Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted dark malts, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of sweet milky aroma.
T: Tastes even better than the nose. Deep roasted malts hit first and then followed by sweet milky chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel.
M: Really smooth, relaxing, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable stout, definately worth a try.
09-29-2008 10:44:57 | More by erosier
4.22/5 rDev +6%
I seriously love this beer. I wish that I could have some ice cream with it.
A: Pours one-shade lighter than motor oil. If you took coca-cola and boiled it for 10 minutes, it would look like this. Nice. The strange thing is that there is no head at all.
S: Beautiful. Roasted malts. Chocolate. Hint of coffee.
T: It's a party in the mouth. Sweet chocolate. Roasted coffee. Followed by a touch of bitterness. Nice.
M: Light in body. Not alot of carbonation. This is the only drawback. On nitro, this would be alot creamier...but it's still damn good.
D: This is a very, very drinkable milk stout.
Highly recommended. Well done boys!
09-28-2008 02:43:57 | More by wardough
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Appearance is pretty good, a very dark black, with a slightly tan colored head and some lacing. Smell and taste are good. This tastes like sweet milky coffee, with a dry after taste that dissapates quickly. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.
09-28-2008 01:56:49 | More by supercolter
2.95/5 rDev -25.9%
The label and name got my attention. I haven't seen anything of the likes before. I had to try it out.
The brew is dark brown and had a nice head to begin with but it quickly bailed out. It looked pretty while it lasted though.
Nothing really impressing about the smell. It's kind of generic to me. Smoky...chocolate...
It tastes very smoky and alot of coffee. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while on the back of the palate.
The mouthfeel is kind of watery. I can't say I really liked it.
After one of these I've had enough. On to something else.
09-25-2008 15:31:23 | More by Rocko
4.1/5 rDev +3%
A - good pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. Not great retention.
S - Definitley a coffee aroma along with a lot of roasty malts.
T - Tons of roasty malts with a little bit of coffee and some nice sweet chocolaty character.
M - Has got a fairly full bodied texture.
D - Definitely has the roasty and chocolate taste that I crave. Thank you sir, may I have another?
09-25-2008 01:55:51 | More by BeenJammin
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a very dark black color with very little brown toned head, decent lacing. Aroma is a very strong chocolate and roasted malt. taste at first its a tad bitter and tangy with small notes of hops, but strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors all the way through. Good beer smooth throughout, easy to drink, great stout very enjoyable to drink.
09-24-2008 00:39:54 | More by TerjUGA
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
This sweet stout pours a barely penetrable ruby with a pretty tan head. The lacing is fairly minimal.
The smell is of delicious chocolatey malts with a hint of sweet cream. It truly smells amazing.
The taste is definitely indicative of the smell. Rich, sweet chocolate with a dose of toasted maltiness. Could be the tastiest sweet stout I've had.
The mouthfeel is slightly -- and I mean very slightly -- thin for the style, but with flavor like this, I could really give a damn. This stuff is downright tasty.
09-22-2008 05:34:54 | More by BigJim5021
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Verging on black as can be with a thick foamy brown head. Head fades quickly to about 1/2 inch and leaves great lacing. WHen held up to light very faint ruby hues come through.
S - Somewhat sweet chocolate aroma...could it be milk chocolate? Also has a light hoppiness in the nose.
T - Somewhat bitter sweet taste up front, primarily chocolate. A light spiciness from some hops comes through before the sweetness take back over. Finishes with a very clean sweet taste.
M/D - Medium to full bodied. Not quite as thick as some stouts. Very easy flavor while still having some complexities. Very drinkable.
Pleasantly surprised by this one.
09-19-2008 23:16:38 | More by ckeegan04
3.18/5 rDev -20.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
This beer has a dark chocolatey color typical of a stout with a small head that didn't linger long. Definite chocolate aroma and the taste matches the aroma quite well.
I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but this one is very drinkable, not too bitter and quite tasty.
09-18-2008 01:08:08 | More by theboozecruise
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
A - opaque...dark as night with no head whatsoever.
S - milk chocolate with a dash of toasted malts
T - sweet milk chocolate at first, which gives way to roasted malts and burnt coffee in the finish. I thought this would be sweeter than it was. It leaves a nice roasted coffee aftertaste after it goes down.
M - medium feel with a little carbonation burn; this is very slick and goes down quickly
D - this is an enjoyable stout. There is a nice blend of sweetness and roasty-ness that makes it pretty easy to drink.
09-17-2008 04:51:00 | More by birchstick
3.15/5 rDev -20.9%
A - Very dark brown with one finger of tan head that dies down a little quick. Tons of tiny bubbles coat the walls of the glass up and down
S - Roasted coffee and chocolate
T - Just like the nose roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly smoky aftertaste
M - Watery yet medium body with light medium carbonation
D - OK going down but not that remember or special.
