Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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Ratings: 5,887
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 184
Gots: 673 | FT: 3
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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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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of jkanavel
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark. Black with a mocha head. Thin rings and sheets of foam cling to the glass as you drink it.

S: Chocolate, spicy hops, toasty grains

T: Smooth, decent balance but it leans a little toward the sweet side.

M: SO creamy and mouth filling. Rich, decadent, very satisfying. Paired really well with a rueben on marbled rye.

O: This is a really great beer. Admittedly not a terribly complex stout, but it more than makes up for that with pure satisfaction.

I remember back before I turned 21 and hadn't had much to drink other than swill and jungle juice at parties, people would tell me that Guiness was like a meal. I was so dissapointed when I finally had a Guiness. It was thin and watery and sour and kind of lame. This is what I imagined guiness would be like based on other people's description. Just good; nourishing for the body and soul.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brew. Creamy, mocha-colored head builds quickly to a 3-finger width. Head remains at least 1/2-finger thick through session and just coats the glass.

S - Rich, dark malt base. Hints of bitter chocolate and coffee.

T/M - Doesn't offer anything different from the nose. Almost too sweet up front, with just the slightest amount of bitterness in the finish trying to balance it out. The mouthfeel is amazing though. It has a smooth, medium-bodied creaminess that is almost perfect.

O - Worth a shot if you get the chance. Wish they could improve the price point though. I guess someone's gotta pay for all that rumored R&D.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Pitch Black in Color with no variation in color at all. Pours a finger width head that disappears rather quickly

Smell - Sweet Milk Chocolate with some roasted malts and some slight coffee. The chocolate smell in particular makes this a very sweet smelling stout and the roasted malts add more to the richness of the smell.

Taste - There's chocolate here, but not too overly sweet. There's a pretty healthy malty backbone in here as well, along with some coffee notes. Aftertaste is quite rich and consists of bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty smooth and quite creamy, almost kind of like milk. The body is fairly light and the carbonation is almost not there, so this makes it a pretty easy drinker! This may be one of the easiest stouts I have ever had!

Overall - It's an absolutely solid stout. While the flavor isn't quite as rich as the smell is, it still a great stout that's very easy to drink and easy on the mouth too.

Photo of 2378GCGTG
2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip at 43 degrees

Appearance- Beautiful black color with a white 2 inch head that disappears quickly.

Smell- Has a nice bit of chocolate and cream with no fruit, some coffee and malt and little hops.

Taste: Rather bland, all I taste is chocolate and a bit of roasted malt and watered down coffee

Mouthfeel: Even for a milk stout, this is light. It has the body of a cream ale, maybe even lighter than that. It's not that it's not velvety (which it is) it's just too watery.

Overall: I have to say, it's possible I had a bad bottle (though I didn't detect any of the normal indicators of a bad bottle) but this stout was not up my alley. It had a very watery mouthfeel and taste, which may just be the style, but again, not for me... at all

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preconceived notions/expectations: I hadn't heard of this beer or this brewery. Took a chance. Expectations were low aside from expecting something decent for 9 bucks for a sixxer.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Beer is gorgeous! 10 on the appearance. Black, opaque appearance. Full two fingered head that stuck around for the party. Head was deep tan...Starbucks would be envious of this little coffee froth.

Smells great. Roasted malty goodness. Chocolate and coffee undertones that tickle the nose inviting the mouth to come dance.

The taste is great and follows the nose nicely. Almost identical. Creamy coffee silkness happening here.

This beer is so smooth that there is a slight temptations to pour it on the sheets and frolic "Indecent Proposal" still all over it, that is until reality sets it. Seriously though, this thing is smooth and crisp.

Comparison/reference" Like a creamier, tastier, Murphy's with some coffee additions. At least, that's what I thought. One of the better stout-esque beers I've had. This was a pleasant surprise! Highly recommended!

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,887 ratings.