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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: 5,783
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 606 | FT: 3
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:

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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Photo of william5586
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light black with brown around the edges. Had one finger of tan head. Had a nice smell of roasted malt and sweetness.

The taste started with sweet. Toffee. Great roasted malt backbone took over, but was not overpowering. Medium bodied and well balanced.

Good easy drinking milk stout with an abv that enables you to put a few back.

william5586, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a dark brown/black colored body with a creamy tan colored head. The head started off thick then quickly settled down to thin covering that hanged on well. Lacing was good and slick siding down the glass slowly as I sipped.

Smell: The aroma has some nice hints of roasted malt, sweet grain and coffee.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor matches the aroma but adds more sweet creamy notes to the overall character. The finish is fairly clean with some very light bitterness hanging on. Its texture is very wet and slick. It is just a little bit thin but still somewhat creamy with a light body.

Notes: Overall I would say that it is a very nice, easy drinking stout with an average flavor and character.

generallee, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of LordChesterfield
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff bought on a lark. Has a unique chocolatey smell. Lighter than usual color. A very sweet taste, with notes of oak and vanilla. The aftertaste is mild and quickly fading. It's more drinkable than your average stout due to it's sweet taste. The mouthfeel is soothing.

LordChesterfield, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer in Dallas a week ago as it is not available in the panhandle area.
It pours a lighter brown than I thought it might. Light comes all the way through with relative ease when the pint glass is held up. The head shrinks from a nice tan 1.5 finger mound to a ring around the edge of the glass that leaves some streaky lacing. Smells more of milk chocolate than any beer I've had, I usually smell dark chocolate but this is lighter and sweeter. The taste is a light roast, like you'd expect of a breakfast coffee with more hints of milk chocolate. Minimum bitterness. The beer is a little more watery than I prefer, but it still manages to coat the throat nicely and leave a good residual flavor. No problem having a few of these. Its a solid stout.

joshuadlight, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into DFH snifter. Black, but does not appear overly thick or viscous. Nice fluffy tan head.

Smell is roasted malt. Definitely some coffee. There are also very prominent notes of what I would describe as wet grain, which I don't really care for. Funky in a way that I don't like a whole lot.

Taste is nice, albeit, not really complex. Again, tons of roasted malt. Coffee flavor is pleasant. Some vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel is really nice and the highlight of this beer. Quite silky, if feels great going down.

Overall, pretty good stuff.

yeastsipper, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of harpo111
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one...of course i like stouts...

A: black, moderate head.

S: Coffee, malt, vanilla....what is not to like...you can smell the roasted grains...

T: Coffee, vanilla, some bitters....carmel...licorish maybe...nice and complex. Some hops on the backside...chocolate sweetness...complex...but nice.

M: very nice and smooth

D: Nice...i could do a couple of these in a sitting. Very nice stout. Better than the Sam Adams of simlar style to me.

Overall a good balaced beer.

harpo111, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A good looking black as night stout. decent head retention and some good lacing.

S- Sweet with some roasted barley and a little coffee, I was hoping for a bit more of what I smelled.

F- Smoooth, sweet with a bit of a coffee/dark chocolate taste on the end. If only the replaced all Guinness taps in the world with this.

M- heavy like a stout should be with very little slickness. A good body to it but nothing out of this world.

D- Overall a great Stout. It is a great sipping beer and good for a rainy day and a book. Would like a little more smell out of it but it tastes great. Highly recommend it.

SeattleBeerBlog, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pitch black with a toasty/fruity perfume. Dried fruit, dark fruit and molasses come to mind. Creamy head sticks well to the sides of the glass and hardly drops. Rich and sweet. There's some husky grain in the background that I'm surprised I can taste, and a muted fruitiness. Coffee and cocoa flavours are as smooth as the body, and a light carbonation gives this a bit of zip without roughening the mouthfeel. Flavors are well balanced, and nothing is over-the-top. Very drinkable.

allergictomacros, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm about to milk this 12 ounce bottle for all its worth. On to the beer:

THis milk stout is opaque in color with tawny hues. The head is more creamy than anything else, with some retention and lacing. Some roasted coffee notes with creamer hit the nose pleasantly. Tastewise, there is a slight creamer sweetness to this brew, but the stout part prevails. Like an oatmeal stout. Coffee ground astringency, the kind of roastiness I like from my stouts. Faded smoke flavor brushed up towards the end. Lightish-medium body, with a faint burn of alcohol.

