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July 30, 2003

Left Hand Milk Stout

Beer of the night.

It's a wet night. The rain is coming down much harder than it was earlier in the evening. Ngnat was bored, and I didn't feel like letting her watch yet another Spongebob, so we went outside. She rolled little cars down the driveway amid the occasional flat splat of a big raindrop, and I polyurethaned the wooden parts of what will one day become the downstairs toy chest.

Once that was done I washed the Explorer, on the theory that at least the rain would make rinsing it off somewhat easier. Ngnat helped, in her way, taking the tire brush and assidously scrubbing the driveway with it. She was also very thorough when it came to rinsing the lower two feet of newly scrubbed vehicle, often holding the hose in one place for what seemed like minutes at a time.

Honey, you're rinsing, not eroding, okay?

"Okay, daddy." Then she'd notice some speck of foam on her upper arm and rinse herself for a while.

Eventually we finished, though not before a thoroughly enraptured Ngnat stood on top of the SUV and rinsed from there.

"Up," hose water splashing on the roof, but only for a moment.

"Down," and the hose output goes over the side to crash on the cement below.

"Up." Roof.

"Down." Cement.

Repeat every 10 seconds, until the little soaked girl grabs daddy around the neck for the six foot trip down to the ground.

"This'll be fun!" she said.

It wasn't quite a run in the rain, but it had its moments.

Milk stout is one of a type of cream or sweet stouts, so called because they are brewed with milk sugars to produce a stout that is not only sweeter than normal, but lower in alcohol as well, though you probably shouldn't give it to a baby.

There's not a lot of reviews for this beer. The only in-depth ones I found were at the BeerAdvocate. Most mention the quickly disappearing head, a fairly light mouthfeel unexpected in a stout, and some more or less vague coffee hints.

Franky, if you can't detect coffee hints in a stout, you're not trying, but that's just my opinion.

To me the LHMS felt more like a dark lager than a stout, and the thin head is kind of disappointing if one is expecting the incredible carbonation found in a Guinness, but that's the nature of the style. Coffen hint? Check. Dryness? Check. A fairly decent beer. I'll assume it's indicative of the style until I taste a different one.

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