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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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5,598 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,598
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 528 | 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:

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black, thick body with a light tan head that died quickly and left minor lacings. A light malt smell, a little weak, and a tad funky. Medium to full-bodied, a smooth and semi-creamy mouth texture, there are some sweet and roasted malts in the taste but they are not overly prevelant. Not a bad beer at all, pretty good, but I was expecting more. Not the greatest of stouts (not meant to be a criticism).

clayrock81, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of waltonc
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Left Hand brew I ever had (found it in a river in the Rockies, just like Busch) and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty milk stout. Very ordinary to look at. Smells very milk-stouty. Tastes great. Creamy, chocolatey cocoa puffs flavor, which melds perfectly with the mouthfeel. Combine all this with the low ABV and it's a highly drinkable beverage.

waltonc, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with dark brownish amber highlights around the edges. Short, but creamy light tan head.

S: Huge lactose scent, almost a little too strong. Some coffee aromas float around in there. A bit of sourness - as in sour milk kinda thing, or the lactose aroma with a sour barley scent. Not wretched, but not great.

T: Flavour isn't so bad.. the lactose is big there, too. A sweet maltiness, along with very light chocolate and coffee flavours.

M + D: A nice shimmer of carbonation, and a reasonable creaminess - might have expected it to be a bit fuller, but it's still a decent feel. Not a big fave, but I'd give it another chance.

Proteus93, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted dark malts, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of sweet milky aroma.
T: Tastes even better than the nose. Deep roasted malts hit first and then followed by sweet milky chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel.
M: Really smooth, relaxing, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable stout, definately worth a try.

erosier, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of wardough
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I seriously love this beer. I wish that I could have some ice cream with it.

A: Pours one-shade lighter than motor oil. If you took coca-cola and boiled it for 10 minutes, it would look like this. Nice. The strange thing is that there is no head at all.
S: Beautiful. Roasted malts. Chocolate. Hint of coffee.
T: It's a party in the mouth. Sweet chocolate. Roasted coffee. Followed by a touch of bitterness. Nice.
M: Light in body. Not alot of carbonation. This is the only drawback. On nitro, this would be alot creamier...but it's still damn good.
D: This is a very, very drinkable milk stout.
Highly recommended. Well done boys!

wardough, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pretty good, a very dark black, with a slightly tan colored head and some lacing. Smell and taste are good. This tastes like sweet milky coffee, with a dry after taste that dissapates quickly. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

supercolter, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Rocko
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The label and name got my attention. I haven't seen anything of the likes before. I had to try it out.

The brew is dark brown and had a nice head to begin with but it quickly bailed out. It looked pretty while it lasted though.

Nothing really impressing about the smell. It's kind of generic to me. Smoky...chocolate...

It tastes very smoky and alot of coffee. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while on the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is kind of watery. I can't say I really liked it.

After one of these I've had enough. On to something else.

Rocko, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - good pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. Not great retention.

S - Definitley a coffee aroma along with a lot of roasty malts.

T - Tons of roasty malts with a little bit of coffee and some nice sweet chocolaty character.

M - Has got a fairly full bodied texture.

D - Definitely has the roasty and chocolate taste that I crave. Thank you sir, may I have another?

BeenJammin, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black color with very little brown toned head, decent lacing. Aroma is a very strong chocolate and roasted malt. taste at first its a tad bitter and tangy with small notes of hops, but strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors all the way through. Good beer smooth throughout, easy to drink, great stout very enjoyable to drink.

TerjUGA, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of BigJim5021
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sweet stout pours a barely penetrable ruby with a pretty tan head. The lacing is fairly minimal.

The smell is of delicious chocolatey malts with a hint of sweet cream. It truly smells amazing.

The taste is definitely indicative of the smell. Rich, sweet chocolate with a dose of toasted maltiness. Could be the tastiest sweet stout I've had.

The mouthfeel is slightly -- and I mean very slightly -- thin for the style, but with flavor like this, I could really give a damn. This stuff is downright tasty.

