Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #306
Ranked #7,218
4 | pDev: 12%
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
Reviews: 1,818 | Ratings: 7,089 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 05, 2017
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uvachief from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Pours dark and impenetrable. Full 2 g fingers of head from draft. Smell grains and sugar. Coffee. Chocolate. Very light in the mouth. Not heavy. Definitely a light ABV. Reminds me of Guinness. Lighter. Hints of cream in the mouth. Subtle chocolate and coffee going down. No bitterness. Very drinkable. Won't face plant you. Smooth but leaves me wanting a Founders Breakfast. I'm not as fired up about it as others.

Oct 14, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very watery, unexpectedly sweet, not a favorite

Jan 02, 2015
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jmv0009 from Alabama

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at a bar in Nanjing. Poured into a pint glass.
If you don't like sweet stouts then stay away from this one. One of the sweetest milk stouts I have had. It's a good thing I enjoy them. This one is very smooth and sweet. Cream, chocolate, light coffee but not bitter. Just creamy, sweet and smooth. Not heavy, very drinkable. Will get this again in winter for sure.

Jul 12, 2016
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Guas99 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +25%

Smooth and creamy with a velvety finish, no bitterness.

Oct 19, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours with a large, medium-density tan head over an opaque body.

Aroma: perhaps my imagination but some dairy odors seem to join the dark roasted malts.

Flavor: slightly sweet: Excellent sweet-bitter balance for style. Some hops and hint of dark chocolate and coffee apparent in the roasty aftertaste.

Feel: very smooth, medium body. Well carbonated.

Oct 15, 2014
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Kampfar from Germany

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

(Had both, the normal Milk stout and the Nitro-version, which cannot be reviewed separately.) Poured from 355 mL. Black colored beer, with a light brown frothy head, which is rapidly diminishing. Slightly smooth mouthfeel, texture is a little bit thicker than normal, nearly creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation. Compared to that, the Nitro-version shows a more creamy head (very long lasting) and texture (but not as creamy as expected) and soft carbonation. The milk stout has an aroma of roasted malts (more intensely recognizable than in the Nitro-version), dark chocolate, roasted coffee & slight yeast. Moderate sweet initial taste, light bitter aftertaste. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts, some hints of chocolate. The finish is dominated by coffee flavor and is slightly astringent. The intensity of the flavor and aroma is slightly better in the normal milk stout, whereas the palate is better with the nitrogen added. Overall both very pleasant and enjoyable stouts.

Nov 30, 2015
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

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!

Apr 26, 2018
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jasadewi from Tennessee

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown color, almost black.
S: Very sweet and chocolate based smell.
T: Tastes somewhat of coffee. Very powerful milk sweetness, it'd be hard to not detect the mil flavors in this one. Not enjoying it as much as I thought, but decent if you want a sweet milk taste.
M: Heavy mouth feel, perhaps a medium bodied feel for this style of beer.
O: Overall, I was underwhelmed. Though, it wasn't bad. I would definitely recommend this to those who want a sweet milk stout.

May 07, 2016
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

May 26, 2018
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Ledabug from Georgia

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know anything about beer I just know this is delicious. The first dark beer I've enjoyed. It has great flavor without being overwhelming. It's not bitter or too sweet.

Jul 29, 2016
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 21, 2018
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OpenStoutLover from Michigan

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout I've had so far. Perfectly sweet, rich in flavor, and fantastically alcoholic. HA! Seriously if anyone can find a better stout, hit me up. The taste is amazing.

Dec 14, 2016
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip glass. Great tan head and good retention, pitch black otherwise. Smells of typical roasted malts with a touch of chocolate, and the taste is similar with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is absolutely incredible. This is the silkiest, smoothest stout I've ever had, yet it doesn't coat my mouth unpleasantly. Overall, a great feeling beer without a stellar taste to back it up. Still, definitely worth my time.

Aug 19, 2017
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hotpauko from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review from a hophead. From tap, after a taste from wife's had to get a pint. Quality beer very similar in look, feel and taste to Guinness. Review is outside after a spicy meal. Good look, nice foam retained throughout. Mouth feel was nice and smooth if you got a little foam, but was a little thin w/o. Overall taste was of a good dark stout, coffee apparent with a smoky ambience, but def not as strong and robust as some others. I can see how others really like this beer and I enjoyed it esp at the start, it just leveled off after. But overall well worth a try or a 6.

Jan 18, 2015
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Dec 05, 2018
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Jelitikasez from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, viscous, yummy, round, bitter sweet. Love stouts and porters, and this is my favorite standard go-to.
This is to beer what chocolate cake is to dessert. And incidentally, they taste great together.

Aug 05, 2017
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stratusjeans from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this beer. I originally bought it to be my Day-Off Beer, but it's great to start a vacation or just to have on the weekends or for dessert.

Appearance: Looks black, until you realize it's a dark caramel color tinted few shades of red. Poured into a Pilsner glass with a very thin dark tan head. Very inviting.

Smell: You can smell the lactose which gives it a nice sweetness and somehow smells very fresh. It could be me, but I have a hard time pinpointing additional aromas.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full bodied beer with a lingering heaviness.

Taste: The sweetness comes forward, but dissolves to dark coffee. They really work together and balance nicely with the roasted malt. The flavor hangs on your tongue for a long while.

Overall: A fantastic beer that I try and keep on hand at all times.

Oct 14, 2014
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EMH73 from New York

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a one inch tan head that left some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Lactose sweetness is very evident in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

May 07, 2017
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Jun 14, 2018
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Marty from Maine

3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer. Poured a dark brown with a slight amber hue, not pitch black like some other stouts that I really enjoy. The light brown head made a brief appearance, but quickly subsided, leaving not a trace of sticky goodness on the glass. This beer is not very complex; it's sweet alright, but somewhat thin and watery, and not very aromatic. I don't think I'll pick this one up again.

Dec 08, 2006
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Mar 31, 2018
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dvanhandel from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Jul 13, 2013
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NateMac13 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Sep 01, 2012
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

May 12, 2013
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