Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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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: 6,896 |  Reviews: 1,781
Photo of auro0006
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of freshtojeff
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdimeglio
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of beer272
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
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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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of vande
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +0.3%

Photo of gskitt
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +0.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of tasteegood
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -18.5%
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 -10%
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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Photo of RyanLigeia
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Solid jet black with a creamy tan head that has no problem sticking to the glass as it goes down.

Smell- Not very strong but there are some faint notes of chocolate. A friend even said oaky chocolate.

Taste- Very sweet creamy chocolate, malty, some caramel. Almost like a cow tail candy.

Mouthfeel- Super creamy, more so than a guinness even. So smooth.

Overall- I think its awesome that an actual accessible craft beer company did a nitro bottle. Hopefully more companies will follow along, it adds some variety.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of HardTarget
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, heavy tan tight bubbled head holds a quarter finger that leaves a thin curtain.

Smell: Creamy, roasted barley, slight milk sour edge puts it well into the standard Stout range.

Taste: Sweet, almost chocolate milk aspect. Soft, gentle, not mild as there is full flavor here, candied malt, dark roasted grain but just enough to show the flag. I feel soothed.

Mouthfeel: Airy, a quick pour left a light carbonation in a mostly still, almost cask feel.

Overall: Moar. Much moar. Will return to store forthwith.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a nice black with a ton of creamy looking mocha/tan head.

The aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, mocha, roastiness and some sugary sweetness.

The taste has some notes of chocolate and coffee, but the mocha and roastiness seems a bit more subdued than in the aroma. There is still a somewhat, light milky sweetness and a little bit of hops.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and the mouthfeel is amazing; rich, creamy, silky and smooth. It's like having a beer on tap in your own house.

Not a bad beer and a really cool idea, but the body is a bit light and the flavor isn't as pronounced or as complex as it could be.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this to see how well this nitro thing works... Here we go...

A: Poured hard straight into pint glass as modeled in the video... Apperantly results vary,,, I got much less of a cascade effect and about 2 1/2 fingers of head. The head certainly has a creamy appearance similar to te nitro draft version, not quite as dense. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque

S: nose features roasted grains and lactose sugar, perhaps a bit more aromatic than the nitro draft, but I find the other bottled version to be more roasty

T: the flavors are a bit tame compared to the non nitro version, plenty of milky sweetness comes through, roast and chocolate are present

Mf: well the nitro bottle certainly replicates he smooth silky mouthfeel of the nitro draft, carbonation is low, body is smooth, pretty impressive

O: well Left Hand certainly achieved their goal of recreating the nitro experience at home minus a widget. There is some debate about if this is a positive or negative thing for the beer, for me it's neutral... The mouthfeel is nice, but I think there is an undoubtable sacrifice in the aroma department

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Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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