Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #334
Ranked #7,815
4 | pDev: 12%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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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
Reviews: 1,821 | Ratings: 7,104 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

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

I bought a glass bottle of this at my local liquor store and drank it from a shaker pint. I found it to be dry for a milk stout, which is generally fine by me as I'm not a huge fan of sweetness in beer. I thought it tasted more of fig than coffee or chocolate. I'd definitely drink it again.

Jun 16, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

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

I prefer other American stouts but this at least met expectations and I'd absolutely have this again. The flavors are there I just know you can find them in other places more intensely. Definitely worth a try especially if new to the style

May 09, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2. rerate, 355 ml bottle, as Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.0%. Black colour, low and creamy beige head. Dryish roasty aroma, notes of coffee, hints of woodwork, cocoa and liquorice. Low carbonation. Medium dry and very roasty flavour with a little lactose sweetness present, notes of strong coffee, a little dark chocolate and liquorice. Should not be drunk ice cold, cellar temperature is better. 1. rerate, 12 fl. oz. bottle, bought at the GBBF 2008 for takeaway (forgot that I had rated it previously). ABV was said to be 5.0%. Dark brown colour, nearly black, nice and lasting tan head. Notes of aroma: same as first time. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The flavour has still plenty of roasted malts and lactose sweetness, also notes of chocolate, mild coffee and some liquorice. Good stuff - I’m upping it a few points. Original rating: Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. Dark brown to black colour. Nice roasty aroma, notes of cocoa, hints of liquorice. Moderately sweet flavour, plenty of maltiness (probably also lactose).

Mar 23, 2021
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stout glass. Pours black, opaque with a tan head that falls to a cap. Smell is coffee, cocoa, roast malt. Taste is sweet chocolate, coffee and cream on entry. Middle is where sweet gets evened out as hop bitterness creeps in. You get a bit of earthiness from the hops too, but again, everything is well balanced. Finish is roast, nuts, and a bit of cocoa. Feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Low, tight carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer with a ton of flavor that drinks easy.

Feb 06, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

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

Appearance: Pours a nearly completely black color with a soft, tan head. SRM of 24. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of chocolate and cream upfront. There is also a velvety, cherry, and licorice note. Not much coffee or roast. (3.75)

Flavor: Smooth flavors of velvety, rich chocolate, There are some underlying red velvet and red & black cherry notes here too. Mild roast and minimal coffee here. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Minimal bitterness and roast so allows it to lean malty. (3.75)

Compared to Firestone Walker's Nitro Merlin Milk Stout 1/10/21: Pours a similar color with a darker head. More cherry licorice on the aroma. Less coffee roast. Maybe slightly less bitterrness from the roast, but since it's not nitro doesn't feel as smooth. I mislabeled the two in a blind taste test.

Overall: A pretty nice and easy drinking milk stout. I get some hints of red velvet, cherry, licorice. But overall minimal coffee and roast here. Appropriate sweetness, but the minimal roast allows it to finish slightly malty and fairly easy-drinking at 6%. (Final Rating: 3.85, the flavor helps it here with the rich cherry-chocolate flavor)

Jan 10, 2021
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Souraboutsours from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am lactose intolerant, so I am not the expert on milk stouts, to me it tasted like a normal stout, with nothing too special about it when it came to it being a milk stout. It was a good stout though.

Dec 27, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours vantablack in color, has a very thin espresso head.
S: Smells very sweet up front, has notes of good coffee & cream, some dark chocolate as well.
T: The coffee, cream & chocolate tastes of this stout are perfectly balanced together. Not to sweet & not to bitter.
F: Medium-bodied with a creamy, but not heavy feel to it; dangerously smooth if you will.
Warms as you consume, definitely will be drinking more of these as the weather gets colder.

Oct 23, 2020
THE_VANDAL from Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super-milky and easy to drink stout, with a light sweetness from the lactose add. Pours super fluffy due to the added nitro cart. Nutty malts, coffee, and toffee dominate in the mouth...velvety swallow, finishing with a lightly tangy zest. Probably one of the smoothest stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Oct 20, 2020
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Brook82 from Ohio

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

Good across the board. Dark color with tan head, light lacing. smelled a bit smokey when first poured, as it warmed it got more malt influenced to the aroma. Nice even tastIng beer, smooth and pleasant feel.

