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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 153
Gots: 376 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.6%

04-10-2012 05:06:12 | More by macrosmatic
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-09-2012 01:36:49 | More by moskal
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3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. No bottling date that I can locate.

Look- Ruby brown with a finger and a half of French vanilla head. Excellent retention, plenty of dense lace.

Smell- Big toffee notes, milk chocolate, and a touch of roasted barley. Coffee is there, but it's closest to something dosed heavily with one of those specialty flavored creamers. Swirling brings out a more pronounced cereal/oatmeal aroma. Sweet, but not offensive - quite appealing.

Taste- The milky sweetness in the aroma is borderline overbearing on the palate, and dominates most of the other flavors. I still get touches of coffee and baker's chocolate, with an overall effect similar to a root beer float. Aftertaste is anise-like and a bit roasty, and a condensed milk flavor builds as the glass empties. Too sweet, even for a milk stout.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, a bit on the watery side. Fairly clean finish, but sits heavy in the stomach. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting.

Overall- Promising, but I feel like the nitro takes more away from this beer than it adds.
The texture is nice, but nitro really suits more substantial beers. Flavor-wise, the sweetness is accentuated at the expense of the stout-y flavors I'm looking for. I probably wouldn't pick this one up again, although I wouldn't mind trying it on tap just for the heck of it.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-08-2012 21:56:52 | More by Lawl3ss
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New York

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

A: Dark black/brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates to a skim of bubbles but leaves behind some good lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of coffee on the nose, with some nuttiness and milky sweetness underneath.

T/M: Milk and coffee, sweet and creamy. A little bit of bitterness works its way into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is not very thick, a little light and creamy.

O: A really solid, tasty milk/coffee stout that goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:14:33 | More by sevenarts
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-08-2012 02:25:15 | More by NClady
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-07-2012 19:34:47 | More by sevenmoist
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following the directions on the bottle, I pour hard and get a fluffy tan one finger head on a black body, with the cascading bubbling effect the nitro provides.

Nice aroma..roast..chocolate..coffee and cream. Very fragrant, which isn't something one finds very often with nitro beer. In the tasting the coffee and cream or milk are the dominant flavors..bittersweet chocolate and roasty chocolate malt follow nicely, with a present but restrained sweetness rounding things out. Gotta say this is pretty tasty. The lactose contributes delicious sugary sweetness and smooth creaminess to the flavor.

Body is medium-thin with low carbonation in simulation of cask beer. Very creamy and smooth, as well as being extremely easy drinking. I enjoyed this a whole lot more than the standard milk stout bottle and could easily see buying this one again. I imagine this beer will have wide appeal as well.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-07-2012 02:14:00 | More by tobelerone
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-07-2012 02:11:19 | More by cisteve
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

04-06-2012 19:20:44 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, who doesn't like Left Hand Milk Stout? I don't think I've met one person who doesn't. Since it's so damn good, I decided to try out their nitro version. Usually I don't prefer nitro versions. They make things feel too smooth for me and I like my stouts to have some sort of heaviness to them. Let's see what the nitro has done with this beer.

A word of advice, when you pour out this beer, do what the bottle says. If you pour it like you would most stouts then you'll get basically no head. The bottle says, "Pour hard," and that's definitely what you nee to do. When you do that, at first you'll wonder why there still isn't any head, but then you'll notice the cool-looking bubble dance below the surface rising to the top. Eventually you'll get a decent head. It took me a couple of the beers out of the six pack to get it right. The head forms very slowly, as described, and still doesn't get too big. It barely reaches a finger in height, but where it lacks in tallness, it makes up for it with aesthetics. It's off-white and insanely foamy, like a cappuccino foam. There's basically no lacing but a quarter inch head remains on top throughout drinking. The beer is black but a mostly opaque ruby color when up to a light. Looks like a tasty beer.

There are the usual aromas here of slightly bitter and roasty coffee, chocolate, and slightly tart dark fruits. However, since this is a milk stout there is a more pronounced sweetness. I also get a moderate malty aroma as well, mealy. It doesn't have a strong smell but it's pleasing to the nose.

The maltiness shows up more in the taste and it mingles with the pre-described characteristics of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. For me it takes awhile for the flavors to hit me and when they do i seems like it's toward the end. It's almost as if it lacks taste in some ways. Roastiness lingers a bit after drinking. I do prefer the more robust stouts but even considering this to be more moderate in flavor, it's not too satisfying. Good flavors but not enough.

