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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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5,976 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,976
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 199
Gots: 755 | 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 Spica66
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle during Left Hand tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/22/10. The brewery rep was pouring and telling us all about the beers as we went. Very informational and fun.

A: Very dark, brown head.

S: Coffee and roasted malt. A little creaminess or caramel, too.

T: Very nice! Sweet coffee flavors and roastiness!

M: Very creamy and nice. No syrupy feeling.

D: Very nice to drink. Only 5% ABV makes it fine to have a couple of them.

I bought some to take home before leaving the store!

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark black-like mahogany with moderate cappuccino colored head.

Smell: Coffee accented roasted malts and cream.

Taste: Tastes like a latte with mostly coffee and cream. Smooth roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. Minimal English hops at the end.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, somewhat smooth but way too thin.

Drinkability: Easy drinking session-like Stout that I could enjoy a few pints of. Suffers slightly from a thin body.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded snifter.

Appearance: Opaque, black with a small slightly tanned head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a heavy lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt aromas with a grassy backbone.

Taste: Starts with sweet roasted caramel and chocolate malt, finishing with a sweet and bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with sharp carbonation on the tip of the tongue. A finish that's dry on the palate but thick and syrupy on the back of the throat.

Drinkability: It's a sessionable and easily accessible milk stout. It's not the best of its style but it's still solid and worth a try.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Two fingers of sandy tan head formed on top of the clear, dark brown body. Backlighting the glass revealed ruby edges. The foam stuck around a long time and receded slowly; moderate lacing.

The nose has tons of cream, milk sugars, chocolate and light coffee. Everything is pretty subtle, but very appealing.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Starts off with the creamy, sugary flavor and slowly fades into a roasted, coffee-like finish. Reminiscent of a milkshake...

Medium mouth feel, semi-creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is very drinkable! Tasty and desert like...a great example of a simple milk stout!

Photo of mjw06
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The slow dissipating head creeps back into a bold black body that carries the taste of lightly sweet lactose, mild tasting chocolate and some indistinguished bitter residuals. The brew sits nicely at the back corners of the tongue, giving you a different angle on the taste. The sweetness gets more pungent and warm. Good beer that I wouldn't mind trying again.

Photo of thatguy3579
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black and completely opaque, like a good espresso. Head is a rich tan color, which dissipates but leaves nice lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and toffee sweetness.

T: Sweet up front, as promised by the nose. A nice sweet roasted flavor through and through. A little bit of vanilla bite is present as well. Flavor is nice, but it could be a little bigger.

M: Rich and creamy, with adequate carbonation.

D: A really rich wonderful beer. Full and sweet, but not so much as to prevent me from having another.

Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App: Pours Black-brown with pillowy tan head.

Smell: Mildly sweet roasted malts.

Taste: Creamy, sweet, malty goodness. 5.2% of entirely hidden alcohol. Very tasty.

Feel: Silky smooth. Probably the best feature of this brew.

Drink: Pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very dark brown/almost black color that seems reasonably clear (not hazy), just by looking at the underside of the top of the liquid. The head is a dark tan color but it is very thin and dissolves quickly, leaving a thin lace of foam on top of the beer. The lacing is good and sticky....clinging to the glass very well.

S- The first thing that I smell here is a distinct un-ground coffee bean aroma. There is also notes of very dark chocolate, powdered milk, toffee and roasted malt. The roasted and very deep aromatic characters of the beer don't leave much of a bitter smell on the finish, which is alright by me for this style.

T- Mmmmm...sweet creamy cocoa overtakes the palate immediately! There are also some toffee like notes in the middle and the coffee that is in the aroma comes out more on the finish. No real bitterness as far as flavor goes...much like the aroma, the deep dark flavors overcome any bitter hop ending.

M- Rich, creamy and smooth! It really is like cocoa with a marshmallow in it, just to round it out. It's full bodied and I really feel like chewing on this a bit! The carbonation is very fine but plentiful....maybe just slightly more than I'd like in a porter but it's not offensive.

D- Give me this beer anytime and I'll be happy to drink it! The alcohol is very well hidden...wouldn't even know there's booze in this. A delightful desert beer but would also be a great beer to compliment a bbq'd steak with a sweet sauce on it! I'm very impressed!!

Photo of blackc5
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at 49F into a pint glass.

A - Deep brown, near black. Significant creamy tan head with good retention. A good volume of thin lacing is left behind.

