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: 6,935 |  Reviews: 1,788
Photo of gbontrag
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slow to mount CO2 froth that never really humps the galss all that well. Looks a little thin, but gets a bonus for the logo.
I smell dry currants and elderberries, and fresh millk.
Those blackened malts rough up the palate, then smooth it out with minerally ash and lighter roasted barley flour. With a dropper squeeze a few drops of black cherry juice in grain alcohol on your tongue. This manages to be smooth, not exactly creamy, more like 2% milk.

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Photo of stcules
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark in color, with reddish reflexes. Brown head, scarce and with a little duration.
Smell: it's a stou, ok. Cocoa in powder (not too much), moderate roasted, vanilla.
Taste of toasted coffee and milk, that is, a cappuccino: creamy, full, inviting.
Sharp coffe in the aftertaste. Even some light roasted.
Medium-medium light body.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this as part of a mixed six-pack from Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pours with a thick, black body, with a nice foamy near-white head that lingered a while. Aroma is very toasted malt, with some nice coffee and chocolate overtones. Taste is similar, with a bit of the bitter bite of toasted malt, again with some nice mocha-ish notes. Very smooth and sweet, although it seems a bit thin, it could use a bit more body. Rather enjoyable, and one of the better bottled stouts I've had.

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3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout is very dark brown, approaching black. It posesses a terrific thick foamy head that is reminiscent of what one might find from a nitro. Smells of toasted malts, quaker oatmeal, and just a touch of cabbage.
The taste is pretty good from the start, with a toasted seven grain bread flavor, toasted almonds, and a hint of cafe. Unfortunately it's got a little bit of an iron-rust twang in the finish. But as I drink it, this becomes less noticeable, and less of a problem.
The mouthfeel is like a dream. Silky smooth, creamy, sudsy stuff. It definitely goes down nicely.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting here on Christmas-Eve, waiting for Santa Clause to come (and my kids to fall asleep) I cracked one (or 4) of these open. I told my daughter that I would leave a glass for Santa, and that it was like chcolate milk for grown-ups.
Bottled on 5/11/04. Pours a cola brown with somes amber hues around the edges. Fluffy, fizzy tan head disapates quickly.
Aroma is light cocoa, chocolate, with a touch of milk left out of the fridge too long.
Taste is coffee with lots of cream and sugar. Some bitterness tries to peek out in the finish, but is overpowered by the sweetness.
Not too shabby, maybe if I leave a glass out Santa will be good to me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with lots of ruby hues around the edges. Not quite dark enough for a stout for me. The one finger of head that sticks around. The nose is a nice chocolate nd creamy, just not enough of the creamy for my liking. The flavor was a nice creamy milk chocolate. There is not as much of the creamy marshmellow that I have had in others of this style, but its nice. The feel was thick and creamy and smooth. Overall a nice beer. Not as good as their porter, but a nice beer all around.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque. Black. Thin head.

Roasty armoa for the most part, with some stale water notes as well.

Big but not too big malty/roasty flavors dominate. Somewhat on the dry side for a sweet stout.

Finish isn't as long as expected, and the body is a little thin for a stout. Worth a try, maybe even a good everyday stout in winter months if you're not in the mood for a strong ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown tone with a decent sized quickly dwindling tan head leaves some uneven streaks of lacing. Aroma: A definite nose of dark chocolate cocoa powder with some lactic acid notes with the musty tartness not overbearing at all actually melds into the overall aroma nicely. Chocolate chip cookie dough like in nature with mellow herbal low hop profile. Taste: Like drinking a cold glass of chocolate flavored milk in some regards the creaminess hits the tastes buds in an unoffensive and relatively pleasant manner. Not overly sweet balanced with a the grace of hops and darker malts, definitely a decent brew from Left Hand. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture coats the palate carbonation is just a tad abrasive with each swallow, not bad just could be a bit smoother. Drinkability: One brew that was better then I was assuming I wouldn't like based on prior experiences with Cream Stouts, not bad yet not amazing.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22oz bomber. Pours out a slightly translucent black with about an inch of tan fluffy foam. The head sticks around for a bit but leaves no lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and creaminess but is overall pretty weak. Taste starts off with a bit off coffee and a sweet cream with a backing of dark chocolate. Aftertaste is roasted coffee. Not quite as rich as a few other Milk Stouts I’ve had this is still tasty. Body is medium with average feel to it for the style. Pretty good drinkability, its tasty but not as much so as others. Solid example of the style that is easy drinking but not one that will wow you.

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

A very dark brown/black with mahogony highlights when held up to the light. Has a nice frothy light brown head. A most definite chocolate aroma with some coffee in the background. The flavor is again chocolate (more of a milk chocolate than a bittersweet chocolate) at the start with a sharp coffee like finish.

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Photo of hero27
2.74/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The red left hand on the bottle cap is key. The label is a bit corny, with the cow and the spots shaped like hands all over it..but clever enough i suppose. Dark, dark brownish in color and the head was nonexistant.

Smell: Roasted malted smell of chocolates & coffee. Smells like it has a lot of potential.

Taste: Damn, it tastes like roasted chocolate milk mixed with coffee. no, wait.. it tastes like cold coffee with sugar and cream.. i'll just describe it in three words: coffee, milk, chocolate. With all those flavors, you'd think it'd be more exciting rolling across the tongue, but it's really sorta bland.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for a stout. It's creamy but not as smooth as it could be. Virtually no carbonation.

Drinkability. I'm not a huge stout fan, and I give high drinkability to a beer where you can at least drink 2-3 before you have to slow down...but I found myself drinking this one pretty slowly due to it's sweetness...could have been better balanced.

Overall, seems much more like a porter than a stout, but who am i to judge. Could have been much more rich and creamy...but as is, it was fairly "meh".

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Photo of necoadam
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown color with some nice ruby hightlights along with a nice tan head that went to lacing. Pretty nice.

Smell consisted of chocolate mostly along with some coffee and toasted malts. At times it seem weak to smell any of those items.

Taste was ok. Lots of chocolate and coffee hitting the palate with some toasted malts. A wee bit on the sweet side. At times it did feel a little bit cloying, but it wasn't that bad. It just seemed annoying if anything.

Moutfeel was light to medium. Perhaps a little bit thin at the end. Decent carbonation.

Overall not bad. Good to try once in a while, but nothing to go crazy about.

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Photo of dauss
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Small tanish head forms after a hard pour but quickly disappears. The smell is full of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and an indication of sweetness. Very light carbonation, strong sweetness from the lactose, dark, roasty, chocolately, a tiny bit of coffee. I thought the body was a bit thin, but it finishes with a nice gentle bitterness through out the entire palate with a sweet creaminess. Definitely a good beer, but it's no Mackeson's XXX.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little sixer picked up by one of my housemates. Pours a light black color with some loose cafe au lait head that was mostly bubbles. The nose was a tad indistinct. It definitely had some warm, sweet flavors of caramel and malts, but there was not any overpowering or unique smells. The taste was very tasty. Sweet maltyness with the caramel morphing into a more toffee like flavor, but the flavor is very sweet as a milk stout should be. The finish had a more grainy dry stout like flavor, which was good. Mouthfeel was smooth, but just carbonated enough. Good quality beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: states that it was bottled on 7/13/04. "Brewed on the banks of the might St. Vrain".

Appearance: Pours cola-brown with no head to speak of.

Smell: vanilla sweetness with a faint hop leaf smell.

Taste: cured beef. A tea or coffee like bitterness with a hint of cocoa that provides the sweet background. Has a lot of interesting flavors going on. The sweetness definitely comes through as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and creamy. Very nice and silky.

Drinkability: very drinkable. Not too heavy handed. A nicely balanced stout.

I was glad I tried this one. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the old homestead in Orlando.. Can't get this Colorado brew in Los Angeles, but I can find it in Orlando? This is a screwy world.

Low white head with a tight bubble on dark brown body with lighter brown highlights.

Nose is nutty with dried milk chocolate

Flavor and body is thick and continues this milk chocolate feel with a healthy dose of body and ovaltine like flavors.

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

not a bad looking stout by any means, but a tad thin looking, in terms of body and head. whilst near black, the body doesn't have the girth that you'd expect from a typical stout, and the head is a bit too bubby instead of creamy. the scent is quite nice, if a bit subtle. you really have to dig deep to pick up the aromas at times, which include a nice roasted/burnt malt scent along with some chocolate, oatmeal and a touch of coffee. well done. i found a nice balance in the flavour, between the roasted earthiness of the malt and the sweet chocolate milk flavour which subtly sneaks in toward the finish but is quickly dashed away by some more roasted flavour. this is a silky, smooth and creamy treat that, in my opinion, seems to be a bit underrated by most. definitely worth a try, and then some.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Black body with reddish-brown highlights. A rocky, airy, bubbly beige head. Some decent lacing.

Nice roasty aroma. But it's downhill from here.

Taste is cafe au lait. However the milk aspects are too dominate. I'm looking for milk in my coffee, not coffee in my milk.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly, and visibly, thin. Too thin for a repectable porter, mch less a stout.

Easily drinkable, though not terribly interesting.

Overall a disappointment. Been a long time since I've had a Left Hand product, and never this one. Was surprised to see it (and yes, it's fresh). I'll finish the sixer, but won't be rushing for another.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent beverage, a transition from a soda pop, or an ovaltine. Looks like coke with a snap crackle from active carbonation. Roasty medium mouthfeel coffee cocoa nutty bittersweet chocolate. Very dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Not too smooth, but easy drink. Where are the cookies?

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby in color with a very slight, finely bubbled dark tan head. Aroma is bittersweet (though more sweet than bitter) chocolate, underlaid by a nice, roasty malt. Flavor starts off with a smooth, sweet milk chocolate, and develops into a finish which is moderately bitter, with a nice compliment between the hops and roasted grains. Body throughout is smooth, fairly creamy. A nice beer, though hardly a surprising one.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer purchased from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light tan head above a dark mahogany brew. Head didn't last very long, but laced okay. Aroma is strongly of coffee, but tries (not so well) to balance, but doesn't quite get the job done. Taste is also initally coffee, but attempts to offset with sweetness which doesn't quite compensate. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $1.49 for a 12oz. single...

The appearence is alright, starts off with a dark black base and resolves a small caramel colored head, with above average retention and some hints of lacing, not bad... The aroma is very strong of malts, caramel and chocolate.

The taste is nicely complex of what the aroma gave away, leave it at that. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty average. It's a bit strong on the palette and a little rough going down, pretty average. The drinkability factor is affected by the mouthfeel in conjunction with the 5.2% ABV being more present than not, too sweet to be in a session...

Final Thought: It's another quality brew by a quality brewery, nothing fancy, but not upper echelon...

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

Black in color with a 2 finger tan head. The head reduces to a spotty residue. Some nice lacing does develop through the drink. The aroma was of roasted malts and chocolate. The flavor is dominated by roasted malts and very sweet chocolate, but some coffee, nuts, and light bitterness is in the background. This was quite a sweet flavored brew.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth at the start with a short smooth chocolate finish. Nicely drinkable, but slightly sweeter and less roasted than other milk stouts. Overall an enjoyable brew.

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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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Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
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