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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: 5,973
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 199
Gots: 754 | 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 CampusCrew
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: creamy froth, but quickly disapating head, light tan, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate.

taste: Had that similar milk stout taste and some good chocolate flavors. subtle sweetness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a solid stout and i would drink again.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/13/08. Poured into a standard frozen pint glass.

A: Super duper dark. Can't hardly see any light through this one. Almost black. Dark, dark brown. Teeny tiny head on top. Not much, but persistent.

S: Milk. Chocolate milk. Malt. Chocolate malty balls. Whoppers!

T: Nice, smooth stout with a hint of milk to it. How'd they do that? Awesome stout.

Drinkability: I'd definitely buy a six pack next time.

Value: Very good.

Photo of CaptMurdock
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Dated 11-06-09

Appearance: I gave this a hard pour into a Nonic Pint Glass which resulted in a solid one finger tan head that lasted for only a moment or so. The beer poured a very dark brown and maintained the slightest lacing throughout.

Smell: I was expecting the sweet lactose smell but was really impressed with the slight hint of roasted malts and chocolate. I think I even noticed some dark roast coffee in the background. The smells really worked well together and made for a really inviting experience.

Taste: The taste was very consistent with the aroma with the chocolate playing a slightly more prominent role. I first noticed the sweetness that one would expect from this style but it was complimented very nicely by the distinct chocolate. The chocolate stayed with my as the coffee and malt lingered in the aftertaste. This was a really complex flavor that leaned toward the sweet making this a fantastic after dinner stout.

Feel: Very very smooth and milky. After the pour I assumed I would be dealing with a bit more body here but this certainly isn't the case. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but a bit more body certainly would have been welcomed.

Drinkability: Just a great experience. I found the beer was easily approachable and certainly drinkable. The only thing that kept me from having more than two was the sweetness.

A great beer to enjoy while sitting around the fire after dinner with a piece of pie.


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

a consistent milk stout with an american fashion. nose of lactose... yogurt, coffee, and chocolate. palate is acidic but mild. both fruit citrus and lactic acid. not sharp with an excellent body to support the palate range. strawberry yogurt, coffee, a bit of earth, chocolate. quite wonderful when right.

Photo of blackdog1101
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. 'Bottled on' date is stamped on the label.

A- Pours a dark brown color, with the slightest of ruddiness peaking through the edges of the glass when held up to light. Poured a 2 finger head from a hard pour, but the head didn't last very long. No rings, no lacing on glass.

S- Malt, chocolate, and coffee tones, with some cola notes too.

T- I am reminded of coffee ice cream when I drink this. There is a definite coffee/chocolate flavor. Also a touch of vanilla. Not much bitterness. Light and sweet on the finish.

M- Perhaps a little thin in the mouth, but overall very nice. I like that this beer has little carbonation. Would be improved with a little more body.

D- This is a very drinkable milk stout. Perhaps not the most complex within the style, but one I enjoyed very well. If you're put off by the dry finish of some stouts, this one may be for you. Would buy again.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Notes:

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a big brown head with some nice retention. Freshness date was on the six pack.

S - Ok I get a whiff of coffee, chocolate, some sweet lacto smells, all the odors were very faint though.

T - The taste follows suit to the smell even in the weakness category. The flavors are good, just too light.

M - Not very creamy and thin

D - Drinks like a nice ice cap, which is good for coffee, but so-so for a brew.

Side Notes: This is a good try at the style, just needs a little more oomph.

Photo of afordney
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer had a nice Black color, Pour gave an inch thick head, nice tan color and tight bubbles

roasted malt aroma

hop bitterness gives way to roasted malt which lingers for some time after it's gone down, not too much sweetness but it's very smooth.

a heavy beer, it has a thick feel and little bitterness, very malty and sweet

Very drinkable on just about any occasion, I tend to get a hankering for stouts and porters when the weather gets cold. This fits well with that, the heaviness and roasted flavors work well on a cold evening

Photo of jrallen34
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a nitro tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is light balck with a very light tan head, good retention and great lacing like a milk shake.

The aroma is very sweet coffee mixed with milk.

The taste is sweet light milke chocolate that is medium bodied.

Not a huge milk stout fan but this is ok, just a little too sweet.

Photo of lester619
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown. A little lighter than I expected. Creamy tan head with good retention. Smokey coffee dark chocolate smell. Very smooth, sweet coffee chocolate taste as well. This is my first milk stout. I like it. It has the robust smokey bittersweet taste of a good stout, with a smooth, sweet, creamy side to it. Very nice. Thick, creamy chewy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty satisfying beer. Great for a cold winter night.

