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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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5,765 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,765
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 176
Gots: 599 | FT: 3
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:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

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
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Sammy, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

t0rin0, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.5%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

acurtis, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What has largely become the epitome of milk stout, Left Hand celebrates the smooth and velvety textures of roasted grain with the balance of milk sugars for a lush dark taste and stately austere.

Pouring pitch black with ribbons of mahogany piercing its edges, a frothy mocha-stained head separates and floats above. Broken lace trails with each and every sip.

Bold aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, walnut, whipping cream, and burnt caramel command the nose, and doing so with firm char and light ash. With virtually no fruit, spice, or hop contributions- the beer's robust scent is all about roasted malt and supporting sweetness.

Equally as bold in taste as aroma, 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.

Full and creamy, its body is of velvet, silk, and satin. But as soon as the cream proves to be fast-fleeting, so is the beer behind. Retaining is soft and milky texture fully to finish, its semi-roasty-dry finish is from roasted grain, slight residual sweetness, and light coffee-like bitterness.

Few beers balance the roast as well as what's found in this traditionally brewed milk stout. It sure stands up to its name and style-sake.

BEERchitect, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.53/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kylehay2004, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Jun 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 16, 2013
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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,765 ratings.