Style: Nitro Milk/Sweet Stout
Malts: Pale 2-Row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Magnum, US Goldings
Brewer’s Note: “Dark & delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be.Pouring hard out of the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro cascades beautifully, building a tight, thick head like hard whipped cream. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. The pillowy head coats your upper lip and its creaminess entices your palate. Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop & roast bitterness in the finish. The rest is pure bliss of milk chocolate fullness.”
The beer’s label is simple and black, featuring a very sophisticated minimalism. I love the Left Hand symbol on the neck and top of the label and I love the black and white color scheme. The font is simple and boring, yet goes with the style beautifully. I do wish they had capitalized the “n” in nitro though, as it looks a bit odd (I suspect they did that for balance though…). There is little to no clutter, and they’ve even tried to make the fact that the bottle is 12 fluid ounces look interesting. This bottle is worthy of the minimalists shelf, and is definitely worthy of scrapbooking.
The beer pours like black velvet with a beautiful, near perfect head of tightly knit, sand dune-white bubbles. The beer’s body is dark and impenetrable to the eye, though presumably clean. The beer leaves a sheet of medium width, very tight lacing across much of the glass that eventually stretches into a long web. On the nose, the beer smells nicely roasty, like espresso. There is also a great lactic sour-sugar smell in the nose that lets you know it’s a milk stout. It actually almost smells like a cappuccino. Faint hints of a caramel and toffee can also be detected in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes much like the smell, with rich sweet coffee with a touch of roasted bitter and a touch of lactic sour. The flavor begins as watery coffee with a touch of milk before blooming into beautiful, almost cappuccino-like, flavors. Touches of toffee, vanilla, and sour milk touch upon the tongue. The finish is a bit sour with a touch of roasted malts and the aftertaste is a lesser clone of the finish. On the mouth, the beer feels smooth and velvety with a creamy quality to it. The beer’s body is medium and fluffy thanks to the nitrogen bubbles. The mouth is left wet with sour saliva. Overall, this is a lovely nitro milk stout. Great complex flavors. It is a little watery in the start, and honestly this beer is better when on tap than in the bottle (yes, yes, this is obvious, but it is especially prevalent with this beer). Try this beer.