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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: 6,064
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 219
Gots: 827 | 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 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!

Photo of beersensei305
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Dark beer, although not as dark as others. The tan is white bud fades rather quickly, but there is decent lacing. The smell is of coffee, chocolate, and hit of roasted malts. The taste is chocolatity, coffee, and a nice roasted character in the back. This beer has little carbonation, so this makes the brew a little dense but nice and smooth. Goes down easy but not one to have every day or to pound.

Photo of JayS2629
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark black with dark mahogany hues in the light. Thin creamy head that recedes quickly. Leaves thin creamy rings of lace.

S- Chocolate milk shake, coffee and toffee. Ever had a coffee toffee, twisted frosty? Think that with beer.

T- Very roasted. Roasted malts. Roasted coffee. Bitter cocoa and dark chocolate in the front with a nice coffee finish. Hints of caramel throughout. Sweet cream mixed throughout.

M- Flat, but perfect carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D- Too drinkable. Awesome stout. Alcohol dangerously hidden.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of the beer was very dark. There was almost no head though which is kind of sad. Very little head and very little carbonation but the smell and taste made up for the lack of head.

S: Immediately you are hit with a very strong, roasted coffee smell. Chocolate makes it way through as well. Like many of the stouts that I have been trying every character of the beer whether malt, hops or other ingredients comes forward but with a strong roasted characteristic.

T: The taste was great. The lack of carbonation was the only disappointment. Everything else left me wanting for not. I could taste the sweetness at the end of the beer due to the milk/lactose used in brewing. Opposite to the smell, chocolate dominates the forefront with coffee making a strong finish.

Drinkability- I loved this beer, but it's definitely not an every day beer for me. I am sure to be buying this again very soon, just probably 1 or 2 from the pick 6 instead of a 6-pack. Amazing beer. Great beer Left Hand!

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

Carbonation was limited and the off-white head made the required cameo appearance but obviously had a more fun party to attend. Lame! I don't even know why that a-hole was invited! Aromas of roasted chocolate covered coffee beans were forefront. First sip unveiled an incredibly smooth mouthfeel, lots of silky body.

Tons of malty sweetness helped with the bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The candyness was really enhanced by the lactose derived from milk, hence the name. Some burnt smoke lingered on the edges but remained quite subtle contributing to a really nice blend of potentially overpowering flavor. Delicate filigree lacing on the glass was a pleasant visual surprise.

Overall I'd recommend this beer especially to non-stouters who like to dabble. It's got plenty of character but isn't the "black death" for those who normally enjoy lighter fare. At 6% it's not going to try to get you into bed on the first date. Those of a looser moral character might want to seek a more aggressive stout.



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

I like my milk stouts a little sweeter, and a little creamier, but this is certainly a solid example of the style, and satisfies my hankering for a milk stout on the occasions that I want one, as it is pretty readily available. Pours dark walnut brown with a somewhat thin head that fades to a thin ring. Smells somewhat sweet and milky, with the tiniest bit of roastiness and a touch of cocoa. The taste is creamier, and the flavors a bit longer than the nose would suggest. There is also a nice hint of bitterness that works well with the sweetness and creamy notes. More bitter chocolate as well. Nice. Very smooth in the mouth, my only complaint is a faint sourness from the lactic sugars on the finish.

Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown (not quite black). thin though decently long lasting head to it.
S- smell is sweet, some coffee presence to it, and a good bit of milk chocolate to the aroma.
T- Same story as aroma. Some may find the sweetness and "chocolate milk" aspects of this beer off putting, but I find it to be a reasonable interpretation of the style.
M- Perhaps a little lighter than I expected, but the carbonation was well constructed. Noticably smooth finish.
O- I really dig this beer. Solid recommendation and possesses a remarkably high drinkability for the style.

Photo of witster18
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first taste is like one of those chocolate covered yellowish-center mini donuts that you'd find in the deli section of your grocer. Kind of a dark chocolate with a little vanilla hint, and you certainly know you're drinking a beer. Sweet, a bit burnt, but that compliments here with the sugars. Those are some nice dark malt grains there - with a touch of earthiness and sharpness. This tastes good.

