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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,605
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 529 | 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:

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 morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap last Thursday at the Kinsale in Government Center. Came in a pint glass, and the color was black as night. No head whatsoever, and the beer almost looked flat from the lack of carbonation. The smell was malty and aromatic. Taste-wise, this was my first milk stout, and an interesting introduction. All I could think of was that someone mixed half glass of stout with half a glass of chocolate milk. It was almost too sweet. I would be interested to try another milk stout to see if others are as sugary. Even sweeter than Young's Double Chocolate Stout. I think you could drink a few of these because it is so sweet tasting, which is fine. But a few sweet beers may not be the best session beer out there. A nice beer to try once or to have with a dessert. Don't have this after an IPA, like I did.

morebeergood, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly thick pouring, with a cm worth of head that is cream coloured, and no appearance of carbonation

S: The beer smells like a chocolate milk with hints of roasted malts.

T: This beer is incredibly sweet; however, the sweetness isn't like a fruit beer, but it kind of makes it taste like chocolate milk. The chocolate flavour is mixed with coffee, which is fucking brilliant; it reminds me of a putting chocolate syrup into milk and then making a mocha out of that milk. Not much hops at all, but a bit of carbonation at first.

M: A bit of carbonation, with a medium thickness to the beer.

D: Not too sure how drinkable this beer would be, because of the sweetness, but I can't stop drinking this!

swizzlenuts, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of liammaloney
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You know, I had never had a milk stout before this one, and now my curiosity is piqued.

It was dark, obviously, but just barely opaque, and so dark it was almost purple. I reminded me of Superman's hair in the old comic.

The smell was crusty, like a skin of milk chocolate with ashy charcoal. That chocolaty, milky aroma melded right into the taste which started out like vanilla panacotta, and finished with burnt caramel. The was all accompanied by a thin, filmy, languid head, that followed right down the glass.

The finish was subtly hoppy, dry, and short, with some smoke.

It had all these great flavors, but I had to work a little to get them out, and it left me wishing for just a bit "more". A great start, and it will get me looking for more Left Hand beers out of curiosity.

liammaloney, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of omnigrits
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz glass, we have before us a dark, opaque beer which lets almost no light through even when held up to a light. A tan-coloured head which quickly dissipates to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and not much lacing. Malty, coffee aromas coming from the glass, and these are repeated in the taste with some added caramel hints and the merest suggestion of hops. A good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Not too heavy on the mouthfeel... just about right I'd say. Overall a very nice, though not exactly exceptional, milk stout. I'd be very content to drink this all evening. Yum.

omnigrits, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a ruby hue. The head was tan colored and thick with tight bubbles - some lacing. The aroma is a bit caramel. The taste is roasted and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is on the thick side. This is a nice, smooth beer that I'd consider quite drinkable but Widmer Snow Plow is much better.

barleywinefiend, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout
12oz. brown bottle

poured into a snifter. pours an opaque black color with a tan head that drops rather quickly. Strong malt aroma, chocolate, milky(lactos) some caramel and coffee, big chocolate malted milk aroma. Big malty flavor, chocolate malts with a slight coffee flavor. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, low/mild carbonation, and not too heavy. delicious, I could drink several of these, very drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Milk Stout pours a clear black color with a few deep red highlights. A thin, tan head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The smells is sweet, creamy chocolate with some coffee. I also smelled some baked bread: kind of like pizza dough/crust. The taste is roasty, chocolaty with some coffee. Toward the end of the glass, I started getting some very mouth-watering sweetness. This is probably the best stout I've tried so far. I could easily drink a few in a sitting.

Spidey13, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice black pour with tan head of a medium thickness. Smell is of rich, creaminess, and roastiness with big chocolate scents. Very creamy, like rich roasty chocolate milk. Very smooth, and flavorful. Nice light carbonation, good mouthfeel, and great stout overall. Would have again.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Black, but not opaque. Minimal carbonation and thin creamy head.
S: Sweet and roasted malts with caramel. Surprisingly light aroma.
T: Amazing taste combination of dark roast coffee and heavy cream. The only milk/cream stout I've come across that has a convincing milk or cream taste to it! Simply wonderful to sip...with enough complexity to keep you coming back.
M: Fairly light and creamy. Nice to roll around on your tongue.
D: Extraordinarily drinkable...one is definitely not enough! It's surprising to find a brew with such nice complexity and dark notes and yet one that offers great sessionability. Highly recommended!

The nitro version of this is excellent too. Make sure to follow the directions and pour aggressively to get the tumbling effect a la Guinness. Excellent 1-2 inch light tan creamy head that lasts forever. Wonderful thick lacing. Silky smooth from the nitro...seems to add more heft to the feel too. Nitro rating 5/4/5/5/5.

mwilbur, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Milky walnut colored head is thin, whispy, while the body is your standard fair black with a very patient rise of golden micro-effervesce. Lacing is a few whispy lashes while the covering is moderate in stay.

