Beer Details: Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. Available year-round. $10 on average for six 12-ounce bottles, 5.9% alcohol by volume.
Appearance: Dark coffee brown with a thin caramel-colored head of carbonation.
Aroma: Melted chocolate with a hint of toasted nut.
Taste: With our eyes closed, we could almost swear we were sipping a delicious, milky iced-coffee beverage. This beer is seriously silky on the tongue, leaving behind a lingering creamy texture. It tastes like the best espresso you've ever had: strong and black with soft caramel flavors and a hint of burnt sugar. The hops provide just enough bitterness to balance all those crazy sweet malt flavors.
Food Pairings: We really like this as a dessert or after-dinner beer. Try it on its own or with cream-based desserts like panna cotta and bread pudding!
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