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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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5,191 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,191
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 151
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 scottyshades


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer. Got one from Mellow Mushroom's tap selection in Delray Beach for about $4.25
A: Pours a rich deep black color with a beige head that leaves a nice lace on the glass

S: Awesome nose...heavy chocolate note, strong coffee note, maybe some subtle vanilla, roasted malts, and a sweet smell of cream

T: Tastes very similar to its smell...coffee dominates, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts...very rich, but not too heavy

MF: Surprisingly smooth...very silky going down with a clean aftertaste

D: Ehh, a little rich to be drinking more than one, however given its style, not bad

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 23:06:03 | More by scottyshades
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

What a surprise this one was. I expected this to be a watery "run of the mill" milk stout. I was wrong.

A- Dark black color with a brown tan head. Nice buildup of lacing all over my pint glass.

S- Smell was similar to that of a combination of chocolate and vanilla with a velvety smooth creamlike backbone.

T- Roasted coffee, toasted nuts, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, milk, cream. Yeah, its all there. And its all tasty. This is a great afterdinner beer for sure and would be wonderful with a chocolate cake.

M- Rich and thick, sticky, and anything but watery.

D- Due to the richness of the flavors, drinkability loses some points. Overall, this is an underrated beer that I will surely revisit again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 22:18:47 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of xenolithic


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

Eyes: Poured a jet black with a cola head that had an oily look to it. The final droplet of beer actually rolled around on the head a bit before sinking and making a hole in the half finger head. Up to the light, the body is black with a caramel glow to it. Minimal lacing and quick head dissipation.

Nose: Smells sweet and roasty. Milk Chocolates, not dark.

Taste: A pleasant but not overwhelming sweet taste. Roasty coffee and sweet milk chocolate coming through on the tongue here too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drink: Not exactly a session beer, but something I could enjoy one or two of after a big dinner as a "treat", which is what I'm doing now.

This is my first try of Lefthand Brewery that I got on a whim, and I will be back for more. Oh, and oddly enough, I reached for an amish cookie while I drank this. Made the perfect pair for me aside from 2%.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 22:04:27 | More by xenolithic
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

original review on 7/1 revewed from notes. 12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Opaque,black with a 2" fluffy/pillowy light tan head with good retention,leaving some thick webs of lace.

Sweet aromas with lots of cocoa (like hot chocolate milk) very roasty with toffee like carmell. Clean and pleasing.

Sweet taste upfront,chocolaty,toffee,carmell candy,dark chocolate taste prevail as the beer warms. Nice smooth finish woody/earthy with tangy bittersweetness and a touch of tartness.

Light bodied feel with and extra creamy ,airy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability from a milk stout,not a style i normally would drink more than a couple of.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:14:00 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of thisisshsas


3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark brown, coca cola like coloring.
S- Strong barley smell, very enjoyable to just sniff
T- medium malt taste, coffee roasted flavor eviden, but not overpowering. There is a slighr milky and hoppy after taste that came aprox. 30 seconds after drinking.
M&D- normal thickness for a stout, which means it feels quite feeling

Overall, a decent stout. I've never had a sweet stout before, but I think there are better stouts in the world. If someone offered it to me, I'd drink it without much of a thought.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 04:08:42 | More by thisisshsas
Photo of ryseone


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

Appearance: Nice dark roast with a creamy beige head coming to the typical milk stout ring
Aroma: Nice roasted oat and chocolate like malt blend with a little bittering hop
Taste: Holds the typical draft like quality of a milk stout with a surprising sweet coco oatty malt turns into a creamy bitter hop bouquet
Notes: A great complementing characteristic of malt and hop

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 22:37:44 | More by ryseone
Photo of Vancer


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle came from a Warrior summer sample pack. A nice blackish pour greeted me, topped with a tan cap. Chocolate malts transgress into the quaff, on the sweet dark chocolate side. Even some dark fruit pops up - plum and raison.

Grainy oats smooth this brew out, making it a very tasty and easy drinker, especially in the summer heat. Creamy and smooth body - Another fine Left Hand brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:01:25 | More by Vancer
Photo of Zadok


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

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in Kansas City.

