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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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89
very good

5,607 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,607
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 530 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

WorldOfBeerCraft, Sep 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 12 oz bottle served ina 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.

chinchill, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of stratusjeans
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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. 4.5/5

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. 3/5

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full bodied beer with a lingering heaviness. 4.5/5

Taste: The sweetness comes forward, but dissolves to dark coffee. The flavor hangs on your tongue for a long while. 4.5/5

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

stratusjeans, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Guas99
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Smooth and creamy with a velvety finish, no bitterness.

Guas99, Sunday at 04:40 AM
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.

uvachief, Oct 14, 2014
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.

oberon, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of Marty
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Marty, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Dekhar
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%

Dekhar, Aug 30, 2014
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.

RoyalT, May 20, 2012
Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

aszatk01, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TxHopHead4
4/5  rDev +0.5%

TxHopHead4, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

tectactoe, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

ricke, Mar 08, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Tiernan, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%

tbryan5, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +0.5%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Shakerman, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of ajkiser12
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Breen
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Breen, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

sgoodship, Feb 01, 2009
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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