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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Reviews: 1,752 | Ratings: 6,765
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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Photo of DrummerDan
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn, this was one of my favorite milk stouts but something seems different. It was missing from the local shelves for about 6 months and now it is back but not as good as I remember.

Initially the smell is of coffee and cocoa, then a slight fruit wafts through the top of my mouth. The head is quick to disapate and only slightly clings to the glass. Taste is traditional milk stout only with slightly less creaminess than you might expect. Nice malt roundness, then cocoa, coffee, and iced tea fruitiness. The hops are delicate and just enough to keep this from being much to sweet.

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Photo of mat5175
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simply put, this is my standard. i love everything about this beer. The appearance is gorgeous. Very dark in the glass. If held up to the light, this is nearly black, with some ruby tones when the light comes through. Amazing!

A fair head on this one, but it doesn't last and leaves a very light lacing in my glass, especially when compared to some more traditional stouts such as Murphy's.

The aroma sets the standard for the milk stout category in my opinion. Very rich and dark, but with some sweetness and the undeniable lactose finish very evident in the nose.

This tastes great from beginning to end. In fact i like to take my time on this one, as the flavor only improves as it approaches room temperature. In fact this is my go-to "if man had not invented refrigeration" beer. The lactose is present throughout, but does tend to fade somewhat, leaving a sold but not overpowering stout.

Milk Stout is as creamy and smooth on the palate as anything i have ever tried.

This is as drinkable as beer gets for me. Despite the heavy stout label, i often drink several of these over the course of a football game without tiring of it at all. Readily available to me in my area, my beer fridge is never without a stock of this one. Thank you Left Hand!

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Photo of hwwty4
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with about 1 inch of tan head. All in all, I was unimpressed with this beer especially coming from the imaginative people at Left Hand. The beer had a pretty sweet nose to it, but that was the most prevalent quality of the beer. The front was sweet and creamy but the flavor just died out. All the taste was up front. I just didnt think that there was a lot of depth to it.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A typical appearance of a stout: nice and dark with lots of depth. It's smell had a faint, dairy aroma but it was more malty than milky. However, its taste and mouthfeel lived up to its name. The drink was pretty creamy but, personally, I thought it had a light structure comparatively. It also had a moderately crisp aftertaste. Overall, I think I would have wanted something heavier, though to many this would be a heavy enough drink. I would recommend this as one of the more accessible milk stouts.

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

Purchased and the suggestion of my beer-buddy.

It's good, I'd probably purchase again. It poured black with a large head followed by a lot of lacing. It's got a delicious taste but it's a bit too thick. It feels like I'm drinking whole milk and we're a 1 - 2% household. I'd prefer a bit more bitterness in my stouts, but this beer was certainly fun to try. I'd suggest this as an after-dinner-with-a-cigar beer, as, thanks to the thickness, it certainly won't be overpowered.

If you like this I'd also suggest trying Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which I found to be a better beer.

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Photo of unclecrappy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got fired up about posting a review for this, since I just finished a bottle of Great Lakes' Blackout Stout, which makes the differences especially noticeable. Milk Stout should be a little sweet, a little rich, but I hadn't really noticed those qualities as I cruised through this six-pack.

But up against the Blackout, this is like drinking a chocolate milkshake. The sweet is noticeable on the nose right away, and the beer follows through on that promise -- it's thick, sweet and luscious, full of chocolate and dairy. Which is a little redundant. But true.

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Photo of tayner
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark brown/black with tan head that dissipated pretty quick to a thin layer that laced the glass all the way down.

smelled mostly of roasted malt and coffee.. not really very complex smelling.

Tasted strongly of roasted malt, slight hint of chocolate, and coffee as well. The roasted malt was the dominant flavor in this as well as the extra sweetness due to the milk sugars used to make it a milk stout. This reminded me more of a dark, heavy porter rather than a stout... sort of a stout on training wheels.... this would be a good beginner stout for those who are new to darker beer styles or think they do not like stouts... its good, but a couple at a time is enough sweetness.. would be good for after dinner desert!

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

Poured an attractive dark color with off-white head that hung around for a while. Aroma was of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was also of chocolate, coffee and maybe a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel was nice. Drinkability is good on this one. Maybe not the most complex, but very enjoyable

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

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark, with a terrific very light brown head that doesnt go anywhere. Terrific lacing after each sip.

Smell - sweet malts, lactose, milk chocolate covered maltballs

Taste - Sweet up front, roasty finish, lactose/milky character, smooth, slightly hoppy in the finish as well but nothing too dramatic at all...nice balance

Mouthfeel - Velvety, good body, fair carbonation (great for the style), very smooth, slightly dry finish

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable...very enjoyable and great session beer.

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Photo of NitroGen
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: Brown 12 oz. longneck bottle, bottled on 04-18-07, 6 months old,

A: Pours thick black India ink with moderate tan head that settles to a very thin cover with lace to the bottom.

S: chocolate milk with a bit of toasted coffee

T: Smooth and a bit thick sweet chocolate milk without any spikes of grain that quickly settles with sweet chocolate.

M: Slight carbonation quickly settles around the tongue leaving a
e mouth with no carbonation that settles quickly with a leasent and slight sweet choclate film.

D: Could drink this daily in place of anything sweet or a late night toddy. This would be great to show those resistant to dark beers that they are good and harmless. I recommend.

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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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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,765 ratings.
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