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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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Ratings: 5,879
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 182
Gots: 664 | 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 mentaltraveller
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a good beer. It looks dark with a small tight head, almost like a nitro stout. Raisin/creme/chocolate in the nose. The taste is amazingly smooth. Indeed, the mouthfeel is perhaps a bit too smooth (very little carbonation) even for a milk stout, and that comprises my only complaint for this beer. A tasty stout that I can count on.

Photo of RobJTejas
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a Pilsner Glass

A: Pours deep creamy brown with the slightest head with some medium lacing.

S: First sniff uncovers coffee, and cocoa. Subsequent smells include a more subtle blend of roasted malts and hops.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts emerge first. Not a lot of bite with this beer although it is drier than expected. Finish is cocoa powder, french roast coffee and toasted malts.

M: Huge mouthfeel, with heavy carbonation. The creamy texture is continually interrupted by the carbonation making for a confusing feel.

O: While tasty (relatively speaking), this beer did little to wow me. The low abv, was just another check in the con's column as I wouldn't necessarily choose to drink this beer for pleasure, and it really wont suffice to drink it for effect either.

Photo of annawees
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. This beer was dark, creamy and looked like a cup of dark chocolate. It could look like chocolate because it tastes like chocolate, the flavor is sweet but not sickeningly so. The mouthfeel is delightful as well, it's incredibly rich and like a beer milkshake.

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An aggressive pour into a snifter only yields about a 1 finger tan head, but leaves some decent lacing. Very dark brown in color, almost pitch black.

Aroma is pleasant. Chocolate chip cookies and malted milk with a hint of vanilla coffee in the nose.

Taste up front is cocoa and marshmallows, but the sweetness is a bit reserved. Coffee notes throughout and finishes biscuity with a light zip of spice in the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth but a bit lighter in body than I'd prefer.

A solid, drinkable milk stout. Becomes much more enjoyable as it warms.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very slow to emerge trace of a head. Body is a muddy dark coffee color. Smell is roasted malt and cocoa. Taste matches smell plus is a little sweet. All in all it's a nice and enjoyable stout but not a standout in any way. This was a bottle sample and I vaguely remember having this as a draft in a bar and enjoying it more.

Photo of jwhancher
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber color, almost black except for when you hold it to the light. Has a nice little tan foamy head. Smells mostly of chocolate & roasty malts. Reminds me of chocolate milk. Tastes roasty upfront with velvety layers of chocolate, dark candies, a little cocoa, and slight caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is excellent. Tastes like a milkshake. No hop flavor or aroma, just some slight bitterness to keep this one well balanced. A little dry. A very nice stout! Perfect in the winter or late at night with some cookies.

Photo of Wadsey
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours deep brown with modest head that leaves some haphazard foamy ribbons. Holding the beer up to a bright light reveals nice clarity. 

S: Subtle blend of roasted malts, earthy hops, tea, and chocolate milk. 

T: Milk chocolate and roasted malts figure most prominently on palate. Medium bitterness. Not as sweet as expected for style. Drier and more roasted, too. Finish is cocoa powder, tea and toasted malts.  

M: Relatively big body and medium carbonation. Creaminess is interrupted by brisk carbonation, relative to style. 

O: Left Hand Milk Stout is a tasty, lower abv beer, but it does not seem to fulfill style requirements very well. 

Photo of perrymarcus
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
(review from notes.)

pours a dark brown hue (not completely opaque) while yielding a decent 1" or so head that demonstrated decent retention and a bit of lacing.

nose offers some roastiness with notes of chocolate and coffee as well. good if unspectacular.

flavor delivers more of the same. roasted malt and chocolate milk-like presence. again, nothing mind-blowing here, but reasonably tasty and enjoyable. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i found this to be more than palatable, though i wouldn't get too revved up about chasing it down.

Photo of jcurtis55
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this is a good stout. The milk sugars do seem to mellow the usual stout roastiness, but I found it quite enjoyable to drink. It is a very dark opaque color with a finger or two of tan head.

