Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

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Ratings:
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pDev:
12.28%
 
 
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Reviews by cjohnson:
Photo of cjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that looks pretty murky, but is actually surprisingly translucent held up to the light. Some orange-red highlights on the edges. On an aggressive pour I got about two fingers worth of nice, light cappuccino colored head that faded really quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

The smell really reminds me of chocolate milk, but there's also a little bit of a coffee smell going on too. Overall the smell is pleasant, though pretty mild.

This tastes kind of what I would imagine chocolate flavored cream to taste like. Overall the chocolate flavors aren't too strong, and certainly not overwhelming -- not a sweet stout for sure. As the beer warmed up some more roasted malt and coffee flavors started to come through, with just a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most milk-like thing about this beer. It's light, but also creamy; smooth and velvety.

Overall a very drinkable beer, that's a bit creamier than some other milk stouts I've had. Not my favorite stout, not even my favorite milk stout, but a good one nonetheless.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

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Photo of desireonrepeat
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very watery, unexpectedly sweet, not a favorite

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Photo of Marty
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Kampfar
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.27/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Guas99
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Smooth and creamy with a velvety finish, no bitterness.

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Photo of jkblr
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Ledabug
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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 EMH73
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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 RozzieBoy
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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 OpenStoutLover
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely black with ruby red hue,light head caramel colored head that left a nice lace.Smelled of very bitter chocolate,tasted nece and sweet with chocolate and burnt tones,very creamy in texture,like drinking desert.Nice hop flavor to balance out at the end,I really enjoyed this stout.

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Photo of Dekhar
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The nitro-bottle works as advertised here creating a massive lava explosion of beer foam that works its way up the glass. The beer is a very dark brown and the head is a very pretty lighter brown. I hate to be taken in by the gimmick, but this is a really cool-looking beer.

Smell - The nose has some nice roasted malts along with some stiff coffee grounds and a bit of chocolate. The milk aroma is faint.

Taste - The milk comes out much more at the taste and the roasted character is significant.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth like a milk shake and medium-bodied with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability - You could gulp this down in two or three swallows it is so smooth and light in the cheeks.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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