Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk 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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,804 | Ratings: 7,014
Photo of OpenStoutLover
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout I've had so far. Perfectly sweet, rich in flavor, and fantastically alcoholic. HA! Seriously if anyone can find a better stout, hit me up. The taste is amazing.

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Photo of akolb
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: roast, coffee, chocolate, sweetness
Taste: sweetness first with a bitter finish. Soft coffee and roast.
Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth.
A very good stout.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in November 2016. I did not see any brewed on or drink by dates on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep black with thick dark tan head. Beer is thick and not hazy. Head is thicker than average, with some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with sweet malts and coffee, with some hops. Interesting variety and balance.

Taste: There is a very sweet and creamy stout, as expected from a Milk Stout. There is a little bitterness from the hops and some coffee flavor. There is a moderate alcohol bite as well. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium alcohol level, which confirms the 6.0% on the bottle.

This is a very smooth and creamy stout. It is an interesting combination of flavors, especially with the coffee, malts, and a little bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of Cole-Arnholt
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost jet black. Large tan head, dissipates slowly.

Nose on this beer was subtle, you can definitely identify the sweetness from the lactose, otherwise its your usual cocoa with coffee notes.

Taste on this was surprisingly sweet upfront with the taste following the nose. The sweetness isn't as overt as I was afraid it might be, but makes for a quite pleasant, easy drinking stout.

Could maybe be a bit fuller bodied, but there is plenty to work like. Finish is coffee and rich malt, surprisingly clean as well.

Overall I think it's a very enjoyable beer, easy to drink and accessible to someone like me who is just beginning to explore stouts. I will be drinking this again.

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Photo of Dakin
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: black throughout with with cream head. No lacing on the glass and some strange large bubbles in the head.

Smell: Coffee notes, chocolate. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Wasn't impressed with the taste. Pretty disappointing since this got really good reviews. They hype isnt real. Mediocre stout and can't even tell it's a nitro. Coffee notes, dark fruit, hoppy on the finish.

Feel: Not really impressed with the mouth feel either. Slightly lighter than a normal stout but not satisfying like a nitro should be.

Overall: Didn't live up to the hype for me. Probably won't be buying again. There are much better nitro stouts out there. 6.5/10

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours root beer brown with an inch of moderate density tan head & light lacing. The head fades at a medium pace. A hint of burnt chocolate on the nose & continues with the taste as well as sweet coffee & full dark malt. The feel is smooth but a little more watery than I'd like. This is a nice beer, but for reasonably priced sweet stouts, I prefer St Amboise Oatmeal Stout to this one as it has a slightly fuller taste.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - 4.25 dark black rich body with thin caramel head, no lacing
S - 4.5 maple, vanilla, chocolate, if cream has a smell then this is it!
T - 4.75 again, the maple and vanilla is intense and then there is a slight cocoa at the end
F - 5 this very well may be the smoothest beer I've ever drank. Nevermind, it is. Zero carbonation. Awesome. Silky smooth :) You won't be burping with this beer!
O - 4.75 great beer experience. So good. Form the sexy black body to the rich aromas and flavors and the silky smooth finish. This is a great beer

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a pint glass, the stout poured thick, and a incredibly dark brown, almost appearing black. Nice ruby highlights can be seen when light passes through the body of the beer, leading to a rich appearance. I was able to get a large, bubbly, caramel colored, head, that slowly fades into a ring on the very edges of the beer. When cold, the lacing is thick and pleasing, but as the beer warms, all lacing disappears.

The nose is fairly strong, hints of vanilla, chocolate, and lots of coffee in the finish. You can detect the sweetness from the lactose at all stages of the scent. The flavors follow the nose closely, with a subtle sweetness present throughout the tasting experience. You start with a vanilla flavor that shifts to more of a coco profile before finishing with a strong coffee presence. During the finish the sweetness of the beer transitions beautifully to a bitter finish that really balances out the beer.

The mouthful was thicker than the pour would lead you to believe, but not so think you felt as if you had to chew the beer. Lightly carbonated, it could have had a bit more, but I prefer a lightly carbonated beer over a heavy carb'ed beer any day. I would put the mouthfeel a step bellow the Nitro version of the beer, but the smell and flavor in this version are by far superior. Great beer, easy to drink, and not to high in AVB makes for a sure fire go too beer in the winter months.

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Photo of Ledabug
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know anything about beer I just know this is delicious. The first dark beer I've enjoyed. It has great flavor without being overwhelming. It's not bitter or too sweet.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark color but no head. Nose creamy coffee and chocolate, a little sweetness. Taste much like the nose but more creamy than expected. Nice finish that sort of coats the tongue. It's not my favorite stout but it's good. Maybe a good starter stout for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Mod_Nyzreth
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most excellent beginner stouts. It's super easy to drink and has a fantastic look, taste and feel. Those that drink a lot of different stouts may find this a little lacking in character but will still agree that it's very comforting and silky smooth. Personally, I prefer this one to the Nitro version.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A legend. This awesome milk stout pours a deep blackish brown with a nice head
of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring, thin layer, and spotty lacing. Nose of
chocolate, roasted coffee, cream, and subtle char notes. Flavors lightly exceed the
nose with cream, coffee, and dark chocolate mingling nicely on all sides and finishing
on the rear with cream and coffee. Solid mouth feel, medium carbonation, full on the
taste, coating, and finishing with a touch of char and bitter malt. Excellent.


