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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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5,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,221
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 155
Gots: 381 | 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:

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 AdmiralDiaz


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to nonic.

A: Very dark brown with an off-white head about two fingers. Some lacing but mostly from the initial pour.

S: Smells very milky with coffee and roasted malts.

T: Tastes just as it smells, strong milk and roasted malts with a bitter coffee finish.

Overall Pretty good, fits the style well and is very creamy and smooth with little carbonation. Too think to drink more than maybe two of though.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 07:21:14 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of mralphabet


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown/black with a hint of red thin head, with big bubbles.

S: Toffee, sweet milk, chocolate and coffee.

T: The Milk flavor is right there... with coffee and sweet chocolate right in the mix... malt flavors hit you in the end and the after tastes is a little bitter more milk to finish things up.

M: Medium bodied with an almost syrupy feel, but not too thick. Nice carbination to boot...

D: Nice 'n Sweet, flavors are nicely mixed.... Second favorite Milk Stout, after Duck Rabbit.... Well with trying and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:11:43 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Chugmonkey


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

Looks exactly like you'd expect - black, nice tan head with great retention.

Taste is very smooth, milk chocolaty, little roasty, some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy - you totally savor it before swallowing.

No annoying anything going on here, a very nice balance. I will be trying this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:32:01 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of bataround


3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice black patent scent, but not much else. It has a rather dry aroma. The taste is above average. It has a rich black malt flavor with a dry, yet slightly sweet finish. It is very dark and hides the lactose addition. It's not as sweet as other milk stouts I've had. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with a little lacking in carbonation. This is a decent stout, but nothing more. It has a one sided flavor and aroma and is undercarbonated. It's one and done for me

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 20:54:48 | More by bataround
Photo of DousedInStout


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown with a small head. The head dissolves almost immediately, and leaves a thin tan lacing. The aroma is sweet and dark chocolatey, with a touch of caramel. Milk chocolate is the first taste, then a mild bitterness from the hops comes in. I get a hint of dark cherries in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and carbonation is a bit harsh.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 22:18:17 | More by DousedInStout
Photo of djeucalyptus


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one!

pours a rich caramel brown building to a near-black in glass. Raisin highlights at the edge. A thin half-finger light mocha head emerged before fading to a very light ring that deposited a spot of lace here and there.

aroma is rich and vibrant, with strong roasted malt dominating. Caramel aroma, hinting at burnt toffee sweetens nicely. hints of cocoa and chocolate come through, as does a bit of roasted coffee beans. more of a roasty and caramel character than other milk stouts.

Deliciously sweet, roasted malts intermingle with hints of milk chocolate and mocha. hints of burnt caramel and coffee. A touch of hop bitterness prevents it from being too sugary. Fairly simple with just enough going on to be interesting - deliciously so.

Mouthfeel is solid. A touch light as far as sweet stouts go, but i'm not complaining. None of the cloying slickness or syrupiness that some have. Clean, a touch crisp, and moderate carbonation suits perfectly.

Delicious and drinkable. Definitely glad I have a few more bottles of this one. A bit different from other milk stouts I've had, but in a good way. More roasty, woody, and charred, and a bit less syrupy and chocolate-bar sweet. Definitely could have a few more right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 22:11:22 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black, head maxes out around 1/2" then dissipates immediately with pretty much no lacing at all. Smell is dense and acidic, taste is immediately coffee, toffee, and milk chocolatey. Mouthfeel is medium for a stout but has an acidic, alcohol overtone. Drinkability is just average on this one, there are much better stouts to be had.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 04:56:50 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of theBubba

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnt umber colour with a 1/8 inch head that disappears immediately. The reviewer that sited a 2 finger head must have poured this baby a foot and a half from his glass. Lace is minimal if at all. The smell and taste is all about coffee and dark chocolate. Very smooth on the palate, perhaps a little too (missing a bit of carbonation). A tad on the sweet side, but overall a very friendly stout with a lot more character than a typical import such as Murphys. But in fairness, you could drink a few more Murphys than Left Hands. Character takes its toll.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 03:52:06 | More by theBubba
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a glass mug. Pours pitch black with dark brown highlights and an almost nonexistent ecru head.

S - A bit meek, but it mainly smells of dark coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Sweet, dark chocolate, coffee. A pleasant, lactic quality takes the edge of the bitter dark chocolate/coffee tinge. The aftertaste is not bad, and tastes like a Starbucks iced coffee sold in convenience stores.

M - Medium bodied and low carbonation.

Notes - This is a tasty, cocoa-essenced, lactic stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 01:41:58 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark cola pouring forms a rich, mocha head that quickly drops to a thin layer and slight lacing.

Opens with bittersweet chocolate, followed by mocha, toll-house cookies, molasses and mint.

Light bitterness and some smoke are followed primarily by wheat bread. The flavor profile was less complex than hinted by the aroma.

This beer has a creamy, light body with soft carbonation, and, by the way, did I say creamy?

Left Hand has provided a session beer to be enjoyed with friends. Bring this one on. While it may be slightly off style, it certainly is tasty and well worth another go.

Date consumed: 12 August 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:57:07 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Diagoras


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And they say brevity is the soul... of wit? Wheat? What? Well, here's to Left Hand Milk Stout.

In a bottle,
creamy cocoa laces

I'd definitely buy this one again and again. Much better than Cats. Good all the way around-- except for the slight hoppy twang at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 02:01:21 | More by Diagoras
Photo of bigdeuce


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour, nice pillowy head. Opaque coloured as it should be. A bit off on the smell, hard to discribe, pretty average for the style. Nice lacing down the glass. Pretty thick beer, a bit of hop twinge on the backend. Chocolatey, coffee-like malt. Highly drinkable. Nice offering, I will get this more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 23:26:27 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Damian


3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Miracle of Science Bar & Grill, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a transparent near black with a small, creamy, coffee colored head that faded to a thick ring of froth. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was rather mild. Semi-sweet with subtle coffee and caramel notes. A bit of roast came through as well.

