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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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Reviews: 1,678
Hads: 6,408
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,166 | 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: 1,678 | Hads: 6,408
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
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

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 - 4.13)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish. (Feel - 4.13)

A nice milk stout, one of the best I’ve ever had. I have a feeling I slightly overrated it though. (Overall - 4.13)

4.16 | 93 | 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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Photo of madstoutmonkee
5/5  rDev +27.6%

One of my favorite beers. Rich, thick, smooth and so creamy. This beer is great on its own, or when paired with other beers, like raspberry lambic, a white stout, or even something more exotic like well's banana bread.

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Photo of Kevindrinksbeer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Creamy mouth feel from the nitrogen, Tasting notes include milk chocolate, black coffee, brown sugar and toffee. This is a top notch milk stout that the nitro makes even better.

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Photo of Macperry
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This will be my first review, "bear with me" I very much enjoyed the smell of this stout, it smell of a milky creamy sensation. The feel of the beer overall was creamy and delightful but the taste was a let down compared to the smell. Yet I'd enjoy this beer again but it's not going to be a favorite of mine.

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Good Stout. Nice black color, decent head. The creaminess is awesome. The aroma at first was amazing and the taste was also great, although not up to par with what I expected after the smell. Overall, a creamy enjoyable stout with just the right amount of alcohol and a touch of bitterness to round it all off.....

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Photo of Lordhelmit
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


A - Poured very dark black had a thin tan head looked like soda foam. Great lacing rings left around glass.

S - Very sweet and honestly like milk chocolate.

T - Taste is great. Chocolate with vanilla undertones. Starts off creamy/milky and finishes a bit dry with a vanilla/caramel taste. So good.

M - Creamy, smooth, slightly below average carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Will definitely buy again

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Pours nice and black, with little head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like sweet cream. Hint of coffee/toffee.

Tastes great. Creamy texture with a good amount of sweetness, but not overpowering. Subtle vanilla taste at first that is more noticeable on the finish. Slight coffee taste. I detect some slight spices, but don't know where that could be coming from.

Overall a very good beer. Bought a six pack of this and I'm looking forward to seeing how this tastes in a few months.

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Photo of brunodem
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is currently my favorite brew. It is a very smooth stout that sits well on your tongue. As you let it percolate on your tongue, the flavor becomes rich and still the taste is smooth. I like this beer any time of year. I also like this a bit more than the Left Hand Brewing's regular milk stout, although that too is very tasty.

Smoother than the Guiness or other stouts, I am sure you will enjoy this beer. Drink it slow to enjoy the flavor. It does not hit you over the head. Subtle and complex.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to try a milk stout and this is one of the highest rated for the style.

A - Nice dark black color typical of a stout. Poured like syrup. Nitro induced super fine off-white head that seemed to hold true and trail lacing down the entire glass.

S - Tons of chocolate, roasted, malty, and caramel smells. The nitro can seemed to really accentuate the rich tones.

T - A sweet brew that is like a standard stout except with a creamy sweet flavor that is different. Similar to a typical Guinness Export stout but with a sweeter edge.
There is a roasted flavor that comes second and is pretty good. Some light bitterness from the roasted malt but no discernible hops. A good desert beer if that is all you are going to have.

M - Mostly thick mouth-feel with a sticky nature to it. Definitely on the sweeter side and I couldn't drink more than one or two . Moderate "nitration" that makes it silky and smooth.

Overall, a good beer if you want a sweet cocoa inspired beer that is a little more balanced than a Young's chocolate stout. This is a quintessential milk stout with the sweetness and mouth-feel but is very velvety. It's not my favorite beer but I know that there would be a time and a place to have this again. Try a six pack in the winter and you won't be disappointed.

Glass- Shaker Pint

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near black with a thin brown head that never quite vanishes, and leaves some sticky lace down the glass. Smells like chocolate, vanilla, little dark fruit and coffee. Taste is mostly bittersweet chocolate and dark malts. Nice clean crisp finish tho. Not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is outstanding. Smooth, medium to full body. Coats the mouth and leaves a nice bite on the back end. Overall, this is good stuff. I've had it on tap, and its just as good out of the bottle.

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Photo of NapoleonInRags
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As instructed by the bottle label I poured this into a pint glass very quickly and let the nitro do what it was designed to do. A thick micro-foam head formed on top of a brown/near-black body. The nose is all dry stout and oats. The mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly light. Lush caramel and oats finishing with a crisp dry stout cleanness. Just lovely.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.