I found this little description on the website, lefthandbrewing.com.
Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment. Udderly delightful.
You guys know that I do love Stouts, so let’s taste it.
This beer is packaged in a 12 oz. bottle and has an ABV of 5.2%.
Once in the nonic glass, the beer appeared a very dark black color with the common ruby highlights around the edges and bottom. The ruby really stands out when held toward the light, and I can tell that it’s clear too. With an easy pour, a pretty decent looking, cream colored head was formed that had nice girth, retention and some approved lacing. The cap was creamy and smooth.
With the aroma, I found a very pleasant, toasted chocolate note along with a yummy marshmallow cream fragrance. It totally reminded me of “S’more’s.” I loved those things when I was a kid at camp outs!!! To finish off the bouquet, I found a nominal amount of roasted coffee. Generally, the smell was sweet, balanced honorably and not overly complicated.
As I took the first sip, my taste buds welcomed a flavor that was very reminiscent of chocolate milk. Again, some of that pleasant marshmallow cream was enjoyed. The milk chocolate and cream sweetness balances some touches of roasted coffee bean fairly well. Small tinges of bitterness glide across the sides of the tongue for some added complexity and balance.
The mouthfeel was a small disappointment though. It was medium to thin and even somewhat watery. I was hoping for something a bit thicker, dryer and chewy. I love that type of mouthfeel for my Stouts. It was still smooth, creamy and easy going however. Delicate coffee touches were left on the palate for a moment while I waited to take another sip. Not too bad, just a little thin.
This is a pretty good Stout really. A superb session brew that could double as a decent introductory Stout for someone wanting to experiment with the style. It’s very easy to drink and doesn’t overwhelm the palate with flavor, but gives you enough to explore the characteristics of a good Milk Stout. I sampled this brew back in January on a cold, snowy evening and it seemed to fit the mood to a “T.” Overall, I liked it and would recommend that you pick it up, contemplate and enjoy.
Have you guys had the Left Hand Milk Stout? What did you think of it?
Please, let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading.
Score: 3.95 out of 5