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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: 5,607
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 530 | 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 BeerCon5
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a small amount of coffee colored fluffy head.

The scent is sweet, notes of chocolate and burnt coffee.

The taste is of chocolate, sweet cream, burnt coffee malts.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, very little carbonation.

This was a decent milk stout, though I thought it was a bit more thin than it should be.

BeerCon5, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis is good tasting slightly sweet stout. The smell has hint of chocolate,but its not to strong.Of course the appearance is black with a small tan head. THe taste is like a smoked chocolate milk,very smooth and enjoyable.The is a really nice stout overall. With a label that is memorable as well.

BrewStoutMagic, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer is dark brown, almost black with a thick filmy tan head that stuck to the glass. The smell is big on coffee and milk chocolate with some roasted grain. It tastes of coffee, cream, chocolate and earthy hops. This beer is very smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is nice, just a little dry. This is a great stout, it's well balanced and almost like velvet.

JMad, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of light tan head. Fades down fast. Color is a dark brown, near black..

Aroma: A lot of roasted malts and chocolate. Dry flavors. Pretty malty. Not to hoppy.

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate. Roasted malts. Creamy milky flavors. Lots of malts. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a decent beer. I have had this on nitro and really liked it. Bottle, it is okay. Decent drinkability.

mothman, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of KajII
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in an English pint}

Poured a muddy dark brown with a very slight red hue. The light brown head was suprisingly small yet frothy, which dissapated quickly with only a small residue remaining allowing for a fair amount of lacing on the glass.The aroma was nice and robust with a moderatly strong scent of dark bread malts and a sweet doughy yeast with hints of milk chocolate, molasses and a strong coffee presence. It tasted lighty sweet and flavorful with molasses and chocolate notes from the onset, then ended mildly biiter-sweet with a wonderfull strong note of coffee that lingered on the palate for a nice long while. Mouthfeel was creamy in texture and overall feel with the body being medium to full. Both were balanced very well and worked quite well together. Overall an excellent stout. Blending of the flavors was without a doubt perfectly balanced, although it could have been just a tad heavier in body.

KajII, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a black color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Sticky lace.. some ruby comes through when up to the light

S: some light vanilla bean..light roasted malts.. some dark chocolate & mild espresso beans. Also some pecan hints..

T: smooth flavors.. upfront you get espresso flavors.. roasty malts with hints of dark chocolate.. finish is black coffee like bitterness..

Mf: heavy medium bodied with a smooth feel.. not as creamy as the nitro-tap.. but still good

O: a nice stout.. not overly sweet though.. drinks more like a traditional stout rather than a milk stout..

aval89, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of pyrostic
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost black with a slight hint of amber. The beer has about 1.5in of head of a dark tan color when poured "correctly" into a stein glass.

This beer smells as smooth as it tastes, but I'll review taste in a bit. The Milk Stout has a dark chocolate smell that is not overwhelming. A subtle coffee may also have been introduced as well.

I sense a taste of maybe toast along with the obvious dark chocolate. Neither are overwhelming however and have a subtle appeal. The milk sugar offers a creamy texture and I believe this is what will have me coming back for more. You can taste a little of the alcohol but again not overly pronounced.

Creamy, not thick, almost uplifting.

***Overall I would definitely recommend this beer. This beer hits all of the senses and will have me coming back I'm sure. It's uniqueness by using milk sugar without being overwhelming in any one feature flavor keeps me asking for more!

pyrostic, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass on the late late,

Milk Stout pours out a dark shade of brownish black with black in the glass being the final result. A nice inch of semi tight tannish foam, semi stick.

Smell is on the sweet side, lactose is noted yet not over the hill. A bit of vanilla bean and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is str8 forward light sweet chocolate milk, built around a roasted malt base with vanilla and lactose.

Feel falls off, it's thin and approaching watery, a bigger build would go a long way here. The liquid glids down though almost to easy, no effect from the light carb here.

A fairly decent representation of the style, nothing to get your panties into a bunch, I would like to see LHBC do a imperial version of this to see if they have the chops to pull it off, they are on the right path with this.

BARFLYB, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a shaker pint glass.

The deep mahogany color is on the light side for this style. A dense cream head is well supported by the nitro and sticks all the way down the glass.