S: Chocolate roast, pretty good level, dry milkiness, really rich nestle quick cocoa powder with freshly cracked coffee beans.

T: Flavor is strong chocolate roast, dry creamer, milky, vanilla with some alcohol spiciness of cinnamon grahm. Warm buttery honey sweetness creeps in.

M: The body is silky, light to medium body, dry, chalky, very smooth.

O: Overall very smooth, easy deep chocolate roast with a touch of sweetness. good to style.

beerthulhu, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at a Conshohocken, Pa beer store. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep brown, almost black body with an ok sized tan head. Good retention an ok retention.
Smell: Choclately and coffee aroma.
Taste: Roasty, a bit coffee but not as much as the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not too thick.
Drinkabilty: Good but not awesome.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/12/07

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color with a creamy tan, huge two and a half finger head. Retention was very good and lacing was excellent.

Smell: Initially, it's all roasted and chocolate malts. Very nice mocha aroma. Coffee-espresso smell blends in well. Smells slightly toasted or burnt.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts blend extremely swell. Light coffee flavor addsd depth. Slightly sweet and very creamy. A hint of toasted nut is noticeable in flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied with moderate carbonation. This one goes down extremely smooth and is very drinkable. This is an impressive beer. I could drink this all night.

prototypic, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pitcher of this last night with some friends.

A - dark, nice and reddish when held up to light, didn't get much of a head but I am assuming that was due to my friend's pour

S - sweet roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee

T - delivers on the smell, chocolate is really prevalent and nice

M - solid body, bit of carbonation

D - pretty good! This is my second milk stout, and I really liked it. Would drink again. I will say that I think the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout is superior, but like I said this was served in pitcher form with frosted glasses (ugh, we only went to this place because my gf and my friend's gf both wanted wings), so maybe that took something away from it. Either way, a good beer!

ruckzuck, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of 86sportster883
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Left Hand Milk Stout is one of my favorites from this brewer of many excellent beers. It's not often that I'll go out and buy a six of this particular brew, but it is consistently the first beer to go missing out of Left Hand's mixed 12-pack.

It's a dark beer that looks black in a pint glass but clear ruby red when held to the light. The creamy tan head does have low retention but I wouldn't consider that a significant flaw.

The beer's aroma has a mild dark malt character with hints of chocolate. The roasted grain taste is nicely complemented by hop bitterness that then finishes semi dry.

The Left Hand Milk Stout is a very pleasant beer. The mouthfeel is a bit less full than dictated by the style, but in the end, I think that just adds to the beer's overall drinkability.

86sportster883, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A full inch of nice foamy brown head on top of an extremely brown, almost black, body. The pour is smooth and creamy. Very nice lacing as well.

Smell - Nice chocolate and coffee aroma.

Taste - I actually taste sweet peas in the midst of smooth dark chocolate. The flavor, in my opinion, is perfect. I think this just might be the best tasting stout I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Smooth in every aspect. From the pour to the flavor and down my throat this beer has great texture.

~ Everyone should try this beer. I will certainly recommend the Milk Stout to all my friends. A great job done by our friends in Colorado.

cdkrenz, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of SpencerT
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 12/12/07
This Stout poured a black coffee color. It developed a 3 finger robust mocha head. Great lacing with good staying power.
The scents of chocolate, cream, and a hint of vanilla seem to be present.
The taste of smoky milk chocolate fills the palate finishing with very little bitterness. The silky smooth feel makes for perfect balance if you prefer sweeter stouts.
This is one of the best stouts that I have tried. I highly recommend this Stout.

SpencerT, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of baos
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint in pint glass on tap. Had this one at Shallo's in Greenwood.

A: Nice lacing. Dark dark brown body with thin sheen of head.

S: Burnt coffee-toffee-caramel. A bit of sugar and milk.

T: Burnt coffee-toffee-caramel. Hoppy dry finish. A very well balanced beer.

M: Very nice.

D: A one.

baos, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with mmtmatrix.

A: The stout is cola black, black cherry in fact as I see the highlights that shine through it. An off-white head blankets the edge of glass in a small pool.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate and lactic sweetness emanates. Very simple but mouthwatering.

T: A big sip reveals all the right elements for a milk stout: chocolate and caramel grains tinged by burnt huskiness, a slightly tart but sweet lactic flavor, and hints of coffee acridity. Each pitches in surprisingly well, creating a full-bodied sweetness that never overdoes any of the flavors. The stout, while full up front, goes a little thin on the back side, leaving only a fleeting sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is generally sweet, nicely balanced between the milk and stout elements. Even with the slowdown in flavor near the end, this is a good quaff.

