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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: 6,067
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 218
Gots: 830 | 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 Philabeerphia
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very clear bottled on dated 12/19/09. Soft pour reveals deep shades of opaque brown with crimson edges... and 1/2 finger of floating khaki head, a flotsam of lacing above that holds up surprisingly well. A lack of viscosity as the beer moves in the glass hints at a lighter body.

Smells of smoked almonds floating above caramel creaminess. Echoes of coffee and cocoa provide a full nose.

Starts with a punch of lactose. Movement in the mouth opens things up into some coffee and sweet tobacco. Brightens at the top of the mouth - a surprisingly sweet & full whipped cream middle yields to a slightly chalky, dry finish. Earthy and warm, tobacco and light hops hang around the throat. The medium carbonation is essential and in fact I would like to see even more to clean things up. I'd also like to see the dry finish go deeper and more complex.

Overall the beer is extremely enjoyable, easy to sip on a cozy night.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a slight one finger tan head. Despite the head being really thin, it laces beautifully.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, and a tinge of chocolate. Exactly what a milk stout should smell like, done to perfection.

T- Quite lovely, with a nice mix of coffee and dark chocolate, with a milky tone in the rear as well.

M- Has just the right amount of thickness. Neither too thin, nor too heavy.

D- Fantastic milk stout. Very drinkable. I'm very sad I can't get Left Hand around here and have to travel to New Jersey to get it. That being said, next time I go, I'll make sure to grab at least a sixer to share with my stout loving friends.

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

I recently reviewed this under bottle, and is one of my favorite beers, having it numerous times. However, when I found out that they had this on Nitro-tap, I ran over to Pitchers Pub in Cumberland, RI, with high expectations.

A: Very dark brown with red streaks dancing through, with a delicious looking tan foamy head, leaving behind good lacing.

S: Strong chocolate presence to go along with a lot of malt.

T: Nice rich chocolate malt flavor with a backing of coffee. Roasty taste to it as well, very sweet.

M: As great as the bottle was, as you can expect, the nitro-tap was a homerun. So incredibly smooth and creamy, one of the best mouthfeels I've had.

D: Could have had this stuff all night, and probably should have, but wanted to try other stuff. If you see this on nitro, get it!

Photo of HopHooligan
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark deep brown, with consistent foam and medium lacing.

S- Coffee and chocolate upfront with roasted scent afterwards.

T- Not too sweet for a milk stout, good roasted coffee flavor. A nice bitter taste on the pallet.

M- Medium body, a little light for a stout. low carbonation

D- More of a light stout, probably ideal for a night caper or desert beer.

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, near black with ruby red edges. Very Light tan minimal head that dies off pretty quick. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate. Roasted malt, not much else here.

T: Sweet malt up front that quickly turns to burnt malt. A hint of chocolate as well. Bitter coffee aftertaste. Can't pick up any lactose.

M/D: Medium to thin body. Thought it would be a lot thicker, but it is a bit on the thin side for a stout. Not very creamy either. Drinkability is not the best, too much burnt malt and bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed by this one. I was expecting a more full bodied, creamy milk stout. More chocolate and lactose/milkshake flavors.

*Update 3/8/14.
Had the nitro bottle version. Way better than what I wrote above. Adjusted scores to reflect.

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured out of the bottle black; not seeing through this. Small bubbles. Barely a tannish head forms and then disappears quickly, with minimal lacing.

smell: Kickin' of coffee which becomes stronger with each sniff. Smells like Whoppers and milk.

taste: This is a sweet, laid back stout, but not as sugary as the last milk stout I had.I like this one because it is subtle in taste. Coffee is in there for sure. A splash of dairy too. This is a light stout and no alcohol is noticable. An aftertaste of coffee.

mouthfeel: Smooth, lightweight, with moderate carbonation for a stout

drinkablity: This is a solid stout, nothing too crazy about it, but real drinkable. I can see these getting bodied with the quickness.

Photo of budgood1
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out an opaque dark brown with some ruby hues. fine bubbly head and little lace. aroma of milk chocolate. nice cocoa notes in the flavour profile with some ripe red fruit undertones complimented by some sourish hints. tastes nice. the mouthfeel leans to the thin side...almost a porter/lagerish feel to it...a bit crisp, too. therefore the body is limited in nature, and lacking a bit. this milk stout has nice drinkability; it's certainly none too heavy or filling.

an alright beer. a richer and more luscious mouthfeel would really help this concoction out.

Photo of briman
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights around the edges. Clear, with a moderate tan head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, mild sweetness, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Roasted malts, with a strong coffee character, and dark chocolate notes upfront with a lingering sweetness that lasts all the way into the aftertaste. Malt flavors dominate, finishing with a moderate bitterness that seems to be a mix of roasted malt bitterness mixed with a balancing hop component.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Mild to moderate creaminess, a bit chewy, and slightly drying to the palate. Overall a very enjoyable stout. Great balance and mix of flavors.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Mlik Stout poors a very dark rich chocolatey brown. The aroma is very light, mostly chocolate. The flavors are more pronounced, first with a big dose of chocolate and roasted malts. It is a very creamy beer, and very easy to drink. Surprisingly the aftertaste does not last very long. I definitely recommend this to anybody who likes drinking milk stouts.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dark cola/maple syrup brown. Nice cushion of light khaki head with decent lacing. Light roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate milk sweetness on the nose. Nice.

