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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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5,598 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,598
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 WildRage
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I first had this little stout up at Bukowski in Boston. It's a very smooth and drinkable stout (probably can be attributed to its low ABV). I recently picked up a six pack of this, and can easily drink 2 or 3 in a sitting, which can't be said for all stouts. It's a little on the plain side, but nonetheless a good 'go to' if I want a stout.

WildRage, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with ruby hues. A tan, one-inch head forms atop the beer but quickly disappears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sugary lacto sweetness with some coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt scents underneath. Smells sort of like malted milk balls.

T: Sweet and sugary, as the nose suggests. Dark chocolate and roasted malts are apparent underneath the sweetness. Maybe even a touch of smoke. Finishes with dark chocolate flavors, some sugary sweetness, and some lingering dry roastiness.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. Ample carbonation lends a prickly crispness.

D: Very drinkable. One of the more easy-drinking stouts I've had.

Notes: A very well done milk stout. Tasty and pleasant to drink. This is a great beer to introduce to those who are not fans of dark beer, or for "converting" people, if that's what you're into.

ryan1788a5, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on black was blank on mine. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured basically black with a hint of brown when held up to the light with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quite quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and slight coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt and dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice milk stout. Not my favorite I have had, but still pretty good. This one had a pretty big sweetness aspect to it as compared to others I have had. The flavor however was nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the dark chocolate. The aroma was quite nice as well. Glad I got to try this one and plan to pick up some more when I see it on the shelves again.

thagr81us, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of wcintula
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with minimal chocolate colored head that vanishes. Smell is primarily of coffee and the taste is like a Manhattan Special coffee-flavored soda. The carbonation is light and it is very light-bodied, again, like a soda. I remember this is being so much better. Has the beer changed, or just my palate?

wcintula, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Average stout, no real head.

Smell: Smells a bit like chocolate milk and dark malts. Very sweet smell.

Taste: dark malt flavor first followed by a sweet milk taste and caramel flavors. No real hop flavor.

Drinkability: this is a tasty beer. I could definitely drink a few of these. My experience with stouts is limited and I can't weigh in too much but I this is my favorite stout. Almost porter like.

wmtxbb, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Fenris244
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

 Bottled on 10/01/10

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance is black with a thick 2 finger tan head that actually holds up for quite some time before dissipating into a thick tan foam ring

I Smell chocolate, coffee and caramel immediately there are also some licorice notes as well as something earthy can't quite put a name to it though

Chocolate taste right off the bad, coffee flavor is also very strong, has a nice bitter bite as well, the beer also has a milky flavor to it as well as some maltyness on the finish

The mouthfeel is smooth, light and creamy.

It's a drinkable beer smooth enough that I could sip on one or two all night but I wouldn't recommend it for a session or anything

Fenris244, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of yuriruley
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very dark brown, slight cream colored head with nice amounts of lacing.

Smell - is pretty faint, but has a sweet coffee smell.

Taste - Nice toasty coffee flavor balanced out with a creamy sweetness and a bit of fruit.

Mouthfeel - Has crisp carbonation, it's not super thick, some creaminess.

Drink - very drinkable, definitely could enjoy several of these.

Pretty good beer, nice lower ABV with pretty big flavor. Don't really have any complaints about it. Reminds me of Sam Smith's oatmeal in some ways.

yuriruley, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a very nice deep blackish brown color with blood red highlights. Still able to see through this one. Nice off white head formed that leaves some lacing. There is a nice roasted malt aroma. No chocolate to speak of on the nose which I found odd. I get some roasted coffee, and a touch of smokiness too. Flavors are roasted malts and you really get that lactose in there which creams this out. Even has a whipped cream like aftertaste. Not coffee or chocolate forward which I like. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshes the palate after each sip. The drinkability is perfect with a nice low abv. Great beer and would like to have some more.

Augustiner719, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Choppr
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark - opaque with a decent head. Decent lacing.

S - Medium coffee and toasted malt... not as pronounced as I imagined it would be.

T - Coffee and Malt with some mild hop bitterness in the middle with a sweet finish.

M - I was expecting Guinness or thicker, but it was not quite as thick. Pleasant and stout-like.

D - Very good balance of flavors and the wife and I easily knocked off the 6 pack. If you like this style, this is certainly worth a try.

Choppr, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of SuperSpy
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby, tan creamy head and lace.

S - Roasted malt and sweet creme. Quite complex and smells delicious.

T/M - Creamy with a thick mdeium body. The flavors are sweet coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and burnt sugar. The overall experience is reminiscent of creme brulee. Sweeter than most beers but not overwhelming. The flavors and the sweetness are very well balanced.

