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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,605
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 529 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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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
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This particular beer was bottled on 4-20-10. Pours a dark black-brown, with a 1/4 tan head.

Has a creamy vanilla-coffee aroma. I also smell molasses, brown sugar, and toffee-malt.

Sweet, creamy, tasty; milky-smooth, there is absolutley no bitterness to this whatsoever. Almost like drinking coffee-milk, spiked with toffee malt.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, this is desert, not a beer!

Highly drinkable, I'm glad the abv is low, because this goes down waayyyy to smooth!

TheHoppiest, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of BigBlacke
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried one of these thanks to my buddy. It pours out a dark dark brown with a deep red hue when held to light. Nice creamy .5 inch head that quickly disipates down to a slight film. Smell is of sweet coffee and chocolate with a faint hint of vanilla bean. Taste is of roasty coffee, bakers chocolate and cream. Mouthfeel is a creamy goodness that just flows over the tongue to deliver taste everywhere. Drinkability is medium due to the sweetness. More of an after dinner beer, but very impressive.

BigBlacke, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Brez07
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from last weeks notes. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 5/28/10

A: Pours a dark brown with about 1/2 finger sandy head. Decent retention, but doesn't leave any lacing

S: A nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate and some graham cracker. There is a bit of sweetness that I pick behind all this

T: Good roasted flavor from the malt. Along with this I got bakers chocolate and a sugary sweetness

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation. Finishes with a kick of chocolate and a touch of roastiness

D: Good beer that is incredibly easy to drink. Could definitely put a few of these back in a sitting as the sweetness was not over the top

Brez07, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and one finger of stiff tan head.

Smell -- Milk Chocolate, malted milk, ground coffee, cinnamon.

Taste -- Not as sweet as the nose would suggest. There's more coffee and burnt toast in focus, with chocolate malt in the backdrop. Lactose sweetness is pretty faint. Earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium prickly carbonation. Meh.

Drinkability -- It's OK, but I'm not in love. It seems like it needs more lactose sweetness for style.

yeahnatenelson, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer for those who love milk stouts. Nice and rich appearance. Not the freshest smell, but intriguing enough. Taste of milk and cream rolled into a nice stout with a mouthful that leave you wanting more. Drinkability is exceptional. At 5.2% one can drink a bunch of these and feel good.

yuenglingfan101, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of rembrant
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Puor- Deep Brown vern near black and opaque. Decent 1 finger head,good lacing,looks alright for a stout

Aroma, Sweet scents of malt,raisin,roast and some coffee

Flavor First impression is all smooth,creamy,and a bit of sweet elements of coffee,toffee,chocolate do emerge though there isn't anything that leads. A pleasant flavor overall. Not real complex-intense but a nice if rather low key beer. As it warms,notes of coffee,vanilla do increase. There is a mild hop finish thought the hop side is subdued.

Mouth Rather than " Cream Stout" this is "Milk Stout" and I'd say the body-texture does fit that. There's an interesting mix of stuff,there's a tease of thick,thin,robust,soft....you could say it's elusive. A bit different but likeable. I favor more viscosity in a stout.

Drinkable This is a sub-genre of stout. It's evidentlty built to be drinkable and accessable. In that regard Left Hand did well. This lacks the depth,flash,punch....and price tag,of some of the " Big" stouts,but it's a brew you can do watching TV or mowing the lawn. Your girl friend will like iut. Your uncle will like it. Those "dudes" you hang out with will like it. It is NOT KBS/Abyss/Plead The 5th/Expedition...but is a pretty decent brew.

rembrant, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and dark like a good stout should be. Minimal head and minimal lacing.

Smell: A bit sweet and coffee-like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth with a coffee and roasted nut flavor. A bit of the sweetness from the lactose shines through. Pretty even-keel throughout the life of the beer. A very steady beer with no real surprises.

Drinkability: A good milk stout that was very enjoyable and easy to drink. could drink maybe two-three of these in any one setting. Another solid beer from the folks at Left Hand.

July2Nov, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours dark brown ruby hightlights 1+ finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smell was not very strong but you get burnt malts some chocolate

taste is out of this world - sugary sweet milk with plenty of the roasted burnt malts some nutty chocolate and coffee to boot

mouthfeel is light with great carbonation smooth and creamy

drinkability - hell yes - should have bought a case i forgot how good this beer is - low abv light body big flavor - great stout

jsh420, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I guess you could call this my dessert after downing a spicy pork sammich (with the Victory edition of the Saison du BUFF). It pours a mostly opaque black-brown, highlighted with a lighter shade of brown, topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light buttercream, sweet coffee, cocoa, coconut, light roasted malts, and vanilla. The taste is a simple combination of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and sour cream. The body is a somewhat hefty medium, with a very light carbonation and a feel as smooth as Billy Dee. On nitro, this thing is dangerously drinkable, a very tasty and enjoyable milk stout.

