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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Photo of antman27
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bockrules
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a burnt motor oil black with ruby highlights. Capped by a dense, two-finger deep tan head. Head stays intact until almost the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a few large splotches of lacing.

S - Somewhat mild smell of milk chocolate and earthy hops

T - A bit of coco upfront. The body is full of silky milk chocolate goodness that is backed by a suitable amount of earthy hops. Hops come to the forefront as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to slightly bitter, milk chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to give the beer a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Though I served this a bit too warm (maybe 58 F), a found that is a very solid beer that gives Young's Double Chocolate a run for its money for half the price. I've had it on tap, and can say that it becomes even more drinkable when cold. Used this brew for our fraternities annual beer competition several years back. I think it lost to a Corona knock-off with added lime flavor - Oh well I guess there's no hope for some. I would buy this again.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

A: Dark brown to black color, with about a single finger of creamy white head.

S: Nothing fantastic about the nose of this beer. Smells stouty...Kind of a mild coffee/malt aroma.

T: Now the taste brings it. This is a very nice smooth drinkable stout. The lactose is fore front (which I liked) with some coffee and vanilla been back drop.

M: Great texture. Nice body.

D: A very sessionable stout. I could sit down and have 4 of these no problem. Great stout on the sweet side of the spectrum.

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Photo of piconaut
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of FilumDee
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of fleurdelou
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass this beer was dark, nearly black. It had a brown-tanish head that disappeared quickly leaving a nice lace that sticks around. It smells of burnt malt and a little coffee. The taste is of chocolate and some mocha that gets better with every sip. This beer fills the mouth without being too heavy. Overall, enjoyable, but their are better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich mahogany (fiancee says a dark root beer color). Beer is 99% opaque, and the head is a rich, frothy tan. Light lacing, and decent head retention.

Smell: Toasty, rich and sweet toffee malt. Dark roast coffee. Carob bean. Mellow and sweet. Perfect for a milk stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is slightly tart as it touches the tongue. Bitterness around the edges, a pretty gnarly coffee vibe. Pretty strong and very tasty. Doesn't exhibit a great deal of thickness, something I desire in a stout. Aftertaste is malty goodness, finishes slightly wet.

Overall: Very good beer...the only thing throwing it off is a thinness that is uncharacteristic of the genre. Otherwise, superb.

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Photo of engagechad
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at Station 2 in Richmond, VA - pint

Pours amazing.. man.. nitro. yes.

massive pillow head and slow fading lace is just a damn beautiful thing. Smells nice and smooth and the taste follows, perfectly malty and thick almost like a desert. Mouthfeel is the star obviously because of the delivery, silky smooth like a milkshake.

If you've never had a milk stout on nitro just do it.. man o man

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Photo of chucksim
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Fr0stb1te
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tard24
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick black to very dark brown. Head is pretty weak and dissipates quickly.

S: Not a lot here... subtle malt but that's about it.

T: Some malt some chocolate. The milk taste comes through near the end giving it a pretty good finish. The flavors all seem somewhat subdued.

M: Sits alright, pretty light. Not a lot of flavors develop. Some chocolate I suppose.

Overall I picked this because I was confident it was going to be a winner. It ended in disappointment. This co2 bottle has nothing on the nitro tap version that I was used to. The flavors here didn't develop as much on the palate and I was left with a slightly above average stout. This was really like a slightly better version of Guinness draught (which I am not a fan of)

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Photo of smonice
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Jan 25, 2009

Black, with just a hit of reddish color on the edges when held up to the light. 3 finger head. Smells really good, has a coffee smell. Taste has that coffee come through more, and chocolate, there are hops, but they balance this brew out perfectly! This is one mighty fine brew! One of the smoothest beers I have had! Great beer...

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Photo of mbbransc
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gregshead
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thin dark brown with a trace of head that fizzles, pops and then is gone.

S: Sweet sugar and roasted grain smell. Smell makes me think of sugar crystals in a dark roasty stout

T: Lots of creamy sweet taste with pops of roasted malt

M: Light and creamy with some carbonation

O: Usually I'm not impressed by milk stouts but this one definitely made me reconsider that. Well done Left Hand Brewing.

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Photo of msarver16
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of smurphy493
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of shadetree67
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz nitro bottle poured into nonic pint

Appearance - Dark but light still comes thru. A nice head of about 1/2 inch is present after pouring hard into the glass.

Smell - Roasted malt and milk chocolate

Taste - Lots of malt, milk chocolate, a slight taste of coffee. Prior to warming up, there were hints of "burnt" flavor but as it approached room temperature it smoothed out.

Mouthfeel - My first milk stout and this is very smooth and creamy. Wish there was a bit more carbonation, but this is probably to be expected since it is "nitro".

Overall - This is a very drinkable beer and the 6% ABV isn't noticeable.

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Photo of robgutie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/20/2010 Tasted on 4/11/2010

Aroma - The nose is a pretty good coffee and roast, all parts of a good stout

Appearance - Poured a dark dark brown with a light brown head with a thin head collar

Taste - Sweet and roasty. Smooth with tons of flavor. Not overly sweet but balanced well with the roasted notes.

Notes - Why don't I drink more milk stouts but I suspect after a few I might get a little palate fatigue

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Photo of Fusion7777
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of vmdominguez
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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