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RATINGS: 2812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This English style of beer, also known as Sweet Stout or Cream Stout, first appeared in London in the late 1800’s. The early brewers touted the health benefits of the milk sugar in this beer which today relates mainly to the increased amount of calories(no real health benefits…sorry). The milk sugar adds a well rounded sweetness to this dark beer and makes it an outstanding, year ‘round stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Thick, black, with a thin espresso tinged head which quickly clears to make way for dark chocolate, espresso, raisins and cream. A quaff of super smooth sweet cream hints and overflowing dark chocolate, not too bitter, with some smoked wood. Espresso bitterness hits in the back of my tongue after the fact, preventing the Milk Stout from being overly cloying and sweet. Surprisingly not a heavy or thick body, but very clean and almost light for a milk stout. it’s interesting to note that the milk is not upfront and personal, but hanging around in the back, watching over all the other flavor profiles which make up her circle of friends. More chocolate presence about halfway through, though more milk chocolate then dark, sweeter and less bitter. I get a bit more smokiness in the breath of the beer, as milky cream, chocolate, and coffee round out the palate all the way to the last quaff with a lightly dry flourish.
A very well balanced representation of the style. I usually can’t do more than one stout at a time, but I could enjoy a couple of these and be just fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9942) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle. Black with a small head. Aromas are chocolate and coffee with low bitterness. Milky sweetness is pronounced and welcome. Flavours are sweet and obviously milky which is a change from the lactose stouts I’ve had previously. Rich smooth chocolate with light roast malts. Quite simply a really pleasant drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
nice sweet aroma - this brew tasted smooth and creamy - not too bitter - nice aftertaste - I think I could have used a bit more flavor but not sure what... might be a bit smooth for my palatte. Would enjoy this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
One of Left Hand’s better brews. It pours dark black with minimal head. Has aromas of roasted coffee and malts. The sugars from the milk come out nicely and it has a smooth mouth feel to it. Pretty good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borresteijn (6496) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle @ home. Pours black, off-white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts and sweetness. Taste is thin, sweet, coffee, roasted malts. The milk sugar is too sweet for me, didn’t really enjoy this beer. Very smooth mouthfeel though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Near black pour, fairly miniscule tan head. Rich smell of mocha and roast malt. Chocolate with roasted tones, lactose. Smooth, nice finish. Could have used just a little more something, not quite sure what though. Still good. Need to try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle from ’Beersofeurope.co.uk’: Pours a pure black with a thin tan head that vanishes quickly. Aroma of sweet chocolate and malt. Rich flavour with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Quite thick with a lovely mouthfeel. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NaturalIce (148) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 12 oz botlle - pours out dark with head that thins quickly. Thickish consistency with a milk chocolate mocha bitterness finish. Good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (853) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Very creamy head. Dark as sin colorwise. Very pungent aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Wonderful flavor. Not extremely bitter with lots of sweetness from the lactose addition. Smooth going down the palate. I have to confess that this is one of my favorite styles of stout and this is definately one of the better milk stouts I’ve had. I had it a LONG time ago, but haven’t seen it around the SF Bay Area for quite some time. Would buy this again and again if it was readily available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2008
Very deep´n´dark ruby brown color with small but lacy beige head. Aroma is very chocolatey and lactoce sugary, roasty malty and smooth aroma overall. Lactoce sugary, chocolatey and roasty malty flavor. Medium-bodied and lively btu softly carbonated palate.

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