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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Reviews: 1,752 | Ratings: 6,765
Photo of mverosky
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pour into a pint class and was a deep mahogany color with a very thin tan head. Completely opaque body.

Smell: Good malt character, some light chocolate and coffee accents.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee flavor were very apparent. Sweet with almost no bitterness.

Feel: Very smooth beer. Almost no carbonation

Overall: I'm not a big fan of darker beers but this one was very good. I liked the smoothness of the beer and the flavor.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany little tan head, smells of roasty malts slight chocolate coffee, tastes of roasty chocolate with sweet tastes and bitter aftertaste, silky full mouthfeel with little carbonation lasting finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Moderately high Chocolate/coffee-like malt with a light lingering sweetness.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

T: Moderate chocolate, light coffee malt flavor, with a light lingering sweetness, and a light bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The oats give the beer a smooth mouth-feel.

O: Nice big chocolate/coffee malt aroma and flavor, complimented by light lingering sweetness. Quite approachable and drinkable.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sometimes nitros are "too" smooth, and I prefer the carbonated version. Such is the case here. This one is just right. Black pour with thin creamy brown top. Aromas of so much roasted toasted goodness. Flavor is quite sweet. Delicious.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color but still somewhat see-through as it comes out of the bottle. Tan head, 2 fingers. Body is 100% opaque in the tulip.

Aroma of strongly burnt malts, a touch of lactose, and coffee grounds - in that order.

Sequence of Taste : Roast malts > Caramel > Milk Sweetness > Coffee > More Caramel > Burnt grounds of coffee with light hop sting.

The lactose does a good job of softening the blow of the roast coffee and malts, allowing the quieter notes to surface, bringing up the caramel and toffee notes. This fades however as the end comes back with a vengeance of hop sting and burnt coffee.

Feel is medium bodied, spatially carbonated, and dries with roast on the finish.

Overall the LH Milk Stout is something I'd have again although I wouldn't rush to buy it. It's a touch burnt for my preferences, but luckily the lactose makes up for that to soften the profile overall.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, almost black with half inch tan head. Chocolate/coffee smell that isn't too sweet. Flavor that starts with coffee and dark chocolate and finishes sweet milk chocolate. Surprisingly smooth and light, but lingers on the tongue. Exactly what a milk stout should taste like in my opinion. Also, I prefer this over the nitro version.

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Photo of jw4free
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark brown,near opaque. Small head fades quick. S: sweet lactose. T: heavy coffee slight amaretto, hint of peppermint. F: nice rich mouthfeel. O: more milk than stout.

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Photo of James954
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black, little lacing or head
S: Molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit
T: light sweet roasted malt, Molasses, coffee,
F: Sufficient carbonation but a little watery...works for the style
Overall: Major points for not being bitter in any way! A solid stout with a twist in ingredients that totally works!

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Photo of Patric65
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at recommended temperature in a pint glass.

Very dark brown to black in color.

Minimal head with very minimal to no lacing.

Aroma just wasn't there for me. Very difficult to discern much.

The taste was decent, on the sweet side with a smooth finish. Not complex, but not bad.

Overall, this is a good beer to drink from the bottle. For the price it is a very fair stout.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with little or no head no lacing pretty disappointed in the head. Smell good chocolate smell little vanilla smells almost like chocolate milk would have liked for it to have been a little stronger. Taste is pleasant lots of chocolate flavor a little bitter creamy. light kind of watery would liked for a little more substance. Overall a decent beer could have been a little heavier.

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

Pint on draft at the Hereford Beer House, Hereford, UK. Pours near black with medium tan head and some lacing. Nose is mellow coffee, breakfast cereal, and a bit of roasty notes. Flavor is similar, but toned down, with some residual sweetness and creamy mouthfeel. Rare 4s all round. A well crafted all round milk stout. Would be interesting on cask.

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Photo of Kampfar
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

(Had both, the normal Milk stout and the Nitro-version, which cannot be reviewed separately.) Poured from 355 mL. Black colored beer, with a light brown frothy head, which is rapidly diminishing. Slightly smooth mouthfeel, texture is a little bit thicker than normal, nearly creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation. Compared to that, the Nitro-version shows a more creamy head (very long lasting) and texture (but not as creamy as expected) and soft carbonation. The milk stout has an aroma of roasted malts (more intensely recognizable than in the Nitro-version), dark chocolate, roasted coffee & slight yeast. Moderate sweet initial taste, light bitter aftertaste. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts, some hints of chocolate. The finish is dominated by coffee flavor and is slightly astringent. The intensity of the flavor and aroma is slightly better in the normal milk stout, whereas the palate is better with the nitrogen added. Overall both very pleasant and enjoyable stouts.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company - Left Hand Milk Stout. 6% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into stout glass (as recommended). Best by 12/7/15.

Look: Aggressive pour (as recommended) yielded a fair sized eggshell colored head on a very dark brown, almost black body.

Smell: Coffee is the strongest, backed by a toasted oat and smoky aroma. Semi sweet smelling.

Feel: Rich and creamy body, but it seems to have a little too much carbonation, detracts from the smoothness it could have.

Taste: Up front is the toasty oat flavor, and sweet coffee flavor. Not much changes into the back end and aftertaste.

