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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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6,069 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,069
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 218
Gots: 831 | 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:
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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Photo of Axismundi
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is fantastic stuff! I fell in love with this beer/dessert on nitro-tap several months ago, due to it's amazing smoothness and creamy mouth feel and lovely, yet not-overpowering sweetness.

I tried this milk stout in the non-nitro bottle and was pretty disappointed because it was not the same as the nitro. However the Nitro bottle is just about as good as nitro tap and goes down so, so easily and is delicious as a milk stout.

Sometimes I want my stout to be intense, heavily roasty, and exceedingly deep in flavor, but this is not what beer is all about. It really excels at being easy, yummy, and smooth. Even a few of my friends who only drink commercial macro beers tell me this one is awesome! How about that?

Do yourself a favor and give this one a try! You won't regret it.
P.S. It is beautiful when poured vigorously into a pint glass and This one is easy to find in Chicago as of right now.

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. nitro bottle into a snifter.

The pour is a dark brown molasses color with a small off white cap. Nothing impressive from the nitro.

The aroma is much more muted than in the regular bottle. Smoked and dark roasted malts, some chocolate and milk sugar.

The flavor is soft, flat, and a shell of the original beer, without any benefit in the mouthfeel. It is light, somewhat watery, and just a little bit smooth. There is roasted malt, some chocolate, and sweet, creamy lactose, but the whole thing just comes off flat. The finish has a soft, slightly synthetic flavor to it.

At least with Guinness there is a cascading effect with the creamy head. The appearance, aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are worsened by the nitro.

Photo of jdcjfl
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of C2H5
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I Poured it fast to give it the cascading effect, which didn't last too long, but it worked. Medium body, color is dark brown nearly black with a nice fluffy creamy tan head.
Smells like mocha, coffee, some desert spice, very sweet and desertlike
The taste is light. I taste creamy mocha coffee, a little biter dark chocolate hint of alcohol at the end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, the nitro bubbles are so small and make for a very unique feel to this beer

It tastes like a desert, its sweet and delicious yet very drinkable.

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of denver10
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a nice mocha head. Aroma and flavor follow suit and are both great; roasty, coffee, chocolate, cream, and some lactose sugars. Great mix of roasty, sweet, and some bitter (i.e. think coffee like bitter, not hoppy). A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into stouts. As good today as it was back then.

Photo of jnikkel
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hmhmurphy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of VaterRoss
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

imbibed at Brixx pizza off a nitro tap

Appearance is black, one of only a few truly opaque beers I have seen. Head is beautiful, looks more like a tan cream than the head of a beer. Small but tenacious head that doesn't leave a lacing per se, but more of a creamy coating to the glass. Smell is roasted malt with some sweetness, coffee. Smoky roasted malt, sweetness, and that stout bitterness. Mouthfeel is very low carb, almost flat.

A sweet and surprisingly mellow stout, my first milk stout. Too low carb for my tastes, almost comes off as flat. Better than your average stout.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of johunnic
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jjcote
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bigchiefbc
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black after cascade, about a finger of beige/light brown head.

S: Primary aroma is roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness

T: Roasted malts continue to predominate, but the lacto sweetness is definitely making itself known. Finishes with just enough bitterness to make you want to take another. Fantastic session beer.

M: Creamy creamy creaminess. Man, that is one of the smoothest pints I've ever had.

O: One of the best milk/lacto/sweet stouts I've had. I've recommended this beer to so many people, I've lost count.

Photo of CMB2012
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured vigorously into a nonic pint. Surprisingly nice nitrous bubbles that move around like you'd expect. I didn't get as much head as I anticipated though. Pretty much black with off white creamy head which clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Very nice toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, sort of sweet/sugary quality coming from the lactose. Slight roasted coffee aroma, biscuits.

T- Flavor is pretty spot on. Light chocolate, toasted malts, slight sweetness.

M- Thinner than I like and not quite as creamy either. Still, it is good quality and I like what Left Hand has done without the use of a widget.

O- Good stuff. I don't drink LHMS very often but I like the idea. I would prefer it on the nitrous (tap) pour though.

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mixnslam
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jordanmckell
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Occidentalist
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black and completely opaque. Small head which dissipated relatively quick on a moderately aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Aroma - Roasted malts and subtle coffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Unaggressive feel. Little bitterness and effervescence. Smooth.

Taste - Mild stout. Subtle lactose sweetness with roasted malt being the primary flavor. Lick your lips after a sip and you'll really taste the milk sugar.

Overall - Perfect entry into the world of stouts. Not aggressive. Very palatable. If you find many stouts too strong, this is the one for you. A very friendly beer.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,069 ratings.