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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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89
very good

5,198 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,198
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 152
Gots: 374 | FT: 4
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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:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

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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Boilermaker88

California

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

Presented in a 12oz bottle with a "bottled on" date of 02-10-04 on the label. Had a deep, dark ruby color - nearly black - shot through with lighter ruby tones. Zero head. Nothing, nada, ziltch, even with an increasingly rough pour in an effort to stir things up.
The nose was a bitter-sweet blend of understrength coffee and dark malts versus dark fruit and milk chocolate aromas. The taste was pretty well-balanced with a nice flavor of chocolate-dipped fruit (raisins and plums) up front. A roasted malt flavor drifted across mid-palate before it finished with a bittersweet mocha note. The feel was medium shading toward light, silky smooth, with a drying finish.
Overall, I enjoyed this brew. I had some misgivings as I observed the results of my pour but got past that once I smelled and tasted it. It's not a robust stout but a nice, rather light and smooth one that's worth taking a flyer on.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 16:47:29 | More by Boilermaker88
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Milk Stout. Served up at Isaac Newtons (Newtown, PA)

Appearance was a dark brown/black with no head.
Smell was a light smoky, chocolate, coffee aroma.
Taste was very good. A creamy smooth stout. with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Mouthfeel was so smooth like a chocolate milkshake.

Overall, a big hit with my group of friends. This was the beer that dominated last night. Delicious and will be a future purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 14:11:23 | More by NJpadreFan
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mikeys01

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice molasses brown/almost black, not much head at all, but just enough carbonation. Aroma is mostly of roasted malt and sweetness. Taste is a bit roasty at first but becomes quite sweet quickly with mingling flavors of coffee and cholocate in the bacgroung. Milk sugar is apparent and lends a nice smoothness to this beer. Finish is still sweet, a little dry, and leaves a hint of vanilla in my mouth. Mouthfeel is fairly medium, I would say it's fairly drinkable but not remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 05:35:14 | More by mikeys01
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark-brown, very little head.

Not much of an aroma, some roasted flavors and sweetness.

Thin body for a stout. Some roasted flavor that turns to a bitter-sweetness with a milk flavor still softening the edges. Leaves a light bitter-sweet aftertaste.

OK, but not the best stout. Many better sweet stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 04:42:22 | More by Southernbrew
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I've seen Left Hand Milk Stout around a lot recently. It seems to be creeping eastward into pubs and bars like wildfire. I was filling a six pack with singles and could only find 4 I really wanted. Brand familarity struck me, and I picked up a Milk Stout. (Really cool tap handle too, just a big 3-d left hand reaching out.)
Appearance: The stout pours a very thin looking dark brown, and I can actually see through it. An initial half inch head disappears to nothing. Lacing does not stick.
Smell: Interesting. It's not very strong, real faint bitterness, faint roasted smell. Uncharacteristically weak smell for a stout.
Taste: The taste is probably this beer's best quality and it is only so-so. The stout is as I expected, very thin. There is faint malted barley present covered with a very slick and sugary milk remnant. Drinkability: It goes down really easy. It's got very minimal hopping, not very much roast. There is a hint of smoke also. It's got to be one of the sweetest stouts I've ever tasted. It's also the most borderline in terms of mouthfeel I've tasted. It goes down too easy, and tastes sweet. That's good for some beers. But its not what I look for in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 22:10:19 | More by 99bottles
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Being left handed, I'm a sucker for anything that is remotely related to left-handedness. So I had to pick up this Left Hand Milk Stout when I saw it. Pours a deep black, with a head that fades quickly - too quickly in my opinion. Smell contains roasted malt. Tastes like a stout milkshake - the milk sugar is very pronounced. A bit too strong for my taste, but delicious nonetheless. The sweetness makes this beer good for dessert, but more than one in a session might be a challenge.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 03:07:02 | More by ColForbin
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This one looked and sounded good when I bought it but ended up dissappointing me. Color is the usual - near black with a nice head. It smells pretty good but a little too sweet. The taste is just lacking anything that gives me pause. It's sweet, though not as much as the aroma would indicate, but not very rich. There's a touch of bittersweet chocolate and not much else to talk about. Feels thin and watery in the mouth. Wha happen? I've said it before: I could probably drink a bunch of these but I don't think I'd want to.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 04:56:48 | More by BeefyMee
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shirfan

New York

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more translucent than most stouts; light passes through at the bottom and sides of the glass. Head immediately fizzes down to nothing.

