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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: 5,754
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 176
Gots: 594 | 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 chiefydawg
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in an old discount mix&match pack that should have been stored colder...

Pitch black until held to light, where a raspberry crimson eeks through, revealing that the beer is rather clear. Tan 1/2" head with a variety of bubble sizes rests on top, sticking to the sides as it recedes.

Smells like a dark chocolate Kahlua if there were (is?) such a thing. No real detectable hop scent. Roasty malts prevail, though you can almost smell sweet maltiness.

The dry charred roastiness introduces mouth to stout, but the chocolate sweetness elbows itself to the front to take over the conversation. The sweetness never gets heavy- (Left) handed though, as the slightly burnt taste gets a boost from some purely bittering hops to keep this from turning into a Nestle Quickfest.

Smooth and silky without being viscous. Lactic twang emerges with the alcohol at the end. Neither are distracting but rather welcome, and the chocolate never subsides. It is maybe more heavily toasted than what I would expect from a milk stout, but I still love it. I'm not a judge but a guy who likes good beer. This does all the things for me I want from a stout. Imagine if it were stored cold and not a year old (maybe it just ages nicely). Looking forward from more Left Hand stuff.

chiefydawg, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of schanker21
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a very dark brown that looked black until held up to the light. Small amount off light seeps through on the sides. Caramel colored two finger head lingers for a long time and eventually fades into lacing. Lacing sticks all throughout the glass.

S- Very intriguing to say the least. Chocolate milk and mocha. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol.

T- Roasted coffee, milk, chocolate; tastes almost like one of those Starbuck's mocha frappuccinos you can get at a gas station. This might be my new favorite stout. Hops at the end round it out and make this a well-balanced and extremely tasty beer.

M- Mouthfeel lets me down a little bit because I found it a little bit watery, but it's still good. Carbonation is right on. It's a smooth beer.

D- Very, very drinkable. This one will be in my fridge all the time from now on (unless I find something better). Definitely a great session beer. Not too filling, and very easy to drink. I could start drinking this at 5 p.m. and still be drinking it at 2 a.m.

schanker21, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass....

A: Dark brown yet not opaque. Held up to a light you can see through this one. This also had a very minor head, but not much at all.

S: The smell is of sour milk, sour malts, roasted chocolate and cocoa.

T: The taste is rather light and sweet. It tastes a little of sour milk, but has a huge bitter cocoa taste on the finish. Very nice indeed.

Overall, a good milk stout that is not overly complex, but has the necessities in there.

treyrab, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at McGrady's Irish Pub in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with a creamy, light tan head with uneven bubbles, great retention, and great picture-esque lacing - it's cave-like, with stalactites dripping down and stalagmites reaching up from concentric rings to join other concentric rings.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, light grassy coffee, and a lot of milky creaminess - like Dutch process cocoa powder in places.

Taste: Very sweet and creamy, with tons of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, creamed and sugared full roast coffee, and a few grassy hop notes. Like a well roasted chocolate milkshake. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and relatively thin, actually, great for its creaminess, and exactly what you're looking for in a milk stout if you're going to be enjoying it outside on a hot early September afternoon.

Drinkability: A really great milk stout, and one I'm pleased to finally review, even though the venue may not have been perfect for the style. This is one I'd love to have at home on a cold winter night or paired with a heavy dessert. The abv% was completely manageable and nothing was too sweet or cloying - an excellent milk stout.

CrellMoset, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see some left hand in stores here.

Pours a nice black with amber/ruby highlights and a nice fluffy light tan head. Nose is alot of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows with notes of chocolate and cocoa, a bit of dark fruitiness and that lactose kick. A solid malt profile with a nice smooth silky mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice and suprisingly refreshing for a beer of this darkness and body. Overall a very good example of the style, and surely one of the better milk stouts out there. I am glad to see more of this style getting some recognition. Good beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark roasted walnut brown with some deep reddish highlights and a tan head. The head is a little thin and dissipates to nothing but a collar and some miniscule lacing.

Smell is slightly chocolaty with a roasted malt nose. A few whiffs of coffee here and there.

Taste is more dominate on the coffee side. It has an almost burnt flavor with a bitterness to match. Rich dark malt flavors with a hint of sweet silkiness.

Smooth brew. Its not over carbonated and the flavors coat your entire mouth as you drink. The finish is a little chalky for my taste but all in all a very tasty beverage.

jbphoto88, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a pint glass and it poured a deep dark black with a mocha colored head that was well retained. The aroma was average, malty with a touch of coffee. I expected a more robust aroma. The taste was a little better, but again, not what I expected from the style. It was smokey malt with a healthy dose of coffee and a little earthy. I expected a hint of vanilla or something to give it a little sweetness, but it never came. The beer felt right for a stout, heavy and smooth, pretty easy to drink. Overall, a good beer, but not really representative of the style. (Original review: 8/27/2008 - 3.5)

Update: 10/31/2008:

Picked up a six pack to give the beer a second try (the first try was a single bottle in a beer bar). I have got to say that upon a second tasting, the aroma was more pronounced, not really different than the first time, just more robust. Same with the taste, except that I got that hint of sweetness that I was looking for. Upon further review, a much better beer than I gave it credit for.

