Thursday, June 30, 2011
Brewer: Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, Colorado
Alcohol Content: 6%
Official Description from Brewer:
"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."
As I am a sucker for a good stout, I couldn't help but grab this bottle for my six pack variety pack. It has been sitting in my refrigerator for a good, long while as I've been busy getting the house in order from all things construction. The worst part is, I had been anxiously waiting for the right time to crack open this brew. Milk stouts have become more and more popular with the advance of craft beers and they make a great dessert. After a night of homemade pizza, I figured it would be perfect.
Left Hand did me wrong with TNT. I was expecting great things with this offering and I was not disappointed. The stout poured beautifully into my usual pint glass, which I discovered is not quite a pint. The black hue was inviting and the liquid was far from thick. As I drew in a deep breath my sense of smell detected an odor bordering on rubbing alcohol hidden beneath the milky bitterness of the beer. It was sickeningly sweet in a way.
My first draw of the Milk Stout was so smooth and creamy. A sweet undertone gave way to an intense coffee aftertaste that was further followed by the initial milkiness. The sensation was phenomenal and kept the glass tilted at a 45 degree angle near my lips.
Left Hand has won me back with the delicious Milk Stout. It indeed was the perfect dessert beer to cap off my night and I am looking forward to stocking my fridge with a couple bottles.
Suggestion: Add this to your stout collection without hesitation. Even if you aren't a fan of dark beers you will be pleasantly surprised by the rich, creaminess that Milk Stout has to offer. If you don't like coffee, avoid the black aftertaste.
Value: Part of my $2/bottle variety pack. Well worth it. Smooth, delicious, and 6%.
Michelle Factor: Michelle grimaced upon taking her sip of Milk Stout thanks to the intense coffee flavor on the back end. After a minute she discovered the milkiness underneath but was still not impressed.