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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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5,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,328
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 160
Gots: 418 | 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

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Photo of Eldalonde


2.9/5  rDev -27.1%

One of Left Hand's better brews. It pours dark black with minimal head. Has aromas of roasted coffee and malts. The sugars from the milk come out nicely and it has a smooth mouth feel to it. Pretty good beer, but the mouthfeel is just too thin for a stout. This feels like it has no body.

05-13-2010 19:32:21 | More by Eldalonde
Photo of RuudJH


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Left Hand Milk Stout, 355 ml. bottle, bought at Burg Bieren shop in Ermelo Netherland.

Very silent pour, but a good head on this nevertheless. Very dark brown colour.

Smell is, next to the malts, mainly of coffee. Espresso, mocca. Only slightly of the lactose, that is stated as one of the ingredients.
Taste is again roasted grains and coffee, but with a creamy taste too.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full creamy.
The 6 abv makes this beer easy drinkable. However, it's also quite filling because of it's texture. That makes it hard to drink more than 1 pint of this.

05-06-2010 12:23:28 | More by RuudJH
Photo of BeerSquid


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A- Brown out of the bottle quickly transforms to a very very dark brown. The bottom of the glass appears to take on a certain reddish quality. A nut coloured head settles at the top that forms a ring around the glass with large bubbled islands in the center. Disappointingly there is no lacing.

S- Milk, malt, and coffee are quite evident. It smells thick and rich.

T- Thick and creamy. Malt, chocolate, coffee. Honestly very much like an alcoholic chocolate milk. Quite tasty.

M- Once again, smooth, thick, creamy. The cream really lingers after the finish almost coating the tongue leaving a certain quality of sweetness as one inhales after each sip.

D- This beer has a very strong warming quality. A very nice stout that carries itself well with bold flavour and complexity.


05-05-2010 18:10:06 | More by BeerSquid
Photo of rednrag


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

First Milk Stout I've ever had. Looks good, very black with just a touch of red. Don't detect much in the smell, other than malt.
Tastes pretty good. Sweet, but not overly so. No unpleasant aftertastes. Decent lacing left on the glass, holds a small head. You know, this is all right. Probably real good in cold weather. I like it, will probably seek out next winter.

05-02-2010 04:23:01 | More by rednrag
Photo of Richardberg

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

A - bottle to goblet. Dark mahogany, nearly opaque, ruby & tan fringe. Small but thick white, moderate retention, no lacing.

S - roasted barley, rich coffee, sugar. Very pleasant.

T - sweet throughout, but not much lacto "bite" compared with most milk stouts. Malt flavors are nicely balanced but nothing especially strong or complex.

M - smooth and quite sticky for a low-ABV stout. Could be thicker though.

D - very drinkable, dead-on example of the style; just nothing special

04-24-2010 01:08:53 | More by Richardberg
Photo of jwhawkins81


4.18/5  rDev +5%

Bottled on 2/20/2010 Tasted on 4/11/2010

Aroma - The nose is a pretty good coffee and roast, all parts of a good stout

Appearance - Poured a dark dark brown with a light brown head with a thin head collar

Taste - Sweet and roasty. Smooth with tons of flavor. Not overly sweet but balanced well with the roasted notes.

Notes - Why don't I drink more milk stouts but I suspect after a few I might get a little palate fatigue

04-19-2010 20:53:32 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of spoons


3.98/5  rDev 0%

A great looking beer in a pint glass. Dark as night with a creamy off white head.

Smells of roasted barley and has a hdden sweetness. Thats all I get in the nose.

The taste comes through with the roasted barley as a stout should. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not thick but not watery. Easy to drink. Touch of caramel. A great stout that I could drink often.

04-11-2010 06:28:01 | More by spoons
Photo of kylehayworth


4.3/5  rDev +8%

A: Deep brown, close to being black, with a slight shimmer of light pressing through. The head was light and cream colored.

S: Smells sweet with a good combo of coffee and chocolate working together.

T: Sweet, it is a good balance between creamy coffee and mild chocolate.

