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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Poured as a dessert option after a long session of drinking IPAs. Served in a small tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is listed as "06/18/13," but I'm not anticipating too many issues perhaps 4 months past its prime, to be honest.

Pours a dark chocolate brownish color with a nice off-khaki mocha head - slightly viscous in body, with the appearance of freshly brewed espresso. Given the age, I'm actually impressed that there is a head after all this time, and indeed, it never completely gave up during consumption. The lacing is pretty awesome on thing, taking the form of tiny shrapnel-like blasts of foam that coat the sides of the glass. Definitely "creamy" in texture for an otherwise relatively low gravity and simple stout. Gotta thank lactic sugars for making any beer look better, I suppose!

The aroma is a nice blast of roasted spices and dark fruit, with the lactic notes taking a brief back seat at this point. I'd imagine it probably tasted sweeter and creamier when fresh, but it's still held up quite well at this point. Notes of roasted cocoa nibs, fudge, brown sugar, coffee, and dark ripe cherries all make their way towards showcasing a flavorful and well balanced stout. There's a slight stale flavor at the finish, as well as signs of oxidation (funky prunes), but it's otherwise very breezy, refreshing, and knows exactly what it wants to be. Well done.

The flavor is definitely the same as the aroma, with a little bit more sweetness present from the lactic sugars. Notes of fudge, cocoa powder, semi-dark chocolate, caramel, light dark cherries, and a little bit of toasted vanilla immediately hit the palate, and finish with a bittered roasted coffee-like flavor as well as some light sweetness. Quite balanced, and far more roasted and chocolate-forward than anticipated. I'd imagine this is far richer fresh, and it definitely isn't in the beer's favor that the sugars have faded so much this far in. A little thin at the finish, and some of the oxidized notes (prunes, soy sauce) are a little distracting, but they don't prevent me from enjoying this. Crisp and clean, and light as a traditional stout should be.

Excellent stuff, but I pity I could only obtain a bottle this old - I would love to try this on tap, or better yet, in the nitro bottles that they've been distributing. The lactic sugars, even at this point, provide a stout that is less on the sweet, chocolate syrupy side, and far more on actual fresh chocolate, which is pretty much unimaginable without its vanilla sweet counterpart. I would gladly have more!

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

12 Oz. Bottle Poured into a Pub Glass.

Appearance: A heavy dark brown much like any other stout. The head is around 1-2 fingers deep and dissipates too quickly for this very underrated beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate and sweetness fill the nose in this pour. There are many aromas that also come out: coffee, mocha, and slight roasted malt.

Taste: Coffee, Dark Chocolate are the most significant tastes that are immediate. This sweet start finishes with a traditional stout taste. The beer is perfectly balanced, and a wonderful example of a what a great American Stout should be. This one is always in my fridge.

Mouthfeel: Dark and a little heavy, but not chewy. It is balanced just right and is great on a cold night. If compared to Guinness, it is heavier and has the stout to back it up. The folks at Left Hand know what they are doing.

Overall: Draft Magazine called this "America's best stout" at one point, and I would recommend it to any stout lover. Or anyone who is looking for something different. In my opinion Draft Magazine was right, this stout is better than most imports and other American Crafts. Pick it up if you are able! This is like a "sessional" stout. Always a go to!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very well made beer and a great exemplar of the style. Smooth and slightly sweet, it looks very nice in the glass although the head zipped away pretty quick. A very deep brown color promises depth and substance. the nose is surprisingly unstoutlike and reflects more sweet than malt notes. The taste is very robust with nice chocolate roasty tones. Very nice beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hard pour into a pint glass gives you an inch of creamy beige foam that settles from the bottom up, kind of like a Guinness. The foam gives the glass heavy lacing. The beer itself is pitch black in the glass.

The Milk Stout smells heavy with chocolate and coffee. A very nice dark roasted malt aroma.

The brew tastes like it smells, a nice blend of chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is smooth and creamy, not at all like some of the stouts I have had where the chocolate taste is sickenly sweet. It has nice coffee and roasted malt flavors. I found all of the flavors of this stout to be very well balanced and very tasty.

The feel of this beer is a bit heavier than a Guinness, but not too heavy. You can easily put down a few of these with no problem. There is light carbonation, and the head sticks to the glass as you empty it.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. I wasn't sure what to expect with the word "milk" in front of it...but the lactose adds a nice creaminess to the beer, without distracting from the rest of the flavors. I would love to try this beer out on draft! If you are a stout fan, I highly recommend this one.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,804 ratings.
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