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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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5,395 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,395
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 166
Gots: 444 | 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 jera1350


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

A- Pours a deep and dark brown. Small dark tan head that quickly fades. A bit of lacing slides down the glass.

S- Deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of coffee.

T- Same as the smell. Flavors are not real strong. Pretty subtle and light flavored for the style, but still good. Minimal aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth. Seems to be too much carbonation for the style. Not as slick and smooth as I would like because of the carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Not overpowering in flavor like some stouts can be.

05-20-2009 01:40:50 | More by jera1350
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A- Dark tan head sticks around on top of a opaque near-black body. Leaves some lacing on my mug

S- Dry, roasted smells of chocolate and coffee along with sweeter malty aromas and milky sweetness.

T- Moderately bitter, very roasty, and just sweet enough with flavors of cream and dark fruit (fig/raisin). Nothing amazing, but certainly tasty

M- Good feel for a milk stout. Thick and substantial without being slick or syrupy. Carbonation is light, but a bit rough.

D- Hard to make a drinkable milk stout, but this will do for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course, dessert.

05-17-2009 23:52:01 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of mnjeff


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

A: The carbonation in this brew is gorgeous. Very light head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smells great, though it is a very muted flavor and not the hop bomb that I typically spring for. But since this isn't the stout style... i like it.
T: Taste is very malty, lots of rich sweet notes. The great carbonation keeps the flavors in rotation on your palate.
M: For a stout the mouthfeel is awfully simple, though the sweet notes add some much needed depth.
D: If it sounds at all like I dislike this brew, you'd be mistaken. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, especially for a stout. If you haven't tried this beer, but have access you must.

05-17-2009 18:30:25 | More by mnjeff
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

Left Hand Milk Stout is a clear, deep, deep ruby ale with a thin khaki head that leaves good lacing. It has a roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness. It is medium bodied, smooth and crisp. It's sweet with notes of caramel, milk and coffee. It's very roasty. This is just excellent!

05-14-2009 03:01:39 | More by yesyouam
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.7/5  rDev -7%

I figure since I'm left handed that I should try some from this particular brewery. I'm glad I did.

The opaque brown/black liquid filled my glass with almost no head to speak of. Pretty...adn it had a light yet sweet aroma that was a bit of cocoa, caramel, and walnuts. The taste was similar without the walnut. It's a stout but it doesn't sit heavy or kick my tongue on the way down, it's just pleasant and enjoyable. Good job, LH!

05-11-2009 22:46:25 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

I had this on-tap at Shepard's in Clearwater Florida.Poured black with a nice coffee colored heading into a pint glass. Lacing was in full force to the last sip. Awesome looking brew.

Smell was of roasted malt's and a nice coffee aroma kicked in.

Taste was decent nothing that really stood out more of the coffee taste.

Mouthfeel was a good medium-bodied beverage, very creamy and smooth all the way to the last sip.

Drinkablilty for a stout was kind of a light hitter I could easily have a six-pack and not feel to full.

05-05-2009 22:02:26 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of endincolorado


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
Photo of Ragingbull


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
Photo of skrib09


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
Photo of cvfish


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
Photo of LyonsHead


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
Photo of BobbyBeerman


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
Photo of mizzourah


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
Photo of GRPunk


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of donteatpoop


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
Photo of stlsportster


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
Photo of paco1029384756


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
Photo of atpben


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
Photo of far333


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Buschyfor3


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
Photo of cpmau11


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
Photo of angelmonster


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
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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