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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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5,604 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,604
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 528 | 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 notoriousdav
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of a milk stout. Pours an off brown/black with a tan head. Smells like cardboard, bread, and sake. Tastes like roasted coffee, and milk chocolate, but not very bitter. Has a nice balanced sweetness about it. Mouthfeel is very luxurious and pleasant. Could drink this stout all night long.

notoriousdav, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles that was gone within about 30 seconds. There is a bit of sporatic lacing on the glass as the beer is swirled and consumed.

Aroma: Quite a bit of roast and chocolate along with a defined sweetness that I am pretty sure is the lactose addition. The beer has a somewhat dry candy-like edge to it that is conflicting with the roast somewhat. As the beer sits some, the roast is more pronounced. I don't get any hops in the flavor...unless maybe a mild floral...but nothing obvious.

Taste: The flavor is significantly sweeter than I thought it would be from the aroma. The candy edge is pretty significant in the flavor and leaves you with a mild syrupy feeling on the back of the throat to linger long into the finish. I don't get any hops in this beer, and the alcohol is reserved as well. The finish is balanced by the sweetness and even the roast doesn't stand a chance.

Opinion: This beer is pretty good and has a drinkable balance. This isn't my favorite style of beer, so it is a little hard for me to be really objective. There are no flaws and the balance is not swayed too hard to the sweetness or the roast, so that is a good thing. I am not sure what circumstances would necessitate that I drink this beer again, but I would. I would take any number of beers over this one, but that is only because of style. This beer is a pretty good version of this style.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a little on the light side for me.But the flavor is very pleasant. The apperance is a pale black with a creamy off white head. The lacing cascades on the glass nicely but dissapates very quickly. The smell of maltballs and fresh milk. The taste is creamy and chocolate with a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is amazing cotes your tongue for day's. The drinkability is less appealling for me being lactose intolerate.

athensbeermaster, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dissapointing appearance for a stout. Poured about a half inch head that reduced to almost nothing. Small spotty traces of lacing saved it from a 2.5. The color is a solid black. Very appealing aroma with alot going on. Hints of mocha, coffee, roasted grains, sweet malts, and hops. I'm happy with the 5.2 ABV. I do not like my stouts to high in alcohol. It could use more body being that it is a bit watery. Has a nice moderate carbonation along with a spicey hop flavor. It is very drinkable and I can see myself finishing the whole six-pack. has a dry bitter lingering coffee-like finish. It is not overly sweet and has just the right amount of sweetness. The complexity of the aroma doesn't match that of the taste though. Overall a great drinkable stout worthy of a try. Thanks to the wife for picking it out.

kelticblood, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark dark color with a half inch of head that dissapears leaving a little lacing looks very inviting
s: roasted malt aroma with a lot of sweetness very good
t: the roasted malt flavor is followed by the sweet flavor very balanced very nice
m: medium bodied nicely carbonated

overall this is a very enjoyable beer that i wish i had greater access to

happygnome, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color stout with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of light roasted malt with some coffee. Taste is also dominated by some coffee malt with a good lactose feel also noticeable. The creamy texture was very interesting with a nice full body. I thought this beer was well balance between roasted coffee malt and the creamy lactose aspect of it.

Phyl21ca, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A milk stout with a sweet smell, a shy roasty character, and a very watery mouthfeel. Not best of style.

Appearance is a dark brown with some red with lots of fluffy head composed of large bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet, like a latte. But none of that aroma is forwarded into the taste, which is a bit of dark roastiness covered with a lot of wateriness. Mouthfeel is watery, and I don't find this beer to be highly drinkable.

I'm not planning on having this again...it's not bad, but there are too many other great beers in our wonderful world to spend much time with this one.

BeerBelcher, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first had this I was blown away. Then in a later bottle I was disappointed. So it may vary from bottle to bottle. It's a great milk stout though. It can taste a lot like chocolate milk - sweeter and thicker than most chocolate stouts I've had. I pours out a deep brown-black with a think brownish-tan and foamy head. Some lacing. The smell is strongly of chocolate malts. The front taste is mostly of malt, but then you hit that sweet chocolate taste and it goes down nice and easy. Good stuff. It'll get you hooked on stouts.

kdoc8, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the handprints on the cow.. rthiis pours a real dark brown with a decent creamy had and a pleasant maltt dominated nnose with heavy roaste flavors and hints of caramel, coffee, and nuts. Not too sweet with a clear dryness. Nothing out of the ordinary, but well done.