Toasted marshmallows and light roasted malt up front. Slight flinty/smoked accent on the malt adds some nice depth. Mix of dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness hits just the right note. Hints of coffee (with a spoonful of sugar). Vanilla and a little sweetness come through and linger into an otherwise lightly-roasted finish (with a hint of coffee bitterness). Very nice. Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel.

Photo of undeadozzy
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a thick and powerful dark brown/black. Has a thin tan head which dissipates quickly, but lingers enough to leave lacing around the glass.

Smell - Chocolate is the first thing that came to my mind when I took a whiff of this stout. You can easily pick out the scents, which include but are not limited to chocolate, espresso, some licorice, and a deep rustic earthy smell, almost like burning wood.

Taste - Hedonistic! It literally tastes like chocolate milk to me. The thick rich flavor mixed with with its chocolate and lactose tones definitely give it a warm and wholesome taste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, almost milk-like.

Drinkability - Delicious, but because of its taste not something you'd want to drink at a party or during a meal. Maybe it would be a good dessert beer, or a good beer to drink with something overly flavorful, possibly to balance out the plethora of flavors in your mouth.

Photo of Pencible
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like fresh roasted coffee and cream, with bitter dark chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. It tasted like bitter coffee with dark chocolate and cream and some copper hops. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice milk stout with good scent and taste that had the perfect amount of sweetness over a regular stout. It had nice body too, which made this really easy to drink. This wasn't the most exciting beer in the world, but it's a solid example of the style.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Pours out very dark, close to black with brown on the edges where the liquid get's a little thinner. An off white foam head appears, but it doesn't really stick around. Only the slightest bit around edge of the glass, not much lacing a little bit glides down back to the liquid but more and more disappear after each sip. The smell is pretty good but not very complex, mostly of sweet chocolate and some coffee. It has to be pretty close to room temperature to pick up on the smell. The taste is more of darker chocolate followed by coffee, possibly even esspresso. Dark roasted malts can be tasted a little. I didn't expect it, but about half way through the session you can get a slight hop aftertaste. It's not strong, but it's there. Mouthfeel is good, full bodied sort of a "milky" mouthfeel smooth with a slight bitterness on the finish, pretty good. It's pretty drinkable overall a bit tough to distinguish though. Not extremely drinkable, but not a sipper either. Don't be discouraged from trying it, it's pretty good overall.

Photo of callhimishmael
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly creamy in taste! A perfect choice for lighter beer fans making their into stouts. Though this beer be black as night, it's welcoming and unintimidating. It's an excellent drink by itself, and you can drink it with anything, although I would best pair it with strong, flavorful meats, if you plan on eating. . . .

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark amber color, near black, which showed a deep ruby color in the light. A rich, foamy two-finger head of tan carbonation formed and left moderate clingy lace.

S: Smells sweet and roasty, with hints of licorice and carob as well as cocoa and charred wood.

T: Flavor is like bittersweet cocoa and herbal-infused coffee at first. A slick, sweet, burnt caramel malt resin forms adding some tasty sugary flavors to the brew before a slightly roasted, herbal hop finish washes it down. Aftertaste of coffee candy lingers.

M: Medium-full bodied and a little sticky, but fairly easy drinking for a sweet stout.

D: A pretty decent, quite malty stout for the sweet malt fan. At 5.2% ABV, it's quite sessionable, although I don't think I'd be inclined to session it at a ball game or BBQ. Likely to treat it as an evening party/after dinner stout. Tasty and balanced all around.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus into a straight-sloped pint glass.

A: Dark with an amber hue; it poured with a thick tan head that quickly died to a thin film.
S: Strong milk chocolate with coffee roasted malts and unmalted barley; a mild strawberry haunts the aroma.
T: Roasted malt and creamy coffee while the roasted malts linger. This beer doesn't taste as charred, burnt, or dense as others. The hops and the alcohol are not really detectable.
M: The mouthfeel is creamy and foamy and lingers just as if you drank a glass of milk.
D: This is definitely a sessionable beer.

Overall, "creamy" describes the entire experience. This is an extra-smooth stout. I've had it on nitro-tap before at the brewery and I remember it tasted just like a latte, but even at a normal tap it is one mild beer.

Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whenever i can get a Left Hand on the east coast i jump at the chance. I'm not a big fan of milk stouts but this is better than most. Very dark color and good malty aroma. Not much carbonaiton, like a milk stout, but good flavor and a good stout to get in the summer time. I'd recommend.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't used to imagine going out and getting a milk stout, just from the name. After trying SA's Cream Stout I found out they're not too bad. My first beer from Left Hand BC.

12 oz bottle. Bottled 11 03 09

Decided to pour this into a regular Fireman's 4 pint glass. Pretty solid puffy creamy-tan/brown 2 finger head flared up quick, and died down to about half size. Good amount of lacing is being left down the sides. Dark brown with cherry wood highlights when back lit.

Good muted chocolate nose, with some coffee and some roasted malts. Smells almost exactly like the SA which is good, because they both smell pretty good. I'm thinking these are the solid foundation noses of milk stouts.

Dark chocolate taste with a milk chocolate like sweetness. A mild good tasting coffee finish lingers for a moment. Generally from my memory, I'm not sure If I could tell these two apart. Very similar. I think I might be enjoying this a little more though. Also, strikingly similar to the Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge. More prominent flavors came out with warming.

Good creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Smooth and drinkable alike with any good stout. The "milk" part of the stout, is what I think makes this beer lighter bodied than just a normal stout.

I only bought one of these, but it went pretty quick. Id say this is a pretty drinkable, but I'm just not sure how many I would want..

Good effort from Left Hand, I will be sure to try some of their other offerings.

Photo of dasenebler
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, near black, with ruby highlights. A slightly aggressive delivery rewarded a thick off-white head with wispy lacing. Nice.

Aroma was of malt sweetness, with a lightly roasted background and a smidgen of tangy hops.

Flavor was sweet and milky, if a bit thin. Would like to see more roasted flavor, but the other buttery qualities of this beer don't disappoint. Aftertaste has notes of chocolate and faint roast. Mouthfeel was okay, with medium carbonation and a decent smoothness, but again, it's somewhat watery. However, the lightness and satisfying sweetness make this a very drinkable stout.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost black brown with some reddish hues. It has a slight tan head. It seems very watery.

S - Smells are of some mild roasted malt and hints of oats and mild sweet chocolate. A bit watery. Not impressed with the nose, it seems lacking for a stout.

T - It starts with some roasted malt hints that are quickly muted and do not last very long. I guess this is typical of this style of stout. After, there is a slight oat character to it along with the milky like lactose sweetness.

M - A bit watery for my taste. Not so great.

D - Lower ABV held with the drinkability but I dont think I would order this beer again.

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

Had on tap. Review from phone notes.

A- Deep black in color. When held to the light can see some light red hues on the sides of the glass. Came to me with a one finger creamy tan head. Lacing streaked all down the glass. Looks good!

S- Nice hints of chocolate with a distinct lactose sweetness. Coffee notes in this one as well. Overall this is very bittersweet smelling. Roasted malts come through a little more once the beer warms up a little. Wish the smell wasn't so muted.

T- Big flavors of creamy milk chocolate mixed with a bold coffee ground flavor. These two flavors balance each other out nicely and make you really want to take another sip. This seems to have a little dry hopping in the back end. Light bitter hops come in and balance this sweet beer out a little more.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good with the beer. Creamy feeling in the mouth. Sweet chocolate left on the palate with a roasted malt in the aftertaste. Slick oily coating left in the mouth after each sip.

D- This was a good drinking stout. It went down smooth and I could have ended up going for another one of these. Nice stout to give to the fans of other bigger mass produced stouts.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/30/09.

Appearance: extremely dark amber brown which allows a little ruby glow through when held up to the light. Two fingers of tan foam make a nice head.

Smell: sweet, roasty aroma, with pretty equal emphasis between chocolate and coffee characteristics. Seems pretty solid, though it's not anything about which to write home.

Taste: sweeter than the aroma would have me believe; here, the malts yield a bit to some floral, vegetabley hops. There's a nice bitterness, but the hops here are more than I like in a sweet stout. The finish has a little bit of true creaminess which I quite like, however.

Mouthfeel: medium body, though I feel like there could be more because of the inclusion of milk sugars. Still, not bad.

Drinkability: middle-of-the-road for a sweet stout, in my book. One or two of these would be my limit.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with some light brown foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is is pretty darn chocolaty and has a slight nitro flavor at the first sip. Some sweet malty flavor is mixing with a smooth caramel flavor.

The taste is a bit light coffee flavor that has some slight chocolate milk flavor and a good creamy feel.

The feel is really light but smooth with a creamy feel with a minor bitterness and a very drinkable feel a really nice beer.

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

Tried on cask 7 Feb 2010 at Falling Rock.

Served in a standard pint glass. Small light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Opaque black color. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa. Body is velvety but light. Starts lactose sweet and mocha-ey. Becomes more roasted in the middle. Finish is slightly drier and chocolatey. Alcohol slightly warming in finish (5.9%).

Photo of tiffanya
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Wash.

This is one of my favorite go-to beers. It's similar to Widmer's Snow Plow only with a more substantial mouth-feel and more chocolate!

Smooth, sweet, and creamy. Roasty malts start out like dark cocoa at initial pour out of the fridge and move toward milk chocolate as the beer moves toward room temperature. Hints of coffee. Tasty stuff.

A nice introduction to "dark beer" for folks who are scared off by that famous Irish stout.

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 6,067 ratings.