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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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5,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,780
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 604 | 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:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jmbranum
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown almost black with tan head. Toasty alcoholic aroma.

Flavor is relatively dry at first with lots of roasted grain and a tinge of bittersweet chocolate. Lingering bitterness followed by some sweetness.

Nice mouthfeel. Smooth but thick.

Enjoyed this beer. Seems like it is a higher ABV than marked though, but maybe that is just my imagination.

jmbranum, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

ShuliShake, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Quite dark and black - just the barest hint of a cola brown at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Some light tan head upon pouring, but this died back pretty quickly to leave almost nothing on the top. Some lacing (little islands mostly) noted.

Smell: Not a lot - some coffee and roasted notes.

Taste: Coffee, toffee, mild notes of burnt sugar and bittersweet chocolate. Bitter/mild metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, but it passes quickly. Some thickness and chewiness to the beer.

Overall / Drinkability: I am beginning to think this is a old bottle, but there is no way to know for sure. I've had this before and I remember it as sweeter and creamier, but, I had it as part of a tasting with cookies and I suspect the sweetness of the cookies colored my memory of the beer. So by itself, not bad, but not outstanding either. Given all the other reviews rating this beer higher I'm going to chalk my review up to a bottle that either didn't set on the shelf in the store well rather than one that was past it's date, and I'll have to review it again sometime to see if it really is the beer, or the flavors depend upon what I'm eating with it.

damndirtyape, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

captainbearcat, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

CincyRBob, Nov 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

vicsju1991, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

jamesgaither, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

despond, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of bfields4
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice large tight mocha head like only a nitro beer can. Retains itself nicely throughout the beer. Deep brown to black body.

That unique milky toffee aroma with your stout roasty and slight coffee aroma coming through.

Nutty toffee sweet malt flavor is coupled with the roast notes to provide a nice flavor, but they aren't as intense as I would like.

Very light with the nitro. Almost whipped cream like texture. Easy sipper. Very drinkable brew, but almost a bit watered down tasting.. maybe the nitro?

bfields4, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jb413
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Essentially pitch black with an almost non-existant mocha head. Lacing sticks nicely.

S - Some stronger roasted malt notes accented with the smell of fresh ground coffee and some earthy notes.

T - Follows the nose with a nice roasty character and hints of coffee. Good full flavor. Good amount of underlying balance. Residual sweetness from the lactose is nice and mixes with a lingering dryness in the finish.

MF - Medium in body, good carbonation with a light fizz on the tongue, velvety smooth in texture. Tiny spot of alcohol as well. Great.

O - My first in the style, but well-rounded. Tasty and great mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit lighter than I expected, but that's nitpicking.

jb413, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

CopeTech, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

athouve1, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Merkur, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

dav, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bertram, Nov 19, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a slightly darker brown 2 finger head. Loads of carbonation.

S: Roasty, nutty, chocolate and coffee.

T: Rich chocolaty. Coffee dry finish but not so dry your mouth hates it. Nutty and delicious. 4

M: Thinner and not as chewy as expected.

O: Great beer. I like the roasty chocolate and then coffee finish although its not as sweet or creamy as I would expect.

JerseyKirk, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

TheBishopco, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kckclassic, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Josiah2729, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

patm1986, Nov 18, 2011
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,780 ratings.