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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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very good

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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Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review, because nitro-bottle. 12 oz's poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is beautiful - mocha colored and a finger high, with a stunningly soft texture. Its retention is excellent, and the lacing left behind is plentiful. Nitro'd stouts always look fantastic, this being no exception.

S: Not as bland as I feared it would be. The primary notes are espresso coffee, roasted malts, lactose, and chocolate. The nitro really didn't kill the aroma much, and thank cripes for that.

T: A strong surge of coffee beans, cream, and chocolate opens the palate - fuck, this drinks just like coffee. Dark chocolate lingers right into the finish and onto the aftertaste. Not much complexity, then again this only needs great chocolate, coffee, and lactose notes to succeed. Which it pulls off admirably.

M: This is practically the perfect stout feel: rich enough (and just enough, I might add), yet very dry on the back end. Refreshing, too! An espresso flavor keeps the finish nice and long. Carbonation isn't needed that much due to how dry it is.

O: Here it is. Now that Left Hand comes to MD, I think I've found the perfect Guinness substitute for St. Patrick's Day, and not a moment too soon. Make that the perfect Guinness substitute 365 days a year - this is delicious.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-13-2014 22:15:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A-The pours was definitely fun. Just throwing it out of the glass. It cascades and everything. Nice creamy, nitrogen infused head. Dark body, not much light penetration.

S-Aroma is roasty first and foremost. Milk chocolate. Coffee with cream. A pleasant, textbook stout aroma.

T-The flavor is roasty again but I also get a somewhat noticeable grassy hoppiness in the back end. In between is coffee and milk chocolate or even mocha. A little chalky. Light, dark fruitiness.

M-The body is creamy but the carbonation isn't up to par. It's nearly flat and it really doesn't retain it's carbonation well.

O/D-Bought a single. Glad I didn't go for a full sixer. It was a cool beer to pour, and the flavors were pretty on point however, the carbonation was very flat. Still happy I tried this.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-09-2014 17:12:41 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

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

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: deep dark and black in color, when poured aggressively you get a lovely 2 finger root beer colored head that is extremely dense and thick. The head lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing as you drink.

S: coffee, chocolate, malts and an overall sweet aroma.

T: roasted malts, sweet mocha, chocolate and lactose sweetness as well.

M: creamy and smooth with minimal carbonation.

O: creamy and enjoyable this milk stout is my first beer from Left Hand. The Nitro-bottle is something new to me, so I found that interesting. I will look for more from Left Hand in the future.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-02-2014 23:36:00 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of fscottkey

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with no light penetration. One finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer on top.

S: Slight chocolate and mocha

T: Roasted taste with some coffee - no chocolate flavors noticeable.

M: Smooth with slight carbonation feeling.

O: Very Easy to drink. Definitely worth buying and drinking more.

Serving type: bottle
Calories: 180 per 12oz (If you care about that kind of stuff)

Updated 4/14/14
With the Nitro the good got better.

A: Nice deep black color. Gorgeous nitro induced head with 1 finger of very small uniform bubbles. The head looks solid - not like foam. I expected a Guinness style cascade - but there was no cascading.

S: Not much on the nose. Slight metallic scent. Hoping for more as it warms.

T: Nice roast malt. Perfect roast malt. Coats the tongue with this uniform roasty flavor. Really nice and no after taste to spoil it. As this one warms the lactose and sugar characteristics come out. It gets a nice sweetness to compliment the roasted flavor.

M: Delicate and light on the tongue. Still coating and rich feeling without being too heavy. I think the nitro really helps the mouth feel.

O: This takes me back to my early days as a Guinness drinker but much better. The roasted maltiness is great. The mouth feel is quite nice. Wish I could pick up a little more on the nose. Overall a well executed nitro stout. This is highly drinkable and I could easily hit several of these back to back.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-25-2014 03:14:52 | More by fscottkey
Photo of HopBomb515

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. Hard pour produces a nice tan fallout and a 1 finger khaki colored head that lasts forever. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, and an earthy backbone.

T - Roasted maltiness, light coffee, mocha and chocolate. Light bitterness and a touch of lactose sweetness all the way through.

M - CREAMY and smooth, light on the carbonation.

O - One of my first with this style. Very drinkable and super creamy on the palate. Sweet, but not overly. I thought several times to myself that this was like grown up chocolate milk. Would seek this out again as a change up to bigger beers from time to time.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-21-2014 02:35:24 | More by HopBomb515
Photo of SiccarPoint


4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. Poured to a large tulip, roughly, as advised on the bottle and cap!