09-14-2008 22:50:22 | More by midaszero
3.5/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours black but not completely opaque, small head that leaves quickly.
smells very toasty with a bit of coffe notes and a hint of magnum hops
tastes and smells like toast, wheat toast and coffee notes, not too much but nice.
I don't think I could reach for this again but it's fairly enjoyable, nice but typical. and typical is just ok.
09-13-2008 19:47:32 | More by naterock
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Out of the bomber this beer was an almost-black with some deep garnet highlights near the edges. The head was tan, about two fingers thick, but quickly became a minimal skim that did not lace very well. The aromas were sweet and rich, Hershey's syrup milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel malts. The flavors were at first dominated by the smoky, roasted malt flavors and coffee followed closely by the chocolate sweetness. Silky mouthfeel, very creamy and filling. Hints of vanilla develop as it warms. Well rounded, drinkable and rewarding in a desert-like way without being overly sweet. Recommended.
09-13-2008 02:49:54 | More by thekevlarkid
4/5 rDev +0.5%
I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.
A= This stout poured nearly black with caramel-ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. The tan head was just 1/4" to start and quickly dropped to a skim. Minor lacing down the glass.
S= Aromas of vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, and an all around sweetness.
T= I found this stout to be a bit "roasty" for a milk stout, but very good nonetheless. Obvious flavors of roasted malt, dark coffee, and slight vanilla bean. Sweeter up front, slighty dry in the finish.
MF= Medium low carbonation, light side of medium bodied.
D= A good stout, but much less sweet than most of the milk stouts I have had.
09-12-2008 01:03:40 | More by spointon
4.22/5 rDev +6%
This beer pours a very dark color with a bit of a reddish tint and a nice tan foamy head.
The aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee with a little creamy vanilla hinting on the nose.
The taste is sweet chocolate and coffee, with caramel and vanilla flavors... definately creamy and rich.
I thought this was a fantastic brew! Might be a little too rich and sweet for some but outstanding in my book!
09-12-2008 00:27:46 | More by Tuey13
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A-Dark, red garnet body and tan head
S-like milk chocolate syrup smell,
T-grainy, sweet slightly chocolate middle, ends with a nice smokey aftertaste.
M-Full, very smooth, slick
D-Great version of this style. Goes great with vanilla ice cream
09-10-2008 02:58:59 | More by jneiswender
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Got in an old discount mix&match pack that should have been stored colder...
Pitch black until held to light, where a raspberry crimson eeks through, revealing that the beer is rather clear. Tan 1/2" head with a variety of bubble sizes rests on top, sticking to the sides as it recedes.
Smells like a dark chocolate Kahlua if there were (is?) such a thing. No real detectable hop scent. Roasty malts prevail, though you can almost smell sweet maltiness.
The dry charred roastiness introduces mouth to stout, but the chocolate sweetness elbows itself to the front to take over the conversation. The sweetness never gets heavy- (Left) handed though, as the slightly burnt taste gets a boost from some purely bittering hops to keep this from turning into a Nestle Quickfest.
Smooth and silky without being viscous. Lactic twang emerges with the alcohol at the end. Neither are distracting but rather welcome, and the chocolate never subsides. It is maybe more heavily toasted than what I would expect from a milk stout, but I still love it. I'm not a judge but a guy who likes good beer. This does all the things for me I want from a stout. Imagine if it were stored cold and not a year old (maybe it just ages nicely). Looking forward from more Left Hand stuff.
09-03-2008 02:50:28 | More by chiefydawg
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass
A- Pours a very dark brown that looked black until held up to the light. Small amount off light seeps through on the sides. Caramel colored two finger head lingers for a long time and eventually fades into lacing. Lacing sticks all throughout the glass.
S- Very intriguing to say the least. Chocolate milk and mocha. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol.
T- Roasted coffee, milk, chocolate; tastes almost like one of those Starbuck's mocha frappuccinos you can get at a gas station. This might be my new favorite stout. Hops at the end round it out and make this a well-balanced and extremely tasty beer.
M- Mouthfeel lets me down a little bit because I found it a little bit watery, but it's still good. Carbonation is right on. It's a smooth beer.
D- Very, very drinkable. This one will be in my fridge all the time from now on (unless I find something better). Definitely a great session beer. Not too filling, and very easy to drink. I could start drinking this at 5 p.m. and still be drinking it at 2 a.m.
09-03-2008 01:24:03 | More by schanker21
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
Poured into a pint glass....
