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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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5,186 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,186
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 150
Gots: 370 | FT: 4
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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 orangemoustache


3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Stout pours a Coca-cola brown with a foamy A&W rootbeer float head that leaves lots of spider web lacing everywhere.The nose is mostly chocolate and cream,kind of smells like an Oreo cookie.The taste is mild coffee with whole milk creamer,dark bitter chocolate,and vinilla mousse.This seems light for a stout and a little too sweet as well,but it's still delicious,and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 23:56:32 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of mooseisloose


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Pours to an opaque dark brown but with little to no head. Taste is kind of butterscotch-like. Slight hopping detectable in aftertaste. Surprisingly light for the style. A very good beer I would drink again. Drinkability is high both for flavor and consistency.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 03:12:16 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of stumac


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance is black as night (well dark dark brown), nice brown tinted head. aroma is rich, deep malt, subtle chocolate notes, maybe some vanilla extract. Taste is delicious! rich malts, hints of wood, cocoa. no real distinct hop notes. medium to full bodied. low to medium carbo. Delicious beverage!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 04:05:44 | More by stumac
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this beer in a 12 ounce bottle. Milk stout didn't make much sense to me at first but I am glad I tried it. An excpetional Stout! The appearance of this beer was dark with a light head and it had a light burnt smell. This beer is exceptionally smoothe for a stout and it is certainly another beer I will suggest to all my beer friends

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:55:06 | More by Biggness
Photo of ShrLSU


3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A -poured a dark brown with a 2 finger tan head

S - roasted malts are the most noticeable. Also smelled a bit of coffee and chocolate

T - A potent roasted malt taste upfront. The middle is a creamy milk taste, and the end is a slightly bitter coffee taste

M - Very creamy and thick. Almost a bit of a chewy feel

D - Very tasty stout. I would drink this as a session beer. Not overwhelming in any way but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 05:10:53 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of Portertime


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a unique taste to it. I enjoyed it slightly chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a dark, black coffee brown with a dark tan head. Smelled of dark roasted coffee with a hint of creamer and mocha. Tasted like dark roast coffee, very chewy, with that sweet milk aftertase that really intrigued me. I liked this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 21:30:14 | More by Portertime
Photo of matty


3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored beer with aroma of chocolate and coffee.Taste is chocolate/cocoa and espresso.Aftertaste is the same after you drink a sweetened cup of fresh coffee.This is something I would definetly recommend and buy again,although I doubt I could drink more than a few at one sitting!!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 06:18:47 | More by matty
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Black on the pour, non-translucent, with a very thin layer of bubbles capping the surface. Bubbles reduced to a thin line around the glass. Lacing was present but light.

S: Very aromatic dark roasted malts on the nose, smelling primarily of coffee and chocolate.

T: Complex wash of sweet malts and bitter chocolate envelope the tongue and stay true through the whole experience. There are notes of coffee that come in afterward, with other flavors swirling in as well, like caramel and a sort of earthy maltiness. Very nice.

M&D: This is a big bold chewy stout, just the way I like 'em. It's heavy in the mouth and incredibly satisfying. The carbonation is fine and light, lending itself extremely well to the creamy texture that is imparted on the palate. This is a very good brew and I would happily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 22:36:24 | More by SIRIUS2
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep dark brown (almost black) into a tulip glass. Great two finger tan head the faded slowly into a medium sized cap.

S - Rich roasted malts of chocolate and coffee. The smell reminded me of a frapachino from starbucks.

T - A robust roasted malt up front with a trail of creamy silk that followed. Sweet nutty finish made it perfect for an after dinner drink.

M - Full bodied and creamy texture on the palate. Low carbonation made it extra smooth.

D - Very enjoyable beer. Great milk stout, sweet and rich made it a very drinkable beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 12:33:17 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of KeefD


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown with a dense, rocky, two-finger head and thick chunky lacing. Smell is of coffee and caramel. Strong caramel and roasted coffee flavors. Heavy on the chocolate malts. Very light on the hops. Very creamy and rich. nice smooth mouthfeel. An all around good stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 05:38:41 | More by KeefD
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When you first look at the color on this beer, it looks like the typical black of a stout. When held up to the light, it's much thinner. A fair amount of head.

