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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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5,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,479
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 168
Gots: 480 | 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 ngandhi
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturated with coffee and half-and-half, the Left Hand Milk Stout would be my idea of a session beer if I was a ploughman. Though hearty, its low alcohol and silky cream texture keeps it very drinkable. It's so clean and pure, I feel like I can taste the very minerals in the brew water--like a great British porter. The chocolate malt is rich and Nestle-like on the palate and profoundly fresh and nutty on the nose. If the beer can be faulted, it finishes a bit dull like a brown ale, which might be more from bottle age than the actual brew. Ultimately, it's both rich and easy-drinking--a quality that too many other American microbeers fail to even consider.

Relax, relaxx.

ngandhi, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking at some of the reviews, I gotta agree, this is an excellent drinking stout with all of the trimmings of what a milk stout shouldm be and I'd agree with drinkability scores. If I could drink this regular and at the price, I would consider this to be a great everyday stout.

Ap: Very dark, with a slight light coming through, very good

SM: Coffee and alcohol. Good.

Mouth: Thicker than a base stout as a milk should be, and very acceptable chewy flavor.

Taste: Standard stout fare with sweet hops, burnt malty flavor without too much alchohol flavor. Strong coffee aftertaste and it was very fresh tasting. A plus.

Drinkability: When I want a good stout, one that will be drinkable, this one falls into the average category, but for a stout, that's excellent. I'd buy this over other stouts because of the creaminess.

Ricochet, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Rodekill
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a well-balanced stout overall; not too sweet. The lactose sugar is evident, but blends well with the roasty malt profile. Very drinkable. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is mix of roasted barley and lactose sugar. Nice work by a solid brewery.

Rodekill, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown with a slight off-white head. Aroma is a bit too roasted for the style, though there are pleasant notes of dark chocolate. Sweet cocoa malt is the first noticible taste, with a lighter roastiness than the nose implies, but sufficient for some balance. Hop presence is low. A faint plum-like fruitiness detectable in the finish, with some lingering sweetness. Soft, creamy texture and moderate to light body. Decent example of the style.

allengarvin, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Body is very light for a stout, light easily penetrates the beer, even in a wide glass. Head is almost not very large, just a few wisps on top of the glass. Smell is sweet and chocolatey, nice java presence. Taste is a little drier than I would have expected. Still has a nice chocolate and hops presence to it, could use a lot more body, as this beer is fairly thin. Better than average, but not mind bogglingly delicious or anything.

TastyTaste, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN.

Comes in a neat brown bottle with a clear bottling date on the side. Neat graphic of a cow covered in left hands. Upping a bit on the appearance rating because of the neat bottle.

Pours a black color with a bit of ruby on the very bottom as light shines through, with a small but noticeable head. The head quickly diminishes to nothing, though -- disappointing for a stout.

Scent is decent but nothing overly special -- a bit of coffee with some sweetness mixed in. No hops noticeable, and not even a very "beer-like" aroma. This beer really just smells like iced coffee with a bit of sugar added.

Tastes about the same, but more positive here, as the flavoring of the coffee is more prevalent here than in the nose. Not very bitter at all, not bad for a milk stout, and the coffee and sweet flavors mesh very well. Overall, a good-tasting beer, but nothing fantastic.

Mouthfeel is fairly low, as I found the beer to be fairly watery, without a lot of flavor and bite to really taste in the brew. Felt more like a porter than a stout -- still, the carbonation was fairly well-matched to the flavor, and it washed down very easily, with little-to-no coating on the tongue. Again, decent.

I find this to be quite drinkable, due to the overall lack of "negative" qualities that would keep me away from the beer. At worst, this is an "eh" beer, perhaps a bit more bland than I was expecting, but fairly decent nonetheless. Worth a try if you like Milk Stouts, and perhaps an easy entry into normal stouts for people who don't like bitterness, but a Mackeson XXX or Rogue Chocolate Stout would be more likely to hit my palate than this one.

danielharper, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack bottled on 02/09/05. Purchased at the Wine Cellar of Silene in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Dark brown body, minimal head that disappeared quickly. Hardly any lacing in the glass. Smells like sweet roasted malt and coffe. Tastes sweet with weak malt taste. Virtually no aftertaste. Quite smooth with a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel.

Easy to drink but doesn't give you a whole lot of reason to want to.

I have found myself going back to the fridge and grabbing one after another of the milk stout. It really grew on me and whatever the reason is I like drinking this on occasion.

fdrich29, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - average looking dark beer but with some nice ruby highlights. Soapy, mocha head of a finger's thickness, settling to a thin cover. Sporadic lace left behind.