D - This is an excellent beer and I would recommend it to anyone. This may be the best milk stout I have ever had.

SuperSpy, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

I have seen this around for years and had to try it. It pours a deep brown color with an almost chocolate looking foam. It has that coffee/mocha/latte smell to it. It goes down with a smooth milky feel that is very full flavor. A must try if you're looking for something different.

Lemke10, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By style:

[L] Pours black; with a nice bubbly tan head. Lets a slight bit of light through the glass.

[S] The nose on this beer is extremely impressive on chocolate, coffee, vanilla and lactose. You can definitely sense it is sweet by the smell.

[T] Tastes like an over-creamed coffee. In a good way. Very mellow and well blended, following aroma. Roasty linger.

[F] Lighter side of mild-bodied. To stick with the theme, let's say "milky". 2% milky. There is no real flaw here. Can't say I would prefer it lighter or heavier. Carbonation a tad prickly at times, but I'd rather it be present than totally flat.

[D] This doesn't seem like it needs to warm up to really shine in any department; I enjoyed it very cold. That being said; like an iced coffee or espresso, this seems dangerously drinkable.

It has been a couple years since I last had this beer. I don't remember it being as amazing as this. Sad that this brewery had become a "pass" in my book. Glad I re-indulged.

3FaveryRogue, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of boomer31
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown around edges, black in center. Thin off white head, sticky but nothing special.

S - Big coffee nose, burnt sugar and more roast.

T - Sweet coffee and a hint of chocolate. A very sweet stout but not overwhelmingly so. Burnt sugar and coffee thru and thru.

M - For as thin as the body looks it is surprisingly full on the toungue. The roast sits on your toungue for quite some time. I'd make this the last beer of the night.

D - Very sweet but the roastiness is a nice balance.

This is a sweet stout tht is very similar to an iced mocha. A good beer if you enjoy sweet stouts.

boomer31, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with a capping of creamy khaki foam that sticks to the glass.

Gives off notes of sweet vanilla with a deep roasted coffee and sweet caramel aroma.

This beer is smooth and creamy, with a medium body. It is sweet and tastes of roasted coffee and sweet caramel, vanilla and milk notes with a slight burnt sugar and coffee bitter finish.

This beer is very drinkable. Good for after dinner and it is not too heavy so one bottle won't weigh you down.

Lldeegan, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't help but think I didn't give this brew a fair shake on my first review. I think I might have had an old bottle or something, so here's my new thoughts. A deep brown, tiny head, alright lacing. Aroma is that of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. The taste is that of a nice, smooth, sweet stout. The creamy milk chocolate and vanilla are really the stars of the show here, backed up by a subtle roastiness and a bit of a lingering bitterness on the backend of the brew. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy with a medium body, and the drinkability is quite good. The first bottle I had has to have been messed up, because this is a pretty good stout.

Old review - 10/14/2010 (4.5/4.0/2.5/4.5/2.5)

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A thick very dark brown with a nicely laced brown head. Looks exceptional.

Smell: Vanilla, coffee, and sweet malts.

Taste: Well, it's a bit odd. I'm not sure quite what I was expecting from a "milk stout," but there is a bit of a milk thing here for sure to go along with the coffee. Problem is, the milk's just a bit rancid. Other than that, the flavor profile is perfect. If only the milk weren't sour...

Mouthfeel: Perfectly thick, not too thick but not too thin.

Drinkability: The sour milk deal here kind of ruins the drinkability for me. It's hard to muster the will to drink up some more.

I could see this being a great beer for some people - it's just not for me. Worth a try if you're fond of the style.

shand, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in part of a beer snack pack given to me by a pal of mine.

A: Pours fairly thick dark, dark brown, almost black, with some ruby highlights along the edges, and two fingers worth of head. Very foamy!

S: Sort of a roasted oat and coffee scent, with a bit of chocolate blended in.

T: Full bodied, toasted bread taste, with sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and oats. Very well-balanced.

M: The sugar doesn't coat and the ABV is reasonable (even though the Left Hand website says that the beer is 6% and BA says it's 5.2%).

D: Not too complex, but if milk stouts are your thing, than this is a very good example of that style.

Chaney, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of arturorg
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Flying Dog Pint glass

A: Dark brown with almost no head (the little bit was beige in color), small lacing that stays.

S: Vanilla, Sweet malts.

T: Milk and coffee, vanilla, sweet, a little bit lingering bitterness, roasty, medium to thin bodied.

