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Milk Stout Nitro - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,736
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 124
Gots: 854 | FT: 2
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Petey_the_Quiet on 03-08-2014

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Ratings: 1,736 | Reviews: 202
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a thin lacing of oatmeal-colored foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and lactose up front, giving off notes of coffee and cream, freshly baked dark bread, vanilla and caramel.

Taste: Very roasty up front, with some nice coffee and burnt sugar flavors, followed by some vanilla, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. There’s no coffee-like bitterness to speak of which pleases me greatly. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Creamy as hell, and very, very, very smooth, as there’s no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good milk stout! Great flavors of roasted malt and some subtle coffee, accented with some nice caramel, brown sugar and vanilla-like sweetness, all wrapped up in an extremely smooth quaff. I’ll certainly be getting more of this!

Photo of sheeley
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I love the dark black color of this beer. One of the darkest colors I have seen, even for a stout. Probably just me not pouring it hard enough into the glass, but there was little to no head, which I found disappointing. Smell: Wonderful. Notes of milk and mocha/espresso. Taste/mouthfeel: Exceptional. I personally love milk stouts, and this reminded me of my all-time favorite beer, Odell Lugene. Very smooth taste with strong coffee notes. In general, the taste is lacking a bit for me, I found myself wanting more flavor than I got. The aftertaste is quite pleasant; I could easily drink this beer all night long with no problem. Occasionally, I taste a sharp alcohol note (usually upon the initial sip), but it disappears quickly. Overall, a wonderful milk stout that I will purchase again.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into an English pub glass.

You gotta love that cascading effect in the glass... it looks awesome. But beyond that, the chewy head that forms is almost absurd. It's thick enough to be yogurt. It actually looks like how my smoothies get when I refrigerate them and a layer forms over the liquid. You could eat this bright khaki-colored head. And it persists forever. Just sits there. Pitch black body sets a lovely contrast. 5

Dark roast malts, coffee and light chocolate are first noticeable before lighter caramel. It's a touch sweet and has a slightest of slight earthy hop aroma. 4

Nitro coffee or nitro beer? With all these nitro coffees available nowadays I could probably sneakily drink this at work. Such a robust coffee flavor with a sweet follow through of caramel. Dark chocolate appears mid-palate too. The finish lingers with coffee and sweet vanilla that doesn't seem to leave my tongue. 4.25

I'd say it's exactly what you'd expect from a nitro beer feel-wise: low carbonation, smooth and creamy and far too easy to throw back. There's a surprising bit of solvent bite with certain sips and a dry, mildly bitter finish that offsets the sweetness, so it's got many components still. 4

A classic. Delicious. I probably overlook this far too much.

Photo of bwood06
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Thick, creamy, khaki colored head, about 1 finger. Remember to pour hard or there will be very little head to this beer.

S - First thing that hits my nose is milk/lactose. Then a bit of chocolate comes in followed by oats. There is a creaminess to the nose.

T - Milk is the first tasting note to come out. A bit of coffee flavor to the malt without any real bitterness. Slight hint of oats. A bit of toffee as well.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Very viscous. The beer lingers on the back of the tongue (not necessarily the flavor, but the beer itself).

O - Very good. Flavors are a bit challenging to find, other than the lactose, but they are there. Very good feel in the mouth. Seems to cover every square inch of the mouth which results in a nice creamy finish. Not dry at all.

Photo of GreatHornedEwl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very light stout aroma; coffee/dark choc./milk; still a large degree of sweetness; mouthfeel out of this world- very smooth but the light carbonation is playful and sits on the tongue. appearance is also a highlight w/ the nitrogen providing a tight, white head that stays throughout

Photo of boogieman
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from my local liquor store who just started stocking it, and poured into my beer glass.
Very dark, non-translucent black color. Poured very thick and smooth. Almost no head, just a faint cover of foam that didn't really dissipate at all, but hung around, lacing the top of the stout.
Delicious smell of chocolate, with tones of toffee, coffee, and malt
Taste- rich and creamy dark and milk chocolate. An almost cola-like undertone, along with some toffee essences. It's a lightly sweet bitterness. Not much aftertaste, it disappears from your mouth fairly quickly. I wish it would have hung around a little longer.
Mouthfeel- fabulous. Very rich and thick and creamy, while at the same time feeling light enough that I could drink a lot of this. Very light carbonation.
This is one of my favorite beers, and I'm so glad I was able to find it this weekend. Planning on drinking this one many more times!

Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

a: a solid, dark black color. almost like motor oil. 1/2 finger tan solid head. almost looks like a coin could rest on there

s: smells like silky chocolate with some bitter roasted malts. very smooth smelling with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and caramel

t: taste follows the nose pretty well. i'm definitely noticing that milky lactose sweetness right away in here. that rolls into some mildly bitter roasted malts and a nice rich milk chocolate flavor. nothing too complex but incredibly smooth

m: very silky and creamy. very smooth

o: one of the most milk-sweetness forward milk stouts i've had. its nothing crazy, but is delicious and has a wonderful mouthfeel. real nice balance of sweet and roasty bitterness in here. definite recommend

Photo of willyburz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My beer/stout world changed forever when I drank my first Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro! In my opinion, it is the greatest stout on the planet, simply amazing! Left Hand doesn't distribute here in Sioux Falls yet, so I make state border runs, and stock up. If you love beer, if you like stouts, THIS beer is AMAZING! Go with the Nitro, soooooooo smooth!

Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; no apparent freshness info. Served slightly chilled.

An aggressive pour yields a glass filled with an opaque, black-coloured liquid, topped with just over one finger's worth of dense, creamy, light beige-coloured head. Very nice retention, with gobs of sticky lacing - an attractive stout for sure. The aroma is rich and enticing, with notes of roasted malt, cocoa, mocha coffee and toffee. Nothing too fancy, but miles ahead of most of the nitro beers I've tried previously, which typically have very bland, subdued aromas.

Rich and creamy are the words of the day as far as this beer goes. The sip is initially dominated by a combination of milk chocolate, mocha and lactose sweetness, with a touch of roasted malts and toffee/caramel. Bittersweet finish, with a lingering milk sugar sweetness. Medium-bodied, with the sort of silky-smooth mouthfeel you'd expect from a nitro beer. The taste is definitely approachable, but it's so god damn sweet that I can't see myself wanting more than a bottle of this at a time.

Final Grade: 4.07, a solid A-. Left Hand has produced an exceptionally high-quality milk stout here. It's a little too saccharine to be something I'd consume on a regular basis, but to be fair this is not one of my preferred styles to begin with. It's still a tasty little beer that is well worth a try if you're curious, although I doubt it's very popular amongst the diabetic demographic.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, earth and charcoal. The taste is sweet milk chocolate, almost like a chocolate milk shake. Some roasted malts with a hint of smoke. Earthy notes. Finishes with mor of the roasted malts and milk chocolate. Velvety, slick mouthfeel from the nitro. Overall, very well done. I still prefer the draft but I will be buying more of this again. Glad it is now available in CT.

Photo of FFreak
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass after a two course campground meal. This is a nearly black stout with almost zero head and minimal lace. There's lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste is nice - sweet smooth malt with tons of coffee flavor and some chocolate, just a hint of roast, but nothing brisk or sharp at all. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a chocolate milk-like texture. This is overall a good after dinner dessert beer that would also stand up fairly well on it's own.

Photo of Joeltok
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great drink ability. No bad after taste. Similar to Guinness but with more alcohol.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours jet black, very thick and creamy with a two finger head that dissipates to a one finger head. Nice thick solid lacing.
S - Mocha coffee, no hidden flavors here, just malts and delicious rich mocha coffee.
T - Rich warm roasted mocha coffee, malts and a touch of Irish cream. Can't taste the alcohol.
O - An amazing 5 star stout, quite sessionable for a stout as it isn't bitter, easy to drink and would be a perfect stater stout for introduction to the world of dark stouts.
V - A little pricy, locally 10 dollars a six pack, but worth trying, will be a repeat stout for me.

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er of this since I couldn't find a new oatmeal stout.
A: Definitely a stout.
Disregard the instructions and the head may be thin. Follow them and this has the appearance of an iconic stout; dark, dark brackish opaque with a thick creamy tan head. Almost looked like little chocolate flakes sprinkled on top. Beautiful.
Also, after the instructional pour get ready for some vortex movements within the glass until it settles.

S: Soft scents of roasted oats and a whif of something coffee?, dark chocolate? Very straightforward.

T: Not very complex in flavor; some slight cocoa-like flavor without the bite.

M: Solid medium fullness/thickness and s..m..o..o..t..h..Easy, easy drinkin'. As it warms, there is a slight bitterness in the finish, but not much.

O: Solid stout, very creamy and smooth. Not a lot of flavor, but very true to the style. This would make a fantastic stout float.

Photo of mschipper
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible. Was not expecting a stout this good. I am usually harsh on stouts because most have added carbonation and I personally feel that stouts are better on their natural, creamy froth like this one. A: black as coffee, and not to thick. Hardly a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a quarter finger that lasts throughout with minimal lacing. S: definitely milky, hints of mocha and chocolate, undertones of bread. and absolutely no hint of hops. T: milk and mocha are strong, chocolate and bread come later, slight dark fruit, hops are completely disguised. F: smooth, milky, and very little carbonation. Have to be careful because of how smooth it is, it goes down quick. O: superb stout. Definitely on my favorite list. It's actually refreshing.