S - Somewhat muted aroma of sweetness, coffee and roasted malt. Very roasted... No real milk presence in the nose as far as I could discern.

T - Caramel sweetness backed by a large dosage of chocolate and coffee. Some condensed milk sweetness and creaminess in the background that becomes more noticeable at it warms further. A success even if it is not the most complex flavor profile.

M - A bit on the thin side for a stout, but it still coats the tongue nicely and doesn't really take anything away. Despite its relative thinness it is still creamy in texture.

D - A great after dinner beer, which luckily for me is when I downed it. Call it a dessert stout for sure. It goes down very easy, and with the low ABV I could easily see picking up a sixer of this next time.

Photo of biggietattoos
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Left hand Milk stout was a pleasant find at MellowMushroom in Brandon, FL.

The beer looked very appealing in the pint glass it was served to me in, the head had been reduced to a half finger width, mid brown tone by the time it reached my table. The beer was a nice dark black and left a creamy lacing behind on the glass.

The smell was a roasty malt aroma upon first inhale. then I picked up some cocoa/coffeeish notes.

The taste was awesome. really creamy and malt sweetness throughout, bit of a coffee aftertaste was very nice, no hop presence at all so it was very much like a dessert of a beer.. not alc burn either. very even all the way through.

The mouthfeel was awesome, a unique creaminess was left behind, really pleasant to sip slowly

not a crazy big imperial or russian style so this is VERY drinkable and could see getting this again soon.

Photo of pasdachuri
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out very dark, close to black with brown on the edges with an off white head.

Smells sweet and roasty, with cocoa and charred wood aromas.

Flavor begins with some roasted malt hints that quickly fade into a rather bland ground coffee taste.

Light bodied, not what I was expecting from a stout.

My first Left Hand selection and overall I'm a little disappointed.

Photo of chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Dark but not opaque. Thin brown head. Burnt coffee and toffee aroma - pleasant. Lightly sweet on the front with some sour notes. Medium bitterness like strong coffee. Medium body with lively carbonation. Clean finish. A very pleasant pleasant brew

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red copper, almost opaque, but not quite. The nose smells like coffee with a lot of cream in it. Like a good coffee, not any of that Starbucks crap. Get some vanilla, coffee, milk, and some faint cherries. Smooth mouth-feel and a great balance between the roasted malt and the sweet side of this beer. The "Milk" in this is more of a balancing effort than to just add body and mouth feel like most who add lactate. Lite effervescent and almost a semisolid. You can almost chew this dang ol thing. Hops are minimal and in the back on the finish, almost nowhere in the swirl. Very sweet but not cloying at all.

Photo of jhp40219
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Aggressive pour yields a huge 4-finger head that is tan and milky in appearance. Almost looks like a milk shake on top. Black in appearance until held up to the light, which gives it a very dark amber hue. Leaves a nice coating of lace as it goes down the glass after a drink.

S - Chocolate and roasted caramel malts dominate with a nice hint of coffee.

T - Malty and chocolate up front. The coffee comes through afterward with a creamy, milky feel and taste to round it off.

M - Feels thicker, not unlike milk or coffee on the tongue. A bit too much carbonation though.

D - Very nice! Easy and smooth like a milk stout should be.

Photo of aepb1
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black with a light tan head that dissipates quickly

S- Caramel malts, coffee and creamy

T- Sweet malts up front, some roasty chocolate... not that full-tasting

M- Creamy, smooth

D- Not the best stout, nice and creamy but just not that strong of a taste for a stout... not very full-bodied

Photo of Ziro
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer pours easily into a pint glass. No need to worry about a big head as it just about takes care of itself. Tan colored head has some lacing as it dissipates. Beer is a dark color with a tint of red on the edges not the darkest stout but dark.

Smell: Second best part of the beer but a close second as it has a wonderful aroma dominated by malt and chocolate. Hint of something sweeter.

Taste: Best part of the beer. Chocolate and malt flavor hit hard. Bit of milky sweetness as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick & creamy. The carbonation hits the tongue first but still creamy and smooth. For a stout it's a bit too carbonated for my taste but I can get over it.

Drinkability: Very easy stout to drink. With great aroma and taste making up for any weak points of the beer. Lots of depth with this beer as it warms so drink it slow and really enjoy the later flavors.

Photo of BrewMasterBurch
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark, dark brown. Beautiful chocolate head which lingers until finished. Leaves a nice foam mustache to lick after a swig.

