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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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5,192 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,192
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 152
Gots: 373 | FT: 4
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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

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Photo of champ103


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with a bit of ruby around the edges. A small white head forms with light lace.
S: Some roasted malt, metallic and bland.
T: Roasted malt with some chocolate and milk. Typical for the style, and not very complex.
M/D: A full body that is a bit over carbonated for my tastes. Chalky and chewy. Pretty easy and smooth to drink. I don't thing I would session this, but the pint I had went down without a problem.

A decent stout. Nothing overly complex, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 23:47:33 | More by champ103
Photo of MarzenMan


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer.

A - Dark black as it should be. Very small head and maybe a little lacing.

S - I'm going to review this as it was served but I'm not sure it was right. There was a slight roasty smell but it was overpowered by an odd medicinal? smell.

T - Again the taste is overpowered by an odd medicinal sort of characteristic. Is that from the lactose or does this sample have problems? The rest of the flavor is pretty typical, not too dark. Kind of lightly roasted and smooth chocolate flavor.

M - Nice creamy feel.

D - Call me crazy but even with the odd flavor this beer seemed very drinkable. I'm not sure what that overpowering characteristic was but it didn't ruin it for me. It was just different. I'd like to try another sample.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 23:52:29 | More by MarzenMan
Photo of akokandy


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer pours black in color, with a little red-brown on the edges where the light comes through.

S-The smell is simple: sweet malt and roastiness.

T-Starts off sweet and moves to roasted barley and chocolaty malt. It sound complex how I explain it, but it tastes simple and wholesome.

M-This beer is pretty thin, but leaves a kind of film over your mouth, not unlike whole milk. I kind of liked it.

D-Filled me up pretty quick, but that only made me drink the next one that much slower. I found myself wanting another.

A simple, dependable, straightforward beer. Not the most complex, but worth having a six-pack every couple months.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 21:02:17 | More by akokandy
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

Brown 355ml bottle obtained from Utobeer in Borough Market, London. One in a mixed bag of Colorado beers I picked up some time ago (in exchange for a lot of money). Thanks ColoradoBobs for your help in choosing the beers.

Dark black colour with a light tan head, the beer had a red hue at the edges when offered to the light. I used my Westmalle Chalice to drink from.

The taste and aroma came across like this. Choose one or all of these, Toasted malts, Roasted coffee, Burnt caramel. Mix them up and leave your favourite, that is what I found anyway.

Sweet at first, it became a more like a bitter dark chocolate bar towards the end of the taste.

Strange one this, not rich or really creamy as a true Milk Stout should be. An OK beer, but missing something in its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 18:57:41 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of jlaplume76

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint

Deep ruby to almost black, nice color, thick tan head, dispispated quickly, minimal lacing, not unattractive in the glass

I picked up the coffee smell immediately, Ripe fig, bitter chocolate undertones there's something else I cant seem to put my finger on....

Very malty, a bitter/sour taste (not unpleasent though) coppery flavor at the back of my throat, melts into a malt/coffee/chocolate as it warms

Mouthfeel:a little to carbonated for me, but not over carbonated for the style, creamy feel, could be "thicker"though

I love the initial flavor, I enjoy the "sourness" and coffee flavor. as I continue to drink them they get less and less impressive though, I think this would make a top shelf session beer though, I plan on sharing this with friends at our next tasting

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:59:32 | More by jlaplume76
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a dark ruby brown more then black, even though looks black at a glance. Sports a nice brown head that falls and leaves some lace behind. Not over dark but good looking.

Aroma is nice sweet chocolate milk, coffee and fruits all mingled together. Nice inviting good aroma.

Taste is sweet as should be, nice smooth sweetness to start then coffee and light roasted notes appear along with dark fruit notes. Finish is lightly bitter more coffee related then hops in flavor.

Mouthfeel only medium little light for stout but smooth feeling along carbonation is strange seems smooth but adds little tingle on tongue like its not so smooth. As sweet as this seem like it should have little bigger body.

Drinkability is good though nice enjoyable easy drinking stout not over complex or kick you in the ass you nice smooth easy drinking. Make a good choice for nice evening session brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 20:27:51 | More by mntlover
Photo of mnj21655


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. bottled 08 28 08.

Pours a pretty darn black color with some ruby hints at the edges and a minimal and short lived tan head. Smell is quite nice. At first this beer smells overwhelming sweet but the quickly fades and this beer evens out a bit with roasted notes become dominant through not overpowering. Coffee and a bit of cocoa are present with a very nice cream-like sweetness lingering in the background. Taste is like the aroma. Roasted flavors are dominant and take on cocoa and coffee notes (in the order). Bitterness is just sjy of moderate and sweetness is moderate making for an interesting finish where the attenuation of the beer as well as the roasted grains combine for a drying effect while the added lactose provides sweetness. Overall this is a bit more on the roasted side but the sweetness shines through a bit more at times. Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a bit light or the style with what I'd characterize as only a medium body despite the residual sugars for the lactose. The lactose seems to enhance the body a bit but this still seems a bit thin. Carbonation is spot on at a low-moderate level. Drinkability is quite good. I think that the more moderate body, while a bit light for the style helps make this a bit more quaffable. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, its easy drinking and well balanced yet interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 20:24:37 | More by mnj21655
Photo of erikm25


3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darkened opaque brown. As it sits in the glass there is blood red hue that tints through the bottom of the glass. Medium caramel brown head recedes quickly. Lacing sticks around the rim and keeps to the end.

