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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,782
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 605 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Morey
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

INFORMATION: 12oz bottle with "2/26/12 stamped on the neck of the bottle. This is the nitro version of Left Hand’s Milk Stout.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black in color with a little over a finger of beige colored foam on top. Not sure how this beer achieves the "nitro" affect, as there was no widget in this bottle? It’s been at least 15 minutes since the pour and the head is still hanging around at just under a finger tall. Fantastic head retention.

NOSE: An appealing roasted aroma with a touch of smokiness.

TASTE: Starts off a bit watery, but then you get that creaminess that you expect from a nitro-stout. The smokey and roasted flavors pull through next. The sweetness that you get from most Milk Stouts surfaces towards the middle. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of subtle char and some sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied. This beer is watery and creamy at the same time....I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. There’s also a bit of chalkiness towards the finish. Low carbonation level.

OVERALL: A nice milk stout. It’s not overly sweet like other samples that I’ve had.

Morey’s Bottom Line: It’s a bit thin, but the flavor is there. Pretty good example of the style.

Morey, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of lynchmob9
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany. Decent head w/ good lace.
S - smells like a good Starbucks goofy caramel chocolate frappo-whatever...smells sugary sweet.
T - burnt sugar...like top bite of crime brûlée. Light cocoa early. A bit bitter on the tail. Late milk chocolate. Candied almonds.
O - like it. Would reorder. Good finish to night of beers.

lynchmob9, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tedho21, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of KenRapoza
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

KenRapoza, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Pwidget
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Pwidget, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of KCM
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

KCM, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz nitro bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured hard as the label dictated.... I get a dark brown beer with a cascading chocolatey head.... Looks like chocolate for a moment as the head is still rising.... I end up with a little over a fingers worth of tan chocolaty head.... That retains it self very nicley at about half a finger for the rest of the brew.... With very nice lacing.

S: chocolate, milk, and a nice light toastyness leaving coffee hints. The aroma is a bit on the thin side... But nice all the same...

T: milk, chocolate milk... Going into a nice light roastyness, and a touch of smoke.... Alot of cream.... And the last gulp... With the remanded of creamy head has a taste of almost whipped cream... A very nice tasting brew.... Nothing crazy just good balanced flavor.

M: super creamy... And deffinatly on the lighter side.... This brew is incredibly drinkable.... Although I would have liked a bit more body to it....

O: a good beer, one I wouldn't mind having again for sure.... Nothing super crazy.... But a nice tasting very drinkable stout.

PeterIngemi, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of portia99
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz nitro bottle, bottled 1/27/12 poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - As the bottle recommends, this was poured hard down the center of the glass. A light cascade of foamy bubbles rises steadily from the bottom of the glass, ultimately forming a dense whipped creamy head at least a finger tall exhibiting all of the staying power expected out of a nitro beer. Body is jet black and nearly opaque, only showing faint ruby highlights at the very edges when in a bright light.

S – Mildly fruity with yeasty esters. Plenty of roasty malt, touch of anise, chocolate and coffee. Really not much there for hops.

T – Roasty malt, an underlying sweetness that is a bit off-putting and unusual…I’m guessing this is the lactose. Burnt malt behind this that really doesn’t do enough to fight off the initial flavor. Finish if a bit off too…sweet, creamy, earthy that really doesn’t mesh well and leaves an undesirable flavor behind. Doesn’t work well for me.

M – Silky smooth and creamy…super thick and almost milkshake like. Probably the highlight of the beer, but really doesn’t compensate for the odd flavor.

O – Overall doesn’t work for me. Interesting idea with the nitro bottle, just wishing the beer was more impressive to my palate. Very different from what I was expecting and hoping for. The visuals are good, the aroma has promise, mouthfeel is silky smooth, but the flavor is unimpressive at best. Overall a fail…definitely a one and done for me.

portia99, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -24.6%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of moskal
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

moskal, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
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.

Lawl3ss, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
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.

sevenarts, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

NClady, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

sevenmoist, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of cisteve
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
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.

BeardedRiker, Apr 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

switzer, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BCason, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
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!

Greywulfken, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

brownbear_19, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of MumboJumbo
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

MumboJumbo, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of brystmar
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.

brystmar, Apr 03, 2012
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,782 ratings.