Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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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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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am reviewing this both on-tap and out of the bottle.

Had it on tap at Bachelor Farmer in Mpls. It was fantastic. Cascading when it came to the table. Smokey, coffee, milky, sweet goodness. The flavor was great, the mouthfeel was good, though by the smell-taste-look I expected more fullness.

Liked it so much I stopped the next day at the local purveyor of beer, wine, and spirits and picked up a 6 pack in bottles.

Different beer out of the bottle. The look, smell, mouthfeel, and taste are all more mellow. This is still a great stout. Its up there for me as far as stout goes. It was impressive to me how much difference there was between the tap pour and the bottle pour. I know, I know. Different systems, but it was starkly different.

Well done all around.

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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
(review from notes.)

pours a dark brown hue (not completely opaque) while yielding a decent 1" or so head that demonstrated decent retention and a bit of lacing. nose offers some roastiness with notes of chocolate and coffee as well. good if unspectacular.

flavor delivers more of the same. roasted malt and chocolate milk-like presence. again, nothing mind-blowing here, but reasonably tasty and enjoyable. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i found this to be more than palatable, though i wouldn't get too revved up about chasing it down.

(originally reviewed: 07-12-2011)

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from ShutYourFace. Thanks!

A. Pours midnight black. Initially, there is no head. Just as I start to worry, though, a small, quarter finger of creamy light cream colored head suddenly erupts from the glass. Pretty good amount of lacing. I've never seen a beer pour so flat and then so quickly reveal a head. Interesting.

S. Coffee, chocolate, and fresh cream...can definitely tell this is a milk stout, got that real lactic nose.

T. Follows the nose, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some vanilla, and lactose. Pretty good, but a little thin.

M. Pretty watery, actually. It produced a decent head after a few minutes of the aforementioned flat pour, but the mouthfeel here is somewhat flat. Flavors, while well integrated, are a touch flabby and don't have much staying power.

O. Fairly solid milk stout here. I think I prefer Terrapin Moo-Hoo, but this covers most of the bases. The only real negative is that this is disappointingly thin on the mouthfeel. Otherwise, it's solid.

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3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This beer pours a very dark brown with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly. A little thicker head with more staying power would be nice. The lacing is incredible, leaving a gorgeous trail of tan matching the color of the transient head.

Aroma-Strong coffee scent and not much else, though there are hints of the milk sugar as advertised on the bottle. Not a cornucopia by any means, but pleasing for a coffee lover.

Taste- This is where this beer really hits its stride. Initially, the coffee that was evident in the nose hits, though it isn’t as bitter as many coffee stouts are, undoubtedly due to the milk sugar. This ingredient is the key that puts this beer over the top; it imparts a slightly creamy, sweet (though not overly so), and, simply put, delicious flavor that is incredibly drinkable and refreshing thanks to the exceedingly clean finish.

Palate- This beer showers all parts of the mouth in a lively carbonation that is the antithesis of the quickly-departed foam, leaving a pleasant tingling throughout the mouth. The feel is a bit thin, unfortunately; I had expected a creamier texture to accompany the taste. It leaves a stickiness on the lips that some may find off-putting, but this drinker finds quite agreeable.

Overall-For fans of the style, it will be difficult to come up with a better example. This beer makes up for its shortcomings in the nose and eye with its stellar performance in the mouth. As advertised, this is the beer equivalent of a cup of coffee, complete with cream. Perfect for any season thanks to its rich flavor and heavy carbonation, but these go down way too easy, a trait that is certainly only a bad thing for those with a light wallet. 14/20

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1.24/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was quite disappointing. The appearance and pour were fine. However, it tasted quite weak and watery for a stout. It reminded me of stale coffee with an unpleasant aftertaste. It was lacking the flavors and complexity I was expecting. The mouthfeel was poor; very thin.

Overall, I will not drink this beer again.

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Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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