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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

5,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,610
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 173
Gots: 534 | 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:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

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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Photo of rawfish
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown almost black like coffee with some brown highlights. Makes a small 1 finger fluffy head that leaves good lacing, stouts and porters are always beautiful beers.

Nose is rather light not much here, obvious roasted malt but not much else under laying that maybe some zest from the hops.

Taste is big, and looms ever larger compared to the tiny profile of the nose. Espresso beans, powerful coffee flavor with chocolate and it all is blended together so nicely. Sweet but silky. Some bitterness and acidity on the aftertaste, not sure if it comes from the hops or the roasted malt but it's there to balance out the sweetness.

Medium to full body, typical of a stout, the carbonation keeps it from staying exceptionally creamy and smooth through the drink and could be toned down a touch.

Delicious brew but big body combined with massive taste profile and sweetness lends itself to limiting drinkability. Like sugars on the food pyramid, tastes great but use sparingly.

rawfish, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of horshack7
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: With a rocky foamy head about an inch in height. Beneath that is a mass of darkness. There is decent lacing as the head thins out.

Aroma: Malts that are roasted very dark. Notes of raw sugar and strangely a little bit of milk malt towards the end. The hops produce a citrusy aroma with some roasted notes as well.

Taste: Chocolate malts with a smooth creamy mouthfeel like melted chocolate. Solid dark roasted coffee notes. Nice dark roasted hops to top it off.

Notes: Not too bad of sweet stout. Cheers.

horshack7, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown, black appearance once in the glass. Thick khaki head, dissipates quickly into moderate lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and espresso beans, sweet cream, oats, dark chocolates, and caramel. Very balanced aroma. Black pepper and maybe some fruity zest involved.

T: Not far from the nose. Roasted coffee and espresso beans. Bittersweet dark chocolates. Sweet heavy cream and oatmeal are big in the flavor as well. A small amount of dry hops mix with the chocolate flavors to make it just bitter enough to give a new layer to the flavor. Chocolate, coffee and milky aftertaste.

M: Milky and sweet. Medium carbonation, Medium to full bodied throughout.

D: Fantastic. The brew is unique, and layered in it's flavor, though not too complex. I just wish it was a bit less carbonated: My only criticism. Love this beer.

YouSkeete, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of feylure
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've really been loving what Left Hand has been doing lately, so I decided to try one of their staple brews. Bottled on 1/24/11

Appearance is what a stout should be. Dark, almost pitch black but brown around the edges with moderate carbonation.

Smell is great. Malty, sweet and almost like a dark chocolate aroma.

Taste is also great. It builds on the sweet smell with notes of smokey, malty sweetness. Tail is a milky, smokey taste that is lovely. Carbonation works well with the taste, doesn't overpower it.

Mouthfeel is the only thing I want more out of. It almost feels light the whole way around. I'd like it to be more full. Maybe something for me to look forward to in an imperial stout from Left Hand?

This is a very drinkable, well made brew. I'll definitely be getting it again!

Cheers

feylure, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown with massive off white head that sits nicely. The lacing coates the glass and sticks with each sip. The nose really doesnt offer much on this one. A little roasted malt with a tad bit of coffee. Thankfully, the taste is bringing more to the table. Creamy roasty goodness with faint coffee and cocoa tastes. A bit of smoke outlines the brew throughout. Very creamy and rich mouthfeel make this worthwhile for sure. Super drinkable on top of that.

ChugginOil, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A - Opaque black, even when held up to the light, 1 finger tan head is quite viscous and shows nice lacing 3.5
S - heavy toasted/burnt malts and coffee 3.5
T - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes with a bitter very slightly sweet finish 3.5
M - whole milk with a robust smoothness even with relatively intense flavors, mild carbonation 3.5
D - Surprised at its drinkability as a Stout, I will have another. This brew middles towards a Porter? Does not feel heavy. 4
Drinkability of this Stout is very nice with a good taste. A notable brew. If you are a Stout lover a must try, if not...

rsdaugherty, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been seeing this more around mass and I am glad. It poured out black with a two finger thick tan head. More than just head it looked like cream. It stayed around for the whole pint and my girlfriend kept trying to draw stuff in it.

The nose was a lot of dark roast and lactic acid. Some hints of coffee and milk chocolate sweetness. A faint spicy hop backing.