A-Poured a dark roast coffee brown with a 1 inch head. Head was subtle off-white with a light tinge of brown.

S-Had a very deep rich smell of a sweet coffee bean and caramel.

T-Taste was delicious, borderline a malty cappacino.

M-Mouthfeel was very nice, a medium/heavy silk cream.

D-Very satisfied, will look foward to having another and/or trying some of Left Hand's other products.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 15:38:49 | More by Zadok
Photo of joshwlt


3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a brown one inch head in my mug. Been a while since I've had a stout. Burnt roasty smell with coffee, cocoa, and cream... a smokey, woody, hot cocoa almost. Taste- Kinda smokey... light coffee, a sorta creamy presence from whatever milk is present... Really the one word I can come up with this is smokey but I'll let it warm up to let it unfold... The cream flavor opens up more as it warms but again it's rather smokey with just a hint of lingering coffee bitterness and a tad minerally in the finish.... I can't really detect cocoa in the flavor as much as in the smell. I prefered my initial sniff of this stuff than it's taste. As far as drinkability I'd say it goes down pretty easily but I'm a bit dissapointed in the flavor... too much smoke, I was expecting milk chocolate... oh well

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 01:54:53 | More by joshwlt
Photo of Getinthevan


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time after hearing so many great things about it and needless to say, I got my money's worth.

Appearance was a very dark brown, almost black coffee-like color with a rich, sticky head and strong laciness, this stuff certainly came smooth right out of the bottle.

Smell was delicious. The faint aroma of sweet malts, coffee and cocoa came to mind as this beast of a stout finished simmering down in my glass.

Taste was great. Cocoa, sweet malts, milk, chocolate and many other tastes flowed througout the pallate of this great brew. On top of that, there was a nice bitter finish to go against the grain of the sweets. Certainly a terrific stout!

Mouthfeel was very good. Above everything, the flavors kept intact and for a stout, it was extremely smooth. It felt more like liquid chocolate milk than a beer. Certainly possessed great texture!

Drinkability is very top notch. I'd recommend drinking these on a Friday night with friends as well as serving it to people who want a nice, thick, satisfying brew. What a great stout!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 02:02:41 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a dark brown with a small head. No real lacing.

Smelt of roasted chocolate and coffee.

Was a crisp unsweet chocolate flavor with a roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was not bad, smooth and ended very dry, leaving you wanting more. Could drink a few of these but not too many.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 01:06:33 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

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

Purchased in Sweden from Systembolaget in Visby. Can't believe I had to leave the continent to catch this.

Pours a dark opaque brown with a dark tan head, roughly 1 cm.

Smells of a freshly started pot of coffee in the morning, with notes of breakfast cereal, and a recently doused campfire. I'm serious.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

The taste is coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and a touch of burnt chocolate chip cookie. A dab of honey appears after warming a bit. The aftertaste is chalky and bitter, leaving a dry, parched tongue.

A great beer. I'd definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 15:50:07 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of neenerzig


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with some deep amber ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. Tan head bout 2/3 inch when poured that eventually sets to a decent surface layer and nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass. Pretty decent lacing here. Aromas of chocolate malt and coffee are strongly present. not much else here smell wise. Has a sweet and roasted malty chocolate flavor upfront followed by a bit of bitter coffee flavor. Definitely has a lactic quality in the taste and mouthfeel. Has a smooth and creamy, slightly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A very enjoyable stout on this hot and humid night here in Cleveland.


Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 03:28:25 | More by neenerzig
Photo of cjgator3


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts with a good dose of coffee flavors, very nice. The taste is very smooth up front with nice dark roasted flavors with some dark bitter coffee and chocolate flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, Left Hand Milk Stout is a solid stout that is definitely worth a shot. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 04:37:17 | More by cjgator3
Photo of nrbw23


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice head that went away leaving a layer of bubbles. Also a light amount of lacing was left on the glass.

S- Sweet, roasted malts, tiny bit of coffee and some chocolate. Smells very sweet.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Roasted and chocolate malts blend extremely well. Light coffee flavor adds depth. Slightly sweet, very creamy with a slightly bitter after taste.