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Photo of jmv0009
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at a bar in Nanjing. Poured into a pint glass.
If you don't like sweet stouts then stay away from this one. One of the sweetest milk stouts I have had. It's a good thing I enjoy them. This one is very smooth and sweet. Cream, chocolate, light coffee but not bitter. Just creamy, sweet and smooth. Not heavy, very drinkable. Will get this again in winter for sure.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle black with a little bit of head. Smells of roasted barley and creamed coffee. Taste is way too sweet of lactose, the coffee flavor is nice but unfortunately is largely masked by sweetness. The small amount of hops in here are earthy, leafy, slightly spicy, but hardly noticeable. Drinks surprisingly thin for the style, the thin body is made up for with an excellent smooth finish. Perhaps too plain tasting, and too sweet to warrant high rating.

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Photo of taters21
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black in color but with very little carbonation, and no head, weird, considering the bottle is fresh, disappointing.
Smell isn't too strong but smell of coffee with creamer, light chocolate, and roasty malts
Delightfully balanced with coffee like bitterness up front, then the chocolate notes, with malty sweetness saving the day at the end, followed by some leafy hops.
Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, and medium bodied.
Overall, decent, but disappointing on the appearance and taste, not bad by any means, but no better than most of its' competition.

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Photo of Melvintrude
2.48/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well executed of its type , but a beer style I really don't enjoy.

Not enough bite and depth to counteract the sweetness, and a watery mouth feel

I'm probably being unfair, but I love many other dark styles from dunkelweisse to Imperial, but this is not somewhere I'll go again

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark black color that sunlight can't penetrate. Small head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is definitely dark roasted malts and black coffee. Initial taste has lightly black coffee notes as well as a surprisingly sweet finish. I was very pleasantly surprised with this brew and look forward to more offerings from left hand brewing co.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Left Hand Brewing - I have yet to partake of one of their offerings to disappoint, and Milk Stout is no exception.

A beautiful dark stout, it does have a weak head with no staying power and much to do about nothing when it comes to lacing. However, the aroma is almost perfection - distinct hints of chocolate and roasted malts, the same can easily be distinguished when it comes to its taste. The mouthfeel is slightly astringent at first, is certainly carbonated out of the bottle, but it eases back as the brew sits. I think I've had some better ones from LH and but this one is certainly one of the better milk stouts in its class.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful amber black with a super thick tan head. Smells of coffee and vanilla, bit of French vanilla. Taste is similar, extremely creamy, and very smooth.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown color, almost black.
S: Very sweet and chocolate based smell.
T: Tastes somewhat of coffee. Very powerful milk sweetness, it'd be hard to not detect the mil flavors in this one. Not enjoying it as much as I thought, but decent if you want a sweet milk taste.
M: Heavy mouth feel, perhaps a medium bodied feel for this style of beer.
O: Overall, I was underwhelmed. Though, it wasn't bad. I would definitely recommend this to those who want a sweet milk stout.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was very dark and creamy looking, the head is thick, brown and foamy. Aromas are of chocolate and coffee. The taste is sweet and malty. The carbonation is light. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Angela1956
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally, I hate stouts. But this one I actually could drink. It's dark brown in appearance, looks creamy and opaque with a brown head. Aroma smells like coffee and cream, and even cocoa. Tastes sweet, chocolatey, malty and creamy. The aftertaste lingers on the tongue. Overall a pretty good beer that I think most stout lovers will enjoy.

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Photo of KatieSmith
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This milk stout had good chocolate flavors to it. Although it wasn't really "milky" it was pretty good in flavor. It looked more like a coca-cola when simply seeing it in a pint glass. Was not what I was expecting but was still a fairly enjoyable beer, however I have had better milk stouts by Left Hand.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Milk Stout, 6% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours thick, opaque, no head, coffee smell. Coffee taste, coffee bitter finish, some sweetness. Not bad, would get again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

OK. I get it. Milk lactose makes this style sweet; Left Hand makes the style's most popular; and I'm liking it.
The logic is overwhelming: I'm a sweet guy ! (Funny how beer can bring transcendence to situation in which little else makes sense.)

Looking this milk stout in the eye, it has not much to say for itself.
Smelling it says toasted chocolate malts and "I won't surprise you."
Tasting this milk stout says my nose was correct.
Feeling it says I've taken this "-ing" too far... but I like how heavily toasted malt keeps the sweet in check.
My original notes said "have this next time with dessert."
I did so with an assortment of cookies and a bowl of vanilla ice cream. (Proving again my good judgment.)

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die," Left Hand's rendition deserves to be there because its BA ratings has an insurmountable lead and because it led American brewers to save this British style (essentially lost by the 1920s.)

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