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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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5,604 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,604
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 528 | 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

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Bottled 9/22/10. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with what start off with a tan head that slowly settles to collar around the glass and leave a nice lace. Milk chocolate aroma along with some leather and the slightest notes of coffee. Medium mouthfeel with a milky smooth textrure. Sweet start with notes of chocolate and ending with a slight bitterness. Minimal leather flavors as well. The milk sugar really makes this a smooth and velvety beer.

kbutler1, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very dark black color with ruby highlights around the edges and at the bottom. The ruby stands out when held to the light. Also, appears clear when held toward the light. A pretty decent creamy, cream colored head that had pretty good girth and retention. Pretty nice lacing also.

Smell - A very pleasant toasted chocolate. Almost smells like "S'more's" at a campout. Marshmallows and chocolate smashed together. A nominal amount of coffee in the nose also. Kind of smells like marshmallow cream. Nicely sweet.

Taste - This brew tastes a lot like chocolate milk. Very creamy in that regard. The milk chocolate sweetness is balanced fairly well with the touches of roasted coffee bean. Small tingling of bitterness glides across the sides of the tongue. Again, mostly sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel really. I thought it might be a little fuller. It's creamy and smooth. Maybe even a smidge watery. Leaves touches of coffee on the palate. Goes down real easy.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good Stout. This could be a real nice session brew. Could be a good introductory Stout also. It's very easy to drink and doesn't overwhelm the palate. It's nice for a snowy evening.

Shrews629, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard very good things and had to try, poured into a pint glass. Rich dark coffee in color initial aroma of roasted coffee, a lil cocoa and slight dairy smell to mellow. Pours w/decent carbonation but nothing crazy, head dissipates quickly. Wow what a stout, good body, great mouth feel, not too sweet not to watery or bland great beer through and through and balanced enough to enjoy a sixer on a hoppin' night @ a shindig. I will be getting again and telling friends. Did not disappoint in the least.

Blueribbon666, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout, poured from a 12 oz bottle. A rich dark chocolate color, small head forms and then dies. Aroma of malt and some cocoa. In the flavor, milk chocolate, lactic sweetness, a good roasted malt body. Mild coffee taste. Not too sweet, a pretty well balanced and well crafted brew. Medium bodied, smooth and uber drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Stinkypuss, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a small amount of khaki colored foam which shortly settles to some floating film and a ring. the beer appears black yet yields some deep ruby tones against light.

S - toasted and roasted barley and malt, hint of sweet creamed coffee, lactose, and vanilla.

T - begins with a hefty dose of lactose sugars, before some lightly charred malts and roasted barley come to play. hint of weak coffee, minerals, and a cola like "artificial" sweetness at times, especially in the aftertaste.

M - medium, slightly sticky and creamy body as expected. carbonation is on the low to moderate side and compliments well. coating sweetness through the finish.

D - not my favorite style, though this is a solid, if not safe representation. goes down easy enough, and works well as a one and out nightcap.

Stigs, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of 89Vision
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours very dark with around a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is sweet and earthy, with some roasted aroma. The taste is quite nice, in my opinion. Roasted, sweet, and very smooth. I'm not too familiar with stouts/milk stouts, but this was a little more thin than I thought it would be. On the plus side though, I could see myself having a few of these easily.

89Vision, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of haddon
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark coffee color with an off-white head that dissipates almost immediately. on second examination, the beer appears to grow darker in the glass... its almost coal black now.

starts out on the nose with toasted malts and chocolate but then gives off an almost metallic sour smell. very off-putting. as it warms, the smell gets a little better as the hops come through but the damage is already done.

flavors of malts, coffee bean & oak all bound up in smoke. I think there is some fudge-like chocolate in there but can't pick up the notes cause I feel like I am sitting right over top of a camp fire! weird.

body is a little light and watery. not much depth

wow, not sure I would call this a stout. there just isn't any depth to this beer and I can't handle the heavy smoke flavor. no, this is not drinkable and I wouldn't have it again.

haddon, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of dutchlq7
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown almost black. Pours a creamy head which leaves a thin off white ring.

