NOTES: Bottle @ McHops Monastery
STYLE: Milk Stout
APPEARANCE: Looks solid black, but upon closer inspection there are some lovely chestnut highlights on the edges of the glass.
HEAD: Off-white, fairly prodigious, but bubbles away somewhat rapidly
LACING: Decent, but unremarkable.
NOSE: Super subtle nose. Cocoa powder, some lactose sweetness, and a faint aroma of raisins and prunes.
TASTE: Nothing complicated. Just sweet and smooth, with mellow chocolate and roasted malt flavors taking center stage. A slightly sour, lactic tinge in the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.
DRINKABILITY: A look back at my review makes it sound like this is a fairly bland beer. I’ll admit it didn’t blow me away, but it’s exceptionally drinkable and as close to a session brew as you can get with a sweet, milk stout. I actually really liked it. I think Left Hand did justice to the style and made a very well-crafted, if somewhat one-note brew. I should point out that having grown up on Guinness, I have a soft spot for straightforward stouts.
RATING: 3 Hops