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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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5,464 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,464
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 168
Gots: 474 | FT: 4
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 mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 11/03/09. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a very dark brown with a two finger sandy head. The head collapses slowly and results in some nice retention. Nice streaks of sticky lace are left.

S-It has a nice dark and roasty malt nose. There is plenty of coffee coming out and the lactose does add a milky aroma. There is also some sweet chcolate coming out.

T-It starts out with some sugary sweetness. The coffee flavor quickly comes next. The combined flavor reminds me of a cafe au lait with an extra scoop of sugar. There is noticeable chocolate and roasted notes come and go throughout each sip. I also get some earth/pine hop flavor as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

D-A really easy drinking milk stout. It looks like this one has a small enough abv level to be quite sessionable.

I always enjoy this beer. Would love to be able to have access to it in CA.

mjl21, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -5%

A - A deep rich brown, almost black, with a creamy head that slowly dissipated.

S - Rich malts with a slight coffee aroma.

T - Toasted malts. Slight coffee undertones. Somewhat strange aftertaste - almost burnt.

M - medium body; slightly silky

D - Aftertaste disappeared after a few sips. A solid milk stout. Could have another.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

A nice dark brown beer with a decent head and some lacing to it.

Smells of old coffee, a hint of chocolate and a hint of malt.

Tastes of chocolate up front, followed by a creamy malt flavor and the finish is the bit of coffee taste

Velvety taste to it prolly the milk part. a light-med. body a bit thinner than I was expected.

I could have a few of these a nice beer, but definitely not the best milk stout I've tried.

Kelp, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of enfield249
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

A - Pours a deep brown red. Very little head, what there is is a off white ring.

S - Not much, a little coffee and roast.

T - Really pretty good. Lots of roasty coffee, not very much cream or milk. A little lingering sweetness.

M - Full, rich and cloying, just what I want in a milk stout.

D - A decent beer, it's sum is better than the parts.

enfield249, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of erikwibaeus
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

This is a very creamy beer. Nice foam that acts like a cap over the dark beer. Nice smell, a bit cherry taste i must say. Not sure it that is good or bad for the bottle but i guess it a legit taste on this very Milk Stout. If you are interested in the Left Hand brewery or just like a good Milky beer i can warmly recommend this one. Have a big glass to pour it in and enjoy it as it is, mildly cold.

erikwibaeus, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of beerman207
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%

A: Dark Brown with nice head and lacing

S: Smell was lactose, coffee, and some malt

T: Honestly, I wonder if something went wrong with the keg we had as it was a bit on the sour side. Coffee was in there but the milk flavor was way off. I couldn't get past the sourness of this beer. Perhaps the lactose went bad? If I have this again, I'll update my review but wow what a letdown.

M: Mouthfeel was light and creamy.

D: Have to say that the drinkability here is low. I will try one again to make sure that my draft wasn't a bad one but even the bartender said she wasn't pleased with it.

beerman207, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of darkmaven
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz bottle served at Hopjacks in Mobile, Alabama

If I had to only select one word for this beer, it would be....1 guess. Yep, creamy. Subtle black cherry and dried dark fruit on the nose.
There is also a nice woody aroma that emerges, and pecan shell.
This is a good effort by Left Hand. Fairly easy to drink, but with a weight that makes it difficult to imagine drinking more than one.

darkmaven, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

12oz bottle picked up in Buffalo, no stamp in the 'Bottled on' section so I left to assume it is fresh.

Pours a dark brown with glints of mid-brown in around the edges, perhaps a shade or two darker than cola. Bib bubbly foam rises up on the pour but has no staying power and dies to a placid sheen - even a stir fails to raise more than a few bubbles.

My nose picks up stale coffee, a hint of something yeasty, baker's chocolate, light roast malts.

Despite it's lackluster appearance and smell it taste's pretty good. Stronger coffee notes, a hint of the lactic sweetness and a hint of milk, dark chocolate, a nice bitterness and roast in the finish. Light-ish body makes it feel drinkable and sessionable and the ABV confirms this. Yet, for a milk stout I am hoping for something a little more silky than thin, a little more richness. The minimal bubbles only emphasize the thin body - almost drinks like a cask beer.

I could certainly session this beer but overall it's a little dismal, just a few major tweaks could really make this a great session stout and while I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again I'm not sure I would seek it out.

ritzkiss, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of walker1200
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance - Opaque with occasional dark brown hues, this stout poured a passive half inch head that quickly dissipated into a ring that hugged the edge of the glass.

Aroma - Soft and welcoming, with highlights of chocolate malt, caramel, and lactose.