Cellar temperature seemed ideal as the flavor just kept improving as the beer warmed a bit after coming out of the frig. A bit of sweetness there, but the roasted malt is still the predominate flavor and aroma. Creamy with an excellent mouthfeel as well.

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black coffee with brown/amber hues on the edges. Pour came with two fingers worth of off white/tan head. Left little lacing on glass.

S: Creamy, very creamy. Chocolated paired with a small roasted malt character. Maybe also some roasted hazelnuts. Small amounts of vanilla and molasses.

T: Smooth, oh so smooth. Following the nose perfectly, their is a nice chocolate flavor up front followed by a roasted malt/hazelnut character. Semi sweet molasses and vanilla coming through on the back end.

M: As I have stated throughout this reveiw, this beer is very creamy and smooth. Body is medium to full with great carbonation down to the last sip.

O: Excellent beer. You really can't get any creamier than this beer. This is my first beer from Left Hand Brewing and if everything is at this quality, I will surely be coming back for more.

Photo of Lillie1128
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this as I study for my psych final. Hits the spot!

A - Pours a dark espresso with basically no trace of a head

S - nice roasted malts

T - really smooth with roasted coffee and caramel notes. Finishes with a touch of hops.

M - Great mouthfeel, smooth and rich with just a bit of carbonation.

I've been hearing great things about this beer and grabbed one at the pub/coffee shop that also happens to be my study spot. It's rich and dark, but not overpowering, so it's still enjoyable in the georgia humidity.

Photo of ModemMisuser
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was my introduction to the world of milk stouts, and will always be a favorite beer of mine.

The first time I had it was on Co2 tap, then I had a bottle of it, and then had a nitro pour of it. All of them were awesome, but it's best on nitro.

Pours a very dark color - black I'd say, but super dark brown, nearly black, is probably more correct. Head is huge and white, with good lacing. Nitro cascade effect is, as always, awesome. Mouthfeel is super creamy/milky, as are most/all milk stouts. Aroma is of dark, roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate.

Not much else to say; it's a milk stout, and probably the benchmark all milk stouts are measured by. Only Flat 12's come close for me - and F12 is local, so I drink it more often.

Photo of Supes
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours black with no head at all. As it sits it looks like flat cola. Not too appealing.

Smell- Dark malts with a subtle roast to them. Sweetness and a little caramel.

Taste/ Mouthfeel- Smooth beginning, Roasted, almost a flat cola in the middle. Ends a lactic sweet that stays sweet on my tongue.

Overall- A decent offering from left hand that does not stand out in any way.

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on ??? blank?

A very great looking chestnut out of the bottle and gives a dark walnut brown body, with great ruby hues and clear body. Head is a nice light tan and foamy creamy a little non uniform but looks nice. Great looking beer here. Not much for lacing.

Sweet malts and mellow roast character, truly smells creamy too. A very good smelling brew we are doing well here so far. Smells like a creamy textbook example of a milk stout.

Creamy good body, classic roast and mild cream in the palate upon quaffing. A good nice mild roast on the finish with a hint of pricklyness in the tongue.

This isn't a favorite style of mine, but this one is quite enjoyable glad I decided to try it out. Not my favorite but certainly better than most milk stouts that I've had.

Photo of Danimaleatdrums
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Black, thin tan head that dissolved quickly, no lacing.

S: Hazelnuts, with some coffee

T: Good strong stout taste, with a milky sweetness to take the edge off the bitterness. Aftertaste lets the bitter come through more.

M: Coats the mouth, but not overpowering.

O: Very good stout, first milk stout I've had, and I'll be back for more of this style.

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep black colored liquid with a thin tan head on it. The lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer is chocolatey and roasted. The taste of the beer has a really good creamy lactose flavor to it. The beer is sweet but it's well balanced. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, the body is between medium and heavy. Overal this beer is pretty good, I would drink this one again for sure.

Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark beer (pitch black) with a ring of light tan bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S: It smells slightly of roasted nuts, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The smell is very mild.

T: It has a very mellow flavor to it, and tastes very similar to how it smells. It has a hazelnut taste along with a medium-dark coffee flavor.

