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Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,744
Ratings:
6,731
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
24.74%
 
 
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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally, I tend to enjoy stouts (and porters, in all their various permutations) as much as ... well, I guess I'll just say that I enjoy them and leave it at that. I think a nice roasty stout on a foggy SF night is a perfect combination, and if it's an imperial stout with some warming alcohol in it, all the better. But Texas in the summer? Eh, not so much. My mind may be thinking cold but the world around me is way too hot! Which brings me to... milk stout. While I wouldn't say it's a summer beer, I think the sweetness of a milk stout makes for a nice beer when you're craving some chocolaty, roasty goodness. And since I don't see Left Hand in SF I thought I'd give it a try.

Poured into my Ranger Creek nonic. Got a couple of fingers of head off of it that gradually dissipated. Nice lacing. It's dark, almost black, and a few shades off from being completely opaque. Smells wonderful. The sweet notes come through in the aroma. I'm ending the night with this beer and it's definitely dessert in a bottle.

From the first sip on, I love the balance. It's sweet, definitely, but not cloyingly so. And the chocolate notes are there, more milk chocolate than bitter/dark chocolate. (note: I'm pairing it with a square of dark chocolate and some Redemption Rye to boot, per a suggestion.) I like my stouts to have a full body and this doesn't disappoint. Makes me curious as to what trying it on nitro does.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 -15.3%
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 -18.4%
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 -1%
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 -1%
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 Kampfar
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +8.9%
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 +27.6%

Smooth and creamy with a velvety finish, no bitterness.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +10.2%

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +14.8%

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TxHopHead4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich black color - black as night. Seriously, this is one of the darkest beers I've seen. NO light gets through this sucker, unless you hold it directly in front of a 60 watt bulb, and even then, only the deepest browns come out. The head is a light tan color, very thick and creamy in appearance, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, sweet chocolate with some roasted malts. The nose is very inviting.

Left Hand Milk Stout is super creamy and thick, it literally feels like vitamin D milk in your mouth. The taste starts off with bittersweet chocolate chips and dense, chocolate milk. There is a slight coffee background in the first few sips that gets more and more noticeable the more and more you drink (and the warmer the beer gets), until the coffee bean/espresso flavor is fairly prominent near the bottom half of the glass. This beer is very malt heavy (chocolate sweetness, coffee bitterness) with almost no hops or floral flavors to speak of. Low to medium carbonation leaving a very slight snap on the back of your tongue.

This beer is very nice. Sweet and silky smooth, easily drinkable, and fairly robust in flavor. Overall it's pretty great, especially given the price. Not to mention, it's available all year round.

UPDATE: 3/16/2013 - not going to write a separate review for the Nitro version. I'll just update some stuff. Flavor was a little less-explosive than I remember it, but it was still damn good. Bits of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt wrapped in a soothing blanket of sweetness without going overboard. Mouth feel with nitrogen is amazing; super creamy and out of this world. Head lasts until the end of the beer, too.

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Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-07. Served in snifter. Best before 15 May 2009.

A: Almost black, but held by the light it reveals clear dark brown colors. The head is small, lightly cappuccino colored, settles fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: A soft but still rather powerful, very round smell. Lots of sweet chocolate. Some coffee, chocolate syrup, noticeable vanilla, Reminds me of chocolate milk. Strangely, the alcohol is also detectable.

T: Duplicates the smell to a great extent. Some roasted malts, plenty of sweet chocolate, notes of coffee, milk, milk chocolate and quite a lot of vanilla. No fruit aromas to talk about. Sweet flavors definitely dominates. In the finish there is a very restrained bitterness, dark fudge, some soy sauce and notes of licorice.

M: Very smooth, rather full-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: Among the best milk stouts I've tried. Not your biggest stout, but very smooth and calm. Quite bold flavors considering the low ABV.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Typical of the style, the beer is pitch black and the thin head goes instantly with not much lace. The nose is deep roasted dark malt, alcohol, and burnt chocolate.

Tastes like the same roasted malt I picked up in the nose with very smooth chocolate tones, smokey notes, and a burnt aftertaste. A very subdued sweetness is over the whole. This is a restrained, artful sweet stout. Those who really like it fulsome will be disappointed I think.

The mouthfeel is really wonderful it is creamy and has a nice oomph, but manages to escape opressive weight.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ccapurso
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tbryan5
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Herze
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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