surface. Deep brown color after settling, and the head on the surface sticks around for most of my drink. Smells like chai tea. Extremely smooth mouthfeel and excellent chai tea flavor. Definitely a favorite, and a must-try for anyone who likes chai flavor.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of nitros, but friend has these in the fridge! Better than expected, pours typical nitro dense mocha cap on top of dark brown. Aroma is probably best aspect as it certainly comes through as chai with a bit of roast. Flavor is similar - probably just one of these is max as it would get old fast, but enjoyable for one. Chai flavor is dominant so there's not much to say about the regular milk stout behind the scenes which I do enjoy. Finish is too smooth - rather have a CO2 version.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can

A pretty standard pour yields only half a finger of head into my willi becher glass, not even making it to the 16oz mark – not pleased. Head is just barely tan, creamy, but not much to it. Body is black, with some noticeable hues of brown around the edges. Overall it looks ok so far.

Nose is Blue Moon level of pungent chai. Extremely sweet. Literally nothing else is detectable because this is so strong. It smells like chai ice cream. I mean, I guess it smells good, but it doesn’t smell like beer, and I’m quite concerned it will be too sweet.

Taste is certainly more down to earth. Chai is still the dominant flavor, noticeably spicy, hits the back of the throat briefly. On the sweeter side, but it does have some small doses of roast/chocolate bitterness. This is good, not much more than a flavored beer, but it’s drinkable, it tastes good, and it’s not toooo over the top.

Mouthfeel is very light given the nitro carbonation. Sweet, but it doesn’t stick to my mouth. Chai burns throat here and there, not unwelcome. Acceptable mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty high. It’s on the sweet side, but I don’t need to sip this too slow.

Appearance turned out unimpressive. Lacing wasn’t really a thing here. The head hung around, but in small fashion.

Overall this is alright. Perhaps I’ve outgrown these styles, but this seems like it could have been done in a more moderate way.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

13.65 ounce can into signature pint glass, best before 6/7/2019. Pours fairly hazy/murky very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and creamy light khaki head that lasts the whole glass. Thick creamy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, allspice, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted oats, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of chai spices, dark/roast/bready malts, lactose, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, allspice, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted oats, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roasted bitterness; and cinnamon, ginger, clove spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, allspice, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted oats, dark/brown bread, coffee, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of chai spices, dark/roast/bready malts, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an outstanding spiced milk stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of chai spices, dark/roast/bready malts, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the minimally bitter/spicy/drying finish. Amazingly soft/silky nitro finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Amazing balance between chai spices and classic milk stout flavors; not overwhelming on any aspect. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Brewing Company "Chai Milk Stout - Nitro"
13.65 fl. oz. can, "BEST BY:06/07/2019"

Look: Opaque black body beneath an inch of densely creamy tan foam. It looks like a Guinness Draught. It has excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Green cardamom comes through strongly, followed by cinnamon. There's also some clove and something a bit woody. Very little of the beer aroma makes it through.

Taste: As in the aroma, the spices dominate. Additional notes of ginger, star anise, vanilla, and orange come through. The sweet stout is a pleasant creamy base for the spice and lends some soft caramel and and a suggestion of roastiness to the mix.

Feel: Medium-light on body and creamy smooth.

Overall: For lovers of Chai spiced beverages this is probably a win, but for lovers of beer, even spiced beers, it's probably a bit much.

Review# 6,396 on 12/19/18

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Photo of ovaltine
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours like a Guinness with the nitro thingie, which is awesome. The nose is crushed by the chai spices, and so is the taste, to the point of distraction.

I like chai, but I’m not running over women and children to secure chai-spiced beers, so this is a smidge too much. The mouthfeel, though, is spectacular. If the base milk stout was a bit more prominent, this would be world-class, IMHO, but the chai is pretty overwhelming.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany brown with a huge thck tan head with excellent retention. Dots of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Tons of chai, light chocolate and roasted malt aroma, good amount of mint and allspice.

Taste - Really heavy chai and cinnamon, I am not getting much chocolate or anything other than heavy spices.

Feel - Really thick creamy feel, little tingling from the chai really smooth as expected.

Overall - Spice is a little strong for me in the taste, mouthfeel is spot on thick and creamy.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 13.65oz can with a best by date of 6/8/19; into a pint glass.
Appearance- pours a cola brown but sits darker in the glass; head is a medium thick creamy beige that leaves thick lacing half way down the glass!
Smell- chai, chocolate milk, mint and cinnamon!
Taste- the chai, mint and cinnamon stand out and any chocolate is hidden.
Feel - creamy and semi sweet; dry finish.
Overall- this is pretty simple, if you’re a fan of chai, you’ll likely enjoy this; if you’re not, this isn’t for you!

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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

Served on nitro tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a pitch black color with off white bubbles of nitrogen streaming up through the dark. The stream of nitro bubbles eventually subsides producing an off white head of foam that persists for quite some time before fading to leave a thick foam lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a latte like aroma mixed with some smells of nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon. Along with these smells comes a big roasted malt backbone aroma as well as a bit of toast and chocolate.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet coffee/chocolate and roasted malt taste that has a nice creamy and milky taste. Along with these flavors are some big spice tastes that mimic the spice flavors in a chia latte with a good showing of nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon. As the taste moves onto the end some nutty flavors meld with the chocolate, roast, and chia latte flavors nicely and leave one with a sweet and roasty chia taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Being a nitro pour the body of the brew is creamy and smooth. For the rich and sweet dark and milky flavors of the brew the feel is fantastic, coating the tongue in all the rich and robust flavors.
Overall – A rather rich and tasty stout with a nice creamy latte smoothness.

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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 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 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 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 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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Chai Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 112 ratings