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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

The beer pours like black velvet with a beautiful, near perfect head of tightly knit, sand dune-white bubbles. The beer’s body is dark and impenetrable to the eye, though presumably clean. The beer leaves a sheet of medium width, very tight lacing across much of the glass that eventually stretches into a long web. On the nose, the beer smells nicely roasty, like espresso. There is also a great lactic sour-sugar smell in the nose that lets you know it’s a milk stout. It actually almost smells like a cappuccino. Faint hints of a caramel and toffee can also be detected in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes much like the smell, with rich sweet coffee with a touch of roasted bitter and a touch of lactic sour. The flavor begins as watery coffee with a touch of milk before blooming into beautiful, almost cappuccino-like, flavors. Touches of toffee, vanilla, and sour milk touch upon the tongue. The finish is a bit sour with a touch of roasted malts and the aftertaste is a lesser clone of the finish. On the mouth, the beer feels smooth and velvety with a creamy quality to it. The beer’s body is medium and fluffy thanks to the nitrogen bubbles. The mouth is left wet with sour saliva. Overall, this is a lovely nitro milk stout. Great complex flavors. It is a little watery in the start, and honestly this beer is better when on tap than in the bottle (yes, yes, this is obvious, but it is especially prevalent with this beer). Try this beer.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer. Pours out to a vast blackness. An agressive pour yielded a very, small head. The aroma gives forth roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very silky, almost creamy, but not heavy at all. This was very much Guinness-like, but with a real, depth of flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of robhbest
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nitro Bottle poured into tulip glass. Label said to pour hard.

A: Pour hard I did. 180 degrees full force pour. Anything else would have foamed onto your counter tops. This poured a pitch black, which you started to see the cascading head start to form. Almost like the head starts at the bottom of the glass and waterfalls to the surface. Absolutely beautiful.

S: A little roastyness from the malts, chocolate, nutty.

T: Definitely more roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. They are very light in flavors, Neither really overwhelm each other.

M: Nice and creamy, the nitro adds something special to this beer, and I like it.

O: This is a fine example of a sweet stout. Its not overwhelming, or is it underwhelming. The nitro bottle is a cool idea, however for me I like my stouts with a little more kick to them. Nothing wrong with this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Chirpie
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I had lots of friends who like sipping on this beer and so I finally decided to pick up a couple.

Poured it into a tulip, because I wasn't worried about carbonation and wanted to see if I could get any smells off of it.

Strangely, I had zero head. None. Nada. The bottle says don't be afraid to pour aggressively, and they mean it.

The flavor is good. An above average stout to be sure. But sheesh, my bottles just had a really flat mouth feel. It felt more like cold coffee than beer sometimes.

Not bad, but I'll probably only pick up one or two in a beer build a pack rather than 6 at a time...

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4/5  rDev +2%

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,815 ratings.
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