Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk 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: 6,912 |  Reviews: 1,783
Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours black, with no light shining thru, some ruby highlights. Nice roasty nose. Minimal head and same with lacing. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, soft and coating. Roasted malts present, also a subtle sweetness to this tasty, light and refreshing stout. Nice on a summers eve. Pleasant and worthwhile sweet stout.

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

Had this beer at a beer tasting, and then again from my fridge. It poured a dark almost black, with a good size foam, almost crema like. Stayed for most of the beer. Smelled very chocolate-milk like. Tasted like sweet, chocolate milk. Was served at the tasting with a vanilla ice cream dessert. Man did it pair up well! Mouthfeel was a smooth thick flavor. Drinkability was filling, so I could only have 1 or 2. Considering how sweet it is, it definetly is a dessert beer that I'll have again!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Frothy, off-white head that vanishes in seconds. Virtually no lacing whatsoever. Pitch black color with a dark red hue.

Smell: Very sweet malty nose. Light chocolate tones with a bit of caramel and coffee aromatics.

Taste: Smooth milk chocolate flavor with roasted coffee and hazlenut hints in the aftertaste. Its sweetness is very well balanced with the stout's creaminess. Nothing ground breaking in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel: A very well-balanced, smooth beer. Dead on for the style!

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering it's a stout. Very enjoyable. I'd be more than happy to have another, but would not go out of my way to buy more.

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Photo of kennyo
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a lefty, you got to like the name of the brewery. That said, the beer pours with a nice head, 1" which fades fairly quick, nice belgian lace throughout the glass. nice dark brown/reddish color, nice, not overpowering, roast/black patent aroma. flavor thin on tongue but nice flavor on the back of throat. This beer is sweet which is probably the flavor profile for all milk stouts. If sweetness is not cloying, this beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle pours a deep, dark brown liquid with ruby highlights. Nice off-white foamy head that stayed for a while. There was a good amount of lace on the glass at the end. Smells slightly fruity, and roasted. Almost smells like banana. Up front, this beer has a nice roasty malt flavor, then you are hit with sweetness. Slight coffee flavor as well. Nice amount of hops, but not overwhelming. Finish is dry. This seemed full-bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, nice balance between the roasted malt, and the sweetness. I would have this one again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice black patent scent, but not much else. It has a rather dry aroma. The taste is above average. It has a rich black malt flavor with a dry, yet slightly sweet finish. It is very dark and hides the lactose addition. It's not as sweet as other milk stouts I've had. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with a little lacking in carbonation. This is a decent stout, but nothing more. It has a one sided flavor and aroma and is undercarbonated. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a good lace. Virtually black color. Good carbonation. Nose is coffe/caramel. Strong coffee flavor, nice beefy stout but not as dry as a Guinness. $2.30 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
2.67/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

dark dark brown, but not quite black as you might expect from a stout. Very thin head that disapates quickly. In the first whiff you can the smell of the milky sugar smell you'd expect along with a hint of coffee. taste is surprising, when they say milk stout they mean it. Very little taste up front with a finish that is like drinking a cup of coffee milk, with not enough of the coffee syrup to give it the proper coffee taste, but still carrying the sweetness of coffee milk that you might expect. Though it does carry some sweetness it wasn't as sweet as other milk stouts i have tryed.even after giving this a few swirls very little fizz appears on the top, and there is little carbonation to speak of. That truly milky aftertaste is bugging me a bit, making it somewhat ahrd to drink. It might be ok if it was balanced out with some better flavor up front, but it is really the only flavor it has and so i feel like i am drinking a oddly flavored skim milk. Thin and not sticky with little hop character. Normally from a milk stout i expect a typical stout flavor up front with milky sweatness coming later, but this only has a milk finish and not much else.

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Photo of Soybomb
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Pours almost black, held up to the light there is a ruby hue to the beer. A 1/3rd inch head formed with a somewhat aggressive pour and quickly fell away to nothing.

smell: Smells alot like roasted malts and coffee.

taste and mouthfeel: Coffee and sweetness seem to be the predominant flavors with some sweetness and very light chocolatey flavors in the back. Finishes quickly with a little bitterness. Medium bodied, not as heavy as I'd like from a stout. Carbonation was a bit lighter than I would prefer for the sweetness to.

notes: Good beer, I'd certainly not turn it down, but there are other sweet stouts I'd reach for first if I could.

