Characterized as a "sweet stout," Left Hand Milk Stout is the perfect starter stout. Milk stouts are brewed with lactose, and this one is hands down amazing (get it? Left Hand, hands down? I'm so clever!)! This beer is brewed with hops, malts, barley, oats, and chocolate.
It's a thick beer with a creamy caramel-colored head. The flavor is very chocolatey and a bit nutty. Honestly, it has a bit of a coffee flavor to it, even though I do not believe it is brewed with coffee. Honestly, this beer is like a delicious comfort food. While it is a thicker beer, it's so easy to drink!
When you walk into bars, you'll often find that the bar has a "nitro" tap. It allows a legged beer to be pressurized with a partial nitrogen gas. These taps give the beer a really creamy pour and quality (you will often find Guiness on that tap). The Flying Saucer in Raleigh always has Milk Stout on a nitro tap, and I can never resist ordering it (not matter the time of year) when I go there. Imagine my amazement when I learned Left Hand bottled Milk Stout Nitro. Die. Nitro is the best way to drink this beer in my opinion. I'm salivating just thinking about it...
[via]In my opinion, the perfect food pairing for this milky, creamy beer is a big hamburger (black bean for me). Think diner-style hamburger + chocolate milkshake pairing? Yes. Left Hand has a few different recipes of their own. They recommend a Milk Stout barbecue sauce on short ribs.