M- Medium to heavy in body, very low carbonation.

D- Not too bad but its not something I could drink all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2008 08:19:50 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Atron67


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

thanks to ph2001 for this in a trade as an extra!

A- pours a nice dark almost black that doesnt really let any light through. a tan head builds off on top, and slowly fell with a nice lacing on the side

S- sweet malty roasted and milky scents. pretty smooth light and tasty smelling

T- light roasted character, slight coffee tinge, but before it gets any bitterness the lactose comes in and keeps it sweet, smooth clean finish,

M- full body and clean light carbonation

D- pretty damn good, im into the dark beers right now, and in the hot weather really hits the spot without going too intense. solid drinking time

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 00:55:51 | More by Atron67
Photo of Matty1918


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deepsouth for this sample.

Pours a great dark beer with a massive tan foamy head that leaves a great deal of lacing. Great looking stout.

Aroma is of coffee at first with some great chocolate and sweet malt tones. Very nice aroma indeed.

Taste is of mocha very smooth and creamy. There's some nice coffee taste in there as well as it's hidden by the sweetness at first. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 22:05:51 | More by Matty1918
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a very dark brown with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with sweet chocolate

T - The chocolate is the dominant flavor roasted malt but mostly chocolate

M - This beer is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation to it

D - This is very easy to drink great taste and very smooth a little heavy to drink before I BBQ but it would be a good dessert beer worth trying

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 23:28:52 | More by armock
Photo of Tolann


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

A - Really dark in color. Somewhat red, but nearly opaque. Head is a dull white.

S - Roasty grains and chocolate. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Some caramel

T - Chocolate big time. Some of the roasted smell comes through the taste. Caramel notes

M - Medium body. Smooth and velvety. Little carbonation.

D - Too many might weigh down in your stomach. Otherwise quite good. I'll admit, I was scared of this one, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 06:08:54 | More by Tolann
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a bubbly cap of chalk white bubbles.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with some roasty grain notes, a bit of scorched sugar and a pint of chocolate milk.

Taste: Dark malts with a chocolate milk flavor. A bit of roastiness perks up. Crumbled fudge cookies. Medium sweetness. There's only a mild bitterness present, so the beer certainly remains on the sweet side. Finishes roasty and milky sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not bad! A flavorful, sweetish milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 17:11:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of chaunur


2.33/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this beer at a Reds game the other night so keep that in mind, Of course it was served in a plastic cup but still was a god pour with a nice dark color and a rich creamy head.
One sniff and I knew I was in trouble, didn't know this was a coffee stout, I hate coffee in all its forms, so obviously I didn't like this brew.
But having said that the beer was smooth and velvetly if you can get over the taste. As for drinkability if you like coffe in your beer,go for it

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 15:27:45 | More by chaunur
Photo of Goliath


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black and completely opaque with a large two finger light tan head with decent retention and no real lacing.

Aroma is nice with sweet malty tones showcasing mostly chocolate.

Taste is nice. Chocolate is the dominate flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, perfectly carbonated, and very creamy.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol and good flavor makes this beer easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 04:55:37 | More by Goliath
Photo of ajmoody76


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint. dark brown. good clarity. thin light brown head which thins. looks good.

roasty coffee. no off odors. smells pleasant.

bitter chocolate. very smooth. not a lot of bitterness. a little hop crispness and then smooth. chocolate aftertaste.

nice carbonation and a great full body. i really dig this beer. smooth. i would pay for more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 03:45:39 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of smellsofstout


4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color. Chocolate and mild roastiness in the aroma. Flavour is very nice with strong notes of milk chocolate and some roasty, coffee and sugary milk notes. smooth oh palate. Dry and sweet finish. I can definitely pillage this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 16:23:17 | More by smellsofstout
Photo of ph2001


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours smooth with thick foamy head that leaves quickly. near black, slivers of purple shade of red when held against light.

very smooth and creamy. a good malty sweetness to it that is balanced well with a slight bite. rich and velvety but very drinkable. one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 21:28:54 | More by ph2001
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