M: It definitely has a milky mouthfeel. It's medium bodied with mellow bitterness. It doesn't coat as much as I'd like.

O: Overall I'd say it's a good beer. It is a very simple milk stout.

Photo of xylophonica
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark colour with minimal head. Some pleasant yeast patterns forming on top.

S - Slightly sweet & vaguely milky with a touch of chocolate.

T - Strong bitter chocolate flavour. Otherwise very smooth and as with the aroma it's slightly sweet. Somewhat reminiscent of dark liqueurs like rum.

M - Again the smoothness comes through with the rum-like sensations lurking in the aftertaste.

O - Nice sweet stout with plenty of dark liqueur overtones.

Photo of Brittmb29
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle w/brewed on date clearly marked into a glass, cold:

A- through the glass jet black, but on top you can see it is brown. thin rim of light tan bubbles continues down due to carbonation but no head, laces down.

S- roasted, then some bitterness (hop) and background mocha chocolately. some sweet at the end (malty).

T- Comes on more hoppy bite than i would have expected but it is nice and soon balance by the roasted malts, then chocolate midtongue lingers until roasted wins out. roasted flavors in the aftertaste ending on balanced bitterness w/ alcohol drying. surprisingly less sweet than i though, very good!

M- medium bodied, with full carbonation throughout the glass. usually i don't enjoy so much carbonation in a stout but this does well with it, give its almost creamy feel w/o any head.

D- I could drink a couple of these, not too heavy and alcoholic enough that i could easily split the 6 pack with a friend. Next time i see this on draft i will try it!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a dark beer. Almost black pour, glossy. thin and dense white foam. It looks really nice. Point drop for lack of lacing.

Chocolate and weak vanilla aroma. Some coffee or sugary black licorice. Faint prune.

Above average taste; nothing complicated. Chocolate, thin molasses, vanilla and coffee beans. Dried fruit, like prune or raisin in the background. Somewhat sweet

Feels smooth and thin. The nitro really smooths it out, but not sure that's for benefit. Probably a good dessert beer with some ice cream.

Photo of SisuPride
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer several times and have never been disappointed. Plus, my wife has always liked this beer so that always scores with me. It pours a standard dark brown but with little, really no head at all. The beer smells good, tastes good, and "milk" is deserved in the title. This beer is not one that will make your draw drop, more of a solid player that will never let you down. I recommend without reservation!

Photo of
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-dark and pretty after the nitro pour. Nice cascade effect.

s-rosty malts with some lighter chocolate.

t-creamy and malty. Nice job highlighting the malts here. Taste like the nose, with some coffee on the finish.

m-rich and full. I wish it was a little thicker.

o-solid brew, I think this is the best LH has to offer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap that lasts. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate milk. Taste is of the roasted malt, slight coffee beans, and dark cocoa powder. Mild roast bitterness on the palate quickly fades. Due to the nitro-tap this beer is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good milk stout that I would get again. My first beer from Left Hand.

Photo of moosemoose
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark brown with beautiful tan head that leaves rather quickly. Sticky lacing.

S: Mocha, vanilla, coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee, malt.

M: Very creamy. Medium carbonation. The coffee and alcohol stays on your tongue for a while.

O: One of my favorite beers. The thicker the better. A beautiful ebony brew.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Poured jet black with creamy tan head that dissapears in a minute. Good looking stout, but then again... dont all stouts look good?!?!

Smells strongly of a burnt roasted chocolate malt but with a creamy nosefeel to it, almost like sniffing into an ice cream bin.

Chocolate malts hit the palate strong but not with a dry bite that alot of stouts have. This one is rounded off nicely with a creamy mouthfeel. It isnt as thick as I would have expected from such a stout and has a descent amount of carbonation to it.

6-pack for $9.99. Definitely worth the $$$. I know what I will be buying from now on when looking for a stable & smooth stout.

Very smooth and silky overall, couldve done with a touch less of carbonation - but I am definitely not complaining. Solid stout in my opinion!

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,879 ratings.