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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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89
very good

5,364 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,364
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 163
Gots: 432 | FT: 4
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

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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endincolorado

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with chestnut highlights. Two fingers of thick tan head. Good head-retention. Decent lacing.

Smell- Inviting, sweet malt. Rich, yet slightly dry from a light grain aroma. Chocolate.

Taste- Sweetness dominates. Chocolate and malt. More richness. Slight stickiness. Virtually no hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good stickiness helps flavors hang around on the palate. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent, if you're looking for something sweet. Would be great with desert.

05-05-2009 18:47:51 | More by endincolorado
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Ragingbull

California

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer pours a black color like a cola with a thick mocha colored head. The nose has a coffee aroma. The initial attack and flavor are consistent with the nose in that there is some coffee and flavors of deeply roasted malts. Coffee and malt, those are my two main descriptors. The beer is smooth from attack through the finish. The mouthfeel is definitely creamy and rich. It finishes with that same nice creaminess. Very enjoyable.

05-02-2009 18:53:12 | More by Ragingbull
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skrib09

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

poured out rich and dark with a deep tan colored head. good staying power.

smells of roasted sweetness. a slight hint of chocolate with some burnt sugar.

smooth roasted notes come through in the taste. chocolate sweetness is definetly detectable.

mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. good drinkability.

05-02-2009 02:32:20 | More by skrib09
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a tan fluffy head which had good retention and left nice lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were sweet chocolate and some smokiness

T - The taste of this beer was great, very creamy and smooth roasted malts, a good bit of sweet chocolate, and slight hint of smokiness on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a medium body with light amount of carbonation

T - This beer tasted great, I love Stouts and mix in something a little sweeter, and I love dessert Stouts, which this one is, very rich and flavorable

04-29-2009 00:00:14 | More by cvfish
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LyonsHead

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -21.4%

A: Very dark brown, amber where the light hits it right. lighter tan head with not a whole lot of staying power

S: roasted malt with an almost smokey character. There is a sugary sweetness. There is a subtle sweetness but the roasted character of the malt really takes over.

T: starts and ends with a flavor that reminds me of burnt biscuit, but in a good way. There is a bready consistency through the entire thing.

M: surprisingly medium body. not as full as I like my stouts. There is a slick character to the beer as it rolls over your tongue.

D: This is an okay milk stout but I wouldn't rate it much higher. Probably won't go out of my way to get it again. It lost me on the taste and mouthfeel. Roasted malt overpowers other characters of the beer.

04-28-2009 20:51:53 | More by LyonsHead
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

A: Poured a dark brown/amber - not black. Light can actually pass through this beer. It produced a tan head that faded to a persistent wisp that produced some good lacing.

S: Smoke is the major aroma at first with some chocolate back. Subsequent smells had a creamy sweetness with the anticipated chocolate/coffee aromas of a stout.

T: Normal chocolate/coffee stout flavors balance with the smoky sweet creaminess. The sweetness comes in to balance the bitterness making this very smooth.

M: Smooth, creamy, not bitter, not overly carbonated.

D: This is a well crafted cream stout. Very easy to drink and it falls in to my perception of a stout that you can drink all night long and not get totally drunk. If this beer is an indication of how Left Hand beers are, I look forward to sampling them all.

04-28-2009 02:24:33 | More by BobbyBeerman
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mizzourah

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +8%

A- Poured with a very thin, light brown head that quickly fizzled away. It also left sticky lacing of the same color. The beer is a dark, dark brown that lets no light through.

S- To me it smelled like a milk chocolate candy bar. Fairly sweet and smooth.

T- It tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk, which is absolutely awesome. The chocolate taste is not overpowering at all, it's fairly subtle. The finish is smooth with just a little bit of roasted flavoring.

M- It's smooth and thick with just a little bit of carbonation.

D- Did I mention that this is smooth? Overall this is a very drinkable beer. The milk chocolate taste and sweetness are not too much. This is an easy drinking stout.

04-27-2009 22:49:24 | More by mizzourah
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottle with a "bottled on" date of 1/28/09, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A moderate pour left a 1/2 finger, fizzy, tan head that dropped quite quickly to a light lace that left light sticky spots on the glass. The body was a clean, deep brown.

S- Initially it was pretty sweet, like milk chocolate with a touch of plum-like tones. It became better, and more complex, with some warmth.

T- It was, again, very sweet initially with a milk chocolate flavor mixed with some lighter coffee notes that were nice and roasty. Warmth brings out a more robust flavor.

M- It has a little prickly carbonation with just a touch of thickness. It was pretty clean for the style.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker. I could put back a few in a single sitting and I wouldn't mind picking up a bottle again.

