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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 | 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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Reviews: 1,737 | Ratings: 6,682
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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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with little or no head no lacing pretty disappointed in the head. Smell good chocolate smell little vanilla smells almost like chocolate milk would have liked for it to have been a little stronger. Taste is pleasant lots of chocolate flavor a little bitter creamy. light kind of watery would liked for a little more substance. Overall a decent beer could have been a little heavier.

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

Pint on draft at the Hereford Beer House, Hereford, UK. Pours near black with medium tan head and some lacing. Nose is mellow coffee, breakfast cereal, and a bit of roasty notes. Flavor is similar, but toned down, with some residual sweetness and creamy mouthfeel. Rare 4s all round. A well crafted all round milk stout. Would be interesting on cask.

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Photo of Kampfar
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

(Had both, the normal Milk stout and the Nitro-version, which cannot be reviewed separately.) Poured from 355 mL. Black colored beer, with a light brown frothy head, which is rapidly diminishing. Slightly smooth mouthfeel, texture is a little bit thicker than normal, nearly creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation. Compared to that, the Nitro-version shows a more creamy head (very long lasting) and texture (but not as creamy as expected) and soft carbonation. The milk stout has an aroma of roasted malts (more intensely recognizable than in the Nitro-version), dark chocolate, roasted coffee & slight yeast. Moderate sweet initial taste, light bitter aftertaste. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts, some hints of chocolate. The finish is dominated by coffee flavor and is slightly astringent. The intensity of the flavor and aroma is slightly better in the normal milk stout, whereas the palate is better with the nitrogen added. Overall both very pleasant and enjoyable stouts.

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

Left Hand Brewing Company - Left Hand Milk Stout. 6% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into stout glass (as recommended). Best by 12/7/15.

Look: Aggressive pour (as recommended) yielded a fair sized eggshell colored head on a very dark brown, almost black body.

Smell: Coffee is the strongest, backed by a toasted oat and smoky aroma. Semi sweet smelling.

Feel: Rich and creamy body, but it seems to have a little too much carbonation, detracts from the smoothness it could have.

Taste: Up front is the toasty oat flavor, and sweet coffee flavor. Not much changes into the back end and aftertaste.

Overall: Been wanting to try this one for a few months now, and finally bought it. It is not as sweet as some other Milk Stouts I've had, but that does not detract from it; this one is more toasty-like. It is reasonably good, however it has too much carbonation for my preference, which detracts a bit from the creamy feel it should have.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,737 ratings.
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