S: Smells of roasted nuts, brown sugar, and coffee. Made me think of freshly brewed morning coffee with cherries soaking in the pot. Hints of warm chocolate milk and ripened dark fruits slathered in vanilla cream.

T: Immediate and pronounced tastes of chocolate and coffee. Thickly roasted with a milked and creamed backbone. Toasty sweet and smoky rich with a searing spice ending. Cocoa and cappuccino tastes disguise any hints of alcohol. Slight tang finish.

M: Medium and silky mouth feel. Carbonation was a little high.

D: Impressive offering that coupled smoothly with Skeletonwitch on the eve of the coolest holiday.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:47:24 | More by erikm25
Photo of kinger


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice stout, lean but decent nonetheless. Roasted aroma with a kick of sweetness, sugary and appealing. Poured a semi-transparent dark brown, medium head that quickly dwindled and no lacing. Thin for a stout but he smoothness helps alleviate this. Flavor is good, creamy and sweet which really counters the roasted bitterness. Not blown away but it's a very drinkable tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:24:50 | More by kinger
Photo of cjohnson

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that looks pretty murky, but is actually surprisingly translucent held up to the light. Some orange-red highlights on the edges. On an aggressive pour I got about two fingers worth of nice, light cappuccino colored head that faded really quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

The smell really reminds me of chocolate milk, but there's also a little bit of a coffee smell going on too. Overall the smell is pleasant, though pretty mild.

This tastes kind of what I would imagine chocolate flavored cream to taste like. Overall the chocolate flavors aren't too strong, and certainly not overwhelming -- not a sweet stout for sure. As the beer warmed up some more roasted malt and coffee flavors started to come through, with just a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most milk-like thing about this beer. It's light, but also creamy; smooth and velvety.

Overall a very drinkable beer, that's a bit creamier than some other milk stouts I've had. Not my favorite stout, not even my favorite milk stout, but a good one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:35:05 | More by cjohnson
Photo of schellsbeer


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

Overall, a very good beer. What got me hooked was how SMOOTH and CREAMY this beer was.

Fantastic. I have tried Milk stouts before only to discover that they were made from Buttermilk but his one on the other hand was made from cream.

This beer is by far one of the Richest and Creamiest beers I have ever had. Thank you.

However, the taste and smell are not as complex as some other beers found in this category.

Overall, excellent choice!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 05:54:11 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of DoctorDog


2.1/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a mug. "Bottled On" date stamped as 06. 04. 08.

A- Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of tan head, which fades rapidly, leaving a bit of a soapy ring during consumption. Slight lacing.

S- Overwhelmed by a moderately unpleasant grassy/earthy aroma that (unfortunately) reminds me of the odor of canned spinach. Somewhat funky, and completely devoid of the coffee/chocolate/roasty undertones that I was anticipating. Borderline awful.

T- Much like the smell. The unpleasant "canned spinach" flavor overwhelms. Again, borderline awful.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Fairly smooth. Decent.

D- Very low, IMO. I will be unable to finish this bottle....

Future outlook: Barring unforeseen circumstances, repeat business not expected to occur. Thankful to have purchased only a single.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 04:12:48 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of GilGarp


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Milk stout served on tap at the brewery.

It has a very dark brown color with good clarity. There is excellent creamy white head with great lacing left behind.

Aroma is lacking with only a slight sweet/roasty smell to it.

Flavor is very roasty and rich in coffee. There is a real sweetness to it but it's actually very pleasant. Whereas most overly sweet beers are unpleasant, this one is just right. Good malty flavors balance well with the bitterness from the coffee.

It has a creamy, silky mouthfeel which is just great. If I didn't know better, I would say it was from a nitro tap.

Overall a very drinkable beer that's easy on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 23:47:51 | More by GilGarp
Photo of seangroves


2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark with a dark brown head that dissipates almost instantly.

Very malty with strong hints of chocolate.

Very sour tasting at the beginning followed by maltiness with a dry aftertaste. The sourness is similar to that of milk and is very prevalent that gets stronger as the beer warms.

Highly carbonated with a light body feel.

This beer has a unique taste with the first few sips but the sourness gains the more you drink and near the end is nothing impressive nor desired. I would not drink another.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:31:39 | More by seangroves
Photo of tempest


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came out of a variety case. Pours pitch black with little bit of lacing.

