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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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1,707 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,707
Hads: 6,546
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.43%
Wants: 284
Gots: 1,308 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 1,707 | Hads: 6,546
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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Photo of Clinthulhu
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff and can't get enough of it. I'm lucky enough to know someone who works at Left Hand and have been to the brewery to sample all of their beers. But the Milk Stout is by far my favorite.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of Capsfan90
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of dryfly24
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ribby
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of leantom
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Jeph222
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +9.2%
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%
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 -1.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -2.5%
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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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.