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Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,617
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 176
Gots: 538 | 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 auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color, nice tan head, and nice lace in the glass. ( on tap)

smell - Nice coffee and chocolate smell to it.

taste - Nice and creamy dark chocolate and milky taste to it.

mouthfeel - Body is light-medium, creamy feel

drinkability - Enjoyed this, real nice on tap. Would buy another one

auxiliary, May 13, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head that settles to a lasting thin cover. Some trailing lace sticks to glass.

Smell is of chocolate, slight coffee, lactose, underlying earthy notes with subtle dark fruits.

Taste follows through from the aroma - chocolate, some coffee, dark malt -- some lactose, but not overpowering. Subtle underlying earthy/dark fruity notes give it balance. Finishes appropropriately sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth. Flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a nice milk stout. Flavorful and well-balanced for the style.
It has nice, subtle complexities.
Thanks to bitterbill for including this one in our trade.

jwc215, May 13, 2007
Photo of wspscott
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass (bottled on 11/29/06)

Pours a very dark black with a white creamy head. The aroma is mostly bitter but, not in a bad way. The taste is more bitter than I expect from a milk stout, I was looking for a little more sweetness, still this is nicely bitter/roasted for a stout. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style, creamy, mouth coating but, not too think or cloying. This is a very nice beer, definitely worth trying but, there are better stouts out there.

wspscott, May 11, 2007
Photo of KingG
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01-24-07
Received from my good buddy Nate while he was in Arizona. Thanks, man.

Served chilled in my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Opaque with a nice firm, tan head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell is good. Huge fragrance of burnt, roasted malts with a smoky presence in the back.

Taste is good. Once again, huge amount of smoked and roasted malts that finishes with a slight milk/dairy flavor. Good amount of sweetness in this beer as well.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Very milky in the mouth, finishing sweet and makes the mouth water. Spot on for the style.

Drinkability is above-average. One 12oz bottle is enough for me.

Not a bad brew to drink once in a while but nothing to write home about either. I decent change of pace brew that i'd drink when i don't feel like getting pie-eyed.

KingG, May 11, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chonyr for getting this brew into the Great White North.

Black, hints of garnet come through the bottom of my chalice. A two finger tan head formed on the pour, but was not supported by the very fine and mild level of carbonation. Essentially not laced.

A creamy and slightly nutty sweetness is present, along with treacle and a somwhat mild aroma of roasted grain. Hints of espresso, cocoa, and anise also present in that order. Very faint hint of earth and wood almost present.

Biscuit, nuts, treacle and roasted grain all present. The roasted grain predominates, and is mellowed by the persistent mild milky sweetness. Roasted grains mainly give flavours of coffee, but underlying hints of cocoa powder are present, as well as an underlying smokiness. Finishes with a mild earthy and woodsy hop touch.

Moderately dry with a roasty character, even though mild milky sweetness pervades this medium bodied brew with a smooth and creamy mouth presence. Low in carbonation.

A good example of the style. Also likely to be a decent choice for those looking to get into stouts and porters, as the milky sweetness really does a great job of mellowing the roastiness of this stout. Plenty of flavour abounds however for those acclimatized to the bitter roasted flavours of the roasted barley or malt. Certainly sessionable, and one i will look forward to trying again.

demcorhip, May 07, 2007
Photo of beveritt
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. The label depicts a cow, with the black spots in the shape of left hands. Stamped on the label is bottled on 11 01 06. Nice, a brewery that cares about their beer enough to tell me when it was made.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/4 inch tan creamy head. This settles into a thin coating of foam and a fair amount of lacing. The beer itself is a dark, dark brown, to the point of being opaque.

Smell: Mild roasted barley bitterness with a milk sweet/sour tang at the end. Hints of chocolate and marshmallow fluff.

Taste: Nice upfront blend of barley bitterness and sweetness from the lactose; great mix. Finish has a slightly sour or acidic tang.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly less than average carbonation level. The body is above average.

Drinkability: Only my second beer from Left Hand, but another great one. This is a nice and full flavored stout, without having an ABV that will knock you on your rear. Glad I picked up a sixer.

beveritt, May 06, 2007
Photo of liquidnoise
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an above average brew I got in a mix a six. I really enjoyed it and wouldn't turn it down, but I do like Mackeson's better.

Poured dark brown.

No smell, basically.

Tasted really good, like a milder version of a typical Milk Stout. Good stuff.

Most places that carry this would probably have Mackeson's, and that's probably the way I'd go, but this was definately an above average beer.

liquidnoise, May 04, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large billowy tannish head of foam. That soon breaks down to a few islands in the middle and it has some lacing.

The smell has some chocolate notes but it mostly smells like a lager.

The taste on first sips has some chocolate and roasted malt flavour with a bit of hop bitterness and fruitiness in the background.
Further sips in and the flavours I mentioned seem to subside and the brew becomes kind of watery though the finish is on the bitter side.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin on this one and the carbonation is low.

Bottom line: This is just an average example of the style and though I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't bother seeking it out again.

Bitterbill, May 03, 2007
Photo of rebel1771
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with dark reddish highlights and thick tan head that clings nicely.

Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, and a hint of mollases.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and velvety. The flavors of chocolate and milk come through plain as day. These flavors subside to bit of toasted bread taste at the end.

This is a great brew, I highly recommend it if you can find it.

rebel1771, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Contra
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 01/31/2007

I really love Mackeson Triple XXX Milk Stout, and so this was really tempting. Pretty much the standard look of a stout, with a pure black color and no head. There really wasn't much of an aroma to speak of, but what was there smelled good. Aside from the typical stout flavor, this milk stout is fairly sweet, but not in a "they added corn syrup" kind of way. That's the beauty of milk stouts - the dark bitterness typically found in stouts are balanced with residual sugars.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout with a lot of potential.

Contra, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured black with a ruby hue. The head was tan colored and thick with tight bubbles – some lacing. The aroma is a bit caramel. The taste is roasted and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is on the thick side. This is a nice, smooth beer that I’d consider quite drinkable

barefootbrewer, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a amazing pitch black with a fluffy foamy creamy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is of corn and roasted malt and barley. Taste, for some reason all left hand brews to me taste like cream corn, has that cream corn base with some hints of sweet chocolate and a bit of a coffee aftertaste. This brew goes down pretty smooth and was a bit enjoyable.

gunnerman, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
I think I'm probably going against the grain on this one...
Pours a very dark brown, with a sizeable tan head. Retention isn't great, but there is spotty lacing over a good portion of the glass.

Nose is chocolately, with some coffee, a suggestion of sweetness, and a burnt quality that is somehow mellow and not acrid. Roasty and slightly fruity - I dig it.

Tasty, and certainly better than I expected from the silly cow on the label. (I should really stop judging beers by their label) Loads of chocolate and some coffee, though there is still less coffee than I expected from the aroma. Residual sweetness is light but there is a definite lactic quality - not always can I pick out a stout as a sweet/milk stout, but in this case it makes itself pretty obvious. No alcohol noted, but hey, is that hazelnut I detect? Finish is very lightly drying.

Mouth is an chaotic combination of just short of harsh and awesome creaminess - I'd like to see what this beer is like after a few tweaks, but overall I can't complain. This beer falls short of greatness but it is quite drinkable and I'm sure I'll get it again.

udubdawg, Apr 21, 2007
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
Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,617 ratings.