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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: 6,059
Reviews: 1,694
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 217
Gots: 825 | 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 AlexTonic
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought an individual bottle from my local brew specialty show, 101 bottles in kent (great place if you're ever in the area)

this particular brew interested me from the start with claims of being a milk stout. Milk stouts themselves are pretty rare these days so I was a bit excited to try it out.

First impression is the smell which has an almost spicy vanilla sweetness to it. tinge of coffee is identifiable.

the taste was complex yet highly drinkable. I could imagine myself going through quite a few of these in a short amount of time. first impression is a sweet creamy complex malt that simmers down into a light coffee taste the ends in a slightly bitter yet pleasant aftertaste.

mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I would like but works for this beer.

over all I found myself enjoying this beer but by the end of the bottle it was hard to remain excited. I'd give it another try in the future, but not overly exciting.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Tap (nitro) poured into a pub glass at Euclid Hall

A: Perfect black with a tan creamy inch and a half head. Head is thick and creamy. Perfect head retention.

S: Malt and creaminess comes through. The malt is smooth not bitter.

T: Exceptional. No bitterness whatsoever. Silky smooth and moderately rich and you can taste the lactose. The malts are thick but smooth, not chewy. The nitrogen removes any imperfections within this beer.

M: Heavy and full bodied. The entire palate is coated with no residual after taste. Almost has the feel of sipping milk with it's richness and thickness. Finish is smooth and lingers.

D: Great session stout. Blows beers like Guinness out of the water. The silky smoothness of the beer, with zero bitterness, makes this almost like drinking milk- yet stout. Perfect for any occasion.

Photo of alcooper
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - good looking beer, pours well with a nice tan head.

S - It has a nice smell, you can definitely pick up on the "roasted" aspect of this beer.

T - Nice taste, pretty straight forward with definite hints of coca and a little smoke.

M - Nice to drink, a balnced feel in the mounth.

This is a pretty straight forward milk stout with a strong roasted taste and smell. If that's what you like you'll enjoy this beer.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with red. Nice frothy head with sticky lacings.

Aroma is faintly coffeeish.

Quite clean. Roasted malts with a touch of coffee. Looking for a bit more sweetness or at least a touch of lactic character.

A thoroughly unexciting "milk stout". Really not that much there.

Photo of Snow81
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown glass of bubbles

Head: Crazy head! Very small bubbles and it's a glass full

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate malts with caramel

Taste: Light nuttiness with hot coco malts, so many bubbles dance on my palate with ever changing notes coming and going

Weight: Light as air. I could drink this all day long

Finish: Sweet milk chocolate with a subtle maltyness

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

A: Jet black with a nice light brown and very cream 2 finger head. The head stays around and laces the glass nicely.

S: Light and sweet malt bill. You can smell a little of the hop characteristic coming through. Nothing too distinct.

T: The darker malts are really coming through and mixing nicely with the lactose. Very rich and creamy with a very small bit of bitterness at the end.

M: Hearty, rich and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Good representation of a milk stout.

Photo of smm
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know anything about Arizona but this D. Williams kid is ripping it up in the NCAA tourny. I drink this beer to honor him and his abilities to throw it down.

A- Pours dark black with a thin deep brown head.

S- Sweet with notes of coffee and stringent alcohol, a bit of hoppiness and a bit chocolatey.

T- Heavy coffee and chocolate, there is a nice peculiar sweetness I don't feel I've experienced before. Starts of roasty and finishes smooth.

M- Smooth heavy body. Med-low carbonation. The added oats and lactose sugar kind of coat the inside of your mouth.

O- Nice big body for a 5.2% beer, great complex flavors which develop through the sip.

Photo of thatlongname
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown almost black colored stout. Very thin head that quickly dissipates/

Smell: I couldn't get a lot in the nose. The smells are very faint. You can get a bit of a breakfast cereal smell. It's a bit easier to get a whiff of the malts when it warms up some.

Taste: A sweet chocolatey stout that. A little bit of coffee bitterness in it. Creamy. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick for what i was expecting. Low crbonation

Overall: This is a good beer. I could easily just keep sipping away at this stuff. It's pretty delicious.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a mix pack I got in December. The bottled date is partially rubbed off, but I assume its 3 or 4 months old.

