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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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6,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,059
Reviews: 1,694
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 217
Gots: 823 | 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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Photo of PaterMorse
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! A true (and new) staple! Easy, aroma out of this world, taste as smooth as you can get. Tops Young's Double Chocolate. Definitely worth a try!

A: The weakest part, the head splits pronto -- leaving a sandy lace and light suds along the rim. Dark for sure, but you can see fingers through the glass. Think un-iced Coke.

S: Goodness gracious! Remnscent of brownie mix or a Starbucks coffee bar. I've not found anything that beats it (at least for this type of beer). Suggests milky choco-coffee cheesecake. Mellow, pleasing, inviting.

T: Doesn't disappoint; very pleasing, following nose (milky choco-coffee cheesecake). Goes down as easy as Yoohoo. Damned tasty.

M: Holds together well. Perfect blend/balance. Smooth & creamy in the extreme.

O: Not as gutsy or adventurous as some stouts; but much better than most. Very pleasing experience.

Repeat? Yes. As an addicted "sampler" (who likes to rotate between many different stouts/porters), this is one of the few that I'd stock amply.

Where Best? Apres ski, campfire, or darned near anywhere else it's legal to drink a beer.

Two Word Descripition: Somewhere between "Damned Good" or "Beer Shake"

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty much black. Some dark brown when held to direct light. Head is khaki, creamy, and thick. Drops to a small cap and creamy collar. Some spots of lacing. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Moderate roasted malt character. Underlying lactose sugar sweetness. Some old coffee. Touches of cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Some leafy hops notes. Nicely layered. Pretty mellow. Warming tamps down a little on the roasted aspect and pushes up some sweetness.

Taste: Roasted chocolate milk. Laden with chocolate goodness. Dark, milk, cocoa, it's all there. A touch of burnt sugars on the back. Solid lactose sugar sweetness as a balance to the roasted malts. Vague hints of leafy, slightly citrusy, hops. Some backing coffee bean. Hot chocolate with marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: So creamy and smooth it's ridiculous. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Reiterate: creamy.

Overall: I'd nominate this for VP.

A new benchmark. A solid balance between sweet and roasty. I can see why this gets the accolades it does. I'm sad it took me this long to try it.

Photo of BrockGibson31
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of travisbernard
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An aggressive pour nets me... a half finger of head. This is sandy colored and frothy. Body is a deep deep brown.

Roasty and sweet. You almost smell the lactose sugar. Hints of milk chocolate and light coffee.

Lightly roasted malts and sweetness make up the opening. This rolls into milk chocolate with a dark chocolate/coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is a full and creamy medium-heavy body. Simple with almost no carbonation really noticed, it goes down without leaving a coating.

Photo of russwbeck
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: First ever nitro-bottle! I must have poured it wrong, as I get no head. I kept waiting for it to show up late, as most nitro beers do, but it never came. This date is off to a poor (pour?) start. 2

S: Sweet, but enjoyable roasted. The roast is much more prevalent than the sweetness from the lactose, which is a welcomed change for the style for me. Slight hints of coffee. 4

T: The taste continues this trend of roast over sweetness. I really came into this expecting the sweetness to be amplified by the nitro...I could not have been more wrong. The balance is very nice on this. 4

MF: Hardly any carbonation, but the body is thick and syrupy (nitro, I know, right?). This was really drinkable. The finish is dry and mouth watering and the sweetness provides a great balance. It is very drinkable. 3.5

O: Very nice baseline milk stout, and I liked the nitro play on things, despite the fact that I messed up the pour. Would try this again! 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting, creamy, beige head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Burned toast, bready malt, brown sugar, milk chocolate and dark fruit fill the moth. Finish is medium, bitter-sweet. Very nice stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Moose90
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By: 07/01/13

A – Pretty much jet black in the glass, pours with some translucence though. Head is creamy and medium height. Lacing is somewhat thin, yet presentable.

S – Bitter dark chocolates. Dark roasted malts. Some light coffee notes. No sweetness here.

T – Creamy, dry and roasted. Nice chocolate and coffee notes as well, overall pretty bitter.

M – The nitro aspect is nice, it cuts through the bitter notes and makes for a nice creaminess. Overall it's a little bit light.

O – Good not great stout, I applaud Left Hand for the nitro bottle, definitely nice, but still lacks greatly to a nitro tap.

Photo of Alek
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,059 ratings.