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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: Rotating

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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Reviews: 1,741 | Ratings: 6,711
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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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 LXIXME
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium to slightly larger sized light brown head settles into a pretty healthy lacing above this clear dark brown to almost black colored stout.

Black licorice, rich roasted grain malts, and light sweet chocolate hints in the aroma of this beer.

Rich creamy milk chocolate, dark heavily roasted malts, with just a touch of sweetness in the taste.

Dryish creamy aftertaste with a lot of the dark milk chocolate and heavy malts lingering on with this full bodied Left hand offering.

Pretty tasty and I forgot to buy ice cream, I this would taste pretty good with a half scoop of French Vanilla floating in it.

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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 kojevergas
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 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice deep, deep brown color with a light tan head. The head is fairly long-lasting. The nose is nice with some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of light sweetness. The taste is a bit more plain with some light chocolate and a touch of roast. The feel is nice and creamy. Drinks really well and is a nice cold-weather session brew.

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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 nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of dark tan head that leaves behind thick lace and has decent retention. The beer is black with dark amber around the sides and at the bottom of the glass.

S - Sweet and malty with a bit of coffee in the nose.

T - Dull sweetness up front followed by big coffee like roast barley bitterness. The finish is where I begin to detect some dairy essence in a long, milk chocolate finish.

M - Thick with a fairly high carbonation that lifts the flavors off the palate and prevents the beer from being overly sticky or heavy.

D - This is a great, highly drinkable beer. The flavors are excelent and the body is thick and rich, as it shold be. The almost surprisingly high level of carbonation really adds to the character of the beer by preventing the flavors from becoming oppressive and it especially aids the drinkability. The aroma would be the only disapointment for me as there just doesn't seem to be much there.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of light tan head. Fades down fast. Color is a dark brown, near black..

Aroma: A lot of roasted malts and chocolate. Dry flavors. Pretty malty. Not to hoppy.

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate. Roasted malts. Creamy milky flavors. Lots of malts. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a decent beer. I have had this on nitro and really liked it. Bottle, it is okay. Decent drinkability.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 2/15/2012. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, cream, vanilla, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength. Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, biscuit, and light herbal hops. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and vanilla on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and not cloyingly sweet at all. Quite robust feeling as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice and well rounded milk stout. Nice balance of flavors; and very smooth and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with brown edges in the glass. Nitro works well for a great foam without overdoing it. Pour less vigorously if you like it less nitro-fied. Deep, dark, rich and fairly sweet. Nice roasted malt, dark caramel, and a hoppy touch. Starts out winey and roasty, long nose of grain and chocolate, and ends with a pleasant bitterness. All in all, one of the better stouts on the maltier side.

I think they're onto something here. A great drinkable stout, now creamier and more fun. Just plain drinkable.

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This milk stout looks more like a weak porter or even a dark lager. It's ruddy brown in color and is nowhere near opaque. The ecru colored cap displays shallow pits on its surface and falls uneventfully to a thin film, leaving absolutely no lace.

The aroma is weak and consists of milk chocolate and a faint whiff of coffee. The flavor switches thing around a little bit and is coffee-dominant. Were coffee beans used in the brewing? There's a hint of cocoa in the background, along with a slight metallic tang.

The body/mouthfeel is disappointing, especially for a beer that calls itself a stout. It's thin and two-dimensional, not thick, rich, or creamy in the least.

Left Hand Milk Stout is not a stout, I don't care what the label says. A light porter maybe, but not even a very good one of those.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a bubbly cap of chalk white bubbles.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with some roasty grain notes, a bit of scorched sugar and a pint of chocolate milk.

Taste: Dark malts with a chocolate milk flavor. A bit of roastiness perks up. Crumbled fudge cookies. Medium sweetness. There's only a mild bitterness present, so the beer certainly remains on the sweet side. Finishes roasty and milky sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not bad! A flavorful, sweetish milk stout.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/5/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark malts.

T: The taste is very creamy and milky, with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. It’s very sweet and malt as well. The hops presence is very mild but it works well for this beer. The after-taste is quite sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, a little filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a nice stout that I could drink a few of until I get too full and one of the better stouts that I’ve had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown, essentially black, and pretty opaque. Large tan head faded very slowly to reveal a thick layer of lace that lasted till the bitter end. Smell was alot of chocolate to say the least. Huge lactose mile profile, but bigtime light chocolate aroma. The flvor picked right up where that left off. Very smooth, could use a tad more carbonation but really very nice. This was more of a chocolate stout, then a milk stout to me, but the sweetness is very prevelent. Low ABV makes this totally a session beer. Overall very nice and highly recommeded for a try. Really redeemed left habd for me after the smoke jumper.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this in the first years of my discovering American Craft beer -it has a soft spot in my heart. I picked this up in a mix six from Al's of Hampden. 12oz poured cool, not cold into a 1/2 pint

A - A deep brown color with caramel hues at base w/ translucent clarity and thick cap of beige with a creamy appearance. The lace clings in lazy rings

S - The smell is a mild roasted malt and caramel sweet note with slight fruit ester, but a light note of pine hops is present also - a very mild yet fragrant nose

M - The feel is what I love -everything in balance from the roasted notes and mild creamy yeast to the slight bitterness the hops provide without an over the top char quality it is a very smooth and gently sweet beer

T - The taste is mild coffee with slight caramel malt and hints of pine from the hops with a mellow creamy malt flavor. The taste lingers after the swallow and makes for a nice roasted, yet subtle sweet taste of mild toasted malt and light sugar from the lactose a real pleasing flavor that seems content to bring you the malt side without forgetting the hops there to keep it from cloying

D - A really great Milk stout -very nice example of the style and this has been available for years -I like the new label too, but if you like malt focused beers this will probably hit the spot

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