Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
6,822
Reviews:
1,763
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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311
Gots:
1,545
For Trade:
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Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/30/12

The appearance is a very dark brown; light penetrates the beer only around the bottom of the glass. two fingers of tan brown foam drops slowly. Thinner retention with thick drapes of lace.

The aroma has a strong coffee presence - ground coffee beans and roast. The roast is offset by a mild, creamy sweetness. The smell just screams "dark roast." The taste is roasted dark malts and coffee, with some accompanying bitterness and earth tones. Modest bitter residuals linger long after the finish, The feel is a silky-smooth and on the lighter cusp of medium. No much bubbly with this one, as well it should be.

Overall impression - Simple, tasty and easy to drink. Definitely worth a shot.

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3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick black to very dark brown. Head is pretty weak and dissipates quickly.

S: Not a lot here... subtle malt but that's about it.

T: Some malt some chocolate. The milk taste comes through near the end giving it a pretty good finish. The flavors all seem somewhat subdued.

M: Sits alright, pretty light. Not a lot of flavors develop. Some chocolate I suppose.

Overall I picked this because I was confident it was going to be a winner. It ended in disappointment. This co2 bottle has nothing on the nitro tap version that I was used to. The flavors here didn't develop as much on the palate and I was left with a slightly above average stout. This was really like a slightly better version of Guinness draught (which I am not a fan of)

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Photo of BrownNut
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a taste-off! Left Hand Milk Stout - regular bottle vs. nitro bottle. Served cool. It won't let me score these as separate beers but it really should be that way. The nitro is different and I think somewhat better. The official scores reflect that one since it's the more charitable.

Regular

A - Black, with a tan head of larger bubbles that dissipated pretty quickly. Minimal lacing. 3.5

S - Sweetish grain. A little chocolate later in the glass that teeters on being something vaguely fruity. As it warms, a malty smell comes out. Overall somewhat faint. 3.5

T - Surprisingly a milk taste. I wasn't actually expecting milk flavor notes and didn't get them the last time I had this but there they are. While it ends with nice tang and some tartness and a faint hint of char on the exhale, it's pretty mild before that and a little watery. I want more flavor. I don't get the same chocolate fruit/taste as in the nitro. Everything's kind of muted. 3.5

M - Light-medium body with a whisper of tingle and a slightly tannic tart finish. 3.5

O - 3.5

Nitro

A - Black, with a cream colored thick creamy head that stuck around. First time I've seen a solid coating of lacing. 4.5

S - More of a coffee note than the regular. That's what sticks out. Not strong, but noticeable. 4.0

T/M - Seemingly thinner taste than the regular. Flatter. Or is that the mouthfeel? Whatever it is it's noticeably distinct from the regular. Guinness has a sort of soft flat unsatisfying feeling that this is not surprisingly similar to. I get a sweetness that reflects the chocolate-but-sort-of-fruit note that I noticed in the aroma of the regular but didn't notice in the aroma of this one. 3.5/3.5

O - 3.75

Comparison Notes - These being my only milk stouts, I can't rate to style, but both disappointed. They lack a back end, like a cute girl with a completely flat butt. You want to like her but there's nothing to hold onto. There's no robustness, nothing hearty on the exhale fumes, nothing to grab you and tell you just had a swallow of stout beer. Give me some roast, some char, some booze, something. Nope. I would not buy either of these again, not because they're bad, but because they don't have enough substance to be satisfying, interesting, or memorable. They make me not want to try other milk stouts but I'll try a few others just in case.

Note: I tried the regular once earlier this year and got a better impression that time. Got more head, more lacing, better smell of mocha and mild roasty and leather. Got a roundness and a smoothness with a bit of a tart finish. Got mocha/roast on the palate with pipe tobacco and bit of sweet and flash of sour. Last time I thought it was interesting and good. Hmm.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful head and lacing, poured from the bottle just like a Nitro tap, thoroughly impressed.
S - Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Sweet smelling (like brown sugar), hint of vanilla
T - Same as the nose, chocalate and roast, vanilla, toffee, delicious!
M - Ultra smooth, perfect nitro carbonation, medium body.
O - VERY impressed with this stout, an excellent brew from the LHB crew!

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,822 ratings.
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