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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: 6,062
Reviews: 1,696
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 218
Gots: 826 | 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 CaptDavyJones
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with 'bottled-on' date on the label. The ABV as per the website for a 2010 bottle beer was 6%.
Dark brown to near black color with some light penetration along the surface edges. Little to no head, but some really nice lacing.
As soon as I cracked the bottle open I got a nice chocolate (leaning more towards drinking chocolate) aroma. Hints of roasted malts, cocoa with faint coffee coming through.
Very good mouthfeel, close to a full-bodied stout. The taste is predominantly of roasted malts with some smoke flavor coming through. The finish is of nice bitter chocolate which lingers for a while. The chocolate seems to take over as the beer warms up.
This is a delicious stout and every sip left me wanting more.
Drinkability is very good. Paired it with some Lindt milk chocolate with raisins and it was pure goodness.
One of the better milk stouts I have had. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of mbusster88
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with very black body and tan head. Not just black with some red around the edges. Head does not last long and is not all that thick.

S: Very roasty in the nose up front. Get some lactic notes there to. Not a large amount of cream or milk aroma but a fair amount of overall dairy smell.

T/M: First flavor is creamy and roasty. Really nice dairy quality to this, although not as thick I thought it was going to be. Thin body and a lack of an overwhelming creaminess make this one just ok.

D: Decent beer but nothing special that I probably won't be getting again for a while. Really didn't do anything for me.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with zero head. No lacing and virtually no carbonation. Aroma is very sweet. Chocolate, molasses, some vanilla and coffee aromas. Taste is a vanilla/coffee mix. Not a very powerful coffee taste, more on the light side. Kind of tastes like a coffee with cream and sugar in it. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. A bit disappointed by this offering. Left Hand makes a lot of good beers but this one is alright. Not bad, not great.

Photo of shoney
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured dark brown in color with a small but thick light tan head.
Smell: Burnt sugar with hints of coffee
Taste : Sweet coffee with slight vanilla undertones
Mouthfeel: Soft light carbonation
Drinkability: Very drinkable could easily put down a six pack in no time
Overall: Enjoyable beer and a good representation of its class.

Photo of Retsinis
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had this on nitro tap at the Hungry Monk in Chandler AZ.

The beer was poured & served into a standard pint glass. Pitch black color, with a two inch head that remained nearly the entire time I was drinking it, likely due to the nitro tap. The head was tan, and stuck to the glass.

The Aroma's were of light coffee, vanilla hints, some smoke, toast, with the strongest scent being milk chocolate & dark chocolate.

The taste was a lot like the smell, but better. Flavors of coffee, creamy vanilla, sugar, and milk chocolate, all of which is balanced by the slightest tinge of hops bitterness.

The mouth feel is silky smooth, sweet, with a creamy finish.

While I don't have a lot of experience with milk stouts, since they are rarely made in California, which is a shame, this one was just right given the cold winter weather that night, and it was after dinner. Overall it was a like a chocolate milk shake, but it was a beer, so more enjoyable.

Photo of pioppo
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber. A not much persistent dark beige foam.

S - In first, the malty aromas spread out. In particular roasted and candy. Then comes the coffee and the cocoa.

T - Poor of bitterness. It's evident the milky cocoa flavour tipical of the style!!

M - A little flat beer even if it's a fine one.

D - I don't like so much milk stouts but this beer is in line with the style so is a good drinking!!

Photo of kellyst
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a light dark brown/black with almost no head. This beer is a little too carbonated for a stout. Aroma is of roasted grains and sweet malts. No noticeable hop aroma. Flavor is ok, roasted grains and lactose sweetness. The body, however, is way too light for this style of beer, and even seems lighter than the 5.2% abv. Perhaps it's the high carbonation? Whatever it is, this beer is a "stout light" and doesnt compare well to the best examples of the style.

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured black with 1/2-inch of creamy, tan head that had good retention and lacing.
The aroma had a nicely rich roast scent at first, but deeper in the nose the roast kind of faded and left just some grainy malt notes. On the tongue the roast was very subdued and sweet malt was pretty much the noticeable thing.

The body was good, solid and smooth. Drinkability was also good, the beer went down smooth and easy. Overall, I'm not that impressed with this beer. It's not bad by any means, just kinda bland and unmemorable.

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

Surprised to find this on tap at Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church, and it was a great beer with some of the best pizza of my life. Served in a pint glass.

Pours deep dark black with slight amber/ruby hues. Head is tan/off-white and a full two fingers of very creamy and lacing nicely. Nose is a toasty cream, reminds me more of milk than any other milk stout I've had.