Photo of fropones
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this on nitro tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign tonight.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with 1.5 fingers of head with great retention.

S - A little bit of coffee, some chocolate, some sweet lacto smells, but fairly underwhelming. Smell got a little better as it warmed up, but not much.

T - Unfortunately, the taste followed suit. Nothing super special here, sweet, obviously, some chocolate. As it warmed up, it got a bit better, but not enough to redeem itself.

M - Very creamy and smooth, as one would expect from a nitro tap. Low carb and a little chewy.

D - Drinks fine, although I don't think I'll have this again since it's so lacking in the flavor department.

Photo of mdawson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks just great. Ebony with a very dense, meringuelike cap of off-white foam, excellent stability. The waitress was kind enough to split a pint so my wife and I could share it, and the beer came in a small footed glass.

S - Mild and pleasant. Chocolate, French roast coffee, and an interesting earthy-milky tinge (think milk from pasture-fed cows). Very clean -- not much fermentation character evident.

T - Lots of chocolate throughout, gentle roast character offset by sweetness. Like the aroma, the flavor is very clean and w/o fermentation character. The earthy, milky character is still evident, evolving as the beer warms -- quite pleasant, and adds complexity to the profile.

M - Full and creamy.

D - Substantial but not heavy. Well-rounded and approachable. Very drinkable.

Photo of willmc
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on sight, pours black into a stout style tulip glass. very, very thin tan head-which is gone in a blink of an eye, no lacing left behind. aromas of coffee right away followed by sweet chocolate malt and toffee. taste is bitter on the back, chocolate sweetness in the beginning, and strong coffee in the middle. overall i really dig this milk stout, run out and pick up a six pack. Cheers!

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

(Bottled on Sept. 30, 2009)

For a stout this beer from Left Hand has more the appearance of a porter as it is not quite opaque. Very nice looking however being a deep dark brown with a clear ruby glow through the middle when backlit. The tan head is minimal fading to a creamy collar leaving just a little slippery lacing.

The nose is sweet deeply roasted malts, chocolate and caramel.

The taste is more of what the aroma hints at, sweet up front, deeply roasted grains, the bitter dark chocolate and hints of caramel. In addition there is dark roasted coffee and a nice mild bitter finish to round out the sweet. Flavors become fuller and play off each other better as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel is nicely medium, smooth and a bit creamy and appropriately low in carbonation.

Left Hand Milk Stout is the first of the style I've tried and I find it very approachable and drinkable, but it does seem more like a porter than a stout to me. I really need to try more of the style. It's also only the second beer from Left Hand brewery I've tried, the other being the Oktoberfest which I found to be very good.

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

Poured the beer in a balloon goblet, it has a dark brown appearance with a decent cream colored head. A very potent milk smell permeates the nostrils with a whiff. There is also a very consistent chocolate undertone to the smell.

The first sip: has a decent mouthfeel, the roasted malts really stand out, it is a bit sweet, not too strong, a nice milk taste to follow. Decent beer.

Photo of dismal
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro-tap. Pours black with a big very light tan head. The head has really good retention and was still there when I was getting close to finishing the beer. Left some very good lacing down the glass. I didn't get to much of a smell on this one what was there was kind of light for me but there were roasted malts, some chocolate. Roasted malts and chocolate were also in the taste but luckily more apparent. There was also a milk/milk chocolate taste and also a very small hint of coffee (mainly in the aftertaste). The mouthfeel on this one was some of the creamiest I've ever had, very smooth and creamy and thick. This one as a lower ABV and with a good taste I easily had three. Would like to drink this one again for sure.

Photo of Josievan
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark head takes its time settling onto jet black body.

Smell: Dark malts with a touch of milk added.

Taste: Roasted malts. Maybe a little cappuchino/ hot chocolate flavor. Sweetness is dominant but not overpowering in any way. Not a lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Not too much carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking stout. Sweet, but not too sweet to be a session beer.

Notes: Of the few milk/sweet stouts I've had, this is the best. The milky sweetness blends so nicely with the other flavors you usually find in a stout. I can see this becoming one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of Brettster
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this milk stout. This was served a dark black with a very smooth head. Left Hand Milk Stout goes down with a very creamy mouthfeel and with a slight hoppiness at the end. I can taste the sweetness at the beginning. Very smooth. Will definitely drink again.

Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick beige colored head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Hints of dark roasted malt and chocolate with a touch of molasses.

