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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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4,830 Ratings
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Ratings: 4830
Reviews: 1601
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 TheFizzinator


3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a liquid smooth tan with a huge white head. Looks delicious. Not getting a whole lot from the nose on this one milky, little espresso, some raisins notes as well. This is definitely a desert beer. Wow is this one sweet to the tongue. The mouthfeel is incredible, like drinking liquid gold. Incredibly creamy and desirable. Not something you can session or have a lot of but a very good sipper beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 15:30:52 | More by TheFizzinator
Photo of Lowseph


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love this stuff, extra smooth with a flavor I can't

get enough of. A nice milky consistency, with a slightly

roasted, chocolaty taste.

If youre a fan of guinness, I can almost guarantee

that you'll love this.

not too filing, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it in

very hot (texas) weather.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 00:02:11 | More by Lowseph
Photo of cambabeer


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, in my opinion, is a great case study in why the style is called Milk/Sweet Stout. It smells, tastes and feels milky and sweet.

Completely black color. What made this beer beautiful was its thick, creamy centimeter head that just didn't dissipate at all. There was so much lace in the glass at the end that it looked full until you looked at it from the top.

Smelled milky and like coffee. A little hint of the alcohol, but not very strong.

Taste was oddly sweet and milky. Very creamy and lots of esters. Bready and a nice coffee chocolate bitterness at the end. Feel was crazy creamy, light carbonation.

Good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 15:34:06 | More by cambabeer
Photo of CindyH_OK


4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First review so patience please.

Appearance: Dark, near black with a 2-finger creamy tan head. Perfect for a stout.

Smell: Subtle coffee and light chocolate aroma without significant alcohol smell.

Taste: Oh so very nice and creamy smooth. A little bit sweet with a hint of sweet coffee. Mild hops in the aftertaste. No bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. Should have asked, but it feels like a nitro-tap without the bite of carbonation.

Overall: My first experience with a milk stout as opposed to regular stout beers. I definitely enjoyed this one and look forward to many more. While it is smooth enough to go down easily, it is enjoyable enough to want to savor. I think that I would order this over a Guinness!

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 15:25:52 | More by CindyH_OK
Photo of IPAdams


4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Black with a one inch off white head that lingers and leaves thick lacing down the entire glass.

Smell- Bittersweet chocolate chips with a little coffee and tobacco.

Taste- Same as the smell, lots of bittersweet chocolate chips with some vanilla coffee and tobacco. As it warms it tastes a lot like rich chocolate milk.

Mouthfeel- Rich, thick and creamy. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation for a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 03:15:38 | More by IPAdams
Photo of Pale_2_Porter


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite stouts. I love pretty much everything from Left Hand, but this thing is so bold. Perfect about a hearty meal. Sticks to the glass like oil. Now I have to go get some when I get off work. Well I don't want to say anything else, but my comment has to be 250 characters long so this is just a bunch of bs to get there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 16:51:22 | More by Pale_2_Porter
Photo of mcellis


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer so far. Rich and creamy with a distinct coffee flavor that I love. Great head after pouring and pairs very well with a burger and fries. I really don't have any criticisms of it. It's even pretty to look at in the glass with a rich, chocolate-y brown with the fluffy white head on top. If anything, the sweetness and heaviness of it borders on making it seasonal - Autumn and Winter. You wouldn't drink this with a salad or on the beach. It's much more cozy and filling. Overall: love love love :)

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 13:59:37 | More by mcellis
Photo of CMoPink


4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious. Even better on nitro than the regular Left Hand Milk Stout. One of my favorite beers of all time, never have a problem tipping a few of these back. Also had the nitro in the bottle, not as good as on tap, but still has an amazing smooth and deep flavor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 15:53:41 | More by CMoPink
Photo of smalenberg


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

Pint nitro tap at One-eyed Betty's.

A - Black as a starless night with more than an inch of lacey tan foam that lingers on the glass.

S - Malty sweet with prominent lactose-milk character, but somewhat subdued.

T - Incredibly smooth chocolate with next to no bitterness.

M - Silky smooth with lingering sweetness.

O - Best milk stout I've had bar none. You owe it to yourself to taste this on a nitro tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 01:28:18 | More by smalenberg
Photo of acsprouse

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – black in the glass. A little lacing.

