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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from a 12oz nitro-bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with virtually no light coming through. An extremely aggressive 180 degree pour (as the label instructs) leaves a beautiful 1.5-2 finger creamy, light tan head. It scared the crap out of me to pour it as aggressive as the label says, but glad i did it. Not familiar with nitro bottles. It turned out perfect. Great retention with fantastic lacing. Just a delicious looking beer.

S- Mocha is a strong characteristic here. Also picking up hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted oats, toffee and caramel. Great smelling stout.

T- Fairly good job of following the nose, but not as flavorful as it is pungent. Mocha is still the key flavor, but also detecting some earthy hops on the back end to give it a decent balance. Not much bitterness. Nice and simple. Not too complex or overwhelming.

M- Mid body. Creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable. Slightly dry finish with little to no alcohol detected.

O- One of the best looking beers i have ever seen, good smell, but the tapered off a little from there. The flavor was just a little underwhelming. Good solid stout that i would certainly drink again, but not one that will blow your taste buds away. A much better version of a Guinness stout in my opinion.

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Photo of Zraly
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours midnight black with beautiful, tight bubbles. Nitro version -- Cool nitro effect. Gorgeous in a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Extremely smooth roasted malt flavor that is sweet but not cloying. Notes of milk and dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, and espresso. A touch of earth. Finish is semi-dry. Medium-bodied. Super drinkable -- fairly certain I could session this even if the AVB is a bit high for such (6%). Again, it is sweet but not too sweet and the balance lends to easily having more than one.

I love stouts and think this is up there with some of the best. Every stout does not need to have an ABV > 10% to be considered flavorful and praise-worthy; this is an example of such a case.

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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a shame BA lumps the nitro and non nitro reviews together. I'm going to review the nitro and discuss the differences, as the nitro is vastly superior

Appearance - After a vertical pour, the nitro bubbles settle nicely and there's a nice thick tan head. The beer itself is pitch black after it settles. the non nitro has virtually no head even with a vertical or aggressive pour.

Smell - Smell is faint and difficult to pick up. Mostly a light coffee scent. The non nitro barely smells like anything.

Taste - Coffee, with a slight bit of milk chocolate. addition of lactose is certainly present.

Mouthfeel - The nitro is fairly creamy and easy to go down....a bit watery despite the nitro for my liking, but i do enjoy it mostly. The non nitro tastes flat and has little to no carbonation

Overall - The nitro and non nitro are night and day. The non nitro taste is much less pronounced (and it's not exactly an overpowering beer to begin with). The smell even less.The creaminess of the nitro is an important element to its integrity, most like most Guinness (which im not a big fan of, but Draught > Extra stout and it's not even close by comparison). The wateryness is extra noticeable in the non nitro version...the creaminess of the nitro offsets some of the mouthfeel.

Overall it's a decent Milk/sweet stout...something i'd buy (and do buy) semi regularly, but it's a bit of a let down if you drink it right after a richer,tastier English chocolate/milk/sweet stout. The non nitro version is a waste of money, but the nitro is a decent buy for an american made milk stout

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3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured hard from a nitro-bottle into a tulip glass (all I had). Great black color and thick head that you want from a nitro beer. Taste was less sweet and creamy than the traditional (non-nitro) milk stout from Left Hand. Wanted to have all the same flavors with a nice creamy head. A bit disappointed by the lack of carbonation after the recommended hard pour. Wife liked it more than me.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, with a thin tan head. Aromas of freshly brewed espresso. Taste begins with a coffee start, followed by some toasted grain, and a sweet, earthy finish. Rich mouthfeel. Overall quite a nice milk stout. Very sweet, almost a dessert beer. I like this A LOT better than the nitro version.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,817 ratings.
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