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Left Hand Milk Stout

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  • Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
  • Country: USA
  • Style: Sweet Stout
  • ABV: 6.0 %
  • Size: 355 ml
  • Bought from: Bierzwerg, 2.59 euro
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Today will be the first time I try a Milk Stout, also known as Sweet Stout or Cream Stout, as I try Left Hand’s Milk Stout. Milk Stout is a, originally English, style of beer that first appeared in the end of the 19th century. Milk Stouts are Stouts with added lactose (which is non-fermentable by common brewers yeast), thus leaving a residual sweetness. This beer is brewed with Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, and Chocolate Malts, Roast Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley, and Lactose, and hopped with Magnum and US Goldings to a bitterness of 25 IBU. The color is 47 SRM, so it should be quite dark. My bottle had a best before date of November 2011, so hopefully it is still drinkable.

Left Hand Milk Stout
Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer pours with a black color (that shows some hints of red when looked through against the light), and a compact cream-colored head, that collapses slowly, leaving slight lacing along the glass.
Smellwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The aroma is roasty, with tones of roasted malt and a slight coffee note. Maybe a light sweetness in the aroma, but could also just be my imagination. Nothing special in the aroma.
Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The flavor begins with a sweet and creamy roastiness, that offers similar tones as in the aroma. The coffee tones are more pronounced with the backing sweetness, and these are joined by some chocolatey tones as well. The flavor ends semi-dry with just the slightest bitter and acrid finish. The flavors work quite well together, but are on the light side, and the finish puts the beer a little out of balance.
Mouthfeelwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer has a smooth, creamy and medium-full body, with a medium carbonation level. Not overly sweet, and to be honest not as sweet as I had expected. Felt nice in the mouth.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Overall a nice beer, that featured some roasted coffee and chocolate flavors coupled with a smooth mouthfeel, but unfortunately had a slight acridness in the finish. The creamy sweetness really helped bring forward the coffee and chocolate flavor, and it definitely wasn't overdone. Overall a nice beer!

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