Taste - Exceptionally smooth, notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee, with just enough hop character to balance the malts. The lactose is present, but not overwhelming. Roasty, slightly bitter, dark malts linger in the aftertaste, along with bit of sharp alcohol hiding in the background. Toward the end of the glass the sweetness from the lactose becomes more noticeable.

Mouthfeel - This silky smooth, medium bodied stout, coats your mouth nicely after a few sips.

This is an approachable, well balanced, super drinkable milk stout, with little to no bite. It goes well with a meal or by itself. If I could choose one stout to drink, this well-rounded specimen would be my pick!

walker1200, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Poured aggressively by the barman @ The Rake, borough Market. 1 finger head, fading to a thin layer of swirling bubbles. Laces nicely. Opaque black, some red highlights through the last few mouthfulls.

Not a huge aroma. Light roasted malts and some cocoa. Inviting.

Sweet toasty malt, a little chocolate up front. Even milk (subliminal?) - the real, full cream variety. Roasted malt bitterness, balanced nicely with a light citrus and some more residual sweetness.

Body is smooth and medium thick. Not as chewy as I was expecting, but then I'm a pig for chewy stouts.

Could drink till the cows come home. So to speak.

Trizzle, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Smells like dark malts, maybe somewhat bready, kind of sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel is much more watery than I would have expected.

A hint of sweetness, flavor is mostly coffee and malt. Pretty creamy but not "milky" (I don't think that's a bad thing). Much lighter than I would have expected. As the beer warmed up it got a bit tastier.

Basically, it tastes like a decent stout with a little more sweetness than normal and which may be a bit creamier than usual.

This is a good but not great beer.

Overall, this is not an overly complex beer but it is pretty tasty.

Hypersomnia, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of backfat
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%

i can see through it. the first thing i always taste is the presentation, and i like my stouts to be stout. good. not great, but still good. the creaminess helps with the drinkability, but i can't get past a lager like sweet smell. not overbearing, but very faint. besides that, chocolate, roasted coffee, yummy. a bit too carbonated for a stout. could use a bit more body as well.

backfat, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Dark coffee brown, almost opaque, with some ruby highlights around the edges and a moderate foamy tan head initially.
The head shrinks to just a ring almost immediately but does manage some lacing all the way.

The aroma is reminiscent of malted milk balls with a hint of coffee.

The taste is roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, hints of plums and just a touch of citrus. Mildly sweet up front with a dry coffee bite at the finish and a lingering coffee/malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. A really nice after dinner/desert brew, but good enough for anytime.

whynot44, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

The Left Hand Milk Stout is pretty dark - as if milked straight from a black beer-cow. The tan head makes a brief appearance then disappears into nothingness, although it does leave a residue on your glass. Lots of mocha in the nose of this one, plus roasted malt and dark chocolate. The coffee stands out as the strongest taste - very sharp, roasty goodness. There is some sweetness from the chocolate, but not terribly much. I prefer milk stouts that are a bit more subtle, so good job Left Hand. The aftertaste is primarily light malt, almost like a chocolate malt shake. A sturdy, medium bodied beer and not very carbonated. I would definitely recommend this beer, especially you want to try something that isn't sweet, but has a hint of lighter flavor to offset the potent coffee. Only a 5.2% ABV, so you could easily enjoy a few of these without getting sloppy.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Milked straight from the black cow; but the head was disappointing
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - Lots of coffee, mocha and chocolate.
Taste -4.0/5.0 - Strong flavor, but not overpowering. Coffee is the biggest flavor, with chocolate coming up second.
Feel - 3.5/5.0 - Flavors fill your mouth with a light malt aftertaste.
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - a solid milk stout, good for mixed company and for those who want a less "robust" stout

taxguyjase, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours all black with a light brown head that reduces to a broken layer in my glass with lots of sticky lacing.

It has a nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

The taste is nicely sweet, with roasted flavors mixing with a mild dryness.

The body is slick and creamy, of course.

This is another good milk stout.

Shaw, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.9/5  rDev -2%

appearance: creamy froth, but quickly disapating head, light tan, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate.

taste: Had that similar milk stout taste and some good chocolate flavors. subtle sweetness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a solid stout and i would drink again.

CampusCrew, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Bottled on 10/13/08. Poured into a standard frozen pint glass.

A: Super duper dark. Can't hardly see any light through this one. Almost black. Dark, dark brown. Teeny tiny head on top. Not much, but persistent.

S: Milk. Chocolate milk. Malt. Chocolate malty balls. Whoppers!

T: Nice, smooth stout with a hint of milk to it. How'd they do that? Awesome stout.

Drinkability: I'd definitely buy a six pack next time.

