Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout
BA SCORE
3.99/5
6,855 Ratings
Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout
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
Ranking:
#3,674
Reviews:
1,770
Ratings:
6,855
pDev:
12.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
314
Gots:
1,569
Trade:
2
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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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Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cwc
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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Photo of metapsychologist
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Fireslayer
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of jsanmarco
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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Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JGlitz87
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DannyErnst
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of tkmountain
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of da_beers
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of OMG
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of seanchai
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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Photo of tommy5
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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Photo of acp21178
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of aresonantvoice
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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