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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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1,688 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,688
Hads: 6,475
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,222 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002


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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Reviews: 1,688 | Hads: 6,475
Photo of Jeph222
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: black with a thick massive head that stays the entire session
S: roasted malt and sweet lactose aromas
T: refreshingly smooth. Taste matures as it warms.
F: huh? Feels like a beer
O: you won't be disappointed. Great beer to introduce someone to milk stouts.

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Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Typical stout - very dark, almost opaque when held up to the light. Bubbly, tan head which recedes to a foam cap and some nice lacing on the side. Nothing special here.

Smell: Bit of a metallic tang to this, but otherwise reminds me a lot of Guinness. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I think I might have had some preconceptions about this. Get past the metallicness and there's coffee, chocolate, dark malts and some yeast.

Taste: Resemblances to Guinness end here - it put me in mind of a really good Irish coffee, that is to say that there are strong hints of chocolate, coffee, malts and a slight hint of alcohol at the back. Overall, quite a decent balance of flavours.

Feel: Back to the Guinness like feeling again - mouthfeel isn't too heavy, and there's not a great deal of carbonation going on either. At 6% ABV this is one that could hold up to sustained drinking. Good flavours up front, sweet and creamy aftertaste with a hint of booze.

Overall: Admittedly, I had a large number of preconceptions about this given all the good things that I'd heard about it. To be sure, it's a mighty fine example of a sweet stout and a cut above many of those found in the UK and Ireland. I'm given to understand that the nitro version is better, so that may be one to track down. Definitely in my top ten stouts, though.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in Greenacres, Florida after a tour to Total Wine & More, Boynton Beach.

A very dark almoust black beer with a small beige head.

Nose: Coffee, sweet chocolate, rye bread and leather.
Taste: Milk chocolate, coffee, cream, brown sugar and some dark bread.
Light carboantion and sweet aftertaste. A great beer!

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Photo of hotpauko
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review from a hophead. From tap, after a taste from wife's had to get a pint. Quality beer very similar in look, feel and taste to Guinness. Review is outside after a spicy meal. Good look, nice foam retained throughout. Mouth feel was nice and smooth if you got a little foam, but was a little thin w/o. Overall taste was of a good dark stout, coffee apparent with a smoky ambience, but def not as strong and robust as some others. I can see how others really like this beer and I enjoyed it esp at the start, it just leveled off after. But overall well worth a try or a 6.

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Photo of UKBeerman
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a nice dense, dark look as it should. The aroma coming off of the top is a little like overripe fruit and toffee with coffee notes. The flavor is equal to the aroma with no bitter aftertaste at all. Much better I think as it gets warmer. fairly good head retention

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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.99):
American craft beers on the 1001 beers list are nothing if not consistent, this one is another highly drinkable beer with a very good balance to it. It wasn't quite as sweet as your normal milk stout and the alcohol content was a little higher than usual but so to was the standard, the beer was great drinking from the start and a beer well worth its place on the list.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a dark brown color with an light brown head. It has the look of coffee. The smell is sweet with some grains, and malts. Not much to note on the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is smooth but rich with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up on malts and a mild sweetness, it the taste of this brew. There is nothing overpowering in the taste of this brew, no bad aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and bold, but clean finish. Left Hand Milk Stout is a nice drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Left Hand Milk Stout a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4/5  rDev +2%

Ok I admit it. I have a sweet tooth and this is a tasty sweet stout. Not much head on my pour but rich and thick silky smooth mouth feel. Roasted coffee, chocolate but not a burnt taste or astringent. Very easy to drink. I would use this as an introduction to the dark side for non stout lovers. If you want sweet, rich and roasted this is it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: A dark chocolate black body with ruby coming through in the light. A cream colored head that recedes to a soapy film. Lacing not unlike a sudsy world map silhouette.

Aroma: Two things -- lactose sugar and dark chocolate. The roasted malts and grains come through on the back end.

Taste: Bitter chocolate dominates with an icing of sugary lactose. Roasty, toasty, and more sugary lactose in the finish with hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: A nice weight about it, very smooth.

Overall: I think this just better than the Nitro version, a more hearty feel about it.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's like their milk nitro without the nuisances. Probably should discontinue this one since the other one is slightly better and taste almost identical. Takes away the creativity us left handers are capable of lol.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour hard it says on the cap. Yes, do it. Forms a head with beautiful carbonation just like a draft or can nitro. Silky smooth mouthfeel with creamy flavor and no discernable bitterness.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

The first Milk Sweet Stout I've ever had and I was pleasantly surprised. Very cool concept behind this beer. This is a stout for those who have a sweet tooth! Malty notes of Roasted Barley, Oats, and Chocolate. I believe the Brewers at Left Hand say it best, "Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee". Because of the sweetness I found this was a beer I could drink over a long night, but you definitely need to be I an a specific mood to drink this beer. My preference is more of a straight forward stout. I would drink this again, it just might not be my first choice.