Aroma is a decadent mocha and milk chocolate, but the taste doesn't quite live up to it. Rich chocolate and coffee tones lead the way, with an almost Hershey's sweetness. Drys slightly in the finish, with roasted malt making an appearance. This would be worthy of a 4 if not for the metallic, almost canned background flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 00:01:13 | More by shirfan
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a dark brown, almost black color. Sadly, the head was almost non-existant and what was there quickly faded. The aroma was malty and roasted. The mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I anticipated as it was slightly prickly. The taste is accentuated by a bitter roastiness that hints at coffee notes. The milky texture is more apparent in the finish, which is also exceedingly dry and toasty. Just an average milk stout, expected more.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 19:15:09 | More by Hhawk06
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Skidz

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours out straight brown finishing dark brown with a whole bunch of amber-crimson coming through the sides. Light fluffy tan head fades fast.

Smells of roasted grains, coffee and some sweeter chocolatey tones. When put to mouth, the sweetness of chocolate brings you into the roasted grains and malt, all setting you up for the horrendous taste of burnt coffee. Yes, sometimes that flavor actually works very well, but it is quite unsettling here. A fairly bland concoction, I could best describe this as a "light stout" if one were to exist.

Light - medium body (but thats pushing it) makes it easy for anyone to put down fast, but there's not much to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 01:13:58 | More by Skidz
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color and thin head that dissipates to a hairline ring and wisps of tan foam. Aroma suggests burnt grains and instant mocha mix. Flavor is sweet and malty on the front, then resolves to roasty, coffeeish, dryish and bitter on the finish. It has a weird watery feel in the mouth after several quaffs. I's a pretty decent, above average, easy drinkin' sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 00:31:25 | More by EagleTalon
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

Nice dark almost black color....head left quickly with little lacing. Nice coffee, roasted aroma...very inviting. Taste had a nice burnt malt, light coffee taste with just a touch of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium with a nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Easy enough to drink...a good stout that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 23:20:12 | More by edchicma
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abents

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark black with brown at the bottom of glass. Slight tan head with moderate carbonation an slight lacing.

Smell: Coffee aromas and chocolate dominate. Slight malty notes also detected.

Taste: Starts out with strong mocha coffee notes that really bring out the milk chocolate and blend into a bitter hoppiness. Fairly good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin in the mouth low carbonation nothing too exciting here.

Drinkability: Pretty good on this were smooth beer that mixes well together nothing spectacular though.

Overall I give it an "eh" it's not horrible, but it's not fantastic either. Maybe I'll give it another try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 19:26:39 | More by abents
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zerk

California

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served way too cold (thank you very much Beer Sellar) so I had to let it warm to get any flavor out of it. It was quite dark, but not quite opaque... deep brown with amber highlights, and very little head. Aroma is a nice mixture of malt, chocoalte, and some herbal notes. Flavor begins sweet with notes of chocoalte, just a touch of coffee peaks through, then it finishes with a touch of earthy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, with low carbonation. All in all, not a bad milk stout, but nothing to write home about either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2004 22:13:42 | More by zerk
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Imbiber

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep reddish-brown, almost black but not quite. The aroma was quite unusual, sweet, slightly chocolatey - enticing. Flavour was a steady sweetness as a base, with hints of chocolate, burnt, and subtle hop flavours coming through. Aftertaste was mildly sweet, as would be expected. Different. Pleasant to drink; good but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 20:19:15 | More by Imbiber
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Nice tan head. The nose was very sweet with lots of chocolate smells. The hops were extremely subdued. The beer was a dark brown to black color. The initial taste was quite sweet. This beer seemed more like a chocolate stout to me. The lactose was present but balanced well with the malts to make a chocolate flavor. I would have pinned this with the chocolate stout moniker, had I been blindfolded. This beer is good and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 04:44:49 | More by Maestro
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BCMan