M/D: Creamy and frothy, the nitro-tap adds another dimension. This was my first beer poured this way, and I could really tell the difference. Like Jason said," the difference from a bottle and nitro is that the nitro is similar to sleeping on a fluffier pillow." I honestly couldn't agree more, very drinkable.

04-08-2010 01:06:59 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of Freethyhops


4.22/5  rDev +6%

a- pours dark brown, almost black. when held to light some red even manages to penetrate through the middle of the glass. the pour produced over a finger of creamy tan colored head that stays around impressively well and leaves a significant amount of lacing for the style.

s- coffee and cream are the first things that come to mind. great robust roasted character with a bit of sweet cream and chocolate trying to show their faces. some bready malts in there too. I hope it tastes as nice as it smells

t- the roasted character takes more of a backseat to the sweet cream and chocolate at the beginning. the finish is bready, bitter and roasty. a very well integrate beer. everything seems to work in pure harmony. nothing very standout, though. just a solid stout that I could drink a few of.

M- medium in body. a very silky and creamy mouthfeel. a fairly high carbonation level keeps it from being too thick for a "session" stout.

D- a smooth one here, indeed. affordablility and easy drinking could make this one a staple in any dark beer drinkers fridge.

04-05-2010 01:27:40 | More by Freethyhops
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.22/5  rDev +6%

C. Pretty dark...so much I cant really tell
H. I'd say this is a nice shade of BLACK
N. Hints of smoked almonds and caramel. Strong hints of coffee and cocoa.

hated it soo much six months ago if you gave me this I wouldn't even spit it at you, because I wanted it no where near my mouth. Although now, courtesy of my growing palette, I now truly enjoy this beer. Yep I like it and still wouldn't spit it at you cause I want to drink it. Now don't get me wrong I'm crazy about it, but if it is on draft and the selection is weak, ill order it and enjoy the drink. This is a smooth drinking stout that has a nice sweetness to balance out the normal coffee and smoke flavors of a stout. This beer makes me want to experiment with lactose in my homebrews. Very good beer! Hmmm i wonder what other beers I would enjoy now?!

04-02-2010 12:29:16 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of Philabeerphia


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very clear bottled on dated 12/19/09. Soft pour reveals deep shades of opaque brown with crimson edges... and 1/2 finger of floating khaki head, a flotsam of lacing above that holds up surprisingly well. A lack of viscosity as the beer moves in the glass hints at a lighter body.

Smells of smoked almonds floating above caramel creaminess. Echoes of coffee and cocoa provide a full nose.

Starts with a punch of lactose. Movement in the mouth opens things up into some coffee and sweet tobacco. Brightens at the top of the mouth - a surprisingly sweet & full whipped cream middle yields to a slightly chalky, dry finish. Earthy and warm, tobacco and light hops hang around the throat. The medium carbonation is essential and in fact I would like to see even more to clean things up. I'd also like to see the dry finish go deeper and more complex.

Overall the beer is extremely enjoyable, easy to sip on a cozy night.

03-31-2010 02:05:09 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a slight one finger tan head. Despite the head being really thin, it laces beautifully.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, and a tinge of chocolate. Exactly what a milk stout should smell like, done to perfection.

T- Quite lovely, with a nice mix of coffee and dark chocolate, with a milky tone in the rear as well.

M- Has just the right amount of thickness. Neither too thin, nor too heavy.

D- Fantastic milk stout. Very drinkable. I'm very sad I can't get Left Hand around here and have to travel to New Jersey to get it. That being said, next time I go, I'll make sure to grab at least a sixer to share with my stout loving friends.

03-29-2010 21:30:24 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +8%

I recently reviewed this under bottle, and is one of my favorite beers, having it numerous times. However, when I found out that they had this on Nitro-tap, I ran over to Pitchers Pub in Cumberland, RI, with high expectations.

A: Very dark brown with red streaks dancing through, with a delicious looking tan foamy head, leaving behind good lacing.

S: Strong chocolate presence to go along with a lot of malt.