Creamy flavor , but not a creamy texture. Mouthfeel is definitely a bit light.

Hard to say anything except 'well done'. Maybe a little too straightforward and unoriginal, but I could easily down a few of these with a big smile on my face. I like this much better than its' high gravity brother.

I'm quite impressed, but for the price, I should have been!

For less Money I'd surely reach for Edmund Fitzgerald Porter if it's available in your area, but this selection is to be enjoyed and shared. Thumbs up.

I'd like to let the next one warm up a bit to see if that brings out anything that would keep this from being such a safe entry, and make it great instead of just really good. Dunno if anything is hiding in there though. It might ease what at cold temp seems like an ever-so-slightly-overdone carbonation - which may be the only legitimate brew gripe about this entire beer... it is, in that regard, and shamefully, near-flawless.

the oiliness makes up for a thinner mouthfeel, the sweetness is expected given the style, but this isn't very complex or original and it might be slightly over-carbonated at cold temps with a little head compared to some serious brothers in the catagory. Good easy drinkin beer though.

Photo of TCMike
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from bottle. Looks like a very dark coffee, with a 1 finger tan head.
Smells of coffee, chocolate, malts.
Taste is slightly sweet, almost no bitterness, with a creamy mouth feel. The flavor that comes to mind when drinking was a chocolate malt, with a splash of coffee, in beer form.
Very drinkable.

Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark brown, almost black with chocolate brown highlights. Builds a nice 1.5-fingered light tan, almost off-white head that has decent retention. Can't see much carbonation here through the opaque body. Nice traces of lacing all around the glass, especially on the side opposite the drinking.

S - Smell is very pleasant. Lightly roasted malts and smooth coffee mixed with nice chocolate tones. Certainly malt oriented with almost no sign of hops or alcohol.

T - Taste fortunately is loyal to the nose almost to a T. Very sweet malt profile up front lets the coffee and chocolate really explore the mouth. A little appearance from the hops at the very end that blends nicely into a smooth alcohol warming. In fact, this whole beer can be summed up as: "smooth". Nothing overwhelming or abrasive here.

M - Mouthfeel is light and airy given the formidable appearance of this beer. Roasted malts and coffee linger throughout and in the long finish.

D - Drinkability is high. Easy drinking, smooth flavor, and low alcohol make this one a joy to drink and if I could get this closer to me, it would be a regular in the fridge.

If I could liken this to one beer in particular, it would be a light version of Troeg's Java Head.

Photo of erikdwallace
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milk Stout in my opinion doesn't sound like it would be a good combination, but this Stout is worth trying. A great combo of sweetness and everything that makes a stout great. This beer has one of the best smells and the aftertaste is wonderful. I highly recommend this beer especially for people who love milkshakes and beer.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin white head and leaves a great amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate milk, black patent malt, sugar.

T: Tastes like a fizzy, barley chocolate milk shake - sweet, dark and ridiculously creamy.

D: The smoothness and sweetness give it great drinkability...the ABV helps.

Overall: A nice little stout. The flavours are a little muted compared to other sweet stouts, like Moloko, but the creaminess is spot-on. I shudder to think of the amounts of lactose they must have dumped into this. Its sweet and dark but never cloying.

Photo of x2tallx
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review. Sorry if it's a little rough.

Has a dark roasty color. Head pours at about a half inch or so and quickly drops off.

Nose is a sweet cream with a touch of coffee mixed in. Can tell from smell alone it'll live up to the style.

The brew happily rushes in and embraces your palate with a smooth creamy/milky flavor. The coffee tones come out on the way down breaking up the creamy texture. Thus allowing you to easily consume this beer, happily chasing one flavor after another.

Think I'll have another

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

Picked up a bottle at Beer Craft in Brooklyn NY.
Poured into a pint glass.
I have liked the beers that I have had from Left Hand but had not had a chance to try this one yet. This stout poured nice and dark not a ton of lace and with a medium head. I noticed a smokey chocolate aroma. Tasted the same plus a hint of coffee. Nicely balanced malt flavor. A good stout, nothing exceptional but very
nice. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head and tons of lacing that never go away. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, plenty of sweetish malts, and a good coffee/roasted malt bitterness. Mouthfeel is very nice and drinkability is high.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice deep, deep brown color with a light tan head. The head is fairly long-lasting. The nose is nice with some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of light sweetness. The taste is a bit more plain with some light chocolate and a touch of roast. The feel is nice and creamy. Drinks really well and is a nice cold-weather session brew.

