Today was one of those weird days where I got off work around three and had no idea what to do; of course I have a laundry list of things to do but let’s be honest- no way would I be productive.
After sitting in Seattle traffic for what felt like eternity, getting home and cleaning up the house and finally stuffing my second meal of the day in my face-hole (and it was toast. Is toast a meal??), I FINALLY have some time to drink a beer.
I haven’t grabbed Left Hand Brewing‘s Nitro Milk Stout in a hot minute, but it’s always my go-to when suggesting a solid stout to customers. You don’t run into a lot of nitro bottled beers, so it’s kind of fun to see how they react differently! When pouring a bottled nitro, you’re literally supposed to dump it in the glass; that’s right, we’re talking about flipping the bottle completely upside down to help the nitrogen react. Do that to a normal beer and you’ll get a glass full of 99% foam! No. Thanks.
The best part about nitro beer has to be watching the beer cascade into a beautiful head. Left Hand’s is no exception. The nitrogen takes a second to produce a frothy tan head atop the almost jet black beer; aroma is amazing with chocolate, malt and some brown sugar tossed in. The taste mimics most American milk stouts, but is balanced with the creaminess of the nitro, mocha flavors and ending with a hint of bitterness in the end. Honestly, this is a pretty well-rounded milk stout that is perfect for sipping, knocking back or if you just flat out like milk stouts.
If you’re in the Seattle area, you guys better be bundling up! You know what goes perfect with a heavy night of snow? A heavy night of drinking stouts, amiright?! I hope your fridge is stocked and you brought out the coziest of sweaters.