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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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5,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,221
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 155
Gots: 381 | 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 chaunur


2.33/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this beer at a Reds game the other night so keep that in mind, Of course it was served in a plastic cup but still was a god pour with a nice dark color and a rich creamy head.
One sniff and I knew I was in trouble, didn't know this was a coffee stout, I hate coffee in all its forms, so obviously I didn't like this brew.
But having said that the beer was smooth and velvetly if you can get over the taste. As for drinkability if you like coffe in your beer,go for it

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 15:27:45 | More by chaunur
Photo of Goliath


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black and completely opaque with a large two finger light tan head with decent retention and no real lacing.

Aroma is nice with sweet malty tones showcasing mostly chocolate.

Taste is nice. Chocolate is the dominate flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, perfectly carbonated, and very creamy.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol and good flavor makes this beer easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 04:55:37 | More by Goliath
Photo of ajmoody76


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint. dark brown. good clarity. thin light brown head which thins. looks good.

roasty coffee. no off odors. smells pleasant.

bitter chocolate. very smooth. not a lot of bitterness. a little hop crispness and then smooth. chocolate aftertaste.

nice carbonation and a great full body. i really dig this beer. smooth. i would pay for more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 03:45:39 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of smellsofstout


4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color. Chocolate and mild roastiness in the aroma. Flavour is very nice with strong notes of milk chocolate and some roasty, coffee and sugary milk notes. smooth oh palate. Dry and sweet finish. I can definitely pillage this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 16:23:17 | More by smellsofstout
Photo of ph2001


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

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours smooth with thick foamy head that leaves quickly. near black, slivers of purple shade of red when held against light.

very smooth and creamy. a good malty sweetness to it that is balanced well with a slight bite. rich and velvety but very drinkable. one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 21:28:54 | More by ph2001
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured medium dark colour, with fairly dense head that thinnned over time. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, caramel and chocolate - appealing. Taste reflected the rich aroma, and was exceptionally smooth on the palate - impressive, though the overall taste was a shade too sweet for my liking. Impressive flavours and texture which I enjoyed, though would rate the drinkability down a bit, being a bit too sweet for my taste.

JohnW May 2008 (tasted & written in Tampa FL)
B'ham UK

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2008 14:26:16 | More by JohnW
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown with no opacity--much like a porter. An aggressive pour yields a creamy milk-chocolate colored head made up of many tiny bubbles that recede slowly, leaving some spotty patches of thin lace behind and finally settling to a thin layer of bubbly foam.

S: Strong roasted coffee with chocolate and forceful presence of cream and milk. They definitely didn't miss the "milk" in milk stout with this one--this might be a bit too sweet... More complexity would help in the smell, too.

T&M: Roasted malts give way to some creamy-chocolate flavors before a strong coffee finish. Just like the nose, more complexity would make this a much better milk stout. The coffee flavor is definitely ramped up here. Mouthfeel is where this thing really suffers. The body is way too light for a milk stout, and the excessive carbonation really destroys flavor development and the smoothness one would expect from a beer such as this.

D: Well, it's light bodied, but the over-the-top (for the style) carbonation hurts drinkability for me. I think of milk stouts as one of the ultimate smooth drinkers, but this one just wasn't there. I'm giving a 3 because it would be easy to put a lot of these down, but it isn't drinkable in the sense that I think a milk stout should be. See Mackeson's Triple Stout for a better stylistic example that is widely available.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 06:51:16 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle poured aggressively into a seidel yields a dark brown body capped with three fingers of rocky tan foam that retains at a sheet and leaves a little sticky lacing.

Smell is coffee and chocolate milk with a tinge of molasses. Roasted grainy notes lurk.

Tastes sweet and malty; strong light-roasted coffee note throughout with a slightly tangy finish.

Full bodied and creamy, but with nice carbonation to keep it light on the palate. Slight lingering essence/feel/taste of a Starbuck's mocha.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:47:16 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of everetends


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at World Market off 280 in Birmingham. 12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Came out a dark brown, not black. Allows some light through and had a decent foam head on it, a bit off white. Looks good.

S: Smells like chocolate, cream (milk) and coffee. Has a sweet character to it.

T: This beer is in fact sweet but it is good. Starts off with a bit of roasted malt that comes out. After the beer warms a bit, I get more of the cream and lactose. The finish is a slightly bitter coffee. Good tasting brew.

M: Very creamy but not too thick. It has some carbonation but nothing that takes away from the beer. Leaves a sweet milk taste in your mouth.

D: Very drinkable. Easy to put down a sixer of this without thinking about it. Highly recommend because this is a fine milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:05:17 | More by everetends
Photo of Brad007


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

Color: Pitch, oily black with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Smooth and roasty with a hint of chocolate in the nose. Has to be sweet.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront. Smooth. Chocolate/coffee hints show through. Decent carbonation. Not as roasty as a regular stout.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and chocolaty. Smooth. Leaves a nice sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would say it's very drinkable. The carbonation bothers me a bit but other than that, it's a great introduction to stouts for someone who may not like the bitterness of an extra stout or dryness of an irish dry stout.

Verdict: Worth picking up for the fact that it's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:22:39 | More by Brad007
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
Photo of shabbtastic

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
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