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Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

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Reviews: 1,720 | Ratings: 6,615
Photo of Carolvs
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps the six-pack I picked up at Harris Teeter in N. Va was off, but when I pored into a standard ale glass it was flat as the Iowa plains: no head, no carbonation, no lacing. I could pick up the sweetness from the lactose, which was about the only standout characteristic. Overall, a real let-down.

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Photo of hman43
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours black with a dark tan head. The carbonation cause a rich appearance on pour. It has aromas of roasted malts and coffee. There are elements of chocolate as well. It has a smooth, creamy texture. It has a sweet creamy roasted taste with coffee and elements of chocolate

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Photo of drmeto
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours almost completely dark with faint ruby tinges and a medium,frothy,beige head
-coffee,mocha,cinnamon,sugary,oats,nutty,brown sugar
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
The sweetness seems balanced.Really nice

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured imto a pint glass. Almost zero head. A glorious ring of lacing with each sip. Aroma is of devine and lusty malted barley. The flavor... Pure malted barley with a touch of malt. Mouthfeel is that of a cappuccino or hot chocolate. The low abv was a turn off for a stout but the flavot is amazingm my first buy from left hand and it will not be my last. One of the best stouts Ive had. Creamy, delicious, malty, rich and flavorful. Definatly reccomend.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid brown-black. The aroma leads with milk chocolate and brown sugar. The flavor reminds me of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, but without any excess sweetness. Indeed, the sweetness here is restrained. It is really neither dry nor sweet. The full but not thick mouthfeel help with this. This is a really solid beer that I am sorry I have passed up so often.

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Photo of Secret
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite stout; whether it be milk, double, american, imperial, or anything else. Unfortunately, I don't have one currently on hand to give a blow by blow account. What I remember, it was very creamy, chocolatey, and I loved the fact that it's 25 IBU. Lots of stouts become so bitter that it overwhelms and distracts from all the subtle flavors, but this is beautiful. It's a little sweet, but in a good way, and not cloying at all.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks. Dark as dark can get; medium, quick vanishing head.
Smell. Smells like floral, malty mahogany.
Taste. Toasted malts (almost a bacony smoke), finished with dry molasses, and pretty much hopless.
Feel. Good, full, mellow body, sweet yet slightly dry.
Overall. My kind of beer: dark, rich, full, malty. A great beer, no matter the season.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Classic sweet stout can't go wrong with this one for more mouthfeel and lacing/head go with nitro. Taste is standard of what a milk stout should be. Readily and easily available a definite go to.

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Photo of Knilas
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Very dark brown in color...head nearly nonexistent. Body is very thin and light. Low carbonation. Not as sweet as I was expecting. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate, but aromas are faint. Short finish. Maybe I got a dud! Not worth the coin, for me.

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Photo of Nyg
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious sweet chocolate stout. One of my favorite stouts. I prefer this outta of the bottle more than the nitro cuz it gives a bit more head which I like, but out the draft the nitro wins. Very light on the bitter side and not quite heavy for a stout I could drink a 6 pack

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Photo of RBrock16
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black beer with little head upon pouring. Very smooth mouthfeel with roasted coffee undertones is a great one two punch. Worth trying if you like stouts, should be especially loved by coffee drinkers.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i'm not a coffee drinker so i don't love it but it's good in small doses from time to time. it reminds me of sierra nevadas coffee stout with a little less coffee falvor.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £3.00 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, almost black body that when held to the light shows a few dark ruby red streaks. A one-finger in height, dense, tan coloured head reduces slowly leaving fine bands of lacing after each sip.

On the nose there are mild aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, and subtle bittersweet chocolate. The taste is fairly simple following the smell with a light initial sweetness and dark roasted malts upfront, followed by bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, and coffee. On the end, slightly bitter cocoa and coffee notes coffee linger on the palate to give an enjoyable finish. In the mouth it feels reasonably smooth and slightly creamy. The medium body and ample carbonation make it light on the palate and easy drinking, but overall it’s a little too thin and watery, lacking in the heft I want from a good stout.

Overall this is a decent beer but the lack of complexity and disappointing body left me a little underwhelmed. It’s good, but not one I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of wesk74
4.86/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark, sweet, smooth, creamy and delicious . It could have a bit more body, the thin consistency doesn't match the richness of the beer. This is in my house at all times, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Carrier4
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Its smooth, its good, and its the perfect mix of dairy in a stout. Pours with low creamy head. Taste is very good with a good mix of cream and classic stout flavoring.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice aroma of roasted malt. It leans more on the roast flavor than the malt, but it doesn't take away from the creaminess, and has just the right amount of carbonation to give it a nice bite.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Poured a brownish-black with a 1-2 finger head that quickly dissipated to wisps on the surface.

S: Rich, sweet chocolate; dark grains

T: Pleasant roastiness, with some sweetness and chocolate, balanced by hop bitterness.

M: Medium, with a bit of creaminess

O: A solid and tasty brew. Not the best stout I've ever had, but a good one. Wouldn't mind buying this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly the same color as a Vernors Ginger Ale with a 1” cream colored foam cap that quickly dissipates. Big ginger nose and it is also prominent on the palate and brings a little ginger heat. Light malt flavors provide support. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, an American milk stout that leans towards the sweet side vs. the dry/bitter. Really extreme glass lacing with this one: Don't think I recall anything exhibiting as much. Again, not super sweet as in say Mackeson, but very drinkable for those who enjoy this style. Smooth, easy drinking, not at all "fog-inducing," wrt the ABV. Very excited to taste the nitro version in a "head-to-head."

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate
Head small (1.7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent - rings of tiny bubbles forming curtains
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor slightly sweet, light chocolate
Palate medium, creamy, carbonation soft

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 4

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.86/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The first time I tried this beer I nearly cried tears of joy. Simply the best milk stout I've had to date. It had the smoothest feel and the taste was incredible. I prefer this version to their nitro version which is also a good beer. If you're a fan of milk stouts and want one that will rock your socks off, this is a stout that you must try.

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Photo of willyburz
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing! The only thing better is the same thing in Nitro :-). Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro is the greatest stout I have ever tasted, nuff said!

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Photo of Myotus
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a small, light brown head. Is black in color. The aroma of roasted malts is in abundance with a hint of chocolate. The initial taste is of roasted malts, chocolate, and milk. Hops finish the taste with the roasted malts continuing until the end. A truly amazing beer.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black, very smooth and delicious. Moderate head with minimal lacing. Chocolate and coffee taste stands out the most. Very decent mouth-feel with no bitterness.

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Photo of neilp55
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely superb milk stout by Left Hand. Rich, balanced and creamy with malt and cocoa notes. A very mildly sweet finish. Heavy bodied with some moderate lacing. Virtually no foam which is about my only disappointment. Extremely drinkable.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.