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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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5,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,320
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 159
Gots: 413 | FT: 4
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:

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

A decent beverage, a transition from a soda pop, or an ovaltine. Looks like coke with a snap crackle from active carbonation. Roasty medium mouthfeel coffee cocoa nutty bittersweet chocolate. Very dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Not too smooth, but easy drink. Where are the cookies?

08-15-2004 04:58:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-21-2012 12:09:39 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.9/5  rDev -2%

On nitro-tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap that lasts. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate milk. Taste is of the roasted malt, slight coffee beans, and dark cocoa powder. Mild roast bitterness on the palate quickly fades. Due to the nitro-tap this beer is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good milk stout that I would get again. My first beer from Left Hand.

06-15-2011 15:58:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-12-2011 19:27:09 | More by djrn2
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice deep, deep brown color with a light tan head. The head is fairly long-lasting. The nose is nice with some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of light sweetness. The taste is a bit more plain with some light chocolate and a touch of roast. The feel is nice and creamy. Drinks really well and is a nice cold-weather session brew.

11-14-2010 02:51:53 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-04-2011 22:21:02 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer is essentially jet black in colors; traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose. As the beer warms up, hints of chocolate also become noticeable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The appearance and mouthfeel are probably the best parts of this beer. It’s very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

03-31-2012 13:50:18 | More by metter98
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.53/5  rDev -36.4%

This milk stout looks more like a weak porter or even a dark lager. It's ruddy brown in color and is nowhere near opaque. The ecru colored cap displays shallow pits on its surface and falls uneventfully to a thin film, leaving absolutely no lace.

The aroma is weak and consists of milk chocolate and a faint whiff of coffee. The flavor switches thing around a little bit and is coffee-dominant. Were coffee beans used in the brewing? There's a hint of cocoa in the background, along with a slight metallic tang.

The body/mouthfeel is disappointing, especially for a beer that calls itself a stout. It's thin and two-dimensional, not thick, rich, or creamy in the least.

Left Hand Milk Stout is not a stout, I don't care what the label says. A light porter maybe, but not even a very good one of those.

02-08-2004 16:34:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a small beige head that fritters away to a film while leaving a few shards of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and a bit of roast in the aroma

Taste: Starts out chocolatey with hints of caramel and finishes that way, too; slight bitter coffee at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and easy to drink; enjoyable

02-03-2006 22:41:46 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured a deep dark brown, essentially black, and pretty opaque. Large tan head faded very slowly to reveal a thick layer of lace that lasted till the bitter end. Smell was alot of chocolate to say the least. Huge lactose mile profile, but bigtime light chocolate aroma. The flvor picked right up where that left off. Very smooth, could use a tad more carbonation but really very nice. This was more of a chocolate stout, then a milk stout to me, but the sweetness is very prevelent. Low ABV makes this totally a session beer. Overall very nice and highly recommeded for a try. Really redeemed left habd for me after the smoke jumper.

06-02-2007 01:54:12 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-08-2012 20:06:25 | More by acurtis
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4.16/5  rDev +4.5%

What has largely become the epitome of milk stout, Left Hand further celebrates the smooth and velvety textures with "Nitro" giving the lush ale a Guinness-like creaminess and visual appeal.

Even with the beer's turbulent pour, the beer appears all foam until the beer starts to separate from the tightly woven bubbles with cascade-like effects. As the beer mesmerizes the eye, a seriously dense head develops on the beer with a mocha-brown meringue. The beer beneath is about as dark brown as you can get before crossing the black threshold. Its onyx-like sheen suggests good clarity despite its darkness.

Medium intense aromas of mid-weight coffee, chocolate, nuts, heavy whipping cream, and caramel command the nose, and doing so with minimal char or harsh notes. With virtually no fruit, spice, or hop contributions- the beer's robust scent is all about roasted malt and supporting sweetness.