A. Ebony body; thick, latte-like head of tiny, tiny nitrogen bubbles. A good pour gives several cm of head, which quickly settles down from both the top and bottom to a solid very long lasting couple of cm. Handles almost like a well poured draft Guinness, though the head is less thick. Rocking the glass leaves pleasing trails of the tiny bubbles in the beer itself. A good pour leaves the beer below apparently very flat, which I like.

S. Sweet and milky, but with a certain "dampness" to it. Coffee. A bit of bitterness hiding away behind the coffee; herbal hops? Suits the flavour well.

T. Upfront- malt, mild coffee, cocoa, caramel, and milk milk milk. Has a character somewhere between a malted milkshake, chocolate ice-cream, and a very rich, milky coffee. Rolls around the mouth delightfully during the sip, then gets out of the way for a much bitterer, crisp finish - like the aftertaste of a good espresso. This hangs around for a while, luxuriating, but not outstaying its welcome. Makes you want some more!

M. A well-engineered-expensive-German-car of a mouthfeel, that you can tell is going to be something special from the moment you see the silky pour out of the bottle at the start. Like a delicious, milky, malty hot drink - I'm thinking Horlicks. So, so smooth, but not heavy. No bubbly fizz at all, but the slightest prickle from the nitrogen keeps it from coating the tongue.

O. Extremely enjoyable "desert" beer. You probably wouldn't want more than one at a time, but the kind of beer you find yourself idly thinking "I could really do with a Milk Stout right now" at odd times. Pretty unusual, very tasty.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-13-2014 05:35:38 | More by SiccarPoint
Photo of SamN


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, such a beautiful pour. The lovely cascading effect is amazing out of the bottle. Settles into a rich looking black liquid with an incredibly creamy, thick foamy head. Color is strinkingly dark and deep. Only the brightest and most direct light genetrates this beer, glowing a deep brown-reddish hue. Such a looker. Smell is not strong, but present; sweet creamy coffee, some faint cocoa, roasty dark malts, even a bit of hop oil. Taste follows aromas, starts up sweeter and smooth, lots of milked latte and hot cocoa tastes. Really rich beer! Mouthfeel is the highlight, the nitrogen makes this a true desert beer. The beer is so thick and velvety smooth, while carbonation is muted.

One of the best stouts from Colorado and a treat to be proud of. The nitro bottle is pure beer innovation and changes their base milk stout into a whole new beer. Delicious, beautiful and so, so smooth.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-08-2014 19:00:09 | More by SamN
Photo of NolantheBondFan


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oh, the first Milk Stout I ever had. This review is for the Nitro, by the way. For some reason, there is only a page for the regular.

My good friend, who is a bigger beer nerd than me, recommended this to me and for that i owe him a great deal. This is the beer I go to when I want a good, black-as-hell, beer

Served in a bottle.

A: Black as Black can be, with a beautiful head of foam on top.

S: Sweet, yet bitter. I'm not a big smell guy, so take it for what it's worth.

T: Bitter yet sweet too. It's an impossible mix of amazing that I love.

M: Because I drink the Nitro, it is impossibly smooth.

O: One of my favorite beers. Top 5.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-31-2014 21:44:54 | More by NolantheBondFan
Photo of ZagZagg


4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark as the night and an appearance that boasts a nice viscosity. Nearly 100% opaque with a crimson glow at the base of my glass; Beautiful creamy beige (hah) head with strong retention, can’t assess the level of carbonation (its nitro so… it must be minimal/non-existent)

S: Coffee upfront, sweet aroma. Pungent roasted malts with sweet toffee and hints of caramel, a bit of cola or syrupy scent. Slightly dry smelling sweetness from maple or dark aged wood.

T: Sweet and balanced with flavors of roasted malts with coffee that exchange pleasantly with a creamier milk touch. Very very subdued hop bitters tailing off the mocha-coffee flare. Milk chocolate melt on your tongue robust candy character, the whole tasting experience is dominated by the caramelized sugars that have faint butterscotch/werther’s-original notes. No booziness, very mild, milkshake feel

M: Full body for sure – thick and creamy that feels like it melts in the mouth. The after-taste is akin to chocolate milk and is quite sweet. Oily-smoothness that brings a hearty punch. Velvet.

