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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,873
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 182
Gots: 650 | 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:

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

The new Nitro version of their milk stout pours a nearly black, opaque beverage with a creamy beige but small (1/2 " or so) head.
Smells of chocolate, vanilla maltiness
It's a complex brew with enough hops to keep a bitter edge and a clean finish. All this makes it very drinkable.
The fine bubbles provide a great mouthfeel.

Left Hand claims that they have been working on this bottled nitro for years. They've accomplished a nice effect without adding any internal nitro gadgets which would have made recycling more difficult and added to production costs.

Photo of blakelive784
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz nitro-bottle served into a pint glass:

A - Pours a lovely black color with a light brown and very creamy head of two fingers. Lacing and retention are both amazing. Thank you nitro.

S - Amazing roasted malts, coffee and cream. Definite bitter chocolate notes present. Moderate strength and very inviting.

T - Creamy chocolate/roasted malts with a very enticing sweetness. Coffee comes through on the climax. Incredibly well built.

M - Silky smooth and wet. Full bodied. Ideal.

D - This beer was very good before, but the nitro took it to the next level. Almost exemplary for the style. Give it a try.

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

reviewing a six pack:

A: dark brown, with white lacing, served in pint glass, little to no head.
spare lacing, even after I swirled it some.

s: The lacto milk sweetness is more detectable in the bottle versus draft. Semi sweet Dutch like MILK chocolate nose. No hops of course as expected in the style. as it warms past 50F I do get some fresh sugar coffee whiffs.

T: Richer dark malty backbone that's gives a coffee/chocolate taste with more milk and sugar sweetness, this one seems to style. It coasts the mouth well and leaves a very pleasing after taste of sweet coffee, not really a milk chocolate taste though.

m: thin light body, refreshing though for the style. Some what flat but after fits the style. carbonation is on low side. If it was a little heavier I would like it more.

O: well all can go by is my taste buds, but this bottle version is night and day over the draft, maybe I just need to find another place to try these on draft, maybe....then again maybe I just hate draft beer. I do then to like bottles version better. Anyway I would buy this again. nice beer.

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

Pint (nitro) at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI

The pour is beautiful and cloudy that ends up pitch black in color with a solid two fingers of head that fades really slow. Lots of long-lasting lacing on the glass the whole time drinking.

Coffee smells abound and it tastes like the coffee and some chocolate. Lots of malty sweetness to it.

The mouthfeel is an excellent creamy smooth.

Overall, the Milk Stout was awesome, and I hope to have it off a nitro-tap again.

Photo of engagechad
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at Station 2 in Richmond, VA - pint

Pours amazing.. man.. nitro. yes.

massive pillow head and slow fading lace is just a damn beautiful thing. Smells nice and smooth and the taste follows, perfectly malty and thick almost like a desert. Mouthfeel is the star obviously because of the delivery, silky smooth like a milkshake.

If you've never had a milk stout on nitro just do it.. man o man

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

This beer is lack lustre at best in its original non-nitro bottle, but a repackaging of the beer as a nitro bottle (with a much improved label as well) has created a much better project. The beer is a favorite, desert cold weather beer at the tap room on nitro and they took the popularity to the bottle. It is a rich chocolatey milk stout with a medium sweetness. The flavor profile is fairly subdued and they is nothing revolutionary about the brew.
The color is dark/black imposing
The nose is underwhelming even for a stout with a slight roasted coffee/cream scent
The taste is strong enough to put off drinking it fast but not balanced enough for a real sipper.
The feel is certainly smooth as you would expect
Overall an average beer that is better from the nitro tap.

Photo of tjkinate
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too impressed with this one.

A: Damn near black bodied brew that was topped with a creamy subtle head that displayed decent retention.

S: Malty up front that fades into semi-sweet chocolate then coffee. No residual smell, backend reminded me of water.

T: Brew just tasted watered down to me. I have been drinking a lot of big stouts so I drank an obsidian stout from Deschutes to check my pallet. Nope, this brew is just watered down coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Thin, kinda dry.

O: Nothing else to report.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Nitrogenated on Tap*

Left hand Milk Stout pours a deep dark ruby brown (appears black until held up to a light). The head is off white but super frothy.

Its smell is pretty typical and stout-like (roasted malts), the strength is pretty middle of the road.

The taste immediately represents that this is a milk stout with an amazingly sweet front. However the middle has pretty average roasted flavors, but it flows nicely into milky and creamy notes. The finish is long, yet unusual for a beer as the creaminess lingers.

Its mouthfeel is incredible; obviously this is enhanced by the nirto-tap. The feel paired with the flavors is like a milkshake.