T- Rich roasted bitterness initially that is swept away by sweet milk chocolate and cocoa flavors. A bit of espresso, mocha, and caramel in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Creamy and smooth. The alcohol is hidden quite well.

D- Overall this is a really nice Milk Stout and one that I will revisit quite often.

Photo of noslenwerd
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks very similar to a dark soda pop (coke/pepsi). 3/4" of head but fades very quickly

S: Has almost a bit of a sour milk smell (not a bad one), but not sure how else to describe it.

T: Very light stout, not a whole lot of over the top taste too it. A mild alcohol aftertaste. Otherwise very smooth.

Summary: Not a bad beer overall, but would not go out of my way top drink it again. Lacks the "oomf" that most good stouts have.

Photo of melloashello
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffee and chocolate is what this beer is about. The lactose was pretty present for me. I had never had a milk stout before until tonight and upon that first sip, I thought 'damn, this taste just like milk chocolate.'
Good beer. I really enjoyed it, but I could only see myself drinking one or two, probably no more than that. The sweetness of it might catch up to me pretty quick.
Definitely recommend. Try it if you can!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO, $1.50.

A: Deep brown, iced tea colored accents and a cream colored head, about half an inch worth or so, that sticks around nicely, nice lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, has a few lactose type smells, nothing overbearing, but still a nice smelling beer.

T: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted barley, a few hints of vanilla as well. Not too shabby of a beer. Lots of decent flavors, and a fair amount of balance as well. Bitterness in this beer comes from roasted malts more so than hops, still quite balanced between bitter and sweet.

M: Starting to verge on fairly thick with this one, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky on the lips.

D: Goes down easy, and would make a decent session. A little bit on the sweet side to drink a whole lot of, but is still quite nice. Would make a great after dinner beer.

Photo of Mavajo
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black that is slightly opaque when held to light. Fluffy tan/brown head that retains well. Good lacing.

Nose is sweet and chocolatey. Taste is likewise sweet, chocolate, a bit roasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable, though it's a stout so it sits heavy in your gut.

All in all, it's a good milk stout, but doesn't really stand out as anything special.

Photo of accordselux
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the nitro tap was REALLY good. Happy Gnome 11/12/09.

I loved this in the bottle so I knew I had to have it on nitro.

Very full tan head that left a coating of lace down the glass as I drank. Great deep brown color.

Smelled sweet, I can smell the lactose.

Very very smooth mouthfeel. Mild coffee and chocolate, typical stout flavors.

It doesn't stand out, but I love the mouthfeel and hte sweetness the lactose imparts. To me this is a session beer- to spend an evening with friends.

Photo of SykDoc
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a thin brown that appears almost opaque with brown edges once the glass is full. A 1/8 inch beige head forms and reduces to a minimal lacing.

The aroma seemed a bit weak to me, although some of this is possibly related to temperature as the aroma is improving. There are nice notes of sugary sweetness with nuts and cream soda.

The taste includes nice healthy doses of chocolate and nuts. I also pick up some coffee bitterness and light vanilla after-taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a quick carbonation up front. There is a creamy component, as well as a mild dryness at the finish. It actually ends quite cleanly with a pleasant crisp sensation and mild flavors lingering.

Overall, I think this is an easy to drink beer. It doesn't overwhelm me with taste or aroma, but leaves me thinking that I could enjoy another one.

Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a smooth black body topped by 1.5" of dense off-white head; reasonable retention and a bit of fine lace.

S: Delicious mixture of sweet, nutty chocolate, dark roasted malt, and smooth cream. There's an aroma here (dominant and up front, largely nutty) that I just can't quite pin down - I know that it's something specific (candy bar? type of nut?), but it's always just out of reach. If anyone can enlighten me, I'd love to know. It's definitely not a bad thing, though, and this is a great smelling beer.

T: More of that maddeningly enigmatic nutty flavor up front, followed by a profound richness of roasted malt (equal parts coffee and chocolate). Enough coffee bitterness to make for a fairly dry, crisp finish (considering the overall sweetness of the brew). Very nice indeed, and especially rich and strong for such a sessionable ABV.

M: Fairly light-bodied with minimal effervescence. Silky and soothing, but forgettable.

D: Good, not great. It reminds me more of a super-smooth RIS than a standard 5% milk stout.

Notes: Absolutely delicious beer - definitely in the running for highest flavor to alcohol ratio. Very nice. I just wish I could figure out what it smells and tastes like specifically. It's driving me nuts! Ah, well, at least I have a tasty beer to sip on while I fret.


Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,973 ratings.