The pour on this beer is a bit unusual, as the label on the bottle instructs you to "Pour Hard". That is what I did and was really impressed with what I saw. The hard pour resulted in a turbulent rush of carbonation that surges from the bottom of the glass. A very "Guinness like" look as the beer slowly fades from the bottom to the top with a tan type color, leaving behind a black beer with a beautiful tightly formed tan head resting on top. Great retention on the head as it does not move an inch once it forms and is present during the entire session. Thick foamy lacing.
The aroma is dark and creamy with a slightly sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.
The taste is unbelievably milky and smooth. A lightly sweetened milk chocolate flavor that slowly melts into a darker roasted malt with a touch of bitter coffee in the finish. The flavors are on the mild side, but smooth and inviting at the same time.
Medium body with light carbonation. The mouthfeel is milky and smooth and rolls off your tongue like silk. A gentle sweetness on the aftertaste with a well balanced mild bitter. A super easy drinking beer.
Overall I am very impressed with this beer. The appearance alone is worth trying this beer! Left Hand Brewing has developed a really impressive way to create a "nitro" beer in a standard 12oz bottle without using widgets. I checked the bottle after I poured it trying to figure out how they did that....but the bottle was empty except for a few bubbles. The taste and the aroma are both very nice as well and work perfectly with the style and mouthfeel on this beer! I would say that this is must try beer if not just its uniqueness. Try one!
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy