Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #236
Ranked #5,917
4 | pDev: 12.25%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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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
Reviews: 1,808 | Ratings: 7,031
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely black, medium-light carbonation with an almost oily smooth body. Not as creamy a feel as some other milk stouts I've had. Aroma is black coffee and bakers bitter cocoa. Taste isnt overly creamy and sweet and actually has a dry slight bitter quality. Overall very good

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Photo of RJLarse
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Left Hand Milk Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a bubbly tan head.

Smell is a dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste is dark and sweet. Burned sugar, charcoal and licorice.

Mothfeel had a lot of body, with a cloying sugary nature.

Overall a nice stout. Not the creamy feel I was expecting from a milk stout. But it's good.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purple can with cartoon cow, black tab with the Left Hand logo.
Excellent start.

Aroma/flavor are smooth and malty, none of the extraneous "other" adjuncts/additives. It's an excellent Stout in a world that keeps trying to "improve" a classic beer style by additions to attract attention but fall flat by forgetting to taste like their core identity.

I love this beer. Just don't let SMOS find out...

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Black. Small tan head that didn't stick around and left minimal lacing.

S---Roasty. Coffee predominates, but dark chocolate is clearly there as well.

T---Excellent. Coffee & dark chocolate are in the forefront, but there's some roasted nuttiness in the background.

F---Creamy & smooth. Very nice example of a stout.

O---Very nice. Not extraordinary, but good enough to want more than one.

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Photo of Everest
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Creamy and smooth when chilled, yet evolves into a complex set of milky bitters as you work through the bottle. As it gradually warms true character of the beer is released. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of Riff
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with very little off-white head that fades to a little ring around the glass. Smells of milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is a little light roasted coffee with half and half, milk chocolate, a hint of bitterness. Slightly lingering sweet flavor. Creamy, medium body. Classic, solid flavors.

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Photo of mrgabrielrodriguez
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this on draught, nitro infused!
Instant eye candy of cascading, dark waves from nitro pour. Pours a decent head with very uniform lace. The nose is strong with dark chocolate and toasted malt. The taste is sweeter for a stout, as was the purpose in this particular brew. The mouth feel, off the nitro, was excstacy. surprise, the finish had a tinge of biterness to it and a small drying effect. Not what I was consider, very hoppy, but a bite more than is usual for a stout, let alone a sweet stout. Overall, It was superb. You'll catch me ordering this any time! Pairs great with sausage and bratwurst and any baked goods containing chocolate or caramel!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 05/05/17:

Not the Nitro Version! I still need to review that one.

Dark reddish brown, so dark it seems opaque in all but the most direct light. It has a brownish tan head of fine-bubbled, creamy foam. Great retention and crooked bands of lace still attached in places to the head. Pleasantly smoky aroma, like cigars or even pipes, with metallic, roasty, faint cocoa and cinnamon, and almost meaty suggestions beyond that, definitely not as sweet as expected. Palate is definitely pipe smoke, it’s strong with wood smoke, tobacco smoke, dark roast coffee, soil, toffee, with faintest hints of dark fruit and cocoa. Nice smoky and soily retro-olfaction. A perfect bitter-sweetness (but also semi-tart and almost metallic), but not so much from any hops that might be in this, serving mostly to balance. Body is lighter, especially for a stout, but I’d still call it medium. Even though this isn’t the nitro version, carbonation is very fine and active, achieving a much sought-after velvety texture. I haven’t had many in this style, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this take on it, more than I would your average English, American, Irish, or Oatmeal Stout, even. Can’t wait to try the Nitro version! The only other one of this style I have had so far was much fancier and much boozier but had too much going on, at least compared to this (I still very much enjoyed it about as much, but for other reasons). Licorice notes, for example, are really only good in moderation if you are someone who has never really enjoyed that flavor by itself. This doesn’t have them at all. Hops, then. If this had any more or any crazier hops in it, it would detract from everything else. That’s why this is slightly better to my palate than a number of the otherwise amazing West-Coast takes on the American Stout. Subdued hops that taste like soil and tobacco are the way to go. Pine or leather are too much for something already so robust and gritty. If you’re going to go that far you might as well brew a Cascadian Black Ale, heavy on the citrus and the molasses notes.

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Photo of feuematt
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading tan head...taste is sweet milk coffee and cocoa...a pretty decent beer but does not really separate itself from other stouts.

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Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can from a variety pack to tulip glass
Sight: Black liquid, small to no foam
Smell: very good, fragrant, nutty aroma
Taste: low bitterness, sweet
Feel: very good, medium carbonation
Overall: very good beer ok to repeat, not look for

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Brewing CO. "Left Hand Milk Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's been a long time since I've had a Left Hand Milk Stout as I usually come across the nitro version these days. And there was a time once, long ago, that I thought the nitro version was better but I've changed my mind and now I think I like the original better. It's an opaque brown-black in color beneath a creamy head of dark tan. It's not that carbonated so the head falls rather easily but it does leave some nice lacing behind. The aroma is clean and fresh, and like dark bittersweet chocolate with some coffee like roastiness. The flavor follows with some added sweet-apple-like fruitiness, dark caramel, and nuttiness. In the mouth it's medium bodied and velvety smooth once the initial caress of carbonation has passed. It's moderately bitter, but roasty, and although there's some residual sweetish malt it doesn't finish sweeter than semi-dry with lingering notes of chocolate and creamy coffee. It's very nicely balanced and rounded, and as far as milk stouts go it's right on for style.

