Milk Stout Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #72
Ranked #2,016
4.17 | pDev: 11.27%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Milk Stout NitroMilk Stout Nitro
Notes: Taking America Back. Dark & delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Pouring hard out of the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro cascades beautifully, building a tight, thick head like hard whipped cream. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. The pillowy head coats your upper lip and its creaminess entices your palate. Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop & roast bitterness in the finish. The rest is pure bliss of milk chocolate fullness.
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Photo of elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The can opens with a sharp hiss, activating the nitro widget. Pours like a pro, creamy cocoa cap atop coffee black. Pleasant roast aroma and flavor, with a slightly sweet finish. This hit the spot and then some.

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Photo of 1009
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a kid, I loved chocolate milk. So when I came across this grown up chocolate milk, I jumped for joy. This nitro milk stout pours and storms like a work of art and becomes a beautiful dark sea of chocolaty goodness. It is so smooth down the gullet and treats the nose to the sweet aromas of mocha. The taste is what takes the cake. It will trick you into thinking you are enjoying a milkshake. A great drinking experience!

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, best by 05/23/2020, poured into a tulip, boasts an empty black body, floats a 1/2in chestnut brown cap of tight bubbles, and paints the glass with a melange of spotted, artistic, webbed lacing.

Aromas of roast coffee and cocoa beans blend with caramel and chocolate flowing throughout the taste. Just enough bitterness to avoid a sweet rush while the nitro creaminess helps smooth out the coffee leaving a slight cocoa powder film on the palate.

Medium, leaning full, feel.

Overall, well done.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with taupey tan head. Aroma is softbrown sugar, earth, coffee, vanilla. The flavor follows, surprisingly rich with a little chocolate and earthy hippiness. Sweet but with a good bitterness to balance it. Medium mouthfeel with nitro creaminess.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a thumb of tight, tan head. Lovely head retention & lacing

S: Some cocoa & roastyness, most Nitro beers aren't strong on the nose, this is no exception, some iron once warm

T: Follows the nose, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Roastyness, a little chocolate, a whisper of coffee & woody hops as this warms. Finishes roasty with a little vanilla & coffee

MF: Medium body , smooth carbonation

Easy to drink, pleasing enough

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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at home out of a bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appears almost black, with a foamy tan head and lacing.
Smells like coffee, chocolate and vanilla.
Taste follows the nose, with a nice milky taste.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the same, and very nice and creamy
Overall a very nice stout that I would definitely order again.

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Photo of Martin194
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Jet black with a "solid" tan head.

Smell: Coffee with roasty notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Taste: Pleasantly bitter coffee with earthy notes (dark chocolate, roasted malts and grains). I noticed the metallic taste of the nitrogen as well.

Feel: Medium-full body, very smooth, "milky" feel. Warms the mouth. Not very fizzy.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

De Beer Republic. En copa Teku. Viendo Sex Education 2x03-04. Suaves notas cafetosas. Aunque esta bastante bien, no llega a impresionar en ningun aspecto. Ni tan lechosa ni tan cremosa como imaginaba. Termina pasando desapercibida

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Photo of QuokkaFlockaFlame
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: dark brown with lovely foamy head!
S: roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate with a little bit of hops
T: rich and creamy, roasted coffee taste with hints of caramel and chocolate and a slight (pleasant) bitter toasty taste. Coffee flavor more prominent as it warms!
F: Silky, velvety, and rich. It stays smooth from start to finish.

Overall: Absolutely delicious! I'm somewhat new to beers, but if all the stouts I try going forward can get on the level of this one, I'll be happy. I also like that a hard pour is recommended because it's fun watching the beer foam up and arguably impossible to mess up. Will definitely be buying again as this is my new go-to for stouts! Not recommended for people who dislike coffee.

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Photo of MajorMinus
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

1st ever review, so hope you can get a different perspective from a beer noob!
L: pours dark, with a slightly foamy head
S: slight hops, slight mocha, some chocolate
T: opens with some mocha flavors that transition into lite bitterness, with chocolate aftertaste.
F: silky smooth from beginning to end! super easy to drink

O: Great taste, easy drinker, sometimes you'll look down and think someone put some booze in your chocolate milkshake!

