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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,782
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 605 | 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 cjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that looks pretty murky, but is actually surprisingly translucent held up to the light. Some orange-red highlights on the edges. On an aggressive pour I got about two fingers worth of nice, light cappuccino colored head that faded really quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

The smell really reminds me of chocolate milk, but there's also a little bit of a coffee smell going on too. Overall the smell is pleasant, though pretty mild.

This tastes kind of what I would imagine chocolate flavored cream to taste like. Overall the chocolate flavors aren't too strong, and certainly not overwhelming -- not a sweet stout for sure. As the beer warmed up some more roasted malt and coffee flavors started to come through, with just a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most milk-like thing about this beer. It's light, but also creamy; smooth and velvety.

Overall a very drinkable beer, that's a bit creamier than some other milk stouts I've had. Not my favorite stout, not even my favorite milk stout, but a good one nonetheless.

cjohnson, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall, a very good beer. What got me hooked was how SMOOTH and CREAMY this beer was.

Fantastic. I have tried Milk stouts before only to discover that they were made from Buttermilk but his one on the other hand was made from cream.

This beer is by far one of the Richest and Creamiest beers I have ever had. Thank you.

However, the taste and smell are not as complex as some other beers found in this category.

Overall, excellent choice!

schellsbeer, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
2.1/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a mug. "Bottled On" date stamped as 06. 04. 08.

A- Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of tan head, which fades rapidly, leaving a bit of a soapy ring during consumption. Slight lacing.

S- Overwhelmed by a moderately unpleasant grassy/earthy aroma that (unfortunately) reminds me of the odor of canned spinach. Somewhat funky, and completely devoid of the coffee/chocolate/roasty undertones that I was anticipating. Borderline awful.

T- Much like the smell. The unpleasant "canned spinach" flavor overwhelms. Again, borderline awful.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Fairly smooth. Decent.

D- Very low, IMO. I will be unable to finish this bottle....

Future outlook: Barring unforeseen circumstances, repeat business not expected to occur. Thankful to have purchased only a single.

DoctorDog, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Milk stout served on tap at the brewery.

It has a very dark brown color with good clarity. There is excellent creamy white head with great lacing left behind.

Aroma is lacking with only a slight sweet/roasty smell to it.

Flavor is very roasty and rich in coffee. There is a real sweetness to it but it's actually very pleasant. Whereas most overly sweet beers are unpleasant, this one is just right. Good malty flavors balance well with the bitterness from the coffee.

It has a creamy, silky mouthfeel which is just great. If I didn't know better, I would say it was from a nitro tap.

Overall a very drinkable beer that's easy on the palate.

GilGarp, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of seangroves
2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark with a dark brown head that dissipates almost instantly.

Very malty with strong hints of chocolate.

Very sour tasting at the beginning followed by maltiness with a dry aftertaste. The sourness is similar to that of milk and is very prevalent that gets stronger as the beer warms.

Highly carbonated with a light body feel.

This beer has a unique taste with the first few sips but the sourness gains the more you drink and near the end is nothing impressive nor desired. I would not drink another.

seangroves, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came out of a variety case. Pours pitch black with little bit of lacing.

This reminds me more of an oatmeal stout than a sweet/milk stout as there isn't much lactose flavor. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The aroma is rich with chocolate grains and fresh java. The flavor follows the same notes with a bit of milk chocolate, almost like hot chocolate, but with a mild, bitter black pepper finish. The body is neither too thick or thin, call it just right. There's a obvious roasted taste and bitter feel (in addition to the hops) and while I wouldn't drink this all night, it's good for a few pint fulls.

tempest, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand's Milk Stout is pretty good. It has a thick, heavy (almost sticky) feeling in your mouth with the characteristic milk stout sweetness. This is probably a terrific brew for Guinness drinkers with a sweet tooth. If you're looking for an imperial stout, you're looking in the wrong place.

snaotheus, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black, opaque, with a finger of light brown head. Moderate retention, falls to a thin cap with thick collar. Some minimal lacing.

