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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 532 | FT: 3
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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 Rootdog316
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Mlik Stout poors a very dark rich chocolatey brown. The aroma is very light, mostly chocolate. The flavors are more pronounced, first with a big dose of chocolate and roasted malts. It is a very creamy beer, and very easy to drink. Surprisingly the aftertaste does not last very long. I definitely recommend this to anybody who likes drinking milk stouts.

Rootdog316, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark cola/maple syrup brown. Nice cushion of light khaki head with decent lacing. Light roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate milk sweetness on the nose. Nice.

Toasted marshmallows and light roasted malt up front. Slight flinty/smoked accent on the malt adds some nice depth. Mix of dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness hits just the right note. Hints of coffee (with a spoonful of sugar). Vanilla and a little sweetness come through and linger into an otherwise lightly-roasted finish (with a hint of coffee bitterness). Very nice. Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel.

alexgash, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of undeadozzy
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a thick and powerful dark brown/black. Has a thin tan head which dissipates quickly, but lingers enough to leave lacing around the glass.

Smell - Chocolate is the first thing that came to my mind when I took a whiff of this stout. You can easily pick out the scents, which include but are not limited to chocolate, espresso, some licorice, and a deep rustic earthy smell, almost like burning wood.

Taste - Hedonistic! It literally tastes like chocolate milk to me. The thick rich flavor mixed with with its chocolate and lactose tones definitely give it a warm and wholesome taste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, almost milk-like.

Drinkability - Delicious, but because of its taste not something you'd want to drink at a party or during a meal. Maybe it would be a good dessert beer, or a good beer to drink with something overly flavorful, possibly to balance out the plethora of flavors in your mouth.

undeadozzy, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like fresh roasted coffee and cream, with bitter dark chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. It tasted like bitter coffee with dark chocolate and cream and some copper hops. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice milk stout with good scent and taste that had the perfect amount of sweetness over a regular stout. It had nice body too, which made this really easy to drink. This wasn't the most exciting beer in the world, but it's a solid example of the style.

Pencible, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Pours out very dark, close to black with brown on the edges where the liquid get's a little thinner. An off white foam head appears, but it doesn't really stick around. Only the slightest bit around edge of the glass, not much lacing a little bit glides down back to the liquid but more and more disappear after each sip. The smell is pretty good but not very complex, mostly of sweet chocolate and some coffee. It has to be pretty close to room temperature to pick up on the smell. The taste is more of darker chocolate followed by coffee, possibly even esspresso. Dark roasted malts can be tasted a little. I didn't expect it, but about half way through the session you can get a slight hop aftertaste. It's not strong, but it's there. Mouthfeel is good, full bodied sort of a "milky" mouthfeel smooth with a slight bitterness on the finish, pretty good. It's pretty drinkable overall a bit tough to distinguish though. Not extremely drinkable, but not a sipper either. Don't be discouraged from trying it, it's pretty good overall.

AndyAvalanche, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of callhimishmael
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly creamy in taste! A perfect choice for lighter beer fans making their into stouts. Though this beer be black as night, it's welcoming and unintimidating. It's an excellent drink by itself, and you can drink it with anything, although I would best pair it with strong, flavorful meats, if you plan on eating. . . .

callhimishmael, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark amber color, near black, which showed a deep ruby color in the light. A rich, foamy two-finger head of tan carbonation formed and left moderate clingy lace.

S: Smells sweet and roasty, with hints of licorice and carob as well as cocoa and charred wood.

T: Flavor is like bittersweet cocoa and herbal-infused coffee at first. A slick, sweet, burnt caramel malt resin forms adding some tasty sugary flavors to the brew before a slightly roasted, herbal hop finish washes it down. Aftertaste of coffee candy lingers.

M: Medium-full bodied and a little sticky, but fairly easy drinking for a sweet stout.

D: A pretty decent, quite malty stout for the sweet malt fan. At 5.2% ABV, it's quite sessionable, although I don't think I'd be inclined to session it at a ball game or BBQ. Likely to treat it as an evening party/after dinner stout. Tasty and balanced all around.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus into a straight-sloped pint glass.

A: Dark with an amber hue; it poured with a thick tan head that quickly died to a thin film.
S: Strong milk chocolate with coffee roasted malts and unmalted barley; a mild strawberry haunts the aroma.
T: Roasted malt and creamy coffee while the roasted malts linger. This beer doesn't taste as charred, burnt, or dense as others. The hops and the alcohol are not really detectable.
M: The mouthfeel is creamy and foamy and lingers just as if you drank a glass of milk.
D: This is definitely a sessionable beer.