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

This beer pours slightly lighter in color than your average stout; however, it is still almost black in color. There was very little head on the beer, which I traditionally want more of in a stout. The head is a creamy brown, not khaki or tan like some have. It smells of dairy/sugar and a little bit of toffee/butterscotch and tastes pretty good. This beer is not as good as Bell's Double Cream; however, it is a solid American microbrew cream stout. I recommend it if you like cream stouts or are a left hand fan. You could definately drink more than one.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous dark brown with a suprisingly spaser and short lived off-white head. Zero retention or lacing.

Smells of coffee and perhaps a little milk chocolaty. Nice.

Tastes quite sweet and molasses malt like up front. Turns to coffee and sweetness. Lots of sugars still roaming around here, which is the jist of this style. Finishes nice and smooth.

Body was just a hair thin for a stout, albeit a milk stout. Slightly syrupy in the hershey's syrup kind of way.

Nice and easy on the palate. Style points for cows on bottle.

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Photo of maek228
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first milk stout ever. Black and stout-like in appearance, except for the fact that this beer is hardly carbonated. I poured it harder than usual, which produced a decent sized head, the head receded within a minute or so. It receded into pretty much nothing. I took a sniff of it, and it smelled kinda like an Irish Car Bomb tastes

It smelled like a stout with a shot of heavy cream, sugar, and chocolate. The beer's taste reflected this, but it wasn't very "stouty". It didn't seem very adventurous. It has it's hops and the tastes ive mentioned, but it's lack of carbonation and lack of complexity work against it. Still, i have to say this is a quality beverage that would be excellent with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Dirty John's in Iowa City because it is not available in Wichita.

Appearance: A deep brownish-red that comes across as almost black in the glass. Thin fizzy head was completely gone before I had finished rinsing the bottle. Not a trace of it left.

Smell: There were hints of cream and light chocolate, but they were not as strong as they should be for the style. A heavy smokiness and a tart dark fruit aroma dominated. An odd, sour quality arose as the beer sat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly coating. There was a watery roughness that did not belong.

Taste: Smoke and tart dark fruits, such as cherries, dominated from start to finish. The dark roasted malt almost overpowered everything else in this beer. There were occasional notes of chocolate and cream, but they were few and far between.

One dimensional, being all smokey, dark roasted malt. A good quality in a beer, but it shouldn't be the only one.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
Pours a translucent black with very little head. I had to force the head by pouring it roughly and at some height to get any to appear. Even after the hard pour, there was only about a half finger head that faded rather quickly...very dissapointing.
Smell, very malty, some sweetness and very little of anything else. Maybe some chocolate and perhaps a little coffee with cream.
Taste is okay, I've had better. This is a very thin stout, even for a sweet stout. It tasted somewhat watered down, but chocolate, milk and heavy cream dominated the brew. While there is some malt, it is also rather thin and not really anything to shake your leg at.
Smooth with little to no bite and went nicely with a slice of ice cream cake.
This is a good desert beer, but there are much better.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle with a "bottled on" date of 02-10-04 on the label. Had a deep, dark ruby color - nearly black - shot through with lighter ruby tones. Zero head. Nothing, nada, ziltch, even with an increasingly rough pour in an effort to stir things up.
The nose was a bitter-sweet blend of understrength coffee and dark malts versus dark fruit and milk chocolate aromas. The taste was pretty well-balanced with a nice flavor of chocolate-dipped fruit (raisins and plums) up front. A roasted malt flavor drifted across mid-palate before it finished with a bittersweet mocha note. The feel was medium shading toward light, silky smooth, with a drying finish.
Overall, I enjoyed this brew. I had some misgivings as I observed the results of my pour but got past that once I smelled and tasted it. It's not a robust stout but a nice, rather light and smooth one that's worth taking a flyer on.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Milk Stout. Served up at Isaac Newtons (Newtown, PA)

Appearance was a dark brown/black with no head.
Smell was a light smoky, chocolate, coffee aroma.
Taste was very good. A creamy smooth stout. with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Mouthfeel was so smooth like a chocolate milkshake.

Overall, a big hit with my group of friends. This was the beer that dominated last night. Delicious and will be a future purchase again!