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Photo of Hooded
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.
Look is dark brown with a thin layer of foam that seems to last forever. 4.5
Smell is malt, caramel, some vanilla. 4.00
Taste is coffee, malt, finishing with some bitterness. 3.75
Feel is moderately full and extremely silky. 4.5
Overall it is outstanding in a few areas which makes for a very satisfying beer. 4.25

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16oz can shared with my dad, best by 1/24/2020. Thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try. Black body with a reverse cascading nitro'd tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate, grain, and earthy hops. Sweet yet moderately bitter with notes of chocolate milk, roasted barley, caramel, toasty grain, and earthy hops. Super velvety smooth full body, nitro carbonation, excellently balanced. So silky smooth. Better than I remember. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of TheBluesGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The nose is a little light with sweet coffee and vanilla. Dark pour with a deep chocolate ale color. Very smooth and creamy nitro feel with a thick yet light and delicate balance. A little thin on complex ingredients from start to finish compared to it dark and enticing color. Lighter taste than expected but goes down very easy.

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Photo of EJPA_0425
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer here. Pours very dark brown with thick beige head. Smells of milk chocolate and coffee. Tastes like a latte you'd get from the coffee bean. Feels almost like a milkshake, almost no fizz in the rest of it. Wouldn't say it's my favorite but buy it when you can, it's really an experience for the beer community.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak and Stone. Dark like chocolate syrup. After a Founders nitro stout, this feels thinner and sweeter - and more drinkable. If there were such a thing as a Session Stout, this might be it.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

13.65oz can picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Best by date is 03/07/2020. Aggressively poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Dark opaque coffee/almost black color, modest light tan head with great retention, light spotty lacing. No carbonation streaming after it settles.

Smell- The aroma is killer. Fresh ground coffee, dark bready malt, burnt sugar/caramel, dark fruits (raisins and figs), chocolate, vanilla and slight licorice.

Taste- Rich roasted bready malt, sweet chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar/caramel and vanilla. Light coffee like bitterness that doesn't linger on the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Really well balanced. Very light carbonation on the tongue.

O- Completely sublime and delicious, perfect for a chilly Fall day. At just $2.50 a can it's a definite repeat purchase this season, I actually should have grabbed more today.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, best by 10/31/2019; purchased single off shelf.... poured into Belhaven pub pint)

L: khaki-colored foam is dense and tight, but is topped with an array of bubble clusters of all sizes (bottle quirk?)... peeking around the glass, the liquid is a deep, dark brown color... spongy, unevenly-elevated, thick splotches of lace - not necessarily an unbroken sheet - still nice though, with a stellar 1/4" head persisting

S: dark bitter chocolate syrup, hint of black licorice powder, subtle floral aromatics of black strap molasses... overarching note is a dark chocolate cake crumb... mild-moderate intensity for a nitro serving

T: milky malts, coffee-ish roasted grain, perfect back-end embery char bitterness - dark chocolate-mocha milk shake is sum tone overall... after the first sip, some herbal hop joins the roast bitterness, as well as a faint, almost Belgian dark-ale dark grapey ester in the aftertaste; roasted barley longest-lingering flavor... lovely malt richness, bottom third holds a dry tone

F: characteristically extra-smooth, not quite bitumen viscous, with a lovely, bitter-boozed back-end glow... the nitro doesn't seem to detract from nor greatly enhance the sweet caress of malt sugars

O: maybe it's the bland label design, or my ever-changing immediate-gratification tastes, but I feel like I've passed over this countless times... but the tick's been biting - glad I finally tweezed this one off, great drop! (1566)

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Photo of Peach63
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black. Minimal head. No lacing.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate come across. Minimal hop nose.

Taste is sweet and bitter. Nicely balanced. Notes of oats, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts.

Full bodied mouthfeel. Silky, creamy.

