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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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - wonderful deep deep brown. 2.5 fingers of darker head - head has great staying power and lacing

S - slight mocha and coffee, mainly just good clean roasty odor

T - coffee, hints of chocolate, tiniest amounts of residual sweetness, not as much lactose presence as in some milk stouts. no hints of alcohol which lends to its easy drinkability.

M - not as syrupy as some milk stouts, but also not nearly as pleassantly coating as others. carbonation is dead on. Not too thin, but again, could have utilized lactose to give the sense of thickness

O - a well-made milk stout, but not a daring or amazing one. an easy drinker for certain and a viable option for stout lovers who want to session-down.

* I'm comparing most milk stouts to Duck Rabbit's incredible example of the style. feel free to suggest others that may unseat the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout

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Photo of TMath524
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a Smuttynose pint glass after my cigar and beer-tasting party fell through for the night. Oh well.

Poured it hard like it said to on the packaging. By the way, this is not a bad sixer to look at, packaging-wise. Head swirled up from the bottom making something thick where there was nothing. Love it.

Sniffing at it is for naught when it first pours. A touch of gaseous nitrogen if anything. Once it warms a touch, there's a spot of roasted malt. Nothing exceptional.

Taste is good, and the beer is pretty subtle. It's not too heavy on the lactose sweetness, even though that's probably the most prominent flavor amidst the roasted malt character and the spot of hops. Of course, my idea of subtle may be skewed since I tend to more regularly drink imperial style beers and hoppy IPA's.

The lacing is more like icing. This beer leaves a thick wall of head the color of an expertly brewed espresso's crema along the side of the glass. Thanks, Nitrogen.

Mouthfeel, as a result, lingers like the lacing. This feels like a dessert of dark chocolate's bitterness and a light glaze's gentle stickiness. Mmm. Time for another.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz nitro bottle into a lawson's pint glass

A - black body with no light getting through. brown head a finger thick with that nice creamy head that always accompanies nitro beers.

S - toasted notes, creamy lactose in there as well. hints of chocolate in there as well.

T - chocolate more pronounced in the taste with toasted bread, almonds and cream.

M - creamy and smooth as you expect. low to medium carbonation. medium to full bodied.

O - a great nitro beer (if that is your thing) find this much better than the regular milk stout.

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4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been a huge fan of the standard left hand milk stout since I first tried it almost a year ago. The woman at the tavern here told me they had the nitro tap version? Sign me up. Pours that beautiful black silver waterfall of the nitro process. Top it with that creamy cappucino foam head... it's beautiful.

The nose is quite muted with a simple creamy fermented note.

Imma cut to the chase. This is the milk stout but creamy as...
ahh... let's just say its creamy silky smoothe dghjfisbcjsofnejvn

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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a beautiful, medium sized, super dense head. Retention is excellent, the head never fades. Ever. Pretty solid wall of lacing too.

S: Lots of creamy chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Lots of milk/cream with some nice chocolate and roasted malt. Hint of bitter coffee and more cream in the aftertaste. Simple.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy.

O: What can I say? Left Hand's Milk Stout is one of my favorite milk stouts, a great stand-by. The addition of the nitro carbonation kicks the mouthfeel and appearance up a half a notch, making it even better!

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Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 6,931 ratings