White Russian Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,411
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,621
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 16.94%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
137
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  12
SCORE
84
Good
White Russian NitroWhite Russian Nitro
Notes: With coffee, vanilla and notes of chocolate, this white stout really ties it all together. But, well, that’s just, like, our opinion, man.
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 137 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beer_bottle from Colorado

2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy to clear, with a rich golden hue. The head is pure white and stippled with small bubbles.

Smell: Sweet sugars, both refined and unrefined, combined with strong vanilla tones. Rich caramel, sweet candy, and general patisserie.

Taste: Very sweet upfront, an immediate flood of caramel and vanilla. The coffee comes through afterwards with huge volleys of sweetness. Finally, the hops come through on the back end, where this drink reminds you that it is a beer…. not a sweet pastry cocktail. I could not detect any discernable malts, only sweet sugars and patisserie.

Feel: Creamy and smooth, luscious, viscous and boozy.

Overall: This is a rich dessert drink; it tastes like tiramisu and is conventionally delicious in that regard. However, I struggled to finish half a pint. For me, this was overly rich and intense. However, the half a pint I drank was ok, and I would suggest drinking this with a sweet desert. After the drink warmed up, the abv became apparent. The vanilla and patisserie were almost over powering. I have never drunk a white stout before, and now I know a little more about the style. I liked the experimental concept of the drink, but not really the drink itself.

Oct 23, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nitro can poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours cascading tan to golden yellow amber with a creamy pale beige head that hangs around and laces nicely.

S: Caramel, vanilla, bready malt, chocolate, faint coffee, and slight herbal notes.

T: Vanilla, milk chocolate, super soft coffee (like iced coffee with cream and sugar making it the same color as the head), subtle earthy herbal notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, understandably mild carbonation, creamy smooth, alcohol is rather well hidden.

O: If I didn't know it was supposed to have coffee in it I would probably rate it a bit higher. Overall flavor is pretty solid, but it could really use a bit more bite to help balance things. A bit more coffee probably would have done that. Drinkable and fun to try like most golden stouts are, but I don't think they fully hit their mark.

Sep 28, 2021
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy gold. Nitro foam. Light coffee aroma. Surprisingly good. Malty coffee and vanilla body. Not too overpowering. Slight bitter sweet finish. Very smooth. Mark it 10 dude!

Sep 19, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a yellow color with a stream of white bubbles streaming up through the body of the brew. The streaming bubbles settle atop the beer, leaving a small compact head of white foam. The head holds strong, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a sweet caramel and milky smell mixed with some aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with these smells comes a touch of vanilla and a little bit of a bready and doughy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and light coffee flavor mixed with a rather strong milky and crème like taste with a touch of vanilla. As the taste advances a touch of roastiness and a little bit of chocolate comes to the tongue. At the same more crème and milk come to the tongue, and with a touch of oatmeal and some very light herbal hop, one is left with a milky and slightly roasty (for a white stout) taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Being a nitro pour the body is creamy and smooth, with a somewhat thick feel. For the light white stout tastes and the milky flavors the feel is pretty good and makes for a rather slow sipper.
Overall – Not really much like a white Russian in my opinion. Still, not bad. A bit on the sweeter and more milky side, but overall rather fun and desert like in nature.

Sep 12, 2021
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

1/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I definitely don’t like this concoction of ingredients. I was hoping for a creamy dark coffee & kahlua taste, but instead got a medicinal grassy taste. I took two sips and poured it out.

Sep 12, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks blonde and slightly hazy with a white creamy top.
Nose is light bready peanut buttery coffe(?), booze and malts
Taste is some coffee, not of vanilla, but of that sweet peanut buttery stuff I picked up in the nose. Cloying stuff.
Feels medium-thin and flatish, not the smooth creamy richness of other nitros.
I can’t finish this.

Sep 05, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can smell the alcohol, the subtle chocolate and malts. 

The taste isn't powerful but a little bitter chocolate and a hint of hops.

It feels like a stout in your mouth with the same bitter aftertaste.

Confusing but good I give it a 4.5 out of 6. 

May 10, 2021
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bfor from New York

1.84/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours great for a nitro with standard nitro head and finish, but after a while resembles a boddington (dirty cloudy amber).
Faint vanilla and milk smell but nothing over powering. I detected absolutely no coffee odor coming from it.
Taste is most unusual. At near 9% it has a slight alcohol taste and what I can only describe as medicinal/chemical unpleasent experience. I don't get any coffee feeling from this.
It would be interesting to know their ingredient list -- it's almost like they used artificial flavors.
Definitely not a common taste. I don't think my batch is bad but it is certainly unusual and will not appeal to everyone. I hate it.