Appearance: Black, but not opaque. Dark brown-red highlights. Nice light brown head, but not the best retention. Lacing is spotty.

Smell: Roasty malt notes and lots of sweetness. Like a light roast coffee with lots of cream and sugar.

Taste: Very sweet from start to finish. Roasty, but not much bitterness. A little chocolate, coffee, and overripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium. Carbonation is appropriate. Finish feels dry, tastes sweet.

Overall: For some reason, this beer has been a popular draft selection in random restaurants around here, so I've probably had dozens on draft. This is the first one I've had in a bottle and actually taken the time to geek on. Turns out, my previous impressions of it as a decent, sweet stout are about right. Nothing to write home about, but good.

Photo of Eleutheria
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown.

S: Chocolate.

T: Sweet and creamy. Ends with an espresso flavor.

M: Medium and creamy.

D: A friend suggested I try this and I fell in love with this beer the moment I had some. The bottle version was more milky tasting than the one I tried on tap. Either way, it's a versatile beer to have at any time of the day, in any mood.

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

I usually don't like milk stouts but I was intrigued by this one. It looks dark great head nice black body to it in the pint glass. Smell nice pleasant malt not too sweet. The malts seem more robust as I taste them the beer is more complex than an average milk stout, still kinda sweet at the end but not too much. Solid feel I think it lingers okay nice carbonation. Overall for lighter stout I say this is pretty good a solid beer for a style I usually don't seek out.

Photo of K7online
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A milk flavored beer can be a hit or miss. I must say I enjoy this beer a lot. The taste is the best thing about it. But let's take things one by one.

First the beer has a great stout color, caramel dark. Lactose is strongly infused and the first and only thing that you can smell. The crown is disappointing as it doesn't last long. I wish I had this in nitro.

The first sip gives you the flavors you expect: lactose and strong malts. It is easy on the palette and therefore very drinkable. I would like to have had a less stronger lactose taste but that is just me. Otherwise a very good beer that is enjoyed to the last drop.

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

A: Black with a thin cream colored head that lasts pretty well.

S: A lot of roasted malt along with some cocoa powder and maybe a touch of cola nut. Has a bit of an oatmeal stout feel.

T: Pretty much all roasted malt. A bitter coffee finish with maybe a hint of hop bitterness as well. Mouthfeel was a little too light for my liking.

Photo of zrab11
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color,with 1 finger cappuccino head.

S- has a nice sweet chocolate smell too it. with some slight coffee notes in it

T-Has a nice creamy chocolate taste to it. Very well balanced. Can taste some booze but not overpowering at all

M-Light to medium Bodied

D-This was my 1st ever stout(besides guiness) and man did i love it! it kick started my love for stouts. I would get this any night that is going to be a stout night. A good starting beer as it has a good flavor but wont be over powering with flavor.

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

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: An aggressive/hard pour yielded a 2-finger tan-colored head that settled down to 1-finger and left creamy lacing on the side as it fell. Dark ashen brown, with garnet hints near the edge when held up to the light.

S: Heavily roasted, slightly burnt malt notes (in a good way), along with some fairly dark chocolate notes and hints of sweetness.

T: Sweet from the lactose sugar, yet some bitterness from the hops after the initial creamy sweetness. Again roasted/burnt malt, joined by dark mocha and some faint herbal notes from the bitter hops near the finish. Not super complex, but stylistically accurate.

M: Smooth and creamy with a soft, round mid-palate feel, followed by an airy-lightness to the finish (hard to describe).

D: I am not a huge stout or milk stout fan, for that matter, but I can see how many people really enjoy this beer as it goes down so easily and without effort due to its smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- dark but not black, some brown/ruby at the edges. Fluffy, light tan head with a carpet of lacing left behind on the glass.

S- slight wet grass, toasty malt

T - slight sweetness over an incredibly smooth dark malt. Little to bitterness.

M - moderate heaviness but incredibly creamy.

D - could drink this all night long.

Awesome beer. Really outstanding and nice to drink.

Photo of argock
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a topped off growler into a clear nonic pint. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Stark black with 1-2 finger staunch medium-beige head with spotty lacing

S: Pretty tame in the aroma with some mild chocolate aromas and sweet dark maltiness without much else

T: Sweet and an above-average version of the style with rounded dark roasted maltiness and a whisp of herbal hops.