A pleasant stout from Left Hand. Not too sweet, not too roasty.

DoubleJ, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Small tan head. Black body, brown at the edges where the light shines through.

Smell: Sweet with lots of caramel and chocolate. Little bit of roastiness to it.

Taste: Sweet. Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

Drinkability: I'd have no problem knocking back several of these in an evening. Yummy stuff.

BierFan, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-07. Served in snifter. Best before 15 May 2009.

A: Almost black, but held by the light it reveals clear dark brown colors. The head is small, lightly cappuccino colored, settles fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: A soft but still rather powerful, very round smell. Lots of sweet chocolate. Some coffee, chocolate syrup, noticeable vanilla, Reminds me of chocolate milk. Strangely, the alcohol is also detectable.

T: Duplicates the smell to a great extent. Some roasted malts, plenty of sweet chocolate, notes of coffee, milk, milk chocolate and quite a lot of vanilla. No fruit aromas to talk about. Sweet flavors definitely dominates. In the finish there is a very restrained bitterness, dark fudge, some soy sauce and notes of licorice.

M: Very smooth, rather full-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: Among the best milk stouts I've tried. Not your biggest stout, but very smooth and calm. Quite bold flavors considering the low ABV.

ricke, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of americanbeerbuzz
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard chilled sixteen ounce pint glass. Rigorous pour leaves about an eighth inch white head. No lace. Deep black color is indicative of stouts though I wouldn't have guessed it was a milk stout on flavor. Tastes and pours more like an espresso or coffee stout. I was expecting a creamier flavor. Thought he mouthfeel is typical the aftertaste is a bit flat.

americanbeerbuzz, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle from Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a slightly thin black with barely any off-white head.

S: chocolate both dark and milk, coffee, roast

T: just like the smell; some chocolate, coffee and roasted malts...less sweet in the flavor

M: highly carbonated, slightly thin almost like a porter

D: easy to drink, flavor is similar to some imperial stouts i've had just not quite as heavy

dukedevil0, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark opaque black with woody brown highlights. A thin coffee head forms and falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is mildly sweet and roasted with a slight chocolate note. A bit of coffee.
Taste ups the aroma. Much more chocolate. Sweetness is balanced by a bitterness that keeps it in check. More coffee than chocolate in the finish.
Full, smooth feel.

A smooth tasty stout. Definitely one to try.

goatgoat, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Taste up front was sweet with hints of chocolate/molasses sweetness with roasted malt. This beer has an amazing mouthfeel. It is smooth with great mouth coating and wickedly smooth. Overall a very drinkable beer.

cagocubs, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of BeTheBall
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark color with a foamy head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was of roasted malt, biscuity. Taste was very mellow and smooth malt and bread up front. On the back of the tongue and throat I found the flavor diminshed. Where I expected some balance from hops at the end, there was just more malt, sort of fizzles. Mouthfeel was quite good; nice carbonation surrounds the mouth. drinkability is OK, this is not strong tasting in any way, I just found that I almost got bored with the taste profile and lack of hop balance.

BeTheBall, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-27-09
Bottled on 1-28-09

Pours a very dark color, almost completely black. No sizable head, and thin, quickly fading lacing.

Smell is huge roasted malt, lots of chocolate and a little coffee. Extremely enjoyable.

Taste is very sweet, with a good roasted malt and flavors vanilla and oak. Surprisingly complex with a good bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a touch too thin.

Drinkability is good, enjoyable flavors with a reasonable abv.

Overall, a good beer and a great session stout.

BMoney575, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 25, 2009

Black, with just a hit of reddish color on the edges when held up to the light. 3 finger head. Smells really good, has a coffee smell. Taste has that coffee come through more, and chocolate, there are hops, but they balance this brew out perfectly! This is one mighty fine brew! One of the smoothest beers I have had! Great beer...

webbcreative, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured almost completely black with only the slightest hint of brown when held up to the light... Creamy tan head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some nice sticky lacing clings throughout..

