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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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4,819 Ratings
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Ratings: 4819
Reviews: 1600
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%

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


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark color, brown head
Aroma: Light coffee aroma
Flavor: Nice coffee flavor, medium bodied
Overall: This is a surprisingly good stout. It’s not as full bodied or overly flowing with coffee and cocoa aromas as traditional stouts. This beer is however medium bodied. The coffee aroma is more subtle, but the flavor is very good. Is silky smooth and just lingers on the tongue like milk. A very drinkable, must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 23:59:01 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of Copernicandream


4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Both the CO2 and Nitro versions are incredible milk stouts, excellent representatives of the style.

This is a review of the Nitro style (which I believe surpasses the original)

A -Pour hard, its even listed on the bottle cap, but it took a suggestion from a friend to realize what this actually means. By placing an empty pint glass atop the bottle and then literally inverting both you can really agitate the beer (I have never had the experience of it foaming over). This creates several inches of writhing foaming head in your glass that very quickly gives way to liquid leaving about 2cm of remaining head.
- If not properly agitated this beer will initially pour thin and then may begin to gently fizz generating a thin rim of head.

S- Rich malty roasts with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- The frothy head is sweet with lactose, incredibly milky and the best part of the beer. Initially flavors are very milky with the creaminess complemented by the mouthfeel. Finishes with strong malt flavor and a very subtle souring.

M- Creamy, silky, smooth, incredible. Again, the pour really dictates this. At first I thought this beer was flat and somewhat thin.

O- An excellent beer for anyone who enjoys milk. Or beer. Just seeing the Nitro gush foam into my glass was worth the price. The only real negative point would be the slight souring on the backend, but this was a very minor component of the flavor profile.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-14-2014 21:50:17 | More by Copernicandream
Photo of DougT


4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stout glass.

Dark black with a 1-2 finger head that disipated quickly leaving a layer of lace that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smell of chocolate and coffee with some smokey roast barley, however slightly subtle. That could be my nose tonight though. I feel a little stuffy.

Tastes more complex than the smell. Raisins, roasted barley, coffee, a little hops. Not to biter, not to strong.

Can feel the milk in the milk stout. Creamy smooth, full bodied. Some effervescence. The mouthfeel is the best part of the brew.

A drinkable stout. Not too heavy, not too bitter, creamy, and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:39:14 | More by DougT
Photo of 57md


3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The head dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing behind. The nose is roasty and it hints toward a strong roast flavor. That does not pan out as the flavor profile has only a mild roastiness to it. The flavor profile is tilted more toward the sweet end. The mouthfeel is creamy and milky. This is a fine and enjoyable offering.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-06-2014 04:44:28 | More by 57md
Photo of Florida9


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours what appears to be viscous and flat out of the bottle, but a nice creamy head forms about 10 seconds after the pour. Color is flat black. Excellent retention on the head. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is a not very strong or complex. Some roasted malts and little else.

T: Taste is better, but, again there just isn't much there. Watery roasted malts, mild creaminess, light sweetness. Maybe a little chocolate in the mix, but I think I might be stretching it with that one.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel. Dry on the backend. Mild bitterness.

O: A decent drinker of a stout. The nitro certainly adds a great deal to smooth out the mouthfeel and give this one a bit of a silky feel to the beer. That said, I just wish there was more to the beer itself as it is overly simple and unexciting.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-06-2014 01:01:06 | More by Florida9
Photo of 1graywolf5050


4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had gone to the local liquor store in search of something different that I had not tried before as to type of beer. After reviewing what seemed like hundreds I settled upon the brew, "Milk Stout Nitro" by Left Handed Brewing.

Upon my arrival home I immediately found a pint glass. I poured "hard" as directed and found that a heavy head of beer formed nicely. I noted the dark almost blackish color and the creamy dark head on the pint glass. Not much carbination but little bubbles moving in the glass. The aroma had hints of chocolate and coffee. THe first sip was smooth to the palate and had a great initial taste but a far better after taste. The beer was very good.

Serving type: cask

01-02-2014 20:13:09 | More by 1graywolf5050
Photo of Chiefy770


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Black body, just a pinch of light breaks through. A rather flimsy brown head collapsed quickly and left a moderate amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Hot chocolate. Coffee. Subtle floral notes.

