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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
Ranking:
#3,842
Reviews:
1,778
Ratings:
6,879
pDev:
12.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
316
Gots:
1,581
Trade:
2
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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RJLarse
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Left Hand Milk Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a bubbly tan head.

Smell is a dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste is dark and sweet. Burned sugar, charcoal and licorice.

Mothfeel had a lot of body, with a cloying sugary nature.

Overall a nice stout. Not the creamy feel I was expecting from a milk stout. But it's good.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngryDutchman
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purple can with cartoon cow, black tab with the Left Hand logo.
Excellent start.

Aroma/flavor are smooth and malty, none of the extraneous "other" adjuncts/additives. It's an excellent Stout in a world that keeps trying to "improve" a classic beer style by additions to attract attention but fall flat by forgetting to taste like their core identity.

I love this beer. Just don't let SMOS find out...

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Photo of Duncian
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Black. Small tan head that didn't stick around and left minimal lacing.

S---Roasty. Coffee predominates, but dark chocolate is clearly there as well.

T---Excellent. Coffee & dark chocolate are in the forefront, but there's some roasted nuttiness in the background.

F---Creamy & smooth. Very nice example of a stout.

O---Very nice. Not extraordinary, but good enough to want more than one.

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Photo of Ekish58
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deets
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yat282
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rabbott2
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Everest
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Creamy and smooth when chilled, yet evolves into a complex set of milky bitters as you work through the bottle. As it gradually warms true character of the beer is released. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of kevintaraross
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Riff
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with very little off-white head that fades to a little ring around the glass. Smells of milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is a little light roasted coffee with half and half, milk chocolate, a hint of bitterness. Slightly lingering sweet flavor. Creamy, medium body. Classic, solid flavors.

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Photo of austinc94
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCoolCro
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrgabrielrodriguez
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this on draught, nitro infused!
Instant eye candy of cascading, dark waves from nitro pour. Pours a decent head with very uniform lace. The nose is strong with dark chocolate and toasted malt. The taste is sweeter for a stout, as was the purpose in this particular brew. The mouth feel, off the nitro, was excstacy. To.my surprise, the finish had a tinge of biterness to it and a small drying effect. Not what I was consider, very hoppy, but a bite more than is usual for a stout, let alone a sweet stout. Overall, It was superb. You'll catch me ordering this any time! Pairs great with sausage and bratwurst and any baked goods containing chocolate or caramel!

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Photo of Austinmassey45
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sbuck
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Libeertarian
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 05/05/17:

Not the Nitro Version! I still need to review that one.

Dark reddish brown, so dark it seems opaque in all but the most direct light. It has a brownish tan head of fine-bubbled, creamy foam. Great retention and crooked bands of lace still attached in places to the head. Pleasantly smoky aroma, likes cigars or even pipes, with metallic, roasty, faint cocoa and cinnamon, and almost meaty suggestions beyond that, definitely not as sweet as expected. Palate is definitely pipe smoke, it’s strong with wood smoke, tobacco smoke, dark roast coffee, soil, toffee, with faintest hints of dark fruit and cocoa. Nice smoky and soily retro-olfaction. A perfect bitter-sweetness (but also semi-tart and almost metallic), but not so much from any hops that might be in this, serving mostly to balance. Body is lighter, especially for a stout, but I’d still call it medium. Even though this isn’t the nitro version, carbonation is very fine and active, achieving a much sought-after velvety texture. I haven’t had many in this style, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this take on it, more than I would your average English, American, Irish, or Oatmeal Stout, even. Can’t wait to try the Nitro version! The only other one of this style I have had so far was much fancier and much boozier but had too much going on, at least compared to this (I still very much enjoyed it about as much, but for other reasons). Licorice notes, for example, are really only good in moderation if you are someone who has never really enjoyed that flavor by itself. This doesn’t have them at all. Hops, then. If this had any more or any crazier hops in it, it would detract from everything else. That’s why this is slightly better to my palate than a number of the otherwise amazing West-Coast takes on the American Stout. Subdued hops that taste like soil and tobacco are the way to go. Pine or leather are too much for something already so robust and gritty. If you’re going to go that far you might as well brew a Cascadian Black Ale, heavy on the citrus and the molasses notes.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feuematt
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading tan head...taste is sweet milk coffee and cocoa...a pretty decent beer but does not really separate itself from other stouts.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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