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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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1,688 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,688
Hads: 6,478
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 2
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:
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 k06wb01
1.24/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was quite disappointing. The appearance and pour were fine. However, it tasted quite weak and watery for a stout. It reminded me of stale coffee with an unpleasant aftertaste. It was lacking the flavors and complexity I was expecting. The mouthfeel was poor; very thin.

Overall, I will not drink this beer again.

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Photo of JonMich13
1.7/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hope this was a bad bottle, but doubtful I will ever try it again, so I'll never know.

A = Dark brown with zero head or lacing.

S = Smell of coffee and burnt malt. Not much else

T = Honestly, tasted like a Coke Zero with a drop or two of coffee and a little bit of hop at the end. Is this beer? Where's the milk?

M = Thin and no carbonation. I expected some creamy goodness.

D = I wouldn't want to try

Overall, one of the worst efforts I've come across. DRAINPOUR.

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Photo of ShabbyX
1.95/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice... guess they figured out nitro w/out widget.

Same falling cloud stratification as a tap nitro stout when you pour fast, as well as the two fingers of thick foam at the top. Lacing happens, and it happens well.

Rolling the beer after you drink the first inch, or letting some liquid float above the head, it is quite thin and transparent for the style.

Smell straight from fridge to glass is\ sweet... after 15 minutes, still just sweet with maybe a bit of coffee/chocolate if you really try.

Drinkable, doesn't taste like a 6% beer at all. Too sweet, doesn't dissipate like an Irish stout, and too thin.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Tuned for an American (?Mid-western) palate, Left Hand would do well to dry this up and compare it to their favorite Irish counterparts before throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.12/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a mug. "Bottled On" date stamped as 06. 04. 08.

A- Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of tan head, which fades rapidly, leaving a bit of a soapy ring during consumption. Slight lacing.

S- Overwhelmed by a moderately unpleasant grassy/earthy aroma that (unfortunately) reminds me of the odor of canned spinach. Somewhat funky, and completely devoid of the coffee/chocolate/roasty undertones that I was anticipating. Borderline awful.

T- Much like the smell. The unpleasant "canned spinach" flavor overwhelms. Again, borderline awful.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Fairly smooth. Decent.

D- Very low, IMO. I will be unable to finish this bottle....

Future outlook: Barring unforeseen circumstances, repeat business not expected to occur. Thankful to have purchased only a single.

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Photo of jt31914
2.15/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: 1 finger of head with a dark brown color (reddish undertones). A little inconsistent.

S: Strong coffee and milk, char smell.

T: Tastes like smell but the finish is pretty poor; coffee mixed with milk dominates flavor. The taste on the palate is very good, sadly the finish gets worse on every drink and is just horrible (my friend actually dumped this beer in disgust).

M/D: Bubbly, strong and not overly smooth.

It was good at first but got worse as it warmed and was average overall. If I wasn't a fan of the style I would've probably hated this beer.

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Photo of jreitman
2.18/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A very average beer at best. The smell should have clued me in as it had hints of coffee and chocolate but an off brewery smell (the smell of the mash tun). First sip reminded me very much of Heineken Dark (not a good thing at all). Chocolate and coffee were present but quickly got ruined by a lackluster malt bill that seemed more like an american macro with some barley tossed in. I love milk stouts but this was a real tragedy.

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Photo of chaunur
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this beer at a Reds game the other night so keep that in mind, Of course it was served in a plastic cup but still was a god pour with a nice dark color and a rich creamy head.
One sniff and I knew I was in trouble, didn't know this was a coffee stout, I hate coffee in all its forms, so obviously I didn't like this brew.
But having said that the beer was smooth and velvetly if you can get over the taste. As for drinkability if you like coffe in your beer,go for it

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Photo of seangroves
2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark with a dark brown head that dissipates almost instantly.

Very malty with strong hints of chocolate.

Very sour tasting at the beginning followed by maltiness with a dry aftertaste. The sourness is similar to that of milk and is very prevalent that gets stronger as the beer warms.

Highly carbonated with a light body feel.

This beer has a unique taste with the first few sips but the sourness gains the more you drink and near the end is nothing impressive nor desired. I would not drink another.

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Photo of Reanimator
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Finger and a half of dense, frothy head. Nearly black with some deep reddish hues around the edges

S: This is where the bottle goes bad, and I think that I may have gotten a tainted bottle so take the rest of my review for what it's worth. Aroma reminds me of Guinness, with some light chocolate and something a bit off in the background.

T: Taste is also very similar to Guinness Draught with a bit of roastiness and tobacco smoothness. Slight alcoholic and bitter finish. Very unpleasant sour, almost bile-like flavors in there as well which make it nearly undrinkable.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth but very thing and flat.

D: I'm giving the beer the benefit of the doubt and raising my scores a bit to adjust for the possibility of a tainted bottle, regretfully this was the last single on the shelf when I mixed up the sixer. Hopefully I can get this in the future and adjust my review accordingly!

