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Day #32 – Left Hand Milk Stout

February 2, 2011

Still frozen in solid today, so I’m sticking with another heavy stout. I really wish this was my only job, cause I could get used to the idea of sitting on my couch while blogging, watching movies and drinking beer. Guaranteed this is what my summer will be like.

Also if you haven’t already seen it, I posted a very nice article on glassware last night. You can check it out here.

Left Hand Milk Stout

Left Hand Brewing Company is based out of Longmont, Colorado. Colorado is one of the beer Meccas of the US, along with Oregon and California. Texas is doing it’s best to get on the beer map, and if HB 660 passes in the State Legislature this session then we will take a large step in that direction. HB 660 would allow Texas brewpubs to distribute their beer, whereas at the moment they can only sell it to whoever walks in their doors. There is a very good blog going about it’s progress written by the owner of Freetail Brewing Co. based out of San Antonio. Give it a look here. Left Hand started in 1994 and has since grown to large proportions. Sawtooth Ale is their flagship beer but the one I am reviewing today was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, way back when. Very glad I am getting the chance to review it again today. I’m curious to see how my palate has changed since then, as the first time I rated it I made a crude joke about eating nuts. Take it for what it’s worth.

This beer pours a very dark brown color that turns to ruby highlights when held to the light. It was a little difficult to work up a head on this guy which was slightly odd. Usually stouts are billowing with head but this one was a bit lazy. What head did appear was a nice beige color.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of milky sweetness fill the aroma. Not sure where my previous nutty comment came from but I guess the roastyness could qualify for that.

Creamy mouthfeel, with a sweet cocoa flavor. A bit of roasty notes fill the flavor as well. The finish has the tingle of a higher ABV beer, but at 5.3% this is only bitterness. Definitely has a milk chocolate kind of flavor that makes this one fairly nice.

Cheers!

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