Sunday, June 30, 2013

Left Hand Milk Stout (Nitro)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (914) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 8/19/13. It cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Standard opaque black body. Forms a fairly large, tan, creamy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Also standard: noticeable roasted malts plus sweetness from the lactose sugar.

Taste: Pretty much everything about Left Hand Milk Stout is standard. However, that’s not to be a criticism. I guess I should say everything about it is standard for a very good, thoroughly enjoyable milk stout. Sure, it’s by-the-book with no surprises, but the final product is a tasty, highly drinkable beer.

The palette opens on a slightly mild note. It reminds me cola or cream soda. Sweet, but restrained, almost like artificial sweetener (though lactose sugar is essentially brewer’s Splenda - ha ha!). A quick kick of bitterness through the middle, follow by a delectable taste of chocolate milk or soft serve chocolate ice cream. There’s some roasted malt bitterness on the aftertaste, which is a bit strange since it’s not all that prominent while in the mouth. Regardless, it’s a well-balanced, tasty beer whose palette is quite accessible.

Drinkability: Though the label has the word "Nitro" in large letters, there’s no widget in the bottle like with a Guinness. I’m not sure if that’s what accounts for the noticeably thin, watery mouthfeel. While the taste itself is enjoyable, I find the overtly light mouthfeel to be a bit distracting. Still, it’s no challenge whatsoever to drink in larger gulps since it glides down the throat with such ease. At 6% ABV, Left Hand Milk Stout should be a hearty brew, but drinks like something much lighter. 
Grade: 7/10

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