Friday, July 9, 2010

Left Hand Milk Stout

I'm trying to make writing this post take an extra long time because my four-year old wants to play this matching game. Now I know that sounds like bad parenting, but Rain Man regularly beats me, his mother, his grandmother and his brother. Nothing like a little self esteem boost on a Friday evening!

So the weekend plans are set, sort of. Saturday evening: Pike Beer Tasting with Hulk Hogan. Sunday morning: Book Signing and Photos with Mary Poppins. Yep! Be jealous!

All right. Here we go. Tonight I'm drinking Left Hand Milk Stout brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. I originally reviewed this beer back in April of 2009. If you bother reading it, don't ask about the trip to Punta Cana. The label depicts a cow with black hand marks as the spots. Bottled on 04 08 10. Their website, linked above, is a blogspot Blogger domain despite the fact that they own LeftHandBrewing.com. Now I am no SEO guru, but I'm pretty sure there is some minor consulting work to be won here.

Rich, sweet chocolate aroma with a light coffee whiff in the mix. The flavors, however, are not particularly sweet. There is a definite chocolate prominence but lots of vanilla powers through along with a bit of licorice. Bitter coffee also seeps into the profile with just glimpses of nuts and burnt flavors. Carbonation is medium yet I feel a little aggressive to the point of taking away from the beer's creamy texture. The vanilla was a little over-done, too. Medium body was fine. Check it out!

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9 comments:

Lost said...

"Glimpses of nuts" eh?

Too easy...I'll leave that one on the table.

-Lost

P.S. LH Milk Stout is a bad ass beer.

Beer Drinker said...

I leave a lot of openings for everyone all the time. Feel free.

Joel said...

I was not a fan of this one. I think I first tried it at a Total Wine beer class and then purchased my own bottle, which later became a regrettable decision. Yours was slightly over-carbonated but mine was weak, almost watery. Left Hand Fade to Black, on the other hand, is pretty good. Not a milk stout, but so damn good during the winter (or, at least what we in Floriduh consider winter).

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Joel.

This was my second review of this beer. For sure, I remembered a better experience. I guess my memory is slipping!

Hannah said...

I first heard of Left Hand Milk Stout in late 2006 when reading about it in Draft Mag. They had given it a super high grade and said it was, quite possibly, the best milk stout in the country.

It took almost a year for it to become available in WNY so once I found it, I tried it immediately. I enjoyed it, but wasn't overly blown away.

My very favorite milk stout to date is Lancaster. Too bad I can't get it in NY at all, even though it's only in PA. Ugh.

cheaperthantherapy.me said...

I'm picky about my stouts. I don't like them to taste too chocolate-milky. I go more for the bitter coffee ones. The exception to that is 3Floyds Miloko Milk Stout.

kaybye

Beer Drinker said...

Yeah, good but not awesome. I'll leave it as that since I just got threatened by one of their distributor reps that's a friend of mine.

As for not getting a PA beer in NY. I feel that pain. Cigar City is only 4 hours away, same state, and they barely get us any beers here.

Talk to you later.

Beer Drinker said...

I hear you, Marie. I like both styles though: Rich chocolate and sweet AND more bitter coffee styles. This wasn't really either. It wasn't sweet.

Mary Hickman said...

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