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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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6,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 1,707
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 219
Gots: 892 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 6,130 | Reviews: 1,707
Photo of ChugginOil
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown with massive off white head that sits nicely. The lacing coates the glass and sticks with each sip. The nose really doesnt offer much on this one. A little roasted malt with a tad bit of coffee. Thankfully, the taste is bringing more to the table. Creamy roasty goodness with faint coffee and cocoa tastes. A bit of smoke outlines the brew throughout. Very creamy and rich mouthfeel make this worthwhile for sure. Super drinkable on top of that.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A - Opaque black, even when held up to the light, 1 finger tan head is quite viscous and shows nice lacing 3.5
S - heavy toasted/burnt malts and coffee 3.5
T - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes with a bitter very slightly sweet finish 3.5
M - whole milk with a robust smoothness even with relatively intense flavors, mild carbonation 3.5
D - Surprised at its drinkability as a Stout, I will have another. This brew middles towards a Porter? Does not feel heavy. 4
Drinkability of this Stout is very nice with a good taste. A notable brew. If you are a Stout lover a must try, if not...

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

I have been seeing this more around mass and I am glad. It poured out black with a two finger thick tan head. More than just head it looked like cream. It stayed around for the whole pint and my girlfriend kept trying to draw stuff in it.

The nose was a lot of dark roast and lactic acid. Some hints of coffee and milk chocolate sweetness. A faint spicy hop backing.

Milk chocolate roasted sweetness. Some vanilla coffee flavors and a nice mellow roasted bitterness. A big thickness but goes down extremely smooth.

Photo of Frostedluck
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with very little head and minimal lacing. Color is very dark, almost black.

Smell is strong of coffee. Hint of chocolate and earth.

Taste is soft and smooth at first, with pungent and somewhat surprisingly bitter aftertaste. Sort of a salt & pepper theme going on.

Mouthfeel is almost slimey.

I enjoy variety in my beer and this is a tasteful and pleasant beer to enjoy, but probably not something I would keep in my icebox in the future.

Photo of TheNewBrew88
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark, almost but not quite black, brown with a tan head. Head is fairly small, leave a little lacing.Smell a bit like coffee and hints of caramel. Taste is chocolate, faintly roasty and some kind of malt. Mouthfeel is some what heavy and silky smooth. one stout i would buy from time to time.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, opaque in clarity, with a minimal, fast receding, creamy tan head.

S: A nice roasted malt aroma with a milk chocolate & cream-like sweetness.

T: A nice light roasted coffee malt flavor with hints of milk chocolate, followed by a slight hop bitterness. There's a medium sweetness from the lactose that lasts into the finish as well as vanilla.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, thin body, light carbonation.

D: This one is would be easy to drink 3-4 of . A bit light on the body that I think affects the flavor, but it's still very enjoyable. Nothing too amazing, but worth the try.

Photo of danmcg62
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. I noticed it was bottled on my birthday. Cool.

A-Pours a deep black. Decent look, not the best, but good.

S-Malty with a super sweet chocolately smell.

T-Very chocolatey upfront, milky with small coffee notes on the back end.

M-A tad watery, almost like you're drinking a glass of milk.

D-Very drinkable. Goes down real easy.

Overall a decent milk stout, but nothing too special. Would like to see what else Left Hand has to offer.

Photo of Brooks44
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from the bottle near black with a small head that disipated quickly well before the second sip. Barely any lacing was left on the glass.

S. I could smell roasted malt notes and alittle sweetness.

T. Roasty at the start. Has a slight coffee note from the roasty character. Slight chocolate flavor can be tasted aswell.

M. My favorite part of this beer and the style. Creamy and full bodied throughout. One of the creamier feeling beers ive had from this style. Exceptional.

D. Found this to be a very drinkable stout. Alot of stouts are great but you might not have more then one or two of them in a night. This isnt in that category.

I went to a bar out in the berkshires to go to a DFH rarities promotion that was being held (huge DFH fan). I had world wide stout for the first time there and liked the LF milk stout much more. I highly recommend this beer to any stout lover. You will not be dissapointed.

Photo of shanetemple
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark color with a small head. I love the taste of milk stout. Chocolate with hints of coffee. I have not had anything I don't like by left hand, so if you have not tried their beers, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or 12.

Photo of alli4051
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark, dark, almost but not quite black, brown with a tan head. Head is fairly small, dissipates quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing. Scent is coffee and hints of caramel. Taste is milk chocolate, faintly roasty and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky smooth. A good stout that doesn't have that cloyingly sticky finish that some do, which makes it very drinkable.

Photo of Oldscramch
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, as dark as you can get before it's black. Highlights are lighter amber brown, like flat cola. Light ring of head, no lacing.

Smell: Smells like coffee, caramel, and chocolate. It even smells sweet.

Taste: Delicious! Taste follows the smell, but with a hint of cream promised by the style.

Mouthfeel: AS heavy as I expect and want from a stout, creamy.

Drinkability: Most definitely will drink this beer again.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The "bottled on" section is blank but at least it has the new label.

A: It pours a coke-like black but is red and transluscent in light with a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly but laces okay.

S: Milk chocolate, light roastiness, and not much else.

T: Light coffee, milk chocolate, a little vanilla, and faint cereal. This might be the weakest and most basic "stout" I've ever had.

M: The body is rather thin and mildly creamy with low carbonation.

D: This is certainly disappointing because of its lack of complexity and body. It is akin to a weak chocolate porter.

Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/almost black in body with cappuccino head. Aroma of cocoa, slight coffee, cream. Tastes of cocoa nibs, cream, slight spice. Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Great mouthfeel on this beer, definitely the standout characteristic. Nice subtle flavors and easy drinkin.

