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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,617
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 176
Gots: 538 | 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 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
Photo of Crossmc1423
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a- pours black w/ a light brownish head

s- wonderful aroma; hints on chocolate, coffee, maybe vanilla

t- taste is a bitter/sweet, nutty roast

f- Smooth, creamy, frothy

d- one sip at a time

my favorite part of this beer is the feeling of it going down- a slight tingle in your throat as the after taste of roasted coffee and cream arise

Crossmc1423, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

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

S: Malty, mocha, and pecan shells.

T: Dark roasted coffee malt. A little nutty, a little bitter, and just a little sweet.... like licorice. Fresh rye bread.

M: Full, heavy body. Bitter and sweet start, peaty dry finish.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is great here. Formidable dark appearance with a great foamy head to top it off. Nose is not complicated, but very full. Flavor is robust. Again, not so complex but a lot of it. Great balance of bitter and sweet. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of SanantoneRob
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into snifter. almost black appearance with head that quickly fades to thin layer on edges. smellis chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla. taste is of thinned out milkshake mixed with coffee beans. lacing is decent with low carbonation. great session beer. best i've had of style so far.

SanantoneRob, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of brianjay
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a white, brown tinted head. It thins out shortly after the pour, and we are left with a light swirl.

I have to admit, I was at a loss on describing the aroma at first. All I can pinpoint is a weak aroma of cinnamon buns.

Flavors are of baked goods combined with cola, but the sweetness is cut off with some of the toasted oat flavors from the malt.

Body is surprisingly light. Subtle dry finish and sweet flavors from start to finish define this unique brew. An honestly "sweet" stout.

brianjay, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of russellaaron69
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark black w/ a decent amount of head that faded into thin lacing. Smell was sweet and malty as was the taste. Wasn't as sweet as I had expected it to be but that's ok...but not great. The mouthfeel felt a bit thin for a milk stout. Drinkability was good but this isn't a beer I'd buy again. All together this wasn't a bad beer just not the best example of the style, in my opinion.

russellaaron69, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12oz'er at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $2.95. Bottled on 06 02 10. Served cold in a chilled tulip glass.

Moderate pour gives a dense tan head of rolling bubbles on top of a dark nearly black brew. The settling head emits a dry acrid nose of smoke and charred malts. The taste is more diverse than the smell, thanks to the addition of a moderate toffee and vanilla sweetness that balances the sharp acrid smoke that dominated the nose. Mouthfeel is on the hearty side of moderate, a bit flat on the carbonation, semi-sweet on the palate but finishes mostly dry. A decent stout, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find again.

BeerNinja007, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a very dark brown and is almost opaque in the glass, even when held up to the light.

Aroma is roasted with some sweet coffee with cream and earthiness coming through, as well as a hint of nuttiness.

Taste is slightly sweet for a stout with lots of roast character, some milk chocolate and coffee. It begins sweet ( for a stout ) and smooth with elements of coffee with cream and rich espresso. This moves into roasted character with a bit of an edge and some chocolate notes. Finish is slightly sweet and coats the mouth, leaving some nice roast character.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation and a nice mouth-coating sensation.

Overall I very much enjoyed this stout, it is easy drinking and by no means a "big" beer, but quite satisfying.

trevorjn06, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First crack at Left Hand. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured black, with light around the edges. Tan head left very fast. Almost no lace left on the glass.

S- Aromas of coffee and roasted malts are most present. Some chocolate notes towards the end.

T- Like the nose, roasted malts give coffee flavor up front followed by sweet chocolate at the end. Very sweet smooth drink.

M- Medium body. Thin for a stout but still pretty creamy.

D- Very drinkable with the lower ABV. A beer you could drink a few of in an evening.

HosP, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of njmoons
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Sweet Stout.

A - Black, thin head that held on for a bit and then dissipated.

S - Malty, roast, and some fruit notes.

T - Nicely balanced, with the hint of sweetness that is what makes a sweet stout so great. Very well crafted.

M - Only average here, lacked the body and creaminess I would have preferred. Not bad, but could be better.

D - Sweet Stouts are usually '1 and done' for me. But I could sit back a have a few of these.

njmoons, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this in the first years of my discovering American Craft beer -it has a soft spot in my heart. I picked this up in a mix six from Al's of Hampden. 12oz poured cool, not cold into a 1/2 pint

A - A deep brown color with caramel hues at base w/ translucent clarity and thick cap of beige with a creamy appearance. The lace clings in lazy rings

S - The smell is a mild roasted malt and caramel sweet note with slight fruit ester, but a light note of pine hops is present also - a very mild yet fragrant nose

M - The feel is what I love -everything in balance from the roasted notes and mild creamy yeast to the slight bitterness the hops provide without an over the top char quality it is a very smooth and gently sweet beer

T - The taste is mild coffee with slight caramel malt and hints of pine from the hops with a mellow creamy malt flavor. The taste lingers after the swallow and makes for a nice roasted, yet subtle sweet taste of mild toasted malt and light sugar from the lactose a real pleasing flavor that seems content to bring you the malt side without forgetting the hops there to keep it from cloying

D - A really great Milk stout -very nice example of the style and this has been available for years -I like the new label too, but if you like malt focused beers this will probably hit the spot

Slatetank, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles, but for some reason I kept avoiding this one when I'd see it at the store. No more. Bottled on date "5/18/10" printed on the side. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a faintly-transparent dark chocolate brown. Some light barely creeps through on the edges. Solid black in the center. A small creamy tan head rests on top. Though this is small, it sticks around decently enough, and leaves some light lace in its wake. Scents of cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, with a touch of roasted goodness on the finish.

This beers sits well on the palate. Gives a nice creamy coat all over. Carbonation level is moderate, but retains a very smooth quality. This is a creamy Milk Stout, no doubt about it. Great flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and just enough hop bite that keeps me begging for more. This is great! Spot on for the style. I really dig this. A sixer will make its home in my fridge fairly often from here on out.

Onenote81, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a bottled on date clearly marked.

Darkest brown with ruby highlights and very minimal tan head. I understand low carbonation is one of the trademarks of this style but I expect at least a half finger and some good retention from the head.

Other than the appearance everything else is pretty much on par for the style. Creamed and sugared diner coffee predominates with a background of raw cocoa and a bitter, smoky espresso edge. A bigger than expected dose of earthy hop flavor and bitterness keeps it from getting sickly sweet. Full and thick in the mouth as it should be.

One of my least favorite styles, but once a year or so the mood strikes and Left Hand's is about as good as any and it's easy to find.

bump8628, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company--Milk Stout--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.20% ABV--22 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Lacy small tight tan coffee head. Clear dark black color with dark ruby edge. Rich toasted cocoa mild hop front. Tangy creamy mellow sweet milk chocolate roasted smooth mild coffee malty doughy Stout body. Cloying smooth mild hop cocao bitter end. Sampled 1/21/2009. 6-Pack--$7.99. Aged smooth, and rich.

left hand brewing company--Milk Stout--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Stout--Milk! Thin lace tan head. Dark thin bronze black color. Mild hop milk chocolate light aroma front. Slightly crusty roasted smooth creamy milk chocolate mild sweet mellow Stout body. Tasty clean mild hop refreshing easy lingering creamy malt end. Sampled 8/12/2010. 6-Pack $8.79.

philbertk, Aug 13, 2010
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,617 ratings.