I didn't pour hard as Left Hand says to, which accounts for little head. Overall, this is a tasty, creamy stout. POUR HARD!

Update 2-20-20: Had another bottle of Nitro and this time, I poured hard! Had a 1/2 inch tan head with moderate lacing.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time having this beer - either in a bottle or on tap. Loved the lacing as was quite bubbly and webbed along the top and bottom with a few huge holes in the middle of all of that. Smooth and silky, this was an improvement over the original iteration and didn't even need a widget in the bottle!

Good pour to this as the liquid was dark and slick - like coffee but with more head and life to it. Lots of brown sugar, coffee, roasted notes, and some coffee creamer in the aroma as the taste was a combination of all of these. Almost felt like a mixed alcoholic drink with amaretto, Kalhua, cream, and brown creme de cacao. Not quite as strong as that would be, it was amazing to feel how light this was in alcohol given it's richness and complexity. Little carbonation ensured that the flavors would linger and fade in and out as this warmed up and that there would be an underlying chocolate dryness and powder that fit in well with everything else that was going on here.

Not your typical English Sweet/Milk Stout as this wasn't quite as sweet as a more typical one and the caramel was quite hard to find. Even with that in mind, this was a winner from Left Hand that would be easy to quaff if you're accustomed to heavier and boozier Stouts. Would love to have this on tap and see how it would pour!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap in a pint
Appearance – The beer is served a pitch black color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head fades very slowly to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a milk chocolate and crème smell mixed with a little bit of a coffee smell as well as a decent showing of some toasted malt. Along with these aromas comes a hint of caramel and a touch of vanilla, leaving one with a rather nice toasty and sweet aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate taste that has a decent showing of a roasted malt and a touch of coffee. The sweeter chocolate tastes stay very strong throughout with the coffee and roast getting a touch stronger as the taste advances. All the while there was a little bit of caramel upfront, which fades toward the middle only to increase in intensity toward the end. With some nice vanilla flavors amping up as the taste moves forward, and a little bit of a milkiness developing and mixing with the light coffee flavor rather well, one is left with a smooth and sweet roasted flavor with a touch of a latte like taste mixed within.
Mouthfeel – The nitro pour for this one was a bit weaker than normal, but still produced a rather creamy feel for the brew. For the rich sweet and chocolate tastes of the brew, along with the coffee latte tastes, the feel is really nice and makes for a very easy drinking and robust feel.
Overall – A very nice, robust, and sweet stout with a ton of flavor and a very easy drinking feel. A fantastic dessert brew, no doubt.

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Photo of BobAndersonTheGreat
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can not believe American stout basically like a Guinness! Great job Left Hand Brewing, no reason to speak about taste, feel or appearance...for an American company you sure did a good job on this one...highly recommend ..thank you!

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Dark chocolate smell. Medium body and creamy texture. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a bitter finish. Outstanding!

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Photo of Acrtcr
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer to cook hearty winter meals with. This beer adds that extra special depth of flavor which I have not found with other stouts in my opinion and well its delish

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At last, Left Hand comes to the barren prairie. I've sampled many times when abroad, but haven't had a chance to really sit down and enjoy.'

Poured from a 16oz nitro can into a stout glass.

Pours nearly black and opaque with a nice two-fingered creamy tan head that has excellent lacing and special lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, carob, anise, and toasted grain all are present in a simple malty presentation.

The flavor follows the nose, although it is somewhat more muted than expected. Still, excellent flavors of dark chocolate, toasted grain and hints of dark fruit swirl around very well with the lactose and caramel malt notes.

Medium bodied and low-carbonation, for a very smooth creamy silky feel. A great mouthfeel. Eminently drinkable.

Overall, an excellent milk stout.

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Photo of spectru
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, opaque. A 1/8" thick, fine, tan head forms after the pour, the head is very persistent; when you tilt the glass, a thin film slowly slides down; Very rich aroma; Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, not very carbonated, somewhat akin to Guinness but better. The flavor is rich and smooth. I prefer more carbonation.

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Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
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