Full of toasted malt with a tinge or milky sweetness. Definitely coffee and a tinge of requisite bitterness, creating a nice balance, although not a full flavored as I've come to expect from this style of beer. Love the full body and drinkability of this beer overall, and it was a good match with some tremendous pizza.

Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Bottled 9/22/10. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with what start off with a tan head that slowly settles to collar around the glass and leave a nice lace. Milk chocolate aroma along with some leather and the slightest notes of coffee. Medium mouthfeel with a milky smooth textrure. Sweet start with notes of chocolate and ending with a slight bitterness. Minimal leather flavors as well. The milk sugar really makes this a smooth and velvety beer.

Photo of Shrews629
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very dark black color with ruby highlights around the edges and at the bottom. The ruby stands out when held to the light. Also, appears clear when held toward the light. A pretty decent creamy, cream colored head that had pretty good girth and retention. Pretty nice lacing also.

Smell - A very pleasant toasted chocolate. Almost smells like "S'more's" at a campout. Marshmallows and chocolate smashed together. A nominal amount of coffee in the nose also. Kind of smells like marshmallow cream. Nicely sweet.

Taste - This brew tastes a lot like chocolate milk. Very creamy in that regard. The milk chocolate sweetness is balanced fairly well with the touches of roasted coffee bean. Small tingling of bitterness glides across the sides of the tongue. Again, mostly sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel really. I thought it might be a little fuller. It's creamy and smooth. Maybe even a smidge watery. Leaves touches of coffee on the palate. Goes down real easy.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good Stout. This could be a real nice session brew. Could be a good introductory Stout also. It's very easy to drink and doesn't overwhelm the palate. It's nice for a snowy evening.

Photo of Blueribbon666
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard very good things and had to try, poured into a pint glass. Rich dark coffee in color initial aroma of roasted coffee, a lil cocoa and slight dairy smell to mellow. Pours w/decent carbonation but nothing crazy, head dissipates quickly. Wow what a stout, good body, great mouth feel, not too sweet not to watery or bland great beer through and through and balanced enough to enjoy a sixer on a hoppin' night @ a shindig. I will be getting again and telling friends. Did not disappoint in the least.

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

Left Hand Milk Stout, poured from a 12 oz bottle. A rich dark chocolate color, small head forms and then dies. Aroma of malt and some cocoa. In the flavor, milk chocolate, lactic sweetness, a good roasted malt body. Mild coffee taste. Not too sweet, a pretty well balanced and well crafted brew. Medium bodied, smooth and uber drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Stigs
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a small amount of khaki colored foam which shortly settles to some floating film and a ring. the beer appears black yet yields some deep ruby tones against light.

S - toasted and roasted barley and malt, hint of sweet creamed coffee, lactose, and vanilla.

T - begins with a hefty dose of lactose sugars, before some lightly charred malts and roasted barley come to play. hint of weak coffee, minerals, and a cola like "artificial" sweetness at times, especially in the aftertaste.

M - medium, slightly sticky and creamy body as expected. carbonation is on the low to moderate side and compliments well. coating sweetness through the finish.

D - not my favorite style, though this is a solid, if not safe representation. goes down easy enough, and works well as a one and out nightcap.

Photo of 89Vision
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours very dark with around a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is sweet and earthy, with some roasted aroma. The taste is quite nice, in my opinion. Roasted, sweet, and very smooth. I'm not too familiar with stouts/milk stouts, but this was a little more thin than I thought it would be. On the plus side though, I could see myself having a few of these easily.

Photo of haddon
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark coffee color with an off-white head that dissipates almost immediately. on second examination, the beer appears to grow darker in the glass... its almost coal black now.

starts out on the nose with toasted malts and chocolate but then gives off an almost metallic sour smell. very off-putting. as it warms, the smell gets a little better as the hops come through but the damage is already done.

flavors of malts, coffee bean & oak all bound up in smoke. I think there is some fudge-like chocolate in there but can't pick up the notes cause I feel like I am sitting right over top of a camp fire! weird.

body is a little light and watery. not much depth

wow, not sure I would call this a stout. there just isn't any depth to this beer and I can't handle the heavy smoke flavor. no, this is not drinkable and I wouldn't have it again.

Photo of dutchlq7
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown almost black. Pours a creamy head which leaves a thin off white ring.

S-toasted, coffee malt. No hops whatsoever.

T- creamy and smooth, with all the roasted coffee flavor. Big malt flavor. Sweet up front. Finishes a little bitter.

M-very smooth. Creamy feel, lightly carbonated.

D-I thought this was a really good stout. I could drink this all day. Will look for this again.

Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-04-18 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Clear dark brown with a dark tan head.

S - Medium roast coffee, chocolate, plum.

T - Coffee, astringet bitterness, dried fruit, sweet chocolate. The aftertaste wasn't compelling once the sweetness disappeared and you are left with some sour bitterness.

M - Creamy but not aggresively thick.

D - One was enjoyable. Didn't want another.

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

Poured into becker glass.

Pours a dark brown colored brew, nearing black. Has a brown fluffy head that settles to a lace island and has good clinging lace. Good looking milk stout.

Brew smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts. A certain nutty nose as well. Barley malts as well. Good smell.

Brew is very smooth and creamy. Has very good flatness to it that works well to really give that milky feel. Not to say that it isn't balanced, it has good carbonation, but the initial flat, creamy smooth mouthfeel is great. Sweet (but not overdone) Chocolaty, malty goodness here. Has a roasted nutty flavor as well. Finishes very clean only slightly dry. Can picture eating a freshly baked still warm chocolate chip cookie with this one.

This is a fantastic milk stout, one of the best of the style I have had. This brew is really, really sessionable. A truly great beer.

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

Tried this bottled at a Pub after I had a Guinness, it was recommended by the waitress and it was very nice . Afterwords I decided to buy one from Total Wine to see if it was the beer or the location, at home like at the Pub it was nice, just short of great for my tastes , nice.

Photo of masey222
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark brown with a kaki tan head that falls fast, but has a decent lace...
Smell has a strong rosted malt, some coffee and chocolate come through, has a pretty decently sweet smell and a little fruity maraschino cherry smell that comes out...
The drink is very smooth creamy up front with some malts that build and the recede back into the creamy sweetness the finish is of roasted malt and coffee with that lingering cherry...
It is a little thin for the style in my opinion so it scores a little low for me...
Over all though it was a pretty good drink for a cold snowy night infront of the fire with some chocolate truffles and dried fruit.

Photo of MikeyMisfit
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in my local corner store and thought I would give it a try.

A: Pours black with a beige/tan head, about 1/2 in. The head didn't last very long but there is some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasty, caramel notes with a slight hop aroma

T: I get more of the roasty malt going on. Also coffee. In the finish, more bitter chocolate.

M: Medium body but the lactose adds a nice creaminess to the beer.

D: I could easily take down another 2 or 3 of these. Not to heavy and very tasty.

All in all a very good example of what a Milk Stout should be. Not to heavy so I could polish off a couple in one seating. A great session Stout.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Dark, brown color, not much light. Thin, dark tan ring around edge of glass. Big, creamy chocolate and roasted malt aroma, with a coffee notes. Very thick texture to the mouthfeel, but flavor sits very lightly. Biscuity finish and aftertaste. Very light dryness to finish. Almost a cola flavor to middle of the drink. Carbonation does not last very long. Very watered down effect of flavors in the end. AS thick as the consistency feels the flavor is not near as heavy. Roasted malt flavor in after taste, lingers for just just a bit. Flavor comes across on the thin side especially considering the heavier aroma. Very drinkable though. Nothing special, a very basic stout.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Kroger on W Gray here in Houston.

A - Pours dark into a pint glass with a creamy, tan head.
S - Chocolate malt and Roasted grain aromas as well as coffee with cream and sugar.
T - Very little bitterness from the coffee but still maintains the coffee flavor. Sweatness is delicious without being overpowering.
M - Creamy, full mouthfeel with little carbonation.
D- Delicious and smooth, very drinkable at 5.20%ABV.

Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic. Bottled on 5/5/10.

Pours a dark mahogany brown that melds into a fully opaque blackness. Quarter-inch dark tan head that recedes quickly, leaving a thin cap and soapy, stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. Very slight ruby edges. Some toasty malts in the nose, along with a new smell I am unfamiliar with. Perhaps the lactose? Bit of a soy sauce tinge too.

Big malty kick to start things off, with that pleasant roasted quality providing a fitting introduction to the rest of the flavor palate. There are definite nuances of milk chocolate and some light 'n sugary coffee that make this a sweet tasting experience, but not an overly saccharine one. The sweetness isn't overpowering or cloying by any stretch of the imagination. There's a very, very light bitterness at the end, but it doesn't stick around. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty creamy and smooth. There's a light chewiness to it and not too much carbonation, giving it a very pleasant feel on the tongue.

Drinkability is awesome. Smooth, sweet and simple. I could easily have had at least another couple of bottles of this stuff. Great tasting milk stout at a good price point. Well worth the purchase. Bravo, Left Hand!

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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