This beer is quite sweet in the nose. Chocolate, molasses and malted milk aromas have a nice interplay. There's a slight coffee aroma in the background. The beer's sweet aromas carry through nicely to the flavor. Sugar, chocolate and molasses flavors are front and center. A burnt bitterness comes on late with just enough strength to keep this beer from being too sweet. The flavor becomes more interesting as the beer warms. The nitro is make this much smoother and creamier than the bottled sample I reviewed in 2009, hence the new review

The low ABV makes this an easy drinker. It also works even better than Guinness when mixed with vanilla ice cream to make a beer float.

Rayek, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of MnDCochenour
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a great color and smooth taste. From the moment the smell tempts the nose to the sweet and smooth taste, it is a good beer to compliment just about anything! I enjoyed it with chicken quessedillas and it was a great compliment. i could see serving it with anything off the grill too!

MnDCochenour, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of MufflnMan
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Coffee black with a thin mocha head.

Not much to the smell. Mainly malt with a hint of cream.

Taste is more interesting than the smell, very smooth. Starts off with malt which leads into slightly bitter coffee and quickly followed by a bit of cream to ease any bitterness. Nice and simple, but not all that interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky for a stout. Very drinkable, not heavy at all.

O, as advertised... a subdued stout. A calm brew for a session but nothing to pick off the shelf if you're looking for something interesting.

MufflnMan, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost black with a bit of dark ruby showing through under light. It's aroma is primarily chocolate with a hint of burnt toast. The flavor is complex and well balanced. It begins with dark chocolate followed by a note of coffee which fades back to chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, a filling beer. Left Hand Milk Stout is a very good beer, a good example of the style. Highly recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of bvanpelt
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with about a 1.5 finger medium tan head.

I can smell a little coffee and a hint of alcohol, maybe a little chocolate as well.

The taste is very milky and smooth with hints of the aforementioned coffee and chocolate, but not strong, as if the coffee and chocolate were meant to be on the conservative side. Because I an not a fan of either coffee or chocolate beers, I think the taste is great since those flavors are subdued.

The texture of this beer is its strongest point, in my mind. It is very creamy and, after having one for the first time, I noticed that I craved more of this beer. My overall mood actually changes, in a good way, when this beer hits my mouth. If I didn't see this beer, I'd swear it would have to be white like milk. I wouldn't say it's the thickest beer, it is a little thin for a stout, but it has maximum creaminess for its viscosity. Absolutely wonderful to drink.

Overall, I love this beer and will be buying a lot of it in the future. It's not too heavy so I can enjoy several in an evening, but its texture is so creamy that I don't want to just slam the stuff.

bvanpelt, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Kuma's corner in a pint glass.

The look of the milk stout is a dark brown color that is pretty hard to see through.

The smell of this one is a little sweet, with hints of the burnt roasts and malts wafting up the nostrils.

The taste of this one is a nice sweet maltiness with a definite taste of milk or lactose added in with some roasted flavor hitting my palate in the end. Not really my cup of tea but the milk flavor was an interesting touch.

The mouthfeel of this one was fairly heavy and there was not much carbonation in this one at all.

Overall this beer is not as appealing to me as other stouts, but I didn't find it to be terrible.

IchabodcraneIpa, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark as midnight, but when you put it up to light its ruby red in the very edges of the glass. Love that.

S- Malts, dark sweetnees, milk and some booze. like so far.

T- Very nice stout. This is my ideal stout SO FAR. But im opening my book to more. This one is milky smooth, toasted malty and light coffee taste. heavy body all around. Fantastic!

M- Its all very smooth, comes on thick like good milk but leaves clean. I love it and think somebody interested in stouts should try this beer. Love it!

JesteR14, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours black, just jet black featuring a very small beige head that quickly dissipates.

Milk chocolate, cream and coffee are the detectable aromas although none are too strong.

Milk and cream is what stand out in the flavor with chocolate and coffee linger in the back.

Medium body and very creamy.

Overall this is a decent beer. It is rather drinkable, I just wish it was more pungent.

TheBear11D, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of muletrane
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 2/4/11) into a Sammy Smith imperial pint glass.

A: A vigorous pour yields 2.5 fingers of creamy tan head. Solid black colour, as expected. Nice amount of lacing. Good head retention. Nice looking brew.

S: Mild roasty notes

T: A lot of roasty, coffee and slightly sweet flavors up front. Moderately bitter finish.

