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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,488
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 168
Gots: 482 | 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

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Photo of willmc
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on sight, pours black into a stout style tulip glass. very, very thin tan head-which is gone in a blink of an eye, no lacing left behind. aromas of coffee right away followed by sweet chocolate malt and toffee. taste is bitter on the back, chocolate sweetness in the beginning, and strong coffee in the middle. overall i really dig this milk stout, run out and pick up a six pack. Cheers!

willmc, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottled on Sept. 30, 2009)

For a stout this beer from Left Hand has more the appearance of a porter as it is not quite opaque. Very nice looking however being a deep dark brown with a clear ruby glow through the middle when backlit. The tan head is minimal fading to a creamy collar leaving just a little slippery lacing.

The nose is sweet deeply roasted malts, chocolate and caramel.

The taste is more of what the aroma hints at, sweet up front, deeply roasted grains, the bitter dark chocolate and hints of caramel. In addition there is dark roasted coffee and a nice mild bitter finish to round out the sweet. Flavors become fuller and play off each other better as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel is nicely medium, smooth and a bit creamy and appropriately low in carbonation.

Left Hand Milk Stout is the first of the style I've tried and I find it very approachable and drinkable, but it does seem more like a porter than a stout to me. I really need to try more of the style. It's also only the second beer from Left Hand brewery I've tried, the other being the Oktoberfest which I found to be very good.

BlackBearForge, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Dankuel
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer in a balloon goblet, it has a dark brown appearance with a decent cream colored head. A very potent milk smell permeates the nostrils with a whiff. There is also a very consistent chocolate undertone to the smell.

The first sip: has a decent mouthfeel, the roasted malts really stand out, it is a bit sweet, not too strong, a nice milk taste to follow. Decent beer.

Dankuel, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro-tap. Pours black with a big very light tan head. The head has really good retention and was still there when I was getting close to finishing the beer. Left some very good lacing down the glass. I didn't get to much of a smell on this one what was there was kind of light for me but there were roasted malts, some chocolate. Roasted malts and chocolate were also in the taste but luckily more apparent. There was also a milk/milk chocolate taste and also a very small hint of coffee (mainly in the aftertaste). The mouthfeel on this one was some of the creamiest I've ever had, very smooth and creamy and thick. This one as a lower ABV and with a good taste I easily had three. Would like to drink this one again for sure.

dismal, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Josievan
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark head takes its time settling onto jet black body.

Smell: Dark malts with a touch of milk added.

Taste: Roasted malts. Maybe a little cappuchino/ hot chocolate flavor. Sweetness is dominant but not overpowering in any way. Not a lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Not too much carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking stout. Sweet, but not too sweet to be a session beer.

Notes: Of the few milk/sweet stouts I've had, this is the best. The milky sweetness blends so nicely with the other flavors you usually find in a stout. I can see this becoming one of my favorite stouts.

Josievan, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Brettster
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this milk stout. This was served a dark black with a very smooth head. Left Hand Milk Stout goes down with a very creamy mouthfeel and with a slight hoppiness at the end. I can taste the sweetness at the beginning. Very smooth. Will definitely drink again.

Brettster, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick beige colored head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Hints of dark roasted malt and chocolate with a touch of molasses.

T- Rich roasted bitterness initially that is swept away by sweet milk chocolate and cocoa flavors. A bit of espresso, mocha, and caramel in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Creamy and smooth. The alcohol is hidden quite well.

D- Overall this is a really nice Milk Stout and one that I will revisit quite often.

projectflam86, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of noslenwerd
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks very similar to a dark soda pop (coke/pepsi). 3/4" of head but fades very quickly

S: Has almost a bit of a sour milk smell (not a bad one), but not sure how else to describe it.

T: Very light stout, not a whole lot of over the top taste too it. A mild alcohol aftertaste. Otherwise very smooth.

Summary: Not a bad beer overall, but would not go out of my way top drink it again. Lacks the "oomf" that most good stouts have.

noslenwerd, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of melloashello
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffee and chocolate is what this beer is about. The lactose was pretty present for me. I had never had a milk stout before until tonight and upon that first sip, I thought 'damn, this taste just like milk chocolate.'
Good beer. I really enjoyed it, but I could only see myself drinking one or two, probably no more than that. The sweetness of it might catch up to me pretty quick.
Definitely recommend. Try it if you can!

melloashello, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO, $1.50.

A: Deep brown, iced tea colored accents and a cream colored head, about half an inch worth or so, that sticks around nicely, nice lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, has a few lactose type smells, nothing overbearing, but still a nice smelling beer.