Overall not much my cup o' tea, I like a lot RIS and stouts, a like the bitterness the coffee flavor, the full and rich body. This one has a little bit of those characteristics but also has a little bit of past due milk flavor that put me off.

arturorg, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of knoxtennessee
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the only place in Knoxville with half off on tuesdays.

A- Pitch black, little head that could fluff up when swirled and left a litte light brown lace.

S- Lots of sweet chocolate at first. As it warmed hints of coffee and a little roast came out. Only beer I've had with a milk chocolate character.

T- Most stouts with a chocolate character have an unpleasent chalky coco powder vibe. Not so here. Lots of sweet creamy milk chocolate. I don't know how they did it. Almost an ice cream like sweetness. Not like usual dense rich malt sweetness of a high gravity stout but a smooth simple sweetness. Doesn't overwhelm or fill you up, just leaves you wanting more. Like the smell, roasty coffee taste comes out a little as it warms.

M- Full but not syrupy or cloying. Feels like silk. So smooth and inviting. Not heavy or overpowering, just satisfying.

O- really great pint of beer. The beer for the genuine chocolate lover. Not at all heavy or overpowering, just delicious and suprisingly balanced. I would only like a touch more roasted flavor because I love stouts and am acoustomed to a little more espresso. Still as the cold months set in this will be a regular on my list.

knoxtennessee, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Blanco
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Black with a beige head that recedes fairly quickly. Marginal lacing. smells malty and sweet and of chocolate. the taste is very pleasant. not much roastiness going on here. It tastes mostly of milk chocolate. very smooth and absolutely no bitterness. It's a bit lightbodied compared to how it tastes. Very drinkable. This is a simple yet pleasant milk stout.

Blanco, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of lovetranquillity
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- Very dark brown, light tan head, slight lacing with little retention.

s- Milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee, burnt sugar, roasty.

t- Coffee, Chocolate, roasted malt, lingering sugary sweet taste with very slight bitterness.

mf- Smooth mouthfeel, slightly watery, good level of carbonation, very easy to drink.

d/overall- I very much enjoy this beer and is a great fall and winter brew. I would prefer a little more mouth feel but that is my only complaint. I think this is an exceptional milk stout and anyone a fan of the style should try it.

lovetranquillity, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed via nitro tap and served in a frosty pint glass, which I allowed to warm up.

Looks: deep and inviting dark chocolate brown, completely dark, with a two-finger head of light sandy tan that's as dense as pancake batter and seems like it might never leave.

Smells: coffee-laden. Tons of espresso, milk chocolate, oven-roasted peanuts and toasted bread.

Tastes: roasty. Bread, charred to a crisp in a toaster, plus peanuts, and dark roast coffee and sweet cream, in that order. Great balance of sweet and roasty. Acrid roasted malts linger on the palate at the finish.

Feels: nitro. Light-bodied and a little runny, but very soft and very smooth.

Drinks: dependably. Left Hand has long been one of my favorite milk stouts and is my go-to whenever it makes an appearance at one of the bars where all other options are BMC.

Phelps, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of NEbeerbro
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Dark brown, blackish color. Dark mahogany when held up to light. Thin tan head, solid lacing not retaining too well.

s- chocolate, burnt caramel, coffee. Not overpowering, very subdued nose. Not very revealing, subdued yet inviting.

t- Chocolate, burnt edged toast, nutty, roasty deliciousness. Nice balance between bitter and semi-sweet.

mf- smooth, nice level of carbonation. Pleasant going down.

d/overall- a treat of a beer, really enjoying this - perfect for the fall new england weather. Definitely a big fan

NEbeerbro, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - cream colored tight head, light through center of glass.

S - mild roasted/toasted malts, and.that is about it.

T - toasted malt, some chocolate, mild fruit.

M - solid coating, tingle on sides of tongue.

D - I could have a couple, but it would not be my first choice.

biglite351, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Black with very little brown edging. Light brown head that dissipated quickly, little lacing

S - Weak roast coffee with some lactic sweetness

T - Milk chocolate mixed with sugar sweetness. Some roast coffee and a bit of caramel

M - A tad thin, medium body and mild creaminess.

D - Easy to drink and not too forward. Decent brew.

OakedCanuck, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you're questioning how this tastes, just go have a Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. They are pretty much identical. Which, I guess, is a good thing, because Duck-Rabbit's milk stout is really good.

This has a nice creamy malt to it. A lovely dark color and a perfect milk stout aroma. I thought it was very good, but like I said before, other milk stouts are just the same.

kneeland, Oct 03, 2010
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,598 ratings.