M: Smooth and slick mouthfeel. Moderate body with light carbonation.

Overall a very nice example of the style. Tastes great and goes down easy!

muletrane, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from Preismj so here we go!

Pours - a dark black with a cream colored 2 inch head. The head laces the glass all the way down to the last drop. Very well done.

Smell - I get some cocoa, hops and sweet vanilla

Taste - sweet malt, cocoa, chocolate milk, vanilla, with a lasting chocolate milk in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Too much carbonation for my liking but just past that its smooth sailing the rest of the way.

badboyrsl84, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of techfed87
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pretty straightforward: color is dark black with a smaller-sized head. Smell is of dark, coarse malts.

First sip is actually quite a bit smoother than what I expected it would be. In fact, I may say that this might be the smoothest stout that I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Flavor profile is coffee-like bitter, with a slight aftertaste to go along with it.

My first beer from Left Hand Brewery, this one seems to be a real winner. Try it sometime!

techfed87, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of brewdenver
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a breckenridge pint glass.

A: Black in color, pouring a nice low head. Good fingers and lacing around glass.

S: Roasted barley, coffee, an ideal aroma for a stout.

T: The roasted barley and coffee hit the senses first giving way to a mellow middle and smooth finish.

M: Nice carbonation not taking away from the grain profile. Thin to medium body in the mouth.

O: This is a good stout to take to a party or have a friend check out who isn't the biggest fan of stouts.

brewdenver, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Jet black, very small mocha colored head that dissipated instantly

S- Roasted coffee, malts, chocolate, some charred aroma

T- Sweet chocolate, dark coffee, creaminess, and a little kick of hops

M- Very creamy and smooth

O- Very enjoyable beer that drinks very smooth. Delicious creamy mocha flavor that matches the aroma. I wish I could have enjoyed this with some chocolate cake.

Hoptometrist, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with a little ruby red at the bottom 1 finger head tan in color with some okay lacing.

Smell - Like a sweet coffee smell, I just want to smell this all the time.

Taste - Coffee all the way on this one. Pleasant sweetness on it that fits the style and offsets the malts but in the after taste I get the roasted character thats makes it a stout.

Mouthfeel - Very light body on this almost watery. Smooth with a clean finish, no bite on this at all.

Overall - Very quaffable brew I could see this as a session beer anytime.

Jinholic, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of AlexTonic
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought an individual bottle from my local brew specialty show, 101 bottles in kent (great place if you're ever in the area)

this particular brew interested me from the start with claims of being a milk stout. Milk stouts themselves are pretty rare these days so I was a bit excited to try it out.

First impression is the smell which has an almost spicy vanilla sweetness to it. tinge of coffee is identifiable.

the taste was complex yet highly drinkable. I could imagine myself going through quite a few of these in a short amount of time. first impression is a sweet creamy complex malt that simmers down into a light coffee taste the ends in a slightly bitter yet pleasant aftertaste.

mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I would like but works for this beer.

over all I found myself enjoying this beer but by the end of the bottle it was hard to remain excited. I'd give it another try in the future, but not overly exciting.

AlexTonic, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Tap (nitro) poured into a pub glass at Euclid Hall

A: Perfect black with a tan creamy inch and a half head. Head is thick and creamy. Perfect head retention.

S: Malt and creaminess comes through. The malt is smooth not bitter.

T: Exceptional. No bitterness whatsoever. Silky smooth and moderately rich and you can taste the lactose. The malts are thick but smooth, not chewy. The nitrogen removes any imperfections within this beer.

M: Heavy and full bodied. The entire palate is coated with no residual after taste. Almost has the feel of sipping milk with it's richness and thickness. Finish is smooth and lingers.

D: Great session stout. Blows beers like Guinness out of the water. The silky smoothness of the beer, with zero bitterness, makes this almost like drinking milk- yet stout. Perfect for any occasion.

notyourdadsbeer, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of alcooper
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - good looking beer, pours well with a nice tan head.

S - It has a nice smell, you can definitely pick up on the "roasted" aspect of this beer.

T - Nice taste, pretty straight forward with definite hints of coca and a little smoke.

M - Nice to drink, a balnced feel in the mounth.

This is a pretty straight forward milk stout with a strong roasted taste and smell. If that's what you like you'll enjoy this beer.

alcooper, Mar 30, 2011
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,607 ratings.