S – chocolates. Lactose. Roasted malts. Coffee notes. Smells milky and sweet

T – milky creamy and roasted. Chocolate notes and coffee notes also, alot of lactose

M – silky, smooth. Milky. Pretty tasty

O – Good but not great, it doesnt stand out as much as it could but i really enjoyed it. Its way above average. Bnot the best but its not bad. Cheers
This is not nearly as milky as i remember it being. Maybe because i was half drunk. But i think its a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 05:07:06 | More by acsprouse
Photo of tekn0ph1sh


5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer on tap and out of the bottle.
I definitely have to say that on tap it is one of my favorite stouts. Out of the bottle it just isn't it good. I am guessing the additional pasteurization and preservatives in the beer detract from the smoothness and add discord to the overall experience.

It is like a smooth sweet Guinness. It is vey balanced and very drinkable. Like a chocolate mocha cappuccino with just a touch of sweetness.

Highly recommended session beer but only on tap.

If you have only tried it in the bottle do your self a favor and give it another go if you ever see it on tap at your local pub.

Ok so I just tried the Nitro bottle and it was just like on tap. Skip the standard LHMS and go for it in Nitro or on tap. I love this beer it is awesome. It's like drinking an unsweetened glass of chocolate milk. And is silky smooth going down. A definite session able stout. Highly recommended.

So I give it a 5/5 on nitro tap or nitro bottle and a 4/5 for a regular bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 14:18:11 | More by tekn0ph1sh
Photo of Papabear55

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

Poured from tap into snifter

A:Dark brown with a single finger of brown head with a rough pour.

S:I get a lot of chocolate out the nose with a hint of coffee.

T:Slightly sweet with chocolate/coffee mixed throughout. No hops or heavy burnt malt flavors.

M:Thick and chewy, the way a stout should be.

O:I may have been unfair in my rating because this was my first "eye opening" craft beer so it has a dear place in my heart. This is one of my favorite offerings from Left Hand which is a middle/upper tier brewery in my opinion. I've also had the nitro which is smoother but less interesting due to nitrogen's muting characteristic.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 02:36:42 | More by Papabear55
Photo of srv33


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep brown pour, beautiful 3-4 inch head with extremely fine froth, fantastic lacing, with bubbles cascading up from the bottom - really top notch in the appearance department. Smell of roasted barley and brown sugar. Taste much the same though the malts had an odd bitterness that I felt detracted from all the other wonderful flavors going on here, vanilla, coffee, and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel was outrageously smooth, one of the smoothest brews I've ever had, would absolutely get again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 21:54:37 | More by srv33
Photo of challenja


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served On Tap at Westover Market, Arlington, VA.

A: Vampiric black with a great thin nitro head that sticks to the glass.

S: Milk Chocolate cocoa nibs, 65%. Colombian dark roast. Sweet bread malts.

T: Milk Chocolate Colombian medium roast. Sweet bread biscuits. Vanilla bean caramel malts.

M: This is a very smooth milk stout, wait it was served on a nitro tap.. na doi...
It has a medium cooled bodt that coats the mouth with a melted ice cream froth. Nice huh???

T: Over a very good drinkable and enjoyable stout that is easy drinking and at 6% ABV can be a solid milk stout starter for an All American Beer team. So grab a sixer of this bitch and snatch your friends Guinness and introduce them to good tasting stouts! This is the one beer to ease them into the glory hole..

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 22:42:12 | More by challenja
Photo of dmadsen


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am reviewing this both on-tap and out of the bottle.

Had it on tap at Bachelor Farmer in Mpls. It was fantastic. Cascading when it came to the table. Smokey, coffee, milky, sweet goodness. The flavor was great, the mouthfeel was good, though by the smell-taste-look I expected more fullness.

Liked it so much I stopped the next day at the local purveyor of beer, wine, and spirits and picked up a 6 pack in bottles.

Different beer out of the bottle. The look, smell, mouthfeel, and taste are all more mellow. This is still a great stout. Its up there for me as far as stout goes. It was impressive to me how much difference there was between the tap pour and the bottle pour. I know, I know. Different systems, but it was starkly different.