PhillyStyle, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gotta thank my beautiful girlfriend for picking this one up for me on a whim.

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-See through stout not something you see often little to no head with no real lace to it, also has a redish hue when right up on the light.

S&T-Hints of vinnilla in the nose as well as very sweet malt and coffee or esspresso. Don't know if its the name or what but i do get a milk note on this too. the taste is like very bitter coffee, with very small notes of vinilla and a good bitter finish, really not alot going on with the flavor simple but pretty good.

M&D-Mouthfeel is extremly light with almost no hints of carbonation, Pretty drinkable brew just don't expect to be real blown away.

SpecialK088, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of smerkinb
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous mahogany color with small khaki head. Smells of roasted malt with maybe a touch of coffee. not much in the smell category. Taste is smoky, roasty malt. Some earthy sense as well. The alcohol is not prominent but distinguishable. Tasty enough. Smooth and pretty drinkable.

Overall I think this is probably a nice tasty dependable beer. Not something I'll ever crave, maybe something I'll revisit. Didn't blow my socks off but essentially left me wanting to see what others in this style have to offer. This one was approachable but I don't think it will become a habit.

smerkinb, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of DownDaHatch
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I have read, this may be better on tap than in the bottle. I find it to be a nice, pleasant drinking dark beer. I poured well with a wonderful creamy head. If smooth and creamy is what you are looking for this may be your beer. It is on the sweeter side as are all milk stouts. It first tastes like a nice cold sweet cream coffee. Then comes the character of vanilla and roasted malts. The finish is similar to that of tiramisu or of bitter-sweet bakers chocolate. It would make a wonderful compliment to a large dinner with dessert. I prefer a nice brew to scotch anyway.

DownDaHatch, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark but light can still come through giving a reddish tint when held up to the light.
Smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with mabey some caramel candy sugar in there. Great smell here. I was suprised.
Taste is a little watery but still good. Great aftertaste here. this is the best of the Left Hands I have had so far.
Mouthfeel is a little weak but still all the elements are there.
Great beer/although a little on the light side/ from a not so great company. Kudos.

peabody, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours black that lets just a little light through, the light turns it a good dark brown. Has a two finger chocolate head that dissipates into a medium sized layer. Lacing is good, it's sticky but doesn't have a good coverage.

Smells good. Some coffee and chocolate, but mostly coffee.

Tastes good as well. Coffee taste is stronger than the chocolate taste. The sweetness really comes out and sticks to my lips. Good all around.

Mouthfeel is very good. Very smooth, has the thickness of a RIS. Goes down very smooth.

This is a very drinkable beer. For the ABV it tastes a lot thicker than it probably should be.

Definitely recommend. It's a very good low ABV stout. Check it out if you can get it.

glid02, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle, bottled on 06/04/08, into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown, with red highlights. One finger tan head quickly disappears into a very spotty coating.

Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and cream.

Taste starts out like sweet creamed coffee then some bitter chocolate comes in to take over and blends with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy. Medium body with nice level of carbonation.

It's not quite as good as Mackeson XXX, but this one is still a great Milk Stout. This is probably one of the silkiest feeling beers I have had. Recommended.

roadhouse, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of ltjska04
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked Left Hand's Black Jack Porter so I thought I'd try this. It poured a deep black with ruby edges into my pint glass and smelled like roasted chocolate and coffee. The taste was about the same, mostly bitter chocolate and roasted malts. I'm a sucker for milk stouts and this didn't disappoint, but I've had better versions of this style. I could drink a couple of these, but I prefer Left Hand's porter to this. Still a great beer that's worth a try.

ltjska04, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer. Got one from Mellow Mushroom's tap selection in Delray Beach for about $4.25
A: Pours a rich deep black color with a beige head that leaves a nice lace on the glass

S: Awesome nose...heavy chocolate note, strong coffee note, maybe some subtle vanilla, roasted malts, and a sweet smell of cream

T: Tastes very similar to its smell...coffee dominates, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts...very rich, but not too heavy

MF: Surprisingly smooth...very silky going down with a clean aftertaste

D: Ehh, a little rich to be drinking more than one, however given its style, not bad

scottyshades, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a surprise this one was. I expected this to be a watery "run of the mill" milk stout. I was wrong.

A- Dark black color with a brown tan head. Nice buildup of lacing all over my pint glass.

S- Smell was similar to that of a combination of chocolate and vanilla with a velvety smooth creamlike backbone.

T- Roasted coffee, toasted nuts, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, milk, cream. Yeah, its all there. And its all tasty. This is a great afterdinner beer for sure and would be wonderful with a chocolate cake.

M- Rich and thick, sticky, and anything but watery.

D- Due to the richness of the flavors, drinkability loses some points. Overall, this is an underrated beer that I will surely revisit again.

