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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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Ratings: 5,783
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 606 | 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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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
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

LeeryLeprechaun, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Roger415
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Roger415, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
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

MatthewWilde, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Arherring, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +25.6%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mrasskicktastic
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.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of bowlerjoe2
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

bowlerjoe2, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of vlodko62
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

vlodko62, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of JstnP
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

JstnP, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of KevJams
4/5  rDev +0.5%

KevJams, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of darkstar12
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on nitrogen tap into a regular pint glass at Red Rocks, Old Town Alexandria, VA. Also had in regular bottle, but this review based on nitrogen pour which makes a big positive difference.

A: Nice and dark, with a two-finger light tan head that lasts for a very long time.
S: Some sweet aromas, not much else
T: Absolutely perfectly smooth - not a hint of bitterness or carbonation, nothing but a smooth, sweet chocolately taste.
M: Thick, sweet, chewy, awesome
O: An absolutely amazing beer on nitrogen. Unbelievably smooth and good. I go out of my way to find it now.

darkstar12, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

avaldivia, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some faint reddish hints when held up to the light. There is also some light visible carbonation (maybe that should be nitronation) along the sides of the glass even well after the pour. The beer had a finger tall tan head that slowly reduced to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate/cocoa and freshly ground coffee bitterness.

T: The flavor very much follows the smell, starting with the dark roasted malt body and then the hints of bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and even a little cream sweetness. The beer is only lightly sweet and has a nice coffee bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation (the carbonation reduces a little over the course of drinking the beer). Very creamy.

O: Definitely better than the original Left Hand Milk Stout but not sure if that can be attributed to the nitro or other tinkering with the recipe. The pouring instructions seemed a little gimmicky to me. The beer was very enjoyable and definitely a beer I could enjoy more than one in a session.

dbrauneis, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of AlCzerik
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of StevieDavie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

StevieDavie, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

redleg411, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Bockrules
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a burnt motor oil black with ruby highlights. Capped by a dense, two-finger deep tan head. Head stays intact until almost the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a few large splotches of lacing.

S - Somewhat mild smell of milk chocolate and earthy hops

T - A bit of coco upfront. The body is full of silky milk chocolate goodness that is backed by a suitable amount of earthy hops. Hops come to the forefront as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to slightly bitter, milk chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to give the beer a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Though I served this a bit too warm (maybe 58 F), a found that is a very solid beer that gives Young's Double Chocolate a run for its money for half the price. I've had it on tap, and can say that it becomes even more drinkable when cold. Used this brew for our fraternities annual beer competition several years back. I think it lost to a Corona knock-off with added lime flavor - Oh well I guess there's no hope for some. I would buy this again.

Bockrules, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of pBRale
4/5  rDev +0.5%

pBRale, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Leschber, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5



I heard good things, but this is a near perfect Milk Stout.
The pour gives a massive sustaining head that has tons of lacing, so attractive.
The aroma is a pleasant powdered cacao, like a hot chocolate aroma, gooey marshmallows.
Flavors are such a creamy chocolate, vanilla, light roasty coffee notes, very good.
The mouthfeel is awesome. creamy and silky, everything i want from a nitro milk stout.

I rate harsh, but this is truly a style standout.

Advocate this.

ChadQuest, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured Vigorously into a Stone Stout Glass, bottle upside down. Started as a 3 inch creamy head with beautiful cascading like a nitro should. Smell of roasted Malt and sweet chocolate. Tastes the same. Creamy goodness. One Fine Milk Stout. If there is such a thing as a sessionable Stout....this is it.

beergod1, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +0.5%

cbcrunch, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of rmank
4/5  rDev +0.5%

rmank, Mar 26, 2012
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,783 ratings.