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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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Ratings: 6,878 |  Reviews: 1,778
Photo of SBoz
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of plfahey
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle given a hard pour into an imperial pint glass.

Opens with a loud pop from the high pressure.

Appearance-Beautiful cascading head formed by the nitro pour-truly impressed here. Pours an extremely dark brown with a russet brown hue to it when held to the light. Appears clear, though it’s pretty dark so it’s hard to tell. Creamy, tan head is formed of dense, tight-knit bubbles which cling to the side of the glass. Almost appears meringue like. Awesome lacing.

Aroma-Toasty bread crusts, caramel, milk chocolate, earthy cocoa, and green, earthy hops. Seductive and welcoming.

Flavor-Sweet chocolate up front with a dusting of roasty cocoa powder. Superb blend of toast, roast, and caramel in the midpalate, before a light dry bitterness comes through in the finish-a product of moderately low hop bitterness and light roast. Earthy chocolate and earthy hops sing in the aftertaste. Slight roast peeks through as the flavors fade, but it is tempered by milk sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, medium full body feels silky as a result of the milk sugar additions. Carbonation is relatively low, and the creamy sensation is enhanced by the ever-present mousse-like head.

This is really fucking good. I’ve always been a milk stout fan, and I was a bit concerned that the whole nitro bottle might be more gimmick than substance, but they really did it-this is as good as any beer I’ve ever had off a nitro tap in a bar. Bravo Left Hand.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour with a 2 finger creamy chocolate colored head. Retention was okay. Smells of a hard smokey coffee smell as well as a hint of chcolate and dairy. Taste is similar to the smell. Starts off with a plain coffee taste which fades into a smokey taste. Rich roasted malts. Thick mouthfeel leaves a pleasent coating in the palate. Overall this was very enjoyable. Definately a good stout which deserves a thumbs up.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of seanballs
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Aml42000
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nearly black core with a finger of a beige head.

S- Mocha and tobacco, roasted nuts.

T- Delicious and rich. Some milk chocolate and sweet spice.

M- Creamy texture, full bodied, mouth coating and round.

O- Not sure if this is complex or a great acheivement in brewing, but it sure is delicious. I could drink this every day.

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

Pours dark brown with a cascading turbulence that results in a big creamy tan head with great retention a chunky lace.

Coffee, light cocoa, some milky sweetness. Fighting thru the head to get the nose! A good thing.

Sweet creamy stout with good amounts of charred malt, coffee, a little light milk chocolate, and a little milky sweetness. Finishes bittersweet. and has a nice lingering note in the end.

Nice carbonation and tingle.

Well, it goes to show you what structure means. I like this version much better than the other. A whole different dimension. A very drinkable stout

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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Did just as the label on bottle suggested....upside down very, very heavy dump into a pint glass. Holy crap...what a head!

A- Poured a dark, dark black, brown topped with a coffee milkshake enormous head that slowly faded away. Still had a one finger head on last inch of beer in glass. When held up to a very bright light...can barely make out the light. Heavy lacing throughout. A picture perfect looking beer!

S- I got weak coffee first, followed by chocolate...with a very faint bitter smell on end.

T- Milk chocolate and coffee. Hint of bitter on end.

M- Thin. A bit too light and watery. After the enormous head...a surprisingly very slight...almost non-existant carbonation.

O- Easy to drink. Wish it were a little heavier and more carbonated.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with a one finger fine light brown head with good retention. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, chocolate and lactic acid. Flavor is chocolate, dark malts, like a very mellow, lightly flavored chocolate milk. Flavor is very pleasant and well integrated, but tastes somewhat thin and almost watered down. Medium bodied and nicely appropriately creamy. What flavor is present is quite nice. Could be a superb stout with a bit more intense flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 6,878 ratings
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