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: 6,923 |  Reviews: 1,785
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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of mullincs
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a very dark color with a nice frothy head. Exactly what a good stout should look like.

Smell - Pretty strong smell of sugars, almost like having molasses in a cup.

Taste - I felt that the taste was really too sweet, even for a milk/sweet stout. The sweetness seemed to quickly overpower all of the other aspects of the beer

Mouthfeel - A light amount of carbonation combined with a slightly thicker brew gave this stout a little more substance than expected. Possibly a little too thick, but it was what I expected.

Overall - Not at all a bad beer, but slightly sweeter and thicker than I expected. However, if you're looking for a sweeter than average beer, this will do just fine.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely lovely pitch black with a dark brown head that grows in velvety softness as it forms from my extremely hard pour as instructed by the bottle. The smell is nice, dominated by gently roasted malts (no burnt or acrid aromas) and just a touch of caramel sweetness on the nose. The taste is equally pleasant, straightforward stout flavors of dark roasted malt with just a touch of sweetness with balances well with the bitterness. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and this beer is very drinkable. Overall, I am not sure how they did it but this bottle compares very favorably to the times that I have had this on nitro tap. It is an extremely drinkable beer and I could easily have another.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Morey
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

INFORMATION: 12oz bottle with "2/26/12 stamped on the neck of the bottle. This is the nitro version of Left Hand’s Milk Stout.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black in color with a little over a finger of beige colored foam on top. Not sure how this beer achieves the "nitro" affect, as there was no widget in this bottle? It’s been at least 15 minutes since the pour and the head is still hanging around at just under a finger tall. Fantastic head retention.

NOSE: An appealing roasted aroma with a touch of smokiness.

TASTE: Starts off a bit watery, but then you get that creaminess that you expect from a nitro-stout. The smokey and roasted flavors pull through next. The sweetness that you get from most Milk Stouts surfaces towards the middle. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of subtle char and some sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied. This beer is watery and creamy at the same time....I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. There’s also a bit of chalkiness towards the finish. Low carbonation level.

OVERALL: A nice milk stout. It’s not overly sweet like other samples that I’ve had.

Morey’s Bottom Line: It’s a bit thin, but the flavor is there. Pretty good example of the style.

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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany. Decent head w/ good lace.
S - smells like a good Starbucks goofy caramel chocolate frappo-whatever...smells sugary sweet.
T - burnt top bite of crime brûlée. Light cocoa early. A bit bitter on the tail. Late milk chocolate. Candied almonds.
O - like it. Would reorder. Good finish to night of beers.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz nitro bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured hard as the label dictated.... I get a dark brown beer with a cascading chocolatey head.... Looks like chocolate for a moment as the head is still rising.... I end up with a little over a fingers worth of tan chocolaty head.... That retains it self very nicley at about half a finger for the rest of the brew.... With very nice lacing.

S: chocolate, milk, and a nice light toastyness leaving coffee hints. The aroma is a bit on the thin side... But nice all the same...

T: milk, chocolate milk... Going into a nice light roastyness, and a touch of smoke.... Alot of cream.... And the last gulp... With the remanded of creamy head has a taste of almost whipped cream... A very nice tasting brew.... Nothing crazy just good balanced flavor.

M: super creamy... And deffinatly on the lighter side.... This brew is incredibly drinkable.... Although I would have liked a bit more body to it....

O: a good beer, one I wouldn't mind having again for sure.... Nothing super crazy.... But a nice tasting very drinkable stout.

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Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 6,923 ratings