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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: 5,978
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 199
Gots: 760 | 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 SanantoneRob
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into snifter. almost black appearance with head that quickly fades to thin layer on edges. smellis chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla. taste is of thinned out milkshake mixed with coffee beans. lacing is decent with low carbonation. great session beer. best i've had of style so far.

Photo of brianjay
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a white, brown tinted head. It thins out shortly after the pour, and we are left with a light swirl.

I have to admit, I was at a loss on describing the aroma at first. All I can pinpoint is a weak aroma of cinnamon buns.

Flavors are of baked goods combined with cola, but the sweetness is cut off with some of the toasted oat flavors from the malt.

Body is surprisingly light. Subtle dry finish and sweet flavors from start to finish define this unique brew. An honestly "sweet" stout.

Photo of russellaaron69
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark black w/ a decent amount of head that faded into thin lacing. Smell was sweet and malty as was the taste. Wasn't as sweet as I had expected it to be but that's ok...but not great. The mouthfeel felt a bit thin for a milk stout. Drinkability was good but this isn't a beer I'd buy again. All together this wasn't a bad beer just not the best example of the style, in my opinion.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12oz'er at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $2.95. Bottled on 06 02 10. Served cold in a chilled tulip glass.

Moderate pour gives a dense tan head of rolling bubbles on top of a dark nearly black brew. The settling head emits a dry acrid nose of smoke and charred malts. The taste is more diverse than the smell, thanks to the addition of a moderate toffee and vanilla sweetness that balances the sharp acrid smoke that dominated the nose. Mouthfeel is on the hearty side of moderate, a bit flat on the carbonation, semi-sweet on the palate but finishes mostly dry. A decent stout, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find again.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a very dark brown and is almost opaque in the glass, even when held up to the light.

Aroma is roasted with some sweet coffee with cream and earthiness coming through, as well as a hint of nuttiness.

Taste is slightly sweet for a stout with lots of roast character, some milk chocolate and coffee. It begins sweet ( for a stout ) and smooth with elements of coffee with cream and rich espresso. This moves into roasted character with a bit of an edge and some chocolate notes. Finish is slightly sweet and coats the mouth, leaving some nice roast character.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation and a nice mouth-coating sensation.

Overall I very much enjoyed this stout, it is easy drinking and by no means a "big" beer, but quite satisfying.

Photo of HosP
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First crack at Left Hand. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured black, with light around the edges. Tan head left very fast. Almost no lace left on the glass.

S- Aromas of coffee and roasted malts are most present. Some chocolate notes towards the end.

T- Like the nose, roasted malts give coffee flavor up front followed by sweet chocolate at the end. Very sweet smooth drink.

M- Medium body. Thin for a stout but still pretty creamy.

D- Very drinkable with the lower ABV. A beer you could drink a few of in an evening.

Photo of njmoons
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Sweet Stout.

A - Black, thin head that held on for a bit and then dissipated.

S - Malty, roast, and some fruit notes.

T - Nicely balanced, with the hint of sweetness that is what makes a sweet stout so great. Very well crafted.

M - Only average here, lacked the body and creaminess I would have preferred. Not bad, but could be better.

D - Sweet Stouts are usually '1 and done' for me. But I could sit back a have a few of these.

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

I remember drinking this in the first years of my discovering American Craft beer -it has a soft spot in my heart. I picked this up in a mix six from Al's of Hampden. 12oz poured cool, not cold into a 1/2 pint

A - A deep brown color with caramel hues at base w/ translucent clarity and thick cap of beige with a creamy appearance. The lace clings in lazy rings

S - The smell is a mild roasted malt and caramel sweet note with slight fruit ester, but a light note of pine hops is present also - a very mild yet fragrant nose

M - The feel is what I love -everything in balance from the roasted notes and mild creamy yeast to the slight bitterness the hops provide without an over the top char quality it is a very smooth and gently sweet beer

T - The taste is mild coffee with slight caramel malt and hints of pine from the hops with a mellow creamy malt flavor. The taste lingers after the swallow and makes for a nice roasted, yet subtle sweet taste of mild toasted malt and light sugar from the lactose a real pleasing flavor that seems content to bring you the malt side without forgetting the hops there to keep it from cloying

D - A really great Milk stout -very nice example of the style and this has been available for years -I like the new label too, but if you like malt focused beers this will probably hit the spot

Photo of Onenote81
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles, but for some reason I kept avoiding this one when I'd see it at the store. No more. Bottled on date "5/18/10" printed on the side. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a faintly-transparent dark chocolate brown. Some light barely creeps through on the edges. Solid black in the center. A small creamy tan head rests on top. Though this is small, it sticks around decently enough, and leaves some light lace in its wake. Scents of cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, with a touch of roasted goodness on the finish.

