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Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout

Brewed by:
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 YonderWanderer
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with ruby tones shining through when held up to the light. A thin head that goes away quickly.

S: Lots of coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate mixed in there as well. Very inviting!

T: Just like the smell, but even better. The stout has hints of sweetness from the sugar but is tempered by the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate flavors, and a tiny hint of hops. A bit of vanilla persists throughout as well. This is damn tasty!

M: Smooth with a nice finish.

D: This is a great milk stout. Very well-crafted and tasty. I could enjoy these for a long time.

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

Pours a dark, dark almost black with a hint of ruby shining through when held up to the light. Head is about 1 finger and nice and tan. Looks like a stout should. Only thing hat could make it better would be a nitro like roll without the nitro addition, which I've seen before so its not impossible.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. There is a bitterness that one must attribute to hops which compliments the sweet very well, but as to whether its hops or not is slightly ambiguous.

Hooray for Left Hand! Achem, sorry about that...now for my unbiased review. Bitter baking chocolate right up front with a creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Vanilla and coffee make up the middle body of this brew. There is a sweet buttery flavor later on as it warms up, not quite nutty, but different like old caramel sitting around, though with a retained sweetness.

Creamy and delicious. Guinessy-like smooth, though lacking in Guiness-like carbonation, this brew goes down the throat easily. Defiitely a milk stout. All that's missing is some great carbonation, that's what would get it a 5, but still, not bad at all.

I really like Left Hand's Imperial Stout as it was really unique for its genre. This brew does the stout/milk stout category very well, and plays by all the rules. Could drink this brew all night long, it's delicately and subtlely smooth and not too much lactose was used by the feel of it. Very good in respects to the genre.

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Photo of iceball585
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black color, 1 finger thick head when poured that faded down to a thin layer that coats the glass

S- Strong smell of milk chocolate, coffee, malts, nuts

T- Milk chocolate, coffee, creamy, toffee, dark malts, sweet, slight smokey finish

M- Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth

D- Definatly a session beer for any true stout lover

This is a great milk stout... really smooth and creamy. It truely almost tastes as if you were drinking a glass of chocolate milk.

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Photo of brewshakes
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this on tap at a draft house near my home. The main reason I tried it was because it was on special for $2.50. I was instantly hooked and go at least once a week now. The beer pours dark with a nice head. The smell is pleasant and has a chocolaty (is that a word?) milk hint. Not something I could sit back and pound but great with a meal.

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

A- Deep brown/black body that pours with 1-2 finger foamy dark tan head. Head fades slowly and eventually leaves behind a thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bright mahogany hues can be seen when held up to the light.

S- Lots of chocolate malt hit the nose first along with a hint of toffee. Nose is similar to chocolate milk.

T- Milk chocolate, toffee, and a slight roasted coffee bitterness upfront. Bitterness subsides for the finish which is a slightly sweet chocolate milk flavor. This lingers along with hints of coffee bitterness.

M-Nice, classic milk stout mouthfeel. Low carbonation with a medium weight smooth and creamy body that goes down easy.

D- This is very good; and a classic example of a milk stout. I find it very drinkable. My first brew from left hand and I am looking foreward to trying others. Well done.

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Photo of joedon
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rich dark brown (not opaque) with ruby highlights. About 2 fingers of tan head that settled into a thin coating of lace.
Aroma of roasted dark malt with a bit of medicinal smell.
Taste is a bit sour with just a trace of hop bitterness. Very little residual sugar.
Body is too thin for a stout. Not really a milk stout at all.
Not a very appealing beer. Closer to a Guinness than a milk stout.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - pint glass

A: Not quite black body. Thin tan head w/ little retention. Somehow left a nice lacing though.

S: Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malt, and milk chocolate.

T: Flavor was like the smell, but stronger and sweeter. Almost like chocolate cake with a milk chaser.

M: Milk stout indeed. Creamy, but not the way I'd use it to describe beer - closer to ice cream. Had a wonderful lasting aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable provided you're in the mood for dessert. My dessert tonight disappeared in about 1/5th the time I normally spend on a beer. Chocolate fans should not miss this one.