T: Nice rich chocolate malt flavor with a backing of coffee. Roasty taste to it as well, very sweet.

M: As great as the bottle was, as you can expect, the nitro-tap was a homerun. So incredibly smooth and creamy, one of the best mouthfeels I've had.

D: Could have had this stuff all night, and probably should have, but wanted to try other stuff. If you see this on nitro, get it!

03-27-2010 00:48:30 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of HopHooligan


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

A- Dark deep brown, with consistent foam and medium lacing.

S- Coffee and chocolate upfront with roasted scent afterwards.

T- Not too sweet for a milk stout, good roasted coffee flavor. A nice bitter taste on the pallet.

M- Medium body, a little light for a stout. low carbonation

D- More of a light stout, probably ideal for a night caper or desert beer.

03-22-2010 21:08:25 | More by HopHooligan
Photo of herman77


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Dark brown, near black with ruby red edges. Very Light tan minimal head that dies off pretty quick. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate. Roasted malt, not much else here.

T: Sweet malt up front that quickly turns to burnt malt. A hint of chocolate as well. Bitter coffee aftertaste. Can't pick up any lactose.

M/D: Medium to thin body. Thought it would be a lot thicker, but it is a bit on the thin side for a stout. Not very creamy either. Drinkability is not the best, too much burnt malt and bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed by this one. I was expecting a more full bodied, creamy milk stout. More chocolate and lactose/milkshake flavors.

*Update 3/8/14.
Had the nitro bottle version. Way better than what I wrote above. Adjusted scores to reflect.

03-18-2010 01:45:09 | More by herman77
Photo of mindlucent2007


3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: Poured out of the bottle black; not seeing through this. Small bubbles. Barely a tannish head forms and then disappears quickly, with minimal lacing.

smell: Kickin' of coffee which becomes stronger with each sniff. Smells like Whoppers and milk.

taste: This is a sweet, laid back stout, but not as sugary as the last milk stout I had.I like this one because it is subtle in taste. Coffee is in there for sure. A splash of dairy too. This is a light stout and no alcohol is noticable. An aftertaste of coffee.

mouthfeel: Smooth, lightweight, with moderate carbonation for a stout

drinkablity: This is a solid stout, nothing too crazy about it, but real drinkable. I can see these getting bodied with the quickness.

03-17-2010 03:39:22 | More by mindlucent2007
Photo of budgood1


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

pours out an opaque dark brown with some ruby hues. fine bubbly head and little lace. aroma of milk chocolate. nice cocoa notes in the flavour profile with some ripe red fruit undertones complimented by some sourish hints. tastes nice. the mouthfeel leans to the thin side...almost a porter/lagerish feel to it...a bit crisp, too. therefore the body is limited in nature, and lacking a bit. this milk stout has nice drinkability; it's certainly none too heavy or filling.

an alright beer. a richer and more luscious mouthfeel would really help this concoction out.

03-16-2010 21:48:10 | More by budgood1
Photo of briman


4.18/5  rDev +5%

Pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights around the edges. Clear, with a moderate tan head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, mild sweetness, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Roasted malts, with a strong coffee character, and dark chocolate notes upfront with a lingering sweetness that lasts all the way into the aftertaste. Malt flavors dominate, finishing with a moderate bitterness that seems to be a mix of roasted malt bitterness mixed with a balancing hop component.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Mild to moderate creaminess, a bit chewy, and slightly drying to the palate. Overall a very enjoyable stout. Great balance and mix of flavors.

03-13-2010 03:31:02 | More by briman
Photo of Rootdog316


3.78/5  rDev -5%

Left Hand Mlik Stout poors a very dark rich chocolatey brown. The aroma is very light, mostly chocolate. The flavors are more pronounced, first with a big dose of chocolate and roasted malts. It is a very creamy beer, and very easy to drink. Surprisingly the aftertaste does not last very long. I definitely recommend this to anybody who likes drinking milk stouts.

03-11-2010 18:49:50 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of alexgash


4.22/5  rDev +6%

12 oz. bottle.

