Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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Ratings: 6,300
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 247
Gots: 1,061 | FT: 3
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002


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
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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours dark and impenetrable. Full 2 g fingers of head from draft. Smell grains and sugar. Coffee. Chocolate. Very light in the mouth. Not heavy. Definitely a light ABV. Reminds me of Guinness. Lighter. Hints of cream in the mouth. Subtle chocolate and coffee going down. No bitterness. Very drinkable. Won't face plant you. Smooth but leaves me wanting a Founders Breakfast. I'm not as fired up about it as others.

Photo of desireonrepeat
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very watery, unexpectedly sweet, not a favorite

Photo of Marty
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer. Poured a dark brown with a slight amber hue, not pitch black like some other stouts that I really enjoy. The light brown head made a brief appearance, but quickly subsided, leaving not a trace of sticky goodness on the glass. This beer is not very complex; it's sweet alright, but somewhat thin and watery, and not very aromatic. I don't think I'll pick this one up again.

Photo of hotpauko
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review from a hophead. From tap, after a taste from wife's had to get a pint. Quality beer very similar in look, feel and taste to Guinness. Review is outside after a spicy meal. Good look, nice foam retained throughout. Mouth feel was nice and smooth if you got a little foam, but was a little thin w/o. Overall taste was of a good dark stout, coffee apparent with a smoky ambience, but def not as strong and robust as some others. I can see how others really like this beer and I enjoyed it esp at the start, it just leveled off after. But overall well worth a try or a 6.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours with a large, medium-density tan head over an opaque body.

Aroma: perhaps my imagination but some dairy odors seem to join the dark roasted malts.

Flavor: slightly sweet: Excellent sweet-bitter balance for style. Some hops and hint of dark chocolate and coffee apparent in the roasty aftertaste.

Feel: very smooth, medium body. Well carbonated.

Photo of stratusjeans
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this beer. I originally bought it to be my Day-Off Beer, but it's great to start a vacation or just to have on the weekends or for dessert.

Appearance: Looks black, until you realize it's a dark caramel color tinted few shades of red. Poured into a Pilsner glass with a very thin dark tan head. Very inviting.

Smell: You can smell the lactose which gives it a nice sweetness and somehow smells very fresh. It could be me, but I have a hard time pinpointing additional aromas.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full bodied beer with a lingering heaviness.

Taste: The sweetness comes forward, but dissolves to dark coffee. They really work together and balance nicely with the roasted malt. The flavor hangs on your tongue for a long while.

Overall: A fantastic beer that I try and keep on hand at all times.

Photo of Guas99
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Smooth and creamy with a velvety finish, no bitterness.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely black with ruby red hue,light head caramel colored head that left a nice lace.Smelled of very bitter chocolate,tasted nece and sweet with chocolate and burnt tones,very creamy in texture,like drinking desert.Nice hop flavor to balance out at the end,I really enjoyed this stout.

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The nitro-bottle works as advertised here creating a massive lava explosion of beer foam that works its way up the glass. The beer is a very dark brown and the head is a very pretty lighter brown. I hate to be taken in by the gimmick, but this is a really cool-looking beer.

Smell - The nose has some nice roasted malts along with some stiff coffee grounds and a bit of chocolate. The milk aroma is faint.

Taste - The milk comes out much more at the taste and the roasted character is significant.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth like a milk shake and medium-bodied with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability - You could gulp this down in two or three swallows it is so smooth and light in the cheeks.

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich black color - black as night. Seriously, this is one of the darkest beers I've seen. NO light gets through this sucker, unless you hold it directly in front of a 60 watt bulb, and even then, only the deepest browns come out. The head is a light tan color, very thick and creamy in appearance, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, sweet chocolate with some roasted malts. The nose is very inviting.

Left Hand Milk Stout is super creamy and thick, it literally feels like vitamin D milk in your mouth. The taste starts off with bittersweet chocolate chips and dense, chocolate milk. There is a slight coffee background in the first few sips that gets more and more noticeable the more and more you drink (and the warmer the beer gets), until the coffee bean/espresso flavor is fairly prominent near the bottom half of the glass. This beer is very malt heavy (chocolate sweetness, coffee bitterness) with almost no hops or floral flavors to speak of. Low to medium carbonation leaving a very slight snap on the back of your tongue.

