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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,779
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:

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%

mcphish22, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jlb502, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at Station Taproom, 10/27/11.

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a nice foamy white head.

S - Nose is dominated by roasted malt with a bit of sweetness as well.

T- The taste has a nice balance of caramel sweetness and roasted malt. Nicely sweet but not overly so.

M- Medium bodied, creamy in the typical nitro style.

O- A beer I have more or less forgotten about over the years. This still is a tasty brew.


sholland119, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

brewyou2, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dnh2, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

trixdout, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MichaelBurns, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

stxSS07, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mastodonj
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new Nitro version of their milk stout pours a nearly black, opaque beverage with a creamy beige but small (1/2 " or so) head.
Smells of chocolate, vanilla maltiness
It's a complex brew with enough hops to keep a bitter edge and a clean finish. All this makes it very drinkable.
The fine bubbles provide a great mouthfeel.

Left Hand claims that they have been working on this bottled nitro for years. They've accomplished a nice effect without adding any internal nitro gadgets which would have made recycling more difficult and added to production costs.

mastodonj, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz nitro-bottle served into a pint glass:

A - Pours a lovely black color with a light brown and very creamy head of two fingers. Lacing and retention are both amazing. Thank you nitro.

S - Amazing roasted malts, coffee and cream. Definite bitter chocolate notes present. Moderate strength and very inviting.

T - Creamy chocolate/roasted malts with a very enticing sweetness. Coffee comes through on the climax. Incredibly well built.

M - Silky smooth and wet. Full bodied. Ideal.

D - This beer was very good before, but the nitro took it to the next level. Almost exemplary for the style. Give it a try.

blakelive784, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of azorie
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewing a six pack:

A: dark brown, with white lacing, served in pint glass, little to no head.
spare lacing, even after I swirled it some.

s: The lacto milk sweetness is more detectable in the bottle versus draft. Semi sweet Dutch like MILK chocolate nose. No hops of course as expected in the style. as it warms past 50F I do get some fresh sugar coffee whiffs.

T: Richer dark malty backbone that's gives a coffee/chocolate taste with more milk and sugar sweetness, this one seems to style. It coasts the mouth well and leaves a very pleasing after taste of sweet coffee, not really a milk chocolate taste though.

m: thin light body, refreshing though for the style. Some what flat but after fits the style. carbonation is on low side. If it was a little heavier I would like it more.

O: well all can go by is my taste buds, but this bottle version is night and day over the draft, maybe I just need to find another place to try these on draft, maybe....then again maybe I just hate draft beer. I do then to like bottles version better. Anyway I would buy this again. nice beer.

azorie, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of mjvos
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint (nitro) at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI

The pour is beautiful and cloudy that ends up pitch black in color with a solid two fingers of head that fades really slow. Lots of long-lasting lacing on the glass the whole time drinking.

Coffee smells abound and it tastes like the coffee and some chocolate. Lots of malty sweetness to it.

The mouthfeel is an excellent creamy smooth.

Overall, the Milk Stout was awesome, and I hope to have it off a nitro-tap again.

mjvos, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at Station 2 in Richmond, VA - pint

Pours amazing.. man.. nitro. yes.

massive pillow head and slow fading lace is just a damn beautiful thing. Smells nice and smooth and the taste follows, perfectly malty and thick almost like a desert. Mouthfeel is the star obviously because of the delivery, silky smooth like a milkshake.

If you've never had a milk stout on nitro just do it.. man o man

engagechad, Nov 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is lack lustre at best in its original non-nitro bottle, but a repackaging of the beer as a nitro bottle (with a much improved label as well) has created a much better project. The beer is a favorite, desert cold weather beer at the tap room on nitro and they took the popularity to the bottle. It is a rich chocolatey milk stout with a medium sweetness. The flavor profile is fairly subdued and they is nothing revolutionary about the brew.
The color is dark/black imposing
The nose is underwhelming even for a stout with a slight roasted coffee/cream scent
The taste is strong enough to put off drinking it fast but not balanced enough for a real sipper.
The feel is certainly smooth as you would expect
Overall an average beer that is better from the nitro tap.

vincicle, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too impressed with this one.

A: Damn near black bodied brew that was topped with a creamy subtle head that displayed decent retention.

S: Malty up front that fades into semi-sweet chocolate then coffee. No residual smell, backend reminded me of water.

T: Brew just tasted watered down to me. I have been drinking a lot of big stouts so I drank an obsidian stout from Deschutes to check my pallet. Nope, this brew is just watered down coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Thin, kinda dry.

O: Nothing else to report.

tjkinate, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Nitrogenated on Tap*

Left hand Milk Stout pours a deep dark ruby brown (appears black until held up to a light). The head is off white but super frothy.

Its smell is pretty typical and stout-like (roasted malts), the strength is pretty middle of the road.

The taste immediately represents that this is a milk stout with an amazingly sweet front. However the middle has pretty average roasted flavors, but it flows nicely into milky and creamy notes. The finish is long, yet unusual for a beer as the creaminess lingers.

Its mouthfeel is incredible; obviously this is enhanced by the nirto-tap. The feel paired with the flavors is like a milkshake.

Overall, having Left Hand Milk Stout nitrogenated was an interesting experience. The positive was creating an amazing mouthfeel that fits perfectly with the style. However, the downside was the "Guinness effect". Using nitro with the beer made a lot of the roasted flavors very mild and tame. In the end, I think it would be worth a try if anyone comes across it.

DrinkinBoy, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh off a nitro tap, this is a black color with a nice densely packed tan head. The smell is pretty light, but its of roasted malts. The feel is medium, slightly thin for a stout, but nice and nitro creamy. The taste is pretty good, not very heavy, some roasted malts with a sweet milk sugar finish, very light on bitterness.

DavidST, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of osusullins
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the beer that I like to describe as Guinness' sweet little sister. The lactose keeps this beer sweet and that is what keeps me coming back. It is almost like a creamy chocolate milk, but with a slight hoppy bitterness at the end. The nitro really adds to the creamy nature of the beer and is a must when it comes to this beer. I have sampled this out of a bottle and with a nitro-tap. Huge difference. The bottle version is ok at best while the Nitro-tap is very, very nice. I enjoy Left Hand and am not disappointed with this beer. The brewpub is definitly a stop on my next Colorado road trip.

osusullins, Oct 29, 2011
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,779 ratings.