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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: 5,877
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 182
Gots: 655 | 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 stlsportster
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the International Taphouse in St. Louis. Poured into a Left Hand glass.

Nice dark brown color, thick with a foamy amber head. Nice malty smell. Taste is smooth and full flavored (increasing as it warmed).

Enjoyable beer, but lower on the ABV than I prefer, which I suppose makes it a better session beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with two fingers of light tan head.

Scent of chocolate, sugar, roasted malts, and cream. Nice balance, bitter malts balance well with sweet cream scent.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, cream, and a hint of coffee in the finish. A balanced and tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a bit too much carbonation.

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

Had this most recently on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Pours black with a thick creamy head. Nice aromas of chocalate and burnt coffee. Very smooth in taste and it tastes like a nice bitter chocolate milk shake. More chcolates and coffee in the taste. Ends with a nice sweet smooth kick. Great tasting beer. My second favorite sweet stout after Watney's cream stout. I think Left Hand is a very underrated brewery. I enjoy all their products.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly opaque with a low head of off-white tight foam that sinks quickly, but leaves a fine cap.

Aroma of cocoa and dark malt, some ripe fruit.

Flavor of cocoa, roasted grain, subtle coffee, and some marshmallow. Fine caramel and toffee lingers.

Mouthfeel seems a tad thin for the style, semi-slick, but still fairly creamy,

Fairly drinkable, but not overly complex.

Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into chalice from a dated 'BOTTLED ON' 05-21-08

A - dark brown/semi-sweet chocolate brown , 1/2" tan head, some lacing

S - chocolate and slightly burnt coffee.

T & M - dark chocolate. Very smooth, creamy and hint of coffee for this medium bodied stout. The taste is remarkably good for the age of the bottle. I've had this previously on tap and this is very similar in freshness to my surprise.

Very good overall and I would definitely try again... even though I don't particularly prefer stouts. This one's a winner!

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Hoegaarden draft glass.

A: pours a deep, reddish-brown. This stout was a lot thinner than I expected - not quite as viscous as other stouts. Nor was this stout as dark as others and when I hold it up to the light the glass shimmers a very dark ruby red, but it is not opaque at all.

S: The first thing that comes to mind is warm cinnamon rolls. I can also pick out notes of heavily roasted (almost burnt) coffee beans, and chocolate milk.

T: The top note only faintly hints at roasted coffee. There is more sweetness up front, reminiscent of powdered cocoa, cherries and caramelized brown sugar. Then the roast coffee profile becomes more assertive mid sip. It also brings a woodsy flavor that reveals itself after the roasted malts have dispatched with the initial sweetness. A doughy/bready note comes on late, tempering a second dose of roast coffee bitterness. It's almost like adding a splash of half-and-half to a fresh cup of coffee, leaving the palate with a lingering, slightly creamy/slightly nutty finish

M: Kind of thin for a stout. Not a ton of carbonation, but I don't get the same creamy mouthfeel that I expect out of other sweet stouts; at best, it feels slightly oily. Not bad, but overall its feels thin compared to other milk stouts I've had.

D: Easy to drink at 5.20%, so I don't see any problem quaffing a couple of these in a session. Alcohol is nonexistent for the most part.

This is a decent milk stout; not the best I've ever had, but not bad for a change of pace. I wouldn't be opposed to having it again. The flavor profile is pleasant; however, I believe there are other milk stouts that are just as readily available - and comparably priced - that do a much better job at complementing the roasted/coffee/chocolate notes with a more lush, creamier mouthfeel.

Photo of cpmau11
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois glass. About a one inch tan head. Head dies pretty quickly. Very dark but not completely black like a RIS. The aroma smells like roasted malts and chocolate. This is one the smoothest Milk stouts I've had in a while. Very easy to drink and goes down nicely. Not a strong aftertaste like most stouts. Overall a good beer, if you like milk or dry stouts, you'll like this one.

