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
Ratings:
6,824
Reviews:
1,764
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
312
Gots:
1,547
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 6,824 |  Reviews: 1,764
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent beverage, a transition from a soda pop, or an ovaltine. Looks like coke with a snap crackle from active carbonation. Roasty medium mouthfeel coffee cocoa nutty bittersweet chocolate. Very dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Not too smooth, but easy drink. Where are the cookies?

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tons of lace but only a half finger head, black with no light getting through.

S: coffee and roast dominate.

T: light coffee and roast with perfect semi sweet dark chocolate finish.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body. a little creamy.

Overall: I liked this one a lot but then again I like most milk stouts.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap that lasts. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate milk. Taste is of the roasted malt, slight coffee beans, and dark cocoa powder. Mild roast bitterness on the palate quickly fades. Due to the nitro-tap this beer is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good milk stout that I would get again. My first beer from Left Hand.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had it on a nitro tap at illegal pete's in denver. i have enjoyed this one countless times from the bottle, but thought it might work well on the nitro. i was mistaken, their tap system must have been off, bartender didnt even charge for it. came oout totally flat. with that in mind, i'll review this beer as from a bottle, because it is excellent normally. pours a shiny dark brown color with a thin tan head. nose is sugary, creamy, and deep. taste is sweet from the residual milk sugars, and robust from the dark roasted malts. you might get a cavity from drinking too many of these, but its a very well made beer. one of the better milk stouts out there, just stay away from the nitro tap at pete's!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep black colored liquid with a thin tan head on it. The lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer is chocolatey and roasted. The taste of the beer has a really good creamy lactose flavor to it. The beer is sweet but it's well balanced. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, the body is between medium and heavy. Overal this beer is pretty good, I would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in colors; traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose. As the beer warms up, hints of chocolate also become noticeable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The appearance and mouthfeel are probably the best parts of this beer. It’s very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What has largely become the epitome of milk stout, Left Hand celebrates the smooth and velvety textures of roasted grain with the balance of milk sugars for a lush dark taste and stately austere.

Pouring pitch black with ribbons of mahogany piercing its edges, a frothy mocha-stained head separates and floats above. Broken lace trails with each and every sip.

Bold aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, walnut, whipping cream, and burnt caramel command the nose, and doing so with firm char and light ash. With virtually no fruit, spice, or hop contributions- the beer's robust scent is all about roasted malt and supporting sweetness.

Equally as bold in taste as aroma, the bold flavor is chocked full of robust coffee, bittersweet chocolate, malted milk candies, cream, walnuts, and lightly singed caramels. It's a balanced taste that all rises in similar intensity and careful not to allow one taste to dominate. Light woodish hops weave into the roast and mild earth for a subtle signal of closure in finish. The beer is simply a straight forward dialogue between roast and sweetness.

Full and creamy, its body is of velvet, silk, and satin. But as soon as the cream proves to be fast-fleeting, so is the beer behind. Retaining is soft and milky texture fully to finish, its semi-roasty-dry finish is from roasted grain, slight residual sweetness, and light coffee-like bitterness.

Few beers balance the roast as well as what's found in this traditionally brewed milk stout. It sure stands up to its name and style-sake.

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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a nitro-bottle into a pilsner glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high since I love stouts and it was on nitro - always an excellent choice for creamy stouts.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Milk, cream, nuts, roast, and slight barley. A light hint of chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Light roast, milky notes, cream, and light nuts. Fairly complex. Pretty well built and decently balanced.

Mf: Quite smooth and wet. Fairly creamy. It suits the flavours, but more cream would be ideal especially considering the style.

Dr: Quite drinkable and of pretty good quality. Nitro was an excellent choice. I fancy it, and so will other fans of stouts.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a small beige head that fritters away to a film while leaving a few shards of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and a bit of roast in the aroma

Taste: Starts out chocolatey with hints of caramel and finishes that way, too; slight bitter coffee at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and easy to drink; enjoyable

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled: 01/07/2012

Poured into a pint shaped glass mug, it has the standard nitro slow motion cascade of tiny bubbles moving through it. Creamy head of tan foam that settles to a thin, well-defined cap. Some frothy lace forms a collar around the edges.

Cafe latte aroma, cream, chocolate, and coffee, though rather mild. Nicely melded and very smooth.

Similar chocolate and mild coffee flavors, dry with a light sweetness at first, and mild roast in the middle. Very smooth and creamy feeling, but also a bit flat. Sort of like an English stout on cask. Milk chocolate, lactose, very mellow coffee that imparts little to no bitterness or acidity. Overall it's not wildly different from the regular version, though it seems every tap in town is nitro at the moment anyway.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color stout with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of light roasted malt with some coffee. Taste is also dominated by some coffee malt with a good lactose feel also noticeable. The creamy texture was very interesting with a nice full body. I thought this beer was well balance between roasted coffee malt and the creamy lactose aspect of it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a tan, foamy, one-finger head. Left some small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet, tons of caramel and chocolate.

T - This truly is a sweet stout. The chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors are outstanding.

M - It was soft, creamy and milky. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. The chocolate sweetness is very good.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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