04-25-2009 19:02:31 | More by GRPunk
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost brown/black, thick tan head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lace sticks, looks real nice. Smell is great, really roasty and biscuity, grains, lactose sweetness, caramel, coffee, chocolate, bread, almost a bit of charred wood, vanilla, earthy, I like it. Taste is similar, very roasty, almost acrid, toffee, lightly sugary, lactose, coffee/espresso, chocolate, biscuity and grainy, really nice stuff. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, really smooth and drinkable. Not overly complex, but for me the flavours just work really well in this one.

04-24-2009 03:46:57 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled april 23/09.

pours pretty much black and opaque with a small dense pale brown head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. milk and a bit of dark chocolate. coffee. touch of caramel. touch of alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. light earthy and woody character. touch of citrus.

taste is good. coffee. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. a bit of nutty character too. light alcohol. earthy and a bit woody. touch of anise. bit of roast. fairly low bitterness level. light sweetness.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. definitely a nice milk stout. not overly lactic, just smooth and drinkable. good stuff!

04-24-2009 03:46:36 | More by grub
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a dark but clear brown color, cream colored head fades fast and ends as a vague film across the top of the beer. No real cling to the glass.

Smells of chocolate and dark malts.

Tastes of toasted and roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee.

The carbonation level in this seemed pretty high, especially for a stout. Kind of bit at the tongue.

Very drinkable beer but this was much better on tap.

04-23-2009 05:43:07 | More by donteatpoop
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stlsportster

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

On draught at the International Taphouse in St. Louis. Poured into a Left Hand glass.

Nice dark brown color, thick with a foamy amber head. Nice malty smell. Taste is smooth and full flavored (increasing as it warmed).

Enjoyable beer, but lower on the ABV than I prefer, which I suppose makes it a better session beer.

04-18-2009 02:27:28 | More by stlsportster
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with two fingers of light tan head.

Scent of chocolate, sugar, roasted malts, and cream. Nice balance, bitter malts balance well with sweet cream scent.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, cream, and a hint of coffee in the finish. A balanced and tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a bit too much carbonation.

04-18-2009 01:15:54 | More by paco1029384756
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atpben

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Had this most recently on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Pours black with a thick creamy head. Nice aromas of chocalate and burnt coffee. Very smooth in taste and it tastes like a nice bitter chocolate milk shake. More chcolates and coffee in the taste. Ends with a nice sweet smooth kick. Great tasting beer. My second favorite sweet stout after Watney's cream stout. I think Left Hand is a very underrated brewery. I enjoy all their products.

04-17-2009 02:55:15 | More by atpben
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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Dark brown, nearly opaque with a low head of off-white tight foam that sinks quickly, but leaves a fine cap.

Aroma of cocoa and dark malt, some ripe fruit.

Flavor of cocoa, roasted grain, subtle coffee, and some marshmallow. Fine caramel and toffee lingers.

Mouthfeel seems a tad thin for the style, semi-slick, but still fairly creamy,

Fairly drinkable, but not overly complex.

04-17-2009 00:06:03 | More by far333
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

poured into chalice from a dated 'BOTTLED ON' 05-21-08

A - dark brown/semi-sweet chocolate brown , 1/2" tan head, some lacing

S - chocolate and slightly burnt coffee.

T & M - dark chocolate. Very smooth, creamy and hint of coffee for this medium bodied stout. The taste is remarkably good for the age of the bottle. I've had this previously on tap and this is very similar in freshness to my surprise.

Very good overall and I would definitely try again... even though I don't particularly prefer stouts. This one's a winner!

04-16-2009 22:33:56 | More by cdizinno
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Hoegaarden draft glass.

A: pours a deep, reddish-brown. This stout was a lot thinner than I expected - not quite as viscous as other stouts. Nor was this stout as dark as others and when I hold it up to the light the glass shimmers a very dark ruby red, but it is not opaque at all.

S: The first thing that comes to mind is warm cinnamon rolls. I can also pick out notes of heavily roasted (almost burn) coffee beans, and chocolate milk.

T: The top note only faintly hints at roasted coffee, but this profile becomes more assertive mid sip. There is some sweetness up front, reminiscent of cherries, caramel and brown sugar. There is also a musty, woodsy flavor that makes itself present after the initial sweetness fades, almost as if this were aged in some sort of oak cask/barrel. A yeasty, bready taste dominates in the finish.

M: Kind of thin for a stout. Not a ton of carbonation, but I don't get the same thick, chewy mouthfeel that I expect out of other sweet stouts; at best, it feels slightly oily. Not bad, but overall its feels thin compared to other milk stouts I've had.