S-toasted, coffee malt. No hops whatsoever.

T- creamy and smooth, with all the roasted coffee flavor. Big malt flavor. Sweet up front. Finishes a little bitter.

M-very smooth. Creamy feel, lightly carbonated.

D-I thought this was a really good stout. I could drink this all day. Will look for this again.

dutchlq7, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-04-18 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Clear dark brown with a dark tan head.

S - Medium roast coffee, chocolate, plum.

T - Coffee, astringet bitterness, dried fruit, sweet chocolate. The aftertaste wasn't compelling once the sweetness disappeared and you are left with some sour bitterness.

M - Creamy but not aggresively thick.

D - One was enjoyable. Didn't want another.

Tucquan, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of magine
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker glass.

Pours a dark brown colored brew, nearing black. Has a brown fluffy head that settles to a lace island and has good clinging lace. Good looking milk stout.

Brew smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts. A certain nutty nose as well. Barley malts as well. Good smell.

Brew is very smooth and creamy. Has very good flatness to it that works well to really give that milky feel. Not to say that it isn't balanced, it has good carbonation, but the initial flat, creamy smooth mouthfeel is great. Sweet (but not overdone) Chocolaty, malty goodness here. Has a roasted nutty flavor as well. Finishes very clean only slightly dry. Can picture eating a freshly baked still warm chocolate chip cookie with this one.

This is a fantastic milk stout, one of the best of the style I have had. This brew is really, really sessionable. A truly great beer.

magine, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Invisoclam
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this bottled at a Pub after I had a Guinness, it was recommended by the waitress and it was very nice . Afterwords I decided to buy one from Total Wine to see if it was the beer or the location, at home like at the Pub it was nice, just short of great for my tastes , nice.

Invisoclam, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of masey222
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark brown with a kaki tan head that falls fast, but has a decent lace...
Smell has a strong rosted malt, some coffee and chocolate come through, has a pretty decently sweet smell and a little fruity maraschino cherry smell that comes out...
The drink is very smooth creamy up front with some malts that build and the recede back into the creamy sweetness the finish is of roasted malt and coffee with that lingering cherry...
It is a little thin for the style in my opinion so it scores a little low for me...
Over all though it was a pretty good drink for a cold snowy night infront of the fire with some chocolate truffles and dried fruit.

masey222, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of MikeyMisfit
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in my local corner store and thought I would give it a try.

A: Pours black with a beige/tan head, about 1/2 in. The head didn't last very long but there is some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasty, caramel notes with a slight hop aroma

T: I get more of the roasty malt going on. Also coffee. In the finish, more bitter chocolate.

M: Medium body but the lactose adds a nice creaminess to the beer.

D: I could easily take down another 2 or 3 of these. Not to heavy and very tasty.

All in all a very good example of what a Milk Stout should be. Not to heavy so I could polish off a couple in one seating. A great session Stout.

MikeyMisfit, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Dark, brown color, not much light. Thin, dark tan ring around edge of glass. Big, creamy chocolate and roasted malt aroma, with a coffee notes. Very thick texture to the mouthfeel, but flavor sits very lightly. Biscuity finish and aftertaste. Very light dryness to finish. Almost a cola flavor to middle of the drink. Carbonation does not last very long. Very watered down effect of flavors in the end. AS thick as the consistency feels the flavor is not near as heavy. Roasted malt flavor in after taste, lingers for just just a bit. Flavor comes across on the thin side especially considering the heavier aroma. Very drinkable though. Nothing special, a very basic stout.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of JonathanCrites
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Kroger on W Gray here in Houston.

A - Pours dark into a pint glass with a creamy, tan head.
S - Chocolate malt and Roasted grain aromas as well as coffee with cream and sugar.
T - Very little bitterness from the coffee but still maintains the coffee flavor. Sweatness is delicious without being overpowering.
M - Creamy, full mouthfeel with little carbonation.
D- Delicious and smooth, very drinkable at 5.20%ABV.

