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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
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 treehugger02010


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at a Conshohocken, Pa beer store. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep brown, almost black body with an ok sized tan head. Good retention an ok retention.
Smell: Choclately and coffee aroma.
Taste: Roasty, a bit coffee but not as much as the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not too thick.
Drinkabilty: Good but not awesome.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 02:41:01 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of prototypic


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

Bottled on 12/12/07

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color with a creamy tan, huge two and a half finger head. Retention was very good and lacing was excellent.

Smell: Initially, it's all roasted and chocolate malts. Very nice mocha aroma. Coffee-espresso smell blends in well. Smells slightly toasted or burnt.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts blend extremely swell. Light coffee flavor addsd depth. Slightly sweet and very creamy. A hint of toasted nut is noticeable in flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied with moderate carbonation. This one goes down extremely smooth and is very drinkable. This is an impressive beer. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 03:40:43 | More by prototypic
Photo of ruckzuck


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

Had a pitcher of this last night with some friends.

A - dark, nice and reddish when held up to light, didn't get much of a head but I am assuming that was due to my friend's pour

S - sweet roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee

T - delivers on the smell, chocolate is really prevalent and nice

M - solid body, bit of carbonation

D - pretty good! This is my second milk stout, and I really liked it. Would drink again. I will say that I think the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout is superior, but like I said this was served in pitcher form with frosted glasses (ugh, we only went to this place because my gf and my friend's gf both wanted wings), so maybe that took something away from it. Either way, a good beer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 23:21:27 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Left Hand Milk Stout is one of my favorites from this brewer of many excellent beers. It's not often that I'll go out and buy a six of this particular brew, but it is consistently the first beer to go missing out of Left Hand's mixed 12-pack.

It's a dark beer that looks black in a pint glass but clear ruby red when held to the light. The creamy tan head does have low retention but I wouldn't consider that a significant flaw.

The beer's aroma has a mild dark malt character with hints of chocolate. The roasted grain taste is nicely complemented by hop bitterness that then finishes semi dry.

The Left Hand Milk Stout is a very pleasant beer. The mouthfeel is a bit less full than dictated by the style, but in the end, I think that just adds to the beer's overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:23:26 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of cdkrenz


4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A full inch of nice foamy brown head on top of an extremely brown, almost black, body. The pour is smooth and creamy. Very nice lacing as well.

Smell - Nice chocolate and coffee aroma.

Taste - I actually taste sweet peas in the midst of smooth dark chocolate. The flavor, in my opinion, is perfect. I think this just might be the best tasting stout I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Smooth in every aspect. From the pour to the flavor and down my throat this beer has great texture.

~ Everyone should try this beer. I will certainly recommend the Milk Stout to all my friends. A great job done by our friends in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 02:26:43 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of SpencerT


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 12/12/07
This Stout poured a black coffee color. It developed a 3 finger robust mocha head. Great lacing with good staying power.
The scents of chocolate, cream, and a hint of vanilla seem to be present.
The taste of smoky milk chocolate fills the palate finishing with very little bitterness. The silky smooth feel makes for perfect balance if you prefer sweeter stouts.
This is one of the best stouts that I have tried. I highly recommend this Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 00:47:01 | More by SpencerT
Photo of baos


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint in pint glass on tap. Had this one at Shallo's in Greenwood.

A: Nice lacing. Dark dark brown body with thin sheen of head.

S: Burnt coffee-toffee-caramel. A bit of sugar and milk.

T: Burnt coffee-toffee-caramel. Hoppy dry finish. A very well balanced beer.

M: Very nice.

D: A one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 02:03:25 | More by baos
Photo of akorsak


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

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with mmtmatrix.

A: The stout is cola black, black cherry in fact as I see the highlights that shine through it. An off-white head blankets the edge of glass in a small pool.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate and lactic sweetness emanates. Very simple but mouthwatering.

T: A big sip reveals all the right elements for a milk stout: chocolate and caramel grains tinged by burnt huskiness, a slightly tart but sweet lactic flavor, and hints of coffee acridity. Each pitches in surprisingly well, creating a full-bodied sweetness that never overdoes any of the flavors. The stout, while full up front, goes a little thin on the back side, leaving only a fleeting sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is generally sweet, nicely balanced between the milk and stout elements. Even with the slowdown in flavor near the end, this is a good quaff.

D: I could drink this one all day long. The flavors are pleasing and never push the tastebuds too far.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:32:23 | More by akorsak
Photo of animal69


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

my 2nd milk stout was this one bottled 8-28-07 ; pours a deep reddish brown color w/ a decent tan head that lasts a few minutes and leaves a decent lacing ; nose is mainly toasted nuts w/ alcoholic and darker roasted malts and dark fruit undertones , faint buttery diacetyl present as well ; a rich, toasty, nut-like malt flavor w/ some burnt-toast notes initially, followed by a bittersweet chocolate and coffee, very faint metallic aftertaste ; rich, med-bodied brew w/ a nice level of co2, lots of residual sweetness ; quite drinkable, i look forward to having this and other milks soon ...