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

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date stamped on label. Poured a deep brown to black - much like a cola - with orange and red highlights. The head did not yield much but a quickly fading off white head.

The semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar is quite evident as well as a unique spiciness almost like nutmeg.

The flavor is very balanced with a sharp chocolate flavor, not too sweet though. The mild roastiness rounds out the taste. The brewers wanted to make this very drinkable by adding enough hops to counter the sweetness. Even as the stout warms, it never beomes cloying. The taste also has a very slight of cinnamon similar to a capucino.

The mouthfeel seems just right: not heavy, but solid emough to leave a lasting, pleasant taste on the palate. The carbonation does not detract from the chocolate or other subtle flavors.

As my score indicates, this is a good stout in all categories; a very quaffable stout for a late, cool winter day.

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish black, typical of a stout. but not as dark and thick as some others. has a nice pinky sized head that leaves a light lace
As i poured this away from my face, I totally smelled the coffee in this. Dark chocolate notes, and coffee present. sugary smell as well.
Taste of coffee at first that fades to chocolate. the bitterness tends to kick in after. just wonderful.
Very well balanced and a exquisite description of a really good stout. reminds me a lot of Young's double chocolate stout.
not too strong that you cant drink a few. Very smooth is all i can say really about this beer.

Photo of Nerdmom
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a solid milk stout. With a strong malted aroma followed by hints of coffee and, chocolate and a pinch of fruit. Balanced malty flavor with a strong dose of coffee, very mild hop aftertaste. First pour out of the fridge was a bit too cold and carbonated. Let this one breathe for about 20 minutes minimum before you taste

Photo of rpardon7
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brownish black with a thin tight tan head that dissapated quiclky. The smell upfront was roast coffee and hints of roasted grain and semi sweet chocolate. Taste is sweet malt upfront, chocolate and a bit of roast from the grain and small bite from the hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and light not as heavy as I would have expected a milk stout. Drinkability is high, very good brew not overpowering but nice and sweet like you want a milk stout. Not the best milk stout but good.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Approaching black with a sticky tanned head. Damn fine look, much better than I remember. Once the foam is gone, the lacing is pretty weak, but still. Nose is as weak as I remember, sadly, with only a faint hint of coffee, with chocolate and chalk following up.

The flavor a little more, fortunately. Sweet and lactic notes buttress an espresso-like bitterness. Cream notes mingle with the coffee, slight hint of herbal hops. The finish is pretty wet and sticky. Far from bitter, the sweetness dominates the day. Not bad for drinkability, but I wish Left Hand would have stepped up and brewed a more challenging brew for this style.

Photo of lsrose
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6 pack of this one. It doesn't pour with a lot of head, but it keeps a solid layer throughout the drink which is nice.

It has a pleasing dark malty smell of coffee.

Drinking it has some solid coffee tastes. It has some bite late when the hops come through.

Overall this is a nice beer with some good taste that I will drink some more.

Photo of Brunite
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. A black body with some ruby around the edges is the look for this one. A tan head that settles quickly. Left undisturbed...some nice lacing develops and sticks (likely due to the lactose stickiness).

S: Not super strong but there is a sweet roasted aroma with some faint dark chocolate notes. Like a weak chocolate milk perhaps.

T: Roasted malts up front on the taste. Not overly heavy but there. The middle to finish is a distinct milky sweet taste with a tang on the end. There are lingering sweetness and roasted flavors.

M: Lighter in body than your average stout but this is a different bird. There is a lingering lactose stickiness that is not unexpected and therefore pleasant enough.

D: A very delicious brew. Very balanced for what it is. Certainly one of the best sweet stouts I recall having. A winner.

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

My first go with a milk stout and first swing af a beer advocate review. Was pleasantly surprised by the taste.

Dark brown in color with no head. Felt thin in comparison to the hoppy pale ales I am accustomed to. Overall a good beer--lookIng forward to the drinking the remaining 5 bottles!

Photo of goalie33
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. Bottled on 12/15/10.
A) Pours a dark brown with no head. Some carbonation can be seen around the edges of the glass when It's held up to light.
S) Sweet coffee smell with some chocolate.
T) Not a very strong flavor. Very weak flavor in the beginning. Some sweetness comes in in the middle which continues into the finish along with some coffee notes.
M/D) Thin to medium body. Not incredibly smooth, but not crisp either. Very drinkable beer.

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

The bottle poured out a dark brown body, with red hues and a one finger high light brown head. The head dissipated quickly and left a small halo of lace around the beer. The lace was slightly clingy and thick and stuck somewhat to the glass. The initial aromas were light roast, caramel, and oats. The initial flavors were roasted oats, malt, light caramel, and lightly roasted coffee. The aftertaste was lightly roasty and didn't remain for too long. The brew had a light to medium, creamy body with light carbonation.

Overall this is a pleasant beer. The flavors are not in your face and are instead nice and reserved. This makes for a nice light dark beer which won't overwhelm you.

Photo of jar2574
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black, no light gets through. Thick, creamy, pale tan head. Very cool looking beer. Strong roasted malt smell. Extremely thick and creamy beer. Not quite, but almost, the consistency of milk. The roasted malts aren't overpowering and are blended well. I think there's a tiny hint of hops in here too. An extremely drinkable, enjoyable beer.

Photo of z3niMAGiNE
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with tan head. Fair carbonation lends to a generous head with some retention.

Smells like coffee and chocolate. I can taste a little hop and definite strong malts.

Pretty smooth and a little creamy, goes down easy.

I'm fairly new to this style having only tried 3Floyds Moloko previously and I have a definite preference for that beer. The mouthfeel was so much creamier. Without Moloko being available in my area, I find this milk stout to be a good alternative I could drink fairly often. Makes me want to run out and grab some oreos.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,130 ratings.