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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: 903 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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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!

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