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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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5,369 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,369
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 164
Gots: 433 | 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 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
Photo of jdubjacket


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of Gigantis


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
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from the bottle a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Two fingers of creamy tan head leaving a veil of sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of chocolate milk, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee.

Thin with is a touch of sourness along with milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The coffee lingers thru the finish.

Lighter bodied and lightly carbonated.

A drinkable milk stout but nothing memorable. More creaminess could have done wonders.

03-29-2009 21:54:30 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Haybeerman


4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Black color with some lightening on the edges. Poured a thin tan head that held. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet toasted malts, bitter coffee. Also seems like I smelled marshmellows.

T: Big sweet toasted malts, bitter coffee an dark chocolate. Very pleasant bitter finish to balance.

M: Thick an chewy. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Very good stout. Tastes modifies as it warms making it a good beer to sip and savor.

03-28-2009 20:07:03 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Kromes


3.9/5  rDev -2%

Pours black. A little bit of lacing. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate scents. Sweet chocolately, roasted malt flavors with a slight touch of hops. The hops add a little bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is very sweet and creamy smooth. The roasted malt, chocolate flavors weren't as strong as some stouts, but there was a noticeable sweetness to this that other stouts lack, even could have used a little bit more sweetness.

03-28-2009 17:18:25 | More by Kromes
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

1.68/5  rDev -57.8%

Hope this was a bad bottle, but doubtful I will ever try it again, so I'll never know.

A = Dark brown with zero head or lacing.

S = Smell of coffee and burnt malt. Not much else

T = Honestly, tasted like a Coke Zero with a drop or two of coffee and a little bit of hop at the end. Is this beer? Where's the milk?

M = Thin and no carbonation. I expected some creamy goodness.

D = I wouldn't want to try

Overall, one of the worst efforts I've come across. DRAINPOUR.

03-28-2009 03:13:23 | More by JonMich13
Photo of aibkstaff

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Pours very dark with red highlights. A light dark head lightly carbonated. Smells sweet and malty with hints of chocolate. The taste is also sweet malty chocolaty and after a few sips the roasted flavors really start to come out. Great smooth body which is kinda medium light. The overall drinkability is great. I drink a ton of these.

03-27-2009 21:43:47 | More by aibkstaff
Photo of william5586


3.7/5  rDev -7%

Poured a light black with brown around the edges. Had one finger of tan head. Had a nice smell of roasted malt and sweetness.

The taste started with sweet. Toffee. Great roasted malt backbone took over, but was not overpowering. Medium bodied and well balanced.

Good easy drinking milk stout with an abv that enables you to put a few back.

03-26-2009 23:05:48 | More by william5586
Photo of generallee

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a dark brown/black colored body with a creamy tan colored head. The head started off thick then quickly settled down to thin covering that hanged on well. Lacing was good and slick siding down the glass slowly as I sipped.

Smell: The aroma has some nice hints of roasted malt, sweet grain and coffee.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor matches the aroma but adds more sweet creamy notes to the overall character. The finish is fairly clean with some very light bitterness hanging on. Its texture is very wet and slick. It is just a little bit thin but still somewhat creamy with a light body.

Notes: Overall I would say that it is a very nice, easy drinking stout with an average flavor and character.

03-26-2009 14:04:12 | More by generallee
Photo of LordChesterfield


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Good stuff bought on a lark. Has a unique chocolatey smell. Lighter than usual color. A very sweet taste, with notes of oak and vanilla. The aftertaste is mild and quickly fading. It's more drinkable than your average stout due to it's sweet taste. The mouthfeel is soothing.

03-26-2009 06:30:39 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of joshuadlight


3.78/5  rDev -5%

Got this beer in Dallas a week ago as it is not available in the panhandle area.
It pours a lighter brown than I thought it might. Light comes all the way through with relative ease when the pint glass is held up. The head shrinks from a nice tan 1.5 finger mound to a ring around the edge of the glass that leaves some streaky lacing. Smells more of milk chocolate than any beer I've had, I usually smell dark chocolate but this is lighter and sweeter. The taste is a light roast, like you'd expect of a breakfast coffee with more hints of milk chocolate. Minimum bitterness. The beer is a little more watery than I prefer, but it still manages to coat the throat nicely and leave a good residual flavor. No problem having a few of these. Its a solid stout.

03-24-2009 01:05:23 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of yeastsipper


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

Beer poured into DFH snifter. Black, but does not appear overly thick or viscous. Nice fluffy tan head.

Smell is roasted malt. Definitely some coffee. There are also very prominent notes of what I would describe as wet grain, which I don't really care for. Funky in a way that I don't like a whole lot.

Taste is nice, albeit, not really complex. Again, tons of roasted malt. Coffee flavor is pleasant. Some vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel is really nice and the highlight of this beer. Quite silky, if feels great going down.

Overall, pretty good stuff.

03-20-2009 05:47:15 | More by yeastsipper
Photo of harpo111


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

I like this one...of course i like stouts...

A: black, moderate head.

S: Coffee, malt, vanilla....what is not to like...you can smell the roasted grains...