Photo of alarmclock314
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour this into a tall glass and watch it beautifully settle. The nitro version is the way to go. One of my favorite milk stouts.

Photo of dditto2
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful cascade. Smells and taste good, coffee, malty sweetness. Mouth feel is very good. This has the nitro feel with a heavy oatmeal stout-like creamy body and it is unique and pleasant. Very good stuff.

Photo of kmwalin
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[Left] hands down, my favorite beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured forcefully from nitro bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with lovely, tan, nitro head.

Smell: Strong roasted aroma, with chocolate, char, coffee, smoke and molasses. Stronger than expected.

Taste: The taste is pretty much identical to the aroma described above, but a little bit muted. There is some milk-like sweetness at the end.

Feel: Extremely creamy. Obvious lack of carbonation, but that is the point. The body is very light; it could be decried as thin but the creaminess more than makes up for it.

Overall: This is a perfect substitute for Guinness Draught. You know, for when you desire something better. This is pretty damn good overall, even if the taste is definitely on the light side.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rough pour and cascading nitro effect is pretty awesome, it's nice that they came up with the Nitro bottles without having to add a widget to the bottle that's American creativity.

Looks to be nearly pitch black in the glass, creamy texture tan head fine even layers of lacing.

Aromatics offer up creamy dark chocolate notes, with the lactose additions creamed coffee, dark roasted malts all blend nicely on the nose.

Flavor is a continuation of what Left Hand Milk stout always provided one of the best cream stouts in the country that was widely available. You could definitely have this with breakfast they need a coffee spiked version. Dark chocolate notes, caramelized sugars, oatmeal additions add a great texture to this milk stout. Creamy milk sugar finish with a bit of a mineral water character.

Mouthfeel is creamy nitro bottles make it that much more light and airy on the palate, silky smooth with each sip no harsh bitterness a bit of herbal hops just minimally make an impact on the palate, medium bodied no evident alcohol I'm surprised to see this is 6% abv.

Overall very tasty and with the new nitro bottles I could picture myself buying more of this stuff, if readily available.

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle given a proper vertical pour into a pint glass.
The large cream tan head had excellent retention. Creamy smooth feel to the medium-light body. Soft, well-set carbonation.
Light sweetness for style.

Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Black as night with a tightly bubbled light tan head

Smell: Roasty, espresso notes and subtle dark chocolate--nothing crazy or strong here. It's an okay nose that's a bit lacking in terms of complexity.

Taste: In a nutshell, like really high quality coffee with cream and sugar. Dark baker's chocolate and a light sweetness from the lactose. Wonderfully balanced and not nearly as sweet as you might think, though sweeter than your average oatmeal stout. Finish is roasty and leans coffee-bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nitro carbonation does wonders for mouthfeel. Incredibly smooth and silky. Fairly dry in the aftertaste.

Photo of Auraan
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous deep black with a two finger tan head that stuck around and left abundant lacing. Nice nitro cascade and bubbles throughout. Very good looking stout. Scents of milk chocolate, roast malt, cocoa and slight black coffee. A very nice aroma, quite chocolate-forward and sweet, but with the darker stout aromas present as well. Very nice. Flavor begins with sweet milk chocolate, mingled with roast malt and bitter-sweet cocoa flavors, moving into a more pronounced hit of roast malt, with some cream and black coffee. Finish is dry, with flavors of bitter-sweet cocoa, roast malt and cream. Aftertaste is bitter roast malt and cocoa powder. A very nice flavor, rich and creamy with big hits of chocolate, yet balanced by roasted and bitter flavors nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a modest prickly carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink, quite nice. Overall this is a great milk stout. It's not too sweet, not too bitter, finding a nice balance in-between. It has a rich aroma and great mouthfeel that aid its very good flavor profile. Very well done.

Photo of Liamsperl
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Mmmm nitro

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, from a liquor mart near my hotel in Denver.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with prominent red cola basal highlights, and one measly finger of tightly foamy, and rather creamy beige head, which leaves some coral reef atoll lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of slightly roasted medium dark chocolate, caramel/toffee malt, black licorice, root beer, cream, and earthy, leafy, and woodsy hops. The taste is more heady dark-leaning chocolate, which together with the stocky caramel malt, provides an enveloping experience for my maw, with some sugary milk, Nordic anise, sarsparila, and earthy, leafy hops rounding things out.

The carbonation is quite low and not really noticeable for the most part, which dovetails nicely into the uber-smooth, and rather creamy medium-full weight body. It finishes on the sweet side, the cocoa, caramel, milk, and mild candied nuttiness taking on all comers.

A tasty milk stout, the nitro treatment giving it ever more dessert-quality silkiness. No hint of the elevated ABV, and a pleasure to put back, as it seems like winter is approaching the Mile High City sooner than expected - hide your pumpkins!

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Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,736 ratings.