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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,875
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 182
Gots: 652 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, frothy, tan head. Pretty good retention as the head slowly fades into a frothy cap that sits on the surface throughout with some decent lacing.

S – Sweet lactose, milk chocolate, molasses, and a little bit of espresso. With the milk, chocolate, and coffee, it smells a bit like a mocha.

T – It tastes like a mocha, too. It starts off sweet with creamy chocolate milk and a bit of molasses. Roasted coffee bitterness creeps in toward the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with really nice carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and dry finish. The bittersweet taste of coffee mixed with chocolate lingers for a bit.

O – I really like this milk stout. It still has all the sweetness that milk stouts usually have but it also has a nice roasted coffee element. This is one of the most balanced milk stouts I’ve ever had in terms of sweetness and bitterness. Really, really nice beer.

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Appearance. Well, it has that awesome niro look, no doubt about that! Fine curtains of brown bubbles cascade downwards as the black seems to eat them up while rising from the bottom of the glass. All the while an incredibly creamy, almost milkshake-like tan head forms to about 1.5 fingers worth. Great retention and lacing.

Smell. Black coffee and roasted malts and with some milk chocolate and sweet vanilla. Yum.

Taste. Milk chocolate and some slightly astringent, bitter roasty malts. There's a little coffee in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low carbonation. The carbonation is so creamy and fine, it feels almost nonexistant. Not a big fan of what nitro does to a beer in this category

Overall. I really do love the look of this, mainly due to the nitro. Sadly, the nito seems to have adverse effects on the mouthfeel, and even the taste of a beer. To me, nitro is just a gimic that I can do without. Otherwise a good beer that really does look cool.

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A: WOW. I could just stop right there, but let me elucidate. Poured aggressively (bottle inverted 180 degrees) into a 20oz Pils style glass (to give enough room to smell and allow for a large head). Watching this beer settle is a treat, reverse waterfalls of mocha head turn into pitch black, with some mahogany-cola highlights just where the beer meets the glass. Leaves a hefty 2" dark tan head, which sticks around until the last gulp. Incredibly rich lacing as well.

S: Bittersweet cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasty malt bomb. I wish it were a tad more aggressive on the nose, personally, because I think it smells so damn good but it's a touch too faint for such a big beer.

T: Exactly what I described in the smell, but with a mildly tannic quality at the end that is balanced with a pleasant milky smooth chocolately sweetness. Again, it could be a bit bigger, but now I'm splitting hairs.

M: Gorgeously velvety, like drinking a well crafted cafe au lait or latte. Mild drying feel at the very, very end, similar to the astringent note from coffee.

O: I feel like I should get back to my bottle shop and buy all of these before they're gone, it's that good. Going to pour my second as I finish this.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,875 ratings.