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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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very good

6,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,071
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 219
Gots: 833 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Lancaster Milk Stout.

A: Dark brown/black with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Toasted malt, milk, and roasted coffee. Mild fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet milk and caramel malt. Roasted coffee.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: This is a really good milk stout. It has a slight edge over the Lancaster Milk Stout as far as appearance and smell go. I like the taste of the Lancaster one a lot, but this one has an exceptional mouthfeel.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of rwrk42
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: A deep dark brown almost black with a light head
Smell: Roasted coffee & malts with a slight hint of chocolate
Taste: Immediate taste of roasted malts and slight chocolate/toffee. A bit on the sweet side but just the right amount of hops in this one to help it finish strong. A great smooth stout.
Would recommend

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of stealth
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

Dark pour with a tan head - little bit of light gets through. Looks real tasty. Chocolate, subtle roast, some coffee in the aroma. Real creamy taste - definitely 'feel' the milkiness to it. Love the chocolate tones. One of my favorite standbys.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Ryanm1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's cold outside and you know that means its stout season in the northeast.

This left hand milk stout was pour from a bottle into a pint glass. It comes out as black and night and when holding up to the light it can barely be seen through. The foam on the head wasn't too thick or high and disapated quickly.

The head was a darkbrowinsh black color. Definite coffee tones when sniffed; malty smell. Tasted while really cold. Doesn't taste too thick.

Creamy like a guiness even though not from the NO2 tap or Nitro bottle. Says its about 160 calories and not very bitter only about a 23 in IBU.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going to take another crack at this one, but on nitro this time. Served in a true pint, the beer is jet black in the depths, with a good, bright, ruby refraction on the edges. The foamy, dense head is no joke, and after the cascade, it settles in to a good half inch of beauty. Aromas are heavy on the dark roasted coffee, with a hint of cocoa nib. The beer is ridiculously smooth in mouth, but a little light for the style. Flavors are blended much better than out of the bottle, with the coffee foundation giving rise to some creamy sweet overtones and a subtle vanilla highlight. This beer clings all over the glass. Overall, there is a much better balance and progression on nitro. The aftertaste is light roasting and deliciously sweet, with a smooth, creamy finish. This beer was built for a nitro tap.

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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick black color that lets very little light through. Dense tan head that has decent retention and moderate lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, espresso, a bit roasty.

T: Tastes like liquid chocolate blended with some espresso. Very sweet, a bit roasty in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but feels thin and a bit watery. There's also very little carbonation, which leaves it a bit flat.

Overall: The mouthfeel is weak but the flavors are very nice. Not bad at all.

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm conducting a three-way taste test of milk stouts tonight. This is the third beer in the line up, with the others being Butternuts' Moo Thunder Stout and Keegan Ales' Mother's Milk Stout.

I should say that I've held this bottle since August and the other two beers may have a freshness edge. That said, I can only go off what's in front of me. The head was weak from the beginning and soon vanished. There's also a visible sepia color at the top of the beer, even before I hold it to the light.

The aroma seems to have faded, BUT the little I do smell does smell milk chocolate. Or should I say chocolate milk? The other two had stronger aromas, but this one has more of a MILK stout thing going on. I'm giving it a 3.5 for the aroma even though it's weak just because the little that's there IS what I'm looking for in a milk stout.

Of the three, this one is definitely the milkiest. I can't detect many flavors on the front end, but some creaminess really shines through at the end.

My appearance and aroma scores might drag down this beer a little bit, but of the three beers, I think this one fits the style best. I'd like to try this beer from a nitro bottle, but I haven't been able to find any Left Hand products on Long Island.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but opaque black into a pint glass with very little head. Hints of brown amber when held to the light, but otherwise pitch black.

Although I realize this is a "milk stout", have never enjoyed such a custardy / milk-centred aroma in a beer before. Fascinating. The flavour is more malt-forward, with roasted and toasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Much lactose and very smooth, but not as creamy a mouthfeel as I'd expected.

Would love to track down the nitrogen pour of this beer!

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,071 ratings.