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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: 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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Reviews: 1,741 | Ratings: 6,713
Photo of Knutson_16
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark, almost black with a cream colored head. It was not what thought a milk stout would look like. I was anticipating a light colored beer, so the dark color was initially surprising. The label on the bottle was very appealing in itself and got me excited to drink the beer even before pouring it.

Smell: This stout smelled mildly sweet with some obvious notes of vanilla, coffee, and oats. It did smell a little bit smoky and nutty but wasn't as noticeable as the coffee aroma.

Taste: At first sip, there were mostly nutty and coffee notes, which was then followed by a sweet toffee flavor. Less distinct yet still present were some chocolate and vanilla notes. Overall a semi-sweet, malty tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer was thinner than I originally anticipated it to be, but I enjoyed the smoothness of the beer. It did however, leave a strange filminess in your mouth that lingered long after drinking it.

Overall: A fairly average beer. It was appealing to the eyes and smelled delicious, but the taste was disappointing. I was expecting a different flavor altogether. Especially with it being a milk stout, I was anticipating a sweeter, more "milkier," creamy taste. It was an average beer.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears the same color and body as root beer. Smells strong flavor, but sort of unpleasant and unrecognizable. Taste was very enjoyable- coffee and chocolate hints with milkshake notes. Dessert, after dinner beer.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown, small headed stout with a coffee and and caramel scent. At first taste, the beer is smooth over the palate with a rich, chocolatey taste. This is a very mild beer for a stout, which I am usually not fond of. But, overall this is a delicious chocolatey beer with just the right amount of "dark roast" feel to it.

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Photo of bwood06
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Hard pour produces a 1 finger head that is khaki in color and is creamy in appearance. The head dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is black in color an opaque with light carbonation visible on the very edges of the glass with small bubbles rising moderately quickly towards the surface. 4/5

S - Milk chocolate, lactate, and brown sugar really come out in the aroma and cover up most everything else. There is a bit of cold pressed coffee and herbal hops that comes through along with a bit of dark roasted malt and dark toasted wheat bread. Overall a very roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness. 3.75/5

T - Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar lead things off with a sweet punch that is punctuated by toasted wheat bread and a bit of pumpernickel bread that brings out the malty profile. Cold pressed coffee and milk chocolate both open up in the middle of the tasting along with a bit of lactate. Herbal hops finish things off with just a slight lingering bitterness from the hops and coffee. 4/5

M - Light carbonation burn up front which leads into a medium body with a bit of a syrupy feel. A bit crisp and light at times with an ever so slight drying on the back end that does not linger. 4.25/5

O - Well balanced between sweet, bitter, and earthy with a focus more on roast than toast. Medium to heavy body allows for a multitude of food pairings or drinking on its own. Complex but simple at the same time in terms of flavor and aroma. Enjoyable drinking experience. 4/5

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Photo of turbot48
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Jet black w/ Tan head
S: Coffee and stouty
T: Coffee, caramel, malty, slightly sweet (just right), smooth
F: Silky smooth. Another great Colorado Brew!

Lefthand redefined the stout for sure. I thought it was going to be way to sweet before tasting. There's just enough sweetness

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Photo of CConti
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love stouts. I like Left Hand brewing company. I was looking forward to a nice full bodied beer. What I got was a very smooth, easy drinking beer. While this is supposed to be a Nitro beer, it did not have any of the tiny cascading bubbles you normally associate with a Nito. Overall it is a nice beer to drink when you are going to have a few. However, if you want just one REALLY GREAT beer, this is not it. The Goose Island Bourbon street series is amazing. As are the Bourbon street series from Abita.

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Photo of Brisket415
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from local grocery store at room temperature. Placed in fridge to chill, removed and let stand on table ten minutes. Single 12 oz. bottle, unfortunately no glass to pour into. Appearance: tough to see due to being in bottle. Looks dark and hardly transparent, cannot see head obviously. Smell: chocolate, slight coffee notes, nutty, maybe a little raisin. Taste: solid taste, represents this class well. Chocolate up front, creamy milky following, dissipates with chocolate on the end. Very light. Mouthfeel: very pleasant, lightly carbonated, lacking in the body imo for a stout. Overall stays true to it's name very creamy and hints of chocolate from start to finish. Have tried better stouts but it is an inexpensive beer that is still enjoyable. A: 4 S: 3.5 T: 3.5 M: 3 O: 3.5.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pitch black in the glass but pours a beautiful deep darkness
S: No equivalency when comparing smell to that deep darkness. Light smell of grain and chocolate.
T: Slighty chocolate with a hearty bread
F: A mild carbonation on the tongue with a lingering syrup
O: With a seriously novice tongue, delicious, but left me wanting something more.

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Photo of acelin
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours black as night with a small tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Dark toasted rye bread, and plenty of malted shake (that's the lactose talking).

T: Huge chocolate notes, malted milkshake, dark toast, and lots of residual sweetness. It's really freaking good!

F: Silky smooth, like chocolate milk.