Value: Very good.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of CaptMurdock
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Bottle Dated 11-06-09

Appearance: I gave this a hard pour into a Nonic Pint Glass which resulted in a solid one finger tan head that lasted for only a moment or so. The beer poured a very dark brown and maintained the slightest lacing throughout.

Smell: I was expecting the sweet lactose smell but was really impressed with the slight hint of roasted malts and chocolate. I think I even noticed some dark roast coffee in the background. The smells really worked well together and made for a really inviting experience.

Taste: The taste was very consistent with the aroma with the chocolate playing a slightly more prominent role. I first noticed the sweetness that one would expect from this style but it was complimented very nicely by the distinct chocolate. The chocolate stayed with my as the coffee and malt lingered in the aftertaste. This was a really complex flavor that leaned toward the sweet making this a fantastic after dinner stout.

Feel: Very very smooth and milky. After the pour I assumed I would be dealing with a bit more body here but this certainly isn't the case. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but a bit more body certainly would have been welcomed.

Drinkability: Just a great experience. I found the beer was easily approachable and certainly drinkable. The only thing that kept me from having more than two was the sweetness.

A great beer to enjoy while sitting around the fire after dinner with a piece of pie.


CaptMurdock, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

a consistent milk stout with an american fashion. nose of lactose... yogurt, coffee, and chocolate. palate is acidic but mild. both fruit citrus and lactic acid. not sharp with an excellent body to support the palate range. strawberry yogurt, coffee, a bit of earth, chocolate. quite wonderful when right.

rtepiak, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of blackdog1101
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. 'Bottled on' date is stamped on the label.

A- Pours a dark brown color, with the slightest of ruddiness peaking through the edges of the glass when held up to light. Poured a 2 finger head from a hard pour, but the head didn't last very long. No rings, no lacing on glass.

S- Malt, chocolate, and coffee tones, with some cola notes too.

T- I am reminded of coffee ice cream when I drink this. There is a definite coffee/chocolate flavor. Also a touch of vanilla. Not much bitterness. Light and sweet on the finish.

M- Perhaps a little thin in the mouth, but overall very nice. I like that this beer has little carbonation. Would be improved with a little more body.

D- This is a very drinkable milk stout. Perhaps not the most complex within the style, but one I enjoyed very well. If you're put off by the dry finish of some stouts, this one may be for you. Would buy again.

blackdog1101, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

From Notes:

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a big brown head with some nice retention. Freshness date was on the six pack.

S - Ok I get a whiff of coffee, chocolate, some sweet lacto smells, all the odors were very faint though.

T - The taste follows suit to the smell even in the weakness category. The flavors are good, just too light.

M - Not very creamy and thin

D - Drinks like a nice ice cap, which is good for coffee, but so-so for a brew.

Side Notes: This is a good try at the style, just needs a little more oomph.

earthboundagain, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of afordney
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Beer had a nice Black color, Pour gave an inch thick head, nice tan color and tight bubbles

roasted malt aroma

hop bitterness gives way to roasted malt which lingers for some time after it's gone down, not too much sweetness but it's very smooth.

a heavy beer, it has a thick feel and little bitterness, very malty and sweet

Very drinkable on just about any occasion, I tend to get a hankering for stouts and porters when the weather gets cold. This fits well with that, the heaviness and roasted flavors work well on a cold evening

afordney, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -5%

I drank this from a nitro tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is light balck with a very light tan head, good retention and great lacing like a milk shake.

The aroma is very sweet coffee mixed with milk.

The taste is sweet light milke chocolate that is medium bodied.

Not a huge milk stout fan but this is ok, just a little too sweet.

jrallen34, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of lester619
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a dark reddish brown. A little lighter than I expected. Creamy tan head with good retention. Smokey coffee dark chocolate smell. Very smooth, sweet coffee chocolate taste as well. This is my first milk stout. I like it. It has the robust smokey bittersweet taste of a good stout, with a smooth, sweet, creamy side to it. Very nice. Thick, creamy chewy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty satisfying beer. Great for a cold winter night.

lester619, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of fropones
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%

Had this on nitro tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign tonight.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with 1.5 fingers of head with great retention.

S - A little bit of coffee, some chocolate, some sweet lacto smells, but fairly underwhelming. Smell got a little better as it warmed up, but not much.

T - Unfortunately, the taste followed suit. Nothing super special here, sweet, obviously, some chocolate. As it warmed up, it got a bit better, but not enough to redeem itself.

M - Very creamy and smooth, as one would expect from a nitro tap. Low carb and a little chewy.

D - Drinks fine, although I don't think I'll have this again since it's so lacking in the flavor department.

fropones, Dec 04, 2009
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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