O: I think this is fantastic, and definitely on the sweet side. Seems more like a dessert beer – most likely pairs with baked goods or other candied items. This really epitomizes what I think of ’Milk Stout’.

This is a must try for anyone seeking a delicious stout and has a bit of a sweet tooth. I will certainly drink this again.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-28-2014 03:36:11 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of isaackaiju


3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my first milk stout and i have to say it will be my last, at least this one in particular.

A: poured a nice black, finger wide creamy head

S: aroma of coffee definitely came through the nose

T: wasn't bad but wasn't anything mind blowing, very creamy and unfortunately to me that sounded better than it actually was

M: creamy, thin

O: would not buy again, i'm more of thick stout kind of guy, this one just wasn't to my likings

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-21-2014 03:28:08 | More by isaackaiju
Photo of Copernicandream


4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Both the CO2 and Nitro versions are incredible milk stouts, excellent representatives of the style.

This is a review of the Nitro style (which I believe surpasses the original)

A -Pour hard, its even listed on the bottle cap, but it took a suggestion from a friend to realize what this actually means. By placing an empty pint glass atop the bottle and then literally inverting both you can really agitate the beer (I have never had the experience of it foaming over). This creates several inches of writhing foaming head in your glass that very quickly gives way to liquid leaving about 2cm of remaining head.
- If not properly agitated this beer will initially pour thin and then may begin to gently fizz generating a thin rim of head.

S- Rich malty roasts with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- The frothy head is sweet with lactose, incredibly milky and the best part of the beer. Initially flavors are very milky with the creaminess complemented by the mouthfeel. Finishes with strong malt flavor and a very subtle souring.

M- Creamy, silky, smooth, incredible. Again, the pour really dictates this. At first I thought this beer was flat and somewhat thin.

O- An excellent beer for anyone who enjoys milk. Or beer. Just seeing the Nitro gush foam into my glass was worth the price. The only real negative point would be the slight souring on the backend, but this was a very minor component of the flavor profile.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-14-2014 21:50:17 | More by Copernicandream
Photo of Florida9


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours what appears to be viscous and flat out of the bottle, but a nice creamy head forms about 10 seconds after the pour. Color is flat black. Excellent retention on the head. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is a not very strong or complex. Some roasted malts and little else.

T: Taste is better, but, again there just isn't much there. Watery roasted malts, mild creaminess, light sweetness. Maybe a little chocolate in the mix, but I think I might be stretching it with that one.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel. Dry on the backend. Mild bitterness.

O: A decent drinker of a stout. The nitro certainly adds a great deal to smooth out the mouthfeel and give this one a bit of a silky feel to the beer. That said, I just wish there was more to the beer itself as it is overly simple and unexciting.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-06-2014 01:01:06 | More by Florida9
Photo of hopsputin


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: dark black with a .5 finger tan head that fades quickly and just leaves a little film on top

s: loads of toasted malt - something in here smells dank almost like weed (am i crazy, probably). sweet milk, baking chocolate, just a hint of toffee

t: tastes better than smell. like the nose, there are loads of toasty roasty malts, espresso beans, leather, tobacco, and a bittersweet chocolate. then you come across the sweetness from the milk - a nice lactose flavor that is reminiscent of sweet cream

m: lighter side of medium - lighter than i expected. as expected, not much carbonation

o: its good, but nothing mind blowing. all the flavors in here are nice, and nothing is harsh or overpowering. i really like the lactose sweetness. also i swear i taste something like weed in here but i think i'm just imagining that

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-23-2013 01:41:50 | More by hopsputin
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New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Milk Stout Nitro. Jet black in color. Pour aggressively, as suggested, and you can achieve a two-finger head with good retention. Foam is very sticky and leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma features dark, bittersweet chocolate. The lactose comes through on the nose and is evocative of hot cocoa with milk.

Cocoa-like roast malt flavor with some lactic character. Just about perfect balance; bitterness from roast and hops comes on toward the finish. Super-soft creamy mouthfeel. There's a tradeoff in that the flavor seems slightly muted compared to the conventional Left Hand Milk Stout, but the super-smooth mouthfeel is arguably worth it.

Nitro or not, Left Hand's Milk Stout has been a go-to for me since I first tried it. At 6%, the flavor profile is robust enough but not overpowering. If only this were as widely available on tap as Guinness Draught...