DavidSeanNJ, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of xenolithic
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eyes: Poured a jet black with a cola head that had an oily look to it. The final droplet of beer actually rolled around on the head a bit before sinking and making a hole in the half finger head. Up to the light, the body is black with a caramel glow to it. Minimal lacing and quick head dissipation.

Nose: Smells sweet and roasty. Milk Chocolates, not dark.

Taste: A pleasant but not overwhelming sweet taste. Roasty coffee and sweet milk chocolate coming through on the tongue here too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drink: Not exactly a session beer, but something I could enjoy one or two of after a big dinner as a "treat", which is what I'm doing now.

This is my first try of Lefthand Brewery that I got on a whim, and I will be back for more. Oh, and oddly enough, I reached for an amish cookie while I drank this. Made the perfect pair for me aside from 2%.

xenolithic, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

original review on 7/1 revewed from notes. 12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Opaque,black with a 2" fluffy/pillowy light tan head with good retention,leaving some thick webs of lace.

Sweet aromas with lots of cocoa (like hot chocolate milk) very roasty with toffee like carmell. Clean and pleasing.

Sweet taste upfront,chocolaty,toffee,carmell candy,dark chocolate taste prevail as the beer warms. Nice smooth finish woody/earthy with tangy bittersweetness and a touch of tartness.

Light bodied feel with and extra creamy ,airy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability from a milk stout,not a style i normally would drink more than a couple of.

jcdiflorio, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of thisisshsas
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark brown, coca cola like coloring.
S- Strong barley smell, very enjoyable to just sniff
T- medium malt taste, coffee roasted flavor eviden, but not overpowering. There is a slighr milky and hoppy after taste that came aprox. 30 seconds after drinking.
M&D- normal thickness for a stout, which means it feels quite feeling

Overall, a decent stout. I've never had a sweet stout before, but I think there are better stouts in the world. If someone offered it to me, I'd drink it without much of a thought.

thisisshsas, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of ryseone
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dark roast with a creamy beige head coming to the typical milk stout ring
Aroma: Nice roasted oat and chocolate like malt blend with a little bittering hop
Taste: Holds the typical draft like quality of a milk stout with a surprising sweet coco oatty malt turns into a creamy bitter hop bouquet
Notes: A great complementing characteristic of malt and hop

ryseone, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle came from a Warrior summer sample pack. A nice blackish pour greeted me, topped with a tan cap. Chocolate malts transgress into the quaff, on the sweet dark chocolate side. Even some dark fruit pops up - plum and raison.

Grainy oats smooth this brew out, making it a very tasty and easy drinker, especially in the summer heat. Creamy and smooth body - Another fine Left Hand brew.

Vancer, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in Kansas City.

A-Poured a dark roast coffee brown with a 1 inch head. Head was subtle off-white with a light tinge of brown.

S-Had a very deep rich smell of a sweet coffee bean and caramel.

T-Taste was delicious, borderline a malty cappacino.

M-Mouthfeel was very nice, a medium/heavy silk cream.

D-Very satisfied, will look foward to having another and/or trying some of Left Hand's other products.

Zadok, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a brown one inch head in my mug. Been a while since I've had a stout. Burnt roasty smell with coffee, cocoa, and cream... a smokey, woody, hot cocoa almost. Taste- Kinda smokey... light coffee, a sorta creamy presence from whatever milk is present... Really the one word I can come up with this is smokey but I'll let it warm up to let it unfold... The cream flavor opens up more as it warms but again it's rather smokey with just a hint of lingering coffee bitterness and a tad minerally in the finish.... I can't really detect cocoa in the flavor as much as in the smell. I prefered my initial sniff of this stuff than it's taste. As far as drinkability I'd say it goes down pretty easily but I'm a bit dissapointed in the flavor... too much smoke, I was expecting milk chocolate... oh well

joshwlt, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time after hearing so many great things about it and needless to say, I got my money's worth.

Appearance was a very dark brown, almost black coffee-like color with a rich, sticky head and strong laciness, this stuff certainly came smooth right out of the bottle.

Smell was delicious. The faint aroma of sweet malts, coffee and cocoa came to mind as this beast of a stout finished simmering down in my glass.

Taste was great. Cocoa, sweet malts, milk, chocolate and many other tastes flowed througout the pallate of this great brew. On top of that, there was a nice bitter finish to go against the grain of the sweets. Certainly a terrific stout!

Mouthfeel was very good. Above everything, the flavors kept intact and for a stout, it was extremely smooth. It felt more like liquid chocolate milk than a beer. Certainly possessed great texture!

Drinkability is very top notch. I'd recommend drinking these on a Friday night with friends as well as serving it to people who want a nice, thick, satisfying brew. What a great stout!

Getinthevan, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a dark brown with a small head. No real lacing.

Smelt of roasted chocolate and coffee.

Was a crisp unsweet chocolate flavor with a roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was not bad, smooth and ended very dry, leaving you wanting more. Could drink a few of these but not too many.

GoodKnight1220, Jun 29, 2008
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,754 ratings.