Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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Ratings: 6,296
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,057 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 6,296 | Reviews: 1,744
Photo of Oldmankeebler
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a very average beer. It isn't bad, it just isn't that memorable either.

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

This beer was very good but not as good as the other left hand stout. This one was a little bitter.

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my style of beer but good. Espresso notes, finished clean and lingered on the pallet nice. Not bad but not my style.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of watery compared to other stouts. Smell and look is very similar to most stouts out there on the market. Tastes sweeter than most stouts, but I kinda wish it wasn't as watery. I feel if it was a tad bit thicker the sweetness would have worked better

Photo of maxson924
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nitro version is far, far better, but this is pretty good too.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was everything I look for in a beer. Thought the smell didn't do it justice but I don't like beer because of the way it smells. Perfect for my tastes. Will definitely bug them to get it to WV.

Photo of InsaneBeerLover
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Simply Dark and delicious. American stout.

Photo of Capsfan90
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard as usually instructed by Left Hand milk stouts to a two finger dark tan head. Color is a deep black with decent lacing. The taste of coffee and malt were through out. The low carbonation and sweet lactose made for a really smooth feel. One of the better milk stouts, but not as good as their Milk Stout - Nitro.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nitro bottle. This thing could not be smoother. Black pour with thin creamy brown top. Aromas of so much roasted. Flavor is quite sweet. Delicious.

Photo of drewgarthe
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just a delicious, somewhat sweet beer.

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

Very good... Nitro is better

Photo of Jaymc
2.97/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Creamy, Rush of flavor milk and vanilla, but lack of nose and disappearing finish was disappointing. Great beer, just held my hopes a little to high.

Photo of dryfly24
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much nicer as it warms up. I tried it from the bottle after a long cold ride home. Flavors did not present themselves till it warmed up after pouring into a tulip glass. Pours very dark as it should but with a thin head and light lacing. syrupy but a bit on thin side for the mouth feel with very light carbonation. Strong on sugar and light malt scent and flavor but not enough notes present on the tongue to make it really interesting. A little too sweet for my tastes. Needs a little more complexity to balance it out. Overall an excellent brew to introduce novices who are afraid of the dark. Die hard stout vets may find it wanting a bit. Definitely better as it warms though.

Photo of BeerMagistrate
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Great taste. Well balanced and drinkable. My Dad loved it too.

Little bit sweeter,less burnt flavor than a Guiness. Though it has a creamy taste, it didn't have the creamy head like a Guiness - that kinda bummed me out. Perhaps I should've poured it "harder" into the glass? I'm curious as to the difference with the Nitro version. Anyhow, I will definitely be buying this again.

Photo of ribby
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The cap says "pour hard" i don't know what that means. There was maybe a quarter inch of creamy foam, and it was dark as expected. The taste was well balanced, but just generally not very intense. They call it "America's Stout" on the label, i guess this is probably as good as it gets as far as making a stout with wide appeal (except guinness on tap) however, i think the idea of a stout that appeals to everyone runs the risk of removing the characteristics that make it stout, and i think this goes a bit too far in that direction.

Photo of Guiltybyproxy
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably their best beer overall. Great taste, look, smell, etc. Highly recommended

Photo of leantom
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a great guy. Here goes:

A: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Pours pitch black but with a little head and moderate, suddy lacing.

S: Great. Lots of lactose sugar, coffee, toasted malt, etc. Nice burnt malt detectable.

T: Great. A little light, but the scents that were present in the smell are tasteful. Lots of coffee and lactose sugar, but the coffee isn't overly bitter and the lactose sugar mitigates the burnt malt somewhat. Very nice.

M: Great. Well carbonated, sufficiently thick, glides down the tongue in a pleasant manner.

O: Great beer. Will buy again.

Photo of lordoftheporch21
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite stout to get on draft. The head isn't as cream colored or thick when poured from a bottle.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got better and sweet towards the end good beer will drink again

Photo of Chime
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great taste, color and feel.

Photo of Jeph222
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A much sweeter version of Guinness. I mean much sweeter. I prefer Guinness but this is good stuff.

Photo of dendelson
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy. Balanced. Tasty. Dark. Goes nicely with steak and ale pie or loaded baked potato.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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