This beers sits well on the palate. Gives a nice creamy coat all over. Carbonation level is moderate, but retains a very smooth quality. This is a creamy Milk Stout, no doubt about it. Great flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and just enough hop bite that keeps me begging for more. This is great! Spot on for the style. I really dig this. A sixer will make its home in my fridge fairly often from here on out.

Photo of bump8628
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a bottled on date clearly marked.

Darkest brown with ruby highlights and very minimal tan head. I understand low carbonation is one of the trademarks of this style but I expect at least a half finger and some good retention from the head.

Other than the appearance everything else is pretty much on par for the style. Creamed and sugared diner coffee predominates with a background of raw cocoa and a bitter, smoky espresso edge. A bigger than expected dose of earthy hop flavor and bitterness keeps it from getting sickly sweet. Full and thick in the mouth as it should be.

One of my least favorite styles, but once a year or so the mood strikes and Left Hand's is about as good as any and it's easy to find.

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

Left Hand Brewing Company--Milk Stout--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.20% ABV--22 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Lacy small tight tan coffee head. Clear dark black color with dark ruby edge. Rich toasted cocoa mild hop front. Tangy creamy mellow sweet milk chocolate roasted smooth mild coffee malty doughy Stout body. Cloying smooth mild hop cocao bitter end. Sampled 1/21/2009. 6-Pack--$7.99. Aged smooth, and rich.

left hand brewing company--Milk Stout--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Stout--Milk! Thin lace tan head. Dark thin bronze black color. Mild hop milk chocolate light aroma front. Slightly crusty roasted smooth creamy milk chocolate mild sweet mellow Stout body. Tasty clean mild hop refreshing easy lingering creamy malt end. Sampled 8/12/2010. 6-Pack $8.79.

Photo of NODAK
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell here is of sweet, rich coffee and chocolate malts. Not overpowering, just pleasantly sweet. Gives the impression somebody took a regular stout and dropped a few sugar cubes in it.

It's no surprise to anybody the beer is black as night with a nice, tight head.

Consistancy seems a little thinner than most stouts...I'd rate it at about a medium. I was definitely expecting a bit thicker.

Taste is of lots of roasted malts. Dark chocolate...a touch of coffee perhaps. It's a little sweeter than a standard stout. There's a smattering of bitterness at the end, tickling the back and sides of the tongue. Finish is a bit long, with roasty malts, chocolate and espresso rounding out the beer. While it doesn't leave any film on the tongue, the aftertaste lasts a little while.

All in all, it's a fine stout. I expected a creamier beer here and perhaps one that stood out just a little more than your standard stouts. I also expected a bit of a sweeter character, but the sweetness is not that big here at all. However, it's a very drinkable beer.

Photo of NealVsBeer
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown to almost black color with 1/2" mocha head which quickly dissipated. A little bit of lacing left over.

S - Smells of cocoa, chocolate, and coffee.

T - It tastes like it smells. It's pretty sweet and you can definitely taste the lactose although its not a major feature of the beer.

M - Full-bodied and smooth.

D - This is a nice offering from Left Hand. I could definitely pour a couple of these back on any given night. Good stuff.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one right down the middle of my tulip. Pour is thin and cola colored with a big quickly dissipating frothy tan head. Fluffy and creamy looking! Thin lacing around the rim. The nose is pretty nice. Roasted malts and sweet fruits. It's all really faint though and kind of tough to pick up on anything in particular. The taste is roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness. Has a really grainy flavor and kind of a grass aftertaste. I've had this before. Light body and decent carbonation make this a very easy to drink beer.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured almost black with a thin, chocolate mousse head that didn't stick around too long. Drank it out of a bee mug.

The nose was caramel malt and a nice whiff of raspberries. There was a subtle smokiness to the nose that contributed to a very nice, subtle, complex smell all around.