S - Rich coffee aroma, more like when coffee is being brewed than just the beans/grounds. Oddly enough, I'm picking up some sort of fruit aroma in the background which I can only describe as coconut. A bit of an earthy undertone as well.

T - More coffee. At first there's a bit of sweetness, but the growing bitterness with the coffee flavor quickly phases this out. Mid palate a wonderful dark chocolate flavor combines beautifully with a touch of burnt coffee. An earthy taste prevails with a hint of unsweetened chocolate before a rather dry and slightly burnt-tasting finish.

M - Low carbonation and a thick, creamy, full body.

D - A solid, drinkable stout. Though not as sweet as I'd expected, it isn't over-the-top dry and provides a refreshing take on the style, emphasizing coffee over chocolate and caramel. Perhaps slightly off the beaten path, but a great beer nonetheless.

PatrickJR, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of smc143
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured out of the bottle into a pint glass very dark brown, almost black coffee. It had puffy and cappuccino-like head. The smell was awesome, like spiked sweet coffee in a glass. Some maltiness, coffee and hot cocoa-like scents.

Taste was sweet. No joke. Not candy-cloying, but definitely sweet. What I found astounding was the real milky taste and mouth feel. I liked the ever-so-slight dry, bitter finish.Overall just so smooth. Like chocolate milk. I will drink more.

smc143, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black, thick body with a light tan head that died quickly and left minor lacings. A light malt smell, a little weak, and a tad funky. Medium to full-bodied, a smooth and semi-creamy mouth texture, there are some sweet and roasted malts in the taste but they are not overly prevelant. Not a bad beer at all, pretty good, but I was expecting more. Not the greatest of stouts (not meant to be a criticism).

clayrock81, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of waltonc
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Left Hand brew I ever had (found it in a river in the Rockies, just like Busch) and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty milk stout. Very ordinary to look at. Smells very milk-stouty. Tastes great. Creamy, chocolatey cocoa puffs flavor, which melds perfectly with the mouthfeel. Combine all this with the low ABV and it's a highly drinkable beverage.

waltonc, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with dark brownish amber highlights around the edges. Short, but creamy light tan head.

S: Huge lactose scent, almost a little too strong. Some coffee aromas float around in there. A bit of sourness - as in sour milk kinda thing, or the lactose aroma with a sour barley scent. Not wretched, but not great.

T: Flavour isn't so bad.. the lactose is big there, too. A sweet maltiness, along with very light chocolate and coffee flavours.

M + D: A nice shimmer of carbonation, and a reasonable creaminess - might have expected it to be a bit fuller, but it's still a decent feel. Not a big fave, but I'd give it another chance.

Proteus93, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted dark malts, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of sweet milky aroma.
T: Tastes even better than the nose. Deep roasted malts hit first and then followed by sweet milky chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel.
M: Really smooth, relaxing, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable stout, definately worth a try.

erosier, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of wardough
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I seriously love this beer. I wish that I could have some ice cream with it.

A: Pours one-shade lighter than motor oil. If you took coca-cola and boiled it for 10 minutes, it would look like this. Nice. The strange thing is that there is no head at all.
S: Beautiful. Roasted malts. Chocolate. Hint of coffee.
T: It's a party in the mouth. Sweet chocolate. Roasted coffee. Followed by a touch of bitterness. Nice.
M: Light in body. Not alot of carbonation. This is the only drawback. On nitro, this would be alot creamier...but it's still damn good.
D: This is a very, very drinkable milk stout.
Highly recommended. Well done boys!

wardough, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pretty good, a very dark black, with a slightly tan colored head and some lacing. Smell and taste are good. This tastes like sweet milky coffee, with a dry after taste that dissapates quickly. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

supercolter, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Rocko
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The label and name got my attention. I haven't seen anything of the likes before. I had to try it out.