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Photo of wcdoyle
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque but is reddish-brown around the edges. Initially head was tall and light brown. It did drop down, but lacing was excellent. Smells of coffee and earth as well as some chocolate. Taste also comes off as a coffee/chocolate mix, a nice touch of sweetness (but I didn’t find it too sweet), with hops rolling in toward the finish and aftertaste. After a few sips I also caught some roasted malt and smokeiness. What really sticks around in the aftertaste is a nice, mild resin quality w/o too much bitterness. Mouthful was quite nice: rich and creamy w/o being thick and enough carbonation to balance everything else out (like the sweetness, I didn’t find this too high). Had the pleasure of trying this on a cooling, dry pre-autumn afternoon. A great warmer and nice taste reminder of fall weather.

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

Dark black with red-brown at the edge and a creamy foamy head. The first whiff is like chocolate milk. This is good because I consider myself a chocolate milk connoisseur. The taste follows suit and is creamy milky, some chocolate, excellent. This is right up there with the Duck Rabbit milk stout which is the first milk stout I actually really enjoyed. Drinkability was good for the one pint I had but I could not see drinking one more, a bomber would be perfect.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours an opaque black color with brown hues. The head is large and tannish-white. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of dark chocolate, cream, nuts, and roasted malt. The is like the aroma, but not quite as intense. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a milk stout, and carbonation is somewhat high too. Overall, this is a decent beer, but nothing I could see myself drinking again.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased one bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack.

Appearance: When poured into a pint glass the beer is a dark black. A big tan head is produced by my pour, at least 1 inch in height. The head lingers before fading to a solid cap. Leaves some good lacing down the glass.

Smell: Malty, roasted malts (chocolate and coffee beans). Despite the roasty malts there is an underlying sweetness to this.

Taste: The taste is not overly sweet, good malty, robustness. The taste falls in line with the scent.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Low on the carbonation, yet this one is not overly "heavy".

Drinkability: The last beer I that is available in Nebraska (I think), although I did see a brewery mixed 12 pack with Deep Cover in it. A very good beer, of which I see few of this style. I may opt for this one again.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours th darkest of browns,with a ruby hue when held to light. Thin tan head, not much retention,and good lacing. Aroma is of malty,dark chocolate. Body is medium,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is of coffee,and creamy chocolate. Good from start to finish.

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

A - Dark black color with tan head that slowly recedes to a small tan froth with good lacing

S - Has a good amount of coffe in it with a hint of chocolate, a burnt toast smell of the malts

T - Starts off with coffee..then moves to a grassy hops bite to cut the coffee and then finishes with a malty/chocolate taste

M - Thick and creamy as advertised by the name..surely had some of the milk thickness..(kind of like a beer shake..not in a bad way)

D - I could ceretainly put more than one of these away in a sitting and will revisit this one soon

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

Serving Type: Standard bottle

Appearance: Pours very black w/ a dark tan head that lingers at less than a finger for a good amount of time.

Smell: Very chocolaty and malty. A touch of coffee makes for a appealing smell

Taste: The sweetness does not really come out you until half way through. It starts off slightly dull and than explodes w/ a coffee taste that has minimal chocolate aftertaste. I only wish that the chocolate was a little more upfront

Mouthfeel: Very light and creamy, lingers lightly in the back of the throat w/ carbonation.

Drinkability: Not my favorite sweet beer but pretty damn good. I bought a couple of them to give a good review and I will gladly finish them all off

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Photo of jim102864
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First timer with this beer from this Colorado company which, to my knowledge, doesn't offer their whares in sourthern New England, so I had to try it.

Typical stout black as night appearance which was poured into a pint glass from a tap at Flying Saucer in Houston. Rocky tan head with sticky lace adorning the glass throughout the experience. Served at a perfect slightly chilled temp (good job , FS).

Aroma was heavy with chocolate from the malt. Very inviting.

The taste was so creamy, milky and thick...everything you'd expect in a good milk stout. Hints of outmeal in the finish.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel heavy with malt and oh so smooth. What a pleasure. Easy drinking. Something that would be great paired with red meat or a hearty beef stew.

Grab one if you can.

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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 kernalklink
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brew pours a lighter shade of black if thats possible- aromas were strong with roasted malts- big coffee presence. there is a slightly astringent roasted flavor in there, not pleasing to the palate, almost unrefined, but it still drinkable. Interesting soft bitterness in the finish with some cool hops added to round out the flavor. Not that great, this one needs some work.

