Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #217
Ranked #5,711
4 | pDev: 12.25%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Milk StoutMilk Stout

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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Reviews: 1,806 | Ratings: 7,021
Photo of SB2017
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty beer, with a rich black body and well-defined lace from its toasted-cream head. Smells yeasty and sour, with some malty notes too. Understated flavor, nothing too burnt or bitter, but nothing to give it much body either. Kind of disappointing.

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Photo of DavidD3
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a local bar. My stout palette is admittedly not refined, so it may be inaccurate to say that this beer tastes like a more refined version of Guinness. It's a bit sweeter with more of a roasted, chocolate-y flavor profile than Guinness, which only improves an already good stout. The con of this beer is that it does feel a little too watery. I expected a milk stout to be a little thicker and heavier in the mouth, and I was a bit disappointed by its inability to deliver on that front.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by 4/18/17"; drank 12/21/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big dark tan head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Sweet cream, fresh earth, milk chocolate & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & sweet cream flavors up front; mild milk chocolate & faint raspberry notes on the finish.

A crushable, easy to enjoy milk stout with nice flavors. Better than most!

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Photo of AstroT
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice look at first pour for this nitro beer. Taste is really smooth on the lips and creamy in the palate. I taste coffee and chocolate. This is ago to beer for me when I'm out

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Photo of eugene17pluto
1.8/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The first taste is okay and then it's a very watered down version of a darker stout.

Maybe Young's Double Chocolate is better.

But the price for Left Hand is much cheaper at $10 for a 6-pack vs. $10 for a 4-pack

So if you are looking for a lighter watered down version of a real stout for a low price; this is it

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Photo of briandgilbert
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color, might grey head
Smells nice just like the Nitro
Taste is good but not strong
Feels a bit watery for my liking
Overall it’s good easy to drink stout, wish it had more but for the low price is good.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by July 5, 2019. Great Lakes tulip.

A: pours a nearly opaque black with one finger of tan head that leaves some big bubbles behind. Light shines through at the edges, showing off a brownish hue. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: roasted malt, sweetness, chocolate, a hint of lactose.

T: arrives immediately sweet, but not cloyingly so; well-balanced. Mid palate some malty richness and a hint of coffee develop, turning to an herbal bitterness and slight lactose sourness with some lingering coffee.

M: solidly mid-weight, and fairly clean-finishing. Chewy. I would have expected this to feel more slick and viscous, but it proves surprisingly drinkable.

O: I tried the nitro several years ago and thought to myself, that it was awesome and would be better carbonated. I have not done a side by side, but my sense of it is that assessment was correct. This is an outstanding example of a style I already like. Rich, sweet and chewy without being cloying; deep and complex while remaining drinkable. Great beer. A must try for any craft beer aficionado, worthy of a six pack for sure.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's not often that a dark brown beer is darker than the dark brown bottle it comes in. Well, this one is. So dark you can hold a glass of it up to the sun and the light does not penetrate it! Fine caramel looking head. Aroma has hints of cocoa. This multi-flavor with a dash of coffee is pleasant but also a little "thin." Leaves me wishing there was a little bit more going on with it. But still nice.

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/30/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of cocoa, marshmallow and smoke. The flavors are sweet without being cloying or over the top. More hints of smoke. Some chocolate and vanilla. Nice malt backbone. Nice subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, sharp, slightly creamy and velvety, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid milk stout. It's a classic and traditional example of the style. Well done.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand goes very hard on a real creamy, milky flavor with their flagship stout. Another classics example of a western US dark beer, we only wish that there were some other flavors present as well. We prefer this CO2 version over the nitro, but that just from out personal tastes.