The taste was smooth yet robust. Sweet up front with milk chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Creamy, lactose notes also came through strong. Caramel malts were noticeable as well. Black coffee appeared in the center. The slightly roasty finish was clean and semi-sweet.

The mouthfeel was fuller bodied. Smooth and creamy with a fine yet lively carbonation.

This is a decent milk stout but not one that I would necessarily seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 18:29:31 | More by Damian
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Poured a reddish-black, with 1F head dropping to a film - and lite lacing.

Smelled of dark chocolate and black licorice, as well as some espresso as it warmed.

Taste seemed like 'cooked chocolate' or a slightly burned dark chocolate brownie, finished off with a pleasantly smokey aftertaste.

Pretty smooth MF, with a little carbonation which seemed to throw me off, given the style.

This is not heavy - it's an easy drinker ... tasty and smooth all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 02:45:48 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of brewintheLou


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice two finger head.

Smell is a very light sweet smell.

Taste is very nice for about one beer, but a little too sweet to drink muliple. Reminds me of chocolate milk. Slight hint of roasted malt. Not too chewy, and would go great with a chocolate desert.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2009 00:54:36 | More by brewintheLou
Photo of lackenhauser


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color. There is just a faint ruby sort of highlight around the edges when held to the light. Nice foamy head. Deep, almost a vanilla sweetness to the aroma. Creamy malt flavor. Sweet, roasted malt. Any hop bitterness is minimal the malt really shines thru. Slight chocolate tinge. I love the silky, creamy flavor. Body is a tad thin considering the creamy flavor I would expect more. A great beer- I could make an easy evening of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 00:04:13 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of thain709


3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice black body...the head is a very light brown...it's also a very small head that does not stick around for long...the color was my favorite part of the beer

S - Sour milk...with notes of chocolate coming through

T - First I get a nice taste of chocolate milk...then it's a bitter after taste which tastes like sour chocolate milk

M - Pretty creamy

D - I'm sorry but I was not impressed...I like milk stouts but I don't know if this bottle was bad or not...the date was fine...maybe I'll have to give it another shot at some point down the road

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 18:50:01 | More by thain709
Photo of gford217


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa lackenhauser poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with mahogany hints coming through the edges. The head is small and lingers as a ring leaving no lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with chocolate and hints of lactose. There are subtle roasted dark malt whiffs in the background to balance the sweetness.

The taste also starts with the big milky, chocolaty sweetness which dominates the dark malt base. The finish has a slight hop bitterness that lasts through the finish.

The mouthfeel is good, if not slighly thin for the style. It's creamy with lots of carbonation and goes down easy.

This is a very sessionable stout that is only held back on drinkability by the dominance of the sweetness. Still, a very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:34:55 | More by gford217
Photo of hoplover82


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This sweet stout pours black with a light tan head that gives wofts of chocolate... yeah mainly chocolate aroma. The head dissapates faster than you can say "milk stout"! Leaves ok lacing.

Feels kinda light.. no it's just real sweet. I like it.

The malts shine here....can't indicate any hops but I know they are in there. Knock knock..."who's there?" Need more hops, that's who!

It's kinda cloying. Pretty decent sweet stout though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 20:23:25 | More by hoplover82
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/6/08. Bottle. Pours a black with a small white head. Aroma strongly of coffee, some chocolate. Flavor of coffee, bitter roast, and a sort of a parmesean cheese taste that I'm not sure what to attribute to. At first this was just ok, but it did grow on me a little.
8/4/6/3/14 (3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:45:32 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of magictrokini


3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First offering I've had from Left Hand, and I liked it. Dark, dark brown with a tan head. Sweet aroma of cocoa and cream, almost like a hot chocolate. Smooth, sweet taste as well, with some roasted malts and chocolate milk. Very close to a watery milkshake. Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 18:14:49 | More by magictrokini
Photo of beersheppard


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

Appearance: dark ruby color with a light brown head, good lacing.

Smell: leche, coffee, chocolate.

Taste: creamy, chocolate, coffee., roaty malts

Mouthfeel: creamy, substantial.

Drinkability: easy to drink. This would be a great stout for a beginner. Good flavor very drinkable due to the creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 06:02:47 | More by beersheppard
Photo of colts9016


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark stout with a tan head. The smell is of cream sugar chocolate, malt and a hint of vanilla. the taste is of malt, chocolate milk brown sugar, a bit of floral and vanilla and spice. Very velvety creamy mouth feel. A smooth finish that has a hint of bitterness. I Like this beer very much

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 21:07:42 | More by colts9016
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Left Hand Milk Stout....

Appearance-thick brown/black with a thin ringed head. Big bubbles but low carbonation.

Smell-toffee, sweet milk, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-thin almost syrupy feel, milk flavors come out, alcohol is well hidden, malts make an appearance late in the taste with one last rush of fusel sweetness.

Drinkability-sweet, light, flavorful.

Overall-a well made Milk Stout, light, sweet and easy to drink, well worth a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:47:56 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of HomebrewPgh


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

Yet another damn good beer from Left Hand. I didn't care for the first few I tried but these last ones are dead on. Aroma of vanilla, milk and malt. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin light tan ring of a head. The taste was delicious. Milky and sweet with nice carbonation and just the right mouthfeel. Milk, vanilla and roasted malt in the front and a creamy aftertaste. I love sweet stouts and this is a great one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 10:11:15 | More by HomebrewPgh
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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