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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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4,819 Ratings
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Ratings: 4819
Reviews: 1600
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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Photo of Realbeer1542

New York

4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black. quick light head, faint lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet roasted malts, chocolate, no hops. Very Stout like

T - Sweet smooth mocha and chocolate. No bitterness and a touch of lactose sweetness all the way through.

M - CREAMY and smooth, very light carbonation.

O - Nice on the palate. Not overly sweet but not more than 2 for me. Nice sweet stout, no discernible alcohol in the taste or aftertaste. Slight similarity but a bit sweeter than a Guinness with no head. Stated Nitro on the bottle but no nitro cartridge.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:43:12 | More by Realbeer1542
Photo of alaimoa


3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with the guy below saying it's a good crowd option and sessionable. Had hoped for more from the nitro fill. Pours black no head. Smells nice sweet lactose, coffee beans and semi sweet chocolate. Taste is sweet coffee, tiny bit of cocoa. Feel isn't anything special which was a disappointment almost tastes a bit flat

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:31:45 | More by alaimoa
Photo of arichter96

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer. I'm not a beer connoisseur. I love dark beers like Guinness. Before trying Guinness in college I never liked beer. Still trying to broaden my horizons. I selected this beer after reading the reviews on this site and I was quite impressed. Dark, chocolate, rich in flavor, delicious. I have added this to my favorites list to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:36:57 | More by arichter96
Photo of Mongrel


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks exactly as you expect a milk stout to. Nice dense head that sticks around for most of the drink; and good, creamy lacing.

Smells of roasted barley and cream, with a touch of caramel sweetness. There's also a slightly sour note.

First taste is rich and roasty with sweet cream on the finish. Just a nice little touch of that lactose tang -- not too much like I've observed in other milk stouts. I really appreciate the roasty bitterness that helps balance the sweetness and provides lasting depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Easy drinking, yet luxuriously creamy.

I've had the nitro version of this beer, which I thought was unbeatable, but there's still something deeply satisfying about this original version. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 18:14:05 | More by Mongrel
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sample-glass. Pour was high and vigorous, got a big head which was a great caramel-coffee color.

Jet black in color.

Taste is of roasted toasted malt. Not as sweet as I expected, I do not drink much dry stout so compared to the imperials and american stouts I normally drink this is dry and well balanced, no alcohol.

Very session-able, I could down a six-pack of these no prob, would enjoy doing it.

Would get this beer again, would consider it for a barbecue option.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:35:56 | More by grammodesguapote
Photo of yardkl


3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Imagine Guinness or Murphy's with a little sugar added and you have this beer. Personally I'm not a fan sweets. This beer's sweetness is mild but it is too sweet for my liking. If Guinness is black coffee, this is a latte. Great for those who like the texture of nitro beers without the roasted flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:02:08 | More by yardkl
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass Bottle says best by 5/16

A: Alright appearance black body with a one finger mocha head that went away quickly, leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Chocolate and sweetness.

T: follows the nose

M: Body is alright, alcohol is hidden well.

O: Its an ok stout, I'm really not that impressed with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 14:40:25 | More by watermelon
Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob


3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass tulip... Dark, almost black-- typical of this type of beer... Fairly aggressive pour doesn't immediately yield a big frothy head, but seems to build after it's in the glass-- nice tan foam... Aroma is a little sweet with chocolate and coffee overtones... Taste is a little sweet without being syrupy. All in all, a pretty decent beer and tasted a little better than expected. Above average and recommendable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:17:14 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Photo of delta490


4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep deep brown with a foamier khaki head. Great retention and nice lacing

S- the aroma has strong notes of milk chocolate and light notes of coffee

T- a delicious flavor, with deep roasted malt flavors, with light hints of chocolate and a nice mellow, earthy hops. Rich

M- a silky smooth feeling on the palate

O- this is a delicious milk stout. The lactose doesn't drag down the rich malt flavors of stouts but adds a nice undertone to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:47:08 | More by delta490
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 2/14/14. had this one before about 2 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours pitch black in color that you can't see through. A small beige head at first is seen then fades to just around the sides of the glass. Some decent lacing is seen which each sip. The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, and black coffee. Very pleasant aroma. The taste is the same with a tad of sweetness at first that slowly fades into a very sight bitter finish BUT perfect actually. Perfect carbonation also. Goes down easy and very smooth. One of the better milk stouts actually.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 23:46:34 | More by BeerWithMike
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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle with a best by date of 1/1/14.

Poured into a Sam Adams nonic glass, a thin finger of tan head quickly breaks down to a thin ring. Dark brown with ruby red highlights.
Aromas of sweet milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. The roasted barley note is a bit more intense than most milk stouts. Smells delicious.
Upfront sweet creaminess with plenty of chocolate and a hint of bitterness that quickly cleans up.
Nice creamy body. Thanks lactose and oats. Moderate carbonation. Damn smooth-no note of the 6%.
Overall a damn tasty milk stout. Pretty roasty compared to many others I've had. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:35:10 | More by deebo
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4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Milk Stout and I really enjoyed it. I drink Stout's and Porter's but I didn't know what to expect with this.

A: the color was dark and rich, exactly as I hoped it would be. It poured with a nice frothy tan head that hung on well.

S: The deepness carried through with the smell and the richness of the roasted malt and coffee.

T: Not too bitter, not too sweet, just right. The coffee, toffee, oak-ee type undertones all blended together well.

M: Smooth and silky. Just the right amount left behind on the tongue.

