Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company

Milk StoutMilk Stout
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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #348
Ranked #11,338
3.99 | pDev: 12.03%
Today at 12:12 AM
Apr 20, 2002

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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Rated: 4.67 by KeithGreatNorth from Canada (BC)

Today at 12:12 AM
Rated: 3.66 by Walnut from Missouri

Nov 19, 2023
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On nitro (first try in a long time):
A nice line of stark contrast between the black body and creamy tan head, once the nitro settles out. Nose is dark chocolate, as is the taste. Even for a milk stout, this was a little sweeter up front than I expected. The middle turns a little more mocha with a decent dose of creamer. Finish continues the journey towards distinctly roasted malt and more balance, though there’s still a lingering sweetness.

This isn’t a beer exhibiting pastry-style sweetness, but would work better as an after dinner / with dessert beer. Nice malt flavors and a smooth, creamy feel (though the nitro is obviously an influence here).
Nov 13, 2023
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter: color is black, head is light tan, head presents one finger thick and then dissipates to thin top, spotty lacing.

Smell is light sweet chocolate, roast malt, lactose sweetness, earthy bitterness.

Taste is chocolate, roast, lactose sweetness, bitter chocolate, maybe some earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, moderate sweetness, low/moderate bitterness, pretty smooth with the added lactose.

Overall a very pleasant lightly sweet milk stout - these can lean overly sweet but this is well executed with light sweetness and moderate chocolate.
Nov 13, 2023
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pretty good brew but somewhat mediocre. As in nothing really stands out to make this exceptional.
That's not to say it's bad in any way. Just that there are much better brews on the market.
Oct 16, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by Evinyme from Colorado

Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by cwm51662 from Indiana

Sep 23, 2023
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I had this beer poured from draft into a shaker pint. Flat dark brown color with good head and lacing. Smell and taste of milk chocolate. Smokey, earthy and very easy to drink. Nice feel for the style.

Actually surprised I had not reviewed before.
Sep 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle pours a very deep brown-black color with a small cap of dark tan-colored head that recede to a thick ring around the edge of the glass while leaving a small amount of lacing. Smells of dark, roasted malts and
rich chocolate. Taste is very rich on roasted and charred malt notes, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and coffee with a hint of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The flavor is very robust and deep with a noticeable but by no means overpowering sweetness and a slightly astringent, burnt bitterness to close. Full-bodied with a very luxurious smooth (almost syrupy) mouthfeel and subtle carbonation.

This was a very tasty and well-balanced milk stout. Definitely not overly bitter like many American stouts, nor overwhelmingly sweet like many milk stouts. Have had this beer before and will certainly buy again.
Sep 06, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by Tommypepe

Aug 27, 2023
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Reviewed by mcm180 from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours into my Guinness glass quite dark. Brown-black with a thin ring, not really a head.

I can’t smell anything. (Bad air these days.)

Tastes sweet. Almost like cola. But nicely dark-beer roasty. The alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Malty. No bitterness for me.

Feels thin and light. Lightly carbonated.

Overall, pretty good. Better as it warms.
Aug 23, 2023
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Reviewed by beerwithmeIRL from Ireland

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
440ml Can - Pours black with a 1.5 finger cream head with decent retention. Onthe nose it's fairly sweet with a touch of coffee. Up front, it tastes of roasted malted barley and coffee followed by a hint of dark chocolate (with a very subtle bitterness) and vanilla. Overall, it's very sweet and enjoyable.
Aug 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pouring straight into a snifter - minimal head appearing.
Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, molasses and malts.
Definitely tastes as advertised but isn't as sweet as one expects. Getting malts/molasses upfront followed by coffee and a nice roasty coffee ending.
Feel is so smooth due to the nitrogen, easy to sip, can't taste that 6% at all in this.
I tried this in the beginning stages of trying stouts but can decipher it a lot better and have to say this is still a good treat to have. Try this if your beginning to try stouts and you'll love it.
Apr 24, 2023
Rated: 3.65 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 23, 2023
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
404ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $4 CDN,

Appearance - dark brown color, close to a finger of dense, fluffy tan head. Great staying power.

Smell - Lots of dark chocolate a hint of raisins and some coffee backing everything up. Good intensity.

Taste - Semi sweet chocolate with some coffee in the aftertaste. I get Glosette Raisins mid sip. Pretty delicious stuff, mildly bitter with nice sweet centre.

Mouthfeel - Medium full bodied and very creamy.

Overall - An excellent milk stout, one of the very best that is widely available. Glad to have finally tried now that a batch has come to Ontario.
Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 3.59 by Iron_x_man from Colorado

Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 3.97 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 09, 2023
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle best by 02/05/2023

On the pour one finger of fine tan head formed then recedes to a decent covering and ring that leaves nice lacing, but continues dissipating. Body is a solid black even up to light, I wish there was a bit more head though.

Aroma is dark and smooth. Like a better, sweeter, and ever so slightly fruitier guiness. Dark chocolate with a hint of roast, verging on coffee with some sweet malty notes make up this one. Slight hops are present but they blend in nicely and are mostly bittering.

Taste follows the aroma with even more roasty almost bitter malts that are quickly balanced by a molasses dark chocolate sweetness. The roast comes out even more in the finish with true and smooth roasty barley making up the aftertaste, retaining some sweetness.

Feel is laid back, smooth, and easy drinking, but still has that cozy "vibe" that a good stout should bring. Not too thick or syrupy but still quite full. Quite attenuated despite the sweetness and is almost dry bit not quite with a slight mouthcoating maltiness.

Overall this was exactly what I was looking for. For a slightly chilly early fall night, after drinking too many lagers, a nice dark ale was in order, but I didn't want too many hops or to go too heavy. This is close to refreshing but has a laid back armchair vibe to it as well. Versatile, refreshing, and roasty.
Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Look: It may just be me, but, I think stouts are always the best looking beers so it’s always gonna be a 5

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, smells like one of those Starbucks nitro shot things

Taste: Like a mocha coffee, sweet, this is one of the best tasting beers. But he warned, it’s very sweet

Feel: Lingers a bit too long imo, but still very nice

Overall: This is a damn good stout. I’m so glad my local liquor store has this. Highly recommend.
Aug 22, 2022
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