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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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Ratings: 6,070
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 219
Gots: 833 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Bfarr
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown with thin tan head and poor retention. Milk chocolate lager aroma. Milk chocolate taste and a very light bitterness. Fairly creamy mouthfeel but also a bit thin.

Very drinkable and sweet/milky beer with no big surprises, just malty milk which is fine at first but becomes a chore gulping down the last couple swallows.

Photo of ihoffman
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep brown, almost black. A small head with minimal lacing.

S: Lightly roasted coffee and hints of chocolate

T: Much blander than I expected. Roasted coffee and toasted malts. Sweeter notes are far and few between. Finish is dry and even sour at times.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Wished it was creamier and a tad thicker.

O: I wasn't super impressed with this one. Not terrible, but I've had better milk stouts. Could've been the bottle, so I won't write it off just yet.

Photo of Bierguzzler
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please pardon my non-technical review, but I have a specific point to make about this beer.

I first had a Left Hand Milk Stout draft in a steak house bar in Castle Pines, CO... and I was amazed!!! I had never had any stout that I liked as much. It was like having a milkshake and then chasing it with a good stout! wonderfully smooth and tasty head, dark, rich and thick body. Those characteristics eliminated anything that I could have identified as unwanted.

So as a result I searched high and low on the east coast and finally found some in Virginia (there is apparently NONE in Maryland). I was able to get one six-pack (that's all they had left) and went home happy.

When I poured the first one I was surprised at the difference from what I had in CO. After two or three of them it dawned on me that the difference was the propellant used in the draft dispensary.

From my perspective it is REALLY important to have the nitrogen charged system to dispense this beer (akin to Guinness and others I suppose). And I also notice that Left Hand sells a nitrogen charged keg (they have a special name for it, but I can't get into their website at the moment). I'm not sure I can get access to one of those however since I live in Maryland (I still have to research that).

My rating (above) would be altogether different for a bottled sample (probably all "average"), still a good stout, but without that nitro head (and whatever possible effect the nitro might have on the body), not nearly as attractive to me.

Photo of monkeyonmaibock
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer (bottled on 4/21/11) into a pint on 4/29/11. It poured a lovely dark brown to almost black with a fingers worth of thick, creamy-looking, tan head. I noticed the coffee first and foremost in the scent with just a hint of sweetness. This beer was very smooth in my mouth with a strong roasted coffee flavor. The finish seemed to have a citrus hoppiness to it. As I drank, the lacing around the glass was exquisite all the way to the bottom.

Photo of doucmehu
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown, with 2 fingers of creamy light tan head. Some light comes through at the edges, and it looks rather thin for the rich deep color.

Smell is slightly sweet, slightly smoky malt and a hint of dark chocolate. Nothing too deep here, but pleasant.

Taste starts off with smoked malt, follows with a hint of sweet, but mostly bitter dark chocolate. There is definitely a bit of lactic sweetness, and it works well with the mild smoked malts. Finishes on the bitter side, but more acidic than hoppy.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, with decent fine carbonation for what is offered as a nitro tap. You would expect it to be a bit creamier, but it has just enough stout smoothness to blend with the carbonation.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable light stout. The fact that it is 5.2% is a bonus, as it is actually fairly refreshing for the style that I could have several of in one sitting.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never had a nitro-tap before, so I decided I would try it with something creamy and full. I wasn't certain I wanted to try something different, so this seemed like a good place to start.

Nitro-poured into a pint glass at Chumley's in Lafayette, IN.

A: Dark brown - thick and opaque. A super creamy tan head creates a film on the glass all the way to the bottom. It's a heavy stout, that's for sure.

S: The nose is very subtle. There's some hops evident, with a bit of bark and chocolate malt underneath.

T: Again, subtle. The hops are mellow, but not bad (a little sour at times). A smooth, earthy blend of yeast and malt abide throughout, as expected. It's very balanced, but, to be honest, there's not a ton of flavor to balance.

M: Extraordinarily creamy. A spectacular way to add complexity to this beer.

O: It's a nice, unique stout - I'll give it that. In the future, if I'm looking for something rich, thick, and milky, I'll have a Guinness.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A lot like Guinness Extra with thicker, whiter foam. I'm pretty impressed with this.

Smell: Very sweet creamy smell. Goes well with notes of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy overall. Good notes of milk chocolate. Maybe a bit thin.

Drinkability: Quite enjoyable.

Overall: The better of the 2 Left Hands I've had.