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Photo of cdclark81
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a small head that dissipated almost immediately but left a little lacing. Roasted malt on the nose with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Strong roasted malt flavor. Very sweet on the tongue with hints of coffee in the back. Light body. It's okay, I guess, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip glass. Great tan head and good retention, pitch black otherwise. Smells of typical roasted malts with a touch of chocolate, and the taste is similar with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is absolutely incredible. This is the silkiest, smoothest stout I've ever had, yet it doesn't coat my mouth unpleasantly. Overall, a great feeling beer without a stellar taste to back it up. Still, definitely worth my time.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, viscous, yummy, round, bitter sweet. Love stouts and porters, and this is my favorite standard go-to.
This is to beer what chocolate cake is to dessert. And incidentally, they taste great together.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard from a bottle into a glass.

The nitro is the star with its cascading micro bubbles. Very dark black. Thick coolwhippy head. Sticks everywhere. The nose is roasty, sweet, and creamy with coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Taste follows. The mouthfeel is crazy smooth and creamy, mostly from the dence pillow of cream on top that slips in each sip. But aside from the creamy head, the actual brew itself is a little lighter than I expected it to be. Sometimes borderline thin for a sweet stout. Great nonetheless. Never too sweet. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark black color. Thin white foamy head that’s fairly level and lasts for a good minute. The smell had some dark roast coffee backed up by a decent amount chocolate malts. The taste was a roasty sweetness all the way through, slight roast chocolate aftertaste with a super dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionable aspect to it. Carbonation is good for the style and for me. Really smooth and creamy. Overall, I say this is good milk/sweet stout that I would have again.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a small slightly tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee. Flavor follows the nose exactly with some cream. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall this is an incredible stout. Pretty much on par with the nitro version but the nitro looks better and feels slightly better.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Backlog from 2009. 12 oz bottle. When I had this at the brewery a couple years ago, I was completely blown away. I thought it was one of the best stouts ever. Now, in the bottle, it’s merely great rather than extraordinary. Aroma is quite spicy. Tastes like a very good stout.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours pitch black with brown when held to light, clean, and with a small tan slightly creamy looking head that doesn't leave much behind. Minimal lace.

A: Bitter chocolate, burnt toast, and a little bit of iron/metallic aroma.

T: Again with bitter chocolate, maybe some milk chocolate due to a hint if sweetness, but mostly roasted grain/toasted bread. Less iron presence than anticipated.

F: Not as creamy as I was expecting or hoping for. Still smooth with some coating, but medium carbonation, pretty well balanced and a dry finish.

O: Very rarely do I want more sweetness, but I think this one lacked in that area along with a creamier feel. Still a pretty good stout, but not the "Milk Stout" I was expecting. Cheers!

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours black with lighter amber highlights, a small cap of tan foam, no lacing.
Aroma - Creamy milk chocolate, toast, soft caramel candies.
Taste - Light on the roasted malt, creamy sweetness, chocolate malt, mineral-like. Finish has a bit of coffee but it is very faint. Sugary aftertaste.
Feel - Medium bodied, a touch watery, smooth carbonation.

Overall - A little thinner than expected but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Brewer101
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I normally do not like dark beers but this stout was a pleasant surprise for me. It was much better than I was expecting. The color was dark brown and the aroma was of roasted malt. The beer had a smooth roasted taste with pleasant hints of vanilla. This beer was better than expected and I would recommend it.

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Photo of EMH73
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a one inch tan head that left some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Lactose sweetness is very evident in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours out a very dark brown, almost black. Looks pith black in the glass, with a thin foamy head of tan. Retention is minimal, but there's spotty beige lacing left.

S: Oats, roasted barley, dark and milk chocolates, dark coffee with vanilla cream, caramel, burnt toast.

T: Lots of dark and milk chocolate, along with the bready, grainy oat character. Some roasted and burnt coffee, grain, and toasted flavors, but kept in check by a subtle creamy sweetness of vanilla, almond milk, and caramel. Finishes very well balanced between chocolate and vanilla sweetness, and coffee, cacao, and burnt toast bitterness.

F: Medium-plus bodied; could almost be considered full bodied. Smooth, rich, and creamy. It's like carbonated chocolate milk.

O: The definitive American milk stout? This is delicious stuff. Perfectly balanced chocolate and coffee flavors with subtle vanilla and milky sweetness. Creamy and delicious.

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Photo of dobroblues
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a thick tan foamy head. Excellent head retention. There’s a myriad of tiny carbonation bubbles fizzing up from the bottom. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, a little coffee, a touch of vanilla, and alcohol. The taste is mostly creamy coffee with chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy, with good carbonation, the finish is a little dry. Overall, this is delicious. It’s ridiculously easy to drink, dangerously so. I would have no problem keeping this around regularly.

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Photo of matcris
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark brown up to the light with a half finger of tan head that recedes quickly, and nice looking carbonation when I rock the glass. Aroma is milky, roasty, slight sour note, and milk chocolate. The flavor is the same but add a coffee creamer element. The feel is medium thin body, average carbonation, and dry on the finish. It's a little too thin to consider it creamy, but it's trying. A little spotty lacing down the glass.

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