Taste: Strong notes of semi-sweet chocolate up front give way to bitter notes of coffee and floral esters from the hops. This particular bottle seemed a bit hop-heavy to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Very creamy medium-full body. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: This stout just fell short for my liking. I prefer slightly sweeter milk stouts. This was too bitter. They got the milky texture right, they just need to work on balancing this one out. This could have just been a bad bottle but it struck me as nothing more than a slightly above average stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:10:46 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of reebtaerG


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz nitro hard into snifter

A-pours a black color with beige nitro bubbles creating a half finger head. Great lacing

S-great aromas of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and bread

T-awesome coffee, chocolate, cream, and brown sugar

M-well balance smooth and silky on the tongue to finish. Low carbonation

O-great milk stout haven't had the non nitro in five years since moving away. This was great to have especially in nitro but have to travel to VA for.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:54:15 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of hopsputin


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: dark black with a .5 finger tan head that fades quickly and just leaves a little film on top

s: loads of toasted malt - something in here smells dank almost like weed (am i crazy, probably). sweet milk, baking chocolate, just a hint of toffee

t: tastes better than smell. like the nose, there are loads of toasty roasty malts, espresso beans, leather, tobacco, and a bittersweet chocolate. then you come across the sweetness from the milk - a nice lactose flavor that is reminiscent of sweet cream

m: lighter side of medium - lighter than i expected. as expected, not much carbonation

o: its good, but nothing mind blowing. all the flavors in here are nice, and nothing is harsh or overpowering. i really like the lactose sweetness. also i swear i taste something like weed in here but i think i'm just imagining that

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-23-2013 01:41:50 | More by hopsputin
Photo of CassinoNorth

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Regular Milk stout from a bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Black with a little more light let in than some of the heavier stouts. 2 finger head hangs around for a while. Very nice looking stout.

Smell- Chocolate, malts, hints of coffee in there. There's another sweet note I'm having trouble pinning down.

Taste- Big roasted malts on the way down. Coffee is more present in the finish than anything else. Beautifully done Milk stout.

Mouthfeel- Silky, not too heavy.

Overall- A great widely available every day drinking milk stout. Certainly give it a shot and Nitro as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:09:46 | More by CassinoNorth
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Nitro bottle black with a finger of extremely tight nitro bubbles, great lacing, looks awesome

Smell is espresso, coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

Taste is coffee, milk chocolate, lactose, light earthy hop, espresso, dark chocolate, sweet creamer like flavor

Mouthfeel is medium but with the silky smooth nitro carbonation it really works.

Good beer, cool that you can get a nitro beer in bottles at such a great price. I pick it up from time to time especially in the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:08:40 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of potatojuice

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

having one right now.. have the nitro version
appearance.. nice thick mocha colored head about two fingers
smell is jackfruit.. I mean big on jackfruit
taste is the same as the smell.. first some sourness as soon as it hits my tongue then jackfruit all the way some burnt taste at the back of the palate..no hop bitterness at all.. easy to drink..
mouthfeel is very creamy velvety like that coats my mouth.. very smooth
Overall- I prolly have a bad batch.. it's not supposed to taste sour is it?.. all I get is jackfruit like taste. I don't taste the dark chocolate,, sweet black coffee like other people have been saying

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-18-2013 00:30:45 | More by potatojuice
Photo of FLima


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep black color with practically no head, but after shaking it a bit it maintain a constant thin caramel plate.
Aroma of hay, grains and strong presence of milk chocolate.
Assertive flavor of cocoa and chocolate fudge, nutty malt and lactic yeast. Dry aftertaste with a lingering note of cocoa powder.
Medium body with a very creamy sensation.
A stout that is amazingly easy to drink. It describes perfectly the word Milk Stout, very assertive, milky and not complex. It could be a dessert, for the entire family.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 19:27:52 | More by FLima
Photo of appleby9


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed my first Left Hand Milk Stout. I love bitter, and this beer did not disappoint. A hint of sweetness in this very creamy milk stout was perfect for my liking this evening. As others have said, not much of a head, but I was not at all unhappy as the taste made up for that. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:58:45 | More by appleby9
Photo of Minkybut


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. It was too cold. I was not impressed with what I saw. NOOO head at all and I was like crap!. However the beer smelled okay and I was really surprised when I tasted it. The beer had a really smooth feel and taste. It was quite good and I mean I t tasted like a stout any stout really. I would certainly buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:47:28 | More by Minkybut
Photo of BVukelich


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I actually had the nitro version. Beautiful, dark stout. Probably around 40 on the SRM scale. I must have not have given it a hard enough pour because the head was weak. Aroma was like a mocha coffee. Nice. Taste included the expected sweet malty flavor, cocoa and left little bitter notes on the aftertaste. I didn't get any of the oats. It offered low carbonation. Viscosity was med-thick. A fairly delicious beer that I would give another shot and recommend to all.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 06:24:35 | More by BVukelich
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Milk Stout Nitro. Jet black in color. Pour aggressively, as suggested, and you can achieve a two-finger head with good retention. Foam is very sticky and leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma features dark, bittersweet chocolate. The lactose comes through on the nose and is evocative of hot cocoa with milk.

Cocoa-like roast malt flavor with some lactic character. Just about perfect balance; bitterness from roast and hops comes on toward the finish. Super-soft creamy mouthfeel. There's a tradeoff in that the flavor seems slightly muted compared to the conventional Left Hand Milk Stout, but the super-smooth mouthfeel is arguably worth it.

Nitro or not, Left Hand's Milk Stout has been a go-to for me since I first tried it. At 6%, the flavor profile is robust enough but not overpowering. If only this were as widely available on tap as Guinness Draught...