Overall, "creamy" describes the entire experience. This is an extra-smooth stout. I've had it on nitro-tap before at the brewery and I remember it tasted just like a latte, but even at a normal tap it is one mild beer.

ne0m00re, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whenever i can get a Left Hand on the east coast i jump at the chance. I'm not a big fan of milk stouts but this is better than most. Very dark color and good malty aroma. Not much carbonaiton, like a milk stout, but good flavor and a good stout to get in the summer time. I'd recommend.

david18, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't used to imagine going out and getting a milk stout, just from the name. After trying SA's Cream Stout I found out they're not too bad. My first beer from Left Hand BC.

12 oz bottle. Bottled 11 03 09

Decided to pour this into a regular Fireman's 4 pint glass. Pretty solid puffy creamy-tan/brown 2 finger head flared up quick, and died down to about half size. Good amount of lacing is being left down the sides. Dark brown with cherry wood highlights when back lit.

Good muted chocolate nose, with some coffee and some roasted malts. Smells almost exactly like the SA which is good, because they both smell pretty good. I'm thinking these are the solid foundation noses of milk stouts.

Dark chocolate taste with a milk chocolate like sweetness. A mild good tasting coffee finish lingers for a moment. Generally from my memory, I'm not sure If I could tell these two apart. Very similar. I think I might be enjoying this a little more though. Also, strikingly similar to the Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge. More prominent flavors came out with warming.

Good creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Smooth and drinkable alike with any good stout. The "milk" part of the stout, is what I think makes this beer lighter bodied than just a normal stout.

I only bought one of these, but it went pretty quick. Id say this is a pretty drinkable, but I'm just not sure how many I would want..

Good effort from Left Hand, I will be sure to try some of their other offerings.

MOB210SA, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, near black, with ruby highlights. A slightly aggressive delivery rewarded a thick off-white head with wispy lacing. Nice.

Aroma was of malt sweetness, with a lightly roasted background and a smidgen of tangy hops.

Flavor was sweet and milky, if a bit thin. Would like to see more roasted flavor, but the other buttery qualities of this beer don't disappoint. Aftertaste has notes of chocolate and faint roast. Mouthfeel was okay, with medium carbonation and a decent smoothness, but again, it's somewhat watery. However, the lightness and satisfying sweetness make this a very drinkable stout.

dasenebler, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost black brown with some reddish hues. It has a slight tan head. It seems very watery.

S - Smells are of some mild roasted malt and hints of oats and mild sweet chocolate. A bit watery. Not impressed with the nose, it seems lacking for a stout.

T - It starts with some roasted malt hints that are quickly muted and do not last very long. I guess this is typical of this style of stout. After, there is a slight oat character to it along with the milky like lactose sweetness.

M - A bit watery for my taste. Not so great.

D - Lower ABV held with the drinkability but I dont think I would order this beer again.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Review from phone notes.

A- Deep black in color. When held to the light can see some light red hues on the sides of the glass. Came to me with a one finger creamy tan head. Lacing streaked all down the glass. Looks good!

S- Nice hints of chocolate with a distinct lactose sweetness. Coffee notes in this one as well. Overall this is very bittersweet smelling. Roasted malts come through a little more once the beer warms up a little. Wish the smell wasn't so muted.

T- Big flavors of creamy milk chocolate mixed with a bold coffee ground flavor. These two flavors balance each other out nicely and make you really want to take another sip. This seems to have a little dry hopping in the back end. Light bitter hops come in and balance this sweet beer out a little more.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good with the beer. Creamy feeling in the mouth. Sweet chocolate left on the palate with a roasted malt in the aftertaste. Slick oily coating left in the mouth after each sip.

D- This was a good drinking stout. It went down smooth and I could have ended up going for another one of these. Nice stout to give to the fans of other bigger mass produced stouts.

alleykatking, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/30/09.

Appearance: extremely dark amber brown which allows a little ruby glow through when held up to the light. Two fingers of tan foam make a nice head.

Smell: sweet, roasty aroma, with pretty equal emphasis between chocolate and coffee characteristics. Seems pretty solid, though it's not anything about which to write home.

Taste: sweeter than the aroma would have me believe; here, the malts yield a bit to some floral, vegetabley hops. There's a nice bitterness, but the hops here are more than I like in a sweet stout. The finish has a little bit of true creaminess which I quite like, however.

Mouthfeel: medium body, though I feel like there could be more because of the inclusion of milk sugars. Still, not bad.

Drinkability: middle-of-the-road for a sweet stout, in my book. One or two of these would be my limit.

flagmantho, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with some light brown foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is is pretty darn chocolaty and has a slight nitro flavor at the first sip. Some sweet malty flavor is mixing with a smooth caramel flavor.

The taste is a bit light coffee flavor that has some slight chocolate milk flavor and a good creamy feel.