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 00:22:49 | More by animal69
Photo of NCSUdo


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 09/26/07

A: Pours a deep black, with some lighter hues at the bottom of the glass, under at least a fingers worth of brown head. Good retention and some really nice looking lace.

S: Some roasted maltiness and maybe some hints of sweetness. Not a whole lot happening, would have liked a bigger nose.

T: Very nice sweetness up front, ending in a very subtle roasted bitterness. Where I was disappointed with the lack of "bigness" in the nose, I am actually happy that the taste is kept simple and accents the those residual sugars.

M/D: Full bodied, very subtle carbonation feels nice on the palate and tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, very tasty and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:30:10 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of mattster


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visited Papago Brewery Friday and bought this. Opened 12oz bottled on 11/07/07, poured into Nonic glass.

Formed nice frothy head of 1", which dissipated to a layer of bubbles across top of glass. Brew is mostly opaque sarsaparilla color.

Smell is of malts and toasty oats. Initial taste is sweet on palate but not so sweet that it is unbearable. Taste is of desert flavors... Hints of chocolate and vanilla with a very faint hint of coffee on the back palate.

Low carbonation makes this brew a gem. No aftertaste even for a beer as dark as West Texas Crude Very easy to drink and I could drink another one of these. Why did I buy just one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 12:48:13 | More by mattster
Photo of Slynger


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

Very dark cola color with dark red highlights and a small but creamy chocolate milk colored head that quickly dies leaving patchy lace. Some sweet milk chocolate and oats in the nose along with toasted black malts. More of the same in the taste. Some sweet cream as well, with light woodsy, earthy, tea-like hops in the finish. Light in body--but a touch crisp and sharp--the mouthfeel falls two steps short of creamy. This one ain't bad (you could do a lot worse), but it's nothin' to write home about neither.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 04:46:21 | More by Slynger
Photo of trentley87


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Not what I expect from a stout. Pours deep amber from the bottle not a comforting black. 2 finger tan head recedes far too quickly but does leave some lacing.

S: Very interesting and appetizing. I would liken it to Kahlua, so there is definitely some milk or cream going on in there. After the cream and malts sweetness there is some alcohol.

T: I really loved the taste of this beer. Milk, caramel, and coffee, and alcohol flavors. Definitely malt dominated with little to no bitterness. Slightly unbalanced by nonetheless delicious.

M: Almost no carbonation, too thin. Staying with the milk idea, the mouthfeel reminded me of frothy skim milk.

D: I would drink this again but would probably not seek it out. The flavors were great but appearance and mouthfeel were disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 19:48:12 | More by trentley87
Photo of hustlesworth


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown/black with copper-amber highlights...looks like a light porter more than a stout. creamy dense tan head leaves curtains of slippery lace that eventually dry and for a thick crust in my namesake glass.

S- roasted malt, coffee, strong mocha, dark resinous wood, cigar tobacco, and fly-by-night milky cream aroma that is hard to grab on to. maybe it's just my imagination.

T- huge roasty malty dark espresso and sweet oatmeal, cocoa, milk chocolate, and herbal hop resin. very woodsy tobacco flavor near the end. overall, it's earthy and dark chocolate with a little bit of coffee thrown in.

MF- nice and creamy to say the least. the consistency is very similar to carbonated milk, full bodied, medium carbonation, and it feels really nutritious.

D- though a little light in color, i think the malt content is without question. upon reading other reviews i'm assuming that this beer is better on tap than it is from the bottle. something to keep in mind. it's a great blend of texture and flavor and perhaps slightly more drinkable than other stouts that scored higher in A, S, & T.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 04:47:08 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, thin head. Interesting lacing pattern.

S: Licorice, raisins, caramel. It actually smells a little more complex than it tastes.

T: Dark roasted malts. Sweet malts. Raisins. There is a faint metallic aftertaste that I found somewhat off-putting.

M: Too thin, and too fizzy.

D: Could serve as a session beer in a pinch, I suppose.

This is not a bad stout, but it's not terribly exciting. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 02:13:37 | More by Boppar
Photo of Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Left Hand Brewings Milk Stout pours a very dark vermillion colour along with a thick and rich light brown-to-wheat crown, which is persistent for several minutes.

Smell: Chocolate caramel milk (obviously) with hints of coffee.

Taste: Corresponding with the smell, this Milk Stout tastes of chocolate milk along with lots and lots of well-roasted coffee (which becomes vividly apparent when served at a higher temperature), other than that it's creamy, medium carbonated and the alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel: Pleasingly creamy and full (reminiscent of the dairy product in question ...duh!).

Drinkability: Highly recommended for any fan of Milk/Sweet Stouts since it delivers all of the styles characteristics to your tounge, palate and throat in a great and prominent manner.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:03:49 | More by Asgeirr
Photo of thryn


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

12-ounce bottle, poured into what claims to be a 23-ounce pilsner glass (I lack a decent pint glass at the moment).

This beer pours a dark, reddish brown and is nearly opaque once fully poured. Holding it up to my computer monitor (the brightest thing in the apartment after dark -- I desperately need better lighting) reveals that it does let a tiny bit of light through and definitely has a deep reddish cast to it. The head is a pretty, creamy reddish-tan that settles quickly.