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Photo of Jasoncolliver
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm a new beer-drinker, so I'm trying...

This was the Milk Stout Nitro, not the plain Milk Stout. Needs to be separated out into its own page, methinks.

Appearance: Super dark brown, practically opaque, with a light tan head.

Smell: Roasted coffee?

Taste: Sorta chocolatey, a definite roasted taste.

Mouthfeel: Weird. Very creamy.

Overall: I don't think this one's for me. I didn't finish it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This milk stout looks more like a weak porter or even a dark lager. It's ruddy brown in color and is nowhere near opaque. The ecru colored cap displays shallow pits on its surface and falls uneventfully to a thin film, leaving absolutely no lace.

The aroma is weak and consists of milk chocolate and a faint whiff of coffee. The flavor switches thing around a little bit and is coffee-dominant. Were coffee beans used in the brewing? There's a hint of cocoa in the background, along with a slight metallic tang.

The body/mouthfeel is disappointing, especially for a beer that calls itself a stout. It's thin and two-dimensional, not thick, rich, or creamy in the least.

Left Hand Milk Stout is not a stout, I don't care what the label says. A light porter maybe, but not even a very good one of those.

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Photo of Cresant
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Bottle on 8/30/06. Medium to small head. The color was dark brown with cola highlights, the body was free of sediment.

Smell was coffee and ashes.

Taste was pleasing coffee grounds. Tangy. This one left a swett aftertaste on the lips. Dry raisins. Somewhat disjointed and simple.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin with medium carbonation.

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Photo of jegross2
2.57/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing the Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company.
Score: 71

2011 vintage bottle poured in a wine goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color. Opaque with some ruby highlights. Finger of foamy head that completely disappears. Below average lacing. 2.5/5

Smell: Creamy milk chocolate and roasted cocoa beans. Carrots (thought that may be an environmental aroma). Some booziness. 3/5

Taste: Very creamy. Diluted unsweetened chocolate. A little acidic. Guinness-like. Some faint coffee bean finish. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very watery. Finishes dry and a little bitter. 2/5

Overall: A step up from Guinness, but not a good beer. Too watery and too little flavor.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers will enjoy, but seasoned beer lovers can skip this brew.

Pairings: Whatever Guinness pairs with.

Cost: $2.50 for a single 12 oz beer, or $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip at 43 degrees

Appearance- Beautiful black color with a white 2 inch head that disappears quickly.

Smell- Has a nice bit of chocolate and cream with no fruit, some coffee and malt and little hops.

Taste: Rather bland, all I taste is chocolate and a bit of roasted malt and watered down coffee

Mouthfeel: Even for a milk stout, this is light. It has the body of a cream ale, maybe even lighter than that. It's not that it's not velvety (which it is) it's just too watery.

Overall: I have to say, it's possible I had a bad bottle (though I didn't detect any of the normal indicators of a bad bottle) but this stout was not up my alley. It had a very watery mouthfeel and taste, which may just be the style, but again, not for me... at all

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Photo of JamesHenjum
2.64/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer poured very dark with almost no head to speak of.

S: The beer smelled like a sort of sour milky/hoppy mix. Like spicy sour milk.

T: The taste was very disappointing for me. There was much more milk on the nose. The flavor was more coffee and bitter than I was expecting. The burp tasted better than the beer.

M: Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy feel. It coats your mouth with a sort of coffee like flavor.

O: Wanted to like it, but I wanted a milky creamy beer, but I got a bitter coffee stout.

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Photo of wcintula
2.64/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with minimal chocolate colored head that vanishes. Smell is primarily of coffee and the taste is like a Manhattan Special coffee-flavored soda. The carbonation is light and it is very light-bodied, again, like a soda. I remember this is being so much better. Has the beer changed, or just my palate?

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard chilled sixteen ounce pint glass. Rigorous pour leaves about an eighth inch white head. No lace. Deep black color is indicative of stouts though I wouldn't have guessed it was a milk stout on flavor. Tastes and pours more like an espresso or coffee stout. I was expecting a creamier flavor. Thought he mouthfeel is typical the aftertaste is a bit flat.

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Photo of portia99
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz nitro bottle, bottled 1/27/12 poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - As the bottle recommends, this was poured hard down the center of the glass. A light cascade of foamy bubbles rises steadily from the bottom of the glass, ultimately forming a dense whipped creamy head at least a finger tall exhibiting all of the staying power expected out of a nitro beer. Body is jet black and nearly opaque, only showing faint ruby highlights at the very edges when in a bright light.

S – Mildly fruity with yeasty esters. Plenty of roasty malt, touch of anise, chocolate and coffee. Really not much there for hops.

T – Roasty malt, an underlying sweetness that is a bit off-putting and unusual…I’m guessing this is the lactose. Burnt malt behind this that really doesn’t do enough to fight off the initial flavor. Finish if a bit off too…sweet, creamy, earthy that really doesn’t mesh well and leaves an undesirable flavor behind. Doesn’t work well for me.