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Photo of Nass
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

The lactose milk sugar is big in this beer but its lacking in flavor compared to other milk stouts that I have had, the coffee note is faint, it's an okay milk stout but I have had better. Cheers! B

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Photo of riptorn
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a Cajun/creole restaurant in Roswell, GA. It was poured from a bottle into a shaker, both of which were very, very cold… least 35°F. Super-dark brown, but not what I’d call black.
I think the over-chilling significantly affected the head (super-thin) and subdued the aroma. Aroma was mostly coffee and mild chocolate, with a touch of roasted malt.
There was more coffee and roast in the taste than chocolate. Minimal hops in the taste.
Mouthfeel was another casualty of the temperature….it seemed almost flat. However, the bittering provided a decent back-bite that was surprisingly effective at clearing the palate for another spoonful of super-sweet bread pudding.
I’d have this again and make sure it’s a little warmer. The beer I received suffered from being served too cold.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. No dating information found.
Dark brown colored body, with brown backlit highlights. Half a finger of creamy tan head sticks around. Each sip leaves behind a widely dispersed pattern of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Provides a little sting to the tongue but no bitterness.
Medium to full, smooth mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Very tasty milk stout that brings a smoothness and avoids any sour bitterness.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Roasty, toasty, slightly nutty, chocolate, cocoa powder, hints of coffee, slightly earthy, with some lactose and toffee sweetness.

T: Smooth roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee, earthy, slightly nutty, faint herbal notes, sweet cream, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: One of the best milk stouts around. As much as I love the nitro version, the standard is just as good.

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Photo of breakakeg
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer as we approach the holidays! Goes down very smooth and is one of the best Milk Stouts out there on the market. Like it better than the Nitro Stout!

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at Old Chicago- Lakewood. Wowzers! Well deserving of its reputation. Slick and smooth , creamy and velvety. Beautiful roasty notes throughout, made slick and creamy by the lacto. Perfecto!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I actually enjoyed this one more than the nitro version I sampled on tap. Dark black color, great head and lingering lacing. Smells of dark rich roast coffee with just a hint of chocolate. Tastes of dark coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and malt with a little biscuit and brown sugar. Moderate mouthfeel, slightly creamy, nice amount of carbonation and smooth aftertaste without bitterness. Very tasty and easy to drink, not overly sweet at all.

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Photo of jkblr
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 10/5/18 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with light brown head. The head is minimal and recedes to a film quickly. There is hardly any lacing. The aroma is a mix of roast malt and semisweet chocolate. The taste is mostly semisweet chocolate up front with a roasty bitterness showing up promptly to lend balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lowly carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. The lactose adds a touch of sweetness that keeps it from being totally dry. Overall, good. This is a pleasant enough example of an unadorned milk stout.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark pour with near 2finger toffee head. Decent retention and nice lacing.
S - Slight roast.
T - Yum. All I can say.
F - Medium to full body. Smooth.
O - What a nice, easy drinking, tasty beer!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A; opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: roasted grain; coffee with cream;

T: deeply roasted grain for a moment, then coffee with cream and a bit of bittersweet chocolate; finish is mildly bitter;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: nice flavor;

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milk Stout - Left Hand
6% abv

L - 2 finger chestnut head atop an opaque dark brown body.

S - sugar, chocolate, a little coffee.

T - follows the nose. The milk sugar is the most prominent element, but there is some roast to balance things out. Rather sweet, low bitterness, no booziness.

F - medium-light body by stout standards.

O - Always enjoyable.

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Photo of Azmarul
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

While it doesn't have as thick or pronounced a head as many other stouts, the creamy mouth feel is dominant in this brew. I taste strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee, with a balanced finish that has just the right amount of bitterness and spiced bite. This is currently my go-to beer.

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Photo of -steve-
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Motor oil with a quickly dissipating brownish head. Lacing remains on the sides of the glass (snifter). Creamy chocolate smells dominate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet with a dry, roasted finish. Medium carbonation with slight metallic tones. Overall a pleasing brew.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely black, medium-light carbonation with an almost oily smooth body. Not as creamy a feel as some other milk stouts I've had. Aroma is black coffee and bakers bitter cocoa. Taste isnt overly creamy and sweet and actually has a dry slight bitter quality. Overall very good

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Photo of RJLarse
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Left Hand Milk Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a bubbly tan head.

Smell is a dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste is dark and sweet. Burned sugar, charcoal and licorice.

Mothfeel had a lot of body, with a cloying sugary nature.

Overall a nice stout. Not the creamy feel I was expecting from a milk stout. But it's good.

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