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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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6,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,132
Reviews: 1,708
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 219
Gots: 896 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 6,132 | Reviews: 1,708
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3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled: 01/07/2012

Poured into a pint shaped glass mug, it has the standard nitro slow motion cascade of tiny bubbles moving through it. Creamy head of tan foam that settles to a thin, well-defined cap. Some frothy lace forms a collar around the edges.

Cafe latte aroma, cream, chocolate, and coffee, though rather mild. Nicely melded and very smooth.

Similar chocolate and mild coffee flavors, dry with a light sweetness at first, and mild roast in the middle. Very smooth and creamy feeling, but also a bit flat. Sort of like an English stout on cask. Milk chocolate, lactose, very mellow coffee that imparts little to no bitterness or acidity. Overall it's not wildly different from the regular version, though it seems every tap in town is nitro at the moment anyway.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black and completely opaque. Small head which dissipated relatively quick on a moderately aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Aroma - Roasted malts and subtle coffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Unaggressive feel. Little bitterness and effervescence. Smooth.

Taste - Mild stout. Subtle lactose sweetness with roasted malt being the primary flavor. Lick your lips after a sip and you'll really taste the milk sugar.

Overall - Perfect entry into the world of stouts. Not aggressive. Very palatable. If you find many stouts too strong, this is the one for you. A very friendly beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lot going for it- roasted malt and coffee aromas and taste with a pleasant lactic sweetness. Slight caramel on the finish. Appealing dark opaque appearance, but no head or lacing. My sample has little carbonation, and skimming through the reviews it seems mine wasn't the only one. This would be a stellar beer if not for this one, big fault. Would certainly try another sample.

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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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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting note left hand milk stout
Poured fromm12 oz bottle into pub pint glass.

Aroma roasted barley,  coffee

Appearance black with tan head little lacing, mahogony tint at the edges

Flavor bitter roasted coffee, slight toffee, nice sweetness

Mouthfeel/Drinkability silky smooth, little to no aftertaste, well carbed and easily quaffed

Overall among my favorite milk stouts, can't wait to try the nitro version.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is fantastic stuff! I fell in love with this beer/dessert on nitro-tap several months ago, due to it's amazing smoothness and creamy mouth feel and lovely, yet not-overpowering sweetness.

I tried this milk stout in the non-nitro bottle and was pretty disappointed because it was not the same as the nitro. However the Nitro bottle is just about as good as nitro tap and goes down so, so easily and is delicious as a milk stout.

Sometimes I want my stout to be intense, heavily roasty, and exceedingly deep in flavor, but this is not what beer is all about. It really excels at being easy, yummy, and smooth. Even a few of my friends who only drink commercial macro beers tell me this one is awesome! How about that?

Do yourself a favor and give this one a try! You won't regret it.
P.S. It is beautiful when poured vigorously into a pint glass and This one is easy to find in Chicago as of right now.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. nitro bottle into a snifter.

The pour is a dark brown molasses color with a small off white cap. Nothing impressive from the nitro.

The aroma is much more muted than in the regular bottle. Smoked and dark roasted malts, some chocolate and milk sugar.

The flavor is soft, flat, and a shell of the original beer, without any benefit in the mouthfeel. It is light, somewhat watery, and just a little bit smooth. There is roasted malt, some chocolate, and sweet, creamy lactose, but the whole thing just comes off flat. The finish has a soft, slightly synthetic flavor to it.

At least with Guinness there is a cascading effect with the creamy head. The appearance, aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are worsened by the nitro.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I Poured it fast to give it the cascading effect, which didn't last too long, but it worked. Medium body, color is dark brown nearly black with a nice fluffy creamy tan head.
Smells like mocha, coffee, some desert spice, very sweet and desertlike
The taste is light. I taste creamy mocha coffee, a little biter dark chocolate hint of alcohol at the end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, the nitro bubbles are so small and make for a very unique feel to this beer

It tastes like a desert, its sweet and delicious yet very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a nice mocha head. Aroma and flavor follow suit and are both great; roasty, coffee, chocolate, cream, and some lactose sugars. Great mix of roasty, sweet, and some bitter (i.e. think coffee like bitter, not hoppy). A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into stouts. As good today as it was back then.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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