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Photo of Sazarac
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy beer where nitro tap is a must. Please don't review this beer if you're drinking it from a bottle since only a nitro tap can do it justice, aroma of burnt malt, feel of cream and the lightest coffee. People come just for this beer. @boroughmpls

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours dark but not black. Looks black in the glass with no head
S: mild sweet chocolate. Not much here though.
T: chocolate, then sweet cream, then back to chocolate to finish it. Very good.
F: medium thickness, can feel the carbonation too much for my preference.
O: very nice surprise for me. It's best quality is the taste and that's the one I look for most.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark, Black, thick, 1 1/2 inch khaki head, really good lacing down the glass

S: Smell a little weak, sweet malts, maybe a bit of chocolate

T: Sweetness from the dark malts and lactose, a bit of chocolate, a tiny bit of bitterness

M: Medium

O: This beer has some good qualities but it is a bit average. I like that I can find it most places for about $10 a sixer, I bought this one at the local Publix. I also really like the style and it does a decent job of representing it I just wish some of its qualities were a bit more pronounced.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour, half inch of tan head. No lace. Aroma hit the roast spots, but they stayed in a supporting role as the lactose did its thing with the chocolate.

Taste and mouthfeel hit their silky stride as chocolate milk notes jump in, darker chocolate jumped in, and the carbonation just let it flow all day. It had one job, and it did it relatively well. Deliver me some chocolate malt notes, a lil sweet, boom done.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, drinkable stout. Not as heavy and complex as some, but also not as light and mild as a traditional Irish stout. Coffee, caramel, and delicious roasted malt flavors and a very subtle hops, unlike some of the new west coast stouts. I could easily drink this all night.

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Photo of jakethomp
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lefthand Milk Stout is a nice session style stout. When drinking this stout you may find yourself surprised by the sweet sugary note at the end of this quick drinking beer. As a complement to meals this goes well with smokey/sweet and spicy BBQ.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout! Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves a little lace. Very light smokey scent. Light roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke and sweet nutty flavors. Slightly juicy and silky smooth feel. Excellent beer!

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Photo of mverosky
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pour into a pint class and was a deep mahogany color with a very thin tan head. Completely opaque body.

Smell: Good malt character, some light chocolate and coffee accents.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee flavor were very apparent. Sweet with almost no bitterness.

Feel: Very smooth beer. Almost no carbonation

Overall: I'm not a big fan of darker beers but this one was very good. I liked the smoothness of the beer and the flavor.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany little tan head, smells of roasty malts slight chocolate coffee, tastes of roasty chocolate with sweet tastes and bitter aftertaste, silky full mouthfeel with little carbonation lasting finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Moderately high Chocolate/coffee-like malt with a light lingering sweetness.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

T: Moderate chocolate, light coffee malt flavor, with a light lingering sweetness, and a light bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The oats give the beer a smooth mouth-feel.

O: Nice big chocolate/coffee malt aroma and flavor, complimented by light lingering sweetness. Quite approachable and drinkable.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sometimes nitros are "too" smooth, and I prefer the carbonated version. Such is the case here. This one is just right. Black pour with thin creamy brown top. Aromas of so much roasted toasted goodness. Flavor is quite sweet. Delicious.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color but still somewhat see-through as it comes out of the bottle. Tan head, 2 fingers. Body is 100% opaque in the tulip.

Aroma of strongly burnt malts, a touch of lactose, and coffee grounds - in that order.

Sequence of Taste : Roast malts > Caramel > Milk Sweetness > Coffee > More Caramel > Burnt grounds of coffee with light hop sting.

The lactose does a good job of softening the blow of the roast coffee and malts, allowing the quieter notes to surface, bringing up the caramel and toffee notes. This fades however as the end comes back with a vengeance of hop sting and burnt coffee.

Feel is medium bodied, spatially carbonated, and dries with roast on the finish.

Overall the LH Milk Stout is something I'd have again although I wouldn't rush to buy it. It's a touch burnt for my preferences, but luckily the lactose makes up for that to soften the profile overall.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, almost black with half inch tan head. Chocolate/coffee smell that isn't too sweet. Flavor that starts with coffee and dark chocolate and finishes sweet milk chocolate. Surprisingly smooth and light, but lingers on the tongue. Exactly what a milk stout should taste like in my opinion. Also, I prefer this over the nitro version.

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Photo of jw4free
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark brown,near opaque. Small head fades quick. S: sweet lactose. T: heavy coffee slight amaretto, hint of peppermint. F: nice rich mouthfeel. O: more milk than stout.

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Photo of James954
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black, little lacing or head
S: Molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit
T: light sweet roasted malt, Molasses, coffee,
F: Sufficient carbonation but a little watery...works for the style
Overall: Major points for not being bitter in any way! A solid stout with a twist in ingredients that totally works!

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Photo of Patric65
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at recommended temperature in a pint glass.

Very dark brown to black in color.

Minimal head with very minimal to no lacing.

Aroma just wasn't there for me. Very difficult to discern much.

The taste was decent, on the sweet side with a smooth finish. Not complex, but not bad.

Overall, this is a good beer to drink from the bottle. For the price it is a very fair stout.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,713 ratings.
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