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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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1,688 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,688
Hads: 6,480
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,231 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002


Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.

Collection: Perennial
Style: Sweet Stout
Color: Black, 47 SRM
Body: full
ABV: 6%
IBU's: 25
PLATO: 15.5°
PKG: 6-Pack, Keg
Malt: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley and Chocolate
Hops: Magnum and US Goldings
Other: Lactose
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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company - Left Hand Milk Stout. 6% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into stout glass (as recommended). Best by 12/7/15.

Look: Aggressive pour (as recommended) yielded a fair sized eggshell colored head on a very dark brown, almost black body.

Smell: Coffee is the strongest, backed by a toasted oat and smoky aroma. Semi sweet smelling.

Feel: Rich and creamy body, but it seems to have a little too much carbonation, detracts from the smoothness it could have.

Taste: Up front is the toasty oat flavor, and sweet coffee flavor. Not much changes into the back end and aftertaste.

Overall: Been wanting to try this one for a few months now, and finally bought it. It is not as sweet as some other Milk Stouts I've had, but that does not detract from it; this one is more toasty-like. It is reasonably good, however it has too much carbonation for my preference, which detracts a bit from the creamy feel it should have.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. One thing I must say about Left Hand. I love the labels. This milk stout poured an opaque black with two-finger tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste: The coffee and the milk chocolate are there, but also a metallic tinge... Throws the whole thing off. Aftertaste is coffee

Feel: Much thinner than I would expect, with a dry filminess that stays too long.

Overall... the smell and look held a lot of promise, but the thin body and that metallic tinge take what could have been a great milk stout and make it fairly average.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard into a nonic glass, looks nice. Nitro carb builds up a nice cocoa looking head.
Very pleasant cocoa scent, coffee is there if a little light. Smells like this might be a great after dinner beer.

Terrible shock as I drink this and find it to be so incredibly pale to the nose. How could a beer smell so awesome and have absolutely NOTHING to back it up with. Just a slight roasted malt mixed in with a stunning watery feel. I seriously feel there's LA tap water in this. BLEH

What a disappointment, seriously. Mouthfeel is an important quality to me and this just rubs me the wrong way. I have a few more, I think I may slip in with a tasting to see what my friends think otherwise this purchase is a total loss for me.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft from the tasting room in Longmont. A very solid milk stout. Nice coffee taste. Dark chocolate and vanilla notes coming through. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I typically like my beers on the [room-]warm side, and I fear this one has suffered for it. Did not store it in the fridge, so I don't know if or how that has degraded the flavors. About 90% opaque dark brown color with some topaz tinting, and a tame head. Definite coffee presence with a slight enough burnt smokiness, also a lacing of booziness, coming from I know not where, but is nice. Getting a bit of the milky creaminess, but expected more. Overall, more straightforward than nuanced.

The biggest detractor, though, is the weight and feel, which seems like the spitting image of a porter rather than a stout. Too watery for a stout. Not as great as I'd been hearing. It's just okay even if taken as a porter, but it *is* okay.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured straight down into a nonic glass. From the mix-and-match section.

L - Dark brown color with 2.5 fingers worth of head. Brown lacing down the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, black coffee off the top. Slight vanilla overtones

T - Creamy chocolate, sweet cream, bitter dark chocolate finish.

F - Creamy feel, not too much weight to it but there is some texture.

O - Delicious milk stout. Wish there was more texture to it but not too dark either. Got to try the Nitro Milk Stout when I see it....Cheers!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a totally opaque black with not that much head at all. The nose is milk chocolate with just a hint of coffee in the background, mostly mile chocolate. The taste is almost straight milk chocolate, lots of milky sweetness, and some nice smooth sweetness. Definitely smooth mouthfeel and very nice chocolate and milky notes. Definitely a buy again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, espresso color with nice tan one-finger smooth head with lacing throughout. Roasted malty coffee aroma. Taste is sweet and full of coffee and cocoa goodness, very pleasant. Mouthfeel is super smooth, light carbonation, coffee aftertaste. Excellent milk stout, could drink one after another!

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Photo of jdelano
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my standard for milk stouts. Pours dark with great coffee and chocolate aroma. Very smooth with great feel. Really good beer and with all things considered not a bad deal.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought some back from Colorado...this is a very nice Stout for the money!
The look and smell are top notch. The taste is up there...reminds me a little of the Samuel Smith Stouts.
October is in full swing,Dr.Who is making decent episodes,The Walking Dead starts tonight & Football is on & the Baseball playoffs are going with the Cubs! Man! Fall is nice. This Stout is nice.

'And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is".
-Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- roasted malt and coffee on the nose, with a creamy lactose sweetness

T- plenty of roast up front with some smoky malt flavors, giving way to coffee & chocolate. The lactose sweetness kicks in mid-palate and continues through the finish, providing notes of vanilla whipping cream. More coffee and milky sweetness on the finish

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a somewhat flat mouthfeel and finish

O- a nice contrast of bold coffee and milky sweetness that remains highly drinkable throughout

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Photo of colingaiser
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-version poured (HARD as directed) into a nonic pint glass...

L: Small but thick tan head with great retention, and the beer has the opaque, jet-black appearance of molasses.

S: Filled up my kitchen with the inviting aroma of milk chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, and toasted nuts.