JonathanCrites, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic. Bottled on 5/5/10.

Pours a dark mahogany brown that melds into a fully opaque blackness. Quarter-inch dark tan head that recedes quickly, leaving a thin cap and soapy, stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. Very slight ruby edges. Some toasty malts in the nose, along with a new smell I am unfamiliar with. Perhaps the lactose? Bit of a soy sauce tinge too.

Big malty kick to start things off, with that pleasant roasted quality providing a fitting introduction to the rest of the flavor palate. There are definite nuances of milk chocolate and some light 'n sugary coffee that make this a sweet tasting experience, but not an overly saccharine one. The sweetness isn't overpowering or cloying by any stretch of the imagination. There's a very, very light bitterness at the end, but it doesn't stick around. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty creamy and smooth. There's a light chewiness to it and not too much carbonation, giving it a very pleasant feel on the tongue.

Drinkability is awesome. Smooth, sweet and simple. I could easily have had at least another couple of bottles of this stuff. Great tasting milk stout at a good price point. Well worth the purchase. Bravo, Left Hand!

r0nyn, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Dark beer, although not as dark as others. The tan is white bud fades rather quickly, but there is decent lacing. The smell is of coffee, chocolate, and hit of roasted malts. The taste is chocolatity, coffee, and a nice roasted character in the back. This beer has little carbonation, so this makes the brew a little dense but nice and smooth. Goes down easy but not one to have every day or to pound.

beersensei305, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark black with dark mahogany hues in the light. Thin creamy head that recedes quickly. Leaves thin creamy rings of lace.

S- Chocolate milk shake, coffee and toffee. Ever had a coffee toffee, twisted frosty? Think that with beer.

T- Very roasted. Roasted malts. Roasted coffee. Bitter cocoa and dark chocolate in the front with a nice coffee finish. Hints of caramel throughout. Sweet cream mixed throughout.

M- Flat, but perfect carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D- Too drinkable. Awesome stout. Alcohol dangerously hidden.

JayS2629, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of midwestbrewers
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of the beer was very dark. There was almost no head though which is kind of sad. Very little head and very little carbonation but the smell and taste made up for the lack of head.

S: Immediately you are hit with a very strong, roasted coffee smell. Chocolate makes it way through as well. Like many of the stouts that I have been trying every character of the beer whether malt, hops or other ingredients comes forward but with a strong roasted characteristic.

T: The taste was great. The lack of carbonation was the only disappointment. Everything else left me wanting for not. I could taste the sweetness at the end of the beer due to the milk/lactose used in brewing. Opposite to the smell, chocolate dominates the forefront with coffee making a strong finish.

Drinkability- I loved this beer, but it's definitely not an every day beer for me. I am sure to be buying this again very soon, just probably 1 or 2 from the pick 6 instead of a 6-pack. Amazing beer. Great beer Left Hand!

midwestbrewers, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of politicsandbeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carbonation was limited and the off-white head made the required cameo appearance but obviously had a more fun party to attend. Lame! I don't even know why that a-hole was invited! Aromas of roasted chocolate covered coffee beans were forefront. First sip unveiled an incredibly smooth mouthfeel, lots of silky body.

Tons of malty sweetness helped with the bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The candyness was really enhanced by the lactose derived from milk, hence the name. Some burnt smoke lingered on the edges but remained quite subtle contributing to a really nice blend of potentially overpowering flavor. Delicate filigree lacing on the glass was a pleasant visual surprise.