When I smell this beer, I immediately want to drink it. It smells roasted, sweet, and decidedly creamy. There are some espresso-like characteristics to the aroma.

Taste is of sweet, roasted malts. The alcohol is not detectable. It's quite good, though the sweetness almost overpowers the roastiness I smelled.

Mouthfeel is lovely. This is a thick, creamy beer that feels velvety on the tongue and soothes the throat. But like milk itself, it sticks around.

Drinkability may be where this one falls down a bit for me. I love this beer, but it's a little too sweet to drink several of. A bit more bitter roast coming through would probably help.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 06:58:29 | More by thryn
Photo of scruffwhor


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a creamy black/dark brown liquid. A nice, light beige head sticks with the beer. The aroma is a creamy sweet, milky malt. Like malted milk balls, sort of. The taste is, at first a malty sweet milk, then a more milky chocolate. with a pure chocolate with only light bitterness at the finish. The body was heavy, but still very drinkable, no thick. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 05:53:15 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of sjohansen


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

I poured the LH Milk Stout into an oversized pint glass. A one finger tan head is the result of a rough pour. The head disappears quickly, and leaves nice leopard spot lacing on the glass. It pours very dark, even held up to the light there is nothing to be seen on the other side.

All notes of rich milk chocolate in the nose.

Smooth and slightly tangy in the front, roasty and slightly bitter in the middle, crisp finish. As it warms the hops really come out in the finish, and the crispness turns into a nice bitterness.

As it warms, the mouthfeel gets more complex. It starts out thin and creamy. Very smooth. Then the hops get more prominent as it warms and creates a nice balance to the sweetness.

This is definitely one I’ll go back to. One of the best sweet/milk stouts I’ve had the pleasure of trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 03:01:15 | More by sjohansen
Photo of Reanimator


2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Finger and a half of dense, frothy head. Nearly black with some deep reddish hues around the edges

S: This is where the bottle goes bad, and I think that I may have gotten a tainted bottle so take the rest of my review for what it's worth. Aroma reminds me of Guinness, with some light chocolate and something a bit off in the background.

T: Taste is also very similar to Guinness Draught with a bit of roastiness and tobacco smoothness. Slight alcoholic and bitter finish. Very unpleasant sour, almost bile-like flavors in there as well which make it nearly undrinkable.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth but very thing and flat.

D: I'm giving the beer the benefit of the doubt and raising my scores a bit to adjust for the possibility of a tainted bottle, regretfully this was the last single on the shelf when I mixed up the sixer. Hopefully I can get this in the future and adjust my review accordingly!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 04:38:59 | More by Reanimator
Photo of currysage1


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to first say that I am a dark beer nut, so to find a stout I haven't tried is awesome.

Overall I enjoyed this stout, it is not in my top 10, but a solid brew. The color was deep and dark just like it should be, head was a little flat for this type of stout though. Milk Stouts are known for their high head.

This beer to me could have used alot more depth of flavor though, it was entirely refreshing, which is great, but not characteristic of a stout. I feel like I could drink a six-pack and wish there was another in the fridge.

It does have some good coffee undertones and some caramel toward the end. Overall rating is that this is a good brew to buy if you've never had it just to get it under your belt.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 01:00:44 | More by currysage1
Photo of BDIMike


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is stark black. Looks slightly thin. Thick tan-colored head.
Smells very smoky. I can also smell almost a chocolate milk smell to it.
Taste is thick chocolate malts. The smokey taste followed by a tad bit of sweetness leaving your throat a little dry for another sip.
Good mouthfeel. Thick and smooth.
Very drinkable. Could have many of these, until they start to hit the head.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 21:44:20 | More by BDIMike
Photo of ghuston


3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, Color was a dark brown almost black with little light passing through. Little head and almost no lacing.

Smell was majority of chocolate with some coffee

Initial taste has both chocolates and coffee

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected

Was very drinkable and will drink the second one following this review.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:14:00 | More by ghuston
Photo of Zorro


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Clear but very dark brown co9lored beer with a nice light brown head. Not black but this is very close to light proof.

Smell is sweet with a nice strong chocolate aroma. Nice patent malt aroma but it is very much mellowed out and not raw or acrid. Slight coffee traces but it really isn't that strong a smell.

The taste begins sweet and mellow with a mix of chocolate and malt roast in the aftertaste and a trace of smoke. Tastes something like chocolate soda and milk. Not complex but solid and good.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Milk stouts are by nature very drinkable beers and this one is no exception. Outstandingly easy to drink, probably could give this to kids and they would like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:48:18 | More by Zorro
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a smaller off white head, and average lacing. The smell is quite sweet with a good whiff of coco and some roasted malts. The taste has a big hit of milk chocolate and light espresso. Tails off into some roasted malts with a bit of grains sticking out at the end. The mouthfeel is interesting feeling a bit thick in my mouth, but going down like a much lighter brew. The drinkability is good due to the lightness presented. My first beer from left hand, and my first "Milk Stout" I am happy with both

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 01:07:36 | More by dickieb
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