M – Silky smooth and creamy…super thick and almost milkshake like. Probably the highlight of the beer, but really doesn’t compensate for the odd flavor.

O – Overall doesn’t work for me. Interesting idea with the nitro bottle, just wishing the beer was more impressive to my palate. Very different from what I was expecting and hoping for. The visuals are good, the aroma has promise, mouthfeel is silky smooth, but the flavor is unimpressive at best. Overall a fail…definitely a one and done for me.

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Photo of zebulon
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had it on tap as dessert after dinner, really looked forward to it.

Color was dark brown. White head and some white lacing which lasted. Appearance was the best part of this beer.

Some coffee aroma,but down hill from there. First impression of the initial sip was carbonation overwhelming any flavor. Then with time the carbonation died down and the coffee came through. But mouthfeel was light and watery. This is the Bud Light of Stouts! I suppose you could drink this all day but the mouthfeel of a good cup of coffee is more substantial.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

dark dark brown, but not quite black as you might expect from a stout. Very thin head that disapates quickly. In the first whiff you can the smell of the milky sugar smell you'd expect along with a hint of coffee. taste is surprising, when they say milk stout they mean it. Very little taste up front with a finish that is like drinking a cup of coffee milk, with not enough of the coffee syrup to give it the proper coffee taste, but still carrying the sweetness of coffee milk that you might expect. Though it does carry some sweetness it wasn't as sweet as other milk stouts i have tryed.even after giving this a few swirls very little fizz appears on the top, and there is little carbonation to speak of. That truly milky aftertaste is bugging me a bit, making it somewhat ahrd to drink. It might be ok if it was balanced out with some better flavor up front, but it is really the only flavor it has and so i feel like i am drinking a oddly flavored skim milk. Thin and not sticky with little hop character. Normally from a milk stout i expect a typical stout flavor up front with milky sweatness coming later, but this only has a milk finish and not much else.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This one looked and sounded good when I bought it but ended up dissappointing me. Color is the usual - near black with a nice head. It smells pretty good but a little too sweet. The taste is just lacking anything that gives me pause. It's sweet, though not as much as the aroma would indicate, but not very rich. There's a touch of bittersweet chocolate and not much else to talk about. Feels thin and watery in the mouth. Wha happen? I've said it before: I could probably drink a bunch of these but I don't think I'd want to.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours nearly pitch black with a two finger mocha head that doesn't seem to go away. Surprisingly, leaves no lacin.

S - Pretty much all lightly roasted malt up front along with a little bit of lactose and sweet malts.

T - Lightly roasted malt and lactose are pretty much the whole flavor. It is quite watery as well.

M - Light, watery, creamy body with almost no carbonation.

O - Overall, this is pretty much a Guiness Draught with a bit more creaminess. It's sessionable, But very lacking.

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Photo of hero27
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The red left hand on the bottle cap is key. The label is a bit corny, with the cow and the spots shaped like hands all over it..but clever enough i suppose. Dark, dark brownish in color and the head was nonexistant.

Smell: Roasted malted smell of chocolates & coffee. Smells like it has a lot of potential.

Taste: Damn, it tastes like roasted chocolate milk mixed with coffee. no, wait.. it tastes like cold coffee with sugar and cream.. i'll just describe it in three words: coffee, milk, chocolate. With all those flavors, you'd think it'd be more exciting rolling across the tongue, but it's really sorta bland.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for a stout. It's creamy but not as smooth as it could be. Virtually no carbonation.

Drinkability. I'm not a huge stout fan, and I give high drinkability to a beer where you can at least drink 2-3 before you have to slow down...but I found myself drinking this one pretty slowly due to it's sweetness...could have been better balanced.

Overall, seems much more like a porter than a stout, but who am i to judge. Could have been much more rich and creamy...but as is, it was fairly "meh".

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Photo of popery
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cola, roast, some fruity acidity. This beer was fairly disappointing, but my hopes were probably a bit too high. The head is beige, creamy and fades at a moderate pace, while the liquid is very dark cola. The aroma has a lot of coffee, cola and milk chocolate. It's dominated by a cola/cocoa note that's too simple and just meh. The flavor is sweet, a bit acidic and has more of a cold coffee and stale cola taste. It's also too simple and kinda cloying. The mouthfeel is smooth and rather thin. It's an alright stout but not as satisfying as I was hoping. I guess I had just pictured something smoother without so much cola flavor.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A milk stout with a sweet smell, a shy roasty character, and a very watery mouthfeel. Not best of style.

Appearance is a dark brown with some red with lots of fluffy head composed of large bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet, like a latte. But none of that aroma is forwarded into the taste, which is a bit of dark roastiness covered with a lot of wateriness. Mouthfeel is watery, and I don't find this beer to be highly drinkable.

I'm not planning on having this again...it's not bad, but there are too many other great beers in our wonderful world to spend much time with this one.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.