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to give it to the marketing group over at Left Hand because they do a bang up job with their labels. This stout poured very thin. Little to no head was generated from an aggressive pour. The color is a deep red when held to light. Very subtle nose. The first taste was smooth and sweet. The mouthfeel was a little too thin. Has a sweet flavor with chocolate notes throughout. The interesting thing about this beer is that it tastes very wet. If that makes sense. It makes my mouth water which activates my reflex to drink more and more and more...you get the picture. This is a good party beer. Not too heavy so you won't fill up. A nice, simple stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 00:53:23 | More by BCMan
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This milk stout looks more like a weak porter or even a dark lager. It's ruddy brown in color and is nowhere near opaque. The ecru colored cap displays shallow pits on its surface and falls uneventfully to a thin film, leaving absolutely no lace.

The aroma is weak and consists of milk chocolate and a faint whiff of coffee. The flavor switches thing around a little bit and is coffee-dominant. Were coffee beans used in the brewing? There's a hint of cocoa in the background, along with a slight metallic tang.

The body/mouthfeel is disappointing, especially for a beer that calls itself a stout. It's thin and two-dimensional, not thick, rich, or creamy in the least.

Left Hand Milk Stout is not a stout, I don't care what the label says. A light porter maybe, but not even a very good one of those.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 16:34:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I pour this chilled sample into my glass. The color is dark brown with tints of ruby shining through the light. A beige creamy head foams up easily but fades rather quickly to a layer around the edge of my glass.
Aroma is malty sweet with some roastiness and maybe brown sugar too.
First sip gives a hit of mild chocolate and the finish adds in some coffee to give a nice mocha trait with roasty undertones.
Texture is a little creamy with soft gentle carbonation. This is a very nice drinkable stout, the flavors are really tasty I just wish they were a little more robust.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 06:50:08 | More by sulldaddy
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Jables

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown that light could escape through.

Aroma waa slightly smoky roasted malt and not much else.

Tast is again slightly smoky, slightly roasted, slightly tart. Pretty much slight in every category but it did have some stuff goin on.

Mouthfeel started to coat the tongue but was indeed quite thin, I really thought it fell short in this category.

Drinkability is good because this is quite light and easy drinking, now whether you'll want another one is another story as it's not too interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 05:45:56 | More by Jables
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jreitman

California

2.15/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A very average beer at best. The smell should have clued me in as it had hints of coffee and chocolate but an off brewery smell (the smell of the mash tun). First sip reminded me very much of Heineken Dark (not a good thing at all). Chocolate and coffee were present but quickly got ruined by a lackluster malt bill that seemed more like an american macro with some barley tossed in. I love milk stouts but this was a real tragedy.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 02:50:33 | More by jreitman
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Milk Stout poured black with red highlights. It had a small head that quickly went down to a collar. The aroma was coffee, roasted malts and some nuttiness. It was a sweet, creamy stout and tasted of sweet malts initially with a bitter, nutty, coffee-like finish. A little thin on the palate and a little too sweet for me. Overall, not a bad stout. The sweet and the bitter probably could have been better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 05:51:53 | More by Beaver13
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homersimpson

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby, but not opaque has a quickly fading beige lace.
Sweet caramel and fruit.
Chewy and sticky with very little carbonation.
Slight roast to the malt at the beginning leads to all caramel and chocolate sweetness. Leaves a lingering sticky toffee flavor in the mouth.
Very easy to drink, but not something for all night.
Have had it on a regular tap and also from a beer engine, the beer engine makes it very silky, and very nice. The scores are for the engine.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2003 00:38:25 | More by homersimpson
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John1985

Tennessee

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

It pours with a nice opaque black color with a delicate white head. Sweet malt dominates the aroma and flavor with just barely enough hops to keep it from becoming cloying. Body is rather thin compared to most stouts. After taste was pleasant malt. Very simple, drinkable and pleasant for lighthearted drinking. This would be a good introduction to stouts for the Bud drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:45:14 | More by John1985
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark color with an off white head and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was of burned malts and chocolate and coffee. The flavor was very common with the aroma and other beers in this style, but the coffee taste was a bit too strong for my liking in this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 15:26:25 | More by clvand0
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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