Well done all around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 02:09:10 | More by dmadsen
Photo of lynchmob9


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany. Decent head w/ good lace.
S - smells like a good Starbucks goofy caramel chocolate frappo-whatever...smells sugary sweet.
T - burnt sugar...like top bite of crime brûlée. Light cocoa early. A bit bitter on the tail. Late milk chocolate. Candied almonds.
O - like it. Would reorder. Good finish to night of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 04:34:14 | More by lynchmob9
Photo of redcap45

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Order at bar and pour into a room temp pint glass. Pours black with a large, frothy, off-white head. The aroma is coffee, malted milk, and a little smoke. The flavor is very sweet. The palate is heavy, creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a tasty and drinkable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 15:29:27 | More by redcap45
Photo of neckbracesub


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though not one of the most potent of stouts when thinking of ABV, this is WITHOUT A DOUBT one of the most pleasant tasting stouts I have ever tried.

Very smooth taste combined with a beautiful mix of coffee and chocolate aromas make this a frequent choice in our fridge and a new-found "old reliable".

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 00:01:34 | More by neckbracesub
Photo of gskitt

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Stout NYC. Had on tap, it pours a rich very dark brown, dull white fluffy head. Scent is unassuming, yet did have some stout characteristics, roasted malts, chocolate milk scent. Taste was of roasted malts, only slight bitterness, no hops. Not sweet in any sense. The flavor was so enhanced by the creaminess of this beer, its best attribute. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink. Overall, a solid milk stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 02:55:09 | More by gskitt
Photo of bastardface


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not the type of beer I usually try. I have heard of it before and decided to try it. When poured it comes out clean with a 1/4 inch of head. The color is murky brown, almost like a dark chocolate milk. The appearance needless to say was nice. There really was no smell to it that I noticed. The taste was surprisingly not as bitter or dark as I would imagine. It was not overbearing and had a creamy milky taste, but just slightly. It was refreshing. It left a little taste after drinking it but nothing overbearing. Overall I enjoyed this beer. It's not a typical stout and I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 00:49:55 | More by bastardface
Photo of mltobin


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

Served on-tap at Holy Smoke in Mahopac , NY.

This milk stout pours a black color with just a speck of head. Its` nose has cream, vanilla, some coffee. Taking a sip and a taste of moderate roasted malts comes through, more vanilla and cream. its` pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is soft, finishes smooth. This is a tasty beer and I believe would work well as a "gateway" beer to introduce some macro swiggers to craft beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:33:53 | More by mltobin
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Had on tap at Zeno’s brew pub and served in a snifter.

Appearance – Pours a nice deep black. When held up to the pub lights, not many rays made their way through. Upon serving there was a mild off while-brownish head. The head had some persistence leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A mild chocolate aroma is the first and most potent of the aromas. There is a bit of roastiness, dark cocoa and coffee hidden within the aroma which are most present at the end of the aroma as they mix in with the milk chocolate and a bit of roasty barley aroma (just a bit).

Taste – A roasty chocolate and coffee are the first to be meet by the tongue. The milky sweetness of the lactose then comes in giving more of a milk chocolate and cappuccino flavor. The sweetness seems to amplify as the taste experience continues; maximizing near the end. Quite a pleasant transition.

Mouthfeel – A nice creaminess coats the tongue while drinking this brew. A relatively milder level of carbonation allows for it to be a very easy drinking smooth beer. Very good combo of carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall – A nice sweeter stout of more moderate alcohol content. It makes it a very easy drinking session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 00:42:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of denver10


4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a nice mocha head. Aroma and flavor follow suit and are both great; roasty, coffee, chocolate, cream, and some lactose sugars. Great mix of roasty, sweet, and some bitter (i.e. think coffee like bitter, not hoppy). A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into stouts. As good today as it was back then.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 05:16:13 | More by denver10
Photo of WoodBrew


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Left Hand Milk Stout was on tap at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL. The beer poured into a standard pint glass and was a dark opaque color with a creamy froth head that laced nicely. The smell is sweet choclate and roast with hints of espresso and a touch of alcohol. This beer tastes amazing. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee, mixed with a touch of dark malts. A great mouthfeel makes this go down very, very smooth. This is the perfect session beer for me, it's not watery, nor is it too heavy. Overall I love this beer for every reason: it's beautiful to loo at as it goes down, it tastes awesome, and it's not too heavy at all, even at 6%.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 23:08:24 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Brouwerij78

New York

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a sweet pint of this exciting concotion at the "Spotty Dog" in Hudson, NY. It was a very creamy, sugared, milk, dense stout who's flavor resonated in my mouth for hours after the pint was gone. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would absolutely have another pint if I came across it in the future. A+

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 04:11:34 | More by Brouwerij78
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