Feb 22, 2021
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Jeez from Massachusetts

2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the last beer I tried from Left Hand's Nitro variety pack and coincidentally the one I would rank last. It pours like a coffee with 200% too much milk. When the dust settles, it has the standard lingering nitro head against a light brown base. Imagine you walk into a diner in an unfamiliar town and, out of the blue, decide to sniff the coffees of every saddo at the counter. The culmination of all of them should reflect the scent of this beer. The flavor is bizzare. The description provided by Left Hand is accurate: coffee and vanilla are strong contributors. However, there is this underlying funk that does not come from yeast or another expected source. This is coupled with vanilla extract on steroids. The coffee profile is actually enjoyable in both the taste and smell. This is what I'm giving points for. The mouth feel is very smooth and creamy.

This beer has made be less inclined to try an actual white Russian cocktail.

Jan 31, 2021
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BobH58 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very unusual stuff in that it tastes like cold coffee thats been refrigerated. It just so happens that I Iove coffee so I can tolerate this coffee style beer. Lots of vanilla. Flowery aroma .Its a coffee intense style I,m not accustomed to.

Jan 30, 2021
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Gleenis_the_whale from Washington

2.12/5  rDev -43%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

This beer tasted super savory, like someone dumped a bag of MSG into the mash, and I know what MSG tastes like cuz I'm a vegetarian that uses it regularly in my cooking, but never in my homebrew! Maybe some unwanted fermentation? I'm hoping it was just a bad batch. I love left hand brewing, they make my favorite stout, but my can was hard to drink.

Dec 14, 2020
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ChefBrown from Ohio

1.19/5  rDev -68%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I must've gotten a rotten batch. Did not smell good at all, almost rotten but still gave it a taste. Poured it out after 1 taste. Didn't taste like a stout or a white russian, kinda tasted sour.

I won't give this a second try.

Nov 29, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: November 28. 2020... OCCASION: Thanksgiving weekend's decorating in full effect, time for a second wind with a beer whose name promises dessert distinction... GLASSWARE Duvel snifter... pours that beautiful nitro-induced third layer of hazy off-white dividing line that joins the thick white creamy head after ten seconds or so... that head remains staunchly frothy, sitting atop a golden amber body bereft of bubbles... the milky lactose and vanilla are present first, though the roasted coffee beans briefly overtake them in the profile... some bread also... the aroma is sweet--a confectioner's delight--with the allure of its namesake... creamy and soft, it finishes harshly and hot--almost too abrasive for its goal, even with the understanding its ABV is a healthy 8-plus percent... thus, it is easy-drinking to start but biting at the finish, with swirling oiliness and subtle medicinal elements also mixed in... the coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor, while the vanilla is noticeable with traces of tobacco and roasted malts to expand its experience a bit... this doesn't ascend the heights of stronger coffee-infused drinks, and no, it's not a white Russian, but it has likeable qualities that make it worth sipping... not Left Hand's best, but I like it enough as a nightcap....

Nov 29, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best smelling beer I have had to date...

There's something mesmerizing as well as therapeutic, IMHO, when hard-pouring and then watching the after effects of a nitro beer. I can tell you, I was mesmerized and felt good pouring this beer. Heck, I enjoyed its sweet smell of cocoa, the creamy mouthfeel, and of course that Dude Abides white Russian taste. Definitely a great beer and definitely one to have over-and-over again...

Nov 28, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Introducing an old-timer's drink to a new-timer's palate, Left Hand brings the taste of the classic cocktail to a whole new brand of alcohol appreciators in the craft beer market. Their White Russian inspired beer is nothing short of unique.

Pouring a shockingly near-brilliant blonde color, the "blond" stout takes the namesake White Russian Nitro into a unique pale appearance. A slow and patient cascading froth builds on the surface with the consistency of meringue. Muted aromas of coffee and cream permeate the nose with hints of vanilla and cereal closely behind. Fighting through the barrier of froth, the taste is sweet and creamy, not of the expected dairy value, but of cream of wheat and cream corn.

Sweet and cereal-like through the center, the peripheral flavors of coffee, light cocoa, macadamia and honey round out the flavors before a quick late palate brings a mild-mannered bitterness to the taste, trending very much like Cream Ale and Blond Ale late.

Medium light in body, this nitro-infused ale does much the same as their other beer in that it starts out dense and creamy but then turns light and somewhat watery quite quickly. The beer is a solid attempt at the cocktail except for the bitterness that, although is mild, is still distracting. A bigger coffee presence would also help as the ale trends cereal and grainy in a medium-short aftertaste.