S: An OK aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some milk and a little hops.

T: Surprisingly thin for a stout. While you get an above average hit of coffee, there's little else in the flavor. It's simply not that complex.

M: An average body and average amount of carbonation. Smooth finish, though.

D: This is not a beer I can recommend. As I said, it's simply too thin for a stout of any kind.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 13:10:28 | More by avalon07
Photo of quikfish13


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up from my local Giant Eagle in a sixer. Pours surprisingly clear with a light tan frothy head, and a dark black/amber body that is more transparent at the bottom.

Aromas remind me of milk chocolate with heavily creamed coffee. Nice roasted aroma of coffee beans with a hint of sugar and black licorice.

Very smooth, a nice burst of chocolate milk up front with some nice bittersweet tones. Dark roasted malts, sweetened black coffee, and smooth cocoa come into the middle with a nice bitterness at the end. Reminds be of a very milky hot cocoa. Very modest on the alcohol.

This one goes down very smooth and very rich almost a little too rich. It warms the mouth and bites at the tongue but leaves a very comfortable finish.

With such rich bold flavors I don't believe that I could down the whole sixer. I would say drink this about as much as you would chocolate milk which for me would only be as a sinful treat to myself.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 08:33:00 | More by quikfish13
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and smoky with hints of fine coffee. It pours a dark, almost opaque, chocolate brown, not quite as dark as most stouts I have tried; head is very thick, tan, fine-bubbled and persistent. Flavor is rich, with an overtone of unsweetened chocolate and strong smoky and coffee hints. It goes down smoothly and leaves an aftertaste like burnt coffee mixed with bitter chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 02:04:47 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Mora2000


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/black into a pint glass. The head is two fingers thick and tan colored. Very creamy. The beer smells of roasted malts, but overall, there isn't much of a smell.

The taste is chocolate and coffee with some sweetness. It went down easy and I could see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. I only wish I would have tried this on a day where the high temperature wasn't in the 80s.

Overall, this is one of the best sweet stouts I have had. I will definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 05:19:18 | More by Mora2000
Photo of KI9A


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

A: Dark body, frothy head after an agressive pour.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Sugary, chocolate malt. I even detected a hop note near the end.

D: A very decent milk stout. I prefer oatmeals & milks, over a dry stout. I can see having some of these in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 14:28:57 | More by KI9A
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark brown/black body with a nice, tan head with nice retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: An interesting, bitter smell with roasted barley undertones.

T: A sweet, roasted taste with a sweet, sugary aftertaste. The sweet aftertaste did a nice job of balancing the bitter, roasted barley taste.

M: Nice, smooth mouthfeel that was light and easy going down.

D: A nice, drinkable beer due to a nice mix of a good taste and smooth mouthfeel. Nice roasted taste balanced by the sweeter aftertaste makes the beer excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:56:07 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color with a huge, fluffy, tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts. Couldn't detect much else. The taste was of chocolate and coffee. The body was a lot lighter than expected and the carbonation was medium. Overall this beer was great. I wish we had this beer in LA!!! I say that a lot. Pathetic.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 04:02:52 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of joekfsu


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with 2 cm of foamy tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet malt and smoke. Initial flavor is is chocolate and cream. Flavor ends more malty. After taste lingers for a short time. Light lacing, next to no carbonation, light to medium body, and alcohol didn't really make its presence known. Very drinkable beer that pretty much follows what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 02:50:21 | More by joekfsu
Photo of charlzm


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

Consumed 03/28/08.

A nice clear dark brown pour, making a one-finger head that quickly becomes a thin foamy skin.

Beery aroma (like a bar). Some dairy notes as well.