Photo of jman892
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle dated 2/17/11. Pure black, with small tan head which fades quickly

S - Smell is sweet and malty. A little bit of chocolate malt and lactose

T - Roasted malts right up front, with a nice amount of the lactose character. Some burnt coffee beans come through as well.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately creamy, very smooth, easy drinker. Not hugely complex, but it is what it is supposed to be. Could have a few of these in a sitting

O - Very good example of the style. Got this as a single, but would be glad to get a sixer of this

***Edited for spelling***

Photo of taigor
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured very dark, almost black non-transparent color with a huge 2 finger head that stayed all the way till I finished the beer.

S - Lots of malt with a hint of a milk shake scent but other than that nothing else is there.

T - Very hard to describe but I would put this as a smoked coca-cola combined with milk shake minus the sweetness. The taste completely changed as I was drinking it. It would sometimes be like a milk shake and sometimes like a smoked beer.

M - Full bodied with average carbonation.

O - Excellent stout. Super smooth and extremely light which is totally unexpected looking at the fluffy head. I highly recommend this stout.

Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, with medium head and almost no lace discernible.

Nice nose of milk chocolate. Nice!

Flavor is smooth and creamy (no doubt due to the oat flakes), again with pronounced tones of milk chocolate, and a slight burnt flavor at the finish.

A remarkably smooth and easy-to-drink stout. Lively, interesting, and superb!

This next review is of the Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro:

Pours black, with ruby highlights. Pretty well opaque. Head is slight but smooth with fine, tan bubbles. Next to no lace here.

Nose is chocolate, roasty, and lactic. A little char there, too, but overall nice!

Taste is delicious! It's a creamy, smooth mix of bittersweet cocoa, milk, and some roasty char. An easy-to-enjoy treat, and here's to hoping this brew isn't limited.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours viscous black that shows garnet in full light with a cappuccino head that fades fast and leaves thin lacey trailers. Nose is cold coffee, cocoa bean and brown sugar. Creme caramel and latte front with some roasty bite and more coffee before a faint Kendall Mint Cake hops hit. Bittersweet finish and dry linger. Medium to full, round, some chew and clingy.

Note: Label says 6% ABV - export version?

Sweet and round, though at this ABV, not really to style. Nothing offensive, but not particularly complex either. I've gotten more interesting sweetness and creamy body from other milk stouts.

Photo of obywan59
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly pitch black with just a touch of ruby at the very top and bottom. 2 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Smells of coffee with cream, then more like chocolate milk. Some light metallics as it warms. A bit of caramel and light hops.

Lightly sweet, acidic coffee and burnt malts. not that impressed at first, but the taste seemed to improve in the end.

Moderate body. Creamy slightly frothy feel and a tingle of carbonation.

Easy to drink. The lighter body suited me just fine after a huge Easter dinner earlier today.

Photo of unclemorgan
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour, black as a wizards dreams. I loved the darkness, the head was was thin, but had great staying power. Laced all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smelled like a typical stout: some caramel, dark chocolate, and coffee. However, the mouth feel and after taste wasn't as heavy as a typical stout.

I usually switch over to wheat beers in the summer as they aren't as heavy but this is a stout i can see leaving in the fridge for the right high temp occasion.

Photo of BigE90
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour into a pint and got virtually no head and what was there disappeared quickly Dark but some light coming through around the edges.

S: I can smell the coffee and hops coming through but that is about it.

T: Taste like a week stout, very thin, not a lot of body. With a "milk stout" was expecting a little more there. Slight bitter finish that fades quickly

M: Taste thin, no creamy texture and does not leave any film in the mouth afterwards. Easy to move on to something else because of this.

O: Higher expectations for a milk stout. Seems Porterish to me, just add some licorice to it and call it good, for a Porter that is.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a small amount of coffee colored fluffy head.

The scent is sweet, notes of chocolate and burnt coffee.

The taste is of chocolate, sweet cream, burnt coffee malts.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, very little carbonation.

This was a decent milk stout, though I thought it was a bit more thin than it should be.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis is good tasting slightly sweet stout. The smell has hint of chocolate,but its not to strong.Of course the appearance is black with a small tan head. THe taste is like a smoked chocolate milk,very smooth and enjoyable.The is a really nice stout overall. With a label that is memorable as well.

Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer is dark brown, almost black with a thick filmy tan head that stuck to the glass. The smell is big on coffee and milk chocolate with some roasted grain. It tastes of coffee, cream, chocolate and earthy hops. This beer is very smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is nice, just a little dry. This is a great stout, it's well balanced and almost like velvet.

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of light tan head. Fades down fast. Color is a dark brown, near black..

