Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just happened to be in a recent sixer of Polestar Pilsner I purchased. Been meaning to give it a try for a while, so this was quite propitious. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a slight tan head that dissipates fairly quickly with not much lacing to speak of. Smells of dark chocolate, burnt wood, and some slight caramel sweetness coming through. Taste is very complex with some sugary syrup, roasted almonds, malts, creamy milkiness and chocolate at the forefront, and some toffee in the background. Thick and somewhere between medium and full-bodied with none of that watered down feel some stouts and porters can tend to give you. This is a full-on surprise of a beer and one of my new faves.

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

For myself, this is one incredible brew. The nose is amazing...full of chocolate expresso bean aroma. The taste is nothing less than phenomenal and the finish is one of the best of any beer that I've tasted. Very balanced.

This will definitely be stocked in my fridge.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as black as my heart into the mug...with cocoa colored lace...

Smells of roasted cacao beans...

Roasted dark chocolate...coffee...with a cream toffee center....One is reminded of the those chocolate cow tails...the cocoa coated vainilla twists...

Heavy...creamy...this is a substantial beer...chewy...delicious... Jack wouldn't have traded this cow for any beans!...

Perfect beer for an after dinner treat...especially during the Holidays...A great converstation warmer too...

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Photo of Trueant1
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle says bottled on 08/29/07 so it is 4 months old now.

Pours a dark brown. Has a thick frothy off white head that sticks around. Great lacing with some chuncks on the side of the glass.

The smell is exceptional!!! Smells of expresso beans, milk chocolate, pepper, taffy, hops, and lots more.

Taste is MMM!!! YUMMM>>> Comparable to Moylands stout. I love this one. Bitter hop balanced by very sweet chocolate malts. Espresso beans coffie and hot chocolate flavors all wraped up in a very smooth dry charachter. The only complaint is it seems a little thin to me. I could drink way to many of these.

YUMMMY! Just how a stout should be.

Note: Every thing I have tasted by left hand has been exceptional. I love the brewery as my top 5.

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Photo of Shmohel
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everything I love in a beer. Nice roasty toasty malts.

Not an exceedingly large head, but a nice brownish tint typical of dark beers. Everything I would expect. Taking a whiff of it took me to another world smelling all those malty aroma. The tast actually had more bite than I expected. I was expecting something a little more sweeter.

Overall a great buy. After having been recomended it nearly 2 years ago, I was finally able to track it down. Definately a repeat buy. Perfect for this cold New England weather we have got going.

EIDT - I take it back. After drinking it some more, I am definately getting that sweetness. Very well done Left Hand!

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Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of Left Hand in Denver at Old Chicago's - another highly praised beer that I am getting to try for the first time.
Dark black color with a thick and creamy head. Good retention and nice looking brownish lacing left behind. The way a good stout should look (with out the aid of a nitro widget). I really like smelling this one, aromas increased as it warmed. Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate. Taste mirrored the smells, very nice. Toasted grains, a bit of smoke or charcoal, cocoa beans. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of sweetness. Very drinkable, could have sat and enjoyed this all afternoon.
I thought is was a very good example of a milk stout.

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Photo of rowew
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a growler filled at the brewery. I've had this on tap and from the bottle many times as well though - and enjoyed it in all forms.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with just a hint of ruby around the edges. Thin head and just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Coffee and a bit of sweetness, some cocoa.

Taste: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Lots of cocoa flavors here as well, just a bit of roasted, and the right amount of sweetness.

Overall impression: This is definitely what a milk stout should be. One of my favorite offerings from left hand, and one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of tpd975
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this one in the bottle today its on draft baby.

A: Dark black in color with a nice khaki head. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Nice aroma of toasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate.

T: Very nice. I love a good milk stout, and this one is just that. It is a well crafted stout with hints of hot cocoa.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Not bad I seemed to have liked it a bit more out of the bottle.

Overall: A good example of a milk stout. It's not the best in the world but pretty good. It has a nice level of sweetness and malt, chocolate and coffee. I really like this beer. It is not the greatest stout in the world, but is a real nice drinker

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

a-dark brown, 1 finger of head

s-very sweet smelling, with a light raw oat smell,

t-very good taste, with a light vanilla flavor, extremly smooth

m-easy to drink, very smooth, and a nice long after taste.

d- def hard to stop at one and stout i enjoy, oh wait, smooth

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/12/2007

Poured into an American pint; black and opaque in appearance. 1/2 inch tan head that dissipated into barely a thin skim. Thin consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of sour milk, malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery, but there was a subtle creaminess as well; very little carbonation. More flavors of chocolate, coffee, malt and toffee. Not a bad session stout.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got preoccupied while reviewing this beer and took less than stellar notes.

Pours two fingers worth of head with good retention. Black in color.

Smell is of chocolate, caramel, and tofee.

Nice chocolate malting on this beer balanced with caramel malts and toffee with a milk stout creaminess

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice.

This beer makes for an excellent session

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Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a 1/2" tan head. The head settles quickly to a cap and leaves just a little lacing.

It smells like slightly sour lowfat milk with coffee. I detect something else in the background like tobacco or dried manure.

The malt is featured in the taste, chocolate and espresso with a sweet kick. Leaves a burnt coffee aftertaste. I expected a beer with more body, a little thin for the style and slightly flat. It is a good beer but not something I will be returning to anytime soon. The ABV is low so it won't hurt you if this is just one of many in session.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into my pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a slightly translucent black with a frothy tan head that laces well. The smell of roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is dominated by sweetness and heavy roasted malts. The mouthfeel is rather fizzy and slightly light. Overall a decent stout but not the best.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very, very dark brown with 2+ fingers of light brown head that disapated moderately quick some good lacing.

