Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Milk StoutLeft Hand Milk Stout
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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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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%

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

A: Pours black with a tan colored head. Really nice cascade of bubbles upon pouring, the head is a little over 1 finger in height and with great retention. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Roasted malt, a little cocoa, coffee, and a little cream.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malt, hints of coffee and cocoa, plenty of cream. A little dark fruit as well.

M: Medium bodied, very slick. The nitro does a good job, but its not quite the same as a nitro tap. For a bottle..I give it props though.

O: Much better than the regularly bottled version. Thicker with a better flavor profile, much more of a milk stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful cascade pour - gradient from sand colored to black. 2 fingers of fluffy tan head released great lacing throughout. smells of roasted grains and coffee mostly. a very tasty sweet stout - hints of coffee and roasted grains, definitely tasting the sweet overtone of the standard milk stout with a nice mellow bitter finish. very rich and creamy, but goes down silky smooth. overall, this is a great stout. it's just as good as on tap - and better than the regular milk stout they put out (appearance mostly).

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours a nice black with a 1 finger yan head. Very little lacing remains.

S- roasted malts, chichi late, and some pine notes.

T- chocolate at first followed by some roast. Not as much pine happiness as in the nose but it's there.

M- medium body, light carbonation. Nitro makes this crazy creamy with the lactose shining through as well.

O- very solid everyday milk stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 2/15/2012. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, cream, vanilla, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength. Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, biscuit, and light herbal hops. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and vanilla on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and not cloyingly sweet at all. Quite robust feeling as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice and well rounded milk stout. Nice balance of flavors; and very smooth and enjoyable to drink.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip, slightly chilled

A - pours a dark brown with a light brown head, three fingers' worth after an aggressive pour. Some lacing, otherwise the head fades quickly

S - sweet malt, hint of chocolate, not much hops to speak of

T - big roasted malt up front with an undertone of sweetness to follow

M - fairly thin, mild carbonation, no hint of alcohol

O - this is a good stout, nothing that knocks my socks off but definitely no negatives either. Certainly one that I could see drinking with some regularity

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout to me, dark brown that's close to black with very little light allowed through if any. The head seems to struggle at first, but it comes up a.creamy and solid one finger high and doesn't go anywhere. Spotty lacing is consistently deposited on the way down.
The aroma lacks the depth the flavor offers, giving only a barley-like malts base with some lactose and sweetness along with a touch of powdered milk, but lightly.
The flavor makes this beer seemalmost more like a porter in strength, but that's held against the current trend of making everything beastly and, as such, holds up to traditional expectations. Caramel-like sweetness melds with very gently roasty malts free of char or astringency. Lactose is ever present and it's at an even keel as far as dryness, proving itself a milk stout more than the dryness of the aroma attests to.
For being a widget-free nitro, this beer is impressively creamy and smooth. In the feel, though, is where I think a little more heft could have been given to this medium-bodied beer to put it at the top.

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4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I saw an article about this brew in one of my beer magazines and could barely contain myself. I love stouts, I love Left Hand Brewing and I love pouring beer vigorously. With this brew you can literally turn the bottle upside down while pouring and the beer will not overflow your glass. Left Hand Brewing says they are "Taking America Back" with this brew. I might have to agree with them.

Once the glass is filled with liquid a nice creamy half-inch head forms on top of the black beer. The head is sturdy and should hold up throughout the drink. Wonderful coffee roast and chocolate aromas greet your nose as you pull the beer to your lips. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The coffee and chocolate you smelled greet your tongue in a smilar fashion as your nose, warm and inviting.

This is wonderful full-bodied brew that I would recommend to everyone

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had some of the regular milk sout on tap a week or two ago at Melt and I liked it. This tastes clean and light. It is extremely well balanced and mild.

The regular has more bite and this almost has too little. It's a great brew, but even warm there is not a lot (just very good) flavor.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 6,843 ratings
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