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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: 6,070
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 219
Gots: 833 | 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 Onenote81
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles, but for some reason I kept avoiding this one when I'd see it at the store. No more. Bottled on date "5/18/10" printed on the side. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a faintly-transparent dark chocolate brown. Some light barely creeps through on the edges. Solid black in the center. A small creamy tan head rests on top. Though this is small, it sticks around decently enough, and leaves some light lace in its wake. Scents of cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, with a touch of roasted goodness on the finish.

This beers sits well on the palate. Gives a nice creamy coat all over. Carbonation level is moderate, but retains a very smooth quality. This is a creamy Milk Stout, no doubt about it. Great flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and just enough hop bite that keeps me begging for more. This is great! Spot on for the style. I really dig this. A sixer will make its home in my fridge fairly often from here on out.

Photo of bump8628
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a bottled on date clearly marked.

Darkest brown with ruby highlights and very minimal tan head. I understand low carbonation is one of the trademarks of this style but I expect at least a half finger and some good retention from the head.

Other than the appearance everything else is pretty much on par for the style. Creamed and sugared diner coffee predominates with a background of raw cocoa and a bitter, smoky espresso edge. A bigger than expected dose of earthy hop flavor and bitterness keeps it from getting sickly sweet. Full and thick in the mouth as it should be.

One of my least favorite styles, but once a year or so the mood strikes and Left Hand's is about as good as any and it's easy to find.

Photo of philbertk
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company--Milk Stout--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.20% ABV--22 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Lacy small tight tan coffee head. Clear dark black color with dark ruby edge. Rich toasted cocoa mild hop front. Tangy creamy mellow sweet milk chocolate roasted smooth mild coffee malty doughy Stout body. Cloying smooth mild hop cocao bitter end. Sampled 1/21/2009. 6-Pack--$7.99. Aged smooth, and rich.

left hand brewing company--Milk Stout--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Stout--Milk! Thin lace tan head. Dark thin bronze black color. Mild hop milk chocolate light aroma front. Slightly crusty roasted smooth creamy milk chocolate mild sweet mellow Stout body. Tasty clean mild hop refreshing easy lingering creamy malt end. Sampled 8/12/2010. 6-Pack $8.79.

Photo of NODAK
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell here is of sweet, rich coffee and chocolate malts. Not overpowering, just pleasantly sweet. Gives the impression somebody took a regular stout and dropped a few sugar cubes in it.

It's no surprise to anybody the beer is black as night with a nice, tight head.

Consistancy seems a little thinner than most stouts...I'd rate it at about a medium. I was definitely expecting a bit thicker.

Taste is of lots of roasted malts. Dark chocolate...a touch of coffee perhaps. It's a little sweeter than a standard stout. There's a smattering of bitterness at the end, tickling the back and sides of the tongue. Finish is a bit long, with roasty malts, chocolate and espresso rounding out the beer. While it doesn't leave any film on the tongue, the aftertaste lasts a little while.

All in all, it's a fine stout. I expected a creamier beer here and perhaps one that stood out just a little more than your standard stouts. I also expected a bit of a sweeter character, but the sweetness is not that big here at all. However, it's a very drinkable beer.

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

A - Deep brown to almost black color with 1/2" mocha head which quickly dissipated. A little bit of lacing left over.

S - Smells of cocoa, chocolate, and coffee.

T - It tastes like it smells. It's pretty sweet and you can definitely taste the lactose although its not a major feature of the beer.

M - Full-bodied and smooth.

D - This is a nice offering from Left Hand. I could definitely pour a couple of these back on any given night. Good stuff.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one right down the middle of my tulip. Pour is thin and cola colored with a big quickly dissipating frothy tan head. Fluffy and creamy looking! Thin lacing around the rim. The nose is pretty nice. Roasted malts and sweet fruits. It's all really faint though and kind of tough to pick up on anything in particular. The taste is roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness. Has a really grainy flavor and kind of a grass aftertaste. I've had this before. Light body and decent carbonation make this a very easy to drink beer.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured almost black with a thin, chocolate mousse head that didn't stick around too long. Drank it out of a bee mug.

The nose was caramel malt and a nice whiff of raspberries. There was a subtle smokiness to the nose that contributed to a very nice, subtle, complex smell all around.

The taste has distinct woodsmoke notes on the tongue, with some smooth cream flavors on the swallow. Other caramel malt notes abound, and an overall smooth and subtle complexity is evident. The overall aftertaste is definitely smoky, but light and airy.

The mouthfeel is robust but not off-putting. Very smooth and light with a creamy texture one would expect from a milk stout.

Overall, a great beer that would do wonders in a nice session.

