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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Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Nitro bottle

Appearance - Dark black with amazing thick 4+ inch head after the water fall, cascasde effect took over, creating one of the most impressive apperances ive ever seen. Lacing was impressive also.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, lactate milk and creme. A little cocoa, nut and some molasses.

Taste - Sweet, mellow milk stout. Not overly sweet. Malts are medium boldness, along with subtitle chocolate and cocoa. Molasses and added sugars give it more sweet, smooth flavor. No alcohol at all is present. Slight caramel/toffee flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, smooth and pretty light on the tounge. Plenty of malts, some sweet chocolate and cocoa hit the tounge. Palette gets more malts, some sweetness and a little milk lactate. Aftertaste is malty, stoutish and sweet.

Overall - Really nice beer, amazing to pour and watch develop. Taste is light, smooth and very easy to drink. No booze comes out at all, makes this very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers creamy tan head into a pint glass (my left hand milk stout nitro glass from the GABF release party to be exact). i poured this beer vigorously and it had a beautiful cascading head that was very long-lasting. terrific job on this nitro beer bottle by left hand. the body was dark black.
s - roasted chocolate and lactose.
t - chocolate milk with a roasty finish.
m - so creamy, not on the level of milk stout nitro on draught but i'm not complaining. this is done incredibly well.
o - always loved this beer on nitro and it does not disappoint in the bottle.

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Photo of Myles
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SelMa86
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
"Suggested" hard pour. Initially little or no head evident, then a delayed cascade effect to the bottom of the glass and then rising to a very creamy head of frothy foam. Cool.
Aroma-Powdered chocolate , faint coffee
Taste-Chocolate milk, roasty, coffee with cream, subtle caramel and toffee notes. Super creamy great mouthfeel. Tasty and very easy to drink. The look of a Guinness but with more body, creamier, with a sweeter, not as sour, taste. An "American" Guinness if you will, with all due respect. Well worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with brown hints. It has a massively thick, creamy head with ultra-sticky lacing.

Nose is sweet, roasted malt, with milk chocolate, and chestnut.

Taste is roasted malt, chocolate milk, and roasted chestnut.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, very creamy, and very drinkable.

Overall, it is a great, creamy milk stout.

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Photo of devonnaire
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cbutova
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say that I have always enjoyed the carbonated version of this beer. Let's see how this new version stands up.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a jet-black body and a mocha-tan head. The head looks small at first but I did "pour hard" and you can enjoy a cascade of bubbles float up and form a nice creamy head. Retention is great as I might expect with nitro. Thick creamy lace down the glass.

S- Roast malts and cereal grains off the top. Cocoa, caramel and coffee hints add a nice compliment.

T- Follows the nose nicely. The roast and cereal grain element really compliment each other nicely. Notes of caramel, cocoa, coffee, sweets and dark fruit. Some yeast bread but really just a solid roast stout flavor.

MF- The nitro lends a slick feel without the bigger bubbles you get from CO2. It doesn't affect the flavor but doesn't really have that satisfying creamy feel a lot of stouts have. Slight roast bitterness.

I forgot how awesome this beer is. The nitro is kind of neutral to me. I think I prefer the CO2 body but it doesn't hurt the flavor of the beer at all. Roast cereal grain in all of it's glory.

Edit Nov. 2014. Merged listings for the Nitro and CO2 versions. Nitro version I gave a 4.2 overall.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StaindProject86
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a tight, uniform tan head that leaves nice bits of lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee mostly.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts. Notes of medium roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate come through at first. Ends in a bit of an earthy and roasted bitterness. Leans towards sweet overall, but mildly so.

Mouthfeel is light with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is still the same milk stout I have come to enjoy at its core, but I am just not a nitro guy.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though not one of the most potent of stouts when thinking of ABV, this is WITHOUT A DOUBT one of the most pleasant tasting stouts I have ever tried.

Very smooth taste combined with a beautiful mix of coffee and chocolate aromas make this a frequent choice in our fridge and a new-found "old reliable".

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,815 ratings.
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