TMoney2591, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass

Got this at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL on nitro-tap

Pours a nice light tan head that doesn't stay around long. There is a deep rich black body. The aroma is of roasted malt and sour cream. The sour notes on the nose while appropriate were a bit off putting. The sour notes go by the wayside they taste of chocolate cream and coffee. There are also notes of nutmeg and cinnamon with a woodsy almost nutty taste to it. There was some light nitrogenation to it. It was nice and smooth on the palate. Overall a solid tasting milk stout. A pretty good brew to consume on tap.

Vdubb86, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of FCC3
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intoxicating nose, chocolaty, malty, sweet, delicious. A little sweet for my tastes, but very drinkable. I am glad I tried this great beer from Colorado.

Wish I could try it on tap, it would be even better. Reminds me of a Breakfast Stout, from New Holland, I think...although this beer is easier to drink...

Although I am partial to local beers (from the Philly area) I am very happy with this beer..will definitely try more of their stuff..

FCC3, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night. Frothy tan head that disappeared way too fast.

S: Black coffee, chocolate, slight nutty smell.

T: Burnt malt, unsweetened black coffee, hint of chocolate and caramel, slight hint of nuts. Would have been a perfect score, but it finishes way too clean.

M: Thick and creamy, slightly carbonated.

O: Good stout, nice brew.

bundy462, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of ncredible1
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap to pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 1-2 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles fairly slowly. Leaves some beer ring lacing as it does. Additional lacing as you drink it down.

S: Malty, mocha, and pecan aroma.

T: Dark roasted coffee malt. The sweetness wards of the bitterness which is what I expect from the lactose. Very delicious!

M: Full, heavy body. Bitter and sweet start, yet a dry dry finish. Gives a full taste in the mouth feel but very smooth. Not quite a wow factor.

D: Prefer to drink this beer at colder temperatures. Great sipping brew. Not something that I would drink religiously but nice to have in the rotation.

Flavor is robust; although not to complex. Great balance of bitter and sweet. Overall, this is a very good milk stout. This is my favorite Lefthand brand.

ncredible1, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of RickS95
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pitch black, opaque with a fluffy tan head. A couple fingers of head, but it doesn't stick around long.

A combination of pine and coffee fills the nose, along with some dark fruits.

Dark fruits and bittersweet chocolate play on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was complex. There was sweet and bitter, there were lots of different flavors, and even sometimes the body felt light and other times medium.

I liked this beer, it smelled and tasted good, and it went down easy. Alcohol was moderate making this even more drinkable.

RickS95, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of OldeGolde
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot day on the farm, come on inside and slurp down a pint of your mother's milk stout, straight from the cows in the barn. It's dark for sure, but not impenetrable. The coffee/chocolate is super toned down, so you can definitely session this pup (especially at this ABV). I really like the mouthfeel- it is on the watery side for a stout (though not as watery as Guiness), but it's BALANCED. Oh heck yeah, this would go with all kinds of foods. I'm pairing it with some pizza and fish filet sandwiches.

OldeGolde, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black into a pint glass with an inch of creamy off-white head. Mild aroma of roasty malt and biscuit.

Moderate carbonation and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Subtle, roasty flavor profile with chocolate, toast, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Just a bit of coffee bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, light, and easy-drinking stout.

grittybrews, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of ZOXXO
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Kapok Tree Inn tulip glass.

A - Dark but not quite black. Two finger cream colored head and fine lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee milk chocolate

T - Roasty toasty chocolate coffee flavors. Sweeter than dark chocolate but not as creamy sweet as a Hersheys bar. Roasted malts linger.

M - Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation for a stout.

D - More sessionable than the bigger stouts.

Overall an enjoyable brew. Drier than I expected. Will drink again.

ZOXXO, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very opaque deep brown color. Thick looking. Moderate head, 1-2mm in size. Well retained, down to a film in about 2 minutes.

S - Lightly malty nose, minor amounts of roasted malt. At times bready. There is some lactose sweetness sneaking through. No hopping detected.

T -Starts off lightly sweet, chocolately, smooth. Mid-stream starts to build more stiffly roasted malt notes. Mid-stream gets some harsh bitter notes as well. Finishes with a bit of hops, solidly west coast in its style.

M - Creamy and full bodied, almost sticky at times. Carbonation is lightly present, complimentary in nature. Finishes with some sticky burnt notes.

D - Moderate to high drinkability. Very manageable ABV. Flavors are just a bit too caught up in the roasted malts for extended sessioning. Not at all filling.

katan, Sep 03, 2010
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,605 ratings.