BigJim5021, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Verging on black as can be with a thick foamy brown head. Head fades quickly to about 1/2 inch and leaves great lacing. WHen held up to light very faint ruby hues come through.

S - Somewhat sweet chocolate aroma...could it be milk chocolate? Also has a light hoppiness in the nose.

T - Somewhat bitter sweet taste up front, primarily chocolate. A light spiciness from some hops comes through before the sweetness take back over. Finishes with a very clean sweet taste.

M/D - Medium to full bodied. Not quite as thick as some stouts. Very easy flavor while still having some complexities. Very drinkable.

Pleasantly surprised by this one.

ckeegan04, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This beer has a dark chocolatey color typical of a stout with a small head that didn't linger long. Definite chocolate aroma and the taste matches the aroma quite well.

I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but this one is very drinkable, not too bitter and quite tasty.

theboozecruise, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - opaque...dark as night with no head whatsoever.
S - milk chocolate with a dash of toasted malts
T - sweet milk chocolate at first, which gives way to roasted malts and burnt coffee in the finish. I thought this would be sweeter than it was. It leaves a nice roasted coffee aftertaste after it goes down.
M - medium feel with a little carbonation burn; this is very slick and goes down quickly
D - this is an enjoyable stout. There is a nice blend of sweetness and roasty-ness that makes it pretty easy to drink.

birchstick, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with one finger of tan head that dies down a little quick. Tons of tiny bubbles coat the walls of the glass up and down

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate

T - Just like the nose roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly smoky aftertaste

M - Watery yet medium body with light medium carbonation

D - OK going down but not that remember or special.

midaszero, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black but not completely opaque, small head that leaves quickly.

smells very toasty with a bit of coffe notes and a hint of magnum hops

tastes and smells like toast, wheat toast and coffee notes, not too much but nice.

I don't think I could reach for this again but it's fairly enjoyable, nice but typical. and typical is just ok.

naterock, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber this beer was an almost-black with some deep garnet highlights near the edges. The head was tan, about two fingers thick, but quickly became a minimal skim that did not lace very well. The aromas were sweet and rich, Hershey's syrup milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel malts. The flavors were at first dominated by the smoky, roasted malt flavors and coffee followed closely by the chocolate sweetness. Silky mouthfeel, very creamy and filling. Hints of vanilla develop as it warms. Well rounded, drinkable and rewarding in a desert-like way without being overly sweet. Recommended.

thekevlarkid, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This stout poured nearly black with caramel-ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. The tan head was just 1/4" to start and quickly dropped to a skim. Minor lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas of vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, and an all around sweetness.

T= I found this stout to be a bit "roasty" for a milk stout, but very good nonetheless. Obvious flavors of roasted malt, dark coffee, and slight vanilla bean. Sweeter up front, slighty dry in the finish.

MF= Medium low carbonation, light side of medium bodied.

D= A good stout, but much less sweet than most of the milk stouts I have had.

spointon, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Tuey13
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark color with a bit of a reddish tint and a nice tan foamy head.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee with a little creamy vanilla hinting on the nose.

The taste is sweet chocolate and coffee, with caramel and vanilla flavors... definately creamy and rich.

I thought this was a fantastic brew! Might be a little too rich and sweet for some but outstanding in my book!

Tuey13, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Dark, red garnet body and tan head

S-like milk chocolate syrup smell,

T-grainy, sweet slightly chocolate middle, ends with a nice smokey aftertaste.

M-Full, very smooth, slick

D-Great version of this style. Goes great with vanilla ice cream

jneiswender, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in an old discount mix&match pack that should have been stored colder...

Pitch black until held to light, where a raspberry crimson eeks through, revealing that the beer is rather clear. Tan 1/2" head with a variety of bubble sizes rests on top, sticking to the sides as it recedes.

Smells like a dark chocolate Kahlua if there were (is?) such a thing. No real detectable hop scent. Roasty malts prevail, though you can almost smell sweet maltiness.

