|Already my favorite beer of 2012|
Nitro will be a limited release of Left Hand's perennial Milk Stout (sans nitrogen), which is a spectacularly packaged beer on its own; however, the technology that the brewery perfected was to be able to drink a bottled beer that feels like it came from the tap.
I often talk about the flavor profiles of the brews on here, but the star of this particular incarnation of this beer is its mouthfeel. In other words, Nitro tastes better because it feels better.
When pubs pull a stout on draught, it is delivered from the keg to the glass with the ample use of nitrogen rather than the copious use of carbon dioxide. Therefore, stouts feel and taste creamier in a pub because they contain less carbonation and are allowed to "cook", as stout heads form from the bottom up and take a minute to settle into a perfect foam hat.
Whereas Guiness invented the portable nitro stout with the use of their in-vessel nitrogen-releasing widget, Left Hand has perfected the idea by improving the properties of the glass itself, sans widget. The result: a perfect draught pint, in the room of your choice.
Another awesome feature of this beer is the suggestion from the brewers on how to pour it. No longer should one doubt the prospect of pouring the perfect pint: 1) Keep the glass upright, pour hard, and 2) Admire.
|I've followed their directions at least a dozen and a half times thus far.|