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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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4,822 Ratings
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Ratings: 4822
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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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had gone to the local liquor store in search of something different that I had not tried before as to type of beer. After reviewing what seemed like hundreds I settled upon the brew, "Milk Stout Nitro" by Left Handed Brewing.

Upon my arrival home I immediately found a pint glass. I poured "hard" as directed and found that a heavy head of beer formed nicely. I noted the dark almost blackish color and the creamy dark head on the pint glass. Not much carbination but little bubbles moving in the glass. The aroma had hints of chocolate and coffee. THe first sip was smooth to the palate and had a great initial taste but a far better after taste. The beer was very good.

Serving type: cask

01-02-2014 20:13:09 | More by 1graywolf5050
Photo of afksports

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes here, because when I had this I was a bit too busy with some friends to pull out the iPhone and be anti-social on BA.

The appearance is dark and fairly standard. Given that it was on gravity cask, I can't really knock its lackluster lacing and absent head. A dark brown to black body that went to brown at the edges, this one smelled like chocolate milk, with malts and cream poking out most. Taste is the same, which could be classified as boring if it weren't exactly what I wanted at the time. Exclamation points throughout my notes, and there were high fives all around.

Its taste profile isn't the most interesting, but it's a milk stout through and through, and if that's what you're in the mood for, Left Hand does not let you down.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2011 03:53:40 | More by afksports
Photo of htomsirveaux


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

Tried on cask 7 Feb 2010 at Falling Rock.

Served in a standard pint glass. Small light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Opaque black color. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa. Body is velvety but light. Starts lactose sweet and mocha-ey. Becomes more roasted in the middle. Finish is slightly drier and chocolatey. Alcohol slightly warming in finish (5.9%).

Serving type: cask

02-07-2010 22:24:38 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Big78CJ


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer out of the firkin at Aroma's in Athens, GA - the only place in the universe (sounds cooler than world) to get a cask of Milk Stout. According to the spiel, this was the first time Left Hand put their Milk Stout in a cask and it was a true success. Aroma's got the only cask from what I was told. I am reviewing this beer as it tastes on cask, in comparison with how it tastes in bottle or on draft.

The brew poured a nice black pint glass with a little smattering of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass. It was slightly chilled; not too much to make it cold, mind you. The smell was of coffee/espresso malts with a rich burnt aroma. The taste was similar, combined with an added creaminess from the lactose sugar. Very well-rounded and beautifully balanced. What i noticed most about this beer as opposed to its bottled or kegged bretheren was that it was way more sessionable. While the regular milk stout is one of my favorite stouts and I could see myself drinking a sixer on a winter night, I would not want to repeat the occasion soon after. On the other hand with this cask of Milk Stout I could come to the bar every day and get a few pints without spoiling dinner. While I imagine it was still high calorie (milk stout and all), the beer felt very light on the palate comapred to its thicker brothers. I was very impressed and hope that Left Hand keeps up the good work (and Aroma's keeps continuing to impress me).

Let's all hail Sachin Patel as the god of beer supply in Athens, GA.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2007 01:41:20 | More by Big78CJ
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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
Photo of grammodesguapote


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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
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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
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 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 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
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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