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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,141
Reviews: 1,709
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 220
Gots: 902 | 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:
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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Ratings: 6,141 | Reviews: 1,709
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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.

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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.

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The Creaminess of Guiness in Dublin, but with more to offer. Great mouth feel and warming. Just right. perfect winter stout.

A: Pours black, thick tan head that takes a while to build, then lasts the entire pint. Great looking.
Smell - Toast, coffee, wet leaves.
Taste - A pleasant arc, sustained notes.
Mouth Feel - Silky, milky kiss. Slightly syrupy, but toasty and satisfying. It's a milk stout, sweet, and supposed to be like an after - dinner drink, so it wins me.
Overall Arc - satisfying from pour to sniff to after.

One of my favorite Stouts. (whole foods nj carries it)

Bought a six pack to try in summer. No disappointment A perfect pour, perfect way to end a holiday evening. The beer was consistent with my winter review. Sweet, but never cloying, great mouth feel, beautiful head that lasts and laces. Aromatic.

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I actually tried the Milk Stout NITRO, not sure why this site has the two beers lumped together...

i served it closer to a cellar temp, cold but not from the fridge...

Appearance: Pours black…a thin (but full/dense) dark khaki colored head formed and lasted…tons of “legs” along the glass after I swirl it around…(4/5)

Smell: Deep, dark roasted malts, chocolate & coffee…some oatmeal and cream notes…sweet lactose while still having a full, dense aroma…very dark…a wonderful stout smell…(4.5/5)

Taste: Very creamy, dark roasted malts up front…tons of lactose/cream flavor…chocolate, coffee and (to a lesser extent) oatmeal notes all play a part…much like the nose, very flavorful…superb! (5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body…tons of fluffy carbonation creating a milkshake atmosphere on my palate…very nice…a relatively crisp finish with chocolate and lactose/cream after taste…(5/5)

Overall: Wow! This is a superb beer…the flavor and mouthfeel are wonderful (or add your favorite superlative here), creamy and smooth…many try a milk stout, but this one is on an upper echelon, top shelf serving…the bottle calls it “America’s Stout” and if this was the one stout we exported worldwide, I’d be fine with that as I’m sure Japan would be as well…it’s not a unique concept that’s going on, but a finely tuned specimen that needs no alteration (head could be thicker, but that’s the nit pickiest thing I can think of)… an outstanding brew that I couldn’t recommend higher for anybody looking for a fantastic beer or an after dinner, by the fire sipper…(4.75/5)

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12oz. nitro-bottle poured into a guinness pint glass.

A- awesome. dark brown/black with a finger of dense tan head only a nitro beer can have.

S- Lactose sweetness with a hint of cocoa, dark roasty-ness, and coffee.

T- Pretty good. Dark malt with a chocolate/coffee thing going on. Lactose sweetness isn't as prevalent as in the nose. There's certainly some balancing bitterness which is very welcome.

M- mouthfeel is fantastic, mainly because of the nitro. Creamy for days, with a nice carbonation.

O- The nitro transforms this beer from mediocre to very good. This really makes me wish other breweries could bottle their stouts in nitro-bottle. Lancaster Milk Stout nitro-bottle anyone?

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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