This beer is very nice. Sweet and silky smooth, easily drinkable, and fairly robust in flavor. Overall it's pretty great, especially given the price. Not to mention, it's available all year round.

UPDATE: 3/16/2013 - not going to write a separate review for the Nitro version. I'll just update some stuff. Flavor was a little less-explosive than I remember it, but it was still damn good. Bits of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt wrapped in a soothing blanket of sweetness without going overboard. Mouth feel with nitrogen is amazing; super creamy and out of this world. Head lasts until the end of the beer, too.

Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-07. Served in snifter. Best before 15 May 2009.

A: Almost black, but held by the light it reveals clear dark brown colors. The head is small, lightly cappuccino colored, settles fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: A soft but still rather powerful, very round smell. Lots of sweet chocolate. Some coffee, chocolate syrup, noticeable vanilla, Reminds me of chocolate milk. Strangely, the alcohol is also detectable.

T: Duplicates the smell to a great extent. Some roasted malts, plenty of sweet chocolate, notes of coffee, milk, milk chocolate and quite a lot of vanilla. No fruit aromas to talk about. Sweet flavors definitely dominates. In the finish there is a very restrained bitterness, dark fudge, some soy sauce and notes of licorice.

M: Very smooth, rather full-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: Among the best milk stouts I've tried. Not your biggest stout, but very smooth and calm. Quite bold flavors considering the low ABV.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Typical of the style, the beer is pitch black and the thin head goes instantly with not much lace. The nose is deep roasted dark malt, alcohol, and burnt chocolate.

Tastes like the same roasted malt I picked up in the nose with very smooth chocolate tones, smokey notes, and a burnt aftertaste. A very subdued sweetness is over the whole. This is a restrained, artful sweet stout. Those who really like it fulsome will be disappointed I think.

The mouthfeel is really wonderful it is creamy and has a nice oomph, but manages to escape opressive weight.

Photo of Breen
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour/Appearance: Thin head appeared and was gone within seconds. Black in color even when held to light.

Smell: Roasted malts, Cocoa (coffee/chocolate)

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied ale with minimal carbonation.

Taste: As it smells, Cocoa (coffee/milk chocolate)

Overall great stout worth a try and something I'd look for and buy again.

Photo of sgoodship
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at EV1 Liquors in Evanston. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. It popped up a nice soft tan head. As the head drops, there is immediate and impressive lacing. The head retains a thick ring and surface dusting.

S: Beautiful. Roasted malt, some blackcurrant fruit and sweet milkiness

T: Nice sour roasty malt flavor with coffee bitterness. There may be a hint of bitter hop. Has the nice, expected lactose tang that comes with the finish. Ends in a sour milk and roasty, bready malt aftertaste. Very nicely done. As it warms, the sweetness and tang combine to give the impression of blackcurrant. A nice addition to the profile as it evolves. Unfortunately, it lost a little oomph toward the end. The flavor could be bigger in my opinion.

M: Full bodied but medium carbonation keeps the mouth feeling quite light. Smooth and creamy except for the active carbonation.

D: I really like this stout. I haven't had a huge amount of this style but this rates highly amongst the ones I have had. I am pleased I have 3 more of these to go. It's a very enjoyable brew and I'd be happy to recommend it and keep some on hand.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black on the pour, non-translucent, with a very thin layer of bubbles capping the surface. Bubbles reduced to a thin line around the glass. Lacing was present but light.

S: Very aromatic dark roasted malts on the nose, smelling primarily of coffee and chocolate.

T: Complex wash of sweet malts and bitter chocolate envelope the tongue and stay true through the whole experience. There are notes of coffee that come in afterward, with other flavors swirling in as well, like caramel and a sort of earthy maltiness. Very nice.

M&D: This is a big bold chewy stout, just the way I like 'em. It's heavy in the mouth and incredibly satisfying. The carbonation is fine and light, lending itself extremely well to the creamy texture that is imparted on the palate. This is a very good brew and I would happily drink this again.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights.Thick khaki colored head that dissipates into a thick ring that lasts. Nice lacing.