Taste unfortunattely falls a bit short of the mark. It has the roasted flavors but not a whole lot else. Mouthfeel is nicely creamy and not too carbonated but otherwise somewhat weak. It's not a bad beer but the aftertaste reminds me more of an American porter than a true milk stout. Could be better, could be worse, this one got my hopes up and then dashed them but you could do a lot worse and probably will.

daliandragon, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Bottle on 8/30/06. Medium to small head. The color was dark brown with cola highlights, the body was free of sediment.

Smell was coffee and ashes.

Taste was pleasing coffee grounds. Tangy. This one left a swett aftertaste on the lips. Dry raisins. Somewhat disjointed and simple.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin with medium carbonation.

Cresant, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Csims

Pours a nice clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is kinda sweet of malts, toffee and caramel. The taste is malty and lots of toffee/caramel overtones. Medium body. Drinkable, I liked this one, very enjoyable to drink, recommended.

Wasatch, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/15/06, this pours a medium black with dark red highlights around the edges, and a two finger head. Decent retention leaves behind decent lacing.

Aroma is quite nice. Heavy roasted grain presence, along with some toasted grains, biscuits, fresh bread yeast, and a very clean, fairly mild coffee aroma. Not your typical espresso type smell, almost like sniffing an old bag of unground coffee beans that has lost most of it's punch.

Flavor is a heavily roasted, again with a nice coffee balance. Malty sweetness and hoppiness are kept to a minimum, while the roasted flavors take center stage. Personally I think the roasted dark grains were used a bit heavily here, and could be better balanced. Nice coffee flavor though.... they could easily sell this as a coffee stout. Mouthfeel is moderate and smooth. Very light carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.

I typically find Left Hand to be hit or miss, but this is pretty good. If I were drinking this blind, I don't think I'd consider it a milk stout.... I'd like to see a bit more sweetness, more malt complexity, and a creamier mouthfeel, all with less roasted presence for a cream stout. But, it is a pretty tasty stout otherwise.

One word of caution though, is that I find a huge amount of variability in this beer. This is my second six pack of the beer, and I find that different bottles, even from the same six pack taste different. The first bottle tasted great, the second was pretty bad, and the next bottle tasted pretty god again. No consistency from bottle to bottle. I remember last years vintage of this being pretty terrible, but overall this year is pretty good. It's a decent buy at only $7.29 a six pack, but don't expect every bottle to be stellar. For this reason, my scores dropped a bit.

phisig137, Feb 20, 2007
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I'm not a big fan of stouts I thought I'd give this a try. This beer made me a fan. I poured it into a pint glass and the head was colored like a cream filled coffee. It was a very thin film that never faded. The liquid that filled my glass was dark brown, almost black. The smell was good with a slight coffee, grain, feel with roasted malt and a slight sweet tinge to it.

MMMmouthfeel...thick and heavy and real smooth. It had little bursts of carbonation and it flowed nicely to back of the throat. The first taste was real soft with roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. It fades real nice and becomes almost sweet with toffee, chocolate, and burnt toast. Give it up for Colorado brewers and Left Hand for this creation.

Photo of hellsing3
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a thin black color with dark brown hues on the edges with virtualy no head and realy no lacing to speak of.

S: Not very strong smells on this one, but i did get a good amount of coffee some slight cherry smell and a little chocolate at the end.

T: This one tastes smooth creamy, slightly buttery with hints of bitter-sweet chocolate in the finish.

M: Smooth creamy, but a little thin not enough body for me, quick finish, and not much carbination.

D: This is actualy a fairly easy brew to drink, I think it is a beer for people who want something different. This beer is a change of pace for those who want some thing dark with not alot of bitterness, and not really heavy. I could drink a few of these once in awhile, but not my favorite.

hellsing3, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my pint glass. Appears a dark brownish black with two fingers of cream, fluffy caramel colored head. Smells of malted milk balls, vanilla, and cocoa. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and roasted nuts. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. This stout drinks very easy. I'm glad I have access to this whenever a craving comes around. Recommended.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/27/06 and enjoyed on 11/27/06.

Appearance- Pours dark with brown and red hues. The head is made up of mostly small, near tan but closer to biege, bubbles. Little or no lace despite the large head.

