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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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4,821 Ratings
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Ratings: 4821
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 WKrieger


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lactose in this milk stout played strongly in the foreground, providing so smooth a mouthfeel I felt like I was going to accidentally gulp and finish this thing from the start. Uber-smooth. The taste was reminiscent of a typical soft, mildly spiced milk stout that was again so creamy I just couldn't put it down. This has absolutely become one of my favorites of all time.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-23-2014 04:21:43 | More by WKrieger
Photo of Zdrummer15


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from memory of drinking it earlier tonight while out for dinner

Appearance: black with a very thick creamy head and lots of nitrogen infused cascading bubbles

Smell: rich chocolate

Taste: very sweet milk chocolate as I've come to expect from sweet/milk stouts, little bit of bitterness to balance it out

Mouth feel: creamy goodness, pretty much perfect

Overall: I'm a sucker for stouts on nitro and milk stouts are the perfect beer to be served this way. This is a very good creamy, chocolaty beer. It goes down extremely easily and had I not been driving, I probably would have had a few more.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-02-2014 05:24:17 | More by Zdrummer15
Photo of 57md


3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The head dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing behind. The nose is roasty and it hints toward a strong roast flavor. That does not pan out as the flavor profile has only a mild roastiness to it. The flavor profile is tilted more toward the sweet end. The mouthfeel is creamy and milky. This is a fine and enjoyable offering.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-06-2014 04:44:28 | More by 57md
Photo of potatojuice

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

having one right now.. have the nitro version
appearance.. nice thick mocha colored head about two fingers
smell is jackfruit.. I mean big on jackfruit
taste is the same as the smell.. first some sourness as soon as it hits my tongue then jackfruit all the way some burnt taste at the back of the palate..no hop bitterness at all.. easy to drink..
mouthfeel is very creamy velvety like that coats my mouth.. very smooth
Overall- I prolly have a bad batch.. it's not supposed to taste sour is it?.. all I get is jackfruit like taste. I don't taste the dark chocolate,, sweet black coffee like other people have been saying

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-18-2013 00:30:45 | More by potatojuice
Photo of Beric


4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Nitro-tap
Served: 16 September 2013

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Love the cascading bubbles as the pint comes off the tap. Builds a majestically creamy white head at the top that sticks around forever. Some lacing, though nothing intense. Looks outstanding.

Smell: Some faint roastiness, some bitter smokiness, and some chocolate notes. Smells like a stout, not much more to say here.

Taste: Great balance between the roasty malt bitterness and a touch of chocolaty sweetness. This milk stout is not too sweet, probably because it does not have the addition of actual chocolate or other brewing adjuncts. This one has a right amount of sweetness to compliment, but not overpower, the roastiness, and makes this one drink somewhat like dessert coffee or dark chocolate mousse. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Creamy due to the nitro bubbles. Felt smooth as silk on the palate.

Overall: Exquisite smoothness from the nitro makes this balanced milk stout fantastically easy and pleasurable drinking. Would certainly buy again, especially when looking for a nice, easy-drinking stout. This beer is fantastic on-tap, and is a vast improvement over an already good bottled product.

Note: Re-reviewing due to change in serving format from nitro-bottle to nitro-tap. Makes a world of difference.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-17-2013 01:18:04 | More by Beric
Photo of dowen17


4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours almost black like a cola with a thick two finger tan head that lasts a while and after it dissipates a one finger head lasts throughout the entire drink. Huge amounts of lacing follow the beer down the glass as you drink. This beer is beautiful. It really is.

Wow. This beer smells great. Hints of chocolate and dark coffee on the nose. You can smell the alcohol when you take a big whiff but its very faint.

This beer tastes as good as it smells. Super smooth. Dark chocolate, creamy dark/roast coffee, a hint of dark fruits, and just enough bitterness on the finish to end it with a slight touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Not extremely thick, though. Super smooth going down. It goes down so easy. If you wanted, you could chug an entire glass no problem. It's really that smooth.

Overall this is probably one of the, if not my favorite, beers I've had. Great taste and mouthfeel and way smooth to drink. Would definitely buy again and I plan on getting a 6 pack the next time I make my way to the package store that keeps it. Such an AWESOME beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-31-2013 03:46:45 | More by dowen17
Photo of centurian62


4.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am glad that Rockewell's in Grand Rapids, MI has had this on nitro tap for a long while. I stop in as often as I can to grab a pint because this has to be one of the best beers on the face of the planet!

When delivered, you can see the nitro bubbles exuding from the middle of the glass creating a beautiful caramel colored head. Upon first sip, you realize that the nitro has taken the original Milk Stout to a whole new level of creaminess and taste! My wife is not the biggest fan of stouts but she always humors me and tries them. This one was "the one" that has changed her mind and she even ordered her own pint!!! That is a testament to how good this beer is, because she is very picky when it comes to beer and she loves it!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-28-2013 19:39:44 | More by centurian62
Photo of Ford


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap..

What a great looking beer. SMells good.

Wow.. nitro.. so different than carbonation... super smooth.. this really is like drinking milk almost...