The feel is really light but smooth with a creamy feel with a minor bitterness and a very drinkable feel a really nice beer.

Duhast500, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on cask 7 Feb 2010 at Falling Rock.

Served in a standard pint glass. Small light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Opaque black color. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa. Body is velvety but light. Starts lactose sweet and mocha-ey. Becomes more roasted in the middle. Finish is slightly drier and chocolatey. Alcohol slightly warming in finish (5.9%).

htomsirveaux, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of tiffanya
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Wash.

This is one of my favorite go-to beers. It's similar to Widmer's Snow Plow only with a more substantial mouth-feel and more chocolate!

Smooth, sweet, and creamy. Roasty malts start out like dark cocoa at initial pour out of the fridge and move toward milk chocolate as the beer moves toward room temperature. Hints of coffee. Tasty stuff.

A nice introduction to "dark beer" for folks who are scared off by that famous Irish stout.

tiffanya, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of maltlikker
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red near the edges, about a finger worth of inviting tan head which leaves ample lacing.

Subtle scent of sweet roasted maltiness and a whiff of chocolate as it warms.

Initial flavor reinforces the scent with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and dark roasted coffee flavor giving way to a more pronounced hop bitterness than I was expecting. Light carbonation is enough to keep the beer balanced.

Really tasty - one of my favorite milk stouts, and a beer that will take the chill out of a cold evening!

maltlikker, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

This one's black as expected, with red edges when held up to light. The tan head is minimal, but not too small.

Aroma: mocha coffee, sweet lactose/milk chocolate notes as well.

Wow this is very smooth. It feels creamy and tastes creamy. I primarily taste chocolate and coffee grounds that provide just a slight bitterness to the otherwise sweet taste. Some bitter, woody smelling hops come through at the end, but not a ton - it just helps balance the taste. This finishes on the dry side.

Carbonation is not huge but higher than I thought it might. Each sip is a little crisp at the beginning, but smoothes out. Drinkability is good, and mouthfeel is a terrific.

This is a great milk stout - plain and simple.

jbertsch, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of khinman7
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Coffee black color with a creamy head that fades down the pint. Lacing all over the glass and persistent.

S- Mild pleasant smell - no hints of alcohol in the aroma

T- great taste- hint of coffee and chocolate with a creamier taste then I would expect for the thinner mouthfeel and light carbonation. I get hints of caramel, coffee, cream, and chocolate

M- Thin mouthfeel with very light carbonation

D- VERY drinkable- wish I had gotten more than one in my gift pack!

khinman7, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 ounce bottle to sniffer
A: almost black, tan rockey head that is one finger.
S: rich, creamy and coffee, roasted malts
T:wow, such a creamy stout, this is an awesome beer.
M: thick, creamy, not much hops, smooth and balanced
D: could pound a sixer with out a problem such a smooth and full body feeling beer yet light on the stomach.

fastsrt, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 11/03/09. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a very dark brown with a two finger sandy head. The head collapses slowly and results in some nice retention. Nice streaks of sticky lace are left.

S-It has a nice dark and roasty malt nose. There is plenty of coffee coming out and the lactose does add a milky aroma. There is also some sweet chcolate coming out.

T-It starts out with some sugary sweetness. The coffee flavor quickly comes next. The combined flavor reminds me of a cafe au lait with an extra scoop of sugar. There is noticeable chocolate and roasted notes come and go throughout each sip. I also get some earth/pine hop flavor as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

D-A really easy drinking milk stout. It looks like this one has a small enough abv level to be quite sessionable.

I always enjoy this beer. Would love to be able to have access to it in CA.

mjl21, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep rich brown, almost black, with a creamy head that slowly dissipated.

S - Rich malts with a slight coffee aroma.

T - Toasted malts. Slight coffee undertones. Somewhat strange aftertaste - almost burnt.

M - medium body; slightly silky

D - Aftertaste disappeared after a few sips. A solid milk stout. Could have another.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown beer with a decent head and some lacing to it.

Smells of old coffee, a hint of chocolate and a hint of malt.

Tastes of chocolate up front, followed by a creamy malt flavor and the finish is the bit of coffee taste

Velvety taste to it prolly the milk part. a light-med. body a bit thinner than I was expected.

I could have a few of these a nice beer, but definitely not the best milk stout I've tried.

Kelp, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of enfield249
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown red. Very little head, what there is is a off white ring.

S - Not much, a little coffee and roast.

T - Really pretty good. Lots of roasty coffee, not very much cream or milk. A little lingering sweetness.

M - Full, rich and cloying, just what I want in a milk stout.

D - A decent beer, it's sum is better than the parts.

enfield249, Jan 23, 2010
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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