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-10-2013 04:27:02 | More by gr0g
Photo of KTeamLSU

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Black smooth pour, almost no head

S: A Slight roasty aroma, but not much more

T: BItter and not much else... a hint of roasty malts, almost no sweetness, may have been a bad bottle...

MF: very thin and watery, did not like

O: would not drink again, would not recommend, don't understand why it is so high. Maybe I'll try another bottle in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:36:13 | More by KTeamLSU
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I gave this one a try at one of my local cigar lounges.

Almost pitch black with a 1 finger thick head
that dissipates quickly. The lack of head hurts the score.

Like just about any, it's best to let this one warm a little.
Not much in terms of smell cold. Once sufficiently warmed,
a moderately heavy aroma of coffee appears.

Same for the flavor, with the addition of small amounts
of chocolate and of course, milk.

Moderate mouth feel. I expected a bit more from a
milk stout.

Very drinkable, and went well with a maduro cigar.

Not the best stout in the world, but pretty good despite it's
minor faults.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 18:54:29 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours jet black, no light getting through this guy. Head is one finger thick and tan. Good amount of lacing on the glass and great head retention.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dirt.

Taste and mouthfeel: Sweet and delicious. Roasted malts mix well with chocolate and vanilla notes and a creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:25:06 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black and with a mocha colored head of creamy foam that wants to outlast the drink. There is a dark brown hue so it is not completely opaque. The head is especially creamy and leaves thick sheets of foamy slippery lace. Nose is mild but has roasted grain, light smooth chocolate and coffee plus a milky scent that is a bit sugary. Taste follows the nose. The grain is deep and almost reaches a point where it might be bitter but stops just short. The chocolate, coffee and milk are blended perfectly so that this tastes like an iced coffee drink. The mouthfeel is thin but creamy and smooth. As it warms it's more like cereal grain. Wet coco puffs. The milk tastes just like milk.

I can't say that I am very enthused about the style as I don't really care for the milk taste. It's drinks like it's a diluted stout. The head never fell.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 14:21:22 | More by utopiajane
Photo of craftaholic

New York

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from 12 oz into a snifter. The carbonation entranced the beer after being "poured hard" as the bottle denotes. The head was virtually nonexistent then after the bubbles cascaded to the surface with a sizzle from the murky depths and left a frothy tan lacing coating on the glass and man does it stick. Love to watch this nitro beer evolve.

Smell: Surprisingly light but the aromas are predominately coffee such as a dark roasted grind. There are definite mocha, chocolate nuances and a malt presence.

Taste: Very soft and sweet on the palate on the beginning, this beer lives in the aftertaste. It starts off with subtle coffee and chocolate like an iced mocha just like the nose suggests but turns into a rich malty and deep stout that lingers far after you've set the glass down. Much more malt heavy than hop forward, love what nitro can do to a style.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, smooth. Almost like a glass of 1% compared to 2% milk. The carbonation froths in your cheeks nicely but quickly dissipates. I would actually prefer it if it had more of a body, it's almost too thin for this style. The nitrogen kills off most of the carbonation.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable, there isn't a high viscosity. Flew through my glass while typing this and would readily accept another.

Overall: Purchased on a blind buy, really glad I did. I would have preferred if they let the reigns of subtlety go just a bit but overall it's a delicious offering that while light is still creamy and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 19:59:27 | More by craftaholic
Photo of zookerman182


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 finger head that sticks around for the whole experience.
Aroma is coffee, roasty, toasted malt.
Taste is not as bold as the aroma, hard to tell there is alcohol here.
Coffee flavor as well as a toasted nut flavor come through.
Mouthfeel is super creamy.
Not too sweet or too bitter, a well balanced milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:30:28 | More by zookerman182
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BEST BY: 02/26/14

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves streaky lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, light lactose sweetness, and a hint of caramel

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and lactose sweetness, followed by roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with more of the lactose sweetness and a hint of roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice milk stout with just the right amount of lactose sweetness. It balances the roastiness of the malts and coffee very well. Easy to drink, and a great dessert beer

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 07:02:47 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Andrew041180


3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not really a stout guy, so here goes...

A - Looks black to me. The head foams up about an inch with a good pour. It's more bubbly than I expected, and doesn't retain for very long. Some light lacing on the glass.

S - Nice strength of aroma, but it tastes like burnt coffee to me. I rank a 4 based on strength of aroma and the assumption that some people like the smell.

T - Follows the nose, but a bit sweeter. As advertised, the lactose used in the brewing process produces a nice sweetness.

M - This is probably my favorite part of the beer. It's a really silky smooth texture. Very nearly full-bodied. This is a comfortable beer for sure.

O - I still can't really get past the burnt coffee flavors, but the sweetness combined with the mouthfeel must make this quite a nice treat for those who enjoy them. Purchased as part of a mix-six. No full sixer in my future.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 19:18:55 | More by Andrew041180
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