Photo of angelmonster
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wooo my 100th review

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head. Body is very dark brown/black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average

Smell is of roasted sweet malt. There is also some espresso and metal aromas coming through. Hops are pretty undetectable.

Taste is big on roasted, burnt malt. Its not as sweet as it smells and the hops are more present in the taste.

There is a semi creamy head to this beer. It is a bit over carbonated but the medium thick consistency makes it easier to handle. It does have a dry, semi bitter after taste that lingers on roof of mouth

Over all its an above average beer that is pretty sessionable. Nothing special but would drink again til i found something better

Photo of artvandelay
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nearly black pour, tan head, good collar, ok lacing

S - chocolate, cappuccino, burnt chocolate

T - dark chocolate, mild roastiness, hint of coffee

M - medium body, somewhat smooth, short finish

D - I would like some more fullness in the body. But as it is, it could be a good session beer. Not too complex (that I could detect), but I like the chocolaty goodness.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours black with ruby highlights, medium head. The aroma is sweet and almost smells like chocolate milk. The flavor profile consist of chocoalate, cream and a bit of alcohol. The beer is a bit thin for a stout, but the creamy mouthfeel and carbonation are on point. This is a solid desert beer.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with color with a 1/4-inch head. Good amount of lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet, slightly chocolately. It's like drinking alcoholic chocolate milk. Taste is malty, chocolately, with traces of milk. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A little sweet to drink more than one, but a good brew overall.

Photo of LennyV
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black into my ommegang glass, little tan head, minimal lacing

Smells of sweet malt

Tastes of malt with some coffee with just a touch of milk.

Full thick syrupy body.

I am not a stout drinker but I like this beer. It was a nice surprise, I will drink this again.

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

Black, cola-like, not opaque; a bright light reveals finger sillouettes near the top other side of the glass. Short tan head dispersed leaving a few wisps; a thin ring and trace lace hung around a bit longer but eventually faded. Deep coffee bean aroma, chocolate, cocoa. Taste of chocolate milk and cold coffee with a really smooth, sweet finish and texture. The mouthfeel is distinctly creamy although with a thin body, flashes of bitter keep the sweetness in check and the low astringency makes it exceedingly drinkable. Although some will say that this is too light for a true stout, I find it hard to find fault with this beer; the milk / sweet stout handle really seems to fit here. Too bad I only brought one of these home from Premier in Buffalo.

Photo of Gigantis
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint of this the other day at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. One of two Left Hand beers I tried on tap.

It pours black with a soft dirty white head. I looks thin, almost watery but there was some bubbly lacing down the sides of the glass. What I was impressed with was the roasted malt and creamy coffee aroma. Bigger than I expected. The taste is... milk like with hints of chocolate, toffee and of course roasted malt. This is a stout that has a sweetness to it but it isn't a fruity sweetness at all (as one would hope given that it's a milk stout) It feels like creamy milk in your mouth and goes down very, very smooth. Still, given the sweetness and the fact that it feels so much like dark, flavorful milk, I wouldn't want another one. But if you can drink a ton of milk then you could probably drink a ton of this since it isn't overly heavy. Overall it's a pretty solid beer. A good first milk stout (and it could be since they sell it in six packs everywhere now) that will not surprise you. It is exactly what it claims to be. This is the least confusing beer I have had in a while.

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

Poured from the bottle a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Two fingers of creamy tan head leaving a veil of sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of chocolate milk, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee.

Thin with is a touch of sourness along with milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The coffee lingers thru the finish.

Lighter bodied and lightly carbonated.

A drinkable milk stout but nothing memorable. More creaminess could have done wonders.

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black color with some lightening on the edges. Poured a thin tan head that held. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet toasted malts, bitter coffee. Also seems like I smelled marshmellows.

T: Big sweet toasted malts, bitter coffee an dark chocolate. Very pleasant bitter finish to balance.

M: Thick an chewy. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Very good stout. Tastes modifies as it warms making it a good beer to sip and savor.

Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. A little bit of lacing. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate scents. Sweet chocolately, roasted malt flavors with a slight touch of hops. The hops add a little bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is very sweet and creamy smooth. The roasted malt, chocolate flavors weren't as strong as some stouts, but there was a noticeable sweetness to this that other stouts lack, even could have used a little bit more sweetness.

Photo of JonMich13
1.68/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hope this was a bad bottle, but doubtful I will ever try it again, so I'll never know.

A = Dark brown with zero head or lacing.

S = Smell of coffee and burnt malt. Not much else

T = Honestly, tasted like a Coke Zero with a drop or two of coffee and a little bit of hop at the end. Is this beer? Where's the milk?

M = Thin and no carbonation. I expected some creamy goodness.

D = I wouldn't want to try

Overall, one of the worst efforts I've come across. DRAINPOUR.

Photo of aibkstaff
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with red highlights. A light dark head lightly carbonated. Smells sweet and malty with hints of chocolate. The taste is also sweet malty chocolaty and after a few sips the roasted flavors really start to come out. Great smooth body which is kinda medium light. The overall drinkability is great. I drink a ton of these.

Photo of william5586
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light black with brown around the edges. Had one finger of tan head. Had a nice smell of roasted malt and sweetness.

The taste started with sweet. Toffee. Great roasted malt backbone took over, but was not overpowering. Medium bodied and well balanced.

Good easy drinking milk stout with an abv that enables you to put a few back.

Photo of generallee
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a dark brown/black colored body with a creamy tan colored head. The head started off thick then quickly settled down to thin covering that hanged on well. Lacing was good and slick siding down the glass slowly as I sipped.

Smell: The aroma has some nice hints of roasted malt, sweet grain and coffee.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor matches the aroma but adds more sweet creamy notes to the overall character. The finish is fairly clean with some very light bitterness hanging on. Its texture is very wet and slick. It is just a little bit thin but still somewhat creamy with a light body.

Notes: Overall I would say that it is a very nice, easy drinking stout with an average flavor and character.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff bought on a lark. Has a unique chocolatey smell. Lighter than usual color. A very sweet taste, with notes of oak and vanilla. The aftertaste is mild and quickly fading. It's more drinkable than your average stout due to it's sweet taste. The mouthfeel is soothing.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer in Dallas a week ago as it is not available in the panhandle area.
It pours a lighter brown than I thought it might. Light comes all the way through with relative ease when the pint glass is held up. The head shrinks from a nice tan 1.5 finger mound to a ring around the edge of the glass that leaves some streaky lacing. Smells more of milk chocolate than any beer I've had, I usually smell dark chocolate but this is lighter and sweeter. The taste is a light roast, like you'd expect of a breakfast coffee with more hints of milk chocolate. Minimum bitterness. The beer is a little more watery than I prefer, but it still manages to coat the throat nicely and leave a good residual flavor. No problem having a few of these. Its a solid stout.

Photo of yeastsipper
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into DFH snifter. Black, but does not appear overly thick or viscous. Nice fluffy tan head.

Smell is roasted malt. Definitely some coffee. There are also very prominent notes of what I would describe as wet grain, which I don't really care for. Funky in a way that I don't like a whole lot.

Taste is nice, albeit, not really complex. Again, tons of roasted malt. Coffee flavor is pleasant. Some vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel is really nice and the highlight of this beer. Quite silky, if feels great going down.

Overall, pretty good stuff.

Photo of harpo111
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one...of course i like stouts...

A: black, moderate head.

S: Coffee, malt, vanilla....what is not to like...you can smell the roasted grains...

T: Coffee, vanilla, some bitters....carmel...licorish maybe...nice and complex. Some hops on the backside...chocolate sweetness...complex...but nice.

M: very nice and smooth

D: Nice...i could do a couple of these in a sitting. Very nice stout. Better than the Sam Adams of simlar style to me.

Overall a good balaced beer.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,877 ratings.