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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,604
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 528 | 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:

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 nUgZ
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce nitro bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a one finger head and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts and a little chocolate.

T: The taste follows the nose. Some coffee appears as it warms. I prefer stouts with a little more going on.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Extremely smooth!!

O: This is a pretty tasty and extremely smooth beer. It could use a little more complexity and depth though.

nUgZ, Dec 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

JHarris1717, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

bman_85, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of cjoc83
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed the original Milk Stout way back in 2008, so I figured it was time to get around to reviewing its nitro sister beer. Bottled on date listed as 11-13-12, and purchased for $10.99 at Wegmans.

Pours black but with a lot of ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Aggressive pour (which is recommended on the bottle) leaves a 2-3 finger champagne colored head that sticks around for a while and leaves about as much lace on a stout as I've ever seen. The nitro leaves a wonderful reverse avalanche of carbonation. Great looking beer.

Lactic sweetness and roasted malts are the dominant note in the nose, with some light, sweet chocolate in the background. The smell is a little subdued.

Taste follows the nose closely, with lactose and roasted malts playing center stage. There's a slight herbal, earthy hop quality in the back end of the beer and, as the beer warms, hints of coffee. As in the original Milk Stout, the flavors pop more in the flavor than in the smell. Actually kind of a nice change of pace since I've had so many beers that smell amazing and seem to disappoint with the taste.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied and more carbonation than usual for the style, most likely attributed to the whole 'nitro' thing. Dry, with a sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a super solid base beer with a nice improvement. This remains one of my favorite milk stouts, and the improvement on the mouthfeel is only making this beer more and more likely my favorite, go-to milk stout. Great lactic sweetness and roasted character with nice interplay between the earthy hops, chocolate and coffee notes.

cjoc83, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rwilling, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. nitro bottle with a hard pour into imperial pint

A- Very deep mahogany, with a beautiful cascade (thanks to the nitro.) Creamy two finger tan head, dies down to one finger and stays put, with a little sticky lacing

S- Light coffee, malty sweetness, and a tiny dark fruit hint

T- Some coffee, a little sweetness, but a little less flavor than I was expecting.

M- milky, light but lots of carbonation, very smooth. What a milk stout is supposed to feel like.

O- This beer looks and feels fantastic. Could have had a little more taste, to me, but still a great beer.

BWED, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,604 ratings.