Oct 10, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours dark copper with a 1 inch thick, creamy tan head. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roast malts.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

This is a thick, chewy milk stout. Filling.

Apr 14, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark dark caramel fluffy head being a milk stout and not being filtered kind of bugs me out a little, strong bitter coffee caramel sour notes, very suttle coffee note that doesnt kill in the bitterness this would be a good breakfast beer, nice semi thick body with low carbonation

Mar 19, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Normal pour into stout glass produced 1 finger, dark parchment colored, quickly dissipating head. Good lacing, moderate carbonation. Best buy date of 08/07/2020. Brew presents as nearly opaque.

S - Notes of lactose and coffee are at the forefront. Roasted malt and chocolate also make an appearance.

T - Very nice. This brew is a tad sweet for my taste but very enjoyable nonetheless. Lactose and coffee, chocolate and malt notes are all present. There doesn't seem to be any artificial flavors present; everything seems rather genuine and more or less in balance.

M - This brew does tend to linger a touch. However, though this brew does not finish all too clean, this isn't a terrible thing. This brew is pretty tasty. Granted, I feel that this brew is a touch thick. With that being said, there is no oil slick mouthfeel.

D - Left Hand Milk Stout is one of the first milk stouts I ever had the pleasure of sampling, so this review is long overdue. Truthfully, I thought I had reviewed this one already but I was mistaken. All in all, it's one of the more common milk stouts one will encounter on their individual beer journey. It's a brew that every stout lover should try at least once. Granted, there are other milk stouts that I prefer. However, this is a top notch brew in every sense of the word. I'm betting that if you do try it, you'll definitely be having it again.

Feb 24, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a bottle at a local restaurant tonight. I've not had many milk be honest the only milk stout I've had is Duck Rabbit and that's a damn good beer. Im my area milk stouts are rare so I was intrigued when I saw this on the menu.
I wasn't able to pour it into a glass so I can't tell you the color. The bottle also recommended I pour it into a special stout glass for the best possible flavor but I was forced to ride bare back. The smell was similar to Duck Rabbit's... a robust coffee mixed with earth. It tasted like it smelled. Coffee notes, toasty grains, and a little sweetness to ease it down. It's the kind of beer that sticks with you, as in it fills you up and has a thickness to it. I enjoyed it so much I ordered another with my steak dinner and it paired perfectly. Like I said, I'm a duck rabbit guy but Left Hand really gives them some stiff competition. I definitely recommend this one

Feb 16, 2020
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Martin194 from Iowa

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

Look: Deep, opaque black-brown with a light brown head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Roasted coffee with sweet and nutty undertones.

Taste: Rich, dark coffee, some earthy, herbal notes of rather subtle hops. The hops get a bit stronger in the aftertaste, leaving a pleasantly bitter taste.

Feel: Normal carbonation, medium body, very smooth. Leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Very nice stout.

Dec 24, 2019
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks like Guinness
Smell: Roasted dark malts, sweeter than a lot of other stouts.
Taste:: Smooth, creamy, dark malt, bitterness offset by nitro.
Feel; Wonderful nitro feel. Smooth as velvet
Overall: This is my go to cooler seasons ale. A bit sweeter than a typical stout. That is the only issue.

Oct 11, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can with a best by date 4 months away.

Pours near-black with a persistent tan head and lacing.

The nose and taste feature very classic, well-executed notes of roast, chocolate, and peanut butter.

The mouthfeel is a nice substantial medium.

Overall, very good. Classic.

Aug 18, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

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.

Aug 07, 2019
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DavidD3 from New Jersey

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.

Jun 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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!

May 15, 2019
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AstroT from Massachusetts

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

Apr 18, 2019
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eugene17pluto from New Jersey

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

Apr 14, 2019
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briandgilbert from Illinois

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.

Mar 26, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

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.

Feb 24, 2019
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

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.

Feb 22, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Feb 21, 2019
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