Aroma - moderate roasted malt and chocolate nose. Not very intense but it's pleasant.

Taste - good roasted coffee flavor, some lighter sweet chocolate taste in support. A plain easy-to-approach stout but it maximizes its potential.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, enhances the chocolate taste beautifully. Subdued carbonation lets the full merging of flavors play out.

Drinkability - simple but delicious, about as close to a session milk stout as it gets.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark nearly opaque brown with some ruddy highlights. Head rose and fell in seconds, small ring left, no lacing. Nose is coffee, aged milk (not quite sour, but not fresh), and some toasty malt notes. Taste is toasted cream, malt cereal with a dollop of condensed milk. Smoooth. Refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel, seems like it could be fuller. Oh so easy to drink. Thank God this is a relatively low ABV. Pairs well with Chewy Chips Ahoy.

pentathlete, May 21, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark mahogany, thicker/darker in the center. Finger high head of sandy brown sits with a lightly bumpy frothyness to it. Slips away quickly to a thin skim and collaring. Lace coats the glass in moderate webby sheeting.

Aroma is clean, quick, and tangy. It seems to go from distant to fronting, it doesn't quite keep the same from wiff to wiff. But when it peaks its quite nice. Sweet barley flakes and tangy oats and a very mild milk chocolate is what makes up most of its keep.

Taste is just as quick if not quicker. It swooshes right down with a creamy ease that Is, alot like milk. No wonder the name. That said, it tends to be quite milky(or milk-like) with partial chocolateyness that mildly lays low and finely/delicately places itself across the palate. Finish gets a bit more things a happenin'. Slight roast, slight nuttyness, subdued barley sweetness, and a chocolate cake fluff all reside at the end making for a nice display. The chocolate sticks around awhile like I just dipped a chocolate chip cookie in milk.

Feel is a slick creamy milken body thats super fun to behold. Its not as stouty as it should be, its milky through and through with a refined chocolateyness thats actually fairly nice and begins to intice another glass full. Its seemingly light but moderately carbonated and bold within its creamy, somewhat fluffy texture.

I could handle a couple of these no prob. Drinkability is slippery and then some. A pretty darn nice Milk Stout in my book.

tavernjef, May 06, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown, small light tan head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either, aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Smokey coffee and chocolate flavors, finishes a bit sweet, a pretty drinkable stout.

maxpower, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of pikemark
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Whoa, this one was tough for me to drink, whether Im not used to it or not ready for it but this one didnt do it for me.

This had a lot of roasted flavor to it and it even looked like a cold cup of black coffee to me. Little head but some good lacing. Bottled two months ago, I bought this one cuz I thought the bottle looked cool. I guess looks really are deceiving.

However the aftertaste started to grow on me. The alcohol mixed with the roasted flavor was very pleasing which leads me to believe that this one is kinda complex for me.

This one is definitely a sipping beer, and im definitely going to have to try this one when my palate matures a little.

pikemark, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a low tan head and little to decent carbonation. Sweet and light roasty malt aromas with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Sweet malt with lots of chocolate character... leans towards an Irish Dry Stout with more body. Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

Maybe a Dry Stout/Sweet Stout cross... nice.

Per Label: "Milk Sugar"

Per LH website: 22 IBUs, 15.5P, 47 SRM (color)
Malts: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roast Barley, Flaked Oats, and Chocolate
Hops: Magnum and East Kent Goldings

'03 emb. on the bottom
Tasted: 04/13/05

(22 oz.)

RBorsato, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of KroMagnon
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer head was quite lacking. Color is nice and dark, ruby red through a light. The aroma was nice, not real strong but some definite coffee grounds & a little maltiness. THe flavor is definitely sweet but not to the extreme like a Mackeson's or at least the way I remember a Mackeson's. You get a little blend of hoppy bitterness and some roasted malt at the end as well to balance the sweetness. I tend to think of milk stouts as being a little one-dimensional in some ways, since their sweetness is often not as complex or deep as, say, a malty bock. This one is kind of in the lines of that stereotype, but its good for its style and a pleasant drink for sure.

KroMagnon, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, shining red 'round the edges,highly carbonated, prodigious cocoa head, which slims down right-quick.
Bittersweet in the nose, but minor, mostly smooth, sweetness and cream.
Taste: Smoothness reigns here, very slick, easy-going, but just enough taste to redeem it. but there's a definite lack of character, though. That could be what they're going for, a readily palatable stout that would please the masses. That's good for something, but not really for me.
Yeah, I really don't feel like knocking it, but true stout aficianados won't miss anything if they pass this by.

feloniousmonk, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this as a part of a Flying Saucer flight. Since this was my last one of the five, it had a perfect serving temperature. Not ink black, but close. Hints of chocolate, hops, caramel . . . not too sure about the milk/sweetness. A bit more difficult to finish. Dances on the tongue. One of my more enjoyable stouts.