M: Caressing and coating with a nice medium body and low carbonation.

D: A fine brew from Left Hand -- maybe their best everyday type of brew -- smooth and consistent and a fine session brew no doubt.

Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Optimator13 for sending this to me recently! There was a time that this and Lancaster B.C.'s Milk Stout were the only examples of the style. Obviously, those days are long gone, but it is interesting to finally be reviewing it.

From the bottle: "Brewed with clean energy powered by SimpleSolar.com electric systems" and "Brewed on the banks of the might St. Vrain".

My aggro pour resulted in two fingers of thick deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty dark chocolate quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a smoky/roasty/dark chocolate flavor on the tongue. It was a bit sweet for my taste, more of a dessert beer IMHO, but eminently drinkable. Great lacing began to appear and was evident throughout. Finish had a very pleasant smoky dark chocolate taste.

Photo of claytong
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well it certainly is what it says it is and does what does very well. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope the bottle is as good as its tap.
This and the sawtooth are my top 2 from Left Hand so far. I've only tried 5 or 6 of their beers so far though. Looking forward to more.

Photo of Preismj
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a nice black color. Very viscous. Nice cappuccino head. Tremendous amount of lacing...may be the most I've ever seen. Borderline excessive.

s: chocolate hits first with a nice sweetness to it. had hints of creams and a little bit of a coffee sent at the end.

t: cream and chocolate. not tasting the coffee I had in the nose, though there is a little wood that is coming out in the aftertaste. Little boozy for a beer with an ABV as low as this. Not bad, just caught me off guard and it isn't particularly well balanced.

m: very creamy, very smooth...nice feel to it, though I could use a little more carbonation.

d: one is enough. It was plenty tasty, and I would drink it again for sure, though after the first, I'm ready to try something new.

Overall, tasty brew that goes well with a burger I had with it...though a few aspects were underwhelming. Did like the sweetness of this stout though.

Photo of kenpo23
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

having myself a good ole milk stout kinda day. can't go wrong.

A: pours a dark brown chocolate color with no head but really good lacing.

S: not much of a smell to it but what is there is a bit of a roasty coffee smell.

T: great bitter chocolate and creamy milk taste! there is a slight hops taste in the background that rounds this brew into one phenomenal drink.

M: smooth and creamy that is just on that line of medium body to thick.

D: i could down these pretty fast as its a good session brew. one of my favorite milk stouts!

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Inky,black body with a one inch,mocha crown that died quickly leaving a thin film of loose bubbles and weak ribbons of lacing.

S-Chocolate mousse,vanilla,mild roast coffee and burnt sugar.

T-Lightly,charred malts,fudge,sweetened condensed milk,weak coffee and a slight vanilla finish.

M-Dissapointingly thin and uninspired.

D-Just not a beer I'll be seeking out.

Photo of mellowmark
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle to a glass Chalice. Bottled on 12-6-10 (a little old I know). $10.29 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. 1-finger creamy brown head goes away rather quickly, leaving a faint ring. Not much of anything in terms of lace.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and cream in the nose. Slight earthly hops. Dark fruit. Not very prominent, but what I can get is rather nice.

Taste: Sweet up all the way through. Ends with a moderate chocolate and a kind of astringent coffee flavor. Earthy hops are barely noticeable. Faint roasted character lingers.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is good. Medium and creamy with a good (medium) carbonation level.

Drinkability: Medium

As it is it's pretty average, but drinkable. Decent nose and mouthfeel, but not as much roasted character to counter the sweetness as I would like.

Photo of Vierenner
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An all around average beer. Seems to have the right amount of sweetness and bite, but it lacks depth. There is a slight coffee flavor, as well as a a hint of chocolate ... but nothing else as far as I can tell. Certainly not bold enough to encourage me to purchase another one.

Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown with a thin tan head.

Smell: Malted caramel, light coffee, nice deep roast.

Taste: malted milk ball, kinda like a Whopper candy with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with carbonation peaking through and a mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability: A perfect beer to pick your spirits up. Multiple doses recommended.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,059 ratings.