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Left Hand Milk Stout (283 of 1001)

Rating: 3.9

A trip to America now and Longmont, Colorado for a very highly rated sweet stout by the name of Left Hand Milk Stout. This one will be my 283rd beer from the 1001 list whilst being my first brew from Left Hand that I’ve been able to pick up. It’s a brewery that I’ve seen mentioned a few times in the past but it doesn’t seem as if all that many of their beers make it to the UK, I had to order this one online in the run up to Christmas in order to check it off the list. The beer is a sweet/milk stout, a style popularised by Mackeson in the early 20th century in the hope more women would buy their beers, this one being a throwback that is based on a 1907 recipe from Mackeson although this one does come in a little stronger alcohol wise than the original.

Left Hand Milk Stout

Appearance (4/5): Black coloured with a thin beige lacing on top that covers the surface and has a little build up of lacing around the circumference of the glass. The beer is opaque and still looking with the odd mahogany tinge around the base and edges.
Aroma (7/10): Naturally a sweet beer with some lactose notes and sugar, a little milk and some dark roasted malts as a base. It’s not quite as light and sweet as some of the style I’ve tried but it’s definitely a milk stout. There is some roasted, earthy notes coming through with some dark chocolate as well.
Taste (8/10): Matching the nose well, this one starts with some sweet lactose and milk flavours with the darker, roasted malts and barely coming through soon after. There is some grain in there with a lot of chocolate as well, the beer definitely coming through darker than I was expecting but it is still a nice tasting beer. I got come a touch of caramel in there somewhere as well and the sugars added some further sweetness towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth bodied and fairly sweet without coming across sickeningly so, there is some grain around the middle and the beer is fairly well carbonated for the style but definitely not gassy with the finish coming across as a dry one but overall the beer is very drinkable.

Overall (16/20): American craft beers on the 1001 beers list are nothing if not consistent, this one is another highly drinkable beer with a very good balance to it. It wasn’t quite as sweet as your normal milk stout and the alcohol content was a little higher than usual but so to was the standard, the beer was great drinking from the start and a beer well worth its place on the list.

Brewed In: Longmont, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2001
Type: Milk/Sweet Stout
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £2.99

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