trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught - Flying Saucer Germantown - Pours a rich deep brown with a creamy tan head. It has a very smooth palate of flavors and is great with bar food. I had to pace myself so I could watch the game before passing out. I would recommend this to any dark beer lover.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 On tap @ Red Bones. Pours a dark brown mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee. This sucker has one of the best palates of any beer. Itís like drinking cream. Sweet milk, coffee, burnt toffee, and a hint of chocolate. I gave my buddy a taste and he threatened to chug it if I didnít take it away. Itís definitely beer, but it makes you want to gulp it like cold milk.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
LH has cool labels stylistically. This is mediocre. Slab Cityís Stout Ale is quite similar but much better. This is just bit too sweet, sour, uneven and flavours do not hit home. Might benefit from bit more carbonation.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with very little head. Aroma is light coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is coffee. Slight maple flavor. Very thin and bitter. Some sugar flavor. Not my favorite milk stout.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at tasting room. malple pour with thin head. coffee aroma. smooth and creamy mouth. tastes of cheap coffee and cream.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Brewery: Very nice, sweet aroma of coffee, caramel, and choclate. Light brown in color, like a caramel. Opaque. Small brown head. Head diminished. Flavors of cream, milk, and choclate. No hop flavor. Full body. Soft Carbonation. A very good milk stout.
GarrettB (1181) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2012 Milk has fit into so many food pairings and beverage matches that it hardly needs another place to be used. It is one of the most popular and ardently used animal products in history, reincarnated in dozens of forms for the common and obscure tasks of the kitchen alike. It is the only spouse for the Oreo, and it has been my favorite alternative beverage since I abstained from drinking sodas. But it is everywhere Ė especially in the places I least expect to find it. Including beer. I vaguely recall having a milk stout before and was more fascinated with the whole idea of a milky beer than I was with the beer at hand. A little research has elucidated the story a bit: its milk SUGARS, not the actual mammarian essence of bovine we love to chug that sweetens the milk stout. As for Left Handís version of this very strange stout: if my first milk stout didnít leave much of an impression, this one sure did. Iíve been putting Left Hand down a lot lately and itís my own frailty and vulnerability thatís to blame. Theyíre labeling looks like a cheap magazine ad. But this stout shines through to make for a very basic but excellent drinking experience. Itís a dark beer, akin to the dark spots on our iconic American cows, with an atypical brown-rose colored head that fades away too fast for admiration. The smell is much more pleasant than most stouts, combining chocolate, sweet sour cream, bitter roasted coffee, suburban sod, wildflower honey and some espresso cream altogether. I dearly wish to say I could pinpoint the ďmilkinessĒ with my trained proboscis, but that would be a twisting of the facts. I didnít, and I suspect it was because itís not there. Then again, Iíve never had a sensitive olfactory to begin with. The taste starts with a low key, sweet coffee flavor married with dark chocolate. This blend is carefully balanced and really waltzes across the palate. It is a soothing, dark and sweet beer, yet masculine without having to go suicidal in a blood frenzy of malts like so many breweries are doing today. The aftertaste is a little brief, but it echoes that same elementary combo of chocolate and coffee that makes for a simply splendid drink. If youíre exhausted with all the bottled malts bombs, give this obscure if poorly labeled drink a try and you too will wax poetic on the many uses of milk, especially in beer.
April 13th, 2011 revised tasting notes - Very dark in color. Aroma carries juniper berries (lovely!), malts, and chocolate milk. The palate is PERFECT for the flavor: soft and velvety. Mild flavor of chocolate malts, light and sweet and never astringent or bitter, and perfect as a dessert beer, with chocolate overtones (though not overly chocolatey.)
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: Strong roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and tobacco. A hint of cocoa and a touch of pine, as well. Appearance: Black with a full and creamy medium tan head. Head had good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Smooth roasted malt flavor, again with notes of coffee and smoke. Sweetness of the brew comes out more as it warms. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight astringency in the finish. Overall: A good, and highly drinkable milk stout. Milk sugar really rounds out the flavor and makes it smooth. Good stuff.
joergen (22903) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival.
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Roasted flavour of coffee and chocolate.
Roasted finish of coffee.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice stout brewed by Left Hand. This stout definitely has coffee character in both flavor and on the nose. Perhaps some dark bakers chocolate in there too. Lactose is present but not as present as I initially would have thought (considering itís called milk stout). Pours nice and dark, almost back. Decent head that fizzes away. A worthy purchase!