Milk chocolate roasted sweetness. Some vanilla coffee flavors and a nice mellow roasted bitterness. A big thickness but goes down extremely smooth.

DrinkingDrake, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Frostedluck
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with very little head and minimal lacing. Color is very dark, almost black.

Smell is strong of coffee. Hint of chocolate and earth.

Taste is soft and smooth at first, with pungent and somewhat surprisingly bitter aftertaste. Sort of a salt & pepper theme going on.

Mouthfeel is almost slimey.

I enjoy variety in my beer and this is a tasteful and pleasant beer to enjoy, but probably not something I would keep in my icebox in the future.

Frostedluck, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of TheNewBrew88
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark, almost but not quite black, brown with a tan head. Head is fairly small, leave a little lacing.Smell a bit like coffee and hints of caramel. Taste is chocolate, faintly roasty and some kind of malt. Mouthfeel is some what heavy and silky smooth. one stout i would buy from time to time.

TheNewBrew88, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, opaque in clarity, with a minimal, fast receding, creamy tan head.

S: A nice roasted malt aroma with a milk chocolate & cream-like sweetness.

T: A nice light roasted coffee malt flavor with hints of milk chocolate, followed by a slight hop bitterness. There's a medium sweetness from the lactose that lasts into the finish as well as vanilla.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, thin body, light carbonation.

D: This one is would be easy to drink 3-4 of . A bit light on the body that I think affects the flavor, but it's still very enjoyable. Nothing too amazing, but worth the try.

BrewCrew2010, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. I noticed it was bottled on my birthday. Cool.

A-Pours a deep black. Decent look, not the best, but good.

S-Malty with a super sweet chocolately smell.

T-Very chocolatey upfront, milky with small coffee notes on the back end.

M-A tad watery, almost like you're drinking a glass of milk.

D-Very drinkable. Goes down real easy.

Overall a decent milk stout, but nothing too special. Would like to see what else Left Hand has to offer.

danmcg62, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Brooks44
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from the bottle near black with a small head that disipated quickly well before the second sip. Barely any lacing was left on the glass.

S. I could smell roasted malt notes and alittle sweetness.

T. Roasty at the start. Has a slight coffee note from the roasty character. Slight chocolate flavor can be tasted aswell.

M. My favorite part of this beer and the style. Creamy and full bodied throughout. One of the creamier feeling beers ive had from this style. Exceptional.

D. Found this to be a very drinkable stout. Alot of stouts are great but you might not have more then one or two of them in a night. This isnt in that category.

I went to a bar out in the berkshires to go to a DFH rarities promotion that was being held (huge DFH fan). I had world wide stout for the first time there and liked the LF milk stout much more. I highly recommend this beer to any stout lover. You will not be dissapointed.

Brooks44, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of shanetemple
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark color with a small head. I love the taste of milk stout. Chocolate with hints of coffee. I have not had anything I don't like by left hand, so if you have not tried their beers, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or 12.

shanetemple, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of alli4051
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark, dark, almost but not quite black, brown with a tan head. Head is fairly small, dissipates quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing. Scent is coffee and hints of caramel. Taste is milk chocolate, faintly roasty and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky smooth. A good stout that doesn't have that cloyingly sticky finish that some do, which makes it very drinkable.

alli4051, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Oldscramch
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, as dark as you can get before it's black. Highlights are lighter amber brown, like flat cola. Light ring of head, no lacing.

Smell: Smells like coffee, caramel, and chocolate. It even smells sweet.

Taste: Delicious! Taste follows the smell, but with a hint of cream promised by the style.

Mouthfeel: AS heavy as I expect and want from a stout, creamy.

Drinkability: Most definitely will drink this beer again.

Oldscramch, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The "bottled on" section is blank but at least it has the new label.

A: It pours a coke-like black but is red and transluscent in light with a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly but laces okay.

S: Milk chocolate, light roastiness, and not much else.

T: Light coffee, milk chocolate, a little vanilla, and faint cereal. This might be the weakest and most basic "stout" I've ever had.

M: The body is rather thin and mildly creamy with low carbonation.