Photo of aahynick
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

about 55 degree F into a pint glass
A- dark garnet with a beautiful creamy head.

S- aroma of roasted malt and chocolate

T- all roasted black malt with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

M- light to medium body with slight acidity.

D- pretty good, a lot like bluefin but milder on the bitterness, worth buying

Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright garnet hue backdropped by a dark brown, near black color.

S: Sweet roasted malt with nutty tones and bold fresh ground coffee.

M/T: A slightly sweet malty feel upfront with a crisp carbonated center and espresso roasted finish with a light brine echo.

D: Perfect bold and lightly sweetened coffee treat for a beer/coffee imbiber like myself...

Photo of hardy008
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan one finger head with good retention. The aroma is not real strong, but has cocoa, coffee, and some chocolate.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Cocoa, chocolate, sugar, and coffee. The taste is not real strong, but is stronger than the aroma, and is good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. A nice effort from Left Hand.

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

At breakfast this morning, my wife had an iced Greek coffee, and she remarked how it reminded her of drinking a good milk stout. Tonight, I found one in the fridge and decided to see how apt that comparison was. Drinking this beer, I think she got it right.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a nice little light brown head. Nice aromas--bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, some smoke, black licorice and coffee. Good bitter coffee on the palate, along with dark chocolate and some lingering bitterness. I wasn't expecting a lot here, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Photo of MirImage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Bottle poured into a Pint Glass
A: Nice off white head at first but unfortunately subsides quickly.
S. Smell of cocoa powder reminds me of making chocolate cookies or chocolate cake.
T: Tastes deep in dark chocolate with a hint of coffee to it. I think it tastes great, but rated it slightly lower because I think it should have a slightly sweeter finish to it being a milk stout.
M: Mouthfeel is nice. Maybe a little light, but good.
D: Being at ~5% you can drink a few which is saying a lot for more stouts.

Side note: While pondering what to get at a store this beer was recommended to me by a random shopper. I found it to be delightful introduction into Left Hand Brewing Company and I will definitely try their other brews.

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a dark not quite opaque black with a thin khaki off-white head that leaves typical nitro lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted malts with mild coffee. The taste is nice roasted malts with a smooth lactose sweetness. The beer is smooth, crisp and refreshing, even on a Summer afternoon. This is a beer that benefits well from a nitro presentation.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a creamy white head, thick lace.

S: Roast, charred caramelized sugar.

T: Roasted malt and coffee, with a sweet lactose finish, very tasty. Lots of various chocolate notes.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly flabby carbonation, smooth.

D: My first true domestically made low ABV milk stout, and it was quite good. Shame they don't distribute to CA.

Photo of cbak999
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off nitro tap at Kickbacks in Jacksonville. A thick tan head stays with this throughout the session. Super thick lacing lines the inside of the glass with every swallow. Not a whole lot of aroma with this one but the sweet, milky, creamy taste more than makes up for it. And this thing is sweet....just what you would expect from a sweet milk stout. I havent had this on CO2 but the nitro is awesome!!! Nitro makes the mouthfeel so great. This is a treat.

Photo of Careerinbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer. It had a very distinctive smell. Its the only milk stout Ive ever had or seen. It is a really good beer to sit down and drink with a meal. It is pretty dark beer but still very smooth to drink. Its definitly a beer to try.

Photo of popery
2.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cola, roast, some fruity acidity. This beer was fairly disappointing, but my hopes were probably a bit too high. The head is beige, creamy and fades at a moderate pace, while the liquid is very dark cola. The aroma has a lot of coffee, cola and milk chocolate. It's dominated by a cola/cocoa note that's too simple and just meh. The flavor is sweet, a bit acidic and has more of a cold coffee and stale cola taste. It's also too simple and kinda cloying. The mouthfeel is smooth and rather thin. It's an alright stout but not as satisfying as I was hoping. I guess I had just pictured something smoother without so much cola flavor.

Photo of Lerxst
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown with a thin beige head that fades fast and leaves a few wisps of lacing.

S-Coffee and cream, roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate. Smells good.

T-Follows the nose, but the roasted malt leads followed by a strong middle and finish of coffee, cream and chocolate.

M-On the light side of medium body, but still a bit creamy. Its a little thin for the style.

D-A very drinkable beer. Goes down easily and more than one in a sitting is definitely doable.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights.Thick khaki colored head that dissipates into a thick ring that lasts. Nice lacing.

S_Creamy roasty smell. Coffee/toffee. Sweet.

T_Sweet cream and chocolate malt. Roast. Nice bitter coffee followed by toffee/caramel.

M_Thick and very creamy.

D_Very drinkable low ABV stout. Great example of the style.

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.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,070 ratings.