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Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a bubbly, small brown head, with an alomst oil black color.

Smells of toasted malts, with hints of cane sugar and salt - almost smoked. Hints of milk chocolate qualities are detectable underneath the dominating malts.

Has a very smooth mouthfeel, coming along a little stale, due to almost no carbonation at all. Begins with earthy malts, along with toffee and molasse, as well as a salted whiff - adding an interesting twist to the beer. Roasted qualities are standing out in this brew, enhanced by cream and gentle milk chocolate. Turns sweeter during the finish, revealing a little heat, caramel and syrup, with a coffeeish bitter impact on the back of the tongue, balancing the beer.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev +2%

This beer led me through the door to the craft beer palace.

A perfectly made milk stout. Creamy, vanilla, milk-chocoalely goodness.

In my earlier years, I drank so much of this that I cannot now. So you go, go get some now.

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Photo of Siv_Art
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Very dark, with subtle dark chocolate and coffee flavors. There are smoother, creamier stouts than this, though. I found it to be a much sharper flavor than I was expecting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours with a large, medium-density tan head over an opaque body.

Aroma: perhaps my imagination but some dairy odors seem to join the dark roasted malts.

Flavor: slightly sweet: Excellent sweet-bitter balance for style. Some hops and hint of dark chocolate and coffee apparent in the roasty aftertaste.

Feel: very smooth, medium body. Well carbonated.

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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours dark and impenetrable. Full 2 g fingers of head from draft. Smell grains and sugar. Coffee. Chocolate. Very light in the mouth. Not heavy. Definitely a light ABV. Reminds me of Guinness. Lighter. Hints of cream in the mouth. Subtle chocolate and coffee going down. No bitterness. Very drinkable. Won't face plant you. Smooth but leaves me wanting a Founders Breakfast. I'm not as fired up about it as others.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this beer. I originally bought it to be my Day-Off Beer, but it's great to start a vacation or just to have on the weekends or for dessert.

Appearance: Looks black, until you realize it's a dark caramel color tinted few shades of red. Poured into a Pilsner glass with a very thin dark tan head. Very inviting.

Smell: You can smell the lactose which gives it a nice sweetness and somehow smells very fresh. It could be me, but I have a hard time pinpointing additional aromas.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full bodied beer with a lingering heaviness.

Taste: The sweetness comes forward, but dissolves to dark coffee. They really work together and balance nicely with the roasted malt. The flavor hangs on your tongue for a long while.

Overall: A fantastic beer that I try and keep on hand at all times.

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Photo of AdrianAltine
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

absolutely delicious has become one of my favorite beers. Not only is it smooth it has a full body taste that fills your mouth with a soft finish. It also fun to pour it hard (just turn the bottle over and let it fall) go to their site and watch the video.

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Photo of corywalston
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Aggressive poor 2 inch head tan/brown. Color dark brow can barely see light through the other end.
S. Malt, barley, soy sauce, sweet.
T. Creamy like milk stouts little bother. Notes of coffee and chocolate.
M. Watery with a small amount of syrup.
O. It’s like the taste of Guinness times 3 and better because of the creamy taste. This is a big step up from LH’s NITRO milk stout. The label is awesome, I wish I had a poster of it.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Best by date of 03.22.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 03.25.14.

A: Motor oil. Cream-colored head.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, toffee. Sweet smelling.

T: Cocoa, coffee, toffee. It does have some roastiness and a hint of dark chocolate.

M: Creamy.

O: The roastiness nicely balances the sweetness. The toffee flavor was strong, which I liked.

Rating: A

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Photo of dcscientist
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

This is dubbed as "America's great milk stout" and it's easy to see why. Excellent flavor, slightly sweet and without the bitterness of many stouts. 6% alcohol makes it very easy to drink, and it's a good one to have in the fridge once it gets cold. This one's worth the hype.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Buffalo Wild Wings in the Houston Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas
Price: $6.95
Purchased: Sept. 10, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 10, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with three fingers of dark khaki tan, rocky head. Great thick layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down on the top. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dark chocolate, roasty coffee malts, mocha, vanilla, chocolate milk, chocolate syrup and faint crayon. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted similar to the nose, so smooth. Dark chocolate milk, roasty black coffee, chocolate syrup, smoky fire, still that crayon and cocoa nibs. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A nice milk stout, one of the best I’ve ever had. I have a feeling I slightly overrated it though. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

From notes on 12/14/13

Very dark. Not as creamy looking as Guinness. Smells kind of like a normal Irish stout. Very creamy mouth feel. Some coffee flavor. Lots of caramel taste. Similar to Guinness, but better.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

This this is the first one of this style beer that I have ever liked. I was amazed, on tasting, how appealing it was, especially as a "dessert beer".

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.