Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 6,920 |  Reviews: 1,784
Photo of Deivos
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Thads324
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black oily looking brew with a thin tan head. Very small bubbles. Head disappears quickly with average lacing.
Aroma of coffee with sweet cream. Faint roasted malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate. No hop aroma present, as it should be.
Starts watery, then a sweet and faint caramel malt. Followed briefly by a solid roasted malt flavor. Like coffee with just enough sugar. No bitterness from the roasted malt. Slightly bitter hop flavor at the end, with a muttled grass, citrus and must hop flavor mixing with the roasted flavor.
Medium low body that is Silky smooth and finishes crisp.

A really good beer. Very easy to drink. I'd love to try the nitro.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with rich espresso head. Aroma of espresso, light malt sweetness, a bit of roast. Taste follows with a milky roasted chocolate espresso flavor that isn't too sweet. Light mouthfeel for the style, but that's what this is all about. Super drinkable. Very good stuff. This one can be had alongside the lighter beers on a hot summer day. Just a really fun brew.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of grannaniwa
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque appearance with brown overtones. Didn't get a ton of head on the pour, but a nice centimeter of head sticks around for good. Aroma is nice, but underwhelming. A little bit of burnt malt on the nose. A little bit of sour aroma then hints at smokiness.

Very milky on first taste, and very sweet. Not that carbonated. Very, very creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is a little one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension! Kind of like drinking a malty three musketeers bar. Aftertaste is very similar to main flavors. No bitterness to speak of.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour as prescribed by bottle yieds a decadent, frothy tan head atop an ebony body. Tiny nitrous bubbles cascade continuously upward along the glass, precipitating massive bubbles and craters atop the foamy foundation of the head. This beer sets the gold standard for what the head of a stout should look like (at least coming from a bottle). Substantial swaths of lacing linger for the duration of the glass, leaving a mocha veldt along one face from nearly top to bottom. Impressive.

Aroma is a delectable blend of toasted malt and dark chocolate, with a hint of caramel sweetness as well. The flavor is very similar to the smell, but augmented by a little more bitterness than the aroma would suggest. The roasted malt provides a nice backbone, but there's also an astrigency, be it from the roast or the hops, that sets things slightly askew. Dark chocolate flavors keep me coming back for more in spite of the astringency. Lactose helps offset the bitterness to an extent (someone else referenced whipped cream, which isn't too far off, as strange as it may sound). As the beer warms, some alcohol heat and dark fruit make an appearance as well. Pretty good complexity for what I'd consider to be a session stout.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the presentation, but it's certainly solid nonetheless. What could really have set this beer over the top for me is a fuller body. As is, the body feels loose and thin, not thick and substantive like I look for in a stout. Maybe milk stout is not the place to look for fuller body, but I would have quite enjoyed if there were something more to sink my teeth into here. On the other hand, it sure does go down easy, as my glass was finished in no time flat. Definitely a step above your generic nitro-gimmicked dry stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: The smell was very sweet. A chocolaty and coffee aroma really struck me in the nose.

T: The taste was very very sweet indeed. Thicker as intended giving it a very creamy chocolate and coffee taste. Pretty enjoyable for this style of beer.

M/F: The creamy nature of this beer is on par with that of Murphy's and for me was even better in terms of the chocolate and coffee character. The smooth finish is one of the best i've been lucky enough to get my hands on.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 6,920 ratings