Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout
6,855 Ratings
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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Photo of Dcunicelli
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Beric
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.31/5  rDev +8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Krieger783
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually in the mood for a stout, but when I am I tend to prefer one that is not too bitter. This beer is fantastic. I'm hard pressed to say anything I dislike about it, but I don't want to give it all fives just in case I find one I like better. For the moment, this is my favorite kind of stout. The texture is slightly creamy and makes me think of dark chocolate. I guess the one thing I would like to see on this beer is a longer-lasting head. We'll see what I think of the "nitro" version of this guy soon...just bought both in a make your own six-pack. :)

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of da_beers
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Lancer211
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have seen this one around a few times recently, then had a friend bragging about it a couple nights ago, so I decided to check it out.

Poured from nitro bottle into a pint glass.

A - Looks different, during and after the pour, from most nitro stouts -- no waves of foam erupting from underneath. Perhaps this has something to do with Left Hand's nitro process. Anyway, very odd lack of head during the pour, though a .5 cm tan head reveals itself once pour is finished. Persistent lacing remained on glass throughout, as did the head. The stout itself is a smooth, very dark brown, nearly black.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and a sweetness that might be the leftover lactose. No sign of that 6% ABV.

T - All roasted malt goodness, with a simultaneously sweet and bitter aftertaste. A bit of chocolate underlays it. No hops or alcohol detected. Not particularly complex, but delicious, and typical of a old style stout.

M - Feels coarser than most nitro stouts. Creamy, light, not entirely flat as another reviewer accused, but certainly sedated. Almost seems a bit thin.

I gave it a 4 overall, which might be a bit high. This isn't the greatest beer I've ever had, but it's also a great example of the style. I wouldn't drink milk stouts all the time, but I do like the respite they give from the more complicated types. (I.e., if you just go IPA IPA IPA all the time, take a break and enjoy one of these)

I quite liked this one, but I understand if not everyone appreciates it.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Lowseph
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love this stuff, extra smooth with a flavor I can't

get enough of. A nice milky consistency, with a slightly

roasted, chocolaty taste.

If youre a fan of guinness, I can almost guarantee

that you'll love this.

not too filing, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it in

very hot (texas) weather.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Yuliya
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Very dark brown as typical of stout but not black

Smell - Toasty, chocolatey

Taste - Strong roasted taste with notes of milk coming through. Coffee aftertaste with a little bit of sourness

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy, but feels flat as if something is missing.

Overall - Lacks liveliness to the point of being boring.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 6,855 ratings
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