S: Sweet cream, hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Milk chocolate with a hint of smoke

M: Good carbination with nice dry bitter finish, though not quite enough to evenly balance the sweetness (which is true to the style).

D: This is well above average beer that is great for dessert but it is too sweet to drink all day or night.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Circle Liquors in Somers Point , NJ.

Appearence: Dark black; can't see through the glass. Thin tan head. Some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Earthy coffee and bitter chocolate tones.

Taste: Sweet coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick or velvety as I thought it would be. Does have some body, but doesn't coat the tongue.

Drinkability: A good beer but too rich to drink more then one or two in a sitting. Would like to try it with some different desserts.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to pint glass the liquid is dark brown with ok carbonation. The head is ok a short lived 2 fingers of tan foam that left no lace.

The smell is good sweet and toasty.

The taste is good as well a roasty toasty malt with a sweet milky after taste. Mild hops balances out the after taste quite nice.

The mouthfeel is good a little thin and shy of the right carbonation but that seems normal for the style.

The drinkability is good, this is really a very good example of the style. I like it. Prosit, MK

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

12 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass. bottled 9/27/07. Beer poured with fairly thin head, yet remained to the end, with light lacing. Sweet coffee smell that reminded me of some candy my mother used to eat. Did not taste as sweet as I expected, almost a little thin, but a nice coffee/smoke profile with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. I would surely have another.

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Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW this stout is AWSOME!!!

Aperance- Dark Black I could hardley see through the glass

Smell- Just a hint of smoke and chocolate

Taste- Smooth no bitterness with a hint of chocolate and vey nice hint of smoke

Mothfeel- Smooth vert little after taste of the chocolate, the smoke taste lingers in you mouth.

Drinkability- I could only drink one or two of these at a time due to the richness of the stout

One of the best stouts I have ever had

The more I sip on this stout the more it starts to taste like Im drinking smoke flavored chocolate milk.

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

A pleasant stout that oddly reminds me of some porters, in color and flavor, that I've had, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Not exactly milky in taste or texture, Milk Stout is a very dark brown that pours a thin, tan head, but presents a nicely tiered lacing on the way down the pint glass. I thought the smell and taste were good, with chocolate, caramel, coffee and mocha well represented. Not difficult to grab a second or third.

I almost forgot at the end that I had been drinking stout and not porter. Yet that was because of the prominent flavors and the rich texture. Milk Stout is a good find, and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of dakeller80
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darn good beer.

A-Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours dark dark brown with very light tan head, dark brown to ruby black in glass. On the lighter side of the color range for style, but acceptable. Strong webbing on glass all the way down.

S-Like a bowl of chocolate covered espresso beans mixed with malt balls. Thought I picked up a very very slight hint of fruitiness.

T-Sweetness dominant at first sip fading into dark roasted malt bitteness. No hops here, just the bitterness from what I'm presuming is black patent malt. Not unlike sweetened coffee. Excellent taste. . .I've read some of the poor reviews for this beer and realized some don't seem very familiar with the sweet stout category. . .must be expecting a dry stout or american stout or more complex imperial stout. Sweetness can be off-putting if not your thing, but it matches the style to a T.

M-Medium bodied and creamy as should be for style.

D-Excellent. I could drink these all night.

Overall, this is a fine beer and probably my new sweet stout of choice. Live in Durango now and ska makes a good one too, but have to give edge to Left Hand

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Photo of Redrover
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a tan head. It has simply awesome lacing.

Nice nose of toffee, roasted almost charred malts and coffee.

The taste is a great combination of bitter and sweet. Lots of roasted malts, toasted oats and dark chocolate. The taste reminds me of a cross between malted milk balls and wood smoke.

The mouth is smooth and silky. Freaking easy drinking stout. Well done. I liked this a lot in bottles, but it moves even higher on draft. Does this brewery make a bad beer?

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

A- Black/Very dark brown-Ruby when held to light. 2 finger head that is light brown. Lacing all the way down for the entire beer and leaving a film on top as well.

S- Malt for sure. I also smell the smell of cream and milk. Coffee and cocoa are also present.

T- Very malty and roasted. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Coffee and cream are prevelant too.

M- Thick with great chewy factor. This beer is super malty and creamy. The soft head is nice on the lips like a blanket of wool.

D- Nice all the way around. Very rich though so drinking more that a couple would be asking quite alot. Nice!

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

Overall this beer was very strange to me, I have never had a milk stout before, ths one tasted pretty good, although I could not get over the milk taste, it was like someone poured a beer into my milk. All and all this one I will probably have again, and I am very intrested in trying a milk stout again.

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Photo of bark
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is very dark brown black; the liquid is clear. The low head disappears into a very thin layer while making a fizzing sound. Hardly any lacing occurs.

The crisp smell is dry and malty with some roasted/smoked notes, milk chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

The taste is malty and fruity (I didn’t expect that) with a slowly growing smooth chocolate like sweetness and a touch of toffee. There are lots of roasted flavours, but none of them are smoked. The aftertaste got some fruity notes of raisins and prunes as a mild clean bitter flavour.

The carbonation is very strong with lots of medium sized refreshing bubbles. The liquid is a little thin, but not watery.

A pleasant and inviting beer.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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