Smell- The appropriate hints of lactose are here combined with the equally appropriate notes of darkly roasted malts. Couldn't get much from the smell, as the head disipated quickly and with it, the bouquet.

Taste- A good balance between dark malts and milk. Actually , it's very good. Hops are there but very much in the background which is good. Just a quick hint of a sharp citrusy note.

Mouthfeel- Not as thick as I'd like, but it is a nicely balanced beer. A bit watery in the middle, but it adds to the drinkability.

Drinkability- Nearly a sessionable stout, minus the sweetness from the style.

lpayette, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby/brown in my chalice, thin light brown head with a nice filmy lace.

Smell: Caramel and nutty.

Taste: Much like it smells, but with an extra roasted malt kick.

Mouthfeel: Goes down smooth and fizzy, but has a syrupy, mildly warm finish.

Drinkability: I could drink this stuff all night!

Highly recommended.

jkaufman, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/27/06 consumed on 1/31/07

AP: A dark syruppy brown color that appears black but is not opaque with crimson red hues, a dark mocha brown head shows up bubbly and active. dissipated quickly and then dissapeared totally.

Nose: Caramel mocha malted smell with honey sweet nuts and oats, a bit chocolaty and creamy on the nose.

Taste: The creamy, milky, chocolaty, oats and nuts malted flavor is very pleasant, with a roasty, smokiness that is complex and Very rich. Not alot of hop charechter going on, this one is all Malt dominated.

MF: Thick, full body, syruppy and a bit flat feeling. Goes down creamy-smooth.

DA: I really dig this style, easy to drink and nutricious!

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Conrad
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise. I bought only one, and should have gotten more.
A. Very dark, opaque with a quarter inch head that settled quickly but left some pretty lacing throughout the drink.
S. Coffee immediately, then some dark malts. Not much else.
T. Sweet roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and some coffee with cream. The hops were conspicuous in their absence.
M. Creamy with a good amount of fizz. Medium body that goes down smooth. Not at all heavy like some stouts we know.
D. The best part is in the drinking. This is a real treat. My favourite milk stout so far. I could suck back several of these in the course of an evening.
Highly recommended.

Conrad, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark almost opaque though some light gets trhough around the edges showing a red brown hue

S-Roasted malt that is about it

T-Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, a little coffee notes. Mosly kinda taste like choclate milk. Very little bitterness and no hops to balance the sweetness.

M-creamy and fizzy, like a poured milk in rootbeer. it is interesting to say the least

D-too sweet for me. No more than one.

jackorain, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Milk Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 11-22-06
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Jet black in appearance with ruby highlights.

Whiffs of dark malts and sugars.

A silky and robust mouthfeel with hints of roasted coffee. Dairy creamer with an extraordinary sugar sweetness. Creamy hints of vanilla with a touch of chocolate syrup. Heavy on the dark, roasted malts and loaded with lactose flavors.

This one could be a nice dessert beer and is quite enjoyable overall.

Hibernator, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of UDbeernut
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: dark brown with a small head that last

s: coffee with a hint of nut.

t: CREAMY with a hint of coffee and cream, This is a great stout.

m: a bit on the dry side. Also a bit syrupy

d: not a session beer, but something do enjoy a few at a time


UDbeernut, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at Jackie 'O's in Athens on a Thursday night.

Appearance: dark, as expected, into my pint glass with about a 3/4" off white head
Smell: not much there, maybe some coffee
Taste: pretty good; coffee and chocolate are the two most notable flavors
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: goes down nice, could do two in a night

Applesauce1, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown with moderate tannish puffy head. Little if any lacing.
Smell is notable for roasted malt and coffee.
Taste also shows a nice roasted malt flavor with hints of coffe and chocolate.
Finishes sweet with the slightest hint of dryness.\Very middle of the road beer, Very enjoyable but nothing exciting.

tgbljb, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Reneejane
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark black with a thick tan colored head that stuck around and left tracings on the glass. The carbonation and mouth feel were good. The first aroma is of coffee, and this flavor is the first flavor you taste. The flavors are of coffee, a hint of chocolate, and a bit of smoke. The lactose-sugar is not obvious as a taste but there is an overall sweetness.

Reneejane, Jan 17, 2007
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,604 ratings.