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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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 6,824 ratings.
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