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RATINGS: 2805   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours black-ish brown with a tiny white head. Strong coffee aroma... my first Left Hand beer and thus far I am not disappointed. Taste is also pretty fantastic... a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, milk? Ha. Don’t put it past me to imagine something because of the beer’s name, but there is definitely a milky sort of creaminess in this that is wonderful. Unfortunately, the creaminess is in the taste and not the body... which is really the only negative thing I have to say about this brew. Just a little thin. S’ok though, still a new favorite for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2007
12oz bottle bottled on 6/29/07. Pours dark brown/black with a tiny white head that all but disappears quickly. Aroma is nice milk chocolate, roastiness, malted milk balls, a wee bit of tobacco. Pleasant overall. Taste is rich, wet tobacco, dark chocolate, roasty. Medium bodied with a milk chocolate finish. This is pretty damn good if not exceptional. Pretty exemplary of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown. Creamy light tan head, a little lacing. Rich roast aroma with a chocolatey hint. Flavor is full roasted malts with a rich sweetness. Full bodied, smooth with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Draught. Very mild nose, light chocolate. Opaque black, thick off-white head. Flavor is really nice, deep milk chocolate with a touch of coffee in the finish. Very smooth and creamy palate. A successful stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2007
draft at clark street alehouse. smelled initially like miller lite, perhaps because it came after surly darkness. tastes reasonably good though. very creamy, even for a milk stout. milky, chocolatey and very satisfying. body was smooth, and i thought it filled its niche perfectly like a spotted cow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2007
A near-black beer with an average light brown head. Cocoa, sweet dark malts and mild coffee to the nose. Quite sweet-flavored; lactose, lots of malts and notes of sweet licorice, roast and milk-chocolate. Smooth texture. Good body. Dries up in the finish. A nice one. (Bottle @ RBNAG’07)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. This beer poured a very dark brown to nearly balck with a light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with dark malt undertones. Flavor of dark roasted malt with coffee and caramel. Slightly sweet. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Yet another damn good beer from Left Hand. I didn’t care for the first few I tried but these last ones are dead on. Aroma of vanilla, milk and malt. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin light tan ring of a head. The taste was delicious. Milky and sweet with nice carbonation and just the right mouthfeel. Milk, vanilla and roasted malt in the front and a creamy aftertaste. I love sweet stouts and usually questioning why some are labeled as such. This one is clear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 bottle. Pours dark brown, opaque with a thin tan head. Pleasent aroma has notes of chocolate and roasted malt. I can already detect some sweetness. The flavor was nice if somewhat muted. There were notes of chocolate, coffee, some sweetness, and some dark fruit. The finish is pleasently mild and only slightly bitter. The mouth feel is medium to light and it is fairly smooth but also pretty bland. This was a nice sweet stout but it was not as interesting as I had hoped. Just because it is sweet doesn’t mean that all of the flavors and aromas have to be dialed down. Slightly above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15264) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Bottle. Weak roasted aroma, slightly dusty with distinct coffee notes. Very dark brown colour with a red shine. Very small bubly head. The flavour is quite sweet with some milk chocolate and coffee notes. Flavourful and good.

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