Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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Reviews: 1,662
Hads: 6,332
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,098 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 1,662 | Hads: 6,332
Photo of HoustonTX
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby brown with some opacity. With a thin white head that falls to lace quickly.

Smell has a plentiful dose of roasted coffee beans. Dark and deep, but not rich and aromatic. Semi subdued, but clear and precise. Lactose and dark malt present as well.

Taste is medium-light bodied with a twangy mouthfeel. Semi-creamy edge with a frothy fringe. Dark embodied malt along a chocolaty base. Shows edges of coffee, milk, mocha, and creme. Finishes with a bitter chocolate/hop floral spiciness combination that strikes a cord for taking another sip.

The flavors are presented in a well arranged fashion and meld together nicely. This is a solid Milk Stout. (674 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown but a touch of light will shine through. Lasting, but small head. Nice lace.

Smells like a latte, which should be what a milk stout smells like, right? Light coffee and strong cocoa powder aromas--almost like Nestle's Quik.

Lots of chocolate. The body is thin for the style. The black patent malt is present but understated, more chocolatey.

This is an easy stout to consume. Flavorful and light with a great long-lasting aftertaste. (459 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Left Hand glass. Poured out a nice dark color with a slight ruby hue, tan tinted head, that did not last long.

Aroma of sweet chocolate, with a slight coffee hint(iced coffee)

Flavor of milk, with sweet chocolate, coffee, roast, and a subtle smokiness.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated, with a medium body.

Overall this to me is a very drinkable brew, with some large and subtle flavors. It is not overwhelming, yet has a strong milk chocolate feel, almost milkshake like. Cheers to this one (515 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date Bottled stamp illegible.

Pitch Black with moderately sized brown head.

Chocolate, raisin. Sour/tart. Sweet malt. Cool and crisp.

Raisin, light chocolate/roasted. Mild grassy esters. Watery.

Nice carbonation, mild foamation.

I am unimpressed with this Milk Stout – the flavors are not bold enough and don’t live up to the style standards. This brew is not bad, it just is not great. Not what I’d call “Udderly delightful.” (446 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Left Hand's Milk Stout pours out a thin head
over an opaque black brew. Carbonation seems
pretty active, and the nose is roasted malt and mocha.
Flavor is of malt, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.
Mouth feel is brisk and tingly. Alcohol by volume 5.2%.
Although no stout is really slammable, this one is the
lightest I've had to date, and can be approached a little
more casually. Very drinkable. (407 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I served this from a 12oz bottle that was bottled 2.5 months prior to drinking according to the label. It pours very dark but not black like some other stouts. I poured from a bit above the bottle and got a thick tan head about 1.25 inches thick that went away in less than a minute. The beer was a little too cold, but there was a slight roasted aroma. There is a prominent lactose flavor that I remember from a Cream Stout I brewed once. That quickly fades into a roasted flavor. The sweetness of the lactose is a tad much for me, but it is enjoyable none the less. The mouthfeel is interesting...it is initially very full but quickly fades to a much thinner feel. I like this beer and would drink it again if it was around, but probably wouldn't seek it out. (761 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a brewed on date on front label. Color was black with a tannish head that settled into a thin head and lacing. Smell was a little off on this sample compared to prior tastings but it usually heavy on coffee, roasted malt and some sweetness. Solid mouthfeel that was a little creamy. Really enjoyed the taste on this one. It might not be as strong as some other milk stouts but that's fine by me. This one hits the spot. Another excellent Left Hand beer that will find a home in my regular rotation. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T,Y) (560 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark black, with a 1/4 inch head, that left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong coffee, with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick, IMO what a stout should be. The taste is roasted coffee, with a light milk chocolate aftertaste. For a stout, I could easily drink a sixer (which I have before). A very nice offering from Left Hand. Everything a milk stout should be. Not the cheapest, but definitely worth a try, if not a session. (514 characters)

Photo of Marty
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer. Poured a dark brown with a slight amber hue, not pitch black like some other stouts that I really enjoy. The light brown head made a brief appearance, but quickly subsided, leaving not a trace of sticky goodness on the glass. This beer is not very complex; it's sweet alright, but somewhat thin and watery, and not very aromatic. I don't think I'll pick this one up again. (404 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep oily black with very little tanish brown head. Very little lace was left on the glass. Upon closer inspection the beer was actually a redish brown color. Smelled of smoke, molasses, and maybe a touch of chocolate. Sweet , sugary , molasses taste upfront , with a bitter roasted coffee finish, with small bursts of alcohol. Had a thick chewy feel in the mouth, which was nice. Was pretty drinkable. I have to give this one another shot. (490 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a 12 oz bottle that was filled 06.14.06... I think. It's a little smudged.

Milk Stout appears to be a bit heavy pouring into the glass, giving the appearance of motor oil. There is a familiar coffeeish/chocolate aroma coming from the dark and roasted malts used. There is no head retention going on; the head disappears as soon as I'm done pouring.

Dark chocolate bitterness reigns over the palate, accented by a bit of sweetness from what I assume is lactose. My lips are sticky. This stout is rather good, in my opinion. I feel like I could have it with cookies or brownies. It's the kind of beer I could easily go through three or four of. (655 characters)

Photo of wanker
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just like a coke when poured. Looks black in the glass at first, but if you look closely is really a deep red.

Absolutely no head.

Slightly sweet, molasses taste. Pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation, but OK for this style. Pleasant aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

Not at all bad, but not as good as Mackeson's Triple XXX Stout. (346 characters)

Photo of beals
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, dark brown; almost black. 1" brown head fades fast, leaving a few large bubbles. Some lacing.