S_Creamy roasty smell. Coffee/toffee. Sweet.

T_Sweet cream and chocolate malt. Roast. Nice bitter coffee followed by toffee/caramel.

M_Thick and very creamy.

D_Very drinkable low ABV stout. Great example of the style.

Photo of alcooper
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - good looking beer, pours well with a nice tan head.

S - It has a nice smell, you can definitely pick up on the "roasted" aspect of this beer.

T - Nice taste, pretty straight forward with definite hints of coca and a little smoke.

M - Nice to drink, a balnced feel in the mounth.

This is a pretty straight forward milk stout with a strong roasted taste and smell. If that's what you like you'll enjoy this beer.

Photo of Hamburgers
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Agressive pour as bottle suggests. Pours black with brown head that slowly turns into a thick layer of creamy foam. Aroma dominated by coffee with notes of dark chocolate. Flavors of coffee with a touch of sweet cream. A heavy beer made light by nitro makes an easy beer to drink. Finishes without any bitterness.

Photo of grynder33
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black with just the smallest of heads,light coffee, chocolate earthy aroma. Sweet malty first taste, very smooth mouthfeel, coffeeish aftertaste, a raisin taste came on as it warmed. All those flavors yet it didn't seem that complex. I will buy single bottles occasionally.

Photo of Beaver13
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Milk Stout poured black with red highlights. It had a small head that quickly went down to a collar. The aroma was coffee, roasted malts and some nuttiness. It was a sweet, creamy stout and tasted of sweet malts initially with a bitter, nutty, coffee-like finish. A little thin on the palate and a little too sweet for me. Overall, not a bad stout. The sweet and the bitter probably could have been better balanced.

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a dark brown/black colored body with a creamy tan colored head. The head started off thick then quickly settled down to thin covering that hanged on well. Lacing was good and slick siding down the glass slowly as I sipped.

Smell: The aroma has some nice hints of roasted malt, sweet grain and coffee.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor matches the aroma but adds more sweet creamy notes to the overall character. The finish is fairly clean with some very light bitterness hanging on. Its texture is very wet and slick. It is just a little bit thin but still somewhat creamy with a light body.

Notes: Overall I would say that it is a very nice, easy drinking stout with an average flavor and character.

Photo of renegadeburger
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ok this beer has been getting a lot of circulation lately i am hoping because its really awesome this style is something that is interesting and so lets see how it goes

right in the beginning the aroma is not quite there its faint hints of chocalte in there but not much sweetness on my end and no trace of hops but definitely a roasted character

same with taste but i must say in the end there is a sweetness that is not cloying or overly syrup but its a bit unbalanced right in the end

mouthfeel is really nice there is a weird savory element mabye thats the milk in there

overally better than average beer but i really liked the river horse beer a bit better i will keep trying more samples from this style to see how it goes

Photo of Frostedluck
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with very little head and minimal lacing. Color is very dark, almost black.

Smell is strong of coffee. Hint of chocolate and earth.

Taste is soft and smooth at first, with pungent and somewhat surprisingly bitter aftertaste. Sort of a salt & pepper theme going on.

Mouthfeel is almost slimey.

I enjoy variety in my beer and this is a tasteful and pleasant beer to enjoy, but probably not something I would keep in my icebox in the future.

Photo of smptenor
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did not care too much for the smell but the taste and texture is nearly perfect. I am just starting to get into stouts, porters, and craft beers because Guinness is my favorite beer or was until I had this. This blows Guinness out of the water. I am in love with how easily this beer goes down while still having an amazing texture and taste. My first beer I've had by Left Hand Brewing Company and I defiantly will be trying others.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark, with a terrific very light brown head that doesnt go anywhere. Terrific lacing after each sip.

Smell - sweet malts, lactose, milk chocolate covered maltballs

Taste - Sweet up front, roasty finish, lactose/milky character, smooth, slightly hoppy in the finish as well but nothing too dramatic at all...nice balance

Mouthfeel - Velvety, good body, fair carbonation (great for the style), very smooth, slightly dry finish

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable...very enjoyable and great session beer.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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