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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass at Sarasota's World of Beer.

A- Comes to me as a beyond-opaque black with a perfect 1/4 inch white crown that's flat, smooth and sticks around for nearly the entire drink. Full sheets of lacing also follow down the glass for the duration.

S- Subtle yet enthralling coffee nose with a bit of dark chocolate.

T- Heaven. Deep roasted malts that are accentuated by the creamy mouthfeel. The dark chocolate and coffee continue but are so controlled, making the drinkability fly off the charts.

M- Like I said, creamy and soft. Like a pillow for the palate. Medium-high carbonation and a full body.

O- So good, it makes me weak in the knees. This is the only way to have this beer

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Photo of kpoole25
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to glass. Poured hard straight down, tan head took a few seconds to build, very small bubbles, frothy. Slightly roasted smell. Mostly taste some bitter coffee and malt, a little sweet but not as sweet as other milk stouts I've tasted. A little alcohol at the end. Bittering lingers, more like a coffee bitter than a hop bitter. Not bad, but I wouldn't consider this a session beer, a bit too big.

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Photo of aorloski
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark black, ruby on the edges, about a fingers worth of khaki head

S - Nice roasted malts, milk chocolate, hints of coffee

T- Incredibly sweet and smooth, this is so drinkable i can't believe it. A very milk chocolate flavor like chocolate milk, roasted malts and burnt toast in the background

M- Creamy and smooth

O- A damn fine brew if you are in the mood for an incredibly drinkable sweet beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackish with some chestnut highlight at the bottom of the glass. Small, creamy head shrinks to a bubbly covering. Solid roasty, chocolaty aroma along with a good amount of creamy coffee. Chocolate roast dominant flavor. Sweet and malty, mild lactose, and vanilla. Quite tasty...one of those beers I frequently overlook, and wrongly so. Medium bodied and smooth. A quality Milk Stout all around. Not one to be ignored...

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of auro0006
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, coffee colored beer. Creamy, tan head that lingered.

The nose was full of dark, roasted malts with hints of chocolate and espresso.

Lapping over the tongue, I thought it was a bit light in the mouthfeel, but it was probably medium-full.

Dark, rich malt flavors were very pleasing. Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and that classic lactose sugar to bring out a sweetness not found in a classic stout.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beer272
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled ~ 2 months when I drank it.

A - black with ruby edges. Weak lacing, good original foam that dissipated.

S - roasted smells, burnt smells, + very light hops

T- burnt taste evident, not over powering. hops presence nuetral, left hops taste on my tongue. No taste for the 6% ABV claimed.

M- Body ok.

O- I do not want to drink this any more. Too much burnt taste evident and hops a bit on the high side. Probably rate this beer a 4 out of 10 for a milk stout.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of vande
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dep, dark black with a2-3 finger thick, somewhat dirty frothy head...hints oc coffee...bitof coco, and touch a sweetness...soft, thick, velvety deel that slides down ones throat fairly easily....roasted malts, creamy feel, bit of coffee bean....with some sweet sugar presence...left hand milk stout = tasty w/ nitro or not....

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gskitt
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Stout NYC. Had on tap, it pours a rich very dark brown, dull white fluffy head. Scent is unassuming, yet did have some stout characteristics, roasted malts, chocolate milk scent. Taste was of roasted malts, only slight bitterness, no hops. Not sweet in any sense. The flavor was so enhanced by the creaminess of this beer, its best attribute. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink. Overall, a solid milk stout.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks chris for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. A nice tan cap of froth. Good retention.

(S)- A nice roasty bread and biscuit profile. Bits of cocoa and raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Lots more cocoa than the smell however. A good, smooth mild roasted component throughout and underlying creamy raisin & molasses grain character.

(M)- Smooth and velvet-like carbonation level and mouthfeel. A great balance too. Mild, but still rich flavors.

(D)- A great stout for the style. Smooth, chocolatey, and well-balanced. . . move over Guinness!

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4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6 pack at Maria's Community Packaged Good Bar in Chicago for about 9.99. Had to do a double take, and even questioned if this was the Regular Milk Stout from Left Hand since the packaging was different. Once I revisited the pakaging information, I discovered that this was the first ever bottle nitro...SUPER NICE!

Bottle was fearsely poured into a Guiness pint glass. I was freaking out that it would overflow but it didn't. I was surprised on how quickly the foam collected and cascaded to the top. Once I let it settle (less than 60 seconds) I took my first whiff. Chocolate was immediately detected. TAste-sweet, lactose, chocolate...MMMM. Head retained an off white and brown color that held up to each gulp.
Very drinkable, awesome creamy head retention. I must have killed this six pack within a day or two. Go out and get it...I will definitely seek this out again and may not turn back to the regular milk stout. Cheers!

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Photo of davey101
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 12/02/2011.

A - Dark black body with a small khaki head. Very minimal lacing and retention.

S - Milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, and some lactose notes. There is an odd almost savory finish.

T - Starts off with some roasted malts and then transitions into sweet milk chocolate and faint coffee. Much better than the nose, but very simple and plain. Mouth feel is light to medium.

O - I've only had a few milk stouts, and this is certainly the least interesting and memorable. Looking forward to trying the new nitro bottles though.

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Photo of bastardface
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not the type of beer I usually try. I have heard of it before and decided to try it. When poured it comes out clean with a 1/4 inch of head. The color is murky brown, almost like a dark chocolate milk. The appearance needless to say was nice. There really was no smell to it that I noticed. The taste was surprisingly not as bitter or dark as I would imagine. It was not overbearing and had a creamy milky taste, but just slightly. It was refreshing. It left a little taste after drinking it but nothing overbearing. Overall I enjoyed this beer. It's not a typical stout and I would recommend.

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Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 6,832 ratings.
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