Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout was sent to me by the folks at Left Hand Brewing Co. for inclusion in these tasting notes.
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: This is a very deep clear dark red brew, not opaque. The carbonation is fine and builds a firm dense head of mocha colored bubbles that are tiny to medium sized and leave a respectable Belgian lace.
Aroma: The first impression is a brief aromatic sensation of dried prunes and a touch of tobacco. The second impression sweetens the tobacco aroma and deepens the prune. The third nosedive exposes a little bit of leather to add to the prune and tobacco.
Flavor: After that first refreshing sensation the flavors that appear are related to the prune aroma and slide into a dark chocolate flavor. A second sip reveals just how close those two flavors are. The third swallow and the taste receptors are enjoying themselves without the distractions of any additional flavors.
Mouth feel: This is a full bodied beer that has an almost “chewable” quality.
Finish: There is a rather quick finish, leaving very little behind.
Comments: Towards the back of the bottle there is an illustration that depicts a two-step pouring system suggesting you “Pour hard” and then “Admired and enjoy”.
After sampling this product I will admit that I went back and read the press release handed out dated September 29. It mentions the word Nitro and its successful introduction on draft systems. After reading the material it became clear to me that this product was counter pressure carbonated using nitrogen rather than carbon dioxide. Just how much difference this makes without a widget I cannot tell you not having a bottle or can available equipped in such a way. That said, let me get to the good part…
This is stout without the rasp that is often found in brews made from heavily roasted or kilned grains. There is a less aggressive stance to this particular stout would certainly not intimidate any number of grilled meats. I would be tempted to try this with a roasted chicken, perhaps even basting that roasted chicken with a splash of Nitro. It would also add an additional nuance when used to make the gravy.
The Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Co.