Flavor is really good. Stouty goodness all over it, again my first time having something off a nitro tap and it's just so different.

Can't wait to have another one of these in the near future.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-03-2013 05:46:10 | More by Ford
Photo of spoony


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a nitro-tap into a pint glass.

A-The beer is almost pitch black in the glass with a nice one-finger head of very dense, creamy, tan head. Head is slow to fade and leaves some chunky lacing.

S-The smell is mild and consists of lightly roasted malts and a touch of milk chocolate.

T-Taste is somewhat simple, but is an enjoyable slightly milky blend of chocolate and smooth roasted malts. Very little bitterness and no alcohol.

M-Smooth, smooth, smooth feel. Ultra-fine carbonation. Medium body.

O-I used to love nitro beers and this brew reminded of some of the better examples. It wasn't terribly complex, but the flavors were well integrated with each and you could drink this beer without feeling like you had to study every sip. There is nothing mind-blowing here, but this is a decent example of a milk stout.

Edit: Just drank a bottle of this stuff at home. My review above and score stands.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-31-2012 07:02:18 | More by spoony
Photo of Ethanol4one

New York

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

This is a very good, dark, thick, high octane, no nonsense, Milk stout. At 6%, my impression is that the AVB is high vs. traditional stouts, so go slow, bros.

I had this at Rudy's in NY (of Steely Dan's "Black Cow" fame, which would be a great name for it there, since it's sold as the in-house, white label stout.

Very creamy, milky toasted stout. A female friend of mine, who hates all beer, has become a regular Left Hand Stout drinker, which says a lot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-12-2012 15:07:12 | More by Ethanol4one
Photo of 94Sip


4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Yard House. I will simply state that on tap this is significantly better than bottled. If I was reviewing this from a bottle it would be a bit different and I will note that below.

A: on tap it had a nice 2 finger head that stayed all the way to the end and left great lacing down the glass. Every time I have this from a bottle I only get a head for a little while and it never lasts. And I have followed the instructions and poured "hard", which creates a nice head but it always dissipates quickly.

S: smelled like a typical stout. I am a fan of all stout smells, so this is not a differentiating factor for me.

T: Excellent - just the right amount of sweetness to go with the roasted malts. And the tastes stay with you the whole way down. Nothing thin about this at all. Just the right amount of coffee and just the right amount of chocolate. But most importantly, the sweetness was just right.

M: like the other characteristics the moutfeel on tap is just right - smooth, the right amount of carbonation and the head is nice and creamy. From a bottle it feels almost flat.

When I am not looking for the typical 8-10% stouts this is one of my go to stouts. Easy to have a couple of these on a weeknight and still carry on a coherent conversation. The sweetness is really nice on a cooler night. Just a very satisfying stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-13-2012 02:34:36 | More by 94Sip
Photo of sneakymagician


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was an okay stout at best. Found it a little difficult to finish the pint. The aftertaste wasn't so good. Maybe, they were tapping the bottom of the keg - seemed to have trouble filling the glass, because of the foam. Tried it at The Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-25-2012 22:28:30 | More by sneakymagician
Photo of NilocRellim


4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pint was poured heavy, and needed time to settle. The taste was smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. It reminds me of what a Guinness is like at a pub in Ireland; the pour, the cooking (settling), and the creamy head.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely! I cannot wait until more places have this regularly.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-29-2012 04:58:21 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap into a pint glass

This beer pours pitch black and has a slight brown head that lasts all the way down with a nice thick lacing. The flaovrs of the beer are somewhat roasty with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The creamy texture of this beer is really unlike any other. It has a certain smoothness that is unparalleled. The combination of lactose and nitro really makes for a unique drink. This is a rather filling beer and I was slow to drink it but it was very much a desert beer and I enjoyed it as such. Try it out, especially if you can find it on nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-05-2012 03:52:13 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of FosterJM


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1424th Review on BA
Nitro tap to Pint

@World of Beer, Naperville, IL

App- Take a Guinness with the same cascading head and it looks amazing. The fading waterfall head with a good brown head and a Oreo creme top. Amazing cling down the sides.

Smell- Well, the base version has a bit more punch behind it. This was more smooth and a creme aroma with only a touch of malty chocolate.

Taste- Well I liked this a bit more than Guinness. This was more smooth, this was more creamy and added with a good chocolate flavor. The added addition of the nitro is a great addition.

Mouth- A low carbonation with a SUPER creamy flavor. The body is a bit of a low/medium and leaves a residual creaminess and then adds a bit of coffee.

Drink- I reviewed the base version and this was much better. Richer, smoother and better all around.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-30-2012 01:48:43 | More by FosterJM
Photo of pgfault


4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I first had the LHMS I was blown away. The flavor and _sensation_ from the nitro tap is nearly indescribable. Nonetheless...

The pour is a std creamy stout and maintains head pretty much throughout. The nose is light stout, but the flavor on initial taste is exceptional. This is what God intended a stout to be. The finish lingers in a very good way.

