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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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5,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,124
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 143
Gots: 344 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.

Collection: Perennial
Style: Sweet Stout
Color: Black, 47 SRM
Body: full
ABV: 6%
IBU's: 25
PLATO: 15.5°
PKG: 6-Pack, Keg
Malt: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley and Chocolate
Hops: Magnum and US Goldings
Other: Lactose

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, who doesn't like Left Hand Milk Stout? I don't think I've met one person who doesn't. Since it's so damn good, I decided to try out their nitro version. Usually I don't prefer nitro versions. They make things feel too smooth for me and I like my stouts to have some sort of heaviness to them. Let's see what the nitro has done with this beer.

A word of advice, when you pour out this beer, do what the bottle says. If you pour it like you would most stouts then you'll get basically no head. The bottle says, "Pour hard," and that's definitely what you nee to do. When you do that, at first you'll wonder why there still isn't any head, but then you'll notice the cool-looking bubble dance below the surface rising to the top. Eventually you'll get a decent head. It took me a couple of the beers out of the six pack to get it right. The head forms very slowly, as described, and still doesn't get too big. It barely reaches a finger in height, but where it lacks in tallness, it makes up for it with aesthetics. It's off-white and insanely foamy, like a cappuccino foam. There's basically no lacing but a quarter inch head remains on top throughout drinking. The beer is black but a mostly opaque ruby color when up to a light. Looks like a tasty beer.

There are the usual aromas here of slightly bitter and roasty coffee, chocolate, and slightly tart dark fruits. However, since this is a milk stout there is a more pronounced sweetness. I also get a moderate malty aroma as well, mealy. It doesn't have a strong smell but it's pleasing to the nose.

The maltiness shows up more in the taste and it mingles with the pre-described characteristics of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. For me it takes awhile for the flavors to hit me and when they do i seems like it's toward the end. It's almost as if it lacks taste in some ways. Roastiness lingers a bit after drinking. I do prefer the more robust stouts but even considering this to be more moderate in flavor, it's not too satisfying. Good flavors but not enough.

This further reinforces my general dislike of nitro beers. It's insanely smooth, as should be expected. It's creamy but not as much as I expected. Really, to me it's so smooth that I can hardly feel it. There's the saying, "Melts in your mouth." Well, I could almost describe this beer to be like that. Once it's in the mouth you it doesn't take long for it to disappear. It's starts out with a medium body but then goes away quickly. Not much carbonation to be felt.

Well, it has good stuff going for it but for me the nitro takes away more of the good. It's got the aromas and the flavors, but they're not enough. It's so smooth that there's hardly any feel to it. I'm making it sound worse than it is. I guess it's just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 06:02:59 | More by BeardedRiker
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,124 ratings.