Aroma: A lot of roasted malts and chocolate. Dry flavors. Pretty malty. Not to hoppy.

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate. Roasted malts. Creamy milky flavors. Lots of malts. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a decent beer. I have had this on nitro and really liked it. Bottle, it is okay. Decent drinkability.

Photo of KajII
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in an English pint}

Poured a muddy dark brown with a very slight red hue. The light brown head was suprisingly small yet frothy, which dissapated quickly with only a small residue remaining allowing for a fair amount of lacing on the glass.The aroma was nice and robust with a moderatly strong scent of dark bread malts and a sweet doughy yeast with hints of milk chocolate, molasses and a strong coffee presence. It tasted lighty sweet and flavorful with molasses and chocolate notes from the onset, then ended mildly biiter-sweet with a wonderfull strong note of coffee that lingered on the palate for a nice long while. Mouthfeel was creamy in texture and overall feel with the body being medium to full. Both were balanced very well and worked quite well together. Overall an excellent stout. Blending of the flavors was without a doubt perfectly balanced, although it could have been just a tad heavier in body.

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a black color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Sticky lace.. some ruby comes through when up to the light

S: some light vanilla bean..light roasted malts.. some dark chocolate & mild espresso beans. Also some pecan hints..

T: smooth flavors.. upfront you get espresso flavors.. roasty malts with hints of dark chocolate.. finish is black coffee like bitterness..

Mf: heavy medium bodied with a smooth feel.. not as creamy as the nitro-tap.. but still good

O: a nice stout.. not overly sweet though.. drinks more like a traditional stout rather than a milk stout..

Photo of pyrostic
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost black with a slight hint of amber. The beer has about 1.5in of head of a dark tan color when poured "correctly" into a stein glass.

This beer smells as smooth as it tastes, but I'll review taste in a bit. The Milk Stout has a dark chocolate smell that is not overwhelming. A subtle coffee may also have been introduced as well.

I sense a taste of maybe toast along with the obvious dark chocolate. Neither are overwhelming however and have a subtle appeal. The milk sugar offers a creamy texture and I believe this is what will have me coming back for more. You can taste a little of the alcohol but again not overly pronounced.

Creamy, not thick, almost uplifting.

***Overall I would definitely recommend this beer. This beer hits all of the senses and will have me coming back I'm sure. It's uniqueness by using milk sugar without being overwhelming in any one feature flavor keeps me asking for more!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass on the late late,

Milk Stout pours out a dark shade of brownish black with black in the glass being the final result. A nice inch of semi tight tannish foam, semi stick.

Smell is on the sweet side, lactose is noted yet not over the hill. A bit of vanilla bean and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is str8 forward light sweet chocolate milk, built around a roasted malt base with vanilla and lactose.

Feel falls off, it's thin and approaching watery, a bigger build would go a long way here. The liquid glids down though almost to easy, no effect from the light carb here.

A fairly decent representation of the style, nothing to get your panties into a bunch, I would like to see LHBC do a imperial version of this to see if they have the chops to pull it off, they are on the right path with this.

Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a shaker pint glass.

The deep mahogany color is on the light side for this style. A dense cream head is well supported by the nitro and sticks all the way down the glass.

This beer is quite sweet in the nose. Chocolate, molasses and malted milk aromas have a nice interplay. There's a slight coffee aroma in the background. The beer's sweet aromas carry through nicely to the flavor. Sugar, chocolate and molasses flavors are front and center. A burnt bitterness comes on late with just enough strength to keep this beer from being too sweet. The flavor becomes more interesting as the beer warms. The nitro is make this much smoother and creamier than the bottled sample I reviewed in 2009, hence the new review

The low ABV makes this an easy drinker. It also works even better than Guinness when mixed with vanilla ice cream to make a beer float.

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

this beer has a great color and smooth taste. From the moment the smell tempts the nose to the sweet and smooth taste, it is a good beer to compliment just about anything! I enjoyed it with chicken quessedillas and it was a great compliment. i could see serving it with anything off the grill too!

Photo of MufflnMan
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Coffee black with a thin mocha head.

Not much to the smell. Mainly malt with a hint of cream.

Taste is more interesting than the smell, very smooth. Starts off with malt which leads into slightly bitter coffee and quickly followed by a bit of cream to ease any bitterness. Nice and simple, but not all that interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky for a stout. Very drinkable, not heavy at all.

O, as advertised... a subdued stout. A calm brew for a session but nothing to pick off the shelf if you're looking for something interesting.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,070 ratings.