Dark cola/maple syrup brown. Nice cushion of light khaki head with decent lacing. Light roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate milk sweetness on the nose. Nice.

Toasted marshmallows and light roasted malt up front. Slight flinty/smoked accent on the malt adds some nice depth. Mix of dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness hits just the right note. Hints of coffee (with a spoonful of sugar). Vanilla and a little sweetness come through and linger into an otherwise lightly-roasted finish (with a hint of coffee bitterness). Very nice. Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel.

03-11-2010 00:54:03 | More by alexgash
Photo of undeadozzy


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%

Appearance - Pours a thick and powerful dark brown/black. Has a thin tan head which dissipates quickly, but lingers enough to leave lacing around the glass.

Smell - Chocolate is the first thing that came to my mind when I took a whiff of this stout. You can easily pick out the scents, which include but are not limited to chocolate, espresso, some licorice, and a deep rustic earthy smell, almost like burning wood.

Taste - Hedonistic! It literally tastes like chocolate milk to me. The thick rich flavor mixed with with its chocolate and lactose tones definitely give it a warm and wholesome taste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, almost milk-like.

Drinkability - Delicious, but because of its taste not something you'd want to drink at a party or during a meal. Maybe it would be a good dessert beer, or a good beer to drink with something overly flavorful, possibly to balance out the plethora of flavors in your mouth.

03-06-2010 07:02:16 | More by undeadozzy
Photo of Pencible


4.18/5  rDev +5%

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like fresh roasted coffee and cream, with bitter dark chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. It tasted like bitter coffee with dark chocolate and cream and some copper hops. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice milk stout with good scent and taste that had the perfect amount of sweetness over a regular stout. It had nice body too, which made this really easy to drink. This wasn't the most exciting beer in the world, but it's a solid example of the style.

03-05-2010 14:57:22 | More by Pencible
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Pours out very dark, close to black with brown on the edges where the liquid get's a little thinner. An off white foam head appears, but it doesn't really stick around. Only the slightest bit around edge of the glass, not much lacing a little bit glides down back to the liquid but more and more disappear after each sip. The smell is pretty good but not very complex, mostly of sweet chocolate and some coffee. It has to be pretty close to room temperature to pick up on the smell. The taste is more of darker chocolate followed by coffee, possibly even esspresso. Dark roasted malts can be tasted a little. I didn't expect it, but about half way through the session you can get a slight hop aftertaste. It's not strong, but it's there. Mouthfeel is good, full bodied sort of a "milky" mouthfeel smooth with a slight bitterness on the finish, pretty good. It's pretty drinkable overall a bit tough to distinguish though. Not extremely drinkable, but not a sipper either. Don't be discouraged from trying it, it's pretty good overall.

03-01-2010 06:40:53 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of callhimishmael


4.1/5  rDev +3%

Truly creamy in taste! A perfect choice for lighter beer fans making their into stouts. Though this beer be black as night, it's welcoming and unintimidating. It's an excellent drink by itself, and you can drink it with anything, although I would best pair it with strong, flavorful meats, if you plan on eating. . . .

02-28-2010 14:01:36 | More by callhimishmael
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark amber color, near black, which showed a deep ruby color in the light. A rich, foamy two-finger head of tan carbonation formed and left moderate clingy lace.

S: Smells sweet and roasty, with hints of licorice and carob as well as cocoa and charred wood.

T: Flavor is like bittersweet cocoa and herbal-infused coffee at first. A slick, sweet, burnt caramel malt resin forms adding some tasty sugary flavors to the brew before a slightly roasted, herbal hop finish washes it down. Aftertaste of coffee candy lingers.

M: Medium-full bodied and a little sticky, but fairly easy drinking for a sweet stout.

D: A pretty decent, quite malty stout for the sweet malt fan. At 5.2% ABV, it's quite sessionable, although I don't think I'd be inclined to session it at a ball game or BBQ. Likely to treat it as an evening party/after dinner stout. Tasty and balanced all around.

02-23-2010 07:14:44 | More by Gambrinus1184
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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