This reminds me more of an oatmeal stout than a sweet/milk stout as there isn't much lactose flavor. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The aroma is rich with chocolate grains and fresh java. The flavor follows the same notes with a bit of milk chocolate, almost like hot chocolate, but with a mild, bitter black pepper finish. The body is neither too thick or thin, call it just right. There's a obvious roasted taste and bitter feel (in addition to the hops) and while I wouldn't drink this all night, it's good for a few pint fulls.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 22:00:07 | More by tempest
Photo of snaotheus


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand's Milk Stout is pretty good. It has a thick, heavy (almost sticky) feeling in your mouth with the characteristic milk stout sweetness. This is probably a terrific brew for Guinness drinkers with a sweet tooth. If you're looking for an imperial stout, you're looking in the wrong place.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 20:31:10 | More by snaotheus
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black, opaque, with a finger of light brown head. Moderate retention, falls to a thin cap with thick collar. Some minimal lacing.

S - Rich coffee aroma, more like when coffee is being brewed than just the beans/grounds. Oddly enough, I'm picking up some sort of fruit aroma in the background which I can only describe as coconut. A bit of an earthy undertone as well.

T - More coffee. At first there's a bit of sweetness, but the growing bitterness with the coffee flavor quickly phases this out. Mid palate a wonderful dark chocolate flavor combines beautifully with a touch of burnt coffee. An earthy taste prevails with a hint of unsweetened chocolate before a rather dry and slightly burnt-tasting finish.

M - Low carbonation and a thick, creamy, full body.

D - A solid, drinkable stout. Though not as sweet as I'd expected, it isn't over-the-top dry and provides a refreshing take on the style, emphasizing coffee over chocolate and caramel. Perhaps slightly off the beaten path, but a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 05:50:11 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of smc143


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

It poured out of the bottle into a pint glass very dark brown, almost black coffee. It had puffy and cappuccino-like head. The smell was awesome, like spiked sweet coffee in a glass. Some maltiness, coffee and hot cocoa-like scents.

Taste was sweet. No joke. Not candy-cloying, but definitely sweet. What I found astounding was the real milky taste and mouth feel. I liked the ever-so-slight dry, bitter finish.Overall just so smooth. Like chocolate milk. I will drink more.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 02:45:18 | More by smc143
Photo of clayrock81


3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black, thick body with a light tan head that died quickly and left minor lacings. A light malt smell, a little weak, and a tad funky. Medium to full-bodied, a smooth and semi-creamy mouth texture, there are some sweet and roasted malts in the taste but they are not overly prevelant. Not a bad beer at all, pretty good, but I was expecting more. Not the greatest of stouts (not meant to be a criticism).

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 16:42:36 | More by clayrock81
Photo of waltonc


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Left Hand brew I ever had (found it in a river in the Rockies, just like Busch) and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty milk stout. Very ordinary to look at. Smells very milk-stouty. Tastes great. Creamy, chocolatey cocoa puffs flavor, which melds perfectly with the mouthfeel. Combine all this with the low ABV and it's a highly drinkable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 03:22:02 | More by waltonc
Photo of Proteus93


3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with dark brownish amber highlights around the edges. Short, but creamy light tan head.

S: Huge lactose scent, almost a little too strong. Some coffee aromas float around in there. A bit of sourness - as in sour milk kinda thing, or the lactose aroma with a sour barley scent. Not wretched, but not great.

T: Flavour isn't so bad.. the lactose is big there, too. A sweet maltiness, along with very light chocolate and coffee flavours.

M + D: A nice shimmer of carbonation, and a reasonable creaminess - might have expected it to be a bit fuller, but it's still a decent feel. Not a big fave, but I'd give it another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 22:38:36 | More by Proteus93
Photo of erosier


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted dark malts, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of sweet milky aroma.
T: Tastes even better than the nose. Deep roasted malts hit first and then followed by sweet milky chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel.
M: Really smooth, relaxing, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable stout, definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 10:44:57 | More by erosier
Photo of wardough


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I seriously love this beer. I wish that I could have some ice cream with it.

A: Pours one-shade lighter than motor oil. If you took coca-cola and boiled it for 10 minutes, it would look like this. Nice. The strange thing is that there is no head at all.
S: Beautiful. Roasted malts. Chocolate. Hint of coffee.
T: It's a party in the mouth. Sweet chocolate. Roasted coffee. Followed by a touch of bitterness. Nice.
M: Light in body. Not alot of carbonation. This is the only drawback. On nitro, this would be alot creamier...but it's still damn good.
D: This is a very, very drinkable milk stout.
Highly recommended. Well done boys!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 02:43:57 | More by wardough
Photo of supercolter


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

Appearance is pretty good, a very dark black, with a slightly tan colored head and some lacing. Smell and taste are good. This tastes like sweet milky coffee, with a dry after taste that dissapates quickly. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 01:56:49 | More by supercolter
Photo of Rocko


2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The label and name got my attention. I haven't seen anything of the likes before. I had to try it out.

The brew is dark brown and had a nice head to begin with but it quickly bailed out. It looked pretty while it lasted though.

Nothing really impressing about the smell. It's kind of generic to me. Smoky...chocolate...

It tastes very smoky and alot of coffee. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while on the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is kind of watery. I can't say I really liked it.

After one of these I've had enough. On to something else.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 15:31:23 | More by Rocko
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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