Left Hand knocked this one out of the park.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-23-2012 04:59:18 | More by pgfault
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours fairly identical looking to a Guinness. Frothy milkshake with nitro bubbles frothing up as the khaki head slowly dissipates into more drinkable beer.

Aromas are fairly mellow considering the extremely dark thick appearance of this stout. Light cocoa with a little toastiness and brown sugar sweetness.

The taste topples the nose and delivers delicious amounts of sweet and lightly toasted (wanted to emphasize this over roasted) malts. Light cocoa and espresso but quite quite smooth and velvety.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect amount of medium-light carbonation. The lactose makes it presence known as well adding the smooth and velvety creamy texture which is spectacular.

Overall this is one of the top 3 Milk Stouts I have ever had; perfect example of the style. Perfect harmony for your taste buds and a nice/substantial upgrade nitro stout over Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-26-2012 15:34:20 | More by claspada
Photo of darkstar12


4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on nitrogen tap into a regular pint glass at Red Rocks, Old Town Alexandria, VA. Also had in regular bottle, but this review based on nitrogen pour which makes a big positive difference.

A: Nice and dark, with a two-finger light tan head that lasts for a very long time.
S: Some sweet aromas, not much else
T: Absolutely perfectly smooth - not a hint of bitterness or carbonation, nothing but a smooth, sweet chocolately taste.
M: Thick, sweet, chewy, awesome
O: An absolutely amazing beer on nitrogen. Unbelievably smooth and good. I go out of my way to find it now.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-29-2012 23:57:34 | More by darkstar12
Photo of Efeswasmy1st

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Nitro tap at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI'

Poured nicely with heavy head which settled into dark brown/black tastiness.

Creamy at first brings out the malty and coffee taste of the beer.

Aroma is malty, coffee.

Soft on the palate with easy creamy drinkability. If you can find this on Nitro, do it!

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-04-2012 04:34:39 | More by Efeswasmy1st
Photo of rangerred


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a nitro tap.

Beer is pitch black with a creamy 1.5 finger head. There is a thin sheet left along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is somewhat lacking as is the case with nitro beer but there is some chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is full of chocolate and dark roast coffee. It is somewhat mocha-like and quite rich. There is little malt presence behind the coffee and chocolate. Sweetness is present throughout becoming a bit more noticeable towards the finish. A light bitterness takes hold at that time. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I always liked the non-nitro version and I think this is even better.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-04-2012 03:11:19 | More by rangerred
Photo of kemoarps


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been a huge fan of the standard left hand milk stout since I first tried it almost a year ago. The woman at the tavern here told me they had the nitro tap version? Sign me up. Pours that beautiful black silver waterfall of the nitro process. Top it with that creamy cappucino foam head... it's beautiful.

The nose is quite muted with a simple creamy fermented note.

Imma cut to the chase. This is the milk stout but creamy as...
ahh... let's just say its creamy silky smoothe dghjfisbcjsofnejvn

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-26-2012 23:17:20 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass at Sarasota's World of Beer.

A- Comes to me as a beyond-opaque black with a perfect 1/4 inch white crown that's flat, smooth and sticks around for nearly the entire drink. Full sheets of lacing also follow down the glass for the duration.

S- Subtle yet enthralling coffee nose with a bit of dark chocolate.

T- Heaven. Deep roasted malts that are accentuated by the creamy mouthfeel. The dark chocolate and coffee continue but are so controlled, making the drinkability fly off the charts.

M- Like I said, creamy and soft. Like a pillow for the palate. Medium-high carbonation and a full body.

O- So good, it makes me weak in the knees. This is the only way to have this beer

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-21-2012 01:19:53 | More by Immortale25
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

imbibed at Brixx pizza off a nitro tap

Appearance is black, one of only a few truly opaque beers I have seen. Head is beautiful, looks more like a tan cream than the head of a beer. Small but tenacious head that doesn't leave a lacing per se, but more of a creamy coating to the glass. Smell is roasted malt with some sweetness, coffee. Smoky roasted malt, sweetness, and that stout bitterness. Mouthfeel is very low carb, almost flat.

A sweet and surprisingly mellow stout, my first milk stout. Too low carb for my tastes, almost comes off as flat. Better than your average stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-20-2012 04:26:57 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of bigchiefbc


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black after cascade, about a finger of beige/light brown head.

S: Primary aroma is roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness

T: Roasted malts continue to predominate, but the lacto sweetness is definitely making itself known. Finishes with just enough bitterness to make you want to take another. Fantastic session beer.

M: Creamy creamy creaminess. Man, that is one of the smoothest pints I've ever had.

O: One of the best milk/lacto/sweet stouts I've had. I've recommended this beer to so many people, I've lost count.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-20-2012 01:33:03 | More by bigchiefbc
Photo of keytones


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, thin head but great lacing.

Smell is bitter but slightly sweet.

Not what I expected, it's sweet but has somewhat of a bite to it at the end. Cream aftertaste.

Thin and creamy, almost no carbonation. Highly drinkable.

Good session beer. Would like to try it in a bottle because it's definitely caseworthy.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-16-2012 06:52:17 | More by keytones
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