Smell: Roast coffee, hot chocolate.

Taste: Bitterly roasty to start, almost overwhelming at first sip. Moderate alcohol presence underlies roastiness. Tastes a bit like drinking a strong cup of coffee, with a little cream in it. Stout's on the sweet side, too, as a milk stout should be.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sweet; almost chewy. The residual carbonation detracts from the mouthfeel and could stand to be lower.

Drinkability: With the strong coffee flavors, this is more of a porter. Heavy stuff -- probably couldn't have more than one in a sitting. (673 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apperance: Blackish/brown color..

Smell: A good dose of coffee, burnt malts, and a small shot of chocolate.

Taste: Very sweet for a stout...Lactose, milk chocolate, very mild java impression deeper in....Nice roasty flavor....Overall I think this is a hell of a tasty Milk Stout

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied...lower carbonation...creamy texture...very smooth.

Drinkability: Highly enjoyable drinking experience...not quite as big or tasty as Mackesons but this harkens back to the old Watney's Cream Stout I loved so much about 10 years ago but haven't seen in the US in many years.... (614 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last evening. It poured to a dark brown, almost black color with a fair sized head that left good lacing. The aroma was of chocolate and roasted malts, not a bad smelling brew but I feel that there are better options. The taste was very similar to the aroma as it had a chocolate and burn/roasted malt flavor left a slight chard aftertaste. Also was able to pick up some coffee undertones as well. Over all this is a pretty good tasting brew, feel that I have others that I would look for before I got this again. (529 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick black brew with brown highlights and frothy two finger head that leaves solid sheets of brown lace. Very pretty.

Smells sweet like milk chocolate and roasted grains. Hints of black licorice also. Very sweet and creamy smelling.

Really sweet and milk chocolatey. Also very roasty. The sweetness is a little much, but very tasty nonetheless. A very nice desert beer.

Lighty carbonated, thick, and slick on the tongue. I can feel the sugar coat my tongue.

A very nice after dinner beer, but the sweetness could prevent me from drinking more than one. (565 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with a rather large tan head, filling half the pint glass.

nose is typical milk stout - barley (malted or not?) roasted is prominent. smells a bit dry actually.

taste is somewhat sweeter, with a bit of dark-chocolate sweetness going between a roasted barley taste. I would actually prefer this a bit sweeter, but a good example of style.

enjoyable beer, nothing really to distinguish it from other american milk stouts out there. (444 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass this beer was dark, nearly black. It had a brown-tanish head that disappeared quickly leaving a nice lace that sticks around. It smells of burnt malt and a little coffee. The taste is of chocolate and some mocha that gets better with every sip. This beer fills the mouth without being too heavy. Overall, enjoyable, but their are better milk stouts out there. (398 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug. Bottled in August.

Opaque black with a thin light brown head, which settes to a thing rim and razor thin cap. Some ruby edges along the bottom. Spotty lacing.

Smells of freshy brewed black coffee, with a creamy sweetness.

Light bitter roasty malts, with the bitterness lingering after the gulp. Dextrin-enhanced sweet flavors mix in with the very low hop profile. Hints of lactose as well.

Relatively light bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking for a stout, almost like an Irish Dry Stout.

An overall good beer, but a little light on flavor and aroma. Give it a try. (628 characters)

Photo of cyden
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good example of a milk stout, dark browish black poor from the bottle, nice thin head that is a muddy brown in color. It lets you know that isn't just a plain ol' stout right out the bottle. Nice choclatey aroma that smells like a hershey chocolate milk shake to me. Nice smooth taste very sweet compared to regular stouts. You can almost taste a mocha latte in the mouth but the finish has a nice mild bitterness to it that is very pleasent.

I have to admit to being a Left Hand fanboy but I really enjoy this brew and highly reccomend it (548 characters)

Photo of Generik420
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours about as jet black as any stout I have ever seen. No light filtering through that I could discern, with a medium offwhite head that dissipated to lacing.

Smell was roasty and nutty.

Taste had a hint of a sourness, a roasted malty flavor.

Medium body and overall a fairly easy drinker. This beer got better about half way through the bottle. I found myself wanting more, but only had one bottle. (420 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark & opaque with a tall, tan head

Smells like sweet coffee and creamy chocolate.

Tastes like dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. This is a very rich creamy flavor, nothing you'd want to slam. A tiny aftertaste that made you double check to see if you had an empty candy bar wrapper in your hand instead.

Foamy and slightly heavy mouth.

I'd only have a few, although inebriation might cloud one's senses and overlook the sweetness. Just a tad too rich for me. (481 characters)

Photo of scoot1979
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a milk stout that could be enjoyed all night. the color is opugue black with a tan frothy head that disappeared very fast it has a light carbonation. the roasty coffee flavor with a nice rich creaminess is definately very enjoyalbe i will be drinking this beer for a long time . (286 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 04 05 06, drank on 09 14 06. Poured a opaque black, looked great. Little bit of chocolate brown frothy foam that quickly disappeared. No bubbles during drinking. Smelt of a slighty burnt dark chocolate. Tasted solid, like the same dark chocolate, Nice and thick, it felt like it was coating the inside of my mouth. Left a little aftertaste, maybe like coffee?? It was sublte and hard to tell. Very easy to sip, no problems at all. (443 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee flavors and bitter-sweet chocolate.

Roasty coffee flavors lightly sweet. The sweetness and lactose reveals itself slowly as it warms. Gets creamier and a lingering roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Tasty stuff. I love cream/milk stouts and this one delivers what I'm looking for, a nice roasty/creamy balance. (390 characters)

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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