Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT.

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,802
Reviews:
1,758
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
1,529
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 6,802 |  Reviews: 1,758
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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of late to develop rich thick creamy dark khaki to light brown colored frothy goodness... Slight retention... The lacing is a bit splotchy yet rather inviting... There is also a slight collar... The color is really more of a deep dark brown though at times it appears to teeter on flat black... Regardless, a bit of lit leaks in around the edges... Still with no discernible carbonation... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A wonderful rich and complex aroma... Nothing dominates... Equal parts coffee, sweet rich milk chocolate and roasted malts... There are also some mild vanilla undertones... Heavy cream... A hint of coconut as well... Rich with lots of depth... Each aroma compliments one another in perfect fashion... Stellar...

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma, but the roasted malt is dialed up a bit and takes the fore front... The flavors blend together and don't really quite stand on their own... Not as exquisite as the aroma, but still very good...

M - Teetering on the edge between fuller side of medium bodied and lighter side of full bodied... Smooth... Surprisingly fluffy and delicate... Not very dense... Limited carbonation... A bit chalky...

D - Ridiculously good... This a world class example of the Milk / Sweet Stout category... I don't buy many cases in a year, but this one is definitely case worthy... The aroma and mouthfeel are exceptional and I'm not afraid to say world class... A few minor tweaks to enhance appearance and taste and this one would be one of the best beers going... My best experience with Left Hand by a mile (and more)...

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

Serving: Nitro-tap
Served: 16 September 2013

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Love the cascading bubbles as the pint comes off the tap. Builds a majestically creamy white head at the top that sticks around forever. Some lacing, though nothing intense. Looks outstanding.

Smell: Some faint roastiness, some bitter smokiness, and some chocolate notes. Smells like a stout, not much more to say here.

Taste: Great balance between the roasty malt bitterness and a touch of chocolaty sweetness. This milk stout is not too sweet, probably because it does not have the addition of actual chocolate or other brewing adjuncts. This one has a right amount of sweetness to compliment, but not overpower, the roastiness, and makes this one drink somewhat like dessert coffee or dark chocolate mousse. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Creamy due to the nitro bubbles. Felt smooth as silk on the palate.

Overall: Exquisite smoothness from the nitro makes this balanced milk stout fantastically easy and pleasurable drinking. Would certainly buy again, especially when looking for a nice, easy-drinking stout. This beer is fantastic on-tap, and is a vast improvement over an already good bottled product.

Note: Re-reviewing due to change in serving format from nitro-bottle to nitro-tap. Makes a world of difference.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: holds its light tan head well and long, though it forms messy (the "hard" pour...).... the liquid is the darkest brown, almost translucent... pretty great lace, thick drapes of it

S: milk chocolate... creamy coffee mousse.... mild (non-"piney") evergreen needles?!.... very inviting, though at a moderate intensity

T: liquid dark-chocolate bar.... mild-moderate roasty-bitter and burnt flavors, tempered and balanced well with the collective sweetness - lightly bittersweet then.... is that a vague note of black licorice?... nil alcohol factoring in.... its sweetness, hardly cloying, is the one thing that sets this apart from say a Murphy's (what I find it most similar to).... not much follow-through or delectable aftertaste

M: porcelain-smooth up front.... a hint of powdery-ashy, burnt graininess midway.... creeps into the darkness dry.... little-to-no slick or viscous feel from lactose, et al.... very dangerously poundable

O: flavor-wise, it could pop a bit more, but this is an insanely drinkable, smooth stout.... a shame I hadn't hit this up sooner

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,802 ratings.
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