Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Milk Stout Nitro - Left Hand Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Milk Stout NitroMilk Stout Nitro

Educational use only; do not reuse.

203 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 203
Hads: 2,099
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 37.65%
Wants: 160
Gots: 1,154 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Petey_the_Quiet on 03-08-2014

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 203 | Hads: 2,099
Reviews by braedon_peluso:
Photo of braedon_peluso
4.5/5  rDev +10%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

 992 characters

Photo of hopphead31415
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up and was glad that I did. It has 6.0% ABV and comes in a dark colored glass. I gave it a vigorous pour and let the thick head appear. I’ll review each of its components below.

Look-Pours a jet black opaque color that is impenetrable by any light. It is like a tuxedo black darker than the dark side of the full moon. It transformed my glass into a shadow. The head leaves a fine foamy lacing on the glass.

Smell-It has a subtle smell of milk chocolate and charcoal.

Taste-It tastes like vanilla, milk chocolate, sweet cream, roasted cocoa beans, and oak. The carbonation is not noticeable enough to get in the way of the subtle flavors and the mild bite from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Obviously one the most pleasant mouthfeels I’ve ever had. It is oily, slick, creamy, and smooth. The smoothest beer you’ll ever feel on your tongue is this baby.

Overall-This is an excellent and refreshing beer. It is so smooth, tasty, and refreshing. It is definitely a great beer!

 996 characters

Photo of sheeley
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

 807 characters

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

 1,285 characters

Photo of bwood06
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 794 characters

Photo of riegler
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorite stouts. First of all, just pouring it is cool in itself. Then when you take the first sip it is so creamy it is almost like drinking a glass of milk. The head is so frothy you have to break through to get to the goodness that is this beer. Probably not everyone's favorite being it is fairly sweet, but it is definitely a go to for me. Bud light doesn't know what smooth is compared to this. Great beer.

 422 characters

Photo of GreatHornedEwl
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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

 283 characters

Photo of boogieman
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

 914 characters

Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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

 754 characters

Photo of willyburz
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

 354 characters

Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,453 characters

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

 506 characters

Photo of Lilbeck23
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- With the nitro, it looks exactly like a Guinness. Dark, stormy and light milky head, but very satisfying

Taste/Feel/Smell- The head is definitely creamy. The overall coffee hints are present in this stout. The creamy feel gives it a smooth and easy finish. Easy to drink and always leaving you wanting more. Looks dark, but has a light finish and feel as it goes down. Surprisingly, it has a body to it that can make you feel full, but not at the same time?!?! (personal preference)

Overall- Very enjoyable and a definite repeat offender for a "go to" stout. Up there with my Irish Guinness

 599 characters

Photo of Ryans_Goosling
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What do I say. This beer is in my mouth right now. It feels like something is inside of me, like an evil fog. To be frank, we only live about seventy years. Drink this beer?

 173 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Drinkery Derry as Nitro Milk stout.
Opaque black color with a small creamy tan head that persists for quite a while. Rich chocolate with hints of sugary sweetness that reminds me of creamed coffee. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Smooth rich tasty beverage.

 266 characters

Photo of FFreak
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 512 characters

Photo of Joeltok
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

83 characters

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 586 characters

Photo of Myotus
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass. Cascading effect is amazing and pretty trippy. After it settles, a thick finger's worth of khaki head maintains. A plethora of lacing. Black in color with a brown tint. Strong aromas of roasted malts and coffee that elegantly combine with mild milk aromas. Initial taste is comprised of mild and sweet milk flavors that combine with subtle coffee flavors. Milk flavors persist in magnitude as subtle coffee flavors gradually grow more intense and mild roasted malt flavors enter the mix. Hardly any bitterness throughout this symphony of flavors. Medium-bodied, no carbonation (thanks to the nitro factor), and goes down smoother than a Keystone. Best milk stout I have had so far.

 742 characters

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

 903 characters

Photo of Chris_Huston
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much of what my notes on the non-nitro version stand here. This one, though, does have a stronger milk presence, at least in the taste, and the body seems a touch stouter, though still more porter-like. If choosing between the two, I'd definitely take this nitro version, and enjoy it, but I wouldn't make a concerted re-visit.

 327 characters

Photo of mschipper
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

 758 characters

Photo of Praxis
1.99/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer is completely revolting. I have tried a lot of stouts in my life and never have I encountered one with more water than beer in terms of content. It is extremely thin for a stout, more sour than it is bitter with not even a hint of heft to it. If you prefer ales or American light beers, you will find this to be your favorite "stout". But in comparison to other offerings, it will be a profound disappointment.

 420 characters

Photo of Cheeseboo
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's fun to pour this stout and watch the volcano of bubbles as the head forms. It's better to drink. This is the smoothest, tastiest stout I've had in a while. If you see it, buy it.

 186 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.