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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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1,671 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,671
Hads: 6,368
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 260
Gots: 1,123 | 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:
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: 1,671 | Hads: 6,368
Photo of Joe_Howard
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of watery compared to other stouts. Smell and look is very similar to most stouts out there on the market. Tastes sweeter than most stouts, but I kinda wish it wasn't as watery. I feel if it was a tad bit thicker the sweetness would have worked better (256 characters)

Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was everything I look for in a beer. Thought the smell didn't do it justice but I don't like beer because of the way it smells. Perfect for my tastes. Will definitely bug them to get it to WV. (192 characters)

Photo of Capsfan90
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard as usually instructed by Left Hand milk stouts to a two finger dark tan head. Color is a deep black with decent lacing. The taste of coffee and malt were through out. The low carbonation and sweet lactose made for a really smooth feel. One of the better milk stouts, but not as good as their Milk Stout - Nitro. (323 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nitro bottle. This thing could not be smoother. Sometimes nitros are "too" smooth, and I opt for the carbonated version. This one is just right. Black pour with thin creamy brown top. Aromas of so much roasted toasted goodness. Flavor is quite sweet. Delicious. (261 characters)

Photo of dryfly24
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much nicer as it warms up. I tried it from the bottle after a long cold ride home. Flavors did not present themselves till it warmed up after pouring into a tulip glass. Pours very dark as it should but with a thin head and light lacing. syrupy but a bit on thin side for the mouth feel with very light carbonation. Strong on sugar and light malt scent and flavor but not enough notes present on the tongue to make it really interesting. A little too sweet for my tastes. Needs a little more complexity to balance it out. Overall an excellent brew to introduce novices who are afraid of the dark. Die hard stout vets may find it wanting a bit. Definitely better as it warms though. (682 characters)

Photo of BeerMagistrate
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Great taste. Well balanced and drinkable. My Dad loved it too.

Little bit sweeter,less burnt flavor than a Guiness. Though it has a creamy taste, it didn't have the creamy head like a Guiness - that kinda bummed me out. Perhaps I should've poured it "harder" into the glass? I'm curious as to the difference with the Nitro version. Anyhow, I will definitely be buying this again. (381 characters)

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

The cap says "pour hard" i don't know what that means. There was maybe a quarter inch of creamy foam, and it was dark as expected. The taste was well balanced, but just generally not very intense. They call it "America's Stout" on the label, i guess this is probably as good as it gets as far as making a stout with wide appeal (except guinness on tap) however, i think the idea of a stout that appeals to everyone runs the risk of removing the characteristics that make it stout, and i think this goes a bit too far in that direction. (535 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a great guy. Here goes:

A: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Pours pitch black but with a little head and moderate, suddy lacing.

S: Great. Lots of lactose sugar, coffee, toasted malt, etc. Nice burnt malt detectable.

T: Great. A little light, but the scents that were present in the smell are tasteful. Lots of coffee and lactose sugar, but the coffee isn't overly bitter and the lactose sugar mitigates the burnt malt somewhat. Very nice.

M: Great. Well carbonated, sufficiently thick, glides down the tongue in a pleasant manner.

O: Great beer. Will buy again. (593 characters)

Photo of Jeph222
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: black with a thick massive head that stays the entire session
S: roasted malt and sweet lactose aromas
T: refreshingly smooth. Taste matures as it warms.
F: huh? Feels like a beer
O: you won't be disappointed. Great beer to introduce someone to milk stouts. (260 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Typical stout - very dark, almost opaque when held up to the light. Bubbly, tan head which recedes to a foam cap and some nice lacing on the side. Nothing special here.

Smell: Bit of a metallic tang to this, but otherwise reminds me a lot of Guinness. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I think I might have had some preconceptions about this. Get past the metallicness and there's coffee, chocolate, dark malts and some yeast.

Taste: Resemblances to Guinness end here - it put me in mind of a really good Irish coffee, that is to say that there are strong hints of chocolate, coffee, malts and a slight hint of alcohol at the back. Overall, quite a decent balance of flavours.

Feel: Back to the Guinness like feeling again - mouthfeel isn't too heavy, and there's not a great deal of carbonation going on either. At 6% ABV this is one that could hold up to sustained drinking. Good flavours up front, sweet and creamy aftertaste with a hint of booze.

Overall: Admittedly, I had a large number of preconceptions about this given all the good things that I'd heard about it. To be sure, it's a mighty fine example of a sweet stout and a cut above many of those found in the UK and Ireland. I'm given to understand that the nitro version is better, so that may be one to track down. Definitely in my top ten stouts, though. (1,382 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in Greenacres, Florida after a tour to Total Wine & More, Boynton Beach.

A very dark almoust black beer with a small beige head.