Overall, having Left Hand Milk Stout nitrogenated was an interesting experience. The positive was creating an amazing mouthfeel that fits perfectly with the style. However, the downside was the "Guinness effect". Using nitro with the beer made a lot of the roasted flavors very mild and tame. In the end, I think it would be worth a try if anyone comes across it.

Photo of DavidST
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh off a nitro tap, this is a black color with a nice densely packed tan head. The smell is pretty light, but its of roasted malts. The feel is medium, slightly thin for a stout, but nice and nitro creamy. The taste is pretty good, not very heavy, some roasted malts with a sweet milk sugar finish, very light on bitterness.

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

This is the beer that I like to describe as Guinness' sweet little sister. The lactose keeps this beer sweet and that is what keeps me coming back. It is almost like a creamy chocolate milk, but with a slight hoppy bitterness at the end. The nitro really adds to the creamy nature of the beer and is a must when it comes to this beer. I have sampled this out of a bottle and with a nitro-tap. Huge difference. The bottle version is ok at best while the Nitro-tap is very, very nice. I enjoy Left Hand and am not disappointed with this beer. The brewpub is definitly a stop on my next Colorado road trip.

Photo of Valmor88
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went to a bar hoping to get this on tap. They ran out, but at least had a bottle for me.

A: Very dark color with a chocolate head. Decent head retention, that leaves some lacing.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate.

T: Chocolate-y, slightly bitter dark chocolate actually. Roasted malts are Has a creamy/smokey finish.

M: Highly carbonated and full bodied. Very nice and milky.

O: Not a bad beer. Not too sweet, and an easy drinker.

Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviwed from notes; originally 10/21/11.

A-Pours a oil slick black with a Guinness-like tan cap.

S-Light roasted notes with a bit of chocolate.

T-Roasty upfront with loads of chocolate, and finishes bitter with dark chocolate and earthy hops.

M-Thickness like a milkshake that coats your mouth but finishes with a light dryness.

D-Incredibly easy drinking and very easy to pair with food. Has some complexity, but isn't overwhelming in terms of flavor.

Photo of divineaudio
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. bottled on date marked but unreadable.

a - a hard pour gets me a black liquid with a finger of creamy, tan head. after calming to a film i'm left with big streaks of lacing.

s - like a freshly prepared mocha latte. notes of raisin, dark cherry, slight cola vibe.

t - mostly chocolate malt up front with a little roast and notes of dark fruits. sweetness is obvious but not overpowering. has a bit of a bitter twang in back for balance.

m - full bodied with a fine co2 profile. exceptionally smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

o - a solid beer all around. very drinkable and enjoyable. will certainly be buying more of this for the coming winter.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice two finger head with hard pour per the instructions on the bottle. Such a creamy looking head on this thing and it looks exactly like a cappuccino. Body is black as night.

S - Not very strong, but some coffee and a little nutty-ness. Some sweetness and overall well balanced but weak.

T - Lots of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Just as you would expect and the right amount of sweetness for a milk stout. Finishes with an ever so slight burnt/coffee flavor.

M - This is very smooth and seriously drinkable. Very good carbonation.

O - It is a simple beer that is well made. Not a lot going on in any category, but nothing to complain about either. I could drink this often, even during the summer.

Photo of isualum12
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a buddy since we don't get it in Idaho. Glad to try left hand for the first time

Appearance: pours with a cream brown thin head. really not an impressive head for a stout. black as the inside of the closet that you were scared of as a kid.

smell: It was alright. I could smell the bourbon on it with carmel. lots of carmel....almost a little carmel and marshmellow smell. yes a little sweet.

Taste: yep carmel, yep a sweet stout with a little kick at the end. It is smooth at first on with the thought of MILK but it doesn't hold true through all of the flavor.

mouthfell: little bite on the end with the beginning being a smooth. There is a kick on the end for sure. I think the carbonization is to high for this beer but I am not a fan of lots of carbonization...

Overall it is a nice beer and I am glad I got my hands on it..

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

Had this on tap at the Friendly Spot in San Antonio

A:It poured pitch black with a dark brown cascade that settled to a tan foamy head.

S:It had a roasted aroma that was more on the chocolate side.

T: It didn't burst with flavors, but I enjoyed what this beer offered. It had a milk chocolate taste with flavors of coffee and vanilla that danced around in the background. Every now and again I would get a taste of hops - delightful.

M: a little bit on the thin side.

Overall: this was a silky smooth stout. Very enjoyable and I could probably drink several pints of this and not get tired of it.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,873 ratings.