A: Dark brown yet not opaque. Held up to a light you can see through this one. This also had a very minor head, but not much at all.
S: The smell is of sour milk, sour malts, roasted chocolate and cocoa.
T: The taste is rather light and sweet. It tastes a little of sour milk, but has a huge bitter cocoa taste on the finish. Very nice indeed.
Overall, a good milk stout that is not overly complex, but has the necessities in there.
09-02-2008 03:40:18 | More by treyrab
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
On tap at McGrady's Irish Pub in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.
Appearance: Deep brown with a creamy, light tan head with uneven bubbles, great retention, and great picture-esque lacing - it's cave-like, with stalactites dripping down and stalagmites reaching up from concentric rings to join other concentric rings.
Aroma: Cocoa powder, light grassy coffee, and a lot of milky creaminess - like Dutch process cocoa powder in places.
Taste: Very sweet and creamy, with tons of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, creamed and sugared full roast coffee, and a few grassy hop notes. Like a well roasted chocolate milkshake. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and relatively thin, actually, great for its creaminess, and exactly what you're looking for in a milk stout if you're going to be enjoying it outside on a hot early September afternoon.
Drinkability: A really great milk stout, and one I'm pleased to finally review, even though the venue may not have been perfect for the style. This is one I'd love to have at home on a cold winter night or paired with a heavy dessert. The abv% was completely manageable and nothing was too sweet or cloying - an excellent milk stout.
09-02-2008 00:15:56 | More by CrellMoset
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Glad to see some left hand in stores here.
Pours a nice black with amber/ruby highlights and a nice fluffy light tan head. Nose is alot of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows with notes of chocolate and cocoa, a bit of dark fruitiness and that lactose kick. A solid malt profile with a nice smooth silky mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice and suprisingly refreshing for a beer of this darkness and body. Overall a very good example of the style, and surely one of the better milk stouts out there. I am glad to see more of this style getting some recognition. Good beer.
08-30-2008 22:30:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5 rDev -7%
Dark roasted walnut brown with some deep reddish highlights and a tan head. The head is a little thin and dissipates to nothing but a collar and some miniscule lacing.
Smell is slightly chocolaty with a roasted malt nose. A few whiffs of coffee here and there.
Taste is more dominate on the coffee side. It has an almost burnt flavor with a bitterness to match. Rich dark malt flavors with a hint of sweet silkiness.
Smooth brew. Its not over carbonated and the flavors coat your entire mouth as you drink. The finish is a little chalky for my taste but all in all a very tasty beverage.
08-30-2008 22:28:15 | More by jbphoto88
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
The beer was served in a pint glass and it poured a deep dark black with a mocha colored head that was well retained. The aroma was average, malty with a touch of coffee. I expected a more robust aroma. The taste was a little better, but again, not what I expected from the style. It was smokey malt with a healthy dose of coffee and a little earthy. I expected a hint of vanilla or something to give it a little sweetness, but it never came. The beer felt right for a stout, heavy and smooth, pretty easy to drink. Overall, a good beer, but not really representative of the style. (Original review: 8/27/2008 - 3.5)
Picked up a six pack to give the beer a second try (the first try was a single bottle in a beer bar). I have got to say that upon a second tasting, the aroma was more pronounced, not really different than the first time, just more robust. Same with the taste, except that I got that hint of sweetness that I was looking for. Upon further review, a much better beer than I gave it credit for.
08-27-2008 02:00:18 | More by PhillyStyle
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
Gotta thank my beautiful girlfriend for picking this one up for me on a whim.
Poured from a bottle into a Snifter
A-See through stout not something you see often little to no head with no real lace to it, also has a redish hue when right up on the light.
S&T-Hints of vinnilla in the nose as well as very sweet malt and coffee or esspresso. Don't know if its the name or what but i do get a milk note on this too. the taste is like very bitter coffee, with very small notes of vinilla and a good bitter finish, really not alot going on with the flavor simple but pretty good.
M&D-Mouthfeel is extremly light with almost no hints of carbonation, Pretty drinkable brew just don't expect to be real blown away.
08-20-2008 02:42:52 | More by SpecialK088
3.3/5 rDev -17.1%
Gorgeous mahogany color with small khaki head. Smells of roasted malt with maybe a touch of coffee. not much in the smell category. Taste is smoky, roasty malt. Some earthy sense as well. The alcohol is not prominent but distinguishable. Tasty enough. Smooth and pretty drinkable.
Overall I think this is probably a nice tasty dependable beer. Not something I'll ever crave, maybe something I'll revisit. Didn't blow my socks off but essentially left me wanting to see what others in this style have to offer. This one was approachable but I don't think it will become a habit.
08-20-2008 01:26:15 | More by smerkinb
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