Nose: Coffee, sweet chocolate, rye bread and leather.
Taste: Milk chocolate, coffee, cream, brown sugar and some dark bread.
Light carboantion and sweet aftertaste. A great beer! (320 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review from a hophead. From tap, after a taste from wife's had to get a pint. Quality beer very similar in look, feel and taste to Guinness. Review is outside after a spicy meal. Good look, nice foam retained throughout. Mouth feel was nice and smooth if you got a little foam, but was a little thin w/o. Overall taste was of a good dark stout, coffee apparent with a smoky ambience, but def not as strong and robust as some others. I can see how others really like this beer and I enjoyed it esp at the start, it just leveled off after. But overall well worth a try or a 6. (580 characters)

Photo of UKBeerman
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a nice dense, dark look as it should. The aroma coming off of the top is a little like overripe fruit and toffee with coffee notes. The flavor is equal to the aroma with no bitter aftertaste at all. Much better I think as it gets warmer. fairly good head retention (282 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.99):
American craft beers on the 1001 beers list are nothing if not consistent, this one is another highly drinkable beer with a very good balance to it. It wasn't quite as sweet as your normal milk stout and the alcohol content was a little higher than usual but so to was the standard, the beer was great drinking from the start and a beer well worth its place on the list. (414 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a dark brown color with an light brown head. It has the look of coffee. The smell is sweet with some grains, and malts. Not much to note on the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is smooth but rich with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up on malts and a mild sweetness, it the taste of this brew. There is nothing overpowering in the taste of this brew, no bad aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and bold, but clean finish. Left Hand Milk Stout is a nice drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Left Hand Milk Stout a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again. (681 characters)

Photo of 1angrydwarf
4/5  rDev +2%

Ok I admit it. I have a sweet tooth and this is a tasty sweet stout. Not much head on my pour but rich and thick silky smooth mouth feel. Roasted coffee, chocolate but not a burnt taste or astringent. Very easy to drink. I would use this as an introduction to the dark side for non stout lovers. If you want sweet, rich and roasted this is it. (345 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: A dark chocolate black body with ruby coming through in the light. A cream colored head that recedes to a soapy film. Lacing not unlike a sudsy world map silhouette.

Aroma: Two things -- lactose sugar and dark chocolate. The roasted malts and grains come through on the back end.

Taste: Bitter chocolate dominates with an icing of sugary lactose. Roasty, toasty, and more sugary lactose in the finish with hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: A nice weight about it, very smooth.

Overall: I think this just better than the Nitro version, a more hearty feel about it. (602 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's like their milk nitro without the nuisances. Probably should discontinue this one since the other one is slightly better and taste almost identical. Takes away the creativity us left handers are capable of lol. (215 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour hard it says on the cap. Yes, do it. Forms a head with beautiful carbonation just like a draft or can nitro. Silky smooth mouthfeel with creamy flavor and no discernable bitterness. (189 characters)

Photo of Eric_Edwardson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

The first Milk Sweet Stout I've ever had and I was pleasantly surprised. Very cool concept behind this beer. This is a stout for those who have a sweet tooth! Malty notes of Roasted Barley, Oats, and Chocolate. I believe the Brewers at Left Hand say it best, "Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee". Because of the sweetness I found this was a beer I could drink over a long night, but you definitely need to be I an a specific mood to drink this beer. My preference is more of a straight forward stout. I would drink this again, it just might not be my first choice. (583 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a bubbly, small brown head, with an alomst oil black color.

Smells of toasted malts, with hints of cane sugar and salt - almost smoked. Hints of milk chocolate qualities are detectable underneath the dominating malts.

Has a very smooth mouthfeel, coming along a little stale, due to almost no carbonation at all. Begins with earthy malts, along with toffee and molasse, as well as a salted whiff - adding an interesting twist to the beer. Roasted qualities are standing out in this brew, enhanced by cream and gentle milk chocolate. Turns sweeter during the finish, revealing a little heat, caramel and syrup, with a coffeeish bitter impact on the back of the tongue, balancing the beer. (697 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev +2%

This beer led me through the door to the craft beer palace.

A perfectly made milk stout. Creamy, vanilla, milk-chocoalely goodness.

In my earlier years, I drank so much of this that I cannot now. So you go, go get some now. (226 characters)

Photo of Siv_Art
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Very dark, with subtle dark chocolate and coffee flavors. There are smoother, creamier stouts than this, though. I found it to be a much sharper flavor than I was expecting. (173 characters)

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

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours with a large, medium-density tan head over an opaque body.

Aroma: perhaps my imagination but some dairy odors seem to join the dark roasted malts.

Flavor: slightly sweet: Excellent sweet-bitter balance for style. Some hops and hint of dark chocolate and coffee apparent in the roasty aftertaste.

Feel: very smooth, medium body. Well carbonated. (399 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours dark and impenetrable. Full 2 g fingers of head from draft. Smell grains and sugar. Coffee. Chocolate. Very light in the mouth. Not heavy. Definitely a light ABV. Reminds me of Guinness. Lighter. Hints of cream in the mouth. Subtle chocolate and coffee going down. No bitterness. Very drinkable. Won't face plant you. Smooth but leaves me wanting a Founders Breakfast. I'm not as fired up about it as others. (430 characters)

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.