Smell- Creamy, milky, mocha aroma. Almost as if you had a iced coffee in a pint glass, with booze. The best smelling milk stout I have ever come across. As it says on the bottle "Utterly Amazing!".

Taste- Great taste. Moooo-ve yourself to try this one.

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied and simply grand.

Drinkability- A slow sipper, but still nice to have. Would recommend during the Fall or Winter. Defiantly worth buying on while on the slopes or while opening Christmas gifts.

Photo of Dangus
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a dark black color with hints of red coming through the bottom of my snifter glass. Didn't pour much of a head but it was a tannish color.

Smell- Roasted malts come through alongside a nice sweet chocolatey aroma.

Taste- Chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee. This is a pretty sweet tasting stout.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with a nice creaminess.

Drinkability- OK drinkability for a stout. It isn't as thin as Guinness and not as thick as some other stouts I have tried. Definitely could drink a couple of these.

Photo of Rhettbuck
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, light almost doesn't pass through, good foamy head to the beer which quickly dissolves away.

Smell - strong scent of caramel and chocolate

Taste - this is the best part about this beer, it has a whole range of flavors, the strongest being a dark chocolate aspect

Mouthfeel - a little too carbonated for me, with a little bit of an syrupy aftertaste, but overall pretty good

Drinkability - a good sipping beer, too expensive to drink on a binge, though i have the feeling you'd be full before you got to that

Photo of irishking1977
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, black hue with virtually no head and some moderate lacing. Pretty much what you'd expect from a stout.

S: Mild notes of burnt chocolate and malt. Otherwise, nothing substantial, either good or bad.

T: Tasty stout. Sweet malt dominates, With hints of sweet cream and mild bitter chocolate. Not bitter at all in terms of hops bitterness. Probably a good beer for those who dislike IPA's and hoppy beers.

M: Good carbonation for a stout, but the body is somewhat lacking. Kind of watered down, and lacking any sort of malty or chalky finish. I'd say that's being a little picky, because overall, I'm really enjoying this one.

D: For a stout, very good drinkability. Since the mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired, it's not as thick and robust, therefore the drinkability is enhanced. I will probably have this one again.

Photo of mjurney
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Dark brown with ruby red hue, very little to no head, no lacing.
[Smell]: Sweet roasted malts, maybe some hint of chocolate.
[Taste]: Sweet malts up front, a little roasted, dash of chocolate. Not too complex in flavor, but very mellow.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium bodied, light on the carbonation, smooth finish.
[Drinkability]: Very drinkable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/10/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a 3/4 inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there is plenty of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, the beer smells like roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but I think it's more roasty than sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and it wouldn't be hard to have a few of these at a time. I thought this was a good all around beer, I liked it and would definitely try it again.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with a finger of extra frothy head. Head doesn't last long.

Sweet, roasty chocolate goodness. Is this stuff available as an air freshener?

"Alcoholic chocolate milk for adults". That's what the brewers call it. They're right. Smooth, coating, chocolatey, slight snap on the finish. Really good!

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy. Really nice!

Drinkability is nearly tops. ABV is low and this goes down like a wonderful dessert, not a beverage.

Photo of jones3aj
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Chilled bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Dark brown - allows some light to penetrate. No head, just a slight ring around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: Strong rush of maltiness, a slight chocolatey sweetness, with a touch of hoppiness.

Taste: Malty from front to back. Chocolate and sweet. Just as the smell, a touch of hops - but not a ton. I also find a slight sourness at the back of my tongue, but it doesn't really interfere with the overall sweetness. After warming to room temperature, the milk chocolate flavors really pop out at you.

Mouthfeel: I get a nice tingly feeling from the carbonation. Not overly bubbly - just the right amount of sting. Beer give you a smooth coating through your mouth, but it doesn't last, as the viscosity just isn't that thick. A little more watery than I prefer, but fitting for this type of beer. Excellent effect if you take a sip and swish it through your teeth a couple times. You get an uber-creamy froth that explodes with chocolate flavors!

Drinkability: Overall, an easy beer to drink. Refreshing to consume, though it might not be a great choice to relax with after a day of working outside in the heat! I could easily take on 2 or 3 of them before getting bored.

Photo of Eldalonde
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of Left Hand's better brews. It pours dark black with minimal head. Has aromas of roasted coffee and malts. The sugars from the milk come out nicely and it has a smooth mouth feel to it. Pretty good beer, but the mouthfeel is just too thin for a stout. This feels like it has no body.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,976 ratings.