T: It's not a complex flavor but it's tasty. The chocolate dominates, with light milk chocolate giving away to rich dark chocolate and even the bitterness of baking cocoa. There are subtle coffee and hazelnut notes on the front end.

F: Silky smooth, light-bodied, and truly as refreshing as a glass of chocolate milk on a hot day. This is easily the main appeal of this beer.

I would never turn down a glass of Milk Stout Nitro ... it has a very likable flavor and amazing texture. That being said, there's nothing about the experience that wows me.

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Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown and settles pretty well black in the glass. Lots of carbonation. 1.5 fingers of vanilla colored foam rest on top; this quickly dissolved down to a thin lacing. Smell is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, and sugared milk. Somewhat weak in aroma. Medium weight with decent carbonation on the mouthfeel. A tad thin, but overall decent. Sweet roasted malt, light hops, and a good balance of chocolate and milk on the taste. Consistent all the way through, but starts to fade on the back end. Not much left on the taste near the finish, which is a bit watery with a decent amount of carbonation left over. A dry, sweet milky aftertaste is left behind after this one's gone.

Overall, not too bad. Better than the nitro milk stout. A bit too thin, and over-carbonated. Got better as it reached room temperature. Good balance between all the components, and sweet enough to be a true 'sweet' stout. At $4.99 for a bomber, I'd probably buy this again.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color. Perfect for a stout. Tan head that honestly left me wanting. Thin and didn't last. Smell was thin, malt, chocolate. This one's all about taste. It was smooth, creamy, chocolate but I wouldn't call it sweet. Very nice. First time I tried I remember not liking as much... where was the coffee, the burnt malts, the bitter?? It's not in this stout, and I'm beginning to appreciate this style as an easy drinker. Good one for people who don't like Guinness or similar. Bit of an alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Feel was a little thin, but still smooth and creamy if that makes sense. Guests always choose this one when I offer a variety. will buy again.

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Photo of martinfletwood
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Left hand once again comes through. I haven't been disappointed with any of their beers yet. I don't post how a beer pours or how lacy the head is. It taste great. Will buy again.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Corks of Cotham, Bristol - Pours dark black with a medium tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste - sweet, roasted coffee/malt finish. Very nice example od this ale.

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Photo of L0ne
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted malts on display with coffee and chocolate notes supporting. Pleasant sweetness from the lactose. Rich and creamy mouthfeel really makes it. Prefer the standard version, as the nitro mutes the flavors too much, in my opinion.

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Photo of Bone53
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black pour and looks as such in the glass with a ruby red hue when put up to the light

Smell: Creamy milk chocolate, mild coffee, toasted caramel

Taste: Creamy milk chocolate upfront with a lightly roasted malt/coffee finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth with a bitter coffee finish

Overall: This stuff is great. I said it with the nitro version and ill say it again here, it really reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald which is a huge compliment. Its light yet very well balanced between milk chocolate and roasted malt characteristics. Its one of those beers that both Guinness drinkers and craft enthusiasts can thoroughly enjoy. i saw cases of this on sale for $17.99 and had to jump on it. The nitro has a creamier mouthfeel but both taste the same

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Photo of Carolvs
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps the six-pack I picked up at Harris Teeter in N. Va was off, but when I pored into a standard ale glass it was flat as the Iowa plains: no head, no carbonation, no lacing. I could pick up the sweetness from the lactose, which was about the only standout characteristic. Overall, a real let-down.

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Photo of hman43
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours black with a dark tan head. The carbonation cause a rich appearance on pour. It has aromas of roasted malts and coffee. There are elements of chocolate as well. It has a smooth, creamy texture. It has a sweet creamy roasted taste with coffee and elements of chocolate

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Photo of drmeto
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours almost completely dark with faint ruby tinges and a medium,frothy,beige head
-coffee,mocha,cinnamon,sugary,oats,nutty,brown sugar
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
The sweetness seems balanced.Really nice

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured imto a pint glass. Almost zero head. A glorious ring of lacing with each sip. Aroma is of devine and lusty malted barley. The flavor... Pure malted barley with a touch of malt. Mouthfeel is that of a cappuccino or hot chocolate. The low abv was a turn off for a stout but the flavot is amazingm my first buy from left hand and it will not be my last. One of the best stouts Ive had. Creamy, delicious, malty, rich and flavorful. Definatly reccomend.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid brown-black. The aroma leads with milk chocolate and brown sugar. The flavor reminds me of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, but without any excess sweetness. Indeed, the sweetness here is restrained. It is really neither dry nor sweet. The full but not thick mouthfeel help with this. This is a really solid beer that I am sorry I have passed up so often.

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Photo of Secret
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite stout; whether it be milk, double, american, imperial, or anything else. Unfortunately, I don't have one currently on hand to give a blow by blow account. What I remember, it was very creamy, chocolatey, and I loved the fact that it's 25 IBU. Lots of stouts become so bitter that it overwhelms and distracts from all the subtle flavors, but this is beautiful. It's a little sweet, but in a good way, and not cloying at all.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks. Dark as dark can get; medium, quick vanishing head.
Smell. Smells like floral, malty mahogany.
Taste. Toasted malts (almost a bacony smoke), finished with dry molasses, and pretty much hopless.
Feel. Good, full, mellow body, sweet yet slightly dry.
Overall. My kind of beer: dark, rich, full, malty. A great beer, no matter the season.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.