Thursday, January 7, 2016

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout

by Jim Lannen

With 12 beers on draft, we are constantly rotating in different styles to coordinate with the seasons.  And in January, a nice winter stout is in order.

Traditionally used as a generic term to describe the strongest porters produced by a brewery, a stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or barley.  Brewed for over 300 years, stout beers are one of those styles that continues to grow right along with the craft beer industry.  And they're a flavor people typically either love or hate.

So for those lovers out there, we introduce Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout.

From Longmont, Colorado, this full bodied, 6% beer is dark and delicious. Left Hand serves a classic milk stout and a NITRO version using nitrogen instead of CO2. We'll be serving up the Nitro.  Here is what Left Hand has to say about the difference between the two. 

"All of our Nitro beers both contain the same ingredients as their classic CO2 equivalents and are meant to be highly similar. The main difference is mouthfeel. Traditional CO2 beers have a much greater carbonic bite compared to the much smoother Nitro series. The addition of Nitrogen to a beer gives way to much smaller bubbles, creating a smoother, creamier experience. Beyond mouthfeel, there are variances in appearance and smell as well.
Take Classic Milk Stout and Milk Stout Nitro. Visually, you will notice that as you pour Classic Milk Stout, it behaves like a normal beer with an instantaneous mahogany body and receding taupe head. As you hard pour Milk Stout Nitro, the beer will immediately begin to cascade, settling to reveal the body and developing a thick, billowy, off white head on top. In regards to smell and taste, Classic Milk Stout overall has a greater nose, as well as a more roasty character and a very slight hop bitterness. Milk Stout Nitro has a more creamy mocha essence throughout the beer, with no noticeable hop element." 

Aside from milk stouts, there are a number of stout variations including dry and imperial stouts. Guinness Draught falls into the dry stout category and is one of the most common and best selling stouts in today's market.

In fact, Guinness has been on our draft tower for over 20 years. (While I think perhaps it has overstayed its welcome, Ray's favorite beer has always managed to stay on our list). And although it is deservedly a classic, today's craft beer drinking crowd is likely to pass it by in favor of something more unique.

The world of fresh tasting breakfast stouts, milk stouts, oatmeal stouts, chocolate stouts, etc. are becoming more and more popular. So why not shy away from the mainstream and stop in this week to warm up with a glass of Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout?

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