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-10-2013 04:27:02 | More by gr0g
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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did not care too much for the smell but the taste and texture is nearly perfect. I am just starting to get into stouts, porters, and craft beers because Guinness is my favorite beer or was until I had this. This blows Guinness out of the water. I am in love with how easily this beer goes down while still having an amazing texture and taste. My first beer I've had by Left Hand Brewing Company and I defiantly will be trying others.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-07-2013 23:25:31 | More by smptenor
Photo of ThoughtPolice

North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It can't get much better than this. I will forego the standard reviewing style to just say this is without a doubt one of my 3 'desert island' beers. I can drink it when it's warm, cold, rainy, sunny, zombie apocalypse, anything.

It looks beautiful, the head gets all up in your mustache throughout the entire glass.
Smell is enticing. A little sweet, a little roasty, a little chocolate.
Taste and mouthfeel are right where they need to be. Smooth, with interesting toasty cocoa notes with just a touch of coffee-like bitterness.
I routinely recommend this at my bar as a Guiness killer. The "I don't like dark beer" crowd is always surprised with a sample of LHMS-N!

Once you're halfway through a 12 oz. serving, it's hard not to quaff the remainder. Just seek some out and buy it.

Now, if we could just increase the supply of this beer to get the price down! I'm tired of dropping $12/sixer for it, but I will most certainly continue keeping it in the fridge.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-29-2013 18:37:07 | More by ThoughtPolice
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and as instructed on the bottle, I poured hard and admired as the black brew sent waves of brown bubbles cascading up the glass to a creamy 1 finger latte looking light tan head; it looked like a Guinness as it was formulating and then settled into a drink that resembled something that a snob would order at Starbucks, leaving good lacing coating the sides.

Smells like a roasted chocolate malted, with a mix of cocoa powder, roasted grains, charcoal, vanilla milkshake, a milk chocolate bar, coffee, light citrus hops, caramel and light herbal notes; it is sweet and enjoyable, like a nice frozen coffee drink with just enough burnt or roasted notes to tame the sweet cream-like aroma and pull together in a complimentary way.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted chocolate malts, cocoa powder, milk chocolate bar, roasted grains, charcoal, vanilla, coffee, light citrus hops, Coca Cola, caramel and light herbal notes; there are elements of bitterness mixed with sweet chocolate and cream notes, both combined with roasty grainy flavors that come together nicely and flow smoothly. Drinks like a very sweet coffee drink left in the fridge and goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, velvet-like, with almost no carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter and very sweet coffee/chocolate/vanilla finish that trails off like a shake that had herbs and extra coffee in it.

I found this extremely easy to dink and overall enjoyed it very much. I’ve had the regular Milk Stout in the past, but this Nitro version was better and easier to drink. I could session this like a Guinness, and think that this may be easier to drink and better tasting.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-06-2013 04:10:31 | More by CHickman
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black opaque body with a sizeable foamy caramel colored head. Leaves a blanket of lasting lace. Waves of carbonation twist and twirl in every direction- mesmerizing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cream overtones, some coffee in the background. Dark but sweet, nothing sour to make it an in-the-mood-for-it beer, love it.

T: Sweet cream, dark malts, mocha aftertaste. Sweetly sippable. To be very picky, it could use just a bit more complexity, and the finish could be just a bit longer; I want to savor this.

M: Creamy, smooth, velvety... just fantastic. Even chilled, it gives you a nice warming effect. Just a tad flat. If it were just a bit more viscous/carbonated it would be near perfect.

O: Awesome, awesome beer, and not even a rarity or a special-occasion-only due to its price. Delicious, milkshake-like in body, and widely available- this is now my go-to winter beer. Spend the extra buck for the nitro-bottled version.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-05-2013 05:16:54 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of DeFaz


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a very popular beer in my area and I was expecting a lot from this. It came in a nitro bottle and was served into a pint glass. The color appeared to be pitch black (but others will argue it is just very dark brown). The head recedes to a sliver and holds. The beer smells of coffee, chocolate, and molasses, smelling more bitter than sweet. The taste is bittersweet, starting sweet but finishing with the coffee notes. The mouthfeel is very creamy but finishes flat as other reviewers have noted, and increased carbonation may have benefited the beer in this area although a thicker and creamier mouthfeel should be expected. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with some good flavors that just didn't match all that well for me. It's easy to find this beer (at least the non-nitro version) but there are better stouts out there.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-05-2013 01:55:42 | More by DeFaz
Photo of CarlosDanger

New York

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

When you're in the mood for a stout, this is the one to get.

