Again, it’s been a while since I’ve added to the beer list. I need to start being a bit more dedicated to my goal of 50 American beers, lest I move back to London and completely come up short, which would be really embarrassing, since I work in a place that sells all kinds of amazing beer.
My latest beer was had at Stardust on Friday afternoon, enjoying some lovely weather outside. It wasn’t hot and I was sitting with a friend having a chat, and so it was the perfect time to have a nice beer.
I went with Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout, which was recommended to me by a few people when we were out of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout at Stardust (I wept for days). People had said it was good, but I was afraid of the word “milk” on it because I’m lactose intolerant. Yeah, I know, it’s kind of silly, but I was worried it would taste, well, milky.
Actually, it didn’t taste milky so much as slightly creamy, with predominantly roasted malt notes, making it entirely pleasant. I’ve been quite a stout/porter drinker lately, and I felt that the Left Hand Milk Stout stood well with all of the ones I’ve enjoyed lately: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Red Brick Porter (which I’d have written about had I not already gotten a Red Brick beer in) and St Peter’s Cream Stout.
Left Hand’s Milk Stout is at 6% ABV, which surprises me; this is definitely one of those beers one can find oneself enjoying quite a few of and then getting a bit too drunk without even realising it. However, although I’m a fan of stouts and porters, if not an avid one, at this time I tend to only drink two stouts/porters at a time, as they are quite filling for me.
Left Hand Brewing Company is based in Longmont, Colorado. This is the first brew I’m featuring from Colorado in the 50 American beers list, but it likely won’t be the last (unless I keep slackin’); Flying Dog Brewery is located in the state, as is Great Divide Brewing and Tommy Knocker, and I’ve had brews from each of these companies previously.
If you are someone who’s never had a stout before, give Left Hand’s Milk Stout a try. With it’s slight sweetness and nice flavours, I feel like it’s a good introduction to the stout world. Especially when it’s served up in a jar, like so.
- Beer: Milk Stout
- Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
- From: Longmont, Colorado
- Purchased at: Stardust Video & Coffee, Orlando, Florida
- Notes: A full-bodied stout with hints of cream and some roasted malt notes, making taste a bit like you’re drinking a cold coffee, and is possibly a fantastic alternate to drinking iced coffee during the summer months. The beer itself is pitch-black, and begs to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream added to the top of it to make a Milk Stout float.