Nov 13, 2020
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moosejaw7 from Connecticut

1.87/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Nice cascade. Goes from a hazy yellow to a clean golden body and finishes with a beautiful white nitro head.

Smell: Oddly it smells like almost nothing. Some whiffs of light grain, but otherwise it's confusing to me why this is so lacking in aroma.

Taste: No coffee or vanilla at all. Only an unrecognizable sweetness that doesn't blend well with the graininess, which is very unpleasant both when first sipping and in the finish.

Feel: Creamy and smooth as one would expect. Light-medium bodied.

Overall: I bought a 4-pack and couldn't make it more than a few sips into either of the cans I opened. The ones I tried to drink both got tossed and I drain-poured the rest of them. One of my least favorite beers that I've ever had the displeasure of drinking.

Nov 12, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My second "white stout." I'm admittedly a skeptic of the genre but reviewing with an open mind. Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slowly cascades from a hazy light yellow into a clear gold body with a perfectly white nitro head, one finger thick.

Smell: Smells lightly of toasted grain, not much else. I don't get any coffee or vanilla.

Taste: Light milky vanilla sweetness and light toasted grain, maybe the faintest hint of coffee. Only the mildest approximation of a stout flavor profile.

Feel: Smooth and creamy, appropriate for the nitro style. Fairly light bodied. Sugary finish.

Overall: I should probably just stop trying white stouts. It's not what I'm looking for.

Nov 03, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - nice golden color with a nice lasting white nitro head
Smell - really does smell like a white russian. Slight cocoa, cream and coffee. Slight faint though
Taste - just like the smell. More coffee and chocolate than the smell plus very vanilla cream
Feel - full body and creamy
Overall - really enjoy this!

Oct 25, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 3/8/21"; drank 10/18/20 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big white nitro head; minimal lace.

Medium roast coffee bean, vanilla, mild milk chocolate & faint citrus notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Vanilla extract, mild medium roast coffee & wheat flavors up front; faint citrus notes on the finish.

Another "white stout" that isn't really a stout at all, but the nose at least played along. Not one I'll return to.

Oct 19, 2020
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stephen225 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hard into a chilled glass from a can. There isn't much of a smell to me. It tastes very similar to a white russian for being a beer. The smoothness and vanilla notes help create a flavor that is like the cocktail. However, it is not too sweet like some white russian cocktails can be. I would have preferred a bit more sweetness but considering the few ingredients used I can't complain too much. It is a very natural stout with only 8 ingredients used, all of which can be pronounced.
Absolutely no bitterness and it is really easy to drink for being 8.9%

Oct 15, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of vanilla are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of coffee beans. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has an incredible mouthfeel, but it would have been nice if there could have been stronger aromas and flavors of the ingredients.

Serving type: nitro-can

Oct 09, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark golden with a creamy white head that sticks around for the whole time you drink it. Smells like lightly roasted malts and vanilla with hints of chocolate. Tastes is undertones of golden brown biscuits with coffee and chocolate. It's sweet with very slight hints of bitterness. Honestly this taste almost like one of the starvucks glass bottle frappucions with a light stout in it. It goes down dangerously smooth for 9%. It's not traditional and "expirmental" if you will, but I like it. Overall a very unique beer and one of the better stouts I've had.

Oct 05, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very nice looking creamy and white head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear yellow gold that looks pretty good.

The smell is nice. It has a strong vanilla note upfront followed by a light coffee and moderate chocolate note.

The taste is decent but a little lacking. The moderate vanilla and chocolate notes are upfront but still leave a bit to be desired. The coffee comes out in the finish but is fairly weak.

The feel is interesting. It's extremely smooth and light bodied but it does not really scream beer; just cocktail. It is very silky smooth with no carbonation.

Overall, it was definitely an interesting an experiment to replicate an actual White Russian and they succeeded. The problem is that it doesn't really feel like I'm drinking a beer.

Oct 02, 2020
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yoyoyo345 from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm sorry. I loved beer, Left Hand, and White Russians, and this is just one of the worst beers I've had in a long time. It's not sweet enough to be a white Russian. And it is too flat and terrible to be a good stout. Just...don't do this again, please.

Oct 01, 2020
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illy44 from California

1.39/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I would not call this a beer. While the "White Russian" cocktail is not bad, this experiment to create a similar taste in a mix-beverage is for the drain. Sorry, I liked the hardwired nitro, but this is nothing. Yes, it is smooth but it has a weird taste of Vanilla, maybe some coffee? I tried it for 10.99 at Total Wine but won't buy again
If the Russians want to influence the elections - this is the beer to run away from the polls ...
I respect the LeftHand brewmaster for the experiment but I would not recommend this beverage to anyone.

Sep 30, 2020
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 137 ratings