Sunday, September 21, 2014

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout

This is a 6.0% ABV milk stout with nitrogen added from the Left Hand Brewing Company of Longmont, Colorado.

The beer pours black, with just a bit of very dark brown on the edge when held to the light. There is a very short head of tan foam. It says to pour hard. With the first bottle, I poured into a pub glass, harder than I would normally pour, but got no nitro surge, no creamy head, just some bubbles stuck to the side of the glass.  A “hard” pour is a relative term, I found with another bottle that what they are really calling for is to turn the bottle completely upside down and let it rip into the glass.  This would overfoam any other beer, but is what is needed to release the nitro and get a nice, creamy head.  The aroma is very pleasant dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, and some coffee. The taste follows the aromas, drinks very smooth, great dark roasted malt flavors. Great stout!

My good hard pour:

First try, not hard enough, you literally have to turn the bottle completely upside down:

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