But where the aromas seemed moderate, the taste is more pronounced. Hampered by its dense foamy barrier no more, the bold flavor is chocked full of robust coffee, bittersweet chocolate, malted milk candies, cream, walnuts, and lightly singed caramels. It's a balanced taste that all rises in similar intensity and careful not to allow one taste to dominate. Light woodish hops weave into the roast and mild earth for a subtle signal of closure in finish. The beer is simply a straight forward dialogue between roast and sweetness.

The nitro-infused gas gives the beer a dense, creamy whipped topping texture like eating Cool Whip. Velvet, silk, satin come to mind as the foam occupies the mouth. But as soon as the cream proves to be fast-fleeting, so is the beer behind. A brisk after-texture stems from the relatively thin beer that follows the cream. Its semi-dry finish is from dry roast, slight residual sweetness, and light roasty coffee-like bitterness.

Without taking a stance on whether the beer is best with standard carbonation or this new nitro-infused version; the nitrogen gives the beer a tighter weave making the beer look and feel more dense. But the beer is also slightly less aromatic and thinner if not drank quickly. I honestly enjoyed this version very well!

09-09-2005 23:16:34 | More by BEERchitect
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color stout with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of light roasted malt with some coffee. Taste is also dominated by some coffee malt with a good lactose feel also noticeable. The creamy texture was very interesting with a nice full body. I thought this beer was well balance between roasted coffee malt and the creamy lactose aspect of it.

03-21-2007 18:50:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A slight smokiness along with a lot of the roasted malt. Not all that much lactose/sweetness to it. Some toffee and molasses to it as well as roasted malt.

T: Quite a bit of smoke and roast to this beer. Some sweet lactose flavor and a bit of toffee, too. A little bit of chocolate flavor to it as well.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not a bad milk stout, though the smokiness was a bit strange.

10-08-2011 22:02:23 | More by womencantsail
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-29-2014 06:34:59 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-04-2011 23:32:26 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-12-2011 03:57:21 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-10-2013 19:57:16 | More by spycow
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a bubbly cap of chalk white bubbles.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with some roasty grain notes, a bit of scorched sugar and a pint of chocolate milk.

Taste: Dark malts with a chocolate milk flavor. A bit of roastiness perks up. Crumbled fudge cookies. Medium sweetness. There's only a mild bitterness present, so the beer certainly remains on the sweet side. Finishes roasty and milky sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not bad! A flavorful, sweetish milk stout.

06-03-2008 17:11:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-16-2013 06:22:00 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-15-2012 07:36:38 | More by GRG1313
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

A: tons of lace but only a half finger head, black with no light getting through.

S: coffee and roast dominate.

T: light coffee and roast with perfect semi sweet dark chocolate finish.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body. a little creamy.

Overall: I liked this one a lot but then again I like most milk stouts.

09-29-2011 01:37:33 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Knapp85


3.78/5  rDev -5%

This beer poured out as a deep black colored liquid with a thin tan head on it. The lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer is chocolatey and roasted. The taste of the beer has a really good creamy lactose flavor to it. The beer is sweet but it's well balanced. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, the body is between medium and heavy. Overal this beer is pretty good, I would drink this one again for sure.

06-28-2011 22:00:15 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

poured nicely black with ruby red hue,light head caramel colored head that left a nice lace.Smelled of very bitter chocolate,tasted nece and sweet with chocolate and burnt tones,very creamy in texture,like drinking desert.Nice hop flavor to balance out at the end,I really enjoyed this stout.

02-21-2003 14:36:15 | More by oberon
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4.18/5  rDev +5%

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I guess you could call this my dessert after downing a spicy pork sammich (with the Victory edition of the Saison du BUFF). It pours a mostly opaque black-brown, highlighted with a lighter shade of brown, topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light buttercream, sweet coffee, cocoa, coconut, light roasted malts, and vanilla. The taste is a simple combination of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and sour cream. The body is a somewhat hefty medium, with a very light carbonation and a feel as smooth as Billy Dee. On nitro, this thing is dangerously drinkable, a very tasty and enjoyable milk stout.

09-12-2010 18:37:14 | More by TMoney2591
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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