D: I could drink this one all day long. The flavors are pleasing and never push the tastebuds too far.

akorsak, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my 2nd milk stout was this one bottled 8-28-07 ; pours a deep reddish brown color w/ a decent tan head that lasts a few minutes and leaves a decent lacing ; nose is mainly toasted nuts w/ alcoholic and darker roasted malts and dark fruit undertones , faint buttery diacetyl present as well ; a rich, toasty, nut-like malt flavor w/ some burnt-toast notes initially, followed by a bittersweet chocolate and coffee, very faint metallic aftertaste ; rich, med-bodied brew w/ a nice level of co2, lots of residual sweetness ; quite drinkable, i look forward to having this and other milks soon ...

animal69, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 09/26/07

A: Pours a deep black, with some lighter hues at the bottom of the glass, under at least a fingers worth of brown head. Good retention and some really nice looking lace.

S: Some roasted maltiness and maybe some hints of sweetness. Not a whole lot happening, would have liked a bigger nose.

T: Very nice sweetness up front, ending in a very subtle roasted bitterness. Where I was disappointed with the lack of "bigness" in the nose, I am actually happy that the taste is kept simple and accents the those residual sugars.

M/D: Full bodied, very subtle carbonation feels nice on the palate and tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, very tasty and smooth.

NCSUdo, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visited Papago Brewery Friday and bought this. Opened 12oz bottled on 11/07/07, poured into Nonic glass.

Formed nice frothy head of 1", which dissipated to a layer of bubbles across top of glass. Brew is mostly opaque sarsaparilla color.

Smell is of malts and toasty oats. Initial taste is sweet on palate but not so sweet that it is unbearable. Taste is of desert flavors... Hints of chocolate and vanilla with a very faint hint of coffee on the back palate.

Low carbonation makes this brew a gem. No aftertaste even for a beer as dark as West Texas Crude Very easy to drink and I could drink another one of these. Why did I buy just one.

mattster, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark cola color with dark red highlights and a small but creamy chocolate milk colored head that quickly dies leaving patchy lace. Some sweet milk chocolate and oats in the nose along with toasted black malts. More of the same in the taste. Some sweet cream as well, with light woodsy, earthy, tea-like hops in the finish. Light in body--but a touch crisp and sharp--the mouthfeel falls two steps short of creamy. This one ain't bad (you could do a lot worse), but it's nothin' to write home about neither.

Slynger, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of trentley87
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Not what I expect from a stout. Pours deep amber from the bottle not a comforting black. 2 finger tan head recedes far too quickly but does leave some lacing.

S: Very interesting and appetizing. I would liken it to Kahlua, so there is definitely some milk or cream going on in there. After the cream and malts sweetness there is some alcohol.

T: I really loved the taste of this beer. Milk, caramel, and coffee, and alcohol flavors. Definitely malt dominated with little to no bitterness. Slightly unbalanced by nonetheless delicious.

M: Almost no carbonation, too thin. Staying with the milk idea, the mouthfeel reminded me of frothy skim milk.

D: I would drink this again but would probably not seek it out. The flavors were great but appearance and mouthfeel were disappointing.

trentley87, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown/black with copper-amber highlights...looks like a light porter more than a stout. creamy dense tan head leaves curtains of slippery lace that eventually dry and for a thick crust in my namesake glass.

S- roasted malt, coffee, strong mocha, dark resinous wood, cigar tobacco, and fly-by-night milky cream aroma that is hard to grab on to. maybe it's just my imagination.

T- huge roasty malty dark espresso and sweet oatmeal, cocoa, milk chocolate, and herbal hop resin. very woodsy tobacco flavor near the end. overall, it's earthy and dark chocolate with a little bit of coffee thrown in.

MF- nice and creamy to say the least. the consistency is very similar to carbonated milk, full bodied, medium carbonation, and it feels really nutritious.

D- though a little light in color, i think the malt content is without question. upon reading other reviews i'm assuming that this beer is better on tap than it is from the bottle. something to keep in mind. it's a great blend of texture and flavor and perhaps slightly more drinkable than other stouts that scored higher in A, S, & T.

hustlesworth, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Boppar
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, thin head. Interesting lacing pattern.

S: Licorice, raisins, caramel. It actually smells a little more complex than it tastes.

T: Dark roasted malts. Sweet malts. Raisins. There is a faint metallic aftertaste that I found somewhat off-putting.

M: Too thin, and too fizzy.

D: Could serve as a session beer in a pinch, I suppose.

This is not a bad stout, but it's not terribly exciting. Meh.

Boppar, Jan 20, 2008
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,605 ratings.