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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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5,329 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,329
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 160
Gots: 419 | FT: 4
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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3.94/5  rDev -1%

This beer pours a rich black color - black as night. Seriously, this is one of the darkest beers I've seen. NO light gets through this sucker, unless you hold it directly in front of a 60 watt bulb, and even then, only the deepest browns come out. The head is a light tan color, very thick and creamy in appearance, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, sweet chocolate with some roasted malts. The nose is very inviting.

Left Hand Milk Stout is super creamy and thick, it literally feels like vitamin D milk in your mouth. The taste starts off with bittersweet chocolate chips and dense, chocolate milk. There is a slight coffee background in the first few sips that gets more and more noticeable the more and more you drink (and the warmer the beer gets), until the coffee bean/espresso flavor is fairly prominent near the bottom half of the glass. This beer is very malt heavy (chocolate sweetness, coffee bitterness) with almost no hops or floral flavors to speak of. Low to medium carbonation leaving a very slight snap on the back of your tongue.

This beer is very nice. Sweet and silky smooth, easily drinkable, and fairly robust in flavor. Overall it's pretty great, especially given the price. Not to mention, it's available all year round.

UPDATE: 3/16/2013 - not going to write a separate review for the Nitro version. I'll just update some stuff. Flavor was a little less-explosive than I remember it, but it was still damn good. Bits of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt wrapped in a soothing blanket of sweetness without going overboard. Mouth feel with nitrogen is amazing; super creamy and out of this world. Head lasts until the end of the beer, too.

10-16-2012 03:00:27 | More by tectactoe
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3.9/5  rDev -2%

Haven't had a nitro bottle before, so this is a first. Usually enjoy nitrotaps, though I find them watery at times. Anyways...

Pours a nice, silky black. Head is slow forming, but a solid cream color, with cascading downward bubbles while it forms. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells crisply malty, with a nice crusty, roasted bread leading the charge. Slight light-roast coffee comes out as well.

Taste is smooth and very, very silky. Slight coffee, slight semi-sweet chocolate, and a lightly soothing malt throughout. It isn't the strongest tasting beer, but it just comes together very well. Watery for sure, but that actually isn't completely a bad thing in this case (see below).

Mouthfeel is light and velvety. I think the milk stout aspect comes out most here, as it is almost alkaline, rather than the normal acidity evident in most beers. Watery aspect makes the beer incredibly drinkable, as it isn't so watery to be not enjoyable. Overall a beer with aspects I normally wouldn't envision liking, but do in this case.

10-16-2012 00:43:32 | More by madvermin
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-15-2012 22:16:46 | More by FIN
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-15-2012 13:47:46 | More by Soomars
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Tasted On: 01-14-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

This review is for the nitro bottled version. My ratings are based on this tasting

Appearance starts with a cool nitrogen effect on the head, with lots of bubbles streaming to form the tan, creamy head of a couple of fingers. The beer itself is black and opaque. Both retention and lacing are excellent, with the head left coating the glass all-around.

Aromas are of dark, roasted malts, slightly sweet, with some vanilla smells as well.

Taste is of sweet and dark malts, with a milk chocolate flavoring. This is balanced by some coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crazy smooth and creamy; luscious. Carbonation is low (I guess this is the nitrogen affect vs regular carbonation). Finishes lightly sweet but balanced with hop and coffee/roast bitterness.

Overall I'd say I enjoyed this much better than the standard CO2 offering. The nitrogen really made a positive impact on the appearance and feel of this stout.

Thanks to Craig for this one!


Tasted On: 10-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Color is black and mostly opaque, save some ruby highlights. Head is tan and a finger high, with good lacing and retention.

Aromas are of coffee and dark, sweet chocolates.

Taste features a coffee-like bitterness of roasted malt, but is balanced by the sweetness of lactose. Other flavors include vanilla and some smoked character.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium amount of body. Carbonation is moderate. The finish has the sweetness and toasted grain bitterness playing against one other.

Overall an enjoyable stout from Left Hand.

Thanks to Craig for this one!

10-15-2012 03:49:35 | More by sommersb
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-15-2012 02:23:18 | More by EasyDub
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-15-2012 01:30:23 | More by phleet

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-14-2012 23:05:31 | More by THUNDERDAWG911
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

10-14-2012 00:55:40 | More by bghozali
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

10-14-2012 00:34:38 | More by TaylorK
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4.1/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head with great retention that leaves a moderate lace on the glass.

S: The smell is dark chocolate with notes of roasted coffee and dark malts.

T: The taste is very creamy and milky, with flavors of dark sweet chocolate malts and coffee. The hops are present but very and works well for this beer. The after-taste is quite sweet.

M: Very smooth mouth feel with a medium-to-heavy body and light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very tasty stout. It has a great blend of flavors and is exceptionally well balanced and easy to drink.

10-13-2012 23:51:35 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

10-13-2012 20:41:26 | More by LakelandGrillsmith
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4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (with red tints under light) appearance, and lots of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted, malted barley, chocolate and milk powders, and some coal. Taste is of dark barley malt, cream, chocolate powder, a hint of black cherry, and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Left Hand Milk Stout finishes mostly dry, mild, and easy drinking. Such a wonderful beer!


10-13-2012 13:56:18 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-12-2012 16:42:41 | More by MGodduclan5
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from tap into snifter

A:Dark brown with a single finger of brown head with a rough pour.

S:I get a lot of chocolate out the nose with a hint of coffee.

T:Slightly sweet with chocolate/coffee mixed throughout. No hops or heavy burnt malt flavors.

M:Thick and chewy, the way a stout should be.

O:I may have been unfair in my rating because this was my first "eye opening" craft beer so it has a dear place in my heart. This is one of my favorite offerings from Left Hand which is a middle/upper tier brewery in my opinion. I've also had the nitro which is smoother but less interesting due to nitrogen's muting characteristic.

10-12-2012 02:36:42 | More by Papabear55
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-11-2012 21:53:02 | More by jjd315
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2012 19:52:14 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

10-11-2012 06:46:03 | More by ScreamBloodyGore
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

10-11-2012 02:23:39 | More by KevBearcat529
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2012 01:22:42 | More by Jusse
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-11-2012 00:16:46 | More by rypkr
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

10-10-2012 20:30:45 | More by 215drinker
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

10-10-2012 01:50:08 | More by saburky
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-10-2012 00:59:12 | More by M_C_Hampton
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-09-2012 20:12:20 | More by ComRock12
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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