Roasty malt character with bitterness on the end. Creamy texture. Milky, even, though there's a not a lot of dairy on the palate. The only dairy/sweet note I noticed was a vague lactic sweetness that I may have even imagined (???).

Not mind blowing, but a good, solid, easy-drinking stout. Reminds me a bit of Old No. 38 from North Coast Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:25:36 | More by charlzm
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark chocolate brown pour, a slight head formed upon initial pour from a refrigerated 12 oz bottle. Small ring remained. Perhaps a slight carbonation, however the density of the coloring hinders a final judgement.

Smell - Deep roasted coffee aroma overpowers any initial thoughts. A feint grassy hint is present, but it really has to work to get past the coffee nose.

Taste - The nose matches the taste. Strong coffee hit on the tastebuds with a lingering bite of a harsh bitter at the end. I can feel a bit of the sweetness from the residual suger.

Mouthfeel - For a stout, it does feel a bit light in body, the carbonation is stronger than it looked upon initial pour, which helps provide a bit of chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I've reviewed a few milk stouts and it is nice to expand my palette with another offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 00:47:46 | More by Nesued
Photo of btuthill


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass.

A - dark, nearly (if not completely) black. almost zero head. what was there faded fast.
S - perhaps i could chalk it up to a partly stuffy nose, but there wasn't as much as i would have liked.
T - smooth. waited in vain for any one flavor to grab me, but nothing ever did.
M - great. i'd call it 'slimy' if it didn't sound so unappetizing. perhaps 'oily' works better. either way, it was wonderful.
D - could have had a half dozen if there was time. smooth and balanced.

nice beer. my first introduction to the milk stout category, and i'll gladly go back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 23:51:50 | More by btuthill
Photo of Cs1987


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, 1 finger of brownish head which disappeared before I even touched it. Pretty much no carbonation.

Smell - Strong, very similar to black coffee.

Taste - A great mocha taste, a bit more bitterness than your average stout.

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation, not as smooth as your average stout.

Drinkability - I wouldn't mind a second.

Overall - Good, but not quite the quality I expect from stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 02:19:45 | More by Cs1987
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a lactard so I made sure I was near a bathroom while drinking this, haha. Label says "Bottled on: 04/10/07"

Poured into a pint glass, it had a very dark brown/black color with a small tan head that boasted larger than normal sized bubbles.

The aroma was exceptional. Right away you get hit with roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. A candy-like sweetness is also noticable. Awesome.

The flavor backs up the strong aroma. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Very hearty, full-bodied and delicious.

There is a bitterness that counteracts in a weird way with the sweetness from the lactose. Very smooth but not exactly an "easy drinker."

A quality milk stout. This was the first beer from Left Hand that I have tried. I will be buying more and recommending this to any stout fan I know.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 22:48:25 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of blackjack000


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer is very, very dark brown, with some marroon edges. A caramel and cream colored head sits a little thin on top. As the beer is drained, the head leaves interesting negative space polka dots.

Smell: Very interesting smell going on. I smell caramel and coffee, baking bread, freshly broken earth. I wish I could better describe the smell. There's something very distinct that I do not know how to express. It reminds me of a spice that I do not know the name of. I know that isn't much help, but let me just tell you that it smells very nice and earthy.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Once again, the earthiness comes through, followed by malty caramel offset with a bit of hops, all the while sitting on a smooth body.

Drinkability: This was a very fun stout to drink. I constantly felt challenged with how to define the tastes and smells I was experiencing. The smoothness and the sweet tones really make a relaxing experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 16:15:26 | More by blackjack000
Photo of gwong

New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a thin tan head that doesn't stay for very long. Very faint lacing on the glass.

S: Strong scent of roasted chocolate with roasted coffee right behind it.

T: The roasted coffee is more prevalent in the taste - it's like a sweetened espresso drink with a hint of chocolate flavor.

M: Creamy and smooth on the tongue with little carbonation.

D: Moderate ABV and good mouthfeel makes for a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2008 22:35:47 | More by gwong
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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