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

I first had this little stout up at Bukowski in Boston. It's a very smooth and drinkable stout (probably can be attributed to its low ABV). I recently picked up a six pack of this, and can easily drink 2 or 3 in a sitting, which can't be said for all stouts. It's a little on the plain side, but nonetheless a good 'go to' if I want a stout.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with ruby hues. A tan, one-inch head forms atop the beer but quickly disappears. Almost no lacing.

S: Sugary lacto sweetness with some coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt scents underneath. Smells sort of like malted milk balls.

T: Sweet and sugary, as the nose suggests. Dark chocolate and roasted malts are apparent underneath the sweetness. Maybe even a touch of smoke. Finishes with dark chocolate flavors, some sugary sweetness, and some lingering dry roastiness.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. Ample carbonation lends a prickly crispness.

D: Very drinkable. One of the more easy-drinking stouts I've had.

Notes: A very well done milk stout. Tasty and pleasant to drink. This is a great beer to introduce to those who are not fans of dark beer, or for "converting" people, if that's what you're into.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on black was blank on mine. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured basically black with a hint of brown when held up to the light with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quite quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and slight coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt and dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice milk stout. Not my favorite I have had, but still pretty good. This one had a pretty big sweetness aspect to it as compared to others I have had. The flavor however was nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the dark chocolate. The aroma was quite nice as well. Glad I got to try this one and plan to pick up some more when I see it on the shelves again.

Photo of wcintula
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with minimal chocolate colored head that vanishes. Smell is primarily of coffee and the taste is like a Manhattan Special coffee-flavored soda. The carbonation is light and it is very light-bodied, again, like a soda. I remember this is being so much better. Has the beer changed, or just my palate?

Photo of wmtxbb
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Average stout, no real head.

Smell: Smells a bit like chocolate milk and dark malts. Very sweet smell.

Taste: dark malt flavor first followed by a sweet milk taste and caramel flavors. No real hop flavor.

Drinkability: this is a tasty beer. I could definitely drink a few of these. My experience with stouts is limited and I can't weigh in too much but I this is my favorite stout. Almost porter like.

Photo of Fenris244
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

 Bottled on 10/01/10

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance is black with a thick 2 finger tan head that actually holds up for quite some time before dissipating into a thick tan foam ring

I Smell chocolate, coffee and caramel immediately there are also some licorice notes as well as something earthy can't quite put a name to it though

Chocolate taste right off the bad, coffee flavor is also very strong, has a nice bitter bite as well, the beer also has a milky flavor to it as well as some maltyness on the finish

The mouthfeel is smooth, light and creamy.

It's a drinkable beer smooth enough that I could sip on one or two all night but I wouldn't recommend it for a session or anything

Photo of yuriruley
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very dark brown, slight cream colored head with nice amounts of lacing.

Smell - is pretty faint, but has a sweet coffee smell.

Taste - Nice toasty coffee flavor balanced out with a creamy sweetness and a bit of fruit.

Mouthfeel - Has crisp carbonation, it's not super thick, some creaminess.

Drink - very drinkable, definitely could enjoy several of these.

Pretty good beer, nice lower ABV with pretty big flavor. Don't really have any complaints about it. Reminds me of Sam Smith's oatmeal in some ways.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a very nice deep blackish brown color with blood red highlights. Still able to see through this one. Nice off white head formed that leaves some lacing. There is a nice roasted malt aroma. No chocolate to speak of on the nose which I found odd. I get some roasted coffee, and a touch of smokiness too. Flavors are roasted malts and you really get that lactose in there which creams this out. Even has a whipped cream like aftertaste. Not coffee or chocolate forward which I like. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshes the palate after each sip. The drinkability is perfect with a nice low abv. Great beer and would like to have some more.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,064 ratings.