The brew is dark brown and had a nice head to begin with but it quickly bailed out. It looked pretty while it lasted though.

Nothing really impressing about the smell. It's kind of generic to me. Smoky...chocolate...

It tastes very smoky and alot of coffee. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while on the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is kind of watery. I can't say I really liked it.

After one of these I've had enough. On to something else.

Rocko, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - good pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. Not great retention.

S - Definitley a coffee aroma along with a lot of roasty malts.

T - Tons of roasty malts with a little bit of coffee and some nice sweet chocolaty character.

M - Has got a fairly full bodied texture.

D - Definitely has the roasty and chocolate taste that I crave. Thank you sir, may I have another?

BeenJammin, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black color with very little brown toned head, decent lacing. Aroma is a very strong chocolate and roasted malt. taste at first its a tad bitter and tangy with small notes of hops, but strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors all the way through. Good beer smooth throughout, easy to drink, great stout very enjoyable to drink.

TerjUGA, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of BigJim5021
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sweet stout pours a barely penetrable ruby with a pretty tan head. The lacing is fairly minimal.

The smell is of delicious chocolatey malts with a hint of sweet cream. It truly smells amazing.

The taste is definitely indicative of the smell. Rich, sweet chocolate with a dose of toasted maltiness. Could be the tastiest sweet stout I've had.

The mouthfeel is slightly -- and I mean very slightly -- thin for the style, but with flavor like this, I could really give a damn. This stuff is downright tasty.

BigJim5021, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Verging on black as can be with a thick foamy brown head. Head fades quickly to about 1/2 inch and leaves great lacing. WHen held up to light very faint ruby hues come through.

S - Somewhat sweet chocolate aroma...could it be milk chocolate? Also has a light hoppiness in the nose.

T - Somewhat bitter sweet taste up front, primarily chocolate. A light spiciness from some hops comes through before the sweetness take back over. Finishes with a very clean sweet taste.

M/D - Medium to full bodied. Not quite as thick as some stouts. Very easy flavor while still having some complexities. Very drinkable.

Pleasantly surprised by this one.

ckeegan04, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

This beer has a dark chocolatey color typical of a stout with a small head that didn't linger long. Definite chocolate aroma and the taste matches the aroma quite well.

I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but this one is very drinkable, not too bitter and quite tasty.

theboozecruise, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - opaque...dark as night with no head whatsoever.
S - milk chocolate with a dash of toasted malts
T - sweet milk chocolate at first, which gives way to roasted malts and burnt coffee in the finish. I thought this would be sweeter than it was. It leaves a nice roasted coffee aftertaste after it goes down.
M - medium feel with a little carbonation burn; this is very slick and goes down quickly
D - this is an enjoyable stout. There is a nice blend of sweetness and roasty-ness that makes it pretty easy to drink.

birchstick, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with one finger of tan head that dies down a little quick. Tons of tiny bubbles coat the walls of the glass up and down

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate

T - Just like the nose roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly smoky aftertaste

M - Watery yet medium body with light medium carbonation

D - OK going down but not that remember or special.

midaszero, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black but not completely opaque, small head that leaves quickly.

smells very toasty with a bit of coffe notes and a hint of magnum hops

tastes and smells like toast, wheat toast and coffee notes, not too much but nice.

I don't think I could reach for this again but it's fairly enjoyable, nice but typical. and typical is just ok.

naterock, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber this beer was an almost-black with some deep garnet highlights near the edges. The head was tan, about two fingers thick, but quickly became a minimal skim that did not lace very well. The aromas were sweet and rich, Hershey's syrup milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel malts. The flavors were at first dominated by the smoky, roasted malt flavors and coffee followed closely by the chocolate sweetness. Silky mouthfeel, very creamy and filling. Hints of vanilla develop as it warms. Well rounded, drinkable and rewarding in a desert-like way without being overly sweet. Recommended.

thekevlarkid, Sep 13, 2008
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,782 ratings.