The taste has distinct woodsmoke notes on the tongue, with some smooth cream flavors on the swallow. Other caramel malt notes abound, and an overall smooth and subtle complexity is evident. The overall aftertaste is definitely smoky, but light and airy.

The mouthfeel is robust but not off-putting. Very smooth and light with a creamy texture one would expect from a milk stout.

Overall, a great beer that would do wonders in a nice session.

Photo of aahynick
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

about 55 degree F into a pint glass
A- dark garnet with a beautiful creamy head.

S- aroma of roasted malt and chocolate

T- all roasted black malt with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

M- light to medium body with slight acidity.

D- pretty good, a lot like bluefin but milder on the bitterness, worth buying

Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright garnet hue backdropped by a dark brown, near black color.

S: Sweet roasted malt with nutty tones and bold fresh ground coffee.

M/T: A slightly sweet malty feel upfront with a crisp carbonated center and espresso roasted finish with a light brine echo.

D: Perfect bold and lightly sweetened coffee treat for a beer/coffee imbiber like myself...

Photo of hardy008
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan one finger head with good retention. The aroma is not real strong, but has cocoa, coffee, and some chocolate.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Cocoa, chocolate, sugar, and coffee. The taste is not real strong, but is stronger than the aroma, and is good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. A nice effort from Left Hand.

Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At breakfast this morning, my wife had an iced Greek coffee, and she remarked how it reminded her of drinking a good milk stout. Tonight, I found one in the fridge and decided to see how apt that comparison was. Drinking this beer, I think she got it right.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a nice little light brown head. Nice aromas--bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, some smoke, black licorice and coffee. Good bitter coffee on the palate, along with dark chocolate and some lingering bitterness. I wasn't expecting a lot here, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Photo of MirImage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Bottle poured into a Pint Glass
A: Nice off white head at first but unfortunately subsides quickly.
S. Smell of cocoa powder reminds me of making chocolate cookies or chocolate cake.
T: Tastes deep in dark chocolate with a hint of coffee to it. I think it tastes great, but rated it slightly lower because I think it should have a slightly sweeter finish to it being a milk stout.
M: Mouthfeel is nice. Maybe a little light, but good.
D: Being at ~5% you can drink a few which is saying a lot for more stouts.

Side note: While pondering what to get at a store this beer was recommended to me by a random shopper. I found it to be delightful introduction into Left Hand Brewing Company and I will definitely try their other brews.

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

On nitro at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a dark not quite opaque black with a thin khaki off-white head that leaves typical nitro lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted malts with mild coffee. The taste is nice roasted malts with a smooth lactose sweetness. The beer is smooth, crisp and refreshing, even on a Summer afternoon. This is a beer that benefits well from a nitro presentation.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a creamy white head, thick lace.

S: Roast, charred caramelized sugar.

T: Roasted malt and coffee, with a sweet lactose finish, very tasty. Lots of various chocolate notes.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly flabby carbonation, smooth.

D: My first true domestically made low ABV milk stout, and it was quite good. Shame they don't distribute to CA.

Photo of cbak999
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off nitro tap at Kickbacks in Jacksonville. A thick tan head stays with this throughout the session. Super thick lacing lines the inside of the glass with every swallow. Not a whole lot of aroma with this one but the sweet, milky, creamy taste more than makes up for it. And this thing is sweet....just what you would expect from a sweet milk stout. I havent had this on CO2 but the nitro is awesome!!! Nitro makes the mouthfeel so great. This is a treat.

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

I really enjoyed this beer. It had a very distinctive smell. Its the only milk stout Ive ever had or seen. It is a really good beer to sit down and drink with a meal. It is pretty dark beer but still very smooth to drink. Its definitly a beer to try.

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

Cola, roast, some fruity acidity. This beer was fairly disappointing, but my hopes were probably a bit too high. The head is beige, creamy and fades at a moderate pace, while the liquid is very dark cola. The aroma has a lot of coffee, cola and milk chocolate. It's dominated by a cola/cocoa note that's too simple and just meh. The flavor is sweet, a bit acidic and has more of a cold coffee and stale cola taste. It's also too simple and kinda cloying. The mouthfeel is smooth and rather thin. It's an alright stout but not as satisfying as I was hoping. I guess I had just pictured something smoother without so much cola flavor.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,978 ratings.