This further reinforces my general dislike of nitro beers. It's insanely smooth, as should be expected. It's creamy but not as much as I expected. Really, to me it's so smooth that I can hardly feel it. There's the saying, "Melts in your mouth." Well, I could almost describe this beer to be like that. Once it's in the mouth you it doesn't take long for it to disappear. It's starts out with a medium body but then goes away quickly. Not much carbonation to be felt.

Well, it has good stuff going for it but for me the nitro takes away more of the good. It's got the aromas and the flavors, but they're not enough. It's so smooth that there's hardly any feel to it. I'm making it sound worse than it is. I guess it's just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 06:02:59 | More by BeardedRiker
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

04-06-2012 01:23:29 | More by switzer
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-06-2012 00:59:55 | More by BCason
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: true to expectations, pours pitch black with a truly creamy head that remains throughout the drinking

S: very mild, milky aromas

T: again, mild, but refreshingly so: you do get the milk sweetness, very faint malt roast in the distant background

M: very light, creamy, and satisfying

O: I haven't had a stout (or any beer) with this low an abv in years, and this is also the lightest, most "refreshing" stout I've ever had, so I'm breaking form here, but 2 of my local distributors sold me on the beer, and I really liked it - not heavy on flavors, but almost like a milk shake beer - after all the heavy and imperial stouts I've tried - that are so heavy on ingredients and booziness, this was an extremely enjoyable change of pace. This does not have to be a "slow sipper" - you can drink it with the same gusto you can pour it - enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:15:44 | More by Greywulfken
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-05-2012 18:09:26 | More by brownbear_19
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

04-04-2012 19:30:36 | More by MumboJumbo
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3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for these nitro bottles to hit NY since last Fall, and they're finally here!

Poured vigorously (as instructed) and admired the Guinness-esque waterfall of tiny nitrogen bubbles inside the glass. Dark brown body, creamy tan head, excellent lace. Dead on for a nitro stout.

Nose is rather faint with lactose sugars and sweet malts. Slightly roasty. What's here is good, but we need more of it!

An unfortunate side effect of nitrogen is its tendency to reduce the strength of flavors. And while Guinness is the perfect example of that, LHMS falls victim too. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the big boy stouts lately, but I find myself craving more flavor than is being delivered here.

Not as viscous as I expected, surprisingly! Still, that big, creamy, slick body makes me a happy BA. I could session the hell out of this beer.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-03-2012 20:43:23 | More by brystmar
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-03-2012 16:40:11 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-03-2012 03:46:34 | More by Roger415
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pours a beautiful medium light brown head (when poured correctly), light internal carbonation, almost black (very deep reddish brown) in color, reddish hues around edges when held to a light source

S: Definite espresso notes, hints of cocoa powder and sweetness, a touch of alcohol, but not incredibly fragrant

T: Strong coffee flavor, similar to the nose, light chocolate, alcohol certainly present on the finish, a bit weak on flavor intensity, however, in my opinion

M: One of the smoothest brews I've tried, so easy to drink, almost seems to hover in ones mouth, not very lingering aftertaste, and quite easy on the palate for a stout

O: A light and tasty stout, would have liked a little more flavor and fragrance, however

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:32:07 | More by MatthewWilde
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-03-2012 01:45:32 | More by Arherring
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

04-03-2012 00:22:02 | More by jmbraxton
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New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very dark brown brew with a small tan head and isolated flecks of lacing.

S - Coffee, latte, faint toast.

T - Coffee, brown sugar, molasses, char. After taste is a slight sweetness, a bit of a nutty flavor and a grainy bitterness. The bitterness has a faint medicinal edge in the far aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin, a little refreshing.

D - It's alright. Nothing that is a huge turnoff. I'll pass in the future. Milk stouts generally have more to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:00:22 | More by mrasskicktastic
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-01-2012 18:34:34 | More by bowlerjoe2
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-01-2012 17:02:54 | More by vlodko62
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New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in colors; traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose. As the beer warms up, hints of chocolate also become noticeable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The appearance and mouthfeel are probably the best parts of this beer. It’s very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-31-2012 13:50:18 | More by metter98
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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