Aroma - Dark chocolate mixed with some caramel, some faint smokiness, cocoa, light vanilla, roast malts, coffee, quite nutty, brown sugar...

Taste - Light roasted malt bitterness, creamy dark chocolate, definite treacle / caramel sweetness, maple syrup, strong dark coffee, slight liquorice notes...

Feel - Smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... at just 5.2% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A very good and well balanced stout... recommended...

mdagnew, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of david131
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear dark brown with some red hues in there. The head is light brown with some pretty good retention. THe head saves the appearance of this- without it, it would look like a watered down porter.

S- Very rich chocolate, maple syrup, some coffee, and a bit of grain. Very rich and full smelling, and I dig it.

T- Sweet chocolate, maple syrup, toffee, and coffee. Kind of complex and pretty nice.

M- Not quite as milky and smooth as other milk stouts I have had, but this still has some nice qualities. Maybe a bit too sticky sweet and lacking a little body.

D- A pretty rich, but enjoyable beer. It's got a lot of flavor for the ABV.

david131, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, almost black into a goblet with a 1-finger bone-white head. Aroma is chocolate, berry sweetness, some breadiness. Taste is some toasted grain, lots of sweetness with chocolate and vanilla notes, as well as a hint of char. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with not too much carbonation, expected for the style. Drinkability is massive as this is a very unoffensive brew which is one of my personal favorite styles, as well as a low ABV. Overall this is a great beer and if I could find it in a 6-pack I may pick it up again.

ljbrisson, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of cbw1978
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 11/5/08 and poured on 2/16/09 into a pint glass at around 55 degrees. Bottle instructs you to "Please Keep Refrigerated" even though stouts should be served warmer. I tried to let it warm up enough but I got impatient/thirsty; this review reflects that.

Appearance - Dark brown to black, translucent when pouring and at the edges and bottom of the glass. Khaki head that came up to just under 1/2 inch, then reduced within a minute to 1/8 of an inch, and then to nothing except at the edges. Top of beer appears oily and reflective, with small amounts of carbonation rising up in pockets at the top. Almost no lacing as I drank - what little there was disappeared fairly quickly.

Smell - Head was sweet and roasty, the roasty smell having almost a sour edge. As the beer got warmer, more sweetness and malt scents emerged.

Taste - The roasty notes dominated the beginning, not the sweetness that I expected from a milk stout or from all of the talk I heard about this beer. Now I'm definitely worried that I didn't let it warm up enough. There was not a very complex taste at first - then beer began to warm up from my hand on the glass and the passage of time, and a gentle sweetness emerged that was very rewarding.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thick and syrupy, despite the translucent look that the beer had upon pouring. Carbonation levels gave me a tingle on the tongue and roof of my mouth, which calmed down somewhat with time.

Drinkability - At first, I felt somewhat bored and underwhelmed, like this beer was filling without a lot of bang for the buck. But a sweet malty smoothness emerged further down in the glass that told me that if I had waited for it to warm up a little more before pouring in the first place, I might have wanted another.

Umami - All in all, a good beer that I will try again, this time with the patience to let it come up to proper serving temperature.

cbw1978, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of billybob
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

almost black in color, small light tan quickly fading head with a spotty lace. smell is strong with coffee aromas. malty sweet coffee taste smooth silky mouthfeel with a good carbonation. nice taste, enjoyable beer. not a session beer but a good desert beer.

billybob, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mohagany-brown with almost no head, but there is a tan layer that developes on top. The smell is heavy on malt and hints of some sugar and chocolate. The taste is great! There's chocolate, burnt sugar and it all lingers with almost no maltiness. This has been my go to milk stout for several years and it never fails!

madtowndmb1, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown, quarter inch head

Smell: different smell, expresso and sweet/maybe slightly spoiled milk

Taste: small expresso, big vanilla, sugar, and cream

Mouthfeel: Wow--very smooth, creamy, thick, heavy, super sweet finish

Drinkability: I know it is a bit high, but a very sessionable stout...I could easily have a six and right now this is my new benchmark for this style

tigg924, Feb 12, 2009
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,783 ratings.