T: Coffee, vanilla, some bitters....carmel...licorish maybe...nice and complex. Some hops on the backside...chocolate sweetness...complex...but nice.

M: very nice and smooth

D: Nice...i could do a couple of these in a sitting. Very nice stout. Better than the Sam Adams of simlar style to me.

Overall a good balaced beer.

03-16-2009 02:47:16 | More by harpo111
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


3.98/5  rDev 0%

A- A good looking black as night stout. decent head retention and some good lacing.

S- Sweet with some roasted barley and a little coffee, I was hoping for a bit more of what I smelled.

F- Smoooth, sweet with a bit of a coffee/dark chocolate taste on the end. If only the replaced all Guinness taps in the world with this.

M- heavy like a stout should be with very little slickness. A good body to it but nothing out of this world.

D- Overall a great Stout. It is a great sipping beer and good for a rainy day and a book. Would like a little more smell out of it but it tastes great. Highly recommend it.

03-13-2009 03:33:19 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Almost pitch black with a toasty/fruity perfume. Dried fruit, dark fruit and molasses come to mind. Creamy head sticks well to the sides of the glass and hardly drops. Rich and sweet. There's some husky grain in the background that I'm surprised I can taste, and a muted fruitiness. Coffee and cocoa flavours are as smooth as the body, and a light carbonation gives this a bit of zip without roughening the mouthfeel. Flavors are well balanced, and nothing is over-the-top. Very drinkable.

03-12-2009 05:05:42 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of DoubleJ


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

I'm about to milk this 12 ounce bottle for all its worth. On to the beer:

THis milk stout is opaque in color with tawny hues. The head is more creamy than anything else, with some retention and lacing. Some roasted coffee notes with creamer hit the nose pleasantly. Tastewise, there is a slight creamer sweetness to this brew, but the stout part prevails. Like an oatmeal stout. Coffee ground astringency, the kind of roastiness I like from my stouts. Faded smoke flavor brushed up towards the end. Lightish-medium body, with a faint burn of alcohol.

A pleasant stout from Left Hand. Not too sweet, not too roasty.

03-11-2009 03:31:39 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BierFan


3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Small tan head. Black body, brown at the edges where the light shines through.

Smell: Sweet with lots of caramel and chocolate. Little bit of roastiness to it.

Taste: Sweet. Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

Drinkability: I'd have no problem knocking back several of these in an evening. Yummy stuff.

03-10-2009 03:05:12 | More by BierFan
Photo of ricke


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Serving date: 2009-03-07. Served in snifter. Best before 15 May 2009.

A: Almost black, but held by the light it reveals clear dark brown colors. The head is small, lightly cappuccino colored, settles fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: A soft but still rather powerful, very round smell. Lots of sweet chocolate. Some coffee, chocolate syrup, noticeable vanilla, Reminds me of chocolate milk. Strangely, the alcohol is also detectable.

T: Duplicates the smell to a great extent. Some roasted malts, plenty of sweet chocolate, notes of coffee, milk, milk chocolate and quite a lot of vanilla. No fruit aromas to talk about. Sweet flavors definitely dominates. In the finish there is a very restrained bitterness, dark fudge, some soy sauce and notes of licorice.

M: Very smooth, rather full-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: Among the best milk stouts I've tried. Not your biggest stout, but very smooth and calm. Quite bold flavors considering the low ABV.

03-08-2009 16:23:49 | More by ricke
Photo of americanbeerbuzz

New York

2.65/5  rDev -33.4%

Poured into a standard chilled sixteen ounce pint glass. Rigorous pour leaves about an eighth inch white head. No lace. Deep black color is indicative of stouts though I wouldn't have guessed it was a milk stout on flavor. Tastes and pours more like an espresso or coffee stout. I was expecting a creamier flavor. Thought he mouthfeel is typical the aftertaste is a bit flat.

03-07-2009 22:41:38 | More by americanbeerbuzz
Photo of dukedevil0


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Single 12oz bottle from Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a slightly thin black with barely any off-white head.

S: chocolate both dark and milk, coffee, roast

T: just like the smell; some chocolate, coffee and roasted malts...less sweet in the flavor

M: highly carbonated, slightly thin almost like a porter

D: easy to drink, flavor is similar to some imperial stouts i've had just not quite as heavy

03-06-2009 03:39:27 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of goatgoat


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

A dark opaque black with woody brown highlights. A thin coffee head forms and falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is mildly sweet and roasted with a slight chocolate note. A bit of coffee.
Taste ups the aroma. Much more chocolate. Sweetness is balanced by a bitterness that keeps it in check. More coffee than chocolate in the finish.
Full, smooth feel.

A smooth tasty stout. Definitely one to try.

03-04-2009 02:01:06 | More by goatgoat
Photo of cagocubs


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a very dark brown with an offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Taste up front was sweet with hints of chocolate/molasses sweetness with roasted malt. This beer has an amazing mouthfeel. It is smooth with great mouth coating and wickedly smooth. Overall a very drinkable beer.

03-02-2009 03:54:52 | More by cagocubs
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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