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Photo of mikeys01
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice molasses brown/almost black, not much head at all, but just enough carbonation. Aroma is mostly of roasted malt and sweetness. Taste is a bit roasty at first but becomes quite sweet quickly with mingling flavors of coffee and cholocate in the bacgroung. Milk sugar is apparent and lends a nice smoothness to this beer. Finish is still sweet, a little dry, and leaves a hint of vanilla in my mouth. Mouthfeel is fairly medium, I would say it's fairly drinkable but not remarkable.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark-brown, very little head.

Not much of an aroma, some roasted flavors and sweetness.

Thin body for a stout. Some roasted flavor that turns to a bitter-sweetness with a milk flavor still softening the edges. Leaves a light bitter-sweet aftertaste.

OK, but not the best stout. Many better sweet stouts out there.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I've seen Left Hand Milk Stout around a lot recently. It seems to be creeping eastward into pubs and bars like wildfire. I was filling a six pack with singles and could only find 4 I really wanted. Brand familarity struck me, and I picked up a Milk Stout. (Really cool tap handle too, just a big 3-d left hand reaching out.)
Appearance: The stout pours a very thin looking dark brown, and I can actually see through it. An initial half inch head disappears to nothing. Lacing does not stick.
Smell: Interesting. It's not very strong, real faint bitterness, faint roasted smell. Uncharacteristically weak smell for a stout.
Taste: The taste is probably this beer's best quality and it is only so-so. The stout is as I expected, very thin. There is faint malted barley present covered with a very slick and sugary milk remnant. Drinkability: It goes down really easy. It's got very minimal hopping, not very much roast. There is a hint of smoke also. It's got to be one of the sweetest stouts I've ever tasted. It's also the most borderline in terms of mouthfeel I've tasted. It goes down too easy, and tastes sweet. That's good for some beers. But its not what I look for in a stout.

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Photo of ColForbin
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Being left handed, I'm a sucker for anything that is remotely related to left-handedness. So I had to pick up this Left Hand Milk Stout when I saw it. Pours a deep black, with a head that fades quickly - too quickly in my opinion. Smell contains roasted malt. Tastes like a stout milkshake - the milk sugar is very pronounced. A bit too strong for my taste, but delicious nonetheless. The sweetness makes this beer good for dessert, but more than one in a session might be a challenge.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This one looked and sounded good when I bought it but ended up dissappointing me. Color is the usual - near black with a nice head. It smells pretty good but a little too sweet. The taste is just lacking anything that gives me pause. It's sweet, though not as much as the aroma would indicate, but not very rich. There's a touch of bittersweet chocolate and not much else to talk about. Feels thin and watery in the mouth. Wha happen? I've said it before: I could probably drink a bunch of these but I don't think I'd want to.

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Photo of shirfan
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more translucent than most stouts; light passes through at the bottom and sides of the glass. Head immediately fizzes down to nothing.

Aroma is a decadent mocha and milk chocolate, but the taste doesn't quite live up to it. Rich chocolate and coffee tones lead the way, with an almost Hershey's sweetness. Drys slightly in the finish, with roasted malt making an appearance. This would be worthy of a 4 if not for the metallic, almost canned background flavor.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a dark brown, almost black color. Sadly, the head was almost non-existant and what was there quickly faded. The aroma was malty and roasted. The mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I anticipated as it was slightly prickly. The taste is accentuated by a bitter roastiness that hints at coffee notes. The milky texture is more apparent in the finish, which is also exceedingly dry and toasty. Just an average milk stout, expected more.

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Photo of Skidz
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours out straight brown finishing dark brown with a whole bunch of amber-crimson coming through the sides. Light fluffy tan head fades fast.

Smells of roasted grains, coffee and some sweeter chocolatey tones. When put to mouth, the sweetness of chocolate brings you into the roasted grains and malt, all setting you up for the horrendous taste of burnt coffee. Yes, sometimes that flavor actually works very well, but it is quite unsettling here. A fairly bland concoction, I could best describe this as a "light stout" if one were to exist.

Light - medium body (but thats pushing it) makes it easy for anyone to put down fast, but there's not much to it.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color and thin head that dissipates to a hairline ring and wisps of tan foam. Aroma suggests burnt grains and instant mocha mix. Flavor is sweet and malty on the front, then resolves to roasty, coffeeish, dryish and bitter on the finish. It has a weird watery feel in the mouth after several quaffs. I's a pretty decent, above average, easy drinkin' sweet stout.

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