Left Hand Milk Stout

Beer No. 4 – Left Hand Milk Stout

I could drink three to four more, easy, but today isn’t that day. Today I’m craving something robust and this one drinks more like a 2% milk stout than it should.

STYLE: Milk Stout

ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: It must be the way I pour a pint. Another two-finger head, only this one dissolves quickly and the lacing recedes to nothing within a minute. A shame, really, because it’s an interesting topper. More brown than black, cinnamon sugar with rich coffee dimples. The many air pockets also provide an attractive side view – the side boob of beers, I suppose.

NOSE: Style-limiting nose here. Roasted coffee beans, to be sure. Smoky too.

MOUTH: This is where it gets…complicated. By which I mean the way I feel about this tasty but underwhelming brew. Mild-roast coffee beans, brown sugar, a touch of cake batter. The finish is short, good bitter, well balanced. A little crumb of sugary sweetness lingers on the lips. Lacks robustness – probably its fatal flaw.

Beeradvocate Rating: 88

Hayward Abbey Rating: 83

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