T: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted barley, a few hints of vanilla as well. Not too shabby of a beer. Lots of decent flavors, and a fair amount of balance as well. Bitterness in this beer comes from roasted malts more so than hops, still quite balanced between bitter and sweet.

M: Starting to verge on fairly thick with this one, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky on the lips.

D: Goes down easy, and would make a decent session. A little bit on the sweet side to drink a whole lot of, but is still quite nice. Would make a great after dinner beer.

pokesbeerdude, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black that is slightly opaque when held to light. Fluffy tan/brown head that retains well. Good lacing.

Nose is sweet and chocolatey. Taste is likewise sweet, chocolate, a bit roasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable, though it's a stout so it sits heavy in your gut.

All in all, it's a good milk stout, but doesn't really stand out as anything special.

Mavajo, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of accordselux
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the nitro tap was REALLY good. Happy Gnome 11/12/09.

I loved this in the bottle so I knew I had to have it on nitro.

Very full tan head that left a coating of lace down the glass as I drank. Great deep brown color.

Smelled sweet, I can smell the lactose.

Very very smooth mouthfeel. Mild coffee and chocolate, typical stout flavors.

It doesn't stand out, but I love the mouthfeel and hte sweetness the lactose imparts. To me this is a session beer- to spend an evening with friends.

accordselux, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a thin brown that appears almost opaque with brown edges once the glass is full. A 1/8 inch beige head forms and reduces to a minimal lacing.

The aroma seemed a bit weak to me, although some of this is possibly related to temperature as the aroma is improving. There are nice notes of sugary sweetness with nuts and cream soda.

The taste includes nice healthy doses of chocolate and nuts. I also pick up some coffee bitterness and light vanilla after-taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a quick carbonation up front. There is a creamy component, as well as a mild dryness at the finish. It actually ends quite cleanly with a pleasant crisp sensation and mild flavors lingering.

Overall, I think this is an easy to drink beer. It doesn't overwhelm me with taste or aroma, but leaves me thinking that I could enjoy another one.

SykDoc, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a smooth black body topped by 1.5" of dense off-white head; reasonable retention and a bit of fine lace.

S: Delicious mixture of sweet, nutty chocolate, dark roasted malt, and smooth cream. There's an aroma here (dominant and up front, largely nutty) that I just can't quite pin down - I know that it's something specific (candy bar? type of nut?), but it's always just out of reach. If anyone can enlighten me, I'd love to know. It's definitely not a bad thing, though, and this is a great smelling beer.

T: More of that maddeningly enigmatic nutty flavor up front, followed by a profound richness of roasted malt (equal parts coffee and chocolate). Enough coffee bitterness to make for a fairly dry, crisp finish (considering the overall sweetness of the brew). Very nice indeed, and especially rich and strong for such a sessionable ABV.

M: Fairly light-bodied with minimal effervescence. Silky and soothing, but forgettable.

D: Good, not great. It reminds me more of a super-smooth RIS than a standard 5% milk stout.

Notes: Absolutely delicious beer - definitely in the running for highest flavor to alcohol ratio. Very nice. I just wish I could figure out what it smells and tastes like specifically. It's driving me nuts! Ah, well, at least I have a tasty beer to sip on while I fret.


woosterbill, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on nitro-tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA. So many other customers recommended this to me that I had to try it.

I love the appearance of a nitro stout, the stark contrast in body & head. Dense black body with ruby highlights, a finger of creamy head. Love the composition, with plenty of nitro sheets of lace.

Smell of light-roasted malt, cream. I've always marveled at lighter-bodied stouts' ability to achieve that toasty smell while maintaining low ABV & just seeming so cool & light.

Taste is of a cool roast, chocolate, kind of nutty, some ice cream maybe? Honey? Further into the pint, some bread crust shows up in the aftertaste, a little on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is creamy & smooth without being too thick, another beauty of nitro. Some residual sweetness pops up, as could be expected.

Drinkability is way up there: lots of flavor for a low ABV stout, & without a lot of heavy flavors that camp out on your palate. I can understand all the word-of-mouth praise for this baby.

OneDropSoup, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic

Appearance: A very dark brown that is almost completely opaque. Even a vigorous pour only produced a small half-inch head that recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

Smell: As one might expect, smells very sweet with some caramel, malts and dark chocolate in the nose. As it warms, the sweetness becomes more pronounced, and the scents really blend together well.

Taste: The taste deviates from the smell a bit, as the roasted malts, coffee tones, and bitter chocolate are the first things to hit your palate. Finishes sweet, though.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and creamy and very suited to the style.

Drinkability: At only 5.2% ABV, it's pretty low in alcohol and definitely smooth and tasty enough to have a few of.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew. It's very complex and tasty, just not overly bold. Given its low ABV, I would definitely cite this as a solid session beer that I would certainly recommend.

zoso493, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Milk Stout poured black with a light insignificant head.