The dry charred roastiness introduces mouth to stout, but the chocolate sweetness elbows itself to the front to take over the conversation. The sweetness never gets heavy- (Left) handed though, as the slightly burnt taste gets a boost from some purely bittering hops to keep this from turning into a Nestle Quickfest.

Smooth and silky without being viscous. Lactic twang emerges with the alcohol at the end. Neither are distracting but rather welcome, and the chocolate never subsides. It is maybe more heavily toasted than what I would expect from a milk stout, but I still love it. I'm not a judge but a guy who likes good beer. This does all the things for me I want from a stout. Imagine if it were stored cold and not a year old (maybe it just ages nicely). Looking forward from more Left Hand stuff.

chiefydawg, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of schanker21
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a very dark brown that looked black until held up to the light. Small amount off light seeps through on the sides. Caramel colored two finger head lingers for a long time and eventually fades into lacing. Lacing sticks all throughout the glass.

S- Very intriguing to say the least. Chocolate milk and mocha. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol.

T- Roasted coffee, milk, chocolate; tastes almost like one of those Starbuck's mocha frappuccinos you can get at a gas station. This might be my new favorite stout. Hops at the end round it out and make this a well-balanced and extremely tasty beer.

M- Mouthfeel lets me down a little bit because I found it a little bit watery, but it's still good. Carbonation is right on. It's a smooth beer.

D- Very, very drinkable. This one will be in my fridge all the time from now on (unless I find something better). Definitely a great session beer. Not too filling, and very easy to drink. I could start drinking this at 5 p.m. and still be drinking it at 2 a.m.

schanker21, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass....

A: Dark brown yet not opaque. Held up to a light you can see through this one. This also had a very minor head, but not much at all.

S: The smell is of sour milk, sour malts, roasted chocolate and cocoa.

T: The taste is rather light and sweet. It tastes a little of sour milk, but has a huge bitter cocoa taste on the finish. Very nice indeed.

Overall, a good milk stout that is not overly complex, but has the necessities in there.

treyrab, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at McGrady's Irish Pub in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with a creamy, light tan head with uneven bubbles, great retention, and great picture-esque lacing - it's cave-like, with stalactites dripping down and stalagmites reaching up from concentric rings to join other concentric rings.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, light grassy coffee, and a lot of milky creaminess - like Dutch process cocoa powder in places.

Taste: Very sweet and creamy, with tons of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, creamed and sugared full roast coffee, and a few grassy hop notes. Like a well roasted chocolate milkshake. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and relatively thin, actually, great for its creaminess, and exactly what you're looking for in a milk stout if you're going to be enjoying it outside on a hot early September afternoon.

Drinkability: A really great milk stout, and one I'm pleased to finally review, even though the venue may not have been perfect for the style. This is one I'd love to have at home on a cold winter night or paired with a heavy dessert. The abv% was completely manageable and nothing was too sweet or cloying - an excellent milk stout.

CrellMoset, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see some left hand in stores here.

Pours a nice black with amber/ruby highlights and a nice fluffy light tan head. Nose is alot of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows with notes of chocolate and cocoa, a bit of dark fruitiness and that lactose kick. A solid malt profile with a nice smooth silky mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice and suprisingly refreshing for a beer of this darkness and body. Overall a very good example of the style, and surely one of the better milk stouts out there. I am glad to see more of this style getting some recognition. Good beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark roasted walnut brown with some deep reddish highlights and a tan head. The head is a little thin and dissipates to nothing but a collar and some miniscule lacing.

Smell is slightly chocolaty with a roasted malt nose. A few whiffs of coffee here and there.

Taste is more dominate on the coffee side. It has an almost burnt flavor with a bitterness to match. Rich dark malt flavors with a hint of sweet silkiness.

Smooth brew. Its not over carbonated and the flavors coat your entire mouth as you drink. The finish is a little chalky for my taste but all in all a very tasty beverage.

jbphoto88, Aug 30, 2008
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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