Beautiful tiny bubbles, looked amazing in the glass if you follow their instructions to "Pour Hard."

Wonderful aroma, chocolaty, coffee, sweet, almost dessert-like.

Creamy mouthfeel as it should be. A delicious beer.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-01-2013 19:15:32 | More by CarlosDanger
Photo of Pyrosixer9


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I always said that Odell's Cutthroat Porter could use a full body. This beer has a lot of the same roasty notes, with an added bonus of being sweet and silky smooth. But not cloyingly sweet. The smell is so inviting that you can't help but down the entire bottle in no time. This is a dangerously drinkable, and eminently pleasant, brew. It could use a bit more carbonation to liven things up, and the taste isn't anything that will blow your pants off. Regardless, this will become a permanent resident in my fridge.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-30-2013 00:10:15 | More by Pyrosixer9
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. nitro-bottle, with best by date 12/29/2013 printed on the bottleneck. I had a moment of confusion for a minute when I realized that this beer is the same as Left Hand Milk Stout, only with a nitro conditioned bottle. Or something. Anyway, this review is for the black labeled bottle Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, and I've never had the regular bottled version.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a deep opaque black colored body with about a quarter inch of creamy mocha suds for a head. I have to admit, this looks pretty awesome.

S - Smell has a smooth, creamy, clean feel to it, clearly from the nitro. Chocolate, vanilla, cream, and malt roast are all fresh-smelling and apparent.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth velvety chocolate, malt roast, some coffee bean bitterness, cream, vanilla.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, but in all honesty, the flat texture to the beer is off-putting for me. I'd prefer it to have a tad bit more carbonation.

Overall, aside from being pretty flat with hardly any carbonation, this was a great beer. I would like to see how this fares when compared to the regular bottled version of Left Hand Milk Stout, and to the nitro-tap version. An all around curious beer that has me intrigued.

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro ---4/5.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-28-2013 23:38:08 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Lancer211


4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have seen this one around a few times recently, then had a friend bragging about it a couple nights ago, so I decided to check it out.

Poured from nitro bottle into a pint glass.

A - Looks different, during and after the pour, from most nitro stouts -- no waves of foam erupting from underneath. Perhaps this has something to do with Left Hand's nitro process. Anyway, very odd lack of head during the pour, though a .5 cm tan head reveals itself once pour is finished. Persistent lacing remained on glass throughout, as did the head. The stout itself is a smooth, very dark brown, nearly black.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and a sweetness that might be the leftover lactose. No sign of that 6% ABV.

T - All roasted malt goodness, with a simultaneously sweet and bitter aftertaste. A bit of chocolate underlays it. No hops or alcohol detected. Not particularly complex, but delicious, and typical of a old style stout.

M - Feels coarser than most nitro stouts. Creamy, light, not entirely flat as another reviewer accused, but certainly sedated. Almost seems a bit thin.

I gave it a 4 overall, which might be a bit high. This isn't the greatest beer I've ever had, but it's also a great example of the style. I wouldn't drink milk stouts all the time, but I do like the respite they give from the more complicated types. (I.e., if you just go IPA IPA IPA all the time, take a break and enjoy one of these)

I quite liked this one, but I understand if not everyone appreciates it.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-13-2013 19:46:23 | More by Lancer211
Photo of Yuliya

British Columbia (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Very dark brown as typical of stout but not black

Smell - Toasty, chocolatey

Taste - Strong roasted taste with notes of milk coming through. Coffee aftertaste with a little bit of sourness

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy, but feels flat as if something is missing.

Overall - Lacks liveliness to the point of being boring.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-11-2013 06:17:59 | More by Yuliya
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz nitro bottle poured into nonic pint

Appearance - Dark but light still comes thru. A nice head of about 1/2 inch is present after pouring hard into the glass.

Smell - Roasted malt and milk chocolate

Taste - Lots of malt, milk chocolate, a slight taste of coffee. Prior to warming up, there were hints of "burnt" flavor but as it approached room temperature it smoothed out.

Mouthfeel - My first milk stout and this is very smooth and creamy. Wish there was a bit more carbonation, but this is probably to be expected since it is "nitro".

Overall - This is a very drinkable beer and the 6% ABV isn't noticeable.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-11-2013 02:43:12 | More by shadetree67
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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