O: Being my first Milk Stout, I might find better, but this is one that I will often go back to.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 17:57:40 | More by Bidcaller2
Photo of Mike_Moe


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark color, brown head
Aroma: Light coffee aroma
Flavor: Nice coffee flavor, medium bodied
Overall: This is a surprisingly good stout. It’s not as full bodied or overly flowing with coffee and cocoa aromas as traditional stouts. This beer is however medium bodied. The coffee aroma is more subtle, but the flavor is very good. Is silky smooth and just lingers on the tongue like milk. A very drinkable, must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 23:59:01 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of DougT


4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stout glass.

Dark black with a 1-2 finger head that disipated quickly leaving a layer of lace that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smell of chocolate and coffee with some smokey roast barley, however slightly subtle. That could be my nose tonight though. I feel a little stuffy.

Tastes more complex than the smell. Raisins, roasted barley, coffee, a little hops. Not to biter, not to strong.

Can feel the milk in the milk stout. Creamy smooth, full bodied. Some effervescence. The mouthfeel is the best part of the brew.

A drinkable stout. Not too heavy, not too bitter, creamy, and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:39:14 | More by DougT
Photo of Chiefy770


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Black body, just a pinch of light breaks through. A rather flimsy brown head collapsed quickly and left a moderate amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Hot chocolate. Coffee. Subtle floral notes.

Taste: Strong notes of semi-sweet chocolate up front give way to bitter notes of coffee and floral esters from the hops. This particular bottle seemed a bit hop-heavy to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Very creamy medium-full body. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: This stout just fell short for my liking. I prefer slightly sweeter milk stouts. This was too bitter. They got the milky texture right, they just need to work on balancing this one out. This could have just been a bad bottle but it struck me as nothing more than a slightly above average stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:10:46 | More by Chiefy770
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz nitro hard into snifter

A-pours a black color with beige nitro bubbles creating a half finger head. Great lacing

S-great aromas of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and bread

T-awesome coffee, chocolate, cream, and brown sugar

M-well balance smooth and silky on the tongue to finish. Low carbonation

O-great milk stout haven't had the non nitro in five years since moving away. This was great to have especially in nitro but have to travel to VA for.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:54:15 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of CassinoNorth

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Regular Milk stout from a bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Black with a little more light let in than some of the heavier stouts. 2 finger head hangs around for a while. Very nice looking stout.

Smell- Chocolate, malts, hints of coffee in there. There's another sweet note I'm having trouble pinning down.

Taste- Big roasted malts on the way down. Coffee is more present in the finish than anything else. Beautifully done Milk stout.

Mouthfeel- Silky, not too heavy.

Overall- A great widely available every day drinking milk stout. Certainly give it a shot and Nitro as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:09:46 | More by CassinoNorth
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Nitro bottle black with a finger of extremely tight nitro bubbles, great lacing, looks awesome

Smell is espresso, coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

Taste is coffee, milk chocolate, lactose, light earthy hop, espresso, dark chocolate, sweet creamer like flavor

Mouthfeel is medium but with the silky smooth nitro carbonation it really works.

Good beer, cool that you can get a nitro beer in bottles at such a great price. I pick it up from time to time especially in the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:08:40 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of FLima


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep black color with practically no head, but after shaking it a bit it maintain a constant thin caramel plate.
Aroma of hay, grains and strong presence of milk chocolate.
Assertive flavor of cocoa and chocolate fudge, nutty malt and lactic yeast. Dry aftertaste with a lingering note of cocoa powder.
Medium body with a very creamy sensation.
A stout that is amazingly easy to drink. It describes perfectly the word Milk Stout, very assertive, milky and not complex. It could be a dessert, for the entire family.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 19:27:52 | More by FLima
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed my first Left Hand Milk Stout. I love bitter, and this beer did not disappoint. A hint of sweetness in this very creamy milk stout was perfect for my liking this evening. As others have said, not much of a head, but I was not at all unhappy as the taste made up for that. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:58:45 | More by appleby9
Photo of Minkybut


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. It was too cold. I was not impressed with what I saw. NOOO head at all and I was like crap!. However the beer smelled okay and I was really surprised when I tasted it. The beer had a really smooth feel and taste. It was quite good and I mean I t tasted like a stout any stout really. I would certainly buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:47:28 | More by Minkybut
Photo of BVukelich


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I actually had the nitro version. Beautiful, dark stout. Probably around 40 on the SRM scale. I must have not have given it a hard enough pour because the head was weak. Aroma was like a mocha coffee. Nice. Taste included the expected sweet malty flavor, cocoa and left little bitter notes on the aftertaste. I didn't get any of the oats. It offered low carbonation. Viscosity was med-thick. A fairly delicious beer that I would give another shot and recommend to all.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 06:24:35 | More by BVukelich
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South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Black smooth pour, almost no head

S: A Slight roasty aroma, but not much more

T: BItter and not much else... a hint of roasty malts, almost no sweetness, may have been a bad bottle...

MF: very thin and watery, did not like

O: would not drink again, would not recommend, don't understand why it is so high. Maybe I'll try another bottle in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:36:13 | More by KTeamLSU
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I gave this one a try at one of my local cigar lounges.

Almost pitch black with a 1 finger thick head
that dissipates quickly. The lack of head hurts the score.

Like just about any, it's best to let this one warm a little.
Not much in terms of smell cold. Once sufficiently warmed,
a moderately heavy aroma of coffee appears.

Same for the flavor, with the addition of small amounts
of chocolate and of course, milk.

Moderate mouth feel. I expected a bit more from a
milk stout.

Very drinkable, and went well with a maduro cigar.

Not the best stout in the world, but pretty good despite it's
minor faults.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 18:54:29 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours jet black, no light getting through this guy. Head is one finger thick and tan. Good amount of lacing on the glass and great head retention.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dirt.

Taste and mouthfeel: Sweet and delicious. Roasted malts mix well with chocolate and vanilla notes and a creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:25:06 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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