Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles fairly slowly. Leaves some beer ring lacing as it does. Additional substantial lacing as you drink it down.

S: Malty, mocha, and pecan shells.

T: Dark roasted coffee malt. A little nutty, a little bitter, and just a little sweet.... like licorice. Fresh rye bread.

M: Full, heavy body. Bitter and sweet start, peaty dry finish.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is great here. Formidable dark appearance with a great foamy head to top it off. Nose is not complicated, but very full. Flavor is robust. Again, not so complex but a lot of it. Great balance of bitter and sweet. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black and just a shade away from opaque; just a little bit of light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Two fingers of creamy, tan head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a bubbly lacing, thin film, and ring around the edge.

Smell: I could smell cocoa as soon as I popped the cap. In the glass it has a delicious chocolate aroma, which is a blend of both roasted dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. It also has a nice roasted coffee presence, too. There is a little vanilla and toffee in there, as well, and it also has a bit of nuttiness.

Taste: The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, and the taste follows suit. It has a backbone of roasted chocolate and roasted coffee malts, which is balanced nicely with the sweetness of milk chocolate and milk. Other reviewers say it tastes like coffee with a lot of cream, and I will have to take their word for it; I don't drink coffee. The roasted bitterness I expect from a good stout is there, but it is kept at bay. As the pint warms, the bitterness diminishes and the lactose creaminess takes over; the vanilla from the smell emerges at this point to contribute to the smoothness. During one sip I caught a little bit of alcohol sharpness, but it was only once.

Drinkability: Color me impressed. I did not expect much, but Milk Stout has proven itself as a tasty and deserving treat. Though not spectacular, it is very well crafted and drinkable.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,824 ratings.
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