Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout vs. Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout – 03/27/2014

Posted: March 30, 2015 in Beer Tastings, Craft Beer, Tasting Notes
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I acknowledge the beers are different; yet, this will allow to point out similarities and differences in the two beers. This is my first tasting with written notes. Specs of each beer below:

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Pkgd: 06/13/2014
ABV: 6%
Temp: Unknown – Warmer than typical refrigerator temps.
Left Hand Brewing Co Milk Stout
Pkgd: Unknown
ABV: 6%
Temp: See Bell’s.

Bells:
Sweet, almost soy sauce aroma. Tan head with high SRM body. Chocolate with deeper notes of roast. Medium body and carbonation. Almost low carbonation. Chocolate in the back, but more roast than chocolate. After taste imparts fruity raisin like qualities.
Left Hand:
Much more chocolate to the nose. Hints of roasted coffee. Light tan head with dark, opaque body. Nice lace. Medium to low carbonation. Lighter mouthfeel. Less chocolate as the tasting progresses. More roast.

Comparison:

The Milk Stout seems much sweeter and lighter bodied than the K Stout. There’s a slight perceived astringency to the Milk Stout when compared to the K Stout. The K Stout appears to be less transparent, but has less roast to it. The K Stout is flavored in this pair as the lactose added a certain quality outside of my preference
*Note: Pretzels are apparently not a good snack with the stouts.*
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