D: This is certainly disappointing because of its lack of complexity and body. It is akin to a weak chocolate porter.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/almost black in body with cappuccino head. Aroma of cocoa, slight coffee, cream. Tastes of cocoa nibs, cream, slight spice. Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Great mouthfeel on this beer, definitely the standout characteristic. Nice subtle flavors and easy drinkin.

JRed, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date stamped on label. Poured a deep brown to black - much like a cola - with orange and red highlights. The head did not yield much but a quickly fading off white head.

The semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar is quite evident as well as a unique spiciness almost like nutmeg.

The flavor is very balanced with a sharp chocolate flavor, not too sweet though. The mild roastiness rounds out the taste. The brewers wanted to make this very drinkable by adding enough hops to counter the sweetness. Even as the stout warms, it never beomes cloying. The taste also has a very slight of cinnamon similar to a capucino.

The mouthfeel seems just right: not heavy, but solid emough to leave a lasting, pleasant taste on the palate. The carbonation does not detract from the chocolate or other subtle flavors.

As my score indicates, this is a good stout in all categories; a very quaffable stout for a late, cool winter day.

jkrich, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish black, typical of a stout. but not as dark and thick as some others. has a nice pinky sized head that leaves a light lace
As i poured this away from my face, I totally smelled the coffee in this. Dark chocolate notes, and coffee present. sugary smell as well.
Taste of coffee at first that fades to chocolate. the bitterness tends to kick in after. just wonderful.
Very well balanced and a exquisite description of a really good stout. reminds me a lot of Young's double chocolate stout.
not too strong that you cant drink a few. Very smooth is all i can say really about this beer.

IIKaRuII, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Nerdmom
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a solid milk stout. With a strong malted aroma followed by hints of coffee and, chocolate and a pinch of fruit. Balanced malty flavor with a strong dose of coffee, very mild hop aftertaste. First pour out of the fridge was a bit too cold and carbonated. Let this one breathe for about 20 minutes minimum before you taste

Nerdmom, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of rpardon7
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brownish black with a thin tight tan head that dissapated quiclky. The smell upfront was roast coffee and hints of roasted grain and semi sweet chocolate. Taste is sweet malt upfront, chocolate and a bit of roast from the grain and small bite from the hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and light not as heavy as I would have expected a milk stout. Drinkability is high, very good brew not overpowering but nice and sweet like you want a milk stout. Not the best milk stout but good.

rpardon7, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Approaching black with a sticky tanned head. Damn fine look, much better than I remember. Once the foam is gone, the lacing is pretty weak, but still. Nose is as weak as I remember, sadly, with only a faint hint of coffee, with chocolate and chalk following up.

The flavor a little more, fortunately. Sweet and lactic notes buttress an espresso-like bitterness. Cream notes mingle with the coffee, slight hint of herbal hops. The finish is pretty wet and sticky. Far from bitter, the sweetness dominates the day. Not bad for drinkability, but I wish Left Hand would have stepped up and brewed a more challenging brew for this style.

BretSikkink, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of lsrose
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6 pack of this one. It doesn't pour with a lot of head, but it keeps a solid layer throughout the drink which is nice.

It has a pleasing dark malty smell of coffee.

Drinking it has some solid coffee tastes. It has some bite late when the hops come through.

Overall this is a nice beer with some good taste that I will drink some more.

lsrose, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. A black body with some ruby around the edges is the look for this one. A tan head that settles quickly. Left undisturbed...some nice lacing develops and sticks (likely due to the lactose stickiness).

S: Not super strong but there is a sweet roasted aroma with some faint dark chocolate notes. Like a weak chocolate milk perhaps.

T: Roasted malts up front on the taste. Not overly heavy but there. The middle to finish is a distinct milky sweet taste with a tang on the end. There are lingering sweetness and roasted flavors.

M: Lighter in body than your average stout but this is a different bird. There is a lingering lactose stickiness that is not unexpected and therefore pleasant enough.

D: A very delicious brew. Very balanced for what it is. Certainly one of the best sweet stouts I recall having. A winner.

Brunite, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Jameskorte
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go with a milk stout and first swing af a beer advocate review. Was pleasantly surprised by the taste.

Dark brown in color with no head. Felt thin in comparison to the hoppy pale ales I am accustomed to. Overall a good beer--lookIng forward to the drinking the remaining 5 bottles!

Jameskorte, Feb 15, 2011
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,610 ratings.