Overall: Been wanting to try this one for a few months now, and finally bought it. It is not as sweet as some other Milk Stouts I've had, but that does not detract from it; this one is more toasty-like. It is reasonably good, however it has too much carbonation for my preference, which detracts a bit from the creamy feel it should have.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. One thing I must say about Left Hand. I love the labels. This milk stout poured an opaque black with two-finger tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste: The coffee and the milk chocolate are there, but also a metallic tinge... Throws the whole thing off. Aftertaste is coffee

Feel: Much thinner than I would expect, with a dry filminess that stays too long.

Overall... the smell and look held a lot of promise, but the thin body and that metallic tinge take what could have been a great milk stout and make it fairly average.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard into a nonic glass, looks nice. Nitro carb builds up a nice cocoa looking head.
Very pleasant cocoa scent, coffee is there if a little light. Smells like this might be a great after dinner beer.

Terrible shock as I drink this and find it to be so incredibly pale to the nose. How could a beer smell so awesome and have absolutely NOTHING to back it up with. Just a slight roasted malt mixed in with a stunning watery feel. I seriously feel there's LA tap water in this. BLEH

What a disappointment, seriously. Mouthfeel is an important quality to me and this just rubs me the wrong way. I have a few more, I think I may slip in with a tasting to see what my friends think otherwise this purchase is a total loss for me.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft from the tasting room in Longmont. A very solid milk stout. Nice coffee taste. Dark chocolate and vanilla notes coming through. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I typically like my beers on the [room-]warm side, and I fear this one has suffered for it. Did not store it in the fridge, so I don't know if or how that has degraded the flavors. About 90% opaque dark brown color with some topaz tinting, and a tame head. Definite coffee presence with a slight enough burnt smokiness, also a lacing of booziness, coming from I know not where, but is nice. Getting a bit of the milky creaminess, but expected more. Overall, more straightforward than nuanced.

The biggest detractor, though, is the weight and feel, which seems like the spitting image of a porter rather than a stout. Too watery for a stout. Not as great as I'd been hearing. It's just okay even if taken as a porter, but it *is* okay.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured straight down into a nonic glass. From the mix-and-match section.

L - Dark brown color with 2.5 fingers worth of head. Brown lacing down the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, black coffee off the top. Slight vanilla overtones

T - Creamy chocolate, sweet cream, bitter dark chocolate finish.

F - Creamy feel, not too much weight to it but there is some texture.

O - Delicious milk stout. Wish there was more texture to it but not too dark either. Got to try the Nitro Milk Stout when I see it....Cheers!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a totally opaque black with not that much head at all. The nose is milk chocolate with just a hint of coffee in the background, mostly mile chocolate. The taste is almost straight milk chocolate, lots of milky sweetness, and some nice smooth sweetness. Definitely smooth mouthfeel and very nice chocolate and milky notes. Definitely a buy again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, espresso color with nice tan one-finger smooth head with lacing throughout. Roasted malty coffee aroma. Taste is sweet and full of coffee and cocoa goodness, very pleasant. Mouthfeel is super smooth, light carbonation, coffee aftertaste. Excellent milk stout, could drink one after another!

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Photo of jdelano
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my standard for milk stouts. Pours dark with great coffee and chocolate aroma. Very smooth with great feel. Really good beer and with all things considered not a bad deal.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought some back from Colorado...this is a very nice Stout for the money!
The look and smell are top notch. The taste is up there...reminds me a little of the Samuel Smith Stouts.
October is in full swing,Dr.Who is making decent episodes,The Walking Dead starts tonight & Football is on & the Baseball playoffs are going with the Cubs! Man! Fall is nice. This Stout is nice.

'And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is".
-Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- roasted malt and coffee on the nose, with a creamy lactose sweetness

T- plenty of roast up front with some smoky malt flavors, giving way to coffee & chocolate. The lactose sweetness kicks in mid-palate and continues through the finish, providing notes of vanilla whipping cream. More coffee and milky sweetness on the finish

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a somewhat flat mouthfeel and finish

O- a nice contrast of bold coffee and milky sweetness that remains highly drinkable throughout

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

Nitro-version poured (HARD as directed) into a nonic pint glass...

L: Small but thick tan head with great retention, and the beer has the opaque, jet-black appearance of molasses.

S: Filled up my kitchen with the inviting aroma of milk chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, and toasted nuts.

T: It's not a complex flavor but it's tasty. The chocolate dominates, with light milk chocolate giving away to rich dark chocolate and even the bitterness of baking cocoa. There are subtle coffee and hazelnut notes on the front end.

F: Silky smooth, light-bodied, and truly as refreshing as a glass of chocolate milk on a hot day. This is easily the main appeal of this beer.

I would never turn down a glass of Milk Stout Nitro ... it has a very likable flavor and amazing texture. That being said, there's nothing about the experience that wows me.

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Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown and settles pretty well black in the glass. Lots of carbonation. 1.5 fingers of vanilla colored foam rest on top; this quickly dissolved down to a thin lacing. Smell is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, and sugared milk. Somewhat weak in aroma. Medium weight with decent carbonation on the mouthfeel. A tad thin, but overall decent. Sweet roasted malt, light hops, and a good balance of chocolate and milk on the taste. Consistent all the way through, but starts to fade on the back end. Not much left on the taste near the finish, which is a bit watery with a decent amount of carbonation left over. A dry, sweet milky aftertaste is left behind after this one's gone.

Overall, not too bad. Better than the nitro milk stout. A bit too thin, and over-carbonated. Got better as it reached room temperature. Good balance between all the components, and sweet enough to be a true 'sweet' stout. At $4.99 for a bomber, I'd probably buy this again.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,765 ratings.
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