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

A dark black beer with red hues and a thin head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is burned/ roasted with chocolate and coffee notes. There is an earthy and molasses smell

Taste is full of earthy roasted notes with coffee and chocolate notes. There is even some cacao which makes the mouthfeel a little dusty or grainy. There is probably some adjunct in here, in the form of raw barley, because there is an oily taste and mouthfeel in here. Body is sweet and a little sticky and drinkability is good.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Held up to the light it is just shy of opaque, with a reddish tint. The aroma is toasty and coffee-like with some vanilla and woody characteristics. Taste is like coffee bitterness with a roasty finish. It's medium bodied and pretty creamy but was very carbonated, which made it difficult to enjoy right away. After the beer sat for a few minutes and warmed a little I found I enjoyed drinking it much more.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having very little experience in stouts, I wasn't sure what to expect. The appearance was lovely -- dark, dark, nearly jet black with a nice deep roasty, toasty aroma. Taste was not as overwhelming as I would have expected, but that was very nice -- felt like I was drinking iced coffee, but without the coffee bitterness. Flavor became even more pronouced when paired with chocolate. Nice job.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer out of the firkin at Aroma's in Athens, GA - the only place in the universe (sounds cooler than world) to get a cask of Milk Stout. According to the spiel, this was the first time Left Hand put their Milk Stout in a cask and it was a true success. Aroma's got the only cask from what I was told. I am reviewing this beer as it tastes on cask, in comparison with how it tastes in bottle or on draft.

The brew poured a nice black pint glass with a little smattering of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass. It was slightly chilled; not too much to make it cold, mind you. The smell was of coffee/espresso malts with a rich burnt aroma. The taste was similar, combined with an added creaminess from the lactose sugar. Very well-rounded and beautifully balanced. What i noticed most about this beer as opposed to its bottled or kegged bretheren was that it was way more sessionable. While the regular milk stout is one of my favorite stouts and I could see myself drinking a sixer on a winter night, I would not want to repeat the occasion soon after. On the other hand with this cask of Milk Stout I could come to the bar every day and get a few pints without spoiling dinner. While I imagine it was still high calorie (milk stout and all), the beer felt very light on the palate comapred to its thicker brothers. I was very impressed and hope that Left Hand keeps up the good work (and Aroma's keeps continuing to impress me).

Let's all hail Sachin Patel as the god of beer supply in Athens, GA.

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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 TheBierBand
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass to produce a 1-1/2" head.... oops.... just got a little out of hand.... but I recovered nicely. The head was a nice tan color.... over an ebony liquid. I held this up to the light to see if any light shown through.... just a hint of ruby red through the mostly opaque darkness.

The head dissipated to a thin, clumpy cap.

The nose was real nice on this one! I really liked the sweet milk chocolate aroma.... mixed with a slight coffee and roasted malt scent.

The taste: Not bad!... good overtones of sweet chocolate and some robust coffee. Some nice earthy/nutty flavor there as well.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit on the thin side for my taste. Could use a little more body IMO.

Drinkability: These can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people. Nothing offensive.... not extreme.... just a good solid milk stout. I would have this again... mI probably won't specifically seek this out.... but I'll never turn one down...

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Photo of nightcrawler
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Generated a great brown 2-finger head that quickly dropped to islands of tiny bubbles. No lacing but more islands of foam on the sides of the glass.

The smell was smokey with a slight alcohol scent. The color was pretty close to black in my glass.

The first three swallows were each different. I caught the smoke immediately on the first, followed by a bittering/burnt taste on the next swallow and finally a sweetness on the third swallow. Lots of flavors going on.

My biggest disappointment was the mouthfeel with no lasting carbonation or creaminess. Once I reach the last third of the glass, it was like drinking toasted water, but good tasting toasted water.

Not that much different than the Young's Double Chocolate Stout I drink.

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Photo of dgallina
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle marked bottled on February 7th 2007.

Pours dark brown with half inch of flimsy tan head that dissolves quickly, leaving scant lace. The smell features low-toned chocolate malt, brown sugar, molasses.
The flavor balances the chocolate malt with black coffee and sugary lactic sweetness. A touch of pine hop in the finish. Body is somewhat watery, limp and with little carbonation. Very simple but pleasant as a session beer.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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