The smell and taste also were light and insignificant, with a non-descript sweet roasty character. It had high carbonation, that along with the light character, gave it an un-stout-like feel, yet made it refreshing.

Left Hand Milk Stout is a stout that could be pounded on a hot day. A summer stout, perhaps?

MetalHopHead6, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of heissebier
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my first milk stout provided to me courtesy of my roommate whiteweasel. Cheers!

Appearance- Has a decent although fairly weak head that dissipates rather quickly. Dark appearance but still translucent although barely.

Smell- Sweet with hints of roasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste- A delightfully unique and interesting flavor! Sweeter than I'd expected but still in balance. Chocolaty but maintains a stoutlike boldness.

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth, the carbonation left a little something to be desired.

Drinkability- Excellent. A misguided friend once referred to Busch Light as "Tasting like Candy". This brew actually does!

heissebier, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a seidel. First milk stout ever

Appearance: Nice creamy light brown head which lingers for a while. Color is opaque and dark brown if just normally looked at, but showed red upon holding it up to a light.

Smell: Somewhat chocolatey and sweet. Much lighter than other stouts. It might just be my mind playing tricks on me, but it smells a little like chocolate milk. It smells pretty malty, which adds to its sweetness.

Taste: Mmm very chocolately and sweet. I can see why they call it milk stout. Its like beer flavoured chocolate milk. Just a hint of roasted bitterness lets you know its a stout. Its very tasty and leaves almost no aftertaste in the mouth other than a faint milkyness.

Mouthfeel: Loses most of its carbonation quickly but still has a little fizziness left at the end. No alcohol sensation is present, but at its abv its no surprise. Not exactly refreshing in the traditional sense, but great to just drink and chill out on a night in.

Drinkability: I may have found my everyday beer. Its very easy to drink, and when I've finished my bottle, I feel like another. And at only 5.2% its very forgiving when youre having a few.

Whiteweasel, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of vdread
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout pours deceptively dark, but a lot of red can be seen through the light. the tiny mocha head disappates within seconds.

smells of milk chocolate, some lightly smoky malts.

taste is of sweet chocolate, some burnt malts, tastes and feels more like a porter than a stout, though. mouthfeel is pleasant for a porter, but not what i would expect from a stout. light in consistency and pretty easy to drink.

vdread, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Zebus0
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good, looks like any other stout really. Can't see through it so you know it's good. I dock 1/2 a point because the head was kind of skimpy, thin tan colored head.

S- Very muted smell, my favorite. Very burnt, good aroma.

T- Very interesting. Smooth start with a burnt coffee-like finish and aftertaste. Very pleasing. Don't see how people compare it to chocolate milk. Quite a bit of sweetness on the start, I like it.

M- Very smooth, what you would expect from a milk stout. Just a tiny bit of grain, kind of a given. Pleasant though, like everything else.

D- Very drinkable. One of my favored stouts actually when I can get it. Just overall a very interesting beer. I have yet to have a lot of really good sweet/milk stouts, this is one of the better ones.

Zebus0, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jt31914
2.13/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: 1 finger of head with a dark brown color (reddish undertones). A little inconsistent.

S: Strong coffee and milk, char smell.

T: Tastes like smell but the finish is pretty poor; coffee mixed with milk dominates flavor. The taste on the palate is very good, sadly the finish gets worse on every drink and is just horrible (my friend actually dumped this beer in disgust).

M/D: Bubbly, strong and not overly smooth.

It was good at first but got worse as it warmed and was average overall. If I wasn't a fan of the style I would've probably hated this beer.

jt31914, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of drewd
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brownish-white head. Smells strongly of coffee, chocolate. Taste is sweet, almost creamy right off the bat. Very nice ending notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Smooth all the way through. Not quite as much as Young's Double Chocolate, but more complex. In my opinion, makes for a better beer. Very drinkable, an all-around quality brew.

drewd, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of bmoney
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A- Pours a very dark dark brown, with a tan head that leaves good lacing and rings all the way down.

S- smells like cocoa, coffee, and seriously like a glass of whole milk...

T/M- delicious, thick and creamy... Roasted malt, and a sweet chocolate milk taste.

D- on my second and could use another.

One of my favorite beers... if you're in the mood for something sweet and creamy this is it.

bmoney, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of bcole002
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap. Maybe it's the name, but I almost felt I was drinking cold milk beer, if there is even such a thing. The beer was smooth and silky. Nice easy to drink stout, all around. I'm afraid to try it in a bottle for fear that it might taint my memory.

bcole002, Sep 21, 2009
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,488 ratings.