Left Hand: Milk Stout Nitro

From the Brewery: IMG_4289

Taking America Back. Dark & delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Pouring hard out of the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro cascades beautifully, building a tight, thick head like hard whipped cream. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. The pillowy head coats your upper lip and its creaminess entices your palate. Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop & roast bitterness in the finish. The rest is pure bliss of milk chocolate fullness.” 6% ABV Sweet Stout

The Pour: IMG_4290

Poured hard, per bottle instruction, from a 12 oz bottle into my Libbey stout glass. The nitrogen cascade effect is beautiful as always, but seems to settle much faster than widget-nitrogen cans such as Guinness or Murphy’s. A dense, creamy beige head forms perfectly, and retains very well throughout. The body is exactly as you’d expect for a stout, jet black with no light coming through.

The Nose:

Darkly roasted malts and toasted grain notes come first, followed by dark chocolate, espresso, and a hint of smoke. A tiny bit of lactose twang is also detectable.

The Mouth:

Medium-bodied with a nice chewy texture, Milk Stout Nitro is incredibly smooth going down. There little in the way of hop bitterness – just a smooth, mildly roasted sweet mouthfeel. The flavors are delicately balanced between the darkly roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, and lactose sweetness.

Final Thoughts:

I had been waiting to try this beer for quite some time, and was fortunate enough to pick up a six-pack of it on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest (Beer Junction in West Seattle is fucking amazing). Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro is a very good sweet/cream stout that drinks incredibly easy. The flavors are perfect for the creamy mouthfeel, and this would definitely be my standby/everyday type stout if I could get it locally. Though the flavors are more subtle than robust, they are certainly sophisticated and worth a go for any stout fan. 8.5/10

Left Hand Brewing – Longmont, Colorado

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