Overall I'd recommend this beer especially to non-stouters who like to dabble. It's got plenty of character but isn't the "black death" for those who normally enjoy lighter fare. At 6% it's not going to try to get you into bed on the first date. Those of a looser moral character might want to seek a more aggressive stout.



politicsandbeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like my milk stouts a little sweeter, and a little creamier, but this is certainly a solid example of the style, and satisfies my hankering for a milk stout on the occasions that I want one, as it is pretty readily available. Pours dark walnut brown with a somewhat thin head that fades to a thin ring. Smells somewhat sweet and milky, with the tiniest bit of roastiness and a touch of cocoa. The taste is creamier, and the flavors a bit longer than the nose would suggest. There is also a nice hint of bitterness that works well with the sweetness and creamy notes. More bitter chocolate as well. Nice. Very smooth in the mouth, my only complaint is a faint sourness from the lactic sugars on the finish.

Georgiabeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown (not quite black). thin though decently long lasting head to it.
S- smell is sweet, some coffee presence to it, and a good bit of milk chocolate to the aroma.
T- Same story as aroma. Some may find the sweetness and "chocolate milk" aspects of this beer off putting, but I find it to be a reasonable interpretation of the style.
M- Perhaps a little lighter than I expected, but the carbonation was well constructed. Noticably smooth finish.
O- I really dig this beer. Solid recommendation and possesses a remarkably high drinkability for the style.

jsprain1, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of witster18
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first taste is like one of those chocolate covered yellowish-center mini donuts that you'd find in the deli section of your grocer. Kind of a dark chocolate with a little vanilla hint, and you certainly know you're drinking a beer. Sweet, a bit burnt, but that compliments here with the sugars. Those are some nice dark malt grains there - with a touch of earthiness and sharpness. This tastes good.

Creamy flavor , but not a creamy texture. Mouthfeel is definitely a bit light.

Hard to say anything except 'well done'. Maybe a little too straightforward and unoriginal, but I could easily down a few of these with a big smile on my face. I like this much better than its' high gravity brother.

I'm quite impressed, but for the price, I should have been!

For less Money I'd surely reach for Edmund Fitzgerald Porter if it's available in your area, but this selection is to be enjoyed and shared. Thumbs up.

I'd like to let the next one warm up a bit to see if that brings out anything that would keep this from being such a safe entry, and make it great instead of just really good. Dunno if anything is hiding in there though. It might ease what at cold temp seems like an ever-so-slightly-overdone carbonation - which may be the only legitimate brew gripe about this entire beer... it is, in that regard, and shamefully, near-flawless.

the oiliness makes up for a thinner mouthfeel, the sweetness is expected given the style, but this isn't very complex or original and it might be slightly over-carbonated at cold temps with a little head compared to some serious brothers in the catagory. Good easy drinkin beer though.

witster18, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of TCMike
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from bottle. Looks like a very dark coffee, with a 1 finger tan head.
Smells of coffee, chocolate, malts.
Taste is slightly sweet, almost no bitterness, with a creamy mouth feel. The flavor that comes to mind when drinking was a chocolate malt, with a splash of coffee, in beer form.
Very drinkable.

TCMike, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark brown, almost black with chocolate brown highlights. Builds a nice 1.5-fingered light tan, almost off-white head that has decent retention. Can't see much carbonation here through the opaque body. Nice traces of lacing all around the glass, especially on the side opposite the drinking.

S - Smell is very pleasant. Lightly roasted malts and smooth coffee mixed with nice chocolate tones. Certainly malt oriented with almost no sign of hops or alcohol.

T - Taste fortunately is loyal to the nose almost to a T. Very sweet malt profile up front lets the coffee and chocolate really explore the mouth. A little appearance from the hops at the very end that blends nicely into a smooth alcohol warming. In fact, this whole beer can be summed up as: "smooth". Nothing overwhelming or abrasive here.

M - Mouthfeel is light and airy given the formidable appearance of this beer. Roasted malts and coffee linger throughout and in the long finish.

D - Drinkability is high. Easy drinking, smooth flavor, and low alcohol make this one a joy to drink and if I could get this closer to me, it would be a regular in the fridge.

If I could liken this to one beer in particular, it would be a light version of Troeg's Java Head.

nhindian, Nov 25, 2010
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,604 ratings.