D: Easy to drink at 5.20%, so I don't see any problem quaffing a couple of these in a session. Alcohol is nonexistent for the most part.

This is a decent milk stout; not the best I've ever had, but not bad for a change of pace. I wouldn't be opposed to having it again. However, I believe there are other milk stouts that are just as readily available, comparably priced, and that do a better job at pairing the roasted/coffee/chocolate notes with a creamier mouthfeel.

04-16-2009 03:53:51 | More by Buschyfor3
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cpmau11

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a Stella Artois glass. About a one inch tan head. Head dies pretty quickly. Very dark but not completely black like a RIS. The aroma smells like roasted malts and chocolate. This is one the smoothest Milk stouts I've had in a while. Very easy to drink and goes down nicely. Not a strong aftertaste like most stouts. Overall a good beer, if you like milk or dry stouts, you'll like this one.

04-16-2009 01:33:46 | More by cpmau11
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -7%

Wooo my 100th review

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head. Body is very dark brown/black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average

Smell is of roasted sweet malt. There is also some espresso and metal aromas coming through. Hops are pretty undetectable.

Taste is big on roasted, burnt malt. Its not as sweet as it smells and the hops are more present in the taste.

There is a semi creamy head to this beer. It is a bit over carbonated but the medium thick consistency makes it easier to handle. It does have a dry, semi bitter after taste that lingers on roof of mouth

Over all its an above average beer that is pretty sessionable. Nothing special but would drink again til i found something better

04-15-2009 16:08:33 | More by angelmonster
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artvandelay

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

A - nearly black pour, tan head, good collar, ok lacing

S - chocolate, cappuccino, burnt chocolate

T - dark chocolate, mild roastiness, hint of coffee

M - medium body, somewhat smooth, short finish

D - I would like some more fullness in the body. But as it is, it could be a good session beer. Not too complex (that I could detect), but I like the chocolaty goodness.

04-13-2009 22:29:50 | More by artvandelay
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours black with ruby highlights, medium head. The aroma is sweet and almost smells like chocolate milk. The flavor profile consist of chocoalate, cream and a bit of alcohol. The beer is a bit thin for a stout, but the creamy mouthfeel and carbonation are on point. This is a solid desert beer.

04-10-2009 23:31:39 | More by bonkers
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with color with a 1/4-inch head. Good amount of lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet, slightly chocolately. It's like drinking alcoholic chocolate milk. Taste is malty, chocolately, with traces of milk. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A little sweet to drink more than one, but a good brew overall.

04-10-2009 00:49:28 | More by jdubjacket
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LennyV

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours black into my ommegang glass, little tan head, minimal lacing

Smells of sweet malt

Tastes of malt with some coffee with just a touch of milk.

Full thick syrupy body.

I am not a stout drinker but I like this beer. It was a nice surprise, I will drink this again.

04-03-2009 02:23:47 | More by LennyV
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Black, cola-like, not opaque; a bright light reveals finger sillouettes near the top other side of the glass. Short tan head dispersed leaving a few wisps; a thin ring and trace lace hung around a bit longer but eventually faded. Deep coffee bean aroma, chocolate, cocoa. Taste of chocolate milk and cold coffee with a really smooth, sweet finish and texture. The mouthfeel is distinctly creamy although with a thin body, flashes of bitter keep the sweetness in check and the low astringency makes it exceedingly drinkable. Although some will say that this is too light for a true stout, I find it hard to find fault with this beer; the milk / sweet stout handle really seems to fit here. Too bad I only brought one of these home from Premier in Buffalo.

04-01-2009 03:03:52 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Gigantis

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

Had a pint of this the other day at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. One of two Left Hand beers I tried on tap.

It pours black with a soft dirty white head. I looks thin, almost watery but there was some bubbly lacing down the sides of the glass. What I was impressed with was the roasted malt and creamy coffee aroma. Bigger than I expected. The taste is... milk like with hints of chocolate, toffee and of course roasted malt. This is a stout that has a sweetness to it but it isn't a fruity sweetness at all (as one would hope given that it's a milk stout) It feels like creamy milk in your mouth and goes down very, very smooth. Still, given the sweetness and the fact that it feels so much like dark, flavorful milk, I wouldn't want another one. But if you can drink a ton of milk then you could probably drink a ton of this since it isn't overly heavy. Overall it's a pretty solid beer. A good first milk stout (and it could be since they sell it in six packs everywhere now) that will not surprise you. It is exactly what it claims to be. This is the least confusing beer I have had in a while.

03-30-2009 18:54:19 | More by Gigantis
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,364 ratings.