Backer2004, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see Left Hand back in the Twin Cities, its been a while. Dark and clear, not quite opaque black that lets ruby highlights through at the bottom. Head is a deep tan color, of two primary bubble sizes but ends up flat and thin after half a minute. Laces in incomplete loops and dots. Malty aroma, chocolate milk and a little cherry. Smooth mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Starts like sweet milk chocolate, nothing else much to distract the flavor profile. The beer finishes with a more granular texture, darker in tone, more mousse-like -- a bit sandy in the back of the throat. Meets the style well, drinkable and simple in impression, an easy-going Sweet Stout here.

ADR, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at The Sunset in Boston.

This stout poure a very dark brown, almost black, color with some red near the edges with tan foam that settled. The smell was malty but very light. The taste was malty with a light sweetness, some cocoa flavor, and a touch of yeast. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and good carbonation. This was a very "porter-like" stout to me, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

UncleJimbo, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured very dark, almost pitch-black from the tap into a pint glass. There was a small off-white head that stayed around for the entire time that I drank this beer. The scent was of cocoa, and there was a hint of milk in there too.

Tasting: It lived up to its style as a "sweet stout." It tasted rather chocolate-y, but a little bit less so than other beers of the same style that I have tasted. There was even a little bitterness to this beer - not much, but it was there. For a stout it was medium-bodied. This beer was pretty drinkable, though it's not quite as good as other sweet stouts.

bceaglejoe, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slow to mount CO2 froth that never really humps the galss all that well. Looks a little thin, but gets a bonus for the logo.
I smell dry currants and elderberries, and fresh millk.
Those blackened malts rough up the palate, then smooth it out with minerally ash and lighter roasted barley flour. With a dropper squeeze a few drops of black cherry juice in grain alcohol on your tongue. This manages to be smooth, not exactly creamy, more like 2% milk.

gbontrag, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark in color, with reddish reflexes. Brown head, scarce and with a little duration.
Smell: it's a stou, ok. Cocoa in powder (not too much), moderate roasted, vanilla.
Taste of toasted coffee and milk, that is, a cappuccino: creamy, full, inviting.
Sharp coffe in the aftertaste. Even some light roasted.
Medium-medium light body.

stcules, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of kaszeta
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this as part of a mixed six-pack from Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pours with a thick, black body, with a nice foamy near-white head that lingered a while. Aroma is very toasted malt, with some nice coffee and chocolate overtones. Taste is similar, with a bit of the bitter bite of toasted malt, again with some nice mocha-ish notes. Very smooth and sweet, although it seems a bit thin, it could use a bit more body. Rather enjoyable, and one of the better bottled stouts I've had.

kaszeta, Jan 13, 2005
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout is very dark brown, approaching black. It posesses a terrific thick foamy head that is reminiscent of what one might find from a nitro. Smells of toasted malts, quaker oatmeal, and just a touch of cabbage.
The taste is pretty good from the start, with a toasted seven grain bread flavor, toasted almonds, and a hint of cafe. Unfortunately it's got a little bit of an iron-rust twang in the finish. But as I drink it, this becomes less noticeable, and less of a problem.
The mouthfeel is like a dream. Silky smooth, creamy, sudsy stuff. It definitely goes down nicely.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting here on Christmas-Eve, waiting for Santa Clause to come (and my kids to fall asleep) I cracked one (or 4) of these open. I told my daughter that I would leave a glass for Santa, and that it was like chcolate milk for grown-ups.
Bottled on 5/11/04. Pours a cola brown with somes amber hues around the edges. Fluffy, fizzy tan head disapates quickly.
Aroma is light cocoa, chocolate, with a touch of milk left out of the fridge too long.
Taste is coffee with lots of cream and sugar. Some bitterness tries to peek out in the finish, but is overpowered by the sweetness.
Not too shabby, maybe if I leave a glass out Santa will be good to me.

Padron4KM, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with lots of ruby hues around the edges. Not quite dark enough for a stout for me. The one finger of head that sticks around. The nose is a nice chocolate nd creamy, just not enough of the creamy for my liking. The flavor was a nice creamy milk chocolate. There is not as much of the creamy marshmellow that I have had in others of this style, but its nice. The feel was thick and